Baseball can be so unpredictable.
Friday night, the offense scored eight runs in beating the Cardinals behind Doc. In Cliff’s start the next night, Phillies were shutout for only the 28th time in 741 games at Citizens Bank Park.
Saturday night, Cliff, walked three in one inning after allowing only one in his first three starts. Bigger news: Cliff’s modern-era record (since 1900) of at least 6.0 innings pitched with one walk-or-less was snapped at 20 consecutive starts (7/4/12-4/15/3). The previous record was 14 straight, done by Christy Mathewson in 1908 and Greg Maddux in 1997 (source: Elias Sports Bureau).
Sunday night, two runs in the first inning and then the Phillies offense went dormant before erupting in the eighth inning for a come-from-behind win which improved their ESPN Sunday Night Baseball record to 26-18.
Bucs in Town
Fresh from sweeping the Braves, the Pirates come to town Monday for a second straight four-game series against a Central Division enemy. Phillies were 3-4 vs. the Bucs a year ago, 2-2 at home.
Phillies really struggle at PNC Park, 14-24.
Former Phillies on the Pirates? Third base coach Nick Leyva and broadcaster Bob Walk.
Dennis Orlandini e-mailed “a totally meaningless trivia note:” When Jonathan Pettibone starts Monday night, he’ll be the first player born in the 1990s to play in a regular season game for the Phillies. His birthday is July 19, 1990.
That makes me feel ancient.
Former Phillies catcher, Gus Triandos, died on March 28 in San Jose, CA. He was 82. Big Gus was the first catcher to catch a no-hitter in each league, Jim Bunning with the Tigers and Phillies . . . From Broad & Pattison.com: On this date in 1963, Art Mahaffey became the first Phillies player to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated . . . Happy Birthday today: Mickey Morandini, 47.
Minor League Report, Weekend Edition
**Lehigh Valley: rained out Friday, lost a DH on Saturday and a single game Sunday. 4-game series with Buffalo ends with 10:35 a.m. game Monday. IronPigs leave after game for Indianapolis. 3B Cody Asche is riding a 5-game hitting streak, lifting average from .162 to .263.
**Reading: rained out Friday, split a pair on Saturday and lost on Sunday. RH Kyle Simon recorded 4th save on Saturday.
**Clearwater won 2 of 3 games. SS Jose Mojica is riding a 6-game hitting streak, 14-21, boosting his average to .500. OF Aaron Altherr, 4-9 on the weekend, hiking average to .328.
**Lakewood: dropped 2 of 3 to Savannah. 1B Art Charles, 6-12, on the weekend, going from .226 to .277.