Cole hasn’t been sharp in some of his outings, but last night he was on his game, two runs, no walks and 10 strikeouts in six innings (89 pitches). The offense hasn’t been sharp when he’s pitching and last night that pattern continued against a pitcher who had given up 12 runs in 15 innings this month.
May had been Cole’s month, but this year he’s 0-4. He had entered 2013 with a 22-4 May record. When he’s in the game, the Phillies offense has scored just 20 runs.
The eighth inning, which was a nightmare inning a year ago, reared its ugly head last night as the bullpen turned a 2-1 deficit into a 5-1 loss.
In game two tonight, the Phillies face rookie Jose Fernandez. In 14 innings against him, they have three hits, including a 2-0 loss earlier this month. In Marlins Park this year, the Phillies have scored seven runs in four games, winning 3-1 and 2-1 and losing 2-1 and 5-1.
**ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark’s twitter last night: Cole hasn’t thrown a single pitch with his team in the lead since April 7, 52 innings ago.
**Elias Sports Bureau: Cole became the second pitcher this season to lose a game while issuing no walks and striking out 10. Tommy Milone of the A’s is the other. Over the last six seasons, pitchers with at least 10 strikeouts and no walks have compiled a 114-23 record.
Minor League Report
**Lehigh Valley pounded Rochester, 14-5. Pete Orr, 4-4, 5 RBI. 3B Cody Asche, triple, 4 RBI, boosting his total to 28, tops on the club. WP: Justin Friend (2-1).
**Reading bested Altoona, 6-3, riding home runs by 1B Jim Murphy (10), C Cameron Rupp (6) and SS Edgar Duran (2). WP: Seth Rosin (2-3), 3 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 8 SO, 8 IP.
**Clearwater was rained out at Port Charlotte.
**Lakewood won, 3-1, at Delmarva. SS Ramon Quinn, 4th HR. WP: Jonathan Musser (1-0). SV: Steve Inch (5).
New Alumni Feature
The Phillies have had two University of Pennsylvania products play centerfield for them. One was Doug Glanville. The other is part of a Past Profile feature on http://www.phillies.com/alumni.