No Support, Cole Gets L

How do you summarize a weekend in Denver?

Phillies totals: 15 runs, 30 hits, 436 pitches thrown by 15 different pitchers. Rockies: 22 runs, 40 hits, 400 pitches by 11 pitchers. Eight of the Phillies 15 runs came on Friday, a come from behind 8-7 win, their lone one.

Cole again pitched well on Sunday but again came out with the L. In his 15 starts, the Phillies have scored three or fewer runs 11 times. While he’s in the game, a total of 31 runs, zero on Sunday.

The second consecutive three-city trip ended 3-7. Sunday’s two runs in the ninth inning lowered their average runs per game on the road to 3.20, lowest in the majors. Unfortunately, the Phillies next three trips are all three city stops. Then starting July 30 through their last home game (September 22), the Phillies have 34 home dates and 16 on the road.

Game 71 is tonight, the first of three nights against the Nationals who are making their first Citizens Bank Park visit in 2013. (The Braves still haven’t been here). They are followed by three with the Mets. Against the NL East the Phillies are 16-9.

Draft Review
John Sickels, Minor League Ball.com, offers the following comment on the Phillies selections this year:

“The Phillies are well-known for drafting lots of tools players, but they also have the ability to find Tyler Cloyd-like college guys who end up contributing in the majors when people don’t expect them too. This draft follows that pattern. Crawford, Sandberg, and Hernandez were all considered potential first-round picks at some point in the last 12 months: to snap up all three of them is quite a coup.”

Minor League Review (Weekend Edition)
**Lehigh Valley took 2 of 3 from Scranton. RH Ethan Martin (6-3) allowed 1 run in 7 innings to pick up Friday’s 4-1 win. Yesterday, LV won, 5-4, in 11 innings, a walk-off win in which they didn’t have a hit in that inning: walk, walk, hit by pitch, Cody Overebeck SF. All three games were sold out, 10,1000.

**Reading swept 3 in Richmond, 3-1 in 10, 3-1 and 5-4. Derrick Mitchell’s 2-out double in the ninth inning tied Friday’s game and Edgar Duran’s double won it in the next inning. Saturday, 2 runs in the 8th, wild pitch and RBI single by Albert Cartwright produced the winning runs. Sunday, LH Austin Wright (2-3) picked up his 2nd straight win.

**Clearwater was on a 3-day All-Star Game break.

**Lakewood won 11-5 on Friday, scoring 3 in the 7th, 8th and 9th innings. Dropped the next two at Hagerstown, 3-2 and 9-6.

**Williamsport opens its season tonight at State College. Home opener is tomorrow night against the same team.

ClawStar Spectacular
Lakewood is hosting the South Atlantic League All-Star Game festivities the next three days. Celebrity Hitting Challenge is tonight and the Star game tomorrow night. For more information, visit http://www.blueclaws.com.

This Date
June 17, 2012–Playing in Toronto, Jim Thome leads off the second inning with a home run, his 100th as a Phillie. Thome became the 4th player in major league history with at least 100 home runs for three different teams, following Reggie Jackson, Darrell Evans, and Alex Rodriguez.

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