Explosion, Then L, L
A Friday night offensive explosion was a sign the Phillies were on the verge of a successful seven-game stay in southern California. The two weekend games that followed had a familiar pattern, L, L. Sunday has turned out to be their poorest day of the week, 5-9.
In coasting to Friday’s 16-1 romp, the Phillies were 8-19 with RISP. Over the next two days, they were a combined 1-17 resulting in their 11th walk-off loss on Saturday and a six-hit loss on Sunday.
So, they went 3-4 in San Diego/Los Angeles and 14-15 in June. Justin took the first three losses and KK was handed one on Sunday. Dodger Stadium has not been KK’s favorite place. Going into the game he had allowed 17 runs in 16.2 career innings there. On top of that, he was hit in the back of the helmet in the sixth inning and sustained a mild concussion.
Three series against teams with a losing record are now followed by 10 games against three teams with winning marks. It starts Tuesday night in Pittsburgh, home of the red-hot Pirates, winners of their last nine games. More about that series tomorrow.
Minor League Report (weekend edition)
**Lehigh Valley won 3 of 4 to finish June at 19-10. RH Ethan Martin (9-3) worked 8 innings in Sunday’s 5-0 shutout, the first time he’s gone 8 since July 5, 2010. 3B Cody Asche, 7-14, to stretch his hitting streak to 9 games. SS Freddy Galvis, 0-9 in first 2 starts.
**Reading took 2 of 3 in New Britain. CF Tyson Gillies, 2 HR game on Friday behind RH Seth Rosin (6-4). RH Brody Colvin (3-1) won Sunday, 1 run in 8 IP, his best outing of the season. 3B Maikel Franco, 4th HR, 3 RBI in that game. He’s hit in all 11 games since promotion to AA, .468.
**Clearwater had a loss, win and postponement. LH Hoby Milner (7-4) won Saturday’s 3-2 decision at Daytona.
**Lakewood continued having trouble with West Virginia, losing 2 of 3 at home, including a 5-4 decision Sunday when the bullpen gave up 3 runs in the top of the 9th. 1B Art Charles, 6-12, 2 HR, 5 RBI.
**Williamsport won 2 of 3 from Mahoning Valley. Drew Anderson (2-0) was winner on Friday. Crosscutters scored 3 in bottom of 9th on Sunday, 4-3, winning run coming on an error.
**Gulf Coast League Phillies lost, 7-2, on Friday and were rained out on Saturday. SS J. P. Crawford made his pro debut on Thursday. In 2 games, 2-6, 2 steals.
July 1, 1931–Chuck Klein is fourth Phillies player to hit for the cycle in 11-6 victory over Chicago Cubs at Baker Bowl.