1 Small Step
Best way to get to the post season is to win a series time and time again. We’ve certainly seen that over the past six seasons.
For the third time in the last four, the Phillies have won the series, including two of three from the Braves over the weekend. One small step for mankind. I know, I know, someone else used that line a long time ago.
What is more news-worthy is that this series win came on a weekend. Last time the Phillies took two of three on a weekend was May 17-19 vs. Cincinnati.
So, now the Nationals, winners of four straight and the division’s hottest team (7-3 in last 10), comes to Citizens Bank Park. Four games starting tonight. To win the series, the Phillies would need three wins. Not easy.
Tonight’s game is an ESPN telecast nation-wide.
Elias Sports Bureau
Domonic had a triple (4th) and homer (23rd), the second player in Phillies history to reach those levels in both categories before the All-Star break. Mike Schmidt had 26 homers and four triples in 1977.
Minor League Report (weekend edition)
**Lehigh Valley was swept in a 3-game series in Scranton, stretching the losing streak to 5 games. Scored just 4 runs in the series on 20 singles and 2 doubles. 2B Cesar Hernandez and 3B Cody Asche are IL All-Stars. Cesar is batting .429 in last 10 games; Asche, .314.
**Reading also lost all 3 in Trenton and also scored just 4 total runs on 15 singles and 3 doubles. 3B Maikel Franco, 6-12; hitting .423 at Reading. All-Stars: LHP Jesse Biddle, RHP Seth Rosin, 1B Jim Murphy, 2B Albert Cartwright.
**Clearwater won two of three, including 2-1, 11-inning decision on Friday on a walk-off single by RF Cameron Perkins in his first game off the DL. He was 3-12 with 4 RBI in the 3 games. LH Hoby Milner (8-4) tossed 7 shutout innings in 3-0 Saturday win.
**Lakewood gave up 2 in the bottom of the 9th on Friday in losing, 7-6, while out-hitting Greensboro, 16-9. BlueClaws rallied to win the next two, 10-3, 10-7. RF Jonathan Roof, in his first 3 games at Lakewood after being sent down from Clearwater, 6-14, 2 2B, 2 HR, 9 RBI.
**Williamsport won Friday and Saturday at Mahoning Valley and was rained out on Sunday. RHP Mitch Gueller (3-0) was Saturday’s winner.
**Gulf Coast League Phillies split 2 games against the Yankees, 5-1 W, 8-4 L. SS J. P. Crawford, 6-9; hitting .435, with 4 steals.