Another Series Win
Facing three of the top National League teams, the Phillies completed winning each series, including the Nationals. Last night’s win gave the Phillies a 7-3 record against the Pirates, Braves and Nationals. They’ve now won five series in their last six.
Clutch hitting and great pitching by KK, Antonio and Pap did it. Phillies defense made four errors but the trio of pitchers allowed only five Washington hits.
In his last 18 starts against the NL East, KK is now 12-3. For the season, Phillies are 24-14 against the same division.
White Sox Next
Back to interleague play as the Chicago White Sox make a rare Citizens Bank Park visit this weekend. Last time the two teams meet was 2007 at CBP. The Phillies swept the three-game series.
Chicago has the second-worst record in the American League. They’ve scored the fewest runs, 331 while allowing 394. Taking the Sox for granted isn’t something the Phillies can afford. The White Sox are fresh from taking two of three in Detroit.
Both the Phillies and Sox are 5-9 in interleague play this year. Chicago is just 1-6 on the road.
Phillies have a 5-4 edge over the White Sox in interleague play. Two weeks from this weekend, the Phillies are in Detroit for their last interleague series of the season.
Johnny Callison Feature
Steve Wulf, who, as a youngster, worshipped the Phillies’ Johnny Callison, is now an extremely talented writer for ESPN.
He’s written an unbelievable feature on Callison, who won the 1964 All-Star Game with a dramatic walk-off home run. http://espn.go.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/9459622/johnny-callison-1964-walk-home-run-last-all-star-game-hosted-new-york-mets
The story is timed for next week’s All-Star Game at Citi Field, the first mid-summer classic in a National League ballpark in New York since Callison’s heroics.
I knew Johnny but never as well as Wulf describes him. Don’t miss it. It is long but so worthy of reading.
In the feature, Wulf mentions that Callison’s #6 uniform jersey sells for $295 these days. Well, it is available at Mitchell & Ness stories, including the Alley store in Ashburn Alley.
Minor League Report
**Lehigh Valley lost, 4-1, in 10 innings to Buffalo. Bisons’ 3-run 10th came on a 1B, BB, I-BB, BB, BB, WP. 3B Cody Asche accounted for LV’s lone run with his 10th homer.
**Reading lost, 5-1, to New Hampshire. LH Jesse Biddle (3-9) took the loss, 4 runs in 4 innings.
**Clearwater was rained out at Brevard County.
**Lakewood edged Rome, 1-0, as three pitchers combined on a no-hitter: Jeb Stefan (3-4), 6 IP, 4 BB, 5 SO; Ramon Oviedo, 2 IP, 4 SO; Chris Burgess (2nd SV), 1 IP, 1 BB.
**Williamsport dropped a 6-4 decision at Connecticut. DH Andrew Knapp, 1B, 2 2B, RBI, SB.
**Gulf Coast League Phillies lost, 5-2 at the Yankees.
July 12, 1900–LHP Frank “Noodles” Hahn pitches the first no-hitter against the Phillies this century, winning 4-0 in Cincinnati.
July 12, 1994–RHP Doug Jones becomes the first Phillies pitcher in 50 years to win an All-Star Game when he gets the verdict in the NL’s 8-7, 10-inning win at Pittsburgh.
July 13, 1900–3B Harry Wolverton triples three times in a 23-8 win at Pittsburgh, a record which still stands for the Phillies and Major League Baseball.
July 13, 1915–The Phillies beat Cardinals in St. Louis, 8-0, to take over National League lead, which they hold for remainder of season. Grover Alexander wins his ninth game
in a row, his second longest winning streak with Phillies.
July 14, 1896–OF Ed Delahanty with two doubles and a triple in a win over Cubs in Chicago, sets major league record for most extra base hits in two consecutive games with seven after hitting four home runs on July 13.