Series Loss Starts 2nd Half
Summing up the Phillies weekend offense…..Friday feast, Saturday slumber, Sunday shutdown.
Summing up the Phillies starting pitching over the weekend…..15 runs in 16.2 innings.
So, the string of winning a series ended at four. Friday night’s offensive explosion put the Phillies in the driver’s seat for winning another series. But, the Mets recuperated with two wins behind a pair of impressive rookie hurlers.
Cliff gave up seven homers in his first 16 starts, now nine in last four, including back-to-back three times. All three homers yesterday were on 0-2 pitches with two outs.
Over the last 22 games on Saturdays and Sundays, Phillies starters have just two wins, Cliff on June 2 and Pettibone on July 7.
Delta charter after Sunday’s game took the Phillies to St. Louis where they begin a three-game series against the first-place Cardinals on Tuesday night. Cards lead the league in runs scored and have allowed the second fewest runs. Since Busch Stadium opened in 2006, Phillies are 18-12 there.
Week ends with three games in Detroit where the Phillies are 3-0. First-place Tigers have scored the second most runs in the AL; allowed the fourth fewest.
As Charlie has often said in his tenure with the Phillies,”If you want to be the best you’ve got to beat the best.”
Sunday August 4 game with Atlanta is now an 8:05 p.m. start for the ESPN Sunday Night telecast. 1993 Phillies will be saluted throughout the night. All fans receive a 1993 National League Champions pennant, courtesy of Toyota . . . Cardinals’ LF Matt Holliday went on DL Saturday . . . Yesterday’s shutout was the eighth against the Phils.
Minor League Report
**Lehigh Valley nipped Columbus, 2-1, yesterday to end a 6-game losing streak. RBI in the 3rd inning by CF Cesar Hernandez and SS Freddy Galvis. WP: Greg Smith (5-1, 1.93 ERA). Lost a tough one on Saturday night, 1-0, in 13 innings.
**Reading won 1 of 3 in Portland, the win coming Friday night, 4-3. 1B Jim Murphy, 19th HR on Saturday; 4 HR in last 6 games.
**Clearwater split 4 games, winning 4-3 on Friday (1st game) and 9-8 in 11 on Saturday. 3B Matt Tobbert, 6-17, in the 4 games.
**Lakewood won 2 or 3 in Georgia, 3-2 on Friday night in Augusta; 10-9 on Saturday in Rome and losing there, 3-2, yesterday. LF Larry Greene, 6-11 for the weekend.
**Williamsport won 2 of 3, including a 2-1, 12-inning decision over Lowell yesterday. C Gabriel Lino, 3-5 yesterday, double, 4th HR; raising average to .323.
**Gulf Coast League Phillies split a pair against the Braves. 1B Wilmer Oberto has driven in a run six straight games, a total of 18 RBI. Has 4 homers in last 5 games. Hitting .351 in last 10 games with 20 RBI.
Four days of Alumni activities begins on July 31 with the official retirement as a Phillie by Brad Lidge that night which follows the Alumni Luncheon for Seniors in the Diamond Club. Curt Schilling joins the Toyota Wall of Fame on August 1; Alumni Night introductions of some 50 former players on August 2 and an all-night salute to the 1993 Phillies on August 3, 8:05 start.
Fans are urged to be on the lookout all around the ballpark before and during the games on Friday through Sunday of Alumni Weekend – you never know where your favorite former Phillies might turn up!
Tickets are available.