Offense Held In Check

Going into last night’s game there was a note in the Phillies media notes: their .263 batting average on the road is the fifth best in the majors. That average hasn’t translated into runs as the Phillies are 24th in that category away from Citizens Bank Park.

The trend continued as the Cardinals opened the series with a 4-1 win. Pettibone kept the Phillies in the game but the offense couldn’t produce. It was the sixth straight start in with the rookie right-hander has allowed three or fewer runs.

One of the Phillies seven hits was the 440th double by J-Roll. He’s now one behind Ed Delahanty for the most in Phillies history.

The Phillies fell to 1-3 since the second half resumed. They’ve treaded water as the Braves and Nationals haven’t pulled away. In the last 10 games, Phillies 5-5, Atlanta 4-6, Washington 2-8.

Minor League Report
Players of the week……….
Pitcher – RHP, Nic Hanson, Lakewood… 2 starts… 0-1, 0.69 ERA (1 ER, 13.0 IP), 12 H, 2 BB, 4 R, 7 SO… A 16th round selection in 2012 out of Golden West College (CA), the 21-year-old was signed by Demerius Pittman.

Player – OF, Wilmer Oberto, GCL Phillies… 6 G… Batted .400 (10-25), 8 R, 2 2B, 3B, 4 HR, 18 RBI, BB… The 20-year-old was signed by Jesus Mendez out of Bobare, VZ, in 2011.

**Lehigh Valley won, 8-1, at Rochester. 3B Cody Ashe, 3 hits, including 11th-12th homers, 3 RBI. C Cameron Rupp, 3rd HR; WP Ethan Martin (11-5), 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 6 SO.

**Reading lost, 6-3, at Binghamton. LP: Jesse Biddle (4-10) allowed 4 1st-inning runs and then shut the door.

**Clearwater edged Jupiter, 3-2, in 13 innings. 2B Matt Tobert, walk-off single.

**Lakewood lost, 5-3, at Rome. 1B Art Charles hit a 3-run HR (10th) to avoid a shutout in the 9th inning.

**Williamsport nipped Auburn, 3-2. LF Justin Parr’s RBI single in the 6th drove in the decisive run. WP: Shane Martin (2-2), 5 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 7 SO.

**Gulf Coast League Phillies were rained out.

This Date
July 24, 1995–Phillies drop an 11-3 decision to the Colorado Rockies, despite RHP Omar Olivares’ pinch-home run, first by a Phillies pitcher since Schoolboy Rowe in 1943.

July 24, 1998–Phillies sweep a doubleheader against Florida, winning both games in the 12th inning (6-4 and 7-6). Mark Parent catches all 24 innings.

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