Lights Out Offense
On a night in which Brad Lidge, the 2008 closer (48-for-48 in saves that year), retired as a Phillie, Pap, the current closer, coughed up a lead and recorded his sixth blown save of the season, 2-1, to SF.
Cole pitched well once again and got one run, his own RBI single. In his 23 starts, the Phillies are now 6-17 and most of that can be traced to an unproductive offense. That was the case again last night. J-Roll tripled with one out in the eighth but couldn’t score the second run. After Pap blew a win for Cole in the ninth, the Phillies loaded the bases with no outs but once again, they couldn’t score. A golden chance to win the game went lights out.
Before the All-Star Game, the Phillies won four straight series. Since the ASG, 0-4 in series.
Minor League Report
**Lehigh Valley edged Rochester, 3-2, as Cesar Jimenez picked up his 2nd save in as many games. LF Leandro Castro, 1-5, 2 RBI. No decision: Adam Morgan, 4.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO.
**Reading lost, 2-0, to Erie, getting 7 singles. LP: Seth Rosin (9-5), 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 7 SO.
**Clearwater was held to 7 singles in losing, 3-2, to Palm Beach. 2 hits: DH Jiwan James and 3B Harold Martinez.
**Lakewood also lost, 3-2, at West Virginia. Lino Martinez gave up a solo HR in the bottom of the 9th to lose the game.
**Williamsport lost, 9-4, to Brooklyn. CF Sam Hiciano hit his 3rd HR, 2nd in 2 games. SS Malquin Canelo, 2 hits, 6th steal.
**Gulf Coast League Phillies and Tigers were suspended after 3 innings, 2-2. Game will be resumed later this month.
August 2, 1894–CF Billy Hamilton sets major league record by scoring a run in consecutive game as Phillies beat Brooklyn Dodgers, 9-8, at Baker Bowl.
August 2, 1919–1B Fred Luderus plays in his 479th consecutive game for the Phillies, breaking the Major League Baseball record held by Eddie Collins of the Chicago White Sox. The streak began on June 2, 1916, and ended after 533 games with the 1920 season opener.
August 2, 1970–2B Tony Taylor hits an ultimate grand slam (trailing by three runs in the last inning) to give the Phillies a 7-6 win over San Francisco at Connie Mack Stadium.
Taylor will be among some 50 Alumni at Citizens Bank Park the next three days.