Road Woes Shift to Atlanta

When a team is struggling offensively, it doesn’t bode well to face a guy like Strasburg. Throwing fast balls as high as 97 MPH and change-ups as low as 90, he blanked the Phillies yesterday in his first big league complete game.

The Phillies road woes continued, 11 consecutive losses for the eighth time in franchise history. The road doesn’t get any easier as the next three games are in Atlanta, home of the team with the best major league record. Phillies began season in Atlanta back on April 1 and dropped two of three.

In the 11 losses, the team is hitting .194 with 21 runs scored. Team ERA is 6.65. Pretty well sums it up.

Received an e-mail Saturday night from Joe Bonsall, lead singer with the Oak Ridge Boys and a native Philadelphian: “Just want you to know that even though the season has been disappointing… I am still there… As I have been since childhood.” Joe certainly showed class and his Phillies passion.

Minor League Report
**Lehigh Valley swept 3 in Gwinnett over the weekend, 18 total runs on 38 hits. 1B
Cody Overbeck had an 18-game hitting streak snapped on Saturday. RH David Buchanan, in 2nd AAA start, tossed 7 shutout innings in winning on Friday. LH Greg Smith (7-2) won on Saturday and drove in 2 runs, while lowering ERA to 2.42.

**Reading took 2 of 3 from visiting New Britain. 3B Maikel Franco, 6-13, including a grand slam on Sunday, 9th HR at Reading; 25th for the season. RF Kelly Dugan hit is 6th HR on Sunday, 3rd this month. LH Mario Holland (3-1) won on Sunday; 8th save for Michael Nesseth on Friday.

**Clearwater had a win, a loss and rain out. Loss came Sunday when host Lakeland scored 2 in the 11th. Win came Saturday, 4-3, also in 11 innings. RF Cameron Perkins, 5-10 in the 2 games.

**Lakewood ended a 3-game losing streak with a 3-1 win on Sunday vs. West Virginia which won the season series, 20-4. INF Willie Carmona, 6-11, in the 3 games.

**Williamsport beat Vermont, 7-2, on Sunday to end a 5-game losing streak. 2B Andrew Pullin, 3-5 in the win, including 2nd HR. 4 Williamsport players were selected to play in Tuesday’s New York-Penn League All-Star Game: 3B Zach Green, C Gabriel Lino, OF Jiandido Tromp and RHP Tyler Buckley.

**Gulf Coast League Phillies won 2 of 3 against the Blue Jays, including a DH on Friday. OF Nick Ferdinand hit 2 home runs, including a walk-off 3-run HR in Friday’s 1st game.

This Date
August 12, 1921, 2nd game–RHP George Smith (4-15) allows 12 hits in pitching a 4-0
shutout over Boston at Braves Field. 12 hits are the most allowed by a Phillies pitcher
in tossing a shutout.

August 12, 1987–2B Juan Samuel becomes the first major league player to reach
double figures in doubles, triples, homers and stolen bases in his first four big league
seasons as Phillies sink visiting Chicago, 13-7. Eighth-inning grand slam is Sammy’s
22nd homer, breaking Granny Hamner’s club record for a second baseman set in 1953.

August 12, 2006–SS Jimmy Rollins becomes the third Phillies switch-hitter to homer
from each side of the plate in a game, a 9-7 loss to Cincinnati at Citizens Bank Park.
Rollins joins Steve Jeltz (1989) and Tomas Perez (2001).

Be sure to check for more phlashback moments.

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