Cole In Groove
Cole has found his groove. He picked up the win last night and singled in a pair of runs. In six August starts, he’s 2-0 with a 2.00 ERA, 4 walks, 38 strikeouts in 45 innings. His 2.70 career ERA for this month is the lowest for any month.
In his last 11 starts, which includes five in July, he’s 4-2. He’s allowed two of less runs nine times. Hard to believe he had all those struggles the first three months of the season.
Win was Phillies eighth in their last 11 games and sets up a possible series win on Thursday afternoon.
After Thursday, Phillies head for Chicago and homecoming for Ryne. All three games in Wrigley Field are day games.
Minor League Report
Players of the week……
Pitcher – RHP, Mark Leiter, Lakewood… 2 starts… 1-0, 0.00 ERA (11.0 IP), 8 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 12 SO… Earns POTW honors for the 1st time this season… Leiter was drafted in the 22nd round of this year’s draft out of the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He’s the son of Mark Leiter who pitched for the Phillies (1997-98).
Player – 2B, Andrew Pullin, Williamsport… 7 G… Batted .400 (12-30), 2 R, 4 2B, HR, 5 RBI, 1 BB… Pullin earns POTW honors for the 2nd time this season (7/8-14)… A 5th round selection in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft out of Centralia HS (Washington), Pullin was signed by Rick Jacques.
**Lehigh Valley lost, 5-4, in 12 innings at Scranton. 2B Cesar Hernandez, 2-6, boosting average to club-high .317. Season ends Monday.
**Reading lost, 1-0, to Richmond. 3B Maikel Franco, 2-4, boosting average to .332. LP: Jesse Biddle (5-14), 3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 7 BB, 4 SO. Season ends Monday.
**Clearwater was blanked twice at Tampa by the same 2-0 score. Threshers had 15 hits in the DH but were only 1-17 RISP. LF Aaron Altherr, 3-4, in 2nd game plus 23rd steal. Season ends Sunday.
**Lakewood was defeated, 4-2, in Hagerstown, getting only 3 hits. 3B Willie Carmona, 6th HR. Season ends Monday.
**Williamsport scored 7 in the 2nd inning to cruise, 9-1, at State College. 3 RBI: Gustavo Martinez. WP: Yacksel Rios (5-2). SV: Felix Santos (3). Season ends Sept. 4.
**Gulf Coast League Phillies won, 7-4, vs. Pirates in final home game. 3 RBI: 2B Robinson Torres, DH Wilmer Oberto. 1B Trey Williams, 3rd HR. Final game 12 noon today in Bradenton (Pirates).
August 29, 1885–RHP Charlie Ferguson tosses the first no-hitter in Phillies history, 1-0, vs. Providence. In his four-year career, all with the Phillies, he finished 99-64, 2.67 ERA winning 21-26-30-22. He died of typhoid fever two weeks after his 25th birthday.