Tale of 2 Seasons
It’s been a tale of two different seasons for KK.
A year ago, he was 2-8 before the All-Star Game and 9-4 after. Following yesterday’s loss, his post-ASG record fell to 2-7 after starting 8-6. The loss kept the Phillies from winning a road series for the first time since July 2-3-4 in Pittsburgh.
While the pitching staff gave up seven runs, the offense once again scored only once, dropping to 15-57 when scoring three or fewer runs.
The road record fell to 27-44. As bad as that is, the club record won’t be broken this year. The 1939 club finished 16-62. Fewest road losses? 33, 1976 and 2009.
String of 15 of the next 18 games at Citizens Bank Park begins tonight with the Nationals in town. Washington is 6.5 games out of the wild card race and will throw its three best pitchers at the Phillies who are in the role of spoilers.
Tonight is the first of 13 games for Washington against teams with losing records, Phillies (6), Marlins (3) and Mets (4). First nine are on the road.
Minor League Report
**Lehigh Valley lost 2 of 3 over the weekend, including a 5-0, game yesterday called in the 6th inning by rain. Michael Martinez’ walk-off single won Friday’s 5-4 game. Final game this afternoon vs. Pawtucket.
**Reading lost 2 of 3 in New Britain, including a 5-4 decision yesterday when NB scored 3 in the bottom of the 9th. Season finale this afternoon in New Britain.
**Clearwater (67-68) lost 2 of 3 against Dunedin. Friday’s 3-0 loss was the fourth shutout in a row for the Threshers who reversed the verdict on Saturday, 6-0, in the final home game. Yesterday, Dunedin pounded 19 hits off 5 Clearwater pitchers in coasting, 16-2, in the season’s final game.
**Lakewood won 2 of 3 against Greensboro. Friday’s winner was Mark Leiter (2-0), 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 8 SO. Season finale this afternoon against Greensboro.
**Williamsport won 2 of 3, including a 3-2 decision in 10 innings against Jamestown yesterday in the final home game. 18-year-old SS Malquin Canelo hit his 1st pro homer to win the game. Season ends Thursday at Batavia.
September 2, 1908–RHP Frank Corridon goes the route as the Phillies beat Brooklyn, 2-1, in 17 innings at Baker Bowl. Corridon did not walk a batter.
September 2, 1983–Pinch-hitting for Joe Morgan, Ozzie Virgil hits a grand slam walk-off home run at Veterans Stadium as Phillies beat San Francisco Giants, 5-3. It is Phillies second walk-off grand slam home run that season.
September 3, 1972–LHP Steve Carlton throws his eighth shutout, 8-0, at Atlanta, the most by a Phillies pitcher since Grover Cleveland Alexander had eight in 55 years ago.
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