Cole Solid, But Gets L

Cole looked in mid-season form in his return from the DL but the Phillies couldn’t solve Greinke last night, a 5-2 defeat. He threw just 86 pitches and left the game, down 2-1, after 6 innings. The night before, the bullpen did the job and the Phillies won. Last night, the pen gave up 3 runs 2 innings.

Cole was making his first appearance on the Dodger Stadium mound since the NLCS on October 14, 2009. His bid for his 100th big league win fell short for the third time. Only six pitchers in Phillies history reached the century mark. Schilling is #6, 101 wins.

Series finale tonight and then three games in Phoenix over the weekend.

Zo Zone Note
Interesting note from Todd Zolecki’s Zo Zone blog:
“I’m not sure if this is an interesting fact or a case of digging too deep, but yesterday I discovered that today will be just the sixth day since the final month of the 2011 season that the Phillies will not have at least one everyday position player or member of their five-man rotation on the disabled list.”

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley won its 4th in a row, 5-4, over Norfolk on Troy Hanzawa’s SF in the 9th inning . . . 3 hits each for CF Tyson Gillies and RF Steve Susdorf . . . WP: Luis Garcia (2-0).

Reading won, 1-0, behind Jesse Biddle (2-2), Kyle Simon and Ken Giles (6th save). Biddle has 21 strikeouts in last 14.2 innings . . . Giles has 19 strikeouts in 10 innings . . . 1B Cam Perkins, 2-4; hitting .406 . . . C Tommy Joseph’s 4th-inning single drove in the lone run.

Clearwater ended a 5-game losing streak, 6-3, over Daytona. WP: Jeb Stefan (1-1) . . . SV: Dan Childs (1) . . . C Jesus Posso, 1st HR.

Lakewood lost, 9-3, to Charleston . . . CF Carlos Tocci, 2-3; hitting .385 in last 10 games . . . 2B Andrew Pullin, 1st HR.

This Date
1961, RHP Art Mahaffey struck out 17 Cubs at Connie Mack Stadium, a record a Phillies pitcher that still stands. Mahaffey, 23, threw 146 pitches, of which only 48 were called balls.

He fanned Don Zimmer, Ron Santo, Ernie Banks and Frank Thomas three times each in matching the Major League record for most strikeouts in a day game, set by Dizzy Dean of the St. Louis Cardinals against the Cubs, July 30, 1933.

For more flashback moments, visit http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

Book Blurb
If These Walls Could Talk” is the title of my new book which will be available starting May 1 in book stores and on-line. Triumph Books (triumphbooks.com) is the publisher. Stories from the locker room, dugout and press box from my 5 decades with the Phillies.

Chapter 10: The offseason, spring training and opening day. Included are spring training and opening day memories by numerous Phillies Alumni.

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