Career win #100 has been quite evasive, elusive and slippery for Cole. After winning a career-high 17 games in 2012, he entered last season needing just 9 but finished with a career-low 8. His 8th win on September 14 got him to 99. He’s still sitting on that number.
After last night, the Mets are 14-7 against Cole, including 5-1 in his last 6 starts against them at Citizens Bank Park. In those 6 starts, he’s given up 29 earned runs in 31.1 innings. Cole struggled throwing strikes (55 strikes, 51 balls) last night as he walked 5 (4 in 1 inning, a first for him) and hit 1. A year ago (4/28), he walked 6. Yep, against the Mets.
It would seem as if the law of averages would be on Cole’s side against the Mets. Guess not.
Number of the Day
19: home runs for the Mets David Wright at Citizens Bank Park, most among the enemy.
Minor League Report
Players of the Week
Pitcher: RHP Mark Leiter, Lakewood . . . 2 G, 1-0, 0.64 ERA, 14 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 12 SO . . . 3-1 for 5 season stars, 1.97 ERA . . . Career: 7-1, 2.19 for 21 games, 9 starts . . . 23-year-old is the son of former Phillies pitcher, Mark Leiter; selected in the 22nd round, 2013, out of the New Jersey Institute of Technology and signed by Paul Murphy.
Player: C Tommy Joseph, Reading . . . 4 G, .375 average, 2 singles, 1 double, 3 HR, 9 RBI . . . Placed on the DL Saturday with concussion-like symptoms . . . Acquired from Giants 7/31/12 in the Hunter Pence trade.
Lehigh Valley lost, 8-0, to Pawtucket in a game called after 5.2 innings because of rain. IronPigs had 2 singles.
Reading lost its 5th straight, 10-2, in Portland; held to 6 singles. Needing work, RHR Ken Giles pitched the 8th inning and struck out the side.
Clearwater got pounded by Brevard County, 20-0. 6 Clearwater pitchers gave up 20 runs and 10 walks. The only Thresher to take the mound that didn’t give up a run was catcher Chad Carman who pitched a scoreless 9th inning. The Threshers had 4 singles and a double.
Lakewood won its 3rd straight, 9-4, at Lexington, a game called after 6.2 innings by rain. Blue Claws had 8 doubles, 2 each for RF Dylan Cozens and 1B Willians Astudillo. 3B Mitch Walding, in first game off the DL, 2-4, 2 RBI. WP: Alejandro Arteaga (2-3).
Transactions: INF Troy Hanzawa (LV) and LHP Franklin Vargas (extended), released . . . RHP Dan Childs (Clearwater), on DL . . . 3B Mitch Walding (Lakewood), activated from DL.
April 30 Flashback Moments
1887—Phillies beat New York, 19-10, in the first game played at Broad and Huntington Streets Park, later known as Baker Bowl . . . 1961—Manager Gene Mauch uses seven pinch hitters, five in one inning (8th), as Phillies prevail, 11-7, in 10 innings in St. Louis.
If These Walls Could Talk, my first book as a solo author, is available starting tomorrow. Triumph Books is the publisher. Book stores, online and the Majestic Clubhouse Store at Citizens Bank Park are places where the book can be found, rather purchased.
Will be talking about the book with Pat Williams on his radio show on WDBO in Orlando, FL, 2:30 tomorrow afternoon.
Book signings at Citizens Bank Park have been booked for June 1 (12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.) and June 13 (6 p.m.-7 p.m.). Will post other book signings as they become available.
Chapter 12: Unfulfilled Championship Seasons, an inside look at those seasons in which we fell short of the World Series.