J-Roll Nearing All-time Record

Another Cole classic against the Reds, another controversial home plate video review and another game in which the offense couldn’t duplicate a May 17 bashing against a certain pitcher. Say hello to a lost weekend series in Cincinnati.

Cole ‘s now 9-0 against the Reds, including the postseason. The offense chased Cueto who hadn’t allowed more than two runs in six home starts. That was Friday. If we could play the Reds more often and Cole could pitch against them, we’d be in better shape. How can you explain why he dominates the Reds and the Mets dominate him. Strange game.

Saturday the Phillies had runners throw out at home plate in consecutive innings. Wonder how many times that’s happened. One featured MLB’s new anti-collision rule, a rule with apparently different interpretations. Ryne asked for a replay but someone sitting in a New York studio ruled the play was correct as called. When Ryne stepped out of the dugout to question the decision, he was automatically ejected, a new review rule. Geez, a manager can’t even get into a face-to-face screaming match with an umpire anymore. Heated arguments and home plate collisions are now a dinosaur. That’s progress?

Yesterday, one runner thrown out a home plate in a 4-1 loss. Buchanan gave up all four runs in one inning. Bailey, whom the Phillies battered (seven hits, six runs in 3.2 innings) on May 17, allowed one run on six singles this time. And, he drove in the go-ahead runs.

Back home to face the San Diego Padres tomorrow and Wednesday nights and Thursday afternoon. History is about to be made sometime this week at Citizens Bank Park as J-Roll needs only five more hits to break Mike Schmidt’s all-time Phillies record (2,234). Both were second round picks in the draft. How about that!

Number of the Day
9: Wins the Phillies have this season against the NL west in 16 game.

Minor League Report (weekend edition)
Lehigh Valley won two of three with Sean O’Sullivan (3-5) and Brad Lincoln (3-3) getting the wins. O’Sullivan helped his own cause with a two-run double. Lincoln’s last two starts, 13 innings, four hits, no runs, 12 strikeouts. Loss came yesterday to Indianapolis’ Vance Worley, who was 3-3 as a hitter includng a two-run homer. LF Cameron Perkins has hit in all six games (.318) since promotion from AA.

Reading saw its losing streak reach five games by dropping three to Richmond and scoring just four total runs.

Clearwater ended a seven-game losing streak yesterday with its first win this month, 8-7, over Daytona. In the four previous losses, three were walk-off jobs in Palm Beach. Yesterday came close as Daytona scored all seven in the eighth. SS Roman Quinn, 8-17 for the weekend.

Lakewood swept a three-game series in Delmarva. C-1B Willians Astudillo has hit safely in 24 of his lat 25 games. His 37 RBI lead the organization. Special night at Lakewood tonight as the BlueClaws will retire Cole Hamels’ number 19.

Williamsport begins its season on Friday hosting State College;

Gulf Coast League Phillies start their season June 20.

This Date
June 9, 1982: Steve Carlton (7-6) sets a club record for most strikeouts by a LHP in a nine-inning game by fanning 16 Cubs in a 4-2 win at the Vet. Lefty fanned Ryne Sandberg four times.

Book Signings
I’ll be signing my book (If These Walls Could Talk):
Tomorrow, June 10: Maris Grove, Glen Mills, PA, 2:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 12: Reading Fightin Phils, FirstEnergy Stadium, Route 61, South, 5:30 p.m.
Friday, June 13: Citizens Bank Park, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Monday, June 16: All-Star Home Run Hitting Contest, Blue Rocks, Frawley Stadium, 801 Shipyard Drive, Wilmington, DE, 4 p.m.
Thursday, June 26, Lehigh Valley IronPigs, 5 p.m.

Alumni Birthdays
Today: RHP Tom Edens (53), OF Doug Clemens (75) . . . Tuesday: CF Kevin Flora (45) . . . Wednesday: 2B Dave Cash (66), 1B Frank Thomas (85) . . . Saturday: RHP Jerry Spradlin (47) . . . Sunday: C Erik Kratz (34).

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