Can you win the pitcher of the month honors with one win?
Well, Cole has given up one run in 22.2 innings this month, fanned 26, has a consecutive scoreless streak of 16.2 innings and one win. For the second straight game, he was brilliant, striking out 11. He has three double-digit strikeout games this season and two wins.
Brignac’s walk-off homer made a winner out of Pap and gave the Phillies back-to-back wins for the first time since they won three in a row, May 17-18; 20. It was his second WO HR; the other 9/13/10 vs. the Yankees while playing for the Rays.
But, the big news: a Wednesday win! 2-8 now.
Number of the Day
3: J-Roll needs that many hits to break Mike Schmidt’s all-time Phillies record (2,234).
Perfect Game Salute
Jim Bunning will be at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday, the 50th anniversary of his Father’s Day perfect game against the Mets at Shea Stadium. You can read about his historic game at http://www.phillies.com/alumni.
Joining Jim on the field will be three that played in that game, 1B John Herrnstein, SS-LF Cookie Rojas and 3B Dick Allen.
Tonight, Jim will have his uniform number retired by the Reading Fightin Phils. He wore #14 when he managed the Reading Phillies in 1972. Game time is 7 p.m.
Aaron Nola, the number 1 selection in last week’s draft, is among the young prospects working out daily at Carpenter Complex in Clearwater. 25 others selected in the draft that have signed or agreed to terms will be part of the mini-camp through Monday.
The Gulf Coast League Phillies begin their season the following day in Dunedin. Players assigned to Williamsport or any other minor league roster will depart the mini-camp on Sunday.
The Williamsport team left Clearwater on Tuesday, flying to Philadelphia and then bussing to Williamsport. The Crosscutters host State College in their season opener tomorrow night.
Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley was not scheduled.
Reading lost, 8-5, to New Britain. CF Aaron Altherr, single, first triple, fourth home run.
Clearwater was not scheduled.
Lakewood crushed Hagerstown, 10-2. Mark Leiter (5-5) got the win. 2 hits, 2 RBI: DH Andrew Knapp, 1B Zach Green, LF Sam Hiciano . . . Cody Asche will begin a rehab assignment Friday night at Lakewood.
June 12, 1939: Phillies RHP Grover Cleveland Alexander is among the first group of players inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. A large photo of the group is on display in the Cooperstown Gallery of the Hall of Fame Club at Citizens Bank Park.
I’ll be signing my book (If These Walls Could Talk):
Tonight: Reading Fightin Phils, FirstEnergy Stadium, Route 61, South, 5:30 p.m.
Tomorrow night: 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.