Law of Averages
If there is such a thing as the law of averages, Cole hasn’t experienced it. Pap did last night.
Pap blew a save back on April 2. He’s been perfect since then (15-15) until the Braves bunched three singles into a game-tying run in the ninth. During his 15 consecutive saves, he had allowed one earned run in 25 innings. The law of averages got Pap.
Cole keeps pitching brilliantly and keeps coming up empty. He hasn’t allowed a run in his last 23.2 innings, has allowed one earned in 29.2 innings this month and is 1-0. So much for the law of averages.
Cole struck out six, increasing his career total to 1,585, moving him into a tie for third place on the club’s all-time list with Chris Short.
Meanwhile, the offense kept sputtering. Howard homered leading off the second inning and that was it through 12 innings. Having scored one run in their last 24 innings, the law of averages entered the picture. With the aid of an error, they scored five in the 13th to win.
From Elias Sports Bureau: It was only the third victory in the Phillies’ 132-year history in which they scored five-or-more runs in an inning after having been blanked over their last 10 innings in the same game. In 1967, they scored six in the 11th inning to beat the Dodgers, 6-0; and in 1916, they scored five runs in the 14th inning in a 6-1 win at Cincinnati, after being blanked since the second inning.
Wearing #40, Aaron Altherr became the 40th player for the Phillies this season.
Number of the Day
45: Home runs Howard has hit in his career vs. Braves over 142 games.
Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley lost, 5-1, to Charlotte, getting five singles and Maikel Franco’s 15th double.
Reading was not scheduled.
Clearwater lost, 7-1, to Lakewood, getting four singles and a double. SS Roman Quinn played centerfield for the first time in his pro career.
Lakewood three-day All-Star Game break . . . All-Stars: SS J.P. Crawford, OF Sam Hiciano, 1B-C Willians Astudillo, RH closer Cody Forsythe.
Williamsport lost, 6-3, at State College. CF Cord Sandberg has hit in all four games, .412.
Gulf Coast League Phillies begin season on Friday.
June 17, 1930: RF Chuck Klein sets a club record with a 26-game hitting streak (May 18-June 17, .482) and duplicates it (July 12-August 3, 1st game, .434). In between, he hit in 16 of 19 games, .359. Overall, he hit safely in 68 of 71 games, May 18-August 3, 1st game.
June 17, 2012: Playing in Toronto, Jim Thome leads off the second inning with a home run, his 100th as a Phillie. Thome becomes the 4th player in major league history with at least 100 home runs for three different teams, following Reggie Jackson, Darrell Evans, and Alex Rodriguez.
Day-by-day historic moments can be found at http://www.phillies.com/alumni.
I’ll be signing my book (If These Walls Could Talk):
Thursday, June 26, Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Coca-Cola Park, 1050 IronPigs Way, Allentown, 5 p.m.
Wednesday, July 9, Hockessin (DE) Athletic Club, 5 p.m.
Saturday, July 12, Wilmington Blue Rocks, Frawley Stadium, 801 Shipyard Drive, 6 p.m.
Thursday, August 14, Lakewood BlueClaws, FirstEnergy Park, 2 Stadium Way, 5:30 p.m.