Sweep via hits galore
Ramon hung in there, the offense exploded and the bullpen turned in three scoreless innings yesterday giving the Phillies a sweep in Atlanta and their first series win there since the last three games of 2011.
Ramon gave up five runs in six innings, which means he didn’t qualify for a quality start (3 runs or less in 6 innings) but he got a win. Four different Atlanta pitchers were roughed up for a season-high 18 hits by the Phillies bats.
Bastardo and Giles combined for three scoreless innings out of the pen. The pen allowed one run in 11 innings during the series. Battered bullpen from the first month has certainly made a U-turn.
The 7-3 Phillies headed for St. Louis and a four-game series with the 8-2 Cardinals that begins tonight. A sweep in St. Louis would be humongous….or extremely large. Impossible? Losing two of three to the lowly Cubs at home didn’t exactly give much hope for a sweep in Atlanta.
Number of the Day
5: Phillies who had 3 hits yesterday, CHernandez, Nieves, Howard, Byrd, Brown.
From Elias Sports Bureau
It marked only the fifth time in the last 49 seasons that the Phillies had five different players with at least three hits in a nine-inning game, the last of which came on July 17, 2007, when Rollins, Victorino, Utley, Rowand and pitcher J.D. Durbin did it in a 15-3 win over the Dodgers.
Minor League Report
Players of the week (June 9-15)
Pitcher – RHP, David Whitehead, Williamsport … 1 G, 1-0, 0.00 ERA (0 ER, 6.0 IP), 2 BB, 0 H, 5 SO … 6/15 start vs State College was his first game of his professional career as he missed all of the 2013 season due to an elbow sprain… A resident of Burlington, NC, the 6-foot-4 right hander was selected by the Phillies in the 34th round of the June 2013 draft and signed by Paul Murphy.
Player – OF, Aaron Altherr, Reading … 6 G, Batted .423 (11-26), .464 OBP, .654 SLG %, 6 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 1 BB … Having hit safely in his last 12 games played for Reading, Altherr is batting .416 (20-48) in that span … Selected by Philadelphia in the 9h round of the June 2009 draft, the 23-year-old was signed by Brad Holland … Altherr was recalled from Reading (AA) on Monday and made his ML debut with the Phillies that night.
Lehigh Valley defeated Charlotte, 8-6, on Cody Asche’s 2-run homer in the seventh. In 5 rehab games, Cody is 6-11, 3 HR, 9 RBI . . . WP: Tyler Knigge (1-0); SV: Luis Garcia (11).
Reading lost, 4-3, to Akron which had three home runs among five hits. CF Zach Collier hit his first homer in a losing cause.
Clearwater was rained out . . . Lakewood’s All-Star shortstop, J.P. Crawford, has been promoted to Clearwater.
Lakewood is on All-Star Game break.
Williamsport edged Jamestown, 5-4, in 11 innings; winning run scored on a throwing error by the Jamestown pitcher in the ninth inning. LF Jiandido Tromp, 4 hits.
Gulf Coast League Phillies begin season at 12 noon tomorrow in Dunedin against the Blue Jays.
June 19, 1927: Phillies pitcher Jack Scott pitches both games of a double-header in Cincinnati and goes the distance in both. He beat the Reds 3-1 in the first game, but lost 3-0 in the nightcap. No pitcher has recorded two complete games in the majors in a single day since. (courtesy of broadandpattison.com).
Scott had 17 complete games that season but finished with a 9-21 record.
The complete game has gone the way of dinosaurs. The red-hot Royals have moved into first place in the A. L. Central Division. They are the only A. L. club without a complete game.
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.