There’s no question the Phillies are in a spin, like 2-8, as the Braves swept a four-game series, their first in Philadelphia since September of the fateful 1964 season. That sweep was more painful as it was in the midst of a 10-game losing streak that cost the Phillies a pennant.
There’s no question that the offense is stuck in a spin. Want proof? In all 8 losses, with runners in scoring position, a .128 average. That figure is an improvement over the last four games, .094. Yep, .094 as in 3-for-32.
The pitching is doing enough to keep them in games but runs just don’t come.
Other notes from the Braves series:
**Chase collected his 1,500th hit yesterday. Got a nice ovation.
**Andres Blanco was added to the roster yesterday, the 44th player for the
Phillies as we start the second half of the season. That’s the most of any team.
** Yesterday, they out-hit the Braves, 13-7, in losing 3-2. Saturday, first game, out-hit the Braves, 9-7, in losing 10-3.
**Rollins stole his 439th base, moving him into second place on the club’s all-time list ahead of Ed Delahanty. Sliding Billy Hamilton is the leader with 508.
**Everyone is still buzzing about the catch Tom McCarthy made on Friday night, when he broadcast from the stands in left-center. What are the odds that that would happen? Give Tom credit. He brought his ancient first baseman’s mitt to the game just in case.
Number of the Day
22: Club record for most wins in June (against 5 losses). The year? Would you believe 1862?
Month begins with a 10-game road trip, three each in Miami and Pittsburgh and four in Milwaukee. No picnic trip.
Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley lost all 3. CF Brady Sizemore was 4-13 (.308) in first three games.
Reading lost all 3 despite hitting 7 home runs, 5 coming in a 13-9 loss yesterday to Portland.
Clearwater lost all 3 to Brevard County. SS J.P. Crawford was 0-4 yesterday, snapping a streak of 3 consecutive multi-hit games, including home runs on Friday and Saturday. RF Brian Painter, 5-12 weekend, including 5th homer.
Lakewood snapped a 7-game losing streak yesterday as 1B Zach Green homered twice and drove in 4 runs. 2B Andrew Pullin has hit in 12 straight games; .395 in last 10.
Williamsport won 1 of 3 vs. State College. 1B Rhys Hoskins 3, hits, grand slam, 5 RBI in Saturday win. OF Matt Shortall (1) and 3B Jan Hernandez (3) also homered in that game.
Gulf Coast League Phillies split a pair against the Tigers, 2-1 win on Friday and 8-5 loss on Saturday. (League is idle on Sundays). SS Grenny Cumana, 1st HR on Saturday; hitting .346 for the season. 3B Damek Tomscha’s .423 average ranks 4th in the league.
Today: RHP Chan Ho Park (41) . . . Tuesday: OF Kerry Dineen (62) . . . Wednesday: 1B-3B Greg Dobbs (36), 2B So Taguchi (45) . . . Thursday: RHP Ed Roebuck (83) . . . Friday: RHP Dan Larson (60), CH Hal Lanier (72), INF Bobby Malkmus (83) . . . Saturday: RHP Tim Worrell (47), OF Gary Matthews (64) . . . Sunday: RHP Omar Olivares (47).
June 30, 1938: In final game at Baker Bowl, New York beats the Phillies, 14-1, before 1,500 fans. Following a road trip, the Phillies move permanently to Shibe Park on July 4.
June 30, 1967, 2nd game: Playing his ninth position since joining the Phillies in 1963, super-sub Cookie Rojas pitches a scoreless ninth inning in a 12-3 loss to San Francisco, allowing one hit.
I’ll be signing my book (If These Walls Could Talk):
Wednesday, July 9, Hockessin (DE) Athletic Club, 100 Fitness Way, 5 p.m.-6 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.
Thursday, August 28, Community Library, Myerstown, PA; 5-7:30 p.m.