Just Enough Runs

The 3-run rut that has plagued the Phillies all season was enough for Cole to get his first win since June 6 last night in Milwaukee.

Scoring three or fewer runs, the Phillies had lost their last 14 such games and were 7-38 for the season. They had also lost six in a row to the Brewers. Chase’s two-run homer in the first and Ryan’s RBI single in the third was the offense for the night. But, Cole, Ken and Pap made it stand up.

From Elias Sports Bureau: Hamels is the first Phillies pitcher since the National League began recording earned runs in 1912 to win no more than three of his first 15 starts of a season despite an ERA under 3.00.

Number of the Day
9: Phillies wins vs. the NL Central against 14 losses. All 3 of Cole’s wins have come against this division.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley lost, 1-0, at Indianapolis. 3B Maikel Franco, 2 of LV’s 5 hits.

Reading lost, 10-3, to Trenton. HRs: 3B Carlos Alonso (8), OF Zach Collier (2).

Clearwater won a pair at Brevard County . . . Gm. 1: 3-0, completion of suspended game from Sunday. WP: Aaron Nola (1-1), 5 IP, 1 H, 5 SO. SS J.P. Crawford, 3rd HR . . . Gm. 2: 7-3. RF Brian Pointer 3-run HR (7); LF Everett Williams, 3 H, 3 RBI. WP: Mark Leiter Jr. (1-0).

Lakewood lost, 8-4, at Hagerstown. 3 hits: DH Dylan Cozens, LF Larry Greene.

Williamsport won, 8-1, at Mahoning Valley. 3B Derek Campbell, 4 hits, including 2 doubles; hitting .352. 1B Rhys Hoskin, 4 hits, including 2 doubles. 2B Drew Stankiewicz 3 H, 3 RBI. WP: Joey Denato (2-0).

Gulf Coast League Phillies lost, 4-0, to Blue Jays, getting 3 singles.

This Date
July 8, 1898: RHP Red Donahue, Villanova University product, pitches 5-0 no-hitter against visiting Boston.

July 8, 1992: Jeff Grotewold ties a club record with his third consecutive pinch-hit home run during a 4-3 loss at San Francisco. All three homers come in Candlestick Park over a four-game, three-day series.

July 8, 2011: LHP Juan Perez strikes out the side on 9 pitches in the 10th inning of the Phils’ 3-2 victory over Atlanta, picking up the win. He was the first pitcher to record a 9-pitch, 3-K inning in extra innings since 1923.

Book Signings
I’ll be signing my book (If These Walls Could Talk):
Tomorrow, Hockessin (DE) Athletic Club, 100 Fitness Way, 5 p.m.-6 p.m.
This Saturday (July 12), Wilmington Blue Rocks, Frawley Stadium, 801 Shipyard Drive, 6 p.m.
Thursday, August 14, Lakewood (NJ) BlueClaws, FirstEnergy Park, 2 Stadium Way, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Thursday, August 28, Community Library, Myerstown, PA; 5-7:30 p.m.

Face For Radio
Will be talking baseball and books with Greg Luzinski and Dan Baker, Monday, July 14, 6-7 p.m. on WBCB, 1490 AM. Show takes place at Chickie’s and Pete’s in Audubon, PA.
Tune in or stop by. Will be able to sell books between bites of crab fries.

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