Offense Comes Alive

Lot of firsts in last night’s win in Miller Park.

KK gave up 5 runs in his least favorite inning, first (23 for the season). Yet he hung in there and picked up a wild win. Perhaps the Phillies should put a note in his locker with a wrong starting time so he misses the start of the game.

Ben drove in his first run since June 14. Domonic hit his first homer since the same date. Phillies have won back-to-back games for the first time since June 16-17, which was the start of their 5-game winning streak. Hill got his first RBI as a Phillie.

Now, the real challenge….winning 3 in a row today, their least favorite day of the week…..woeful Wednesday (3-10).

Elias Sports Bureau
Kendrick s credited with a victory despite allowing seven runs in less than six innings.
He became the fourth pitcher – and second Phillies pitcher – to record a win despite allowing at least seven runs in a game this season, joining Cliff Lee (March 31), Baltimore’s Chris Tillman (April 23) and Milwaukee’s Marco Estrada (June 20). The last time two Phillies’ pitchers had wins of that type in the same season was in 1985 when Charles Hudson and Shane Rawley each did it.

Number of the Day
12: Wins in last 13 games when Phillies have scored 4 or more runs.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley lost, 4-2, at Indianapolis. 2 hits: Grady Sizemore, Maikel Franco. Franco hitting .500 in last 6 games. No decision, Jason Marquis, 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 6 SO.

Reading lost, 6-5, to Trenton. 3 hits: DH Jake Fox, CF Aaron Altherr.

Clearwater won, 3-2, over Tampa on Chris Serritella’s RBI single in the 8th. WP: Cody Forsythe (1-0); SV: Lee Ridenhour (7). Cliff makes second rehab start tonight at Tampa with Nieves being his catcher. Wonder how many scouts will be there.

Lakewood lost, 10-1, at Hagerstown before a crowd of 439. 2 hits: C Andrew Knapp, 1B Zach Green.

Williamsport won, 8-3, at Mahoning Valley. WP: Felibrta Sanchez (1-4). 3B Derek Campbell extended hitting streak to 8 games, 11th-12th doubles, 2nd HR, 4 RBI. 5th multi-hit game this month.

Gulf Coast League Phillies lost, 10-3, to the Blue Jays. 2 hits: CF Carlos Duran, DH Luis Encarnacion, SS William Cuicas.

This Date
July 9, 1953: RHP Robin Roberts’ streak of 28 consecutive games ends when RHP Bob Miller relieves him in two-run eighth inning of a 6-5 victory over Brooklyn Dodgers at Connie Mack Stadium. Streak began August 28, 1952.

July 9, 1957: LHP Curt Simmons is the starting hurler in the All-Star Game at St. Louis, the seventh straight year in which a Phillies pitcher has started the game (Robin Roberts 5, Simmons 2).

July 9, 1967: 3B Dick Allen becomes the first player to hit a home run over the center field fence between stands and flag pole at Connie Mack Stadium since the fence was raised to 32 feet in 1934. Blow comes off RHP Nelson Briles in the eighth inning of a 4-3 win over the Cardinals.

Book Signings
I’ll be signing my book (If These Walls Could Talk):
Today, 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.

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