Rare Inning, Rare Sweep

A potentially disastrous trip turned into a 5-5 journey, thanks to the first ever sweep of a four-game series in Milwaukee.

Yesterday’s game was one of those crazy ones that pops up. No-hit for six innings and losing 1-0, the game had the makings of another shutout by the Phillies offense.

Then came a strange eighth inning in which the Phillies scored seven times with two out….three singles, three doubles and three walks. Two of the doubles were rare back-to-back ground-rule doubles. Not to be overlooked in the strange frame, the Phillies lost two replay reviews.

In the ninth, Ryan hit a two-run homer with two out. So, all nine RBI came with two out. Earlier in the trip, they failed often with runners in scoring position and two out.

Now, back to friendly Citizens Bank Park which has been friendlier to the enemy. Need to turn that around in this weekend series against the Nationals. At home Phillies are 18-27; vs. NL East, 16-22.

Number of the Day
3.44: Runs per game at Citizens Bank Park for the Phillies, compared to 4.25 on the road.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley stretched winning streak to 4 games, 8-4, at Louisville. 3B Maikel Franco, 2 RBI, giving him 11 in last 7 games. Leads club with 42 RBI. WP: Sean O’Sullivan (4-6).

Reading lost, 5-1, to Trenton. 1B Jake Fox, 3 hits. All-Stars: INF Carlos Alonso, INF Albert Cartwright and LHP Hoby Milner.

Clearwater’s 4-game winning streak ended, 11-2, to Tampa. 2 hits: RF Brian Pointer, 3B Harold Martinez.

Lakewood won, 6-5, over Delmarva. C Willians Astudillo, single and 21st double. 1B Zach Green, third straight multi-hit game. WP: Jon Prosinski (3-2). SV: Matt Hockenberry (2).

Williamsport won its fifth in a row, 5-2, over Vermont. HR: CF Jiandido Tromp (7), 3B Jan Hernandez (4). WP: Mitch Gueller (3-1). SV: Clayton Rayburn (4).

Gulf Coast League Phillies split a pair of 3-2 decisions against the Yankees. 2B Olvy Marte’s 2-out, RBI single in the 12th inning was the game-winner in the completion of a suspended game from the day before. C Tommy Joseph played first game since a wrist injury, 1-3.

This Date
July 11, 1910: 1B William “Kitty” Bransfield becomes the first Phillie to drive in eight runs in a game during an 18-0 win at Pittsburgh.

July 11, 1931, 1st game: RHP Charles (Dutch) Schesler gives 22 hits while pitching eight innings of relief during the Phillies 23-5 loss to the Giants at Baker Bowl. LHP Jumbo Jim Elliott started for the Phillies, couldn’t get an out in the second inning and was charged with the loss. Schesler finished the game allowing 16 runs (14 earned) with no walks and one strikeout.

July 11, 1944: LHP Ken Raffensberger becomes the first Phillies hurler to win an All-Star Game when he gets the decision in the NL’s 7-1 victory at Pittsburgh.

July 11, 1950: RHP Robin Roberts is the first Phillies pitcher to start an All-Star Game as the NL takes on the AL at Chicago’s Comiskey Park. Roberts went on to start five of the decade’s first six All-Star Games.

July 11, 1995: For the second straight year, a Phillies pitcher gets the win in the All-Star Game as RHP Heathcliff Slocumb gains the decision in the NL’s 3-2 victory at Arlington, TX.

July 12, 1900: LHP Frank “Noodles” Hahn pitches the first no-hitter against the Phillies this century, winning 4-0 in Cincinnati.

July 12, 1994: RHP Doug Jones becomes the first Phillies pitcher in 50 years to win an All-Star Game when he gets the verdict in the NL’s 8-7, 10-inning win at Pittsburgh.

July 13, 1896: OF Ed Delahanty hits four home runs and a single in five at-bats but Phillies lose, 9-8, at Chicago.

July 13, 1900: 3B Harry Wolverton triples three times in a 23-8 win at Pittsburgh, a record which still stands for the Phillies and Major League Baseball.

July 13, 1915: The Phillies beat Cardinals in St. Louis, 8-0, to take over National League lead, which they hold for remainder of season. Grover Alexander wins his ninth game in a row, his second longest winning streak with Phillies.

Book Signings
I’ll be signing my book (If These Walls Could Talk):
This Saturday Night Live, 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.

Talking Baseball
Will be making a live appearance on the Greg Luzinski/Dan Baker radio show on WBCB AM. Date: Monday. Location: Chickie’s & Pete’s in Audubon, PA. Time: 6 p.m. Will also be selling books. Tune in or stop in.

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