Halfway Point

Well, we’re at the All-Star Game break and the first half of the season hasn’t been pretty. Actually, it is more than half of a season as Sunday’s game was #96.

Here’s a look at three phases of the game:

Defensively, the Phillies have been steady, committing the third fewest errors in the league.

Pitching, the number that stands out the most is 10. That’s how many no decisions for Cole Hamels (3-5). His 2.93 ERA is 12th best in the league. Overall, pitching hasn’t been the main culprit.

Offensively, it has been a consistent struggle to put up consistent numbers. Winning 15 of their last 16 when scoring four or more runs, they are 34-12 for the half-season. When scoring three or fewer runs, 8-41, including 2-29 in their last 31 games. So, as the offense goes, so go the Phillies.

Number of the Day
11: Seasons in which J-Roll has hit 10 or more home runs. Only four other shortstops have double-digit home run seasons: Derek Jeter (16), Cal Ripken Jr. (15), Miguel Tejada (12), Jose Valentin (11). Source: Elias Sports Bureau.

Minor League Report (weekend edition)
Lehigh Valley won, 5-2, yesterday after losing first two games at Louisville. WP: Hector Neris (3-2); SV: Luis Garcia (16). INF Tyler Henson, 7-12 for the weekend; CF Leandro Castro, consecutive 3-hit games on Saturday and Sunday; batting .349 in last 10.

Reading took 2 of 3 in New Britain. WP: Severino Gonzalez (6-9) and Ryan O’Sullivan (3-5); 2 saves for Miguel Gonzalez. RF Kelly Dugan, 5-14; INF Carlos Alonso, 6-11. HR Sunday: C Logan Moore (2), DH Jake Fox (8), 1B Brock Stassi (7), CF Aaron Altherr (7).

Clearwater lost all 3 to Palm Beach. 3B Harold Martinez homered in each of the first two games (#4-5). LP yesterday, Aaron Nola (1-2), 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 SO. Cliff Lee tonight vs. Palm Beach.

Lakewood swept by Delmarva, out-scored 28-14 in 3 games. CF Carlos Tocci, 8-14.

Williamsport won yesterday, 5-0, in 5-inning, rain-shortened game; WP Matt Imhoff (1-0), 5 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 3 SO. CF Aaron Brown, homered in back-to-back games, #2-3, Saturday and Sunday. 2B Drew Stankiewicz hit first pro homer Sunday.

Gulf Coast League Phillies won two games over the Pirates. RF Jose Pujols, first pro homer, 5 RBI in Saturday’s 11-2 romp. WP: Brandon Leibrandt (1-2); picked off 2 runners at first. Pujols has 11 runs scored, 12 hits and 12 RBI in 16 games.

This Date
July 14, 1896: OF Ed Delahanty, with two doubles and a triple in a win over Cubs in Chicago, sets major league record for most extra base hits in two consecutive games with seven after hitting four home runs on July 13.

Alumni Birthdays
Today: SS Jose Hernandez (45), OF Derrick May (46) . . . Tuesday: RHP Ron Diorio (68) . . . Wednesday: CH-MGR Lee Elia (77) . . . Thursday: RHP Bobby Thigpen (51).

Book Signings
I’ll be signing my book (If These Walls Could Talk):
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.
CanceledBecause of illness, will be unable to appear on the Greg Luzinski/Dan Baker radio show this evening at Chickie’s and Pete’s in Audubon, PA. Hope to reschedule the appearance.

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