Mets Get A.J. Early
When you look at the line score, the Phillies out-hit the Mets, 13-9, but NY had more extra-base hits, 5-2. The Phillies had the most LOB, 12-5. Therein lies the story. 40th time the Phillies have scored two or fewer runs in 106 games.
OK, Cole is hot, three wins in a row, stingy as can be. How stingy? Try three earned runs in 21.2 innings during the winning streak. He’s on the mound tonight in game two. But, the Mets have his number, 13-7. Gee. That’s who’s facing Cole. Who? No, he’s on first.
Number of the Day
8: Mets wins in 11 games against the Phillies this season.
In case you just returned to earth after three months in outer space you need to know baseball’s trade deadline ends at 4 p.m. this Thursday. Trade deadlines in other sports come and go without a whisper. Not in baseball.
The rumor mill is running on all cylinders. Twitters are tweeting at dizzying paces. Such is the world of social media.
Which raises the question: is there such a thing as unsocial media? Plenty.
Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley lost its 6th in a row, 4-2, at Buffalo. DH Maikel Franco, 4-4, including 8th HR, 2 RBI.
Reading was held to 2 singles (4th and 8th innings) in losing, 2-0, at Portland.
Clearwater was squashed, 14-0, at Ft. Myers, getting 3 singles. CF Roman Quinn’s streak of stealing a base ends at 6 games.
Lakewood lost, 5-3, to Kannapolis. C Andrew Knapp 3 of the team’s 8 hits. 3B Mitch Walding, triple, 2 RBI.
Williamsport rained out at Batavia.
Gulf Coast League Phillies lost, 7-2, at the Pirates. 1B Luis Encarnacion, 2 doubles.
July 29, 1983: Phillies purchase contract of RHP Larry Andersen from Seattle Mariners.
July 29, 1984: 2B Juan Samuel and CF Von Hayes are the first Phillies to hit back-to-back home runs to lead off a game, a 6-4 win over Montreal at the Vet.
July 29, 1989: Phillies retire LHP Steve Carlton’s #32 in pre-game ceremony before 47,277 at the Vet.
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.