Frozen Offense

Winning the first two games of the series in Washington set the Phillies up for a series win. But, it didn’t happen as the offense went into a deep freeze scoring two runs in the last three games.

Roberto won his third straight for the first time since 2010 on Friday night as the offense eked out a 2-1 verdict and won the first two games of the four. That was followed by 11-0 and 4-0 losses, Cole losing yesterday for the fourth time this season while allowing two or fewer runs (he gave up one unearned run in seven innings). His ERA lowered to 2.42, fourth best in the NL.

So, for the last 21 innings, the offense has produced no runs on 10 total hits. To be fair, credit should go to the DC staff whose ERA is 3.13, second best in the NL (Padres, 3.12).

Number of the Day
886: Milestone reached during yesterday’s game–Games started at their respective positions by Ryan, Chase and Jimmy, matching the major league record held by the Dodgers’ Steve Garvey (1B), Davey Lopes (2B) and Bill Russell (SS). (Elias Sports Bureau).

Minor League Report (weekend edition)
Lehigh Valley won 2 of 3 games. DH Russ Canzler, 8th-9th HR. WP: Jo Reyes (1-2), Sean O’Sullivan (5-9). SV: Luis Garcia (18), Miguel Gonzalez (1) in AAA debut yesterday. LF Cameron Perkins, 4-12.

Reading spent the weekend in New Hampshire and lost 3 of 4 games. Severino Gonzalez (7-12) picked up the win on Saturday. LF Zach Collier, 5-12, 3 HR, 6 RBI in 3 games.

Clearwater won, 5-1 yesterday after losing 1st 2 games to St. Lucie. WP: Colin Kleven (5-8). CF Ramon Quinn, 3 G, 3 R, 3 H, 3 SB: hitting .385 in last 10 games. Has 22 steals in 62 games.

Lakewood had a win, a loss and a rainout. LF Sam Hiciano (9) and 3B Mitch Walding (4) homered in Friday’s 7-4 win for Ranfi Casimino (3-9).

Williamsport won 2 of 3. WP: David Whitehead (3-3), Mitch Gueller (5-2). CF Jiandido Tromp, 2 HR (10-11), 3 RBI. C Wilson Garcia, 4-9, 2 RBI, 3 games.

Gulf Coast League Phillies won both games, 10-6 and 4-2, vs. Houston. Saturday: 2B Tim Zier, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI; hitting .419 in last 10 games. C Joel Fisher 2 2B. C Chace Numata, 2 H, 3 RBI on Friday.

This Date
August 4, 1934, 2nd game: RHP Reggie Grabowski gave up a club-record 11 hits (10 singles) in one inning, an 11-run ninth as the Giants crushed the Phillies, 21-4, at Baker Bowl. He also hit two batters. Reggie escaped the wrath of the fans as there was no social media 80 years ago.

August 4, 2006: 2B Chase Utley’s 35-game hitting streak (.405, 62-153) ends in 5-3 win
against the Mets in Shea Stadium.

Alumni Birthdays
Today: P-MGR Dallas Green (80), LHP Eric Milton (39) . . . Tuesday: OF Rick Bosetti (6-1) . . . Wednesday: RHP Ray Culp (73) . . . Thursday: RHP Jason Grimsley (47) . . . Friday: RHP Brian Sanches (36) . . . Saturday: 1B Jim Adduci (55), LHP Kevin Saucier (58), RHP Bill Campbell (66), CH Claude Osteen (75), OF Chuck Essegian (83) . . . Sunday: C Sal Fasano (43)

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.

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