Offense Awakens


Buchanan made his return to the majors a memorable one, getting his first major league hit and RBI and winning his sixth game, tying Cole and Roberto for the club high in wins. Final: 10-3, a rare Wednesday win.

Ben led a 12-hit attack with four. The top four hitters went 10-18 as the dormant offense awoke with a five-spot in the first inning. Chase’s homer marked the 11th straight season of double-digits in dingers, one of five second basemen to do so. Last was Jeff Kent (12, 1997-2008). Howard drove in two runs, giving in him 67 for the season, fourth best in the league.

So, the Phillies have won two consecutive series at home for the first time since last September.

Number of the Day
1,041.0: Innings by the Phillies pitching staff, most in the NL.

Minor League Report
Players of the Week (July 28-Aug. 3)
Player – OF Roman Quinn, Clearwater … 7 G … Batted .414 (12-29), .485 OBP, .586 SLG, 6 R, 2 2B, HR, 5 RBI, 4 BB, 5 SB … He led CLR with 12 hits as he batted .414 in 7 G … Quinn finished the week hitting safely in 11 of his last 12 games and was batting .369 (17-46), HR, 3 2B, 9 BB, 10 SB during that time… Drafted in the 2nd round of the 2011 draft out of Port St. Joe High School (FL), Quinn was signed by Aaron Jersild.
Pitcher – RHP, Colin Kleven, Clearwater … 2 G, 2-0, 1.38 ERA (2 ER, 13.0 IP), 5 BB, 7 H, 11 SO … The 6-foot-5 righty has posted 7.6 SO/9.0 IP (11 SO, 13.0 IP) over his 2 starts this week … A native of Kamloops, British Columbia, Kleven was selected by the Phillies in 33Rd round of the June 2009 draft out of R.E. Mountain High School and signed by Tim Kissner.

Lehigh Valley was not scheduled; travel day to Toledo.

Reading won, 9-2, over Harrisburg; 3rd straight win. DH Jake Fox, 16th HR, 4 RBI. RF Kelly Dugan, 13th 2B, 1B, RBI. WP: Aaron Nola (1-0), 5 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, first AA start.

Clearwater blanked Daytona, 4-0. WP: Jesse Biddle (1-0), 5 IP, 1 BB, 5 SO, his first game since June 23. HR: DH Brandon Short (3), 1B Art Charles (13).

Lakewood was not scheduled.

Williamsport lost, 6-2, at Hudson Valley. LF Jiandido Tromp, 2 2B. RF Cord Sandberg, 2 H.

Gulf Coast League Phillies won fifth in a row, 2-1, over Yankees. WP: Denton Keys (2-1), 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO. RF Jose Pujols, 4th HR.

This Date
August 7, 1991 LHP Mitch Williams ties major league record for relief pitchers by beating Chicago Cubs, 5-4, at Veterans Stadium in 11 innings for his third victory in three consecutive games.

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, 199 N. College Street, Myerstown, PA; 5-7:30 p.m.

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