Lights Out Bullpen

Way too often this season, Cole would pitch brilliantly and not pick up a win. Yesterday, he wasn’t as sharp as he’s been but did get the W, thanks to brilliant relief pitching.

Jake, Ken and Pap completely closed the door on the Mariners. They combined for four shutout innings. Nine of the 12 outs came on strikeouts. The Phillies took two of three, the first time they’ve ever won a series against Seattle.

St. Louis starts a weekend series on Friday night. Monday baseball’s hottest team, the Nationals, come to town for three night games.

Number of the Day
7: Wins for Cole, tops on the staff.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley lost, 9-0, at Pawtucket, getting only four hits.

Reading lost, 8-0, at Bowie. RF Kelly Dugan, 2 doubles, 2 RBI.

Clearwater won, 7-3, at Daytona. CF Ramon Quinn, 1B, 2B, HR (6), 4 RBI. 1B Art Charles, 16th HR. WP: Mark Leiter Jr. (3-4). Threshers have won 5 of last 6 games.

Lakewood lost, 5-1, at West Virginia, getting 6 hits, 2 by C Willians Astudillo.

Williamsport lost, 9-1, to Mahoning Valley, on 4 hits, one a HR by CF Jiandido Tromp (13).

Gulf Coast League Phillies lost, 4-0, to Houston. C Joel Fisher’s one-out single in the eighth was Phillies lone hit.

This Date
August 21, 1949, 2nd game
Fans litter the Shibe Park field after umpire George Barr rules a line drive to CF Richie Ashburn was trapped and not caught. Umpires forfeit the game to the New York Giants.

August 21, 1972
Steve Carlton’s club-record 15-game winning streak ends by the Atlanta Braves, 2-1, in 11 innings at Veterans Stadium.

August 21, 1990
Phillies tie club record with nine runs in the top of the ninth for a 1211
comefrombehind (trailed 111 at one point) win in Los Angeles. Carmelo Martinez’
double is the gamewinner.

August 21, 1991
1B John Kruk is hit by pitch for first time in his career, 2,681 plate appearances. Phillies
win, 43, in 11 innings vs. Pittsburgh.

Book Signings
I’ll be signing my book (If These Walls Could Talk):

**Thursday, August 28, Community Library, 199 N. College Street, Myerstown, PA; 5-7:30 p.m.

**Sunday, September 28, Citizens Bank Park, behind section 111, 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

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