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.

More Oddities Than Runs

Last night’s marathon ended with more oddities than runs.

Ryan went deep leading off the second inning, ending a scoreless streak of 22 innings. Then, no runs until Ryan’s two-out, walk-off single in the 15th inning.

Howard now has 28 RBIs in extra innings since he entered the league in 2004. Only one major-league player has driven in more runs beyond the ninth inning than Howard, Albert Pujols (29). (Elias Sports Bureau).

KK started and turned in an outing that nearly matched his first start back on April 2. Then he worked 7 innings, allowed 5 hits, 1 run, walked 1 and struck out 4. The only different number last night, 3 strikeouts.

Giles, Pap and Jake tossed 3 scoreless innings (8th, 9th, 10th) but needed 80 pitches. Houston’s bullpen used 37 pitches for the same scoreless innings.

Antonio walked 1 in 2 innings and struck out 6. It took him 30 pitches.

Hector Neris, making his major league debut in the 15th, picked up the win, 9 pitches, 8 for strikes.

Seven Phillies relievers combined for 144 pitches, 1 hit, 14 strikeouts in 8 innings.

Phillies pitchers threw 234 pitches, Houston, one fewer.

It was the Phillies fifth game of at least 14 innings, matching the club record of 1958.

And, it was the Phillies first interleague win since the season opener in Texas on March 31. They had lost 8 games in a row, 1 shy of the club record set in 1997.

Number of the Day
5: Miles per hour wind at end of the game, which took 5 hours, 5 minutes.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley lost, 8-5, to Durham. SS Freddy Galvis, 4 H, including 1st HR, 3 R, 2 RBI, SB. DH Russ Canzler (10th HR). 2B Cesar Hernandez and 3B Maikel Franco, 2 hits each.

Reading won, 3-2, over Harrisburg. WP: Hobby Milner (7-5). LF Zach Collier, 7th HR, 5 in last 4 games. 2B Albert Cartwright, 2b, RBI, 22nd-23rd SB.

Clearwater lost, 3-1, to Daytona; held to 5 singles, 2 by 1B Art Charles. CF Ramon Quinn reached base for the 20th straight game.

Lakewood lost, 8-1, to Asheville; 4 hits, 2 by Willians Astudillo. Attendance: 5,307, exact same total as Reading.

Williamsport was not scheduled. OF Jiandido Tromp’s 12 HR are 1 shy of the club record shared by Zach Green and Walter Young.

Gulf Coast League Phillies won 4th in a row, 7-4, over Braves. 2B Olvy Marte, 3 H, 2 RBI, 2 R. 3B Tim Zier, 2 H, lifting average to .370.

This Date
August 6, 1890: Manager Harry Wright returns to the dugout after missing more than two months due to blindness. (Courtesy

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.

Interleague Returns

Familiar foe in new setting.

After 51 seasons in the National League, the Houston Astros were switched to the American League West a year ago. The Phillies and Astros played each other 566 times in the NL, plus the gut-wrenching five-game League Championship Series in 1980.

Now, the Phillies are playing the A.L. Astros for the first time, a three-game series starting tonight. Yep, interleague play is back.

Houston features a 5-foot-5 All-Star second baseman, Jose Altuve. He’s playing big in the A.L., leading the league in hitting (.339), hits (155) and stolen bases (43). The Astros are last in hitting (.239) but third in home runs (123).

Number of the Day
1: Phillies wins in nine interleague competition this year with eight more games on the schedule (other than Houston): Angels (2), Mariners (3) and A’s (3).

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley won 5th in last 6 games, 7-1, over Durham. 3B Maikel Franco, 1B, 2B (25), 2 RBI. 2B Cesar Hernandez 2 hits, RBI. WP: Greg Smith (8-8).

Reading won, 5-1, over Harrisburg. WP: Adam Loewen (2-4). RF Kelly Dugan, 2 H, RBI. LF Zach Collier, 6th HR, 4 in last 3 games (13 AB). Began season with 2 HR in 181 AB.

Clearwater lost, 10-4, to St. Lucie. 3B Harold Martinez, 3 H, 2 RBI. CF Roman Quinn, 2 H, 23rd SB.

Lakewood won, 6-5, over Asheville. Every starter but 2B Andrew Pullin (0-4) had a hit. 5 different players drove in a run. WP: Aaron Baker (1-1), 3 hitless, scoreless relief IP.

Williamsport lost, 6-3, to Aberdeen. LF Jiandido Tromp, 12th HR; has homered in 3 straight games.

Gulf Coast League Phillies won, 11-6, at the Braves. LF Carlos Duran, 4 R, 3 H, SB. 2B Tom Zier, 4 H, 3 RBI. WP: Austin Davis (1-1)

This Date
August 5, 1921: KDKA in Pittsburgh broadcasts the first major league game, an 8-5 Pirates win over the Phillies at Forbes Field. Harold Arlin is the play-by-play announcer. His grandson, Steve, is the Phillies’ first-round selection in June, 1966, secondary phase.

August 5, 1927: RF Cy Williams hits for the cycle and drives in six runs as the Phillies beat Pittsburgh, 9-7, in Forbes Field. (Photo: National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum).
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August 5, 1975: Phillies set a major league record by getting eight hits in a row at the start of their first inning (four singles, two doubles, two homers) in a 13-5 romp over Chicago at the Vet. Ten-run first inning is Phillies’ biggest first inning since 1948.

August 5, 1977 : Seven-run eighth lifts the Phillies to an 8-3 win over visiting Los Angeles and into first place for the first time this season. Victory is manager Danny Ozark’s 400th.

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.

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.

More Thursdays

Cliff was dealing but after his 31st pitch on Thursday night, he was finished. He was much sharper in his third start since coming off the DL but motioned to the dugout after that pitch. Same elbow injury as earlier so his season is likely over. This is the first time in his career he’s been disabled with an injury to his pitching arm.

OK, how about some good news?

Thank goodness for Thursdays. Phillies pounded out 16 singles and one double in ending a four-game losing streak at Nationals Park Thursday night. Their Thursday record improved to 9-5, the only winning day of the week. Next year, more Thursday games, please.

Number of the Day
13: Consecutive seasons in which Rollins has stolen 20 or more bases.

Train RideFollowing their Sunday afternoon game in DC, it’s “all-aboard” an AMTRAK charter train for a ride home.

Three-game series with the Astros starts on Tuesday. Mets follow for four which carries over to Monday, August 11.

Alumni Weekend is on tap next weekend: Roy Halladay bobble head on Friday . . . Charlie Manuel’s Wall of Fame induction the next night . . . Toyota Alumni Day on Sunday with over 40 Alumni on hand and a Monday day game.

Wall of Famers will return plus some new Alumni faces in Jim Thome, Aaron Rowand, Halladay and Marlon Anderson for parts of the four-day weekend.

Minor League Report
Players of the Week (July 21-27)
Player –  1B/DH Jake Fox, Reading … 7 G … Batted .440 (11-25), .517 OBP, 1.04 SLG, 5 R, 3 2B, 4 HR, 14 RBI … Fox was signed by the Phillies as a minor league free agent on 6/13/14 … Since joining Reading, Fox has appeared in 42 games and is batting .350 (55-157) over that stretch.
Pitcher – RHP Franklyn Kilome, Gulf Coast League Phillies … 1 GS, 1-0, 1.80 ERA (5.0 IP), 0 BB, 4 SO, 0.80 WHIP, .188 OPP AVG (4-19) … Win was his first as a professional …. He has a 1.50 ERA in 18.0 innings for the GCL Phils this season …  A 6-foot-6, 19-year-old right hander was signed as an amateur free agent on 1/22/13 by Koby Perez.

Lehigh Valley won, 5-2, vs. Rochester. WP: David Buchanan (6-2), 7.1 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 SO. RF Russ Canzler 3-run HR (#7).

Reading won, 6-5, at New Hampshire. WP: Nefi Ogando (4-1); SV: Miguel Gonzalez (5). CF Aaron Altherr, 2 H, including 9th HR.

Clearwater won, 9-3, at Ft. Myers. WP: Aaron Nola (2-3), 5 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 8 SO. CF Roman Quinn, double, 4th HR. 1B Chris Serritella, 4th HR, 3 RBI.

Lakewood won, 6-3, at Delmarva. WP: Yacksel Rios (5-0). C Andrew Knapp, 4 H, 3 R. 1B Willians Astudillo, 3 H, 2 RBI.

Williamsport lost 2 to Connecticut. 3-0 in 7-inning first game and 6-5 in 13-inning nightcap. CF Jiandido Tromp’s 1-out triple in the 7th inning was Williamsport’s lone hit in the first game.

Gulf Coast League Phillies lost, 4-2, at the Tigers.

This Date
August 1, 1971: St. Louis scores three in the top of the 12th at Veterans Stadium when it the game is halted by rain. The Zamboni machine, used to vacuum the water from the artificial playing surface, breaks down. Cardinals file a protest and the NL rules a 3-3 suspended game, to be completed prior to the regular game on September 7. When the game resumed, Phillies score three in their 12th to tie before St. Louis wins in 13, 9-6.

August 2, 1894: CF Billy Hamilton sets major league record for most consecutive games scoring a run when he crosses plate in 24th consecutive game as Phillies beat Brooklyn Dodgers, 9-8, at Baker Bowl.

August 2, 1919: 1B Fred Luderus plays in his 479th consecutive game for the Phillies, breaking the Major League Baseball record held by Eddie Collins of the Chicago White Sox. The streak began on June 2, 1916 and ended after 533 games with the 1920 season opener.

August 2, 1970: 2B Tony Taylor hits an ultimate grand slam (trailing by three runs in the last inning) to give the Phillies a 7-6 win over San Francisco at Connie Mack Stadium.

August 2, 1984: Phillies beat Cardinals, 3-2, in St. Louis. Larry Andersen’s club record for relief pitchers of pitching 32 2/3rds straight scoreless innings ends when Cardinals
score in bottom of the eighth inning with two out.

August 2, 1986: Phillies set a club record with five triples in beating the Chicago Cubs at
the Vet, 12-2, on a Saturday afternoon NBC telecast. LF Gary Redus has two; one each
for C John Russell, SS Steve Jeltz and 2B Juan Samuel.

August 3, 1980: OF Chuck Klein, one of the greatest sluggers in Phillies history, is
inducted posthumously into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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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.

Blow Out In NY

The much maligned offense put up two runs on the scoreboard, one coming in the top of the fifth for a 1-0 lead yesterday afternoon in New York. From there, it went downhill and the Mets coasted, 11-2. KK and the bullpen couldn’t contain the Mets.

J-Roll accounted for the second run with his second career pinch-hit homer. Other came in 2009 vs. San Diego.

Surprised the Phillies lost yesterday? Hey, it was Wednesday and they are now 4-12 on that day. Don’t schedule any Wednesday games next year.

Number of the Day
0: Wins in Nationals Park this season in three games. Four-game series begins there tonight. Since Park opened in 2008, Phillies are 28-29.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley ended a 7-game losing streak, 8-6, at Rochester, scoring 5 in the 8th and 3 in the 9th. 3B Maikel Franco, 9th HR, 2 RBI; has 3 homers in last 5 games; hitting .306 in last 10 games . . . WP: Cesar Jimenez (3-2).

Reading lost, 2-1, in Portland. RF Kelly Dugan’s 1st inning RBI single was lone hit for the Fightin Phils.

Clearwater edged Ft. Myers, 8-7. CF Ramon Quinn, 2 hits, 2 RBI. 1B Chris Serritella, 1st homer, 2 men on. WP: Miguel Nunez (5-7). SV: Cody Forsythe (3).

Lakewood lost, 4-0, at Delmarva, getting 5 hits. 2B Drew Stankiewicz was promoted from Williamsport.

Williamsport rained out.

Gulf Coast League Phillies defeated Tigers, 3-0 and 7-2. Denton Keys (1-1) won the opener, 0 R, 1 H, 6 IP. SV: Jared Fisher (1). RF Jesus Posso, 2-run 2B. Second game: WP: Seranthony Dominiquez (1-2). SV: Kyle Bogese (2). CF Carlos Dugan, 2-run 2B.

This Date
July 31, 1982: 2B Manny Trillo’s major league record for consecutive errorless games ends at 89 when he makes a seventh-inning error in a 2-0 win over Chicago. He also sets a ML record for consecutive errorless chances, 479, during the streak.

July 31, 1994: LHP Steve Carlton, the winningest pitcher in Phillies history, is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Check out a story at about this day.

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.

Cole, Chase on Broadway

Philadelphia Phillies v New York Mets

Cole is some kind of a groove. His dominance on the mound continued last night in New York, eight brilliant innings of a 6-0 shutout. Threw 109 pitches, 82 for strikes.

His ERA dropped to 2.55, 1.58 over his last 12 starts. In his last three starts: 2 runs, 1 walk, 27 strikeouts.

As has been the case all year, Cole didn’t have much offensive support. He rode early solo homers by J-Roll and Grady. Chase gave him plenty of breathing room with his fifth career grand slam in the seventh inning. He joined Dick Allen, Pat Burrell, Greg Luzinski, Andy Seminick and Darren Daulton for third place in the team’s all-time list.

Chase’s first four slams all came in the NL west, three vs. the Rockies and a pinch-hit job against the Giants.

Number of the Day
101: Combined career homers against the Mets by Howard (40), Utley (32), Rollins (29).

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley lost, 6-1, at Rochester, 7th straight defeat. IronPigs held to 3 singles.

Reading lost, 3-2, at Portland, SS Edgar Duran, 3 doubles and then won the 2nd game, 4-1. Duran had another 2B, RBI. WP: Kyle Simon (3-2); SV: Colton Murray (2).

Clearwater won, 5-3, at Ft. Myers. CF Roman Quinn, 4 hits, 18th-19th steals. Has 8 steals in last 8 games. WP: Colin Kleven (4-8); SV: Cody Forsythe (2).

Lakewood won, 7-2, over Kannapolis. RF Dylan Cozens, 1B, organization-leading 14th HR, 4 RBI. 2B Andrew Pullin, 2 H, 2 RBI. CF Carlos Tocci, 2 H, 3 R. WP: Yoel Mecias (2-0).

Williamsport won, 3-2, at Batavia in the first game. 2B Drew Stankieqicz, 2-run 2B. WP: Mitch Gueller (4-2) . . . Lost nightcap, 1-0, in 11 innings. Crosscutters were out-hit, 4-2 but won the first game; then, they out-hit Batavia, 6-3, in the 11-inning defeat.

Gulf Coast League Phillies blanked the Pirates, 8-0, as 2 pitchers combined on a 2-hitter. WP: Nic Hanson (1-1), 5 IP, 0 H. 2 hits, 2 RBI: CF Carlos Duran, RF Jose Pujols.

This Date
July 30, 1950: RHP Robin Roberts tosses his third consecutive shutout, 10-0, against the Pirates at Shibe Park. Others were 2-0 at Cincinnati on July 22 and 1-0 vs. the Cubs on July 25.

July 30, 1995: With the largest crowd, an estimated 28,000, ever to attend the ceremony, 3B Mike Schmidt and OF Richie Ashburn are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Where’s Paul?
Yes, where and what is Paul Quantrill doing these days? Well, another Paul (Hagen) has a terrific feature in about the former Phillies reliever.

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.

Mets Get A.J. Early

A crooked number in the first inning off A.J. is all the Mets needed in beating the Phillies last night, 7-1. That crooked number? Four.

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.

Trade Deadline
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.

This Date
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.

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.

Howard Leads The Way

Well, another weekend of interesting and strange baseball. Result: Phillies win two of three and are now 6-0-1 in the last seven series vs. Diamondbacks.

Highlights and lowlights:

**KK, who has experienced numerous disastrous first innings, got out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam on Friday without allowing a run. Offense produced nine runs, bullpen gave up four runs but KK beat the Diamondbacks for the first time ever. He’s now got a win against every NL team.

**Offense took 6-1 lead after three on Saturday and then went into hibernation. Bullpen imploded in the 13th inning.

**Antonio had the rare distinction of allowing a pinch-hit grand slam on Friday and a pinch-hit three run homer in Saturday’s loss.

**Roberto threw only 75 pitches in seven innings and allowed only two runs winning Sunday. He won two in a row for the first time since early in the 2011 season. He’s made 70 starts since then.

**Phillies had only four hits in that game but scored the lead run and insurance run thanks to Arizona errors.

**First two runs came on a homer by Ryan, his first since June 1. The two RBI gave him 20, which makes him second to Buster Posey, 21-20, for most RBI vs. a LHP in the NL this season. From Elias Sports Bureau: Howard has hit 81 percent of his home runs this season with runners on base (13 of 16), the highest percentage for any major-leaguer with at least eight homers.

**Phillies took the lead on an RRR in the sixth inning. What’s that, you ask? Replay Review Run. Ryan was out by a mile at home plate but the Arizona catcher didn’t allow a clear path to the plate. Phillies asked for a review, the out was removed and a run added. As Todd Zolecki reported, Sandberg said, “This year that’s a run. The last 100 years that’s not a run.” Personally, go back to the way the game was played the last 100 years. Home plate collisions are risky but part of the way the game should be played.

Special Day
The Phillies wore a patch on their jerseys yesterday commemorating the 75th anniversary of the first Hall of Fame class in Cooperstown, NY, that included former Phillie legend, Grover Cleveland Alexander.

What a day it was in that little village with the inductions of Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Frank Thomas and three legendary managers, Bobby Cox, Joe Torre and Tony La Russa.

Hall of Famers Mike Schmidt, Jim Bunning and Pat Gillick were there for the weekend festivities.

If you haven’t been to Cooperstown, put it on your bucket list.

On The Road Again
Road trip that calls for three games in New York and four in Washington starts tonight. Frank Coppenbarger’s itinerary called for busses Sunday evening to NY, a Delta charter flight on Wednesday night to DC and an AMTRAK charter train home next Sunday evening. Missing are canoes.

Number of the Day
12: Doubles Phillies hit in the three-game series.

Minor League Report (Weekend Edition)
Lehigh Valley was swept in a 3-game series in Buffalo’s Coca-Cola Park, the same name as the IronPigs’ play pen in Allentown. 2B-SS Cesar Hernandez, 6-13 series. 1B Maikel Franco, 7th HR on Saturday.

Reading won 1 of 3 against Akron, 3 hits in 5-0 Friday loss, 6-3 win on Saturday behind Hoby Milner (6-5) and Colton Murray (3rd SV) and 6-4 loss Sunday, Miguel Gonzalez yielding 2 9th inning runs to the visitors.

Clearwater won 1 of 3 at Jupiter. Friday and Saturday were 3-2 losses. 7-6 win came Sunday on Brian Pointer’s game-winning SF in the 9th inning. Jupiter manager Brian Schneider was ejected on the play. Pointer also hit a 2-run HR, #10. SS J.P. Crawford hitting .343 in last 10 games. CF Roman Quinn has 17 steals is 55 games.

Lakewood won 2 before losing a DH on Sunday to Kannapolis. No decision on Sunday, Matt Imhof, 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 4 SO. Weekend HR: Larry Greene (1), 3B Mitch Walding (3).

Williamsport lost all 3, 2 at Mahoning Valley and Sunday at Batavia. 2B Drew Stankiewicz, 16 hits in last 10 games (.444), boosting season average to .325. 1B Rhys Hoskins hit 5th HR Sunday.

Gulf Coast League Phillies split 2 games, 14-1 loss to Yankees and 4-2 win over NYY. No decision Sunday for Jesse Biddle, 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO.

Alumni Birthdays
Today: 1B Carmelo Martinez (54), INF Ted Lepcio (85) . . . Tuesday: RHP Mike Williams (46), LHP Dave LaPoint 55) . . . Thursday: OF Pete Koegel (67), OF Fred Van Dusen (74) . . . Friday: RHP Freddy Garcia (42), OF Greg Jefferies (54), OF Greg Gross (62), INF Pete Mackanin (63) . . . Sunday: OF Wendell Magee (42), INF Kevin Elster (50).

This Date
July 25-28, 1951: RHP Robin Roberts (7/25 at St. Louis), LHP Ken Johnson (7/26 at STL), RHP Bubba Church (7/27 at Chicago) and RHP Russ Meyer (7/28 at CHI) set a club record with four consecutive shutouts.

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.

Cole Sweeps Aside Broom

Once again, Cole didn’t get much offensive support but he made two runs hold up.

Throwing 116 pitchers (90 strikes) in eight innings, he evened his record at 5-5 with the 2-1 win yesterday, his second consecutive 2-1 victory. He fanned 10, including Pence three times. Hunter had been a Phillie-killer in this series. Cole lowered his ERA to 2.72, ninth best in the NL. Of the eight pitchers ahead of him, he has the fewest wins.

It was his first win against an NL west team since 2012 (Rockies).

Pap pitched for the third straight day and got a 1-2-3 save. In three days, he had a blown save, loss and save.

The Phillies avoided being swept for the ninth time this season and avoided two, four-game sweeps at home for the first time since 1972 (Mets/Cardinals).

Number of the Day
9: Times Cole has allowed one or fewer runs in a game this season. He’s 4-0 with five no decisions.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley lost the suspended game from the night before, 7-2, and the regular game, 5-1. Eight total hits.

Reading won, 6-1, over Akron. WP: Ryan O’Sullivan (5-5). DH Jake Fox, organization-leading 14th homer; 38th game with Reading after being signed out of the Mexican League. 2B Carlos Alonso, 9th HR.

Clearwater won, 7-4, at Jupiter. WP: Miguel Nunez (4-7), 1 R, 6 IP, 2 H. C Gabriel Lino, 4 RBI.

Lakewood won, 8-2, over Greenville. WP: Jon Prosinski (4-3). 2 hits: CF Carlos Tocci, 2B Andrew Pullin, RF Dylan Cozens, 1B Zack Green. 2 RBI: Cozens, 3B Mitch Walding.

Williamsport won, 5-1, over Mahoning Valley. WP: Feliberto Sanchez (2-4). CF Jiandido Tromp, 3-3, RBI (26th).

Gulf Coast League Phillies split a pair against the Blue Jays, 9-2 loss and 12-1 win. WP: Franklyn Kilome (1-0). DH Jesus Posso, 2 H, 5 RBI. LF Jake Sweeney, 2 H, 3 RBI.

This Date
July 25, 1980, 1st game: RHP Dick Ruthven throws a Vet-record 12 innings in his complete game, 5-4, win over Atlanta. 3B Mike Schmidt hits his 260th home run to break Del Ennis’ club record.


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