Cole Gem

What a performance by Cole.  Didn’t have his sharp control but he battled.  Consecutive scoreless innings streak ended at 25 when the Marlins scored in the first inning.  As many great pitchers will do, the door was then closed.

He lasted 6.2 innings, throwing 127 pitches.  Durban, Madson and Lidge completed the gem with 2.1 scoreless innings.

Cole’s 13 strikeouts were two short of his career best, April 21, 2007, at Cincinnati.  Phillies record for most strikeouts in a nine-inning game by a lefty is 16, Steve Carlton, June 9, 1982.

From Elias Sports Bureau: Cole is 4-0 and has allowed only one run in 28.2 innings over his last four starts.  Last Phillies pitcher to have a four-start span like that was Randy Wolfe in 2002, 4-0, one run in 35 innings.

Offense stranded 12 base runners but the pitching gave the Phillies another win.  Pitching and defense can win a lot of games.

Shane had two of the Phillies five hits and scored both runs.  He’s hitting .386 this month with 14 runs scored and seven steals. 

With the win, the Phillies have won another series.

Series Finale
Doc is back on the mound tonight where he made history back on May 29 when he threw a perfect game at the Marlins. He struck out 11. His record then was 7-3.

In his next visit to Sun Life Stadium (August 3), he won again, 6-1, the run coming in the second inning on a Dan Uggla home run.  In seven innings, he allowed five hits.  His record then was 13-8.

Jim Bunning is the other Phillie to throw a perfect game, June 21, 1964, against the Mets at Shea Stadium, first game of a Sunday doubleheader. He struck out 10. His record then was 7-2.

In his next appearance at Shea Stadium (August 14), he won, 6-1, allowing five hits in nine innings in the first game of a Friday twi-night doubleheader.  The run came in the fifth inning.  His record then was 13-4.

Here’s a little tid-bit: Rick Wise was the winner in the second game on June 21.  He was the winner again in the second game on August 14.  It marked the third time Bunning and Wise had defeated the Mets in a double-header that season.

Lakewood Evens Series
In a game that included a brawl and four player ejections, the BlueClaws defeated the Drive in Greenville, SC, last night, 6-1, to even the championship series at 1-1.

Today is a travel day….a long bus ride of 700 miles.

Next game is Thursday night in Lakewood.  Tickets are available.


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