7th Straight Series Wins

The pattern continues: winning a series.  Over the weekend in New York, the Phillies took two games and won their seventh straight series.  Last time they lost a series was June 17-19 in Seattle.

Elias Sports Bureau: Vance became the second rookie in the last 40 seasons to start the first game after an All-Star break for a team that had the best record in the majors.  Craig McMurtry of the Braves did it at the Expos in 1983.

Cole lost on Saturday.  The Mets have his number as they are 10-3 against him, all 10 wins since 2007.

Kyle came up big on Sunday, one run in seven innings.  Antonio saved the win and gave up his first hit since June 5.  That’s an incredible streak.  He fanned the last batter of the game, the only strikeout for Phillies pitchers on Sunday.  That’s incredible.

Offensively, the Phillies have scored six runs per game in their last 12 games, second-best in the league this month.  ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick had a note last week that run production in two leagues is at its lowest level in two decades.  So, when the Phillies don’t score, it’s just not them.

J-Roll Continues Climbing
Jimmy had three hits on Sunday, putting him fourth place on the Phillies all-time list (1,814) behind Hall of Famers Ed Delahanty (2,217), Richie Ashburn (2,217) and Mike Schmidt (2,234).  That’s pretty heavy company.

Team flew from New York Sunday night for Chicago and a three-game series with the Cubs starting on Monday night . . . Tuesday night’s game will be telecast by the MLB Network . . . Phillies are 270-172 since 2005 following the All-Star Game break; during the last four playoff-run seasons, 182-112, best in the NL . . . Broadcaster Tom McCarthy was inducted into the Trenton Thunder Hall of Fame last Thursday night and had the broadcast booth named after him.  He started his baseball broadcasting career there in 1993.

Down On The Farm
Lehigh Valley won 2 of 3 vs. Syracuse and moved 18 games over .500, a franchise record . . . Reading took 2 of 3 in Trenton. Shane stole home in the first inning on Sunday afternoon in his rehab assignment.  He’s eligible to come off the DL on Tuesday . . . Clearwater dropped 2 of 3 in Port Charlotte; RHS Julio Rodriguez improved to 11-6 on Saturday . . . Lakewood won 2 of 3; LHS Jesse Biddle tossed 7 shutout innings on Friday night; 8 strikeouts . . . Williamsport won all 3, stretching its winning streak to 5. RHS Colin Kleven tossed 7, 2-hit scoreless innings on Saturday . . . Gulf Coast League Phillies split a pair against the Braves.  RHS Ramon Oviedo pitched 7 no-hit innings on Saturday afternoon.




Jimmy Rollins passed Del Ennis in hits as a Phillie yesterday (Rollins with 1814, Ennis with 1812) to move into fourth place in franchise history. The three players ahead of him Mike Schmidt, Richie Ashburn and Ed Delahanty all had over 2,000 hits with the Phillies. It’s also mathematically possible for Jimmy to pass Del in games played as a Phillie before the end of this season. He began the season in 10th place in games played but is now sixth with a chance to overtake Ennis and finish the season in fifth place. Rollins with 1585 games as a Phillie needs to play in 46 games to pass Ennis (1630 games) Barring injury it will happen this year. . The top four are Schmidt, Ashburn, Larry Bowa and Tony Taylor. Also: With three more games out of the bullpen Ryan Madson will pass Tug McGraw (463 games) to become the all time Phils franchise leader in games in relief. That would also rank third in overall games pitched behind Hall Of Famers Robin Roberts and Steve Carlton.

I need to correct my previous post about Ryan Madson. While it’s true that he needs just three pitching appearences to pass Tug MacGraw for third place in the pitching games department. I was off on the Relief Games Record. While Madson has 461 games pitched, 18 of these were starts. Therefore he has just 443 relief appearences. So he ranks third in that category behind McGraw (460) and Ron Reed (449). he needs 18 games in relief to set a new franchise record, which is definitely doable before the end of the 2011 season. Robin Roberts holds the record for the most games pitched (529 games). The Phillies must be one of the few franchises where a starting pitcher holds the record for most games pitched in franchise history rather than a reliever.

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