Weekend Review

Plenty happened over the weekend at Citizens Bank Park.  Shane got his 1,000th hit, Cole and Matt Cain matched pitches and each homered against the other in the same inning and most importantly, the Phillies salvaged a win on Sunday.

J-Roll came through Sunday with a walk-off single.  It is the fourth time they have won in that style.  They’ve witnessed 10 the other way.  It was the Phillies first win at home since June 26.  On Saturdays and Sundays, the Phillies are now 9-24.  If they played .500 ball on those two days, their mountain wouldn’t be that high.

Chooch walked to start the 12th and scored the winning run.  The day before Papelbon walked the first hitter in his second inning and it led to the winning run.

Credit solid pitching for Sunday’s win.  Joe-B and the bullpen did the job.  When Joe-B pitches 7 or more innings, his ERA is 2.34.  KK was outstanding at the other end and extended his scoreless innings streak to 18.2 innings, longest dry spell for the Phillies this season and longest current streak in the majors.

While eight of the Phillies 11 runs over the weekend came via home runs, the Scott Franzke hasn’t called a Daily News home run payoff winner since June 14.

So, after 96 games, the Phillies finally get to see the Brewers.  Yep, Milwaukee is still in the NL and a three-game series starts tonight.  Then, the Phillies will play four in Milwaukee next month.

Down On The Farm (weekend edition)

Lehigh Valley was swept by visiting Columbus and dropped out of first place for the first time this month.  LF Domonic Brown left Sunday’s game after 3 at-bats, apparently aggravating his achy right knee trying to make a diving catch.

Reading led 11-6 after 8 on Sunday and appeared to be headed for a 3-game sweep at Trenton when the Thunder scored 5 in the 9th before winning, 13-12 in 12.  RHR Tyler Knigge gave up a game-tying home run, the first homer he allowed this season, 39 games, 49 innings. RHS Jonathan Pettibone (8-7) and RHS Austin Hyatt (4-3) picked up the wins.

Clearwater split a pair at Port Charlotte before being rained out on Sunday.SS Egdar Duran hit a pair of homers on Saturday; RF Anthony Hewitt, his 11th in same game.

Lakewood remained in a tie for first in the second half by winning 2 of 3 in Hickory.  RF Kelly Dugan, 5-9, 5 RBI. RHR Kenny Giles (3-3) picked up Friday’s win with 3 perfect relief innings during which he fanned 7.

Williamsport lost 2 of 3 to State College. LF Larry Greene, 5-11, including 2nd home run. RHP Kevin Brady, 4 innings, 2 hits and RHP Chris Nichols (2-0), 3 innings, 1 hit, combined on a 5-0 shutout in Sunday’s second game.

Gulf Coast League Phillies beat Toronto on Friday and Saturday.  1B William Carmona and RF Andrew Pullin hit back-to-back homers on Saturday.  LHP Franklyn Vargas (3-1) tossed 5 scoreless, hitless innings on Saturday.

Alumni News, Notes and Photos

Where Are They Now?  Check out Paul Hagen’s latest feature of a Phillies alumnus on www.phillies.com/alumni.

Phlashback July 23, 1978: LHP Steve Carlton becomes the 78th pitcher to win 200 games with a 13-2 decision over Houston.


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