Improbable Win

Fans are leaving early and missing the excitement. For the third straight game, the Phillies have won in their last at-bat.  Tuesday night’s comeback was more improbable than Monday.

Cliff and Greinke were locked in a 1-1 duel through five innings.  Then, Cliff was tagged for four home runs in the next 10 batters.  Greinke had retired 18 of 19 when he was lifted after seven but leading 3-1.

Down, 6-1, the Phillies scored six times in the eighth, Kratz a two-run pinch homer and a bases-clearing double by Chooch who scored the winning run on a Hunter single.

So, the Phillies have won three in a row at home for only the second time this season.  They’ve won a series at home for the first time since June 19-21 vs. Colorado.  Since the All-Star break, 7-4, including two extra-inning losses that could have been wins.

Down On The Farm

Lehigh Valley ended a four-game losing streak with a 4-1 win over Norfolk, getting 8 singles.  RH B. J. Rosenberg (5-2) was the winner, 0 runs, 2 hits, 1 walk, 9 strikeouts in 5 innings.  12th save for RH Phillippe Aumont.

Reading lost its sixth in a row, 6-2, to Altoona.  C Sebastian Valle hit his 13th homer, his third in his last 8 games.

Clearwater moved into first place in the second half with a 3-1 win over Dunedin, third in a row for the Threshers.  DH Brian Schneider, a 2-run double.  LH Adam Morgan (4-8) allowed 1 run in 7 innings and fanned a career-high 13.  RH Mike Nesseth, 4th save.

Lakewood lost its third in a row, 6-2, at Hagerstown.  LF Aaron Altherr, 2-4.

Williamsport lost, 9-3, to Mahoning Valley.  2 hits each for 3B Mitch Walding and C Logan Moore.

Gulf Coast League Phillies lost, 2-1, to the Tigers in a game halted after 5.5 innings.  Other game with Detroit was rained out.  SS Zach Green, 2-2.


July 25, 1950: Shutouts by RHPs Bubba Church (7-0) and Robin Roberts (1-0) lead the Phillies to a sweep of a Shibe Park doubleheader vs. the Chicago Cubs before 32,726. The Phillies move into first place and stay there the rest of the season.

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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