Too Many Walks
Going into the game:
**KK was 6-1 with a 2.28 ERA in his career against Atlanta. At home, he had a streak of 15 straight scoreless innings against the Braves and hadn’t given them a run since July 25.
**The Phillies pitching staff had issued 276 walks, fewest in the NL.
**Phillies relievers had allowed just seven runs in 43.1 innings since July 20.
All those numbers went out the window. Going into the second inning, KK had a 1-0 lead thanks to J-Roll’s lead-off homer, his 40th. It came on the first pitch he saw.
KK then came unglued in a 50-pitch, four-run second inning that included three walks. Two innings later, Atlanta led, 6-1. A big lead like that against Tim Hudson is usual lethal. But, the Phillies battled back with five to tie at 6-6 before the pen broke down, allowing six runs on three hits and six walks in two innings. The Braves got 12 runs on 10 hits, nine walks (two intentional) and one error.
Meanwhile, Braves relievers gave up one hit in 4.2 scoreless innings.
Day off on Thursday and then Alumni Weekend against the Cardinals, the highest-scoring NL team.
J-Roll’s homer was his 700th extra-base hit. Only Mike Schmidt has more in Phillies history, 1,015.
Ryan’s homer was his 500th extra-base hit. He’s 11th on the Phillies all-time list, three behind Cy Williams.
Four in that top 10 have played at Citizens Bank Park, J-Roll, Ryan, Bobby Abreu (585) and Pat Burrell (518).
Down On The Farm
Lehigh Valley nipped Buffalo, 5-4, in 12 innings on a wild pitch. RH Tyler Cloyd, no decision; gave up 4 runs in 6.2 innings, the most runs he’s allowed since May 20 when he gave up 5 in losing his only game of the season. Including Reading, he’s 14-1. RF Steve Susdorf, 2-5, with a steal, caught stealing and a pick off.
Reading beat Trenton, 7-2, as RH Ethan Martin (2-0) won his second straight, 2 runs, 1 earned, 5 hits, 6.1 innings. Homers by 1B Darin Ruf (23), LF Leandro Castro (8) and RF Brandon Tripp (5).
Clearwater lost its fifth straight, 4-3, to Tampa. LHS Austin Wright, no decision, 3 runs (1 earned), 7 innings, 5 strikeouts. OF Zach Collier, 2 hits, 2 RBI, seventh steal.
Lakewood blanked Kannapolis, 5-0, as LH Hoby Milner (4-2) won his third straight and stretched his scoreless streak to 18.2 innings, 5 hits, 6.1 innings, 5 strikeouts. 3B Miakel Franco, 3-4, 3 runs scored. He hit .207 in the first half; .318 in the second half.
Williamsport was a 6-2 winner at Mahoning Valley. RH Ulises Joaquin (1-1), 0 runs, 3 hits, 5 innings. First save for Luis Gonzalez, 3 innings, 3 hits, 5 strikeouts. C Chace Numata hit his first homer in 70 games as a pro.
Gulf Coast League Phillies were defeated by the Yankees, 4-2. Loser LH Franklyn Vargas (4-3); gave up the 4 runs in the first inning. 3B Zach Green, 2 doubles. He and teammate C Willians Astudillo are tied for the league lead in doubles (12) with two other players.
August 9, 1955: LF Del Ennis drives in his 1,000th run in 91 win vs. Pittsburgh. OF Ed Delahanty is the club’s all-time RBI leader (1,286). Check out www.phillies.com/alumni for a vintage photo of that night.
August 9, 1965: RHP Robin Roberts (6-7), pitching for Houston, blanks the Phillies on four hits, 8-0, at the Astrodome, his first start in the NL since September 10, 1961, when he was with the Phils.
August 9, 1976: RHP Robin Roberts is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, NY. Because of rain, induction ceremonies take place in the Otesaga Hotel small ballroom.