Big Red Machine Next

KK turned in his second straight gem, the sleepy offense that had produced 17 runs in the first six games of the trip put up eight and the Phillies ended a 4-3 journey by winning the last two in Milwaukee.

The eight runs came from the # 6-7-8 hitters, 7 for 13 with all eight RBI, four by Brown and two each by Martinez and Schneider.  KK hasn’t given up a run in his last two starts following a talking to by Charlie.

The Phillies returned home after Sunday’s game for a 10-game homestand that begins with seven games against the two best teams in the majors, the new Big Red Machine and the East-leading Nationals.

For the first time this season, the Phillies and Reds meet, a four-game series that starts tonight.  The Phillies will visit Cincinnati for three in September.

The Reds lost reigning MVP Joey Votto on July 15 and haven’t skipped a beat, going 24-10 without him.  That includes a five-game losing streak.

Despite losing Votto, the Reds have been one of the healthier teams.  They’ve used 33 players this season, fewest in the majors.  They’ve had only six different starting pitchers.  The needed a sixth starter for the first time last week.

The Phillies have won six in a row against them from last season’s 7-1 domination.  At Citizens Bank Park, the Reds are 9-20.

Down On The Farm (weekend review)

Lehigh Valley lost 2 of 3 to trail Pawtucket by 1 game in a battle for the wildcard berth. 2B Cesar Hernandez had an 8-pitch walk-off SF for the win on Saturday.  The IronPigs have a club-record 13 walk-off wins.  Their 41-21 home record is the best in AAA.

Reading was 1-2 in Akron. Phillies are in third place, 1 game behind New Britain for a postseason berth. Win went to RH Ethan Martin (4-0), 0 runs, 7 innings on Saturday, a 1-0 decision on a game-winning RBI double in the seventh inning by LF D’Arby Myers.  CF Tyson Gillies was 7-13.  1B Darin Ruf hit his 30th homer on Sunday.  3B Cody Asche had a 12-game hitting streak end on Friday and followed with 4-7 in the next 2 games.

Clearwater won 2 of 3 from Brevard County.  Threshers are in fourth place, 2.5 games out.  They need to win the second half to get into the postseason.  LH Jesse Biddle (9-5) tossed 7 no-hit innings on Friday when he was removed after 98 pitches.  RH Kenny Giles gave up a broken-single with 1 out in the ninth for the only hit.  CF Zach Collier homered in each game.

Lakewood was 1-1 in Greensboro plus a rain out on Sunday.  BlueClaws are in fourth place, 4 games out.  They need to win the second half to reach the postseason. C Gabriel Lino stretched his hitting streak to 8 games.  3B Maikel Franco hit 25th double, 13th homer and drove in 5 runs in Friday’s 15-9 win.

Williamsport won 2 of 3.  Crosscutters are in sixth place.  SS Roman Quinn stole 3 bases (21 for the season).

Gulf Coast League Phillies had Friday’s game suspended by rain which washed out 2 games on Saturday.  Season ends Saturday.


August 20, 1961: Scoring 4 times in the top of the eighth inning, the Phillies end an NL-record 23-game losing streak behind RHP John Buzhardt, 7-4, at the Milwaukee Braves.  The streak began with a 4-3 loss to San Francisco on July 29.  Seventeen of the losses came on the road.

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