Stingy Bullpen

Credit the bullpen for last night’s win that gave the Phillies a 2-2 split in the series with the Reds.  Cole gave up three runs in six innings and turned the game over to the pen.  Five relievers tossed five hitless, scoreless innings and the Phillies finally won it in the 11th.

After leaving the winning run on third with less than two out in both and ninth and 10th innings, Mayberry came through with a one-out bases-loaded single in the 11th.

The Phillies are 6-9 in extra inning games, winning their last four, all at home.

One of the relievers was Phillippe Aumont who was making his major league debut. The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, that has three former Phillies as inductees, Ferguson Jenkins, Pat Gillick and Rheal Cormier, requested an item from Aumont’s debut.  Frank Coppenbarger, Director of Travel and Equipment, indicated they would donate Aumont’s cap.  The 23-year-old Aumont was born in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada.

The second-best team in the NL left town to make room for a weekend season against the Nationals, the league’s best team.  Phillies are 4-5 against Washington, having won three of the last four.  The same two teams end the season in DC on Oct. 1-2-3.

Down On The Farm

Lehigh Valley lost, 5-3, at Rochester but stayed ½ game ahead of Pawtucket in the battle for the wildcard berth.  No decision for RHS Tyler Cloyd, 7 innings, 3 hits (2 homers), 3 runs, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts.  Loser LHR Joe Savery (1-1), 2 unearned runs, 1 inning.

Reading won on a 7th inning grand slam from 1B Darin Ruf, 7-6, over Erie.  Phillies are in 2nd, 1 game ahead of New Britain for a postseason berth.  Homer was the 33rd for Ruf and 3rd this week.  3B Cody Ashe, 3-3, 3 runs, 15th double, 10th homer, 2 RBI.  No decision for RHS Ethan Martin, 4 runs, 7 walks, 5 hits, 4.2 innings.  Winner: RH Julio Rodriguez (7-7); 21st save for Justin Friend.

Clearwater blanked Daytona, 3-0, to pull within 1 game of first place in the second half of the season.  LHS Jesse Biddle (10-5), fresh from a 7-inning no-hit outing, tossed 7 more scoreless innings, allowing 2 first-inning hits, while striking out 9. 149 strikeouts now lead the FSL.

Lakewood nipped Kannapolis, 8-7. 1B William Carmona, double, 1st homer, 4 RBI. RF Kelly Dugan, 3-4.  3B Maikel Franco, 2 doubles (29).

Williamsport bowed, 5-2, at Jamestown.  SS Roman Quinn, 1-4, 7th double, 2 RBI.  RHS Kevin Brady (1-3) took the loss, 5 unearned runs, 3.2 innings.

Gulf Coast League Phillies lost twice to the Pirates, 6-0, 4-2.  RF Dylan Cozens, 2-4, triple in 1st game; SS Angelo Mora, 3-3, in 2nd game.  Season ends on Saturday.

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