Hard-to-believe numbers

Yesterday’s blog started with interesting numbers. Today, hard-to-believe numbers, really hard-to-believe.

Cole fell to 1-6 yesterday and the Phillies fell to 1-8 in his nine starts. In 2012, the Phillies went 21-10 in his 31 starts. Cole’s sixth loss a year ago came on August 2, his 21st start.

Much of this season the offense has been unproductive when Cole takes the mound. Unfortunately, much of the season, Cole’s struggled with his command. He’s tied for the league lead in walks. That’s not typical Cole.

The long ball has also haunted Cole. He gave up two more yesterday, giving him nine in 56.2 innings.

On a historic note, sort of, the Indians win was their first in Philadelphia since August 25, 1954, when they defeated the Philadelphia A’s, 4-3, in 10 innings at Connie Mack Stadium.  Attendance: 7,311. Bob Lemon threw 9.2 innings for the win.

All players and coaches will be on hand for the Phillies Phestival tonight . . . Dallas Green will sign his new book, The Mouth That Roared, on Sunday from 12 noon until 1 p.m. at the first base newsstand.

Minor League Notes
**Players of the Week……..
Pitcher – RHP, Ethan Martin, Lehigh Valley… 2 starts, 2-0, 12.0 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 11 SO… Saturday’s win (5/11 at DUR) was Martin’s second-consecutive victory; Martin now has three of the five victories by IronPigs starters this season… Martin took a shutout into the bottom of the 7th (5/11 at DUR) before surrendering his first run; also snapping an 11.0 IP scoreless streak – his longest of the season… Martin has been outstanding this season when he has limited free passes; in starts (3) in which he allows two BB or less, he is 3-0, 2.12 ERA (4 ER, 17.0 IP). In starts (4) when he allows three BB or greater, he is 0-2, 9.35 ERA (18 ER, 17.1 IP)… The 23-year-old right-hander was acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers with Josh Lindblom and Stefan Jarrin for Shane Victorino (7/31/12)… Martin was originally selected in the 1st round (15th overall) of the 2008 draft out of Stephens County High School (GA).
Player – OF, Darin Ruf, Lehigh Valley… Batted .500 (11-22) in 7 G, 6 R, 6 RBI, 8 BB, 2 2B, 1 HR, 1 SB (had 2 H in 5 of 7 G this week)… Ruf has hit safely in 12 of his last 14 games and is batting .415 (22-for-53) over that time with 4 HR and 14 RBI, raising his average from .205 to .294… Ruf walked eight times this week, raising his on-base percentage from .322 to .369 in seven days… The 26-year-old outfielder was selected in the 20th round of the 2009 draft out of Creighton University… Ruf was signed by David Seifert.

**Lehigh Valley lost, 10-1, at Norfolk. DH Steve Susdorf, 3-4. LP: Adam Morgan (1-4), 3.1 IP, 10 H, 10 R, 3 ER).

**Reading split a 7-inning DH in Erie . . . 3-1 loss in opener. LP: Jesse Biddle (2-3), 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 B, 6 SO . . . 7-6 win in nightcap. 1B Jim Murphy, 11th double, 8th HR, 2 RBI (28). WP: Tyler Knigge (2-2). SV: Juan Sosa (1).

**Clearwater defeated Bradenton, 4-1. DH Carlos Alonso, 3rd HR. WP: Luis Paulino (1-3); SV: Colton Murray (3).

**Lakewood edged Delmarva, 4-3. SS Ramon Quinn, 17th-18th steals. RF Brian Pointer, 2-3, 2 RBI. WP: Shane Watson (2-3); SV: Steve Inch (4).

This Date
May 16, 1953–LHP Curt Simmons allows a single to lead-off hitter Bill Bruton and then retires next 27 Milwaukee batters in order in winning, 3-0, in County Stadium. Simmons (6-1) strikes out 10 and lowers ERA to 1.42.

May 16, 1972–LF Greg Luzinski hits a 500-foot homer off the Liberty Bell (mounted on 400 level facade in center field) at the Vet in an 8-1 loss to Chicago RHP Burt Hooton.

May 16, 1987–LHP Don Carman blanks San Diego on three hits, 9-0, but the big news…he gets his first major league hit after going 0-for-48.

Phlashback moments can be found at http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

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