Lights Out Bullpen
How does Cole wake up from his nightmarish season?
Return home to San Diego where he won his last five decisions against the Padres and last four at Petko Park. In a game that was a familiar pattern with Cole on the mound and yet a game with a different twist, the Phillies came out on top in 13 innings.
When Cole is in the game, the offense is in low gear. Single runs in the first and second innings got the Phillies started but then the Padres got to Cole for five straight runs. This time the offense came around to eventually tie the game on a Delmon homer in the eighth. Comebacks have been lacking this season.
Also lacking has been the bullpen until last night when J. C., Phillippe, Jake, Joe and Pap tossed seven scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and two walks. For a change, the pen was lights out.
Cole got off the hook with the rally and avoided his 12th loss before July 1. Only three times in Phillies history has a pitcher lost that many through June: Kid Gleason (in 1891), Charlie Ferguson (1884) and John Coleman (1883).
Phillies bussed to Los Angeles after the game to start a four-game series with the red-hot Dodgers tonight. LA has won five in a row, including a three-game sweep of the Giants.
Minor League Report
Players of the week………..
Pitcher – LHP, Mario Hollands, Clearwater… Two starts… 1-0, 0.69 ERA (1 ER, 13.0 IP) 7 H, 2 BB, 8 SO… Over his last 10 appearances (7 starts), he is 4-0, 1.35 ERA (7 ER, 46.2 IP), 9 BB & 37 SO… Selected by the Phillies in the 10th round of the June 2010 Draft out of UC Santa Barbara, Hollands was signed by Shane Bowers.
Player – 3B, Maikel Franco, Clearwater/Reading… Six games… Batted .458 (11-for-24), 7 R, 3B, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 3 BB, 0 SO… It is the second time he’s won Player of the Week honors this season… Earned a promotion to double-AA Reading after he hit .299 (79-for-264), 42 R, 23 2B, 16 HR, 20 BB, 52 RBI & a .576 SLG % in 65 games with Clearwater… Promoted to AA, he is batting .524 (11-for-21), hitting safely in every game, with a 1.498 OPS in 5 contests… The 20-year-old leads the organization in HR (18) & RBI (57)… A native of Azua, DR, he was signed by the Phillies as a non-drafted free agent on January 13, 2010 by Koby Perez.
**Lehigh Valley lost to Durham, 6-5. DH Josh Fields, 2 RBI, giving him 9 in last 7 games.
**Reading lost 2 in New Hampshire, who completed a 3-game sweep. 3B Maikel Franco, 3-8, 3rd HR; hitting .483; also had 3 errors.
**Clearwater was rained out at home vs. Brevard County.
**Lakewood lost, 7-6, at Delmarva when the Shorebirds scored 5 in the 8th. BlueClaws out-hit Delmarva, 13-7, but 3 errors led to 5 unearned runs.
**Williamsport was rained out at Auburn
**Gulf Coast League Phillies won their 1st game after 3 losses, 5-0, over the Pirates. 4 pitchers combined on an 8-hitter, allowing 1 walk and striking out 10. 1B Wilmer Oberto, 2 doubles, 2 RBI.
With the injuries to Adams and Stutes and call ups of Aumont and Ramirez from AAA, relievers were shuttled in the minors: Luis Garcia (AA to AAA), Juan Sosa (High A to AA), Severino Gonzalez (Rookie to Low A) . . . Lakewood LHP Yoel Mecias was put on DL with elbow ailment . . . Lakewood also lost SS Ramon Quinn to a broken left wrist.
All-Star Futures Game
The game features two 25-man rosters (World & United States) of the top Minor League prospects in baseball and will take place on Sunday, July 14th at Citi Field. Two Phillies minor leaguers were selected to participate, LHP Jesse Biddle (US) and INF
Maikel Franco (World), both of the Reading Fightin Phils (AA).
June 27, 1963–RF Johnny Callison hits for the Phillies’ first cycle in 30 years in a 13-4 victory at Pittsburgh. In the same game, CF Tony Gonzalez’s seventh-inning error ends his major league record for outfielders of 205 consecutive errorless games.
June 27, 1980—LHP Steve Carlton fans the Mets’ Elliott Maddox in the fifth inning to set a new club record for career strikeouts, 1,872. Lefty won, 3-2.
June 27, 2007—1B Ryan Howard hits a 505-foot home run, the longest home run in three-year-old Citizens Bank Park, during a 9-6 loss to the Cincinnati Reds. Howard became the fastest player to 100 home runs (it took him 325 games).
June 27, 2010—LHP Jamie Moyer beats the Toronto Blue Jays, 11-2. A home run by Vernon Wells accounted for both Toronto runs, the 506 homer allowed by Moyer, breaking Robin Roberts all-time record.