Perhaps MLB can schedule more Phillies games on July 4. Yesterday’s win was their ninth in the last 10 years, the lone loss coming in Pittsburgh three years ago. Over the last 23 years, they are 18-5.
A year ago on July 4, Cliff won his first game. Yesterday, Cole won his third. He spotted the Pirates two runs but the offense came back to score six straight. It could have been more. To start the game, two hits out of their first three batters but both were caught stealing. In the last inning, Chase led off with a triple and stayed there.
So, the Phillies ended the trip, 5-5, and won a series at PNC Park for the first time since April 2008. In splitting the 10 games, the Phillies out-scored the enemy, 54-39. Granted a 16-1 romp is included. Take away that game and the runs would have been even. Delmon enjoyed the three-city journey, 17-35, raising his average 53 points.
The three games in Pittsburgh were the first three of 10 against teams with winning records. Starting the season in Atlanta, the Phillies dropped two of three. Three months later they finally faced the Braves again and for the first time at Citizens Bank Park.
Cliff starts the weekend series tonight. He blanked the Braves in Atlanta, 2-0, on April 4, the last time the two teams met.
Nationals follow for four. Phillies have to win both series. They go into tonight, 19-12 against the East this year.
Minor League Report
**Lehigh Valley lost a pair at Syracuse, 7-4 and 6-5. Chiefs scored 3 in the last of the 7th to pull out the win. Tyler Cloyd (1-8) lost the opener, 7 R, 4 ER, 5.1 IP. Justin Friend took the nightcap defeat, 3 runs, .1 inning. CF Tyson Gillies homered in the opener, SS Freddy Galvis in the 2nd game.
**Reading hung on for a 5-4 win at Trenton. RF Derrick Mitchell, 7th HR, 7th SB. No decision, Jesse Biddle, 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 9 SO. WP; Juan Sosa (2-2). SV: Mike Nesseth (3), fanning 2 of 3 batters.
**Clearwater lost, 5-4, at Dunedin on a one-out, two-run, walk-off single.
**Lakewood lost, 4-2, at Greensboro, two-out, walk-off home run doing the damage.
**Williamsport won, 11-6, at Mahoning Valley, which scored 5 runs in the last 2 innings. WP: Chris Nichols (1-0). 2B Andrew Pullin, 4-6. HR: RF Dylan Cozens (3), 1B Logan Pierce (2).
**Gulf Coast League Phillies lost their 3rd in row, 4-3, to the Braves, getting 8 singles.
Players of the Month
Third baseman Maikel Franco of the Reading Fightin Phils and left-hander Mario Hollands of the Clearwater Threshers are the minor league player and pitcher of the month, respectively.
Franco batted .404 in 25 games during the month between Clearwater and Reading.
Hollands, drafted in the 10th round of the 2010 draft out of UC Santa Barbara, made four starts for the Threshers last month, 2-1 with a 1.00 ERA. The 24-year-old struck out 23 batters while issuing only three walks in 27.0 innings.
July 6, 1950–RHP Bob Miller beats New York Giants, 9-6, at Shibe Park, becoming first Phillies rookie to start season 8-0.
July 6, 1980–LHP Steve Carlton strikes out St. Louis OF Tony Scott in the fourth inning for his 2,833rd strikeout, becoming the all-time leader for left-handers. Phillies win, 8-3, at St. Louis.
July 6, 2009–Phillies tie club record for most runs scored in the first inning (10) in 22-1 win over Cincinnati Reds at Citizens Bank Park. Shane Victorino ties club record by scoring five times.
July 7, 1964–A two-out, three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning by RF Johnny Callison gives the NL a dramatic 7-4 victory in the All-Star Game at Shea Stadium. Callison’s blast to the right field seats comes off the Boston Red Sox’ fireballing RHP Dick Radatz. He becomes the first Phillie to win the ASG MVP Award.
July 7, 1979–3B Mike Schmidt homers in four consecutive at-bats for the second time in his career. Schmidt homers in his final at-bat on July 6 and connects in his first three at-bats on this date against San Francisco. Giants win, 8-6.
July 7, 1993–Another classic. SS Kevin Stocker makes his major league debut in one of the Vet’s longest games. Los Angeles scores twice in the ninth to send the game into extra innings. It all ends with CF Lenny Dykstra’s two-run double in the bottom of the 20th inning, a 7-6 win. It matches the longest game in Vet history, May 4, 1973 vs. Atlanta.
July 8, 1898–RHP Red Donahue, Villanova University product, pitches 5-0 no-hitter against visiting Boston.
July 8, 1992–Jeff Grotewold ties a club record with his third consecutive pinch-hit home run during a 4-3 loss at San Francisco. All three homers come in Candlestick Park over a four-game, three-day series.
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