Come 4 o’clock this afternoon the 2013 edition of the trade deadline will be history. Jittery players can then relax. Rumor mill then takes a different path, rumors of players clearing waivers. There are more baseball trade rumors in one day that the entire season of pro football.
Two teams that have struggled started a series last night. Phillies bats produced 13 runs in the first game back from the All-Star Game. Then, a total of 14 runs in eight games. Well, the offense came alive last night, ending the losing streak at eight. Seven runs is the most since that 13-run outburst on July 19.
Ruiz’ HR in the fourth was his first since last September and the Phillies first in 66 innings. Zito lost, dropping to 0-7 on the road this season.
So, since July 21, the Phillies and Giants are now 2-15. That’s hard to believe.
1-8 trip marked the fifth time the Phillies have done that: 1883, 1988, 1989 and 1995.
Worst trip ever? How about 1-13 in 1939 or 2-17 in 1928.
Minor League Report
Players of the week…..
Pitcher – RHP, Shane Martin, Williamsport… 2 starts… 1-0, 0.82 ERA (1 ER, 11.0 IP), 10 H, BB, 10 SO… He was a 9th-round selection in this year’s draft.
Player – 3B, Cody Asche, Lehigh Valley… 7 G… Batted .429 (12-28), 5 R, 3 2B, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 2 BB… His reward, getting promoted to the big leagues.
**Lehigh Valley lost, 5-4, as the bullpen gave up 2 in the 8th and 3 in the 9th (3 singles, 3 walks). DH Tyler Henson, 2 HR.
**Reading won 11-5 over Erie. 2B Albert Cartwright, 3-4. C Sebastian Valle, 3B, 12th HR, 5 RBI. WP: Austin Wright (5-5)
**Clearwater won its third in a row, 5-2, over Palm Beach. C Logan Moore, 3-3, including a 2B, 3rd HR, 2 RBI. 3B Harold Martinez, 3-4. WP: Steve Inch (4-0); SV: Colton Murray (10)
**Lakewood beat Hagerstown, 4-2, for its 3rd straight. C Chace Numata, 3rd HR. 1B Art Charles and 2B Alejandro Villalobos, 3 hits each, Jon Prosinski, 1st win at Lakewood.
**Williamsport bested Brooklyn, 1-0, behind Drew Anderson, Mark Meadors and Tyler Buckley, a combined 3-hitter.
**Gulf Coast League Phillies won their 4th in a row, 9-5, over the Pirates. 3B Jan Hernandez, 3B, 2nd HR, 3 RBI. 1B Wilmer Oberto, 3-5, boosting average to .348. SS J.P. Crawford, 9th SB; hitting .349.
July 31, 1982–2B Manny Trillo’s major league record for consecutive errorless games ends at 89 when he makes a seventh-inning error in a 2-0 win over Chicago. He also sets a ML record for consecutive errorless chances, 479, during the streak.
July 31, 1994–LHP Steve Carlton, the winningest pitcher in Phillies history, is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.