How have the fortunes of the Phillies and Braves changed?
Atlanta’s win last night kept them from losing back-to-back games for the first time since July 3-4. For the Phils, it was their chance to win two straight for the first time since July 14 and 19. Following their win on July 14, the Phillies were 6.5 games behind the Braves. Now, 19.5.
Atlanta is 19-10 against the Phillies since the start of the 2012 season. From 2008 through 2011, the Phillies held a 44-28 edge.
Four rookie pitchers kept the Phillies in the game last night but the offense could only produce a run on six hits. In their last 22 games, the Phillies have scored one or fewer runs nine times.
Minor League Report
Players of the week…..
Pitcher – RHP, David Buchanan, Lehigh Valley… 1 start… 1-0, 0.00 ERA (7.0 IP), 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO… The 24-year-old Buchanan was selected by the Phillies in the 7th round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft and signed by Ellis Dungan.
Player – SS, J.P. Crawford, GCL Phillies… 7 G… Batted .417 (10-24), 6 R, 2B, HR, 7 RBI, 5 BB… The 14th overall selection in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, Crawford leads the GCL in batting (.377 AVG) and OBP (.469)…21 BB to only 19 SO on the season.
**Lehigh Valley was idle
**Reading rallied for 2 in the 9th and a 7-6 win over Binghamton. LF Anthony Hewitt singled with the bases loaded to tie the game and the winning run followed on a wild pitch . . . C Sebastian Valle, 3-5, including 2 doubles . . . CF Zach Collier, 2 triples . . . No decision: Jesse Biddle, 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 9 SO.
**Clearwater split a pair at Daytona Beach, 5-0 loss followed by a 3-2 win. Threshers had just 10 hits in the DH . . . RF Cameron Perkins, 6th HR in 2nd game . . . WP: Mark Leiter (1-0), 1 R, 5 IP . . . SV: Colton Murray (11).
**Lakewood lost, 12-8, at Kannapolis as both teams had 11 hits. DH Willie Carmona was 1-5, stretching his hitting streak to 7 games. His .303 average leads the club.
**Williamsport on 2-day All-Star Game break.
**Gulf Coast League Phillies defeated Yankees, 9-7. DH Wilmer Oberto, 4-4, including 9th 2B; 1 RBI, 41 for season in 36 games; hitting .412 in last 10 games, boosting season average to .350 . . . 2B Jair Morelos, 2 2B, 2 RBI . . . WP: Denton Keys (2-1).
August 14, 1981–3B Mike Schmidt homers in 3rd inning off New York’s Mike Scott atShea Stadium for his 300th home run. Phillies win, 84.
August 14, 1984–2B Juan Samuel steals 56th base, breaking Sherry Magee’s club set in 1906. Phillies lose, 32, in San Diego
August 14, 2006–SS Jimmy Rollins’ 18th home run sets a club record for homers by a shortstop, breaking Granny Hamner’s mark (17) in 1952. Phillies romp over Mets, 13-0,
at Citizens Bank Park.
August 14, 2012–Jimmy Rollins celebrates moving past Larry Bowa for the most games played by a Phillies shortstop (1,731) with a lead-off home run off Josh Johnson in