Niese 1-Man Show
There’s been no middle of the road for KK this season. He’s either very good or struggles.
When allowing two or fewer runs, he’s outstanding. Been that way for 12 starts. For the other outings, not so good. Last night, a walk to the enemy pitcher (Niese) led to the first run. Next time up, Niese cleared the bases with a double, his first extra-base hit of the season. An error helped lead to that four-run inning. Of the five runs KK allowed, just one was earned.
On the mound, Niese was equally tough, shutting out the Phillies for the fourth time in their last 16 road games. For the season, it’s the 13th time they’ve been blanked. Cheer up. Most times Phillies have been shut out in their history, 23, in 1908 and again in 1909.
Terrific Tuesday fell to 12-8, setting the stage for woeful Wednesday (6-14). Time to make it wonderful Wednesday.
Minor League Report
**Lehigh Valley handed Buffalo a 5-3 loss. RH David Buchanan (4-1) allowed 3 runs in 1st 2 innings and then blanked the Bisons though 7 innings. LH Mauricio Robles, 7th SV. 2B Cesar Hernandez, 32nd steal. CF Derrick Mitchel, 2B, 4th HR.
**Reading won a 9-8 wild one vs. Richmond. Fightin’ Phils scored 6 in the bottom of the 2nd only to see Richmond take the lead with 6 in the top of the 9th. 1B Jim Murphy hit a 2-run, walk-off HR in the bottom of the 9th, his 22nd HR and 3rd hit of the game. Kelly Dugan won Monday’s game with a walk-off HR in the 10th.
**Clearwater nipped Tampa, 2-1, in one of the strangest games of the season. Threshers were held to 1 hit (Peter Lavin 1B in 1st inning) and won the game by scoring 2 runs in the bottom of the 9th on 4 walks and a SF by 3B Harold Martinez.
**Lakewood won its 4th in a row, 6-5, at Hagerstown. 1B Art Charles hit a 3-run HR in the 1st inning.
**Williamsport lost, 5-3, in 11 innings to State College. No decision Drew Anderson, 5 IP, 2 H, 6 SO. 2 hits: 2B Zach Green, C Andrew Knapp, 1B Logan Pierce, SS Jairo Cardozo.
**Gulf Coast League Phillies lost, 8-2, to the Yankees. 2B Robinson Torres had 2 hits, giving him 6 in last 14 ABs. SS Jair Morelos, 19-year-old, stretched hitting streak to 5 games (6-18). Two more games left on the schedule.
Minor League Notes
**2B Cesar Hernandez and 3B Cody Asche have been selected to the International League postseason All-Star team.
**Phillies are sending 7 prospects to the Arizona Fall League: OF Kelly Dugan, C Cameron Rupp, OF Aaron Altherr, RHP Ken Giles, RHP Michael Nesseth, RHP Kyle Simon and LHP Austin Wright.
August 28, 1971, 2nd game–RHP Rick Wise (14-10) hits a solo home run in the fifth inning and a grand slam in the seventh in defeating San Francisco, 7-3, in the second game of a Vet Stadium doubleheader. It is Wise’s second two-home run game of the season, tying a major league record for pitchers.
Past Profile on http://www.phillies.com/alumni features the 1923 Phillies who led the NL in homers but lost 104 games. Check out the vintage team photo from spring training 90 years ago.