Back-to-back W for KK
KK turned his second straight strong start, Ryan went deep for the second straight game and Pap rebounded from a blown save to give the Phillies a second straight win in Atlanta last night.
It is their first series win on the Braves turf since late in the 2012 season.
KK has given up three earned runs in his last two starts. He last won back-to-back starts last July 11 and 19.
Ryan gave the Phillies a quick 2-0 pad in the first inning. When he goes deep to left field—a good sign–he’s getting into a good groove. It was his 20th home run in 264 at-bats in Turner Field.
Jake and Pap continued the stingy bullpen work with two 1-2-3 relief innings.
On May 12, the Phillies bullpen ERA was 4.95, highest in the league. Since then, 2.53, third lowest in the NL. The bullpen has turned into the team’s strength with Antonio, Justin, Mario and Ken Giles joining Jake and Pap.
If you have just returned from the moon or cyberspace you need to know J-Roll passed Mike Schmidt as the Phillies all-time leader in hits last Saturday.
Check out a story on the Phillies top 10 in career hits on http://www.phillies.com/alumni.
Number of the Day
8: Wins for KK over the Braves out of 10 decisions.
Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley edged Charlotte, 5-4. 3B Cody Asche, first AAA rehab start, 3-3, 2 RBI. WP: B.J. Rosenberg (1-1); SV: Luis Garcia (10).
Reading hit four home runs but lost a slug fest, 15-10, to Akron. DH Jake Fox, 2 of the HRs; RF Peter Lavin and C Logan Moore, first AA home runs.
Clearwater blanked Lakeland, 3-0, behind Jeb Stefan (4-6), Lino Martinez and Lee Ridenhour (4th save). DH Art Charles, 2 triples.
Lakewood is on All-Star Game break.
Williamsport pounded Jamestown, 12-5. CF Jiandido Tromp, 2 homers, 3 RBI; RF Cord Sandberg, triple, HR, 5 RBI. Delvi Francisco (1-0) gave up four runs in three innings but picked up the win.
Gulf Coast League Phillies begin season on Friday.
June 18, 1948: After a 9-1 record with the Wilmington Blue Rocks, RHP Robin Roberts makes his major league debut, a 2-0 loss to Pittsburgh at Shibe Park.
June 18, 1989: Following the Phillies’ 6-5 win over New York, GM Lee Thomas pulls off two major trades, sending 2B Juan Samuel to the Mets for CF Lenny Dykstra, RHP Roger McDowell and a minor leaguer and sending RHP Steve Bedrosian to San Francisco for LHP Terry Mulholland, LHP Dennis Cook and 3B Charlie Hayes.
Day-by-day historic moments can be found at http://www.phillies.com/alumni.
I’ll be signing my book (If These Walls Could Talk):
Thursday, June 26, Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Coca-Cola Park, 1050 IronPigs Way, Allentown, 5 p.m.
Wednesday, July 9, Hockessin (DE) Athletic Club, 5 p.m.
Saturday, July 12, Wilmington Blue Rocks, Frawley Stadium, 801 Shipyard Drive, 6 p.m.
Thursday, August 14, Lakewood BlueClaws, FirstEnergy Park, 2 Stadium Way, 5:30 p.m.