Finally, SF

Pitching sets the tone, be it on the upside or downside.That was the case as the Phillies dropped two of three in Atlanta over the weekend.

A.J. gave up 10 hits (six runs) in the Friday night loss. Nine of the hits came with two out.

Cole was brilliant again, Ken and Pap closed out Saturday’s 2-1 win, both runs coming on J-Roll’s homer. Pap got an efficient save on five pitches, his first since 2008 while pitching a full inning.

Sunday, Atlanta scored four in the third on one hit and two in the sixth without a hit en route to an easy win. Seven walks and two hit batters and six of ‘em scored. Phillies pitchers: seven walks, five strikeouts. Braves hurlers: zero walks, 13 strikeouts.

Back home tonight with the first of four games against the first-place Giants (54-44, 26-
19 road). Hard to believe we’ve played 98 games and this is the first time we face SF.

Quick Quip
Scott Franzke, during Friday night’s game which was played in a drizzle, “The rain is getting heavier.” LA’s response, “Did you weigh it?”

Number of the Day
19: Phillies wins at home, fewest in the NL.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley won 3 of 5 at Syracuse, a weekend that included consecutive double-headers on Saturday (W, W) and Sunday (W, L). WPs: Brad Lincoln (5-5), Jeremy Horst (4-1) and Jason Marquis (1-0), who threw 6 shutout innings Sunday before allowing 5 in the last inning (seventh). SS Freddy Galvis rejoined LV, homered in second game Saturday. 2B Nate Spears hit 2 homers, CF Leandro Castro #6.

Reading split 4 games with visiting New Britain, winning a DH on Saturday night, 1-0 and 3-2. Miguel Gonzalez picked up an 8-pitch save in the 1-0 game and lost, 6-5, on Sunday, allowing a 9th-inning homer. In 8 games as the Reading closer, he is 0-1, 4 saves, 10 innings, 5 hits, 2 runs (solo HRs), 5 BB, 17 SO. 1B-DH Jake Fox, 9th and 10th HR.

Clearwater won 2 of 3. Mark Leiter Jr. tossed a 5-hit shutout over Port Charlotte on Sunday, 0 BB, 8 SO. Aaron Nolan (1-3) took the 4-2 loss Saturday, 2 R, 5 IP, 5 SO.

Lakewood won on Friday and lost the next 2 at Kannapolis. RF Dylan Cozens, hitting
.361 in last 10 games. Julio Reyes (2-3) picked up the win with 1st save for Dan Child. LF Sam Hiciano, 8th HR.

Williamsport did likewise, Friday win at Staten Island before losing next 2 in Brooklyn, including being blanked on 2 hits Sunday. 1B Rhys Hoskins, 3rd-4th HR over the weekend.

Gulf Coast League Phillies split their 2 games. SS Grenny Cumana, hitting .408. WP: Elniery Garcia (1-0); SV: Edubray Ramos (4).

Alumni Birthdays
Today: OF Geoff Jenkins (40), CH Denis Menke (74) . . . Tuesday: 1B Mike Sweeney (41), LHP Sparky Lyle (70) . . . Thursday: 1B Shawn Wooten (42) . . . Friday: LHP Billy Wagner (43) . . . Saturday: RHP Marty Bystrom (56) . . . Sunday: LHP Shane Rawley (59), OF Dock Lock (78).

This Date
July 21, 1973: RF Hank Aaron hits his 700th home run off LHP Ken Brett during the Braves’ 8-4 loss to the Phillies at Atlanta.

July 21, 1997: RHP Curt Schilling strikes out 15, the most by a Phillies pitcher since Steve Carlton’s 16 in 1982, but loses, 3-2, to Pittsburgh. After 17 years with the organization, C Darren Daulton is traded to the Florida Marlins for OF Billy McMillon.

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