Red-Hot Mariners Next

For the second time in the last three weekends, the Phillies won the first game of a weekend series but dropped the next two. This time in San Francisco.

Lost opportunities by the offense was the main culprit. The Phillies were 4-18 with runners in scoring position in those losses, leaving 21 men on base. Lincecum threw 76 pitches in three innings Sunday but all the Phillies could muster was two runs, one coming on a bases-loaded walk. A error also paved the way for the lead run in each of the last two games.

What do these numbers represent? 9 innings, 5 hits, 0 runs, 2 walks, 13 strikeouts. The Giants bullpen over their two wins. Nine of the 12 outs by SF relievers on Sunday were punch outs.

Seattle Now
The red-hot Mariners (8-2 in last 10 games) come to town for three games starting tonight, first visit to Citizens Bank Park and second time in Philly. The other time was a three-game sweep at the Vet 11 years ago. In interleague play, the Phillies are 2-7 against Seattle.

If the season ended today, Seattle and the Angels would be in as the wildcard entries. Detroit wouldn’t. Mariners have the AL’s lowest ERA, starters, relievers and overall. They have allowed two or fewer runs 55 times, best in the majors.

Number of the Day
314: Ben’s batting average, which ranks second in the NL to Justin Morneau’s .323. 7 hits in last 10 at-bats boosted Ben’s average to #2.

Minor League Report (Weekend Edition)
Lehigh Valley scored 3 runs with 2 out in the last of the ninth for a 3-2 win against Buffalo. SS Freddy Galvis drove in the first run; 1B Maikel Franco hit a walk-off homer (#12). Win snapped a 5-game losing streak that included 7-1 and 5-0 decisions, getting just 10 total hits in Friday and Saturday games.

Reading won, 1-0, yesterday behind LHP Hoby Milner’s 3-hit complete game. Binghamton had won the first 3 games of the series. LHP Jesse Biddle returned to AA on Saturday night and left in the fourth inning with a strained right quad. CF Aaron Altherr hit 24th HR, 5 in last 10 games.

Clearwater completed a 3-game sweep at home against Lakewood, 5-2, 7-5 and 10-1 Sunday, a game in which SS J.P. Crawford had 3 hits and 3B Harold Martinez hit his 6th HR and drove in 4. CF Roman Quinn, base-running trifecta, 28th SB, CS, PO at first base.

Lakewood won 2 of 3 from Hagerstown. C-1B Willians Astudillo, 8-11 in 3 games; C Andrew Knapp, 6-9, in 2 games. RF Aaron Brown, promoted from Williamsport on Thursday, 9-16 in his first 4 games.

Williamsport won 2 of 3 at Mahoning Valley. 3B-2B Derek Campbell, 6-11. WPs: Dave Whitehead (4-3) on Friday; Brandon Leibrandt (2-2) on Sunday; lowered ERA to 1.75.

Gulf Coast League Phillies won 5-0 at Detroit and had 2 other games postponed. WP: Sam McWilliams (3-2), 5 innings, 3 hits, 2 strikeouts.

This Date
August 18, 1941, 1st game
Phillies commit eight errors in losing, 13-5, to Cincinnati at Shibe Park. 9 of the runs
are unearned. Attendance for the Monday doubleheader was 2,873.

August 18, 1997
LF Billy McMillon and C Mike Lieberthal hit grand slams as Phillies sink San
Francisco, 12-4, at the Vet, the second time in club history they have two slams in
one game. SS Ralph Miller and P Lee Meadows did it 76 years ago, April 28, 1921.

August 18, 2006
Mike Lieberthal catches his 1,125th game to break Red Dooin’s club record for most
games caught. Phillies drop 6-4 decision to Washington.

Alumni Birthdays
Today: C Mike LaValliere (54), RHP Lowell Palmer (67) . . . Tuesday: RHP David Palmer (57), OF Ron Roenicke (58), C Tim Blackwell (62) . . . Thursday: OF Lou Collier (41), C John Stearns (63), INF Craig Robinson (66) . . . Friday: LHP Randy Wolf (38), RHP Doug Bair (65) . . . Saturday: C Bobby Estalella (40), INF Jeff Manto (50), RHP Tony Ghelfi (53), SS Julio Franco (56), LHP John Morris (73) . . . Sunday: 1B Rick Joseph (75)

Book Signings
I’ll be signing my book (If These Walls Could Talk):

**Thursday, August 28, Community Library, 199 N. College Street, Myerstown, PA; 5-7:30 p.m.

**Sunday, September 28, Citizens Bank Park, behind section 111, 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

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