Cole Looks to End Spin

Hard to believe in the last 10 starts by A.J. and Cole, the Phillies are 1-9 with neither picking up that one win.

A.J.’s streak reached six straight defeats since his last win on July 11. Seattle evened the series last night, 5-2. Phillies offense consisted of two runs in the ninth—one of a wild pitch—and six total hits, four singles, two doubles.

Until that ninth, three Phillies reached second base, Howard on a fourth-inning double and two ground crew members who changed a wobbly second base bag in the top of the seventh.

Cole is 0-1 with two no decisions in three starts this month. He goes this afternoon as the Phillies try to win a season series from the Mariners for the first time ever. He’ll have to do it against a pitcher who is 6-0 in nine major league starts and on a woeful Wednesday (5-13) for the Phillies.

Number of the Day
0: Runs Iwakuma has yielded in three career starts in National League ballparks, a total of 22.0 scoreless innings, including eight last night.

Minor League Report
Players of the week (August 11-17)

Player: OF Aaron Brown, Lakewood … 4 G, .563 average (9-16), .556 OBP, 2 R, 3 2B, 2 RBI, BB. Promoted from Williamsport to Lakewood on 8/14 and posted organization-best 1.306 OPS over his first 4 games with the BlueClaws. Selected in the third round this year out of Pepperdine University, Brown was signed by Shane Bowers.

Pitcher: LHP Hoby Milner, Reading … 1 G, 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 9 IP, 3 H, 0 BB, 5 SO vs. Binghamton on 8/17. Selected out of the University of Texas in the seventh round in 2012; signed by Steve Cohen.

Lehigh Valley lost, 7-0, at Pawtucket despite getting 10 hits. RF John Mayberry Jr., 2-4; 3B Maikel Franco, 3-4.

Reading gave up 6 runs in the bottom of the eighth in losing, 8-6, at Bowie. No decision, RHP Aaron Nola, 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 2 SO.

Clearwater split a pair at Daytona, 5-2 and 3-4. HR: 1B Art Charles (15), RF Brian Pointer (14). 2B Jesmuel Valentin made his debut, 1-7, with a SB.

Lakewood was rained out in West Virginia.

Williamsport is on a two-day, All-Star Game break. All-Stars are RHP David Whitehead, RHP Mitch Gueller, OF Jiandido Tromp and INF Derek Campbell.

Gulf Coast League Phillies beat Houston, 5-1. CF Venn Biter, 2 H, 3 RBI. WP: Elniery Garcia (2-1), 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 SO. Phillies have won 16 of their last 19 games. Victory moved them into a tie for first place in the Northwest Division with 8 games remaining on the schedule.

This Date
August 20, 1961
Scoring four times in the top of the eighth inning, the Phillies end an NL-record 23-game losing streak behind RHP John Buzhardt, 7-4, at the Milwaukee Braves. The streak began with a 4-3 loss to San Francisco on July 29. Seventeen of the losses came on the road.

August 20, 1986
LHP Don Carman loses bid for perfect game when San Francisco’s Bob Brenly doubles
to start last of the ninth. Phillies win 10, on 2B Juan Samuel’s homer in 10th, the
second time in club history they win a 1-0 extra-inning game on a home run, Ron
Northey in 1944.

August 20, 1991
SS Dickie Thon hits twoout, tworun homer in the bottom of the ninth to beat
Pittsburgh, 6-5. It is the first time since June 28, 1987, that the Phillies come from
behind in the ninth inning to win, a stretch of 346 games.

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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