It’s been said, no two snowflakes are the same. Not sure who said that. Perhaps Frostie. Well, no two baseball game are the same. Not sure who said that. Perhaps Yogi Berra.
The Rockies swept three games from the Phillies over the weekend, the first they’ve done that in Philly ever and first time since 2007 in Denver. Using homers, they jumped out to 4-1 leads in all three games. During Hamels’ four-game winning streak, he didn’t give up a home run. He was tagged for two Friday and a loss. Harang had given up two long balls in 65.1 innings this season before Saturday when he was tagged for two and a loss. Despite the long balls, the Phillies were trailing 2-1 until the bullpen gave up more runs.
Sunday, Williams gave up a first-inning home run and left down 4-1. This time the bullpen kept it 4-1 but the offense couldn’t score. For the three games, the offense had 16 total hits and four runs and drew just three walks. That against a Colorado pitching staff that has a 4.72 ERA, highest in the major leagues.
Phillies Phestival which raises funds for to help strike out ALS is on the schedule for tonight and then the Reds come to town for three night games starting Tuesday.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (20-32)
Stopped a 4-game losing streak on Saturday with a 1-0 win in Charlotte but dropped a 7-5 decision on Friday and a 2-0 decision on Sunday, getting only 3 singles. WP: LH
Anthony Vasquez (2-1), 8-3-0-0-0-5. SV: Dustin McGowan (4). 2B Jayson Nix HR in 7th inning.
Next: Day off today.
Reading Fightin Phils (27-22)
Won 2 of 3 from Richmond. RH Stephen Shackleford (SV, 9-10). No decision on Saturday, RH Aaron Nola, 7-5-1-1-0-7. SS J.P. Crawford made his AA debut that night, 1-4, RBI, E, picked off first; 0-2 with 3 walks on Sunday. CF Roman Quinn, 5-12 weekend, 22nd and 23rd stolen bases.
Next: RH Zach Elfin (4-3), 11:35 this morning vs. Richmond followed by a long bus ride to Erie.
Clearwater Threshers (25-25)
Won 2 of 3 in Daytona, including a game on Sunday when they only scored in 3 innings: 4-8-6. Pounded 22 hits and drew 9 walks in an 18-5 romp. SS Angelo Mora, 4-5; with Crawford gone, Mora’s .358 average leads club on the strength of a 7-12 weekend. RF Dylan Cozens, 4-5, 4 RBI. CF Aaron Brown, 3-5, HR (#2), 2 RBI.
Next: RH Victor Arano (0-5), 7:05 tonight in Daytona.
Lakewood BlueClaws (24-25)
Dropped 2 of 3 in Greensboro. Win was 2-1 on Saturday behind RH Ricardo Pinto (5-1), 7-7-1-0-1-7. 1B Rhys Hoskins, 5-12 weekend, 3 RBI (33). RF Herlis Rodriguez, 5-8 in last 2 games; hitting .429 in last 10 games.
Next: RH Tyler Viza (3-1), 7:05 tonight in Delmarva.
Reading: INF Tony Thomas, released on Friday.
Clearwater: SS J.P. Crawford, promoted to Reading; INF Devin Lohman, reinstated from DL on Saturday.
Today In Phillies History
1969: 1B Dick Allen slams five home runs in five consecutive games to set a club record. The fifth homer comes in a 12-4 loss to Los Angeles at Connie Mack Stadium. The five homers were part of a streak in which he hit nine in 14 games.
1939: Phillies play first night game at home and lose, 5-2, to Pittsburgh at Shibe Park before 8,000. Time of game: 1:55.