Wrigley Weekend Sweep
Baseball, a game of the unexpected, was at its’ finest this weekend in Wrigley Field. Against the Cubs’ pitching staff which had the fourth-best ERA in the league, the Phillies scored 21 runs and hit 21 extra-base hits. Last time they had that many extra-base hits in a three-game stretch was 2001.
Frenchy hit a game-winning home run that started the sweep on Friday night, his third straight clutch home run late in a game (8th, 9th, 10th innings) in the last week. His nine for the season are the most since 2012.
Having given up 16 hits to the last 29 batters he faced, Hamels no hit the Cubs on Saturday, allowing two walks in facing 29 batters. It was his first win since May 23 and the Phillies first complete game of the season and his first CG since 2013. His 13 strikeouts are the most for any of the 13 no-hitters in Phillies history. Subject of massive trade rumors, Hamels, whose nickname is Hollywood, certainly wrote a Hollywood script if that was his last Phillies start.
Herrera played two games in center field in six minor league seasons. A former infielder, the Phillies converted him to a centerfielder this spring. Saturday was just his 67 big league game in CF. He made two spectacular catches to save the no-hitter, including the last out when he fell down making the historic grab.
Nola, making his second big-league start, completed the sweep throwing 91 pitches in 7.2 innings, while allowing four runs. He got his first big league RBI.
Finally, Phillies are 8-1 since the All-Star Game break. Keeping up that pace, they will finish 85-77. As Harry Kalas loved to sing, “High Hopes.”
Next, Tuesday and Wednesday night games in Toronto and then back home for Alumni Weekend (Atlanta, Thursday through Sunday) followed by the Dodgers and Alumnus Jimmy Rollins, August 4-5-6. Cole’s next start is scheduled for Thursday night vs. Atlanta.
1B Rhys Hoskins, Clearwater. Began season at Lakewood and promoted to Clearwater on June 25. Combined: .314, 25 doubles, leading organization with 13 home runs and tied for most RBI, 66. Drafted in 4th round, 2014 out of Cal State Sacramento. B-T: R-R; 22 years old.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (46-56, 4th place, North Division)
Won 2 of 3 vs. Syracuse over the weekend. WP: Juan Gutierrez (4-1) and David Buchanan (3-0). RF Aaron Altherr hit 12th homer, #6 with LV on Saturday. LHR Adam Loewen hasn’t given up a run since July 6, 10.2 IP, 2 H, 4 BB, 11 SO in 9 appearances. Dave Brundage managed his 2,500th game in the minor leagues on Saturday. Jayson Werth played RF on rehab assignment with Syracuse.
Next: Anthony Vasquez (6-3) 7:05 tonight at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Reading Fightin’ Phils (54-47, tie 2nd place, Eastern Division)
Dropped 2 of 3 in New Britain. WP: RHR Colton Murray (5-1). SV: Stephen Shackleford (22). SS J.P. Crawford, 5-12. 1B Brock Stassi, 6-14, HR (10), 4 RBI; has hit in 8 straight (14-31, .452) and driven in a run in 5 straight.
Next: Zach Eflin (5-5) 7:05 tonight vs. Erie.
Clearwater Threshers (20-11, 1st place, North Division)
Lost 2 of 3; first two games vs. Jupiter and Sunday at Bradenton. WP in second game of Saturday DH: LH Matt Imhoff (5-3), 5.2-2-1-1-2-5; SV: Alexis Rivero (1). CF Carlos Tocci, 6-game hitting streak with 4 RBI. Hoskins, 5-10 weekend.
Next: Victor Arano (3-9) 7:00 tonight vs. Bradenton.
Lakewood BlueClaws (19-11, 2nd place, Northern Division)
Won all 3; 13 wins in last 17 games. WPs: Clayton Rayburn (3-1), Shane Watson (1-2) and Will Morris (3-0). SV: Matt Hockenberry (9-10). 2B Scott Kingery, 5-13; hitting .375 in last 10 games; 1B Kyle Martin, 6-12; .359 in last 10.
Next: Tyler Viza (4-5) 7:05 tonight vs. Kannapolis.
Williamsport Crosscutters (24-12, 1st place, Pinckney Division)
Won first 2 at Aberdeen before losing Sunday. WPs: Mitch Gueller (5-1); leads league in W; Tyler Gilbert (1-0). SV: Anthony Sequeira (3). CF Zach Coppola, 8-game hitting streak ended Sunday; hitting .361 in last 10 games. C Jesus Posso, 2nd HR.
Next: Day off.
Gulf Coast League Phillies (20-8, 1st place, Northwest Division)
Rained out of a single game on Friday and a (DH) on Saturday. Felix Paulino 12 noon today vs. Pirates.
Reading: RHP Colin Kleven on DL (lower back strain)
Today in Phillies History
1950: RF Del Ennis sets a club record by driving in seven runs in two consecutive innings (seventh and eighth) as the Phillies pound Chicago, 13-3, at Shibe Park.
1935: 2B Jose “Chile” Gomez, a native of Mexico, becomes the first Hispanic player to appear in a Phillies uniform. He is hitless in four at-bats in a 5-0 win over the Braves in Boston.
1966: Pitching classic in Dodger Stadium as Dodgers edge Phillies, 2-1, in 12 innings. Winner LHP Sandy Koufax strikes out 16 in 11 innings while loser RHP Jim Bunning fans 12 in his 11-inning outing.
The Phillies have thrown the most no-hitters in the majors since 2010, four.