Homers Power Blue Jays
Toronto’s high-powered offense did in the Phillies on Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park. Leading, 4-3, the Phillies lost a chance to break the game wide open when they hit into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded and no out in the fifth. One run padded the lead but the Jays put up five runs in the sixth, hitting two homers off Gomez, who had given up one all season in 96.1 innings.
Nola uncharacteristically struggled with his control but battled and left the game with a 5-3 lead after five innings. In his brief big league career he had walked six out of the first 124 hitters he faced. Last night he faced 24 batters and walked four.
The five Phillies runs in four innings against Dickey snapped a franchise record in which the Toronto starting pitchers had gone 20 consecutive games without allowing more than three runs. The Jays’ pen which has been the A.L’s best since the All-Star Game gave up two hits and no runs in five innings.
Toronto is 21-8 since the All-Star Game; Phillies, 17-11, losing six of last seven.
After tonight’s game, the Phillies head for a short road trip to Miami that is twice as long as this homestand. Phillies are back home starting Monday, a four-game series with the division-leading Mets.
de ja vu
For the second time, the Phillies have had a rookie third baseman sustain a fracture when hit by a pitch. Franco’s season may be over after being hit on his left wrist last week in Arizona.
Scott Rolen had his season cut short in 1996 with a fractured right forearm after being hit by a pitch thrown by the Cubs’ Steve Trachsel on September 6 at Veterans Stadium. It was Rolen’s 37th game, meaning he retained his rookie status for the following season. Franco has played 97 games and is longer considered a rookie.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (55-69), tie 4th place, North Division)
Won, 3-1, in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre behind Sean O’Sullivan (2-2), 8.1-3-1-0-1-9; SV: Dustin McGowan (10). CF Brian Bogusevic, 2-4. LF Tyler Henson, 2-run double.
Next: Anthony Vasquez (7-5) 7:05 tonight in SWB.
Reading Fightin’ Phils (71-51), 1st place, Eastern Division)
Won 14th in last 15 games and improved to 8-0 at home this month with a 6-5 win over New Hampshire. C Andrew Knapp, 2-4, HR, 2 RBI, extending hitting streak to 16 games. Won game in the eighth inning when Knapp doubled (33rd) and scored the league run when the third baseman committed an error on a bunt by 2B Angelo Mora.
NH scored three in the first inning off Nick Pivetta who gave up two more before leaving the game after 3.2 innings. Relievers Edubray Ramos, Reiniier Roibal and Ryan O’Sullivan combined for 5.1 hitless, scoreless innings. WP: Roibal (5-1). SV: O’Sullivan (3).
Next: Zach Eflin (6-6) 7:05 tonight vs. New Hampshire.
Clearwater Threshers (32-20, 1st place, North Division)
Won, 9-4, vs. Dunedin. 2-3-4-5-6 hitters in the lineup: 11-21, 7 Rm 7 RBI. 1B Rhys Hoskins, HR (7), 15 including Lakewood. CF Aaron Brown, HR (10). WP: Matt Imhoff (7-4), 5-5-2-2-2-6.
Next: Mark Leiter (4-1) 6:30 tonight in Dunedin.
Lakewood BlueClaws (28-23, tie 2nd place, Northern Division)
Lost 13th in 17 games at the hands of Delmarva, 8-2, getting 8 singles. RF Herlis Rodriguez hit in his 19th consecutive game.
Next: Elniery Garcia (7-9) 7:05 tonight vs. Delmarva.
Williamsport Crosscutters (35-21, 1st place, Pinckney Division)
Next: Tyler Gilbert (3-2) 7:05 tonight in State College; first game back after the All-Star Game.
Gulf Coast League Phillies (30-18, 2nd place, Northwest Division)
Scoring twice in the eighth inning, the Phillies nipped the host Astros, 2-1. C Greg Brodzinski, 2-3, RBI. Miguel Gonzalez started, 2-1-0-0-1-3. WP: Luis Morales (1-0), 4-1-0-0-0-6.
Next: 12 noon today at Braves.
This Date In Phillies History
August 19, 1903
Phillies have 10 consecutive postponements, August 10-19. Guess they didn’t have tarps back then.
August 19, 1978
54,288 are on hand when Phillies blank San Francisco, 3-0, at Veterans Stadium. Happy Days softball team, featuring Henry Winkler, plays before the Saturday night game.