Mets Continue to Dominate
The Mets continued their dominance of the Phillies Tuesday night winning their seventh straight and 10th in 11 games this year. They were 13-6 a year ago, the most wins they ever had in a season against the Phillies. Over the last four seasons, 42-24. Two more games this series and then three in Citi Field starting on Monday night.
A pair of two-run homers (Galvis & Howard) gave the Phillies a 4-3 lead after three innings. Galvis’ homer was their lone hit with RISP in eight at-bats. Offensively the Phillies struck out a season high 16 times. The Mets won scoring three in the sixth on three walks and two singles.
Howard’s homer was his 183rd at Citizens Bank Park and #44 in 156 games against the Mets. NL RBI leaders since July 25: Carlos Gonzalez (43), Ryan and Matt Kemp (35).
Game #3 in the series tonight, Colon, 42, vs. Eickhoff, 25. Colon won his first major league game on June 7, 1997. Eickhoff was six years old.
Who Is He?
When Eickhoff won his first game last week he became the second Phillies pitcher since 1920 (the first season that RBI were officially tracked) to record at least two RBI in his MLB debut. Tom Sullivan was the first.
So, who is or was Tom Sullivan?
The 26-year-old left-hander relieved in the second inning of a 19-7 loss in St. Louis with the Cardinals winning, 8-0, on May 15, 1922. He finished the game, allowing 11 runs (10 earned) on 15 hits. He batted four times and hit a two-run homer. His career ended 15 days after his debut, 0-0, 11.25 ERA for eight total innings in three games and that one hit as a hitter. 93 years after that hit, his name resurfaced for the first time. Chance are it is the last time. Sorry, Sully.
Players of the Week (Aug. 17-23)
OF Aaron Brown, Clearwater…The 23-year-old in his second professional season, hit .455 (10-22) with a home run, six runs scored, two doubles, two RBI and a walk in six games. He began the week with four straight multi-hit games, including his fourth three-hit game of the season. Brown was selected by the Phillies in the third round of the 2014 draft out of Pepperdine University and was signed by Shane Bowers.
RHP Ricardo Pinto, Clearwater…The 21-year-old Pinto made one start for the Threshers, tossing 6.0 scoreless innings with six strikeouts and just three hits. He has allowed just one run in his last 19.2 innings (0.92 ERA), and over that span has surrendered just 11 hits and three walks (0.71 WHIP) while striking out 16 batters. He also was the Pitcher of the Week, June 22-28. Combined with Lakewood, he’s 13-4, 2.79 ERA, leading the organization in wins. Pinto was signed by the Phillies and Jesus Mendez as an amateur free agent in December of 2011.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (59-71), 4th place, North Division)
Won fourth in a row riding a 16-hit attack to a 9-3 decision vs. Buffalo. 1B Tommy Joseph, 4-5, 2 RBI. 5 other LV batters had 2 hits each. WP: Sean O’Sullivan (3-2), 7-8-3-3-0-4.
Next: Anthony Vasquez (7-6) 7:05 tonight vs. Buffalo.
Reading Fightin’ Phils (73-55), 1st place, Eastern Division)
After a 17-hit attack on Monday, Reading was held to 7 hits (6 singles) in 3-2 loss at Altoona. LP: Ryann O’Sullivan (1-2), younger brother of Sean O’Sullivan, who was tagged for 2 eighth-inning runs. ND: Zach Elfin, 7-6-1-0-0-5.
Next: Jake Thompson (3-1) 7:00 tonight in Altoona.
Clearwater Threshers (36-23), 2nd place, North Division)
Scoring single runs in the eighth and ninth innings, Dayton blanked Clearwater, 2-0. Threshers had just 3 singles. ND for 23-year-old John Richy, making his debut following the Utley trade, 7-4-0-0-1-3.
Next: Day off today. Seven-game road trip begins tomorrow in Brevard County and ends in Daytona.
Lakewood BlueClaws (31-26, tie 2nd place, Northern Division)
Defeated Hagerstown, 6-3. LF Cord Sandberg, 2-3, 2 R, 2 RBI. CF Jiandido Tromp, 2-4, 2 R, RBI. WP: Austin Davis (4-5). SV: Matt Hockenberry (15).
Next: Elniery Garcia (8-9) 7:05 tonight vs. Hagerstown.
Williamsport Crosscutters (41-22) 1st place, Pinckney Division)
Won sixth in a row, 2-1, over State College. All runs were scored in the first inning. RF Jose Pujols hit a 2-run HR (3). WP: Tyler Gilbert (4-3), 6-4-1-1-1-6. SV: Robert Tasin (15). Williamsport leads second-place State College by 7.5 games. Magic number to clinch the division title is 7. Williamsport was last in the playoffs in 2001.
Next: Jose Taveras (6-2) 7:05 tonight vs. State College.
Gulf Coast League Phillies (33-23), 2nd place, Northwest Division)
Dropped 2 games to Yankees1, 3-2 and 5-1, getting only 4 total hits. RF Greg Pickett his first pro HR in the second game. Phillies trail first-place Blue Jays by 4 games and 4 games remaining. Season ends Saturday.
Next: 12 noon vs. Pirates.
Reading: OF Cameron Perkins placed on DL (lower back strain).
GCL Phillies: Released RHP Lewis Alezones.
Special wishes to former coach Billy DeMars who turns 90 today. The Clearwater, FL, resident coached for the Phillies from 1969-1981. A middle infielder, Billy played part of three seasons in the majors with the Philadelphia A’s and St. Louis Browns, 1948; 1950-51. During his 14-year minor league career he was a teammate with Pat Gillick in Stockton, CA, in 1959-60.