Law of Averages, Please
Eight straight losses to the Mets this season after last night with one more game to go in this four-game series tonight. Thursday is the Phillies poorest day of the week, 3-10. So, if there is such a thing as the law of averages, the Phillies should win tonight.
Eickhoff was touched for three first-inning runs after Herrera started the game by dropping a fly ball. Eickhoff then retired 16 in a row until allowing a sixth-inning run. Three relievers allowed five runs over the last two Mets innings putting the game out of reach after the Phillies scored four in the eighth to make it 6-4 going into the ninth.
Araujo allowed his first hit since July 11 in the ninth inning after not allowing a hit to 38 consecutive batters.
The Mets have set a franchise record with 40 home runs this month. Wondering what’s the Phillies record for August? 43 in 2009. Phillies greatest month ever is 44 in June of 2004.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (59-72), 4th place, North Division)
Lost, 4-2, to Buffalo ending a 4-game winning streak. LP: Anthony Vasquez (7-7), 6.2-5-3-2-4-2. 2 hits each for SS Chase d’Arnaud, LF Jordan Danks and 3B Russ Canzler.
Next: Jesse Biddle and TBD 5:30 tonight in DH in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Reading Fightin’ Phils (74-55), 1st place, Eastern Division)
Won, 8-6 in 10 innings in Altoona. SS KC Serna, 4-5, 2 R. RF Destin Hood, triple, 9th HR, 5 RBI (seventh-inning grand slam). C Andrew 2-6; saw average fall to .378. ND: Jake Thompson, 6-6-1-1-1-7. WP: Edubray Ramos (1-1). SV: Reinier Roibal (1).
Next: Ethan Martin (2-0) 7:05 tonight vs. Bowie.
Clearwater Threshers (36-23), 2nd place, North Division)
Day off. C Willians Astudillo, leads FSL with .329 average, 10 strikeouts in 362 at-bats. LF Andrew Pullin leads FSL with 14 home runs.
Next: Ricardo Pinto (7-2) 6:35 tonight in Brevard County.
Lakewood BlueClaws (32-26, tie 2nd place, Northern Division)
Won, 7-6, over Hagerstown on 1B Damek Tomscha’s go-ahead HR (5) in the eighth inning. DH Kyle Martin, triple, 3 RBI. WP: Jason Zgardowski (3-1). SV: Joey DeNato (10). Ended the game by picking a runner off first base, his 16th of the season.
Next: Shane Watson (1-4) 7:05 tonight vs. Hagerstown.
Williamsport Crosscutters (42-22) 1st place, Pinckney Division)
Won seventh in a row, 8-4, pounding out 14 hits against State College. 3 hits each for DH Zach Cappola and CF Carlos Duran. RF Jose Pujols, HR (4). WP: Jose Taveras (7-2), 6-5-3-3-2-5.
Next: Franklyn Kilome (3-2) 7:05 tonight at Batavia.
Gulf Coast League Phillies (34-23), 2nd place, Northwest Division)
Won, 1-0, over Pirates in a 9-inning game that took only 1 hour, 57 minutes. 1B Luis Encarnacian and 3B Lucas Williams each had 2 hits out of 5 for the team. ND: Bailey Falters, 5-3-0-0-0-3. WP: Zach Morris (5-1). Phillies missed the playoffs. Four division winners qualify and Phillies are in second place. Season ends on Saturday.
Next: 12 noon at Pirates.