Phillies Notes: Giles revs up fastball to 101 m.p.h.

Rookie reliever Ken Giles pitched a perfect ninth, with one pitch reaching 101 m.p.h. MICHAEL BRYANT / Staff Photographer
Rookie reliever Ken Giles pitched a perfect ninth, with one pitch reaching 101 m.p.h. MICHAEL BRYANT / Staff Photographer
Posted: June 17, 2014

Righthander Ken Giles gave the crowd at Citizens Bank Park something to cheer about on a day when there was little else offered.

Giles pitched a scoreless ninth inning Sunday and did so with flair during a 3-0 loss to the Chicago Cubs.

In his second Phillies appearance, Giles recorded two strikeouts, sandwiched around a pop-up. What got the crowd going was the radar gun. He threw one fastball that was recorded at 101 m.p.h. and another two at 100.

This came after he allowed a home run and recorded the game's final out on a strikeout in a third of an inning during Thursday's 7-3 win over the San Diego Padres.

On Sunday, Giles was efficient, throwing nine of his 11 pitches for strikes.

"It was really good; I was really comfortable out there," Giles said. "All I did was just attack hitters and be aggressive."

He recorded his first strikeout against Nate Schierholtz on an 88-m.p.h. slider.

"The slider is going to be very important," he said. "That is what will keep them off my fastball."

On this day, the Cubs couldn't keep up with the fastball. Giles noticed the fans' reaction.

"It gets me pretty pumped," he said. "As long as fans are getting pumped up anyway to help us get back in the game, I think it will help us."

Manager Ryne Sandberg said he would continue to pick his spots in using Giles.

"Let him build some momentum and gain confidence," Sandberg said. "Being his second outing, he showed really good progress and [had] a real good outing today, so that's good for him."

Rollins' streak

Jimmy Rollins has a 10-game hitting streak, with one hit in 10 consecutive games. A day after setting the Phillies' career hits record, he went 1 for 4, giving him 2,236 hits. During his streak, Rollins is 10 for 38 (.263).

Burnett climbs

Losing pitcher A.J. Burnett struck out four in eight innings and moved into sole possession of 50th place on the career strikeouts list. He has 2,254 strikeouts and needs 17 to pass Lefty Grove (2,270) for 49th place.

Burnett did not walk a batter for the second time this season. The first time came when he also pitched a season-high eight innings, in a 2-0 win at Arizona on April 27.

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