No Hitter In Minors

It is all a too familiar story this season for the Phillies.  A well-pitched game by a starter without any run support.

Last night Jerad Eickhoff was the victim. He allowed just one run on five hits in seven innings with eight strikeouts but received a big L on his record, his 12th, most in the NL. In five of those loses, the Phillies scored one run or less. Miami put the game away with four runs off two relievers in the eighth inning, 5-0.  It was the fifth time the Phillies have been shut out.

For the second time in a week, Tom Koehler silenced the Phillies bats. He’s held them to three runs over 14 total innings in two starts. Before that he was ripped for 14 runs while pitching only 16 innings over four starts.

Historic Hits
Ichiro Suzuki had one hit, his 2,997th. Will he get to 3,000 this afternoon?  Since he started last night it is unlikely he’ll be in today’s lineup.

Hall of Famer Honus Wagner got his 3,000th hit against the Phillies, June 9, 1914, in Baker Bowl off Erskine Mayer.  He was the second player to reach that figure.

Hank Aaron hit his 700th home run off LHP Ken Brett during the Braves’ 8-4 loss to the Phillies at Atlanta on July 21, 1973.

Phil-Ins
For the fourth time on this road trip a Phillies starter left the game because of an injury.  This time it was Peter Bourjos.  He injured his right shoulder while crashing into the wall on yet another outstanding catch, robbing Ichiro of a first-inning hit . . . Phillies fly to Atlanta after today’s game for four games with the Braves which ends a 10-game road trip . . . Home Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with the Giants and right back out on the road to San Diego and Los Angeles (Dodgers) for six. 16 road games out of 19 means a lot of packing and unpacking suite cases.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (62-41), 2nd place, International League North Division.
Swept a 7-inning DH from Syracuse, stretching winning streak to 4 games. 1st game WP: Jake Thompson (10-5), 5-7-5-5-1-3; 7th straight W; gave up a 3-run HR in 1st inning; LV came back with 7 in the 2nd, started by back-to-back HR from RF Cedric Hunter and 1B Brock Stassi (8); Hunter added his 8th HR later. LF Nick Williams, 3-run 2B (26th). SV: Luis Garcia (5).

4-2 in 2nd game. WP: Adam Morgan (4-1), 5-4-2-2-3-6. SV: Dalier Hinojosa (1). 1B Darin Ruf, R (13). RF Aaron Altherr, 1-3, a double . . . Ben Lively (4-4), 11:35 this morning vs. Syracuse.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (69-34), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
Lost, 5-2, to Binghamton. Lone runs were back-to-back homers in the 8th inning by Jorge Alfaro (12) and Dylan Cozens (26). 1B Rhys Hoskins, 1B, 3 BB.  LP: Tom Eshelman (2-2), 4-3-3-3-2-2.  Reading is 6-7 since the All-Star Game break . . . Ricardo Pinto (3-4), 7:05 tonight vs. Binghamton followed by a bus trip to Erie. Ah, life in the minors.

Clearwater Threshers (21-11), 1st, 2nd half, Florida State League North Division.
Won, 5-4, in Jackie Robinson Stadium in Daytona.  WP: Elniery Garcia (9-2), 6-6-3-3-1-2. SV: Victor Arano (4). RF Jiandido Tromp, HR (6), RBI; 4th HR in last 6 games (hit 10 at Lakewood before promotion). CF Carlos Tocci, HR (3), RBI. 1B Zach Green, 3 2B, R, RBI. C Chace Numata, 2 H, 2 RBI . . . Luke Leftwich (2-2), 7:05 tonight in Daytona.

Lakewood BlueClaws (18-13), tie 2nd place, 2nd half, South Atlantic League North Division.
Scoring 3 unearned runs without a hit in the 7th inning, Lakewood rallied to defeat Hickory, 6-3. 3 relieves tossed 5 scoreless innings with Zach Morris (5-1) getting the win, Ismael Cabrera (2) the save. RF Jose Pujols, HR (19), 2 RBI; leads all Class A players in HRs. 1B Wilson Garcia, 2 2B, R, RBI. 2B Josh Tobias, 2 H, R . . . No game today. Instead a bus ride south to Augusta, GA, baseball, not golf.

Williamsport Crosscutters (24-14), 2nd, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.

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20-year-old LH Ranger Suarez tossed a 7-inning no-hitter against Auburn in the 1st game of DH, 4-0.  He walked the 1st batter, started a 1-6-3 DP on the next batter and didn’t allow a base runner the rest of the way; struck out 5.  He has yet to lose in the states, 4-0 this season and 3-0 a year ago in the Gulf Coast League.

Scoring 4 runs in the 6th inning Williamsport extended its winning streak to 6 games,   6-2, in the 2nd game. WP: reliever Scott Harris (2-0). 4 different players had 2 hits each. CF David Martinelli drove in 2 runs . . . Day off today.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (21-7), 2nd place, Northwest Division.
Mauricio Llovera, Kyle Young and Jordan Kurokawa combined for a 5-0, 2-hit shutout of the Tigers West at Tigertown in Lakeland. WP: Llovera (3-1), 5-1-0-0-1-8. 1B Edwin Rodriguez, HR (3), 3 RBI. CF Ramon Quinn, 1-3, R, SB. DH Mickey Moniak, 2-4, including a 2B . . . 12 noon today vs. Yankees West in Tampa.

Thome Phun Fact
(Jim will become the 38th Phillies legend to be inducted into the Toyota Wall of Fame on Friday night, August 12. Ceremonies begin at 7 p.m.)

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April 14, 2004: In typical Thome fashion, he didn’t waste any time.  In the first inning, he fell behind 0-2 to Cincinnati right-hander Jose Acevedo.  After working the count full, and with a myriad of flashbulbs going off around him, he launched the next pitch into the left-center field seats for his 400th home run. A few days later bronze plaque was placed at the exact location of the historic blast, Section 147, Row 4, Seat 6.

This Date
July 27, 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.

July 27, 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.

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Hellickson Shines

When the Marlins won three of four at Citizens Bank Park last week, their bullpen was the difference: 12.1 combined innings, no runs on five hits and four walks.  Meanwhile the Phillies pen: seven runs on 13 hits and four walks in 13 innings.

The worm turned in last night’s Phillies 4-0 shutout win in Marlins Park. Miami’s pen: four innings, three hits, four runs (two earned), six walks, 10 strikeouts.  Phillies: three innings, one hit, two strikeouts.

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Jeremy Hellickson was brilliant, two hits in six innings on 70 pitches. In last two starts, both against the Marlins, he’s given up one run in 14 innings.  He’s certainly impressed other teams who have been scouting him as the trade deadline nears (next Monday).

Once again, it appeared that a solid start by one of the Phillies pitchers would go down the drain. Finally in the eighth Maikel Franco walked and scored on Tommy Joseph’s double. Three runs in the ninth iced the game, although the Phillies didn’t exactly mash the ball: one hit, HBP, two walks and two errors.

Franzke Files
“Phillies and Marlins are pretty even.  They went into tonight, 5-5, this season.  In their last 40 games, 20-20.  In those games, Marlins have scored 3.7 runs per game; Phils, 3.6. Phillies have an edge in home runs, 30-28.  Each team has committed 29 errors,” Phillies radio voice Scott Franzke.

Phil-Ins
Shutout was the 11th for the Phillies, tops in the majors.  And, it was their second combined two-hit gem, Nationals back in late April . . . In case you are wondering, the Phillies record for most shutouts in a season is 26 set 100 years ago, 16 by Grover Cleveland Alexander, an MLB record that still stands . . . 7:10 game tonight requires a “sleep fast night” with a 12:10 p.m. day game tomorrow.

Minor League Report
Players of the Week (July 18-24)

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OF Jiandido Tromp, Clearwater… The 22-year-old right-handed hitter batted .471 (8-17) with a double, 3 home runs, 5 RBI, 2 walks, a stolen base and a 1.059 slugging percentage in 7 games. The Aruba native has 15 home runs between Clearwater and Lakewood this season, good for the fifth-most among all Phillies minor leaguers. Tromp, 5-foot-11, 175-pounds was signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent on August 8, 2011. Also named MiLB.com player of the week for the FSL.

RHP Sixto Sanchez, GCL Phillies… The 17-year-old made 2 starts combining to throw 9.0 scoreless innings with 1 hit and 1 walk allowed and 6 strikeouts. He tossed 3.0 scoreless, hitless frames on July 18 and followed that with 6.0 innings of shutout, one-hit ball on July 23. The right-hander ranks 2nd in the Gulf Coast League with a 0.67 ERA (2 ER, 27.0 IP) and 3rd in WHIP (6 BB, 14 H). Sanchez, 5-foot-10, 160-pounds, was signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent on February 20, 2015, out of San Cristobal, DR.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (61-41), 2nd place, International League North Division.
Rained out . . . Jake Thompson and Adam Morgan in DH tonight vs. Syracuse.

RHS David Buchanan was named International League Pitcher of the Week, 2-0, 1 ER, 9 H, 15 IP. Riding a 3-game winning streak.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (69-33), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
Because of a storm, the start of their 7:05 game was delayed until 8:37 p.m. Tyler Viza (4-3) was brilliant, not allowing a hit until the fifth and tossing 7 innings of a 1-0 shutout win. He gave up 2 hits, walked 2 and struck out 5. He began the season 6-2 at Clearwater. The 21-year-old right-hander was a 32nd round selection in 2013. SV: Miguel Nunez (12). 1B Rhys Hoskins had 1 of 2 Reading hits, his 29th HR in the 2nd inning; he’s hit 4 in his last 6 games . . . Tom Eshelman, 7:05 tonight vs. Binghamton.

Clearwater Threshers (20-11), 1st, 2nd half, Florida State League North Division.
Were not scheduled . . . Elniery Garcia, 7:05 tonight in Daytona.

Lakewood BlueClaws (17-13), 3rd place, 2nd half, South Atlantic League North Division.
Rained out . . . Seranthony Dominquez, 11:05 this morning vs. Hickory.

Williamsport Crosscutters (22-14), 2nd, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
Rained out . . . Ranger Suarez and Felix Paulino in DH tonight vs. Auburn.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (20-7), 2nd place, Northwest Division.
Won 9th straight game, 7-6, vs. Tigers West at Carpenter Complex. DH Mickey Moniak’s 3-run 3B capped a 4-run 7th inning that tied the score, 7-7.  C Daniel Garner’s 2B drove in the winning run in the 8th. CF Roman Quinn had 1st rehab assignment, 1-3, 1 R. He last played 6/14 for Reading.  WP: Nick Fanti (3-0), 2nd of 4 pitchers.  SV: Tyler Frohwirth (5). Moniak, hitting .312, leads the club with 19 RBI . . . 12 noon today vs. Tigers West in Tigertown, Lakeland.

Transactions
LHR Daniel Stompf cleared waivers, was offered back to Royals who accepted and assigned him to AAA roster.
Lehigh Valley, OF Aaron Altherr, rehab assignment transferred to LV; 2B Jesmuel Valentin, added to roster from Reading.
Reading: 2B Scott Kingery and RHR Jimmy Cordero added to roster from Clearwater.

Thome Phun Fact
(Jim will become the 38th Phillies legend to be inducted into the Toyota Wall of Fame on Friday night, August 12. Ceremonies begin at 7 p.m.)

Jim finished his first season in a Phillies uniform leading the National League in home runs with 47. He was the Phillies first first baseman to do so.

This Date
July 26, 2008–PH Greg Dobbs hits a 3-run homer vs. Atlanta at Citizens Bank Park giving the Phillies a 10-9 win.  It was his 20th pinch hit of the season, matching the club record set by Doc Miller in 1913.

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Miami Next Stop

PNC Park is a beautiful ballpark in a beautiful setting but for the Phillies it is a dreaded place.

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Zach Eflin was brilliant on Friday night, a walk-free, complete-game shutout. Last Phillies pitcher with that kind of performance within his first eight major league games was Art Mahaffey in 1960. Last Phillies rookie with a nine-inning shutout, J. A. Happ in 2009.  Zach certainly has rebounded well from his drubbing in Toronto on June 14.

A chance to win consecutive games and win a series in PNC Park for only the second time went down the drain as the Pirates won the next two even though the Phillies out-hit the winners in both games. Phillies left a total of 20 runners on base in those losses dropping them to 17-33 in the dreaded place that opened in 2001.

Phil-Ins
In each game, the Phillies lost a starting player because of injuries, Maikel Franco (HBP) Cameron Rupp (HBP) and Andres Blanco (fractured left index finger after being spiked) . . . Since the All-Star Game break, the Phillies are 3-7 scoring 29 runs. In their first 10 games a year ago after the break, 9-1, 46 runs . . . The August 1 trade deadline has 14 Phils pro scouts busy getting 2nd-3rd looks at other teams’ young prospects this final week . . . From the heat and humidity of Pittsburgh to the heat and humidity of Miami.  Marlins Park has a retractable roof and is more Phillies friendly.

5 Facts
Five facts to know about the Marlins:
**Won their first ever series of four or more games against the Phillies in Philadelphia last week, 3-1.
**Lost two of three vs. Phillies in May in Marlins Park but hold 21-19 edge there.
**Fresh from dropping two of three home games to the Mets over the weekend.
**Ichiro Suzuki is four hits shy of 3,000.
**They lead the NL in infield hits, 93.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (61-41), 2nd place, International League North Division.
Won last 2 of a 3-game weekend series in Louisville to move 20 over .500 for first time in franchise history. Sunday WP: David Buchanan (7-5), 6.1-4-0-0-1-2. Weekend HR: RF Nick Williams (10), 1B Darin Ruf (11-12) . . . Jake Thompson (9-5), 7:05 tonight vs. Syracuse, returning home after a 6-1 road trip.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (68-33), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
Won 2 of 3 from Hartford. C Jorge Alfaro had a walk-off double, 6-5 Friday night. Nick Pivetta’s 5-game winning streak ended Sunday, 6-0; first loss since May 28. Anthony Vasquez (8-3) tossed a 9-inning complete game Sunday, 10-4. LF Andrew Pullin, 5-13 weekend, 5th HR; hitting .378. 1B Rhys Hoskins, 4 hits, including 28th HR, 4 RBI. DH Jake Fox, HR (17) Sunday. OF Aaron Altherr played Friday and Saturday, 2-8, 3 R, BB, 2 SB . . . Tyler Viza (3-3), 7:05 tonight vs. Binghamton.

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Dusty Wathan became the Reading franchise’s all-time winningest manager on Friday with his 351st victory. He passed Bill Dancy (1983-94, 1988, 1994-95).

Clearwater Threshers (20-11), 1st, 2nd half, Florida State League North Division.
Won 2 of 3 at home vs. Ft. Myers.  5-0 Friday in a game called after 6 innings by rain.
WP: Drew Anderson (1-0), 5.1, 3-0-0-3-6. 7-2 Sunday behind John Richy (3-4), 6-5-2-1-2-3. OF Jiandido Tromp, 3-7 weekend including 5th HR (plus 10 at Lakewood). Other HRs: RF Derek Campbell (9), 1B Zach Green (11) . . . Day off today.

Lakewood BlueClaws (17-13), 3rd place, 2nd half, South Atlantic League North Division.
Dropped 2 of 3.  Win came Sunday vs. Hickory, 15-3. WP: Alberto Tirado (2-1), 5-3-2-2-2-6, 2 WP. INF Grenny Cumana, 6-12 weekend, 3 R, 2B, RBI. RF Jose Pujols, HR (16) on Friday . . . Seranthony Dominiquez (2-1), 7:05 tonight vs. Hickory.

Williamsport Crosscutters (22-14), 2nd, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
Swept 3 to extend winning streak to 4 games. 8-0 Friday: Adonis Medina (3-0), 6-3-0-0-2-4. 5-3 in 10 innings at Batavia on Saturday night. 2-1 win at home in 11 innings on Sunday, walk-off 1B by SS Arquimedes Gamboa. LF Mark Laird, 5-13 weekend, 4 R, RBI
. . . Ranger Suarez (3-0), 7:05 tonight vs. Auburn.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (19-7), 2nd place, Northwest Division.
Stretched winning streak to 8 games with 6-3 and 4-0 wins over Tigers East. Friday WP: Luis Carrasco (3-0); SV: Luis Gonzalez (1).  HR: C Rodolfo Duran (#2), 1B Edwin Rodriguez (#2). Saturday WP: Sixto Sanchez (3-0), 6-1-0-0-0-4, lowered ERA to 0.67. Lone hit was a 1-out single in the 6th. CF Josh Stephen, 2-2, R, RBI, 2 SB. SS Cole Stobbe, 3-8 in the 2 games; hitting .400 in last 10  games . . . 12 noon today vs. Tigers West at Carpenter Complex.

Thome Phun Fact
(Jim will become the 38th Phillies legend to be inducted into the Toyota Wall of Fame on Friday night, August 12. Ceremonies begin at 7 p.m.)

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He hit the last home run in the 33-year history of Veterans Stadium, eighth inning, Saturday, September 27, 2003, off Atlanta’s Will Cunnane. He led off the 10th inning with a double and scored the winning run on a single by Chase Utley.  It was the Phillies last win at the Vet.

This Date

CHICAGO, IL - JULY 25: Cole Hamels #35 of the Philadelphia Phillies celebrates his no hitter with Ryan Howard #6 and Carlos Ruiz #51 July 25, 2015 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, IllinoisHamels pitched a no hitter and the Phillies won 5-0. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
July 25, 2015–Cole Hamels pitches 13th no-hitter in franchise history, 5-0, against the Cubs in Wrigley Field.  He walked two and struck out 13.  It was his last start for the Phillies as he was traded six days later. Getty Images photo.

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Pittsburgh Weekend

Good-bye Marlins but not for long.  After losing three of four to the Marlins the Phillies are in Pittsburgh this weekend and then in Marlins Park for three games starting Monday.

Jerad Eickhoff, who got roughed up by Miami last night, gets another chance next week. Phils also get another crack at Tom Koehler who dominated them last night. Going into the game he had allowed 108 hits and 52 walks in 100 innings.  Last night, two runs, two hits, one walk in season-high eight innings.

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It doesn’t get any easier against the Pirates where the Phillies have lost their last six games in PNC Park, scoring just nine runs.

Good news, on the road the Phillies are hitting .260 and are fifth in the NL in runs scored (196).  They are last with a .218 average and 149 runs at home.

5 Facts
Five facts to know about the Pirates:
**Since PNC Park opened in 2001, they are 31-16 against the Phillies. Last Phils win, July 4, 2013, 6-4.
**They have scored 443 runs and allowed 437.
**After a dismal June (9-19), they are rebounding in July (11-5).
**They have nearly twice as many doubles (173) as home runs (90).
**Led by five by manager Hurdle, Pirates have 11 ejections this season.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (59-40), 2nd place, International League North Division.
Won 4th in a row, 7-3 in Louisville. WP: Adam Morgan (3-1), 7-6-3-3-0-5. 1B Brock Stassi led a 14-hit attack with 3 hits, including 7th HR. 3B Darnell Sweeney (6) and PH Darin Ruf (10) also homered . . . Ben Lively (4-3), 7:05 tonight in Louisville.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (66-32), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
Lost 3rd in a row, 9-5, to Hartford. RF-CF Aaron Altherr, 1-3, RBI  & HBP. 1B Rhys Hoskins, HR (27), 2 RBI (86) . . . Ricardo Pinto (3-4), 7:05 tonight vs. Hartford.

Clearwater Threshers (18-10), tie 1st, 2nd half, Florida State League North Division.
Edged Ft. Myers, 3-2. WP: Will Morris (6-2), 7-1-1-1-2-5; retired 1st 17 before issuing a walk; lost no-hitter on a 1-out HR in the 7th. SV: Jimmy Cordero (1). 2B Scott Kingery, 29th 2B, R. C Chace Numata, 2 H,RBI . . . Drew Anderson (0-0), 6:15 tonight vs. Ft. Myers.

Lakewood BlueClaws (16-11), 3rd place, 2nd half, South Atlantic League North Division.
Won 5th in a row, 4-2, over Kannapolis. WP: Jose Taveras (4-7), 8-4-2-2-0-10. SV: Sutter McLoughlin (4). 2B Josh Tobias, 2 H, 2 R, BB. 3B Damek Tomscha, 2-run 2B
. . . Edgar Garcia (2-1), 7:05 tonight vs. Kannapolis.

Williamsport Crosscutters (19-14), 2nd, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
Won, 1-0, in 10 innings at Batavia, scoring without a hit: HBP, BB, SO, SO, BB, WP. ND: Bailey Falter, 6-3-0-0-1-10; had 25 strikeouts in 28.1 IP last summer in GCL. WP: Will Hibbs (1-1). CF Mark Laird, 2 of Williamsport’s 3 hits . . . Julian Garcia (0-2), 7:05 tonight in Batavia.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (17-7), 2nd place, Northwest Division.
Sixth straight win, 8-3, over Pirates at Carpenter Complex. DH Jhailyn Ortiz, 1B, HR(6), RBI, 2 BB, SB; leads league in HR. CF Mickey Moniak, 2 H, R, RBI; last 6 games, 10-26, 7 R, 6 RBI. 1B Edwin Rodriguez, 1B, HR (1), 2 RBI . . . 12 noon today in Lakeland vs. Tigers East; 10 a.m. Saturday, same 2 teams at Carpenter Complex.

Transactions
OF Aaron Altherr, rehab assignment transferred from Clearwater to Reading.

Thome Phun Fact
(Jim will become the 38th Phillies legend to be inducted into the Toyota Wall of Fame on Friday night, August 12. Ceremonies begin at 7 p.m.)

August 22, 2003: Thome hits 35th and 36th homers in 9-4 win in St. Louis to break the
Phillies club record for homers by a first baseman, 34, set by Deron Johnson in 1971.
Thome’s record lasted just three years.

For a terrific story about Thome’s Phillies career, check out Paul Hagen’s feature at
http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

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Jeremy Gem

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Jeremy Hellickson was outstanding last night and the bats got a Phillies starting pitcher some runs, 4-1. Allowing only one run in eight innings, Hellickson evened his record at 7-7. It was his longest outing since last August 11 when he also went eight innings in defeating the Phillies.

Phillies starters have tossed at least 6.0 innings in each of their last seven starts, their longest streak since May 2-8, 2014.  Hellickson has done it eight straight starts, a career high.

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Offensive star was Tyler Goeddel who started in left. The rookie had a two-run homer to right field in the first and a run-scoring single in the next inning. He had only three RBI in his previous 43 plate appearances, dating back to June 10. Before the homer he was 0-16.  He has seven RBI in six games vs. the Marlins.

Phil-Ins
Eight wins for Velasquez and seven for Hellickson are more than any Phillies starter a year ago: Aaron Harang (6-15), Cole Hamels (6-7) and Aaron Nola (6-2) . . . While the offense did produce four run they are a chilly 1-17 RISP in the three games . . . 2-4 series and homestand ends tonight . . . Then a short flight to Pittsburgh for a three-game weekend series.

Thome Phun Fact
(Jim will become the 38th Phillies legend to be inducted into the Toyota Wall of Fame on Friday night, August 12. Ceremonies begin at 7 p.m.)

December 6, 2002: Phillies sign free agent first baseman Jim Thome to a six-year, $85 million contract, signaling the start of a new era in franchise history. When he took the podium Thome broke down and cried, returning after a short break to say, “I hate it when my allergies kick in.”

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (58-40), 3rd place, International League North Division.
Won 2-0 in Indianapolis to sweep the series.  WP: Jake Thompson (9-5), 6-3-0-0-4-5, stretching scoreless innings streak to 22; backed by 3 GBDPs; 6-0, 0.58 ERA in last 9 starts. SV: Luis Garcia (4). LF Nick Williams, 2-run HR in top of 1st, #9 . . . Adam Morgan (2-1), 7:05 tonight in Louisville.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (66-31), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
Lost, 4-2, in New Hampshire; 0-10 RISP. LP: Tyler Viza (3-3), 5-6-3-3-3-2. 1B Rhys Hoskins, HR (26), RBI (84), SB. OF Andrew Pullin, last 4 games, 8-17 . . . Tom Eshelman (2-0), 7:05 tonight vs. Hartford.

Clearwater Threshers (17-10), 2nd, 2nd half, Florida State League North Division.
Won, 5-1, in Bradenton. WP: Luke Leftwich (2-2), 5.2-7-2-2-1-4. SV: Victor Arano (3). RF Jiandido Tromp, 2 HR (3-4); combined with Lakewood, he has 14 for the season. 1B Kyle Martin, HR (13), 2 RBI . . . Will Morris (5-2), 7:00 tonight vs. Ft. Myers.

Lakewood BlueClaws (15-11), 5th place, 2nd half, South Atlantic League North Division.
Won 4th in a row, 2-1 vs. Kannapolis. WP: Franklyn Kilome (3-7), 6.2-7-1-1-1-9, matching career-high in SO. SV: Zach Morris (5) . . . Jose Taveras (3-7), 7:05 tonight vs. Kannapolis.

Williamsport Crosscutters (18-14), 2nd, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
Season resumes, 7:05 tonight in Batavia, Falter Bailey (1-3).

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (16-7), 2nd place, Northwest Division.
Defeated Pirates, 10-6, in Bradenton; fifth straight win. DH Mickey Moniak, 2 H, 2 R, 3 RBI, BB, 2 SB; 8-21 in last 5 games, 6 R, 5 RBI. CF Malvin Matos, 2 H, 2 RBI, BB; his last 3 games, 6-10 . . . 12 noon today vs. Pirates at Carpenter Complex.

This Date
July 21, 1973–RF Hank Aaron hits his 700th home run off LHP Ken Brett during the Braves’ 8-4 loss to the Phillies at Atlanta.

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July 21, 1997–RHP Curt Schilling strikes out 15, the most by a Phillies pitcher since Steve Carlton’s 16 in 1982, but loses, 3-2, to Pittsburgh.  After 17 years with the organization, C Darren Daulton is traded to the Florida Marlins for Billy McMillon.

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Burn The Bats


Time to roast marsh mellows over a bonfire of burning bats. Those bats need to be replaced. Another solid outing by a starting pitcher ends up with another one-run, extra-inning loss to the Marlins.  Last night, 2-1.

In their last game before the All-Star break, the Phillies scored 10 runs on 13 hits, a 10-3 win in Denver.  In five games since the break, the Phillies offense has produced 10 runs on 25 hits.  RISP during this time 4-25. Take away the hyphen and you have Phillie Phanatic’s weight.

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Tommy Joseph supplied the Phillies lone run with a blast into third row of the upper deck in left field, his second homer in two games.  While playing first base he and Ryan Howard have combined for 23 homers.  Only the Cubs have more (24) at that position this season.  Ryan and Tommy each has hit 13 you say.  True.  But Ryan has two as a DH and Tommy, one as a PH.

Alumni Note
Jim Bunning, Steve Carlton, Pat Gillick and Mike Schmidt will be in Cooperstown, NY, this weekend for the annual Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies. Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza will be enshrined on Saturday afternoon.

COOPERSTOWN, NY - JULY 24:  Pat Gillick gives his speech at Clark Sports Center during the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony on July 24, 2011 in Cooperstown, New York.Gillick spent 27 years as the general manger with four major league clubs (Toronto 1978-94, Baltimore 1996-98, Seattle 2000-03 and Philadelphia 2006-08). His teams advanced to the postseason 11 times and won the World Series in 1992, 1993 and 2008.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Exactly five years ago on Saturday, Gillick was inducted. (Getty Images photo).

Thome Phun Fact
(Jim will become the 38th Phillies legend to be inducted into the Toyota Wall of Fame on Friday night, August 12. Ceremonies begin at 7 p.m.)

During a November 7, 2002, tour of the under-construction Citizens Bank Park
a group of Local 98 IBEW workers on the site carried signs and wore hats that read PHILADELPHIA WANTS JIM THOME. Thome stopped and walked over to shake hands with the workers.  “That caught me off guard,” said Thome. Later that night while attending a Flyers game Thome received a standing ovation when introduced.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (57-40), 3rd place, International League North Division.
Won 5th in last 6 games, 4-1, in Indianapolis. WP: David Buchanan (6-5), 8.2-5-1-1-2-6. SV: Luis Garcia (3). RF Nick Williams, 1B, 2B (25), RBI, R. CF Cam Perkins, 3-4, R . . . Jake Thompson (8-5), 1:35 this afternoon in Indianapolis . . . Since June 1, LV is 31-15.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (66-30), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
Held to 8 singles, Reading lost, 7-5, in New Hampshire. RF Dylan Cozens, 2 H, 2 RBI, R, BB . . . Tyler Viza (3-2), 12:05 this afternoon in New Hampshire.

Clearwater Threshers (16-10), 2nd, 2nd half, Florida State League North Division.
Getting 11 singles, Clearwater had a walk-off, 6-5 loss in Bradenton. 3B Mitch Walding, 3 H, 3 RBI. RF Aaron Altherr, 2-4, 2 RBI . . . Luke Leftwich (1-2), 10:30 this morning in Bradenton.

Lakewood BlueClaws (14-11), 5th place, 2nd half, South Atlantic League North Division.
Had a day off . . . Franklyn Kilome (2-7), 11:05 today vs. Kannapolis.

Williamsport Crosscutters (18-14), 2nd, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
Lost, 6-4, to West Virginia.  2B Chandler Hall, 1B, 2B, 3 R, BB; extended hitting streak to 8 games . . . Day off today, or, as some people claim, an off day.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (15-7), 2nd place, Northwest Division.
Won 2 vs. Braves. 10-1 in the completion of Monday’s suspended game. RF Jhailyn Ortiz, 3H, 3 R, 3 RBI; included was a HR (5). 3B Jose Anteguera, 3 H, 2 R, RBI, BB, SB. Starter Sixto Sanchez, 3-0-0-0-1-2 when the rains came, creating the suspension. WP was Nick Fanti (2-0), 5-0-0-0-0-10. Despite having only 6 singles, Phillies won the second game, 5-4.  Braves committed 5 errors which contributed to 4 unearned runs. 2, one-out singles and consecutive errors allowed the Phillies to score twice in the bottom of the 9th for the win.  ND: Harold Arauz, 4-5-1-0-0-3 . . . Pirates at 12 noon today in Bradenton.

This Date
July 20, 1969–During the second game of a double header against Chicago, Connie Mack Stadium PA announcer Eddie Ferenz announces to the crowd that the U.S. had just landed men on the moon. Players from both teams lined up along the foul lines and there was a moment of silent prayer for the astronauts, followed by the playing of Kate Smith’s rendition of “God Bless America.”

00 moon landing

(According to NASA.gov, the lunar module landed at 4:18 p.m. EDT. At 10:56 p.m. EDT Neil Armstrong is ready to plant the first human foot on another world. With more than half a billion people watching on television, he climbs down the ladder and proclaims: “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” Photo: NASA).

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Battle of Bullpens

Today’s game of baseball is played in the bullpen and that’s where last night’s game was decided. For only the third time this season, Jeanmar Gomez blew a save, allowing two game-tying runs in the ninth. Then in the 11th Martin Prado homered to win the game. It was Prado’s 16th career home run against the Phillies by far the most he’s hit against any team.

Against the Marlins’ ace, Jose Fernandez, the Phillies scored once in the first inning and again when Tommy Joseph crushed a curve ball leading off the seventh inning which turned out to be the Phillies last hit.  One out later Fernandez exited and a parade of five relievers followed.  In 4.2 innings, they allowed one base runner, a walk. On the other side of the coin, five Phillies relievers gave up three runs in five innings.

There were 11 games in the majors yesterday.  A total of 60 relief pitchers were used.  Further proof of how the game is played in this era.

Phil-Ins
Aaron Nola turned in his best outing since June 5, his last win.  He worked six scoreless innings, his longest outing since the same date, two hits, one walk and five strikeouts.  He was in line for the win until Miami scored two in the ninth . . . Cody Asche saved the game with a diving catch in the 10th and Marlins on first and second base . . . Joseph’s HR was his 12th in 48 at-bats, the fastest anyone in Phillies history got to a dozen . . . Phils are 36-3 when leading after eight innings.

Thome Phun Fact
(Jim will become the 38th Phillies legend to be inducted into the Toyota Wall of Fame on Friday night, August 12. Ceremonies begin at 7 p.m.)

“In 2002, we were in the midst of two significant construction projects, Citizens Bank Park and Bright House Field.  And, we were also in the process of assembling a core nucleus of young players which could help us realize our goal to ‘Get good and stay good.’

“That off-season, we committed to adding veteran pieces to compliment and lead our core. The most significant free agent target was big Jim Thome.  In my mind, Jim was the ‘keystone,’ the linchpin that would validate our goal.

“In my almost 40 years in baseball, there are a handful of players with whom I worked who have embodied all of the best that our game has to offer.  Jim Thome is certainly one of them.  When we signed him he became a keystone of Phillies history.”  Ed Wade, Phillies General Manager, 1998-2005 and current Special Assistant, Baseball Operations.

Minor League Report
Players of the Week (July 11-17)

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2B Scott Kingery, Clearwater… The 22-year-old batted .448 (13-29) with a double, triple, 5 RBI, a walk, 5 runs scored, 3 stolen bases and a 1.003 OPS. He leads the Florida State League in hits (104), doubles (28) and runs scored (56), is tied for third in stolen bases (25) and tied for ninth in batting average (.295). Kingery was the Phillies’ second-round in June 2015 out of the University of Arizona.

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LHP Elniery Garcia, Clearwater… The 21-year-old made one start, tossing a career-high 8.0 scoreless innings, 1 hit, 2 walks, 6 strikeouts. He carried a no-hitter into the eighth. He is tied for first in the FSL in lowest opponents’ batting average (.206), ranks fourth in ERA (2.23) and tied for second in wins (8-2). He’s won 5 in a row. Garcia was signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent out of Cotui, DR, on December 9, 2011. He ws also named MiLB.com Pitcher of the Week for the FSL.

Mlbpipeline.com Team of the Week
Two Phillies farmhands, Kingery and Lakewood C Deivi Grullon.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (56-40), 3rd place, International League North Division.
4 hurlers combined on a 4-hit, 4-0 win in Indianapolis.  WP, starter Phil Klein (1-0), 5-3-0-0-0-6. LF Darin Ruf, 2 H, RBI. C Logan Moore, 2-run 2B . . . David Buchanan, 7:05 tonight in Indianapolis.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (66-29), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
Won, 9-5, in New Hampshire. WP: Nick Pivetta (9-4), 5-7-5-5-2-4; 5th straight W. LF Andrew Pullin, 4-5, HR (4), 4 RBI. RF Dylan Cozens, 2B (29), HR (25), 5 RBI, SB (17). 2B Jesmuel Valentin, 2 2B, 3 R, BB . . . Anthony Vasquez, 7:05 tonight in NH.

Clearwater Threshers (16-9), 2nd, 2nd half, Florida State League North Division.
Won 8th in last 9, 2-0, in 10 innings in Bradenton. 3B Mitch Walding, game-winning RBI single. LF Aaron Altherr, 1-4 . . . Starter John Richy, 7-2-0-0-2-2. WP: Victor Arano (3-1). SV Matt Hockenberry (2)  . . . Elniery Garcia, 6:30 tonight in Bradenton.

Lakewood BlueClaws (14-11), 5th place, 2nd half, South Atlantic League North Division.
Swept DH in Charleston, SC, 3-1 and 2-0, ending a 5-2 road trip.  Winning streak now at 5 games. 1st game WP: reliever Jeff Singer, 3-2-0-0-2-3; picked 3 runners off 1st. 2nd game WP: Seranthony Dominiqez (2-1), 6-1-0-0-2-6. RF Zachary Coppola, 4 H, 2 BB in DH . . . Day off today.

Williamsport Crosscutters (18-13), 2nd, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
Won 8th in last 9 games, 7-4, vs. West Virginia. WP: Ranger Suarez (3-0), 6-5-1-1-2-3. Lead-off hitter, LF Mark Laird, 3-4, BB, 2 RBI; 2nd-place hitter, SS Arquimedes Gamboa, 4-5, 2 R . . . Felix Paulino, 7:05 tonight vs. West Virginia.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (13-7), 2nd place, Northwest Division.
Scoreless game called after 3 innings by rain vs. Braves. As a suspended game it will be completed this afternoon at Carpenter Complex.

Transactions
OF Aaron Altherr had his rehab assignment transferred from GCL to Clearwater. Had to walk about 500 feet from the Carpenter Complex to the Bright House Field clubhouse. No GPS needed.

This Date
July 19, 1955, 2nd game–Playing their sixth game in four days and with Robin Roberts pitching on two day’s rest, Phillies beat Cincinnati, 6-2, in Connie Mack Stadium. Roberts had two hits and drove in three runs while pitching a six-hitter.

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Marlins In Town

Well, look at it this way.  When the Phillies began the season, they went 0-4. When they began the second half, 1-2. The Mets were on the winning edge in the Citizens Bank Park series. Not surprising since they are 23-9 there since June 21, 2013.

Over the last two seasons they have hit 35 home runs in 16 games in Philly, the highest total for any visiting team in any enemy ballpark.  The good news: New York only has three more games this season in Philly, the final three of the season.

Nola Nod
Aaron Nola tries to get untracked tonight in the first of four-games against the Marlins, his first start since July 2. Since his last win on June 5, he’s 0-4 for five starts, allowing 30 runs in 18 innings.

So, who is his opposing hurler tonight? None other than Jose Fernandez, one of the game’s best, 11-4. In his brief big league career, Jose is an unconscious 25-1 at home and only 8-12 the road which includes a 1-1 record in three starts at Citizens Bank Park.  So, he’s not invincible.

Did You Know?
**The Phillies won their very first game against the Marlins, May 17, 1993, at Joe Robbie Stadium, 10-3. Ben Rivera was the winning pitcher.  1B John Kruk, 5-6. 2B Mickey Morandini, 1-6. Bob McClure pitched one scoreless relief inning for the Marlins.

**Phillies this year hold 4-2 edge over the Marlins, 2-1 here and 2-1 in Miami.  Same two teams meet again next Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday in Miami. Ichiro Suzuki has 2,994 career hits.

**The Marlins lead the majors with a .287 team average on the road.  Phillies are last in batting at home, .222.

5 Things
Five things to know about the Marlins:
**Since their 5-11 start, they have gone 44-31.
**47-41 record at the break was their first over .500 since 2009.
**Relievers lead the NL in saves 35.
**They are 47-68 at Citizens Bank Park.
**Last time the Marlins won the season series vs. the Phillies was 2008, 10-8.

Big Piece Connects

00 Howard Sat
Ryan Howard’s 370th career home run on Saturday night win landed in the Phillies bullpen. David Hernandez retrieved the ball and tossed it a lucky fan.

The 428-foot blast tied him with Gil Hodges for 77th place on the all-time list.  Ryan’s game in his 5,579th at-bat; Hodges needed 7,030 AB. Next it sight is Rocky Colavito, who hit 374 (6,503 AB).

Minor League Report
Phillies minor league teams in the states have a combined record of 245-178, a .579 percentage.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (55-40), 3rd place, International League North Division.
Won 2 of 3 from Buffalo. Friday was a 10-1 win, 4-3 Saturday win and a 10-1 drubbing on Sunday, which ended a 3-game winning streak. Friday WP: Jake Thompson (8-5), 7-3-0-0-1-5; 12 ground ball outs; 5-0, 0.64 ERA in last 8 GS. Saturday WP: Adam Morgan (2-1), 6-6-4-4-1-4, 2 HR. SV: Luis Garcia (2). RF Nick Williams, 6-12 weekend, 3 R, 2 2B (23-24), 3 RBI. 1B/DH Brock Stassi, 4-8, R, 2B, HR (6), 3 BB, 4 RBI . . . Phil Klein (0-0), 7:05 tonight in Indianapolis.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (65-29), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
1-2 series in Trenton, 4-0 losses on Friday and Sunday.  4-1 win on Saturday, scoring 3 in T9 to win. 23rd win when opponent scored 1st.  Trenton pitching held Dylan Cozens and 1B Rhys Hoskins to 3-19 and only 2 extra-hits (27-28th doubles for Cozens) . . . Nick Pivetta (8-4), 7:05 tonight in New Hampshire.

Clearwater Threshers (15-9), 2nd, 2nd half, Florida State League North Division.
Won 5-3 (13 innings) and 6-4 in Palm Beach and lost, 11-8, yesterday in Bradenton; loss ended 7-game winning streak. CF Carlos Tocci, 9-33 during a 7-game hitting streak; 2B Scott Kingery, 7-16 weekend, 28th 2B, 24-25 SB. C Chace Numata, 7-14 weekend, 3 RBI, including a 2-run 3B during a 3-run 13th inning Friday. 3B Mitch Walding, 9-game hitting streak, 12-31; 8 RBI . . . John Richy (2-4), 6:30 tonight in Bradenton.

Lakewood BlueClaws (12-11), 5th place, 2nd half, South Atlantic League North Division.
8-4 loss Friday, 2-0 win Saturday and Sunday rainout in Charleston, SC. WP: Tyler Gilbert (5-7), 7-9-0-0-0-2. SV: Sutter McLoughlin (2). 2B Josh Tobias, 4-9 weekend, 21-22 2B, 2 R . . . Alberto Tirado (1-1) and Seranthony Dominiquez (1-1), 5:05 DH this evening in Charleston.

Williamsport Crosscutters (17-13), 2nd, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
6-3 loss Friday and 5-4, 11-inning win Saturday in Vermont and 3-2 win Sunday vs. West Virginia. C Henri Laritgue, 3 doubles on Saturday. C-DH Brett Barbier, has hit in all 8 game to start his pro career (11-31, .355), including 1st pro HR on Sunday . . . Ranger Suarez (2-0), 7:05 tonight vs. West Virginia.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (13-7), 2nd place, Northwest Division.
Defeated Yankees East twice, 11-8 in Tampa and 5-4 in Clearwater. LF Josh Stephen, 5-7, 3 R, 3B, 1st pro HR, 6 RBI. His last 10 G: 14 H, 12 RBI, 7 R. SS Cole Stobbe, 3-8,2B, RBI. CF Mickey Moniak last 10 G: 7 R, 14 H, 9 RBI . . . Sixto Sanchez (2-0), 12 noon today at Braves.

Transactions
Lehigh Valley: OF David Lough, activated from DL

Reading: INF Carlos Alonso, transferred from Lehigh Valley; C Joel Fisher, placed on DL; LHR Jeremy Bleich, released.

Lakewood: C Edgar Cabral, placed on DL.

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No Picnics

Summertime is the time for picnics.  Sorry, there are no picnics in baseball.

Starting tonight through the end of July the Phillies have a tough schedule. This homestand includes three with the Mets and four with the surging Marlins. The month ends with a 10-game road trip as the Democratic Convention takes over the Sports Complex. That trip has three in Pittsburgh, three in Miami and four in Atlanta.

Between April 8 and 20, the Phillies and Mets met six times, each winning three games. The last three games were at Citizens Bank Park where the Mets have been having a picnic. In winning two of three, the Mets blasted 12 home runs.  Of the six different Mets who homered, only Curtis Granderson and Neil Walker will be in uniform this weekend. Lucas Duda, David Wright and Yoenis Cespedes are injured and Mike Conforto is in the minors.

5 Things
Five things to know about the Mets:
**Record at CBP is 63-51, including 20 of last 27 games.
**Losing after 8, 0-36; winning after eight, 43-0.
**.238 team batting average ranks 13th in NL; 122 homers, second most.
**3.39 team ERA is third best in NL; 80 homers allowed, second fewest.
**27-year-old RH reliever Erik Goeddel is Tyler’s (23) older brother.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (53-39), 2nd place, International League North Division.
6 different players had multi-hit games as the Pigs collected 17 hits in winning, 6-1, over Buffalo. SS J.P. Crawford, 3 hits including 3rd HR, 3 RBI, R. 2B Emmanuel Burris, 3 hits. LF Nick Williams, 2 2B (21-22).  WP: David Buchanan (5-5), 7-5-1-1-3-5 . . . Jake Thompson (7-5), 7:05 tonight vs. Buffalo.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (64-27), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
Won, 4-2, in Trenton behind Tyler Viza (3-2), 8-2-2-2-0-7, both runs in the 1st inning; retired 20 in a row at one point. SV: Miguel Nunez (11). DH Jake Fox, HR (16). C Jorge Alfaro, 2 H, RBI. 2B KC Serna, 2 H, RBI . . . Mark Leiter (4-0), 7 tonight in Trenton.

Clearwater Threshers (13-8), 2nd, 2nd half, Florida State League North Division.
Won 5th in a row, 8-6, at Palm Beach. Threshers began the game with 5 consecutive hits and a 4-run 1st. 5 players had multi-hit games led by 1B Kyle Martin’s 3. 2B Scot Kingery, 1B, 3B, 2 RBI, R . . . Ranfi Casimiro (7-6), 6:30 tonight in Palm Beach.

Lakewood BlueClaws (11-7), tie 4th place, 2nd half, South Atlantic League North Division.
Collected 13 hits with 5 players having multi-hit games but left 13 runners in losing 4-3 in Hickory. C Deivi Grullon, HR (6), 1 each in 3 straight games. LF Cornelius Randolph, 3rd straight multi-hit game with 3; 8-13 in those 3 games . . . Edgar Garcia (3-0), 7:05 tonight in Charleston, SC.

Williamsport Crosscutters (14-12), 2nd, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
Won 5th in a row, 6-2, in Vermont. WP: Bailey Falter (1-3), 6-5-2-2-0-5. 18-year-old SS Arquimedes Gamboa, 3 H, steal of home; extended hitting streak to 6 games, 11-27, .407. CF David Martinelli, 1 H, 2 RBI, SB . . . Julian Garcia (0-1), 7:05 tonight in Vermont.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (11-7), 2nd place, Northwest Division.
Lost 3rd straight, 10-4, to the Blue Jays at Carpenter Field. RF Aaron Altherr, H, R, 2 BB; hitting .333. SS Cole Stobbe, 2 H . . . 12 noon today vs. Yankees East.

Transactions
Lehigh Valley: LHS Adam Morgan, added to roster; RHR Edward Mujica asked for his release and was granted.
Reading: LHS Anthony Vasquez, assigned from Lehigh Valley.
Clearwater: RHS John Richy, assigned from Reading.

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Pupil vs. Professor

00 Franco
Baseball can be a strange game.  Maikel Franco hit .233, five home runs, 13 RBI, .785 OPS in 24 games during June. Flip the calendar to July and his bat got hot: .450 average, 5 HR, 11 RBI, and a 1.351 OPS in 10 games.

Second half of season begins tomorrow night against the Mets at Citizens Bank Park. Question: will four days off have cooled his bat?

The 23-year-old Maikel, a native of the Dominican Republic, will be facing Bartolo Colon, who is only 20 years older.  In his brief big league career, Franco is 0-8 vs. Colon, also from the DR. Will the pupil get to the professor?

Team Leaders
Minor league statistical leaders were posted yesterday. Today, a look at the major league Phillies.  Not surprising, the hitting leaders are a two-man show:

Hitting
Average: Odubel Herrera, .294
Games: Herrera, 89
At-bats: Herrera, 330
Runs:  Herrera, 39
Hits:  Herrera, 97
Total bases: Maikel Franco, 155
Doubles: Cameron Rupp, 17
Triples: Cesar Hernandez, 6
Home runs: Franco, 18
RBI:   Franco, 52
Stolen bases: Herrera, 12

Pitching
Games: Hector Neris, 46
Starts:  Jeremy Hellickson/Jerad Eickhoff, 18
Wins:  Vince Velasquez, 8-2
Saves:  Jeanmar Gomez, 24
Innings: Eickhoff, 108.0
Walks:  Eickhoff, 29
Strikeouts: Aaron Nola, 106
ERA:  Velasquez, 3.32

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (52-39), 2nd place, International League North Division.

International League defeated Pacific Coast League in AAA All-Star Game, 4-2. C Andrew Knapp HR, OF Cam Perkins game-winning RBI, Edward Mujica, SV . . . 2nd half resumes at 7:05 tonight vs. Buffalo.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (63-27), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.

East Division All-Stars managed by Reading manager Dusty Wathan and featuring 6 of his players banged out 20 hits in defeating the West Stars, 10-2, at Canal Park in Akron. C Jorge Alfaro, 3-3; RF Dylan Cozens, BB, 2 R, SB; 1B Rhys Hoskins, 1-3, a 3-run HR in the top of the 1st; 2B Jesmuel Valentin, 1 1B, 2 2B, 2 R; RH Nick Pivetta, 1 IP, 1 SO; LH Hoby Milner, .2 IP.

“We were joking that maybe we should have put together an All-Star team from everybody else in the league and play Reading,” said Akron manager Dave Wallace, who managed the Western Division squad. “It’s a compliment to their whole organization. They have a lot of good players and they play the game the right way. I think the future is pretty bright in Philadelphia.”

Reading’s 2nd half resumes at 7 tonight in Trenton, Tyler Viza (2-2).

Clearwater Threshers (12-8), 3rd, 2nd half, Florida State League North Division.

00  E Garcia
(photo: Mark LoMoglio/MiLB.com)
Elniery Garcia allowed 1 hit in 8 IP as the Threshers won their 4th in a row, 4-0, in Jupiter. Garcia (8-2), 8-1-0-0-2-6. Retired 1st 10 before a BB; picked that runner off 1st; 2nd walk came with 2 out in the 7th; lost no-hit bid on a leadoff 1B in 8th; 67 strikes out of 94 pitches; lowered ERA to 2.23. Victor Arano hurled the 9th, 1 SO. 2B Scott Kingery, 3 H. CF Carlos Tocci, 2b (15), 2 RBI. 3B Mitch Walding, 1B, 2B (13), R . . . Luke Leftwich (1-2) 12 noon today in Jupiter.

Lakewood BlueClaws (11-6), tie 2nd place, 2nd half, South Atlantic League North Division.
Won 6th in last 7, 6-3, in 11 innings in Hickory. ND: Franklyn Kilome, 5-3-1-1-2-7. WP: Jeff Singer (1-0), 3-2-1-0-0-4. DH Zachary Coppola, 3 H, RBI, BB, 2 SB. LF Cornelius Randolph, 2 H, SB. RF Luis Pujols, league-leading HR (17), 2 RBI. C Deivi Grullon, 2-run HR (5), capping a 3-run 11th . . . Jose Taveras (3-7) 7 tonight in Hickory.

Williamsport Crosscutters (13-12), tie 2nd, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
Trailing, 7-0, Williamsport scored 2 in the 7th, 4 in the 8th and 2 in the 9th for 4th straight win, 8-7, over Batavia. RF Luke Maglich hit a game-tying 3b in the 9th and scored the winning run on a wild pitch. DH Jesus Alastre, 1-3.  Hitting .667 (12-18) in July . . . Bailey Falter (0-3) 7 tonight in Vermont.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (11-6), 2nd place, Northwest Division.
1st-place Blue Jays tied the game in the bottom of the 9th with a run and won it in the 10th, 5-4, in Dunedin. ND: Nick Fanti, 5-4-1-1-0-6. CF Mickey Moniak, 2-run 3B. C Nerluis Martinez, 1B, 2B, RBI. LF Malvin Matos, 2 H, BB, 2 SB . . . 12 noon today at Carpenter Complex vs. Toronto.

Transactions
Reading: OF Aaron Brown, placed on DL.

This Date
July 14, 1896–OF Ed Delahanty with two doubles and a triple in a win over Cubs in Chicago, sets major league record for most extra-base hits in two consecutive games with seven after hitting four home runs on July 13.

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