Masterful, dominant ….you name it and it was Cliff last night.
Won his seventh straight game and didn’t walk a batter, the sixth time he’s picked up a win without allowing a walk. Since 2010, he’s won 10 games without issuing a walk, most wins in the majors.
Once again Cliff gave a clinic in pounding the strike zone. He threw 110 pitches in eight innings. 83 were strikes. Young pitchers should take note.
The Phillies didn’t hit a home run at home for the first time since May 18 but they put runs on the board using doubles, a bunt base hit, sacrifice, sacrifice fly and a pick-me-up two-out single by Fransden. The Phillies had loaded the bases in the sixth with no out but Ryan and Domonic both struck out. Kevin came through with a clutch single to left.
Michael Young had three doubles, a first for him since 2006 and a first for the Phillies since Mayberry in 2011.
The Big Piece’s RBI was #957, tying him with Sam Thompson for fifth place on the Phillies all-time list. Chuck Klein is fourth, 984.
Minor League Report
**Lehigh Valley blanked Toledo, 3-0. WP: Carlos Zambrano (1-0), 0 R, 5 H, 7 IP, 1 BB, 6 SO . . . SV: Phillippe Aumont (2), 2 H, 2 SO, 1 IP . . . 2B Cesar Hernandez, 2-4, 2 RBI, 20th steal.
**Reading split a pair with Portland, 4-1 win and 3-0 loss. RH Seth Rosin (4-4) was the 1st game winner, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 SO, 7 IP.
**Clearwater was pounded by Daytona, 14-8. 3B Maikel Franco, 16th HR, 3 RBI, 52 for season. Leads organization in HR, RBI.
**Lakewood on 3-day All-Star Game break.
**Williamsport lost, 7-3, to State College in 11 innings. 3B Zach Green was Williamsport’s offense, 2 doubles, 1st HR, 3 RBI in 5 AB.
Things look a lot rosier when the Big Piece is going deep and driving in runs. He had two RBI as the Phillies survived Pap’s first blown save thanks to Domonic’s two-out, walk-off RBI single in the ninth, 5-4 last night before the season’s third sellout.
Pap gave up a two-out, two-strike, game-tying homer in the ninth after the Phillies failed to add on to a 4-3 lead in the eighth, leaving the bases loaded.
Win was their fifth in a row at Citizens Bank Park and ninth in the last 14. In their lasts 46 games there against the Nationals, Phillies are 31-15.
It was the Phillies 32nd home game, fewest in the NL and only behind the White Sox (30). Five more at home this week and then another three-city, 10-game road trip.
Minor League Report
**Lehigh Valley lost, 8-6, at Toledo, the start of an 8-game road trip in Ohio (Columbus next). Tyler Cloyd (1-5) lost his 1st start back in AAA, 8 R, 4.1 IP . . . C Jermaine Mitchell, 5th HR, 2 RBI . . . RF Leandro Castro, 7th HR, 3 RBI.
**Reading was idle.
**Clearwater unloaded 15 hits in beating Daytona, 9-2. RF Kelly Dugan, 3-5, 8th HR . . . DH Chris Serritella, 3-4 . . . 1B Brock Stassi, 2-4, 3 RBI . . . WP: Mario Holland (4-0), 1 R, 5 IP.
**Lakewood is hosting the SAL All-Star Game tonight.
**Williamsport opened its season with a 4-2 win at State College pounding out 13 hits . . . C Gabriel Lino, 3-4, 2 RBI . . . 2B Andrew Pullin, 2-5, triple . . . DH Justin Parr, 2-4 RBI . . . WP: Mitchell Gueller (1-0), 3 R, 0 ER, 5 IP . . . SV: Tyler Buckley (1).
June 18, 1948–After a 9-1 record with the Wilmington Blue Rocks, RHP Robin Roberts makes his major league debut, a 2-0 loss to Pittsburgh at Shibe Park.
June 18, 1989–Following the Phillies’ 6-5 win over New York, GM Lee Thomas pulls off two major trades, sending 2B Juan Samuel to the Mets for CF Lenny Dykstra, RHP Roger McDowell and a minor leaguer and sending RHP Steve Bedrosian to San Francisco for LHP Terry Mulholland, LHP Dennis Cook and 3B Charlie Hayes.
Our deepest sympathy is extended to the family of former Phillies All-Star catcher, Stan Lopata, who died on Saturday.
For a complete obit, check http://www.phillies.com/alumni.
How do you summarize a weekend in Denver?
Phillies totals: 15 runs, 30 hits, 436 pitches thrown by 15 different pitchers. Rockies: 22 runs, 40 hits, 400 pitches by 11 pitchers. Eight of the Phillies 15 runs came on Friday, a come from behind 8-7 win, their lone one.
Cole again pitched well on Sunday but again came out with the L. In his 15 starts, the Phillies have scored three or fewer runs 11 times. While he’s in the game, a total of 31 runs, zero on Sunday.
The second consecutive three-city trip ended 3-7. Sunday’s two runs in the ninth inning lowered their average runs per game on the road to 3.20, lowest in the majors. Unfortunately, the Phillies next three trips are all three city stops. Then starting July 30 through their last home game (September 22), the Phillies have 34 home dates and 16 on the road.
Game 71 is tonight, the first of three nights against the Nationals who are making their first Citizens Bank Park visit in 2013. (The Braves still haven’t been here). They are followed by three with the Mets. Against the NL East the Phillies are 16-9.
John Sickels, Minor League Ball.com, offers the following comment on the Phillies selections this year:
“The Phillies are well-known for drafting lots of tools players, but they also have the ability to find Tyler Cloyd-like college guys who end up contributing in the majors when people don’t expect them too. This draft follows that pattern. Crawford, Sandberg, and Hernandez were all considered potential first-round picks at some point in the last 12 months: to snap up all three of them is quite a coup.”
Minor League Review (Weekend Edition)
**Lehigh Valley took 2 of 3 from Scranton. RH Ethan Martin (6-3) allowed 1 run in 7 innings to pick up Friday’s 4-1 win. Yesterday, LV won, 5-4, in 11 innings, a walk-off win in which they didn’t have a hit in that inning: walk, walk, hit by pitch, Cody Overebeck SF. All three games were sold out, 10,1000.
**Reading swept 3 in Richmond, 3-1 in 10, 3-1 and 5-4. Derrick Mitchell’s 2-out double in the ninth inning tied Friday’s game and Edgar Duran’s double won it in the next inning. Saturday, 2 runs in the 8th, wild pitch and RBI single by Albert Cartwright produced the winning runs. Sunday, LH Austin Wright (2-3) picked up his 2nd straight win.
**Clearwater was on a 3-day All-Star Game break.
**Lakewood won 11-5 on Friday, scoring 3 in the 7th, 8th and 9th innings. Dropped the next two at Hagerstown, 3-2 and 9-6.
**Williamsport opens its season tonight at State College. Home opener is tomorrow night against the same team.
Lakewood is hosting the South Atlantic League All-Star Game festivities the next three days. Celebrity Hitting Challenge is tonight and the Star game tomorrow night. For more information, visit http://www.blueclaws.com.
June 17, 2012–Playing in Toronto, Jim Thome leads off the second inning with a home run, his 100th as a Phillie. Thome became the 4th player in major league history with at least 100 home runs for three different teams, following Reggie Jackson, Darrell Evans, and Alex Rodriguez.
Going into the seventh, Cliff had allowed one hit and no runs. A lead-off walk and a questionable call at first base set up a two-run inning that put him down, 2-1, a familiar story. No support from the offense.
Four batters into the game, the Phillies had a run. Then nothing, which too often is a pattern they’ve followed. This time, they piled up hits but couldn’t hit with runners on base. After seven innings, they had 11 hits and 13 left on base and one run.
Tailing, 2-1, the offense strung together three straight hits to take a 3-2 lead. With two more runners on base and no out, the offense went dormant again, blowing a chance to blow open the game. 15 hits and 15 LOB, both season highs. Suddenly, a Cliff loss turned into a Cliff win.
In the first inning on radio last night, LA said, “Phillies have two stoppers. One is a starter and other a closer.” He was referring to Cliff and Pap. 10 times Cliff has started after a loss. He’s 7-1 in those starts. It was his first save opportunity since May 29 for Pap.
10-game road trip ends with three games in Denver where the Phillies are 34-30 at Coors Field. Overall, the Phillies have a 90-62 record against the Rockies, one of the top offensive clubs in the league. Back home Monday night for six games against the East and then another 10-game journey.
Elias Sports Bureau
Phillies became the 10th team since 1900 to collect at least 16 hits in a nine inning game and score three or fewer runs. Only one other team won such a game and guess what, it was the Phillies, 3-0, over the Pirates, July 6, 1954, behind Curt Simmons. They got 17 hits that time in eight innings.
Minor League Report
**Lehigh Valley beat Scranton, 4-2. HR: 1B Cody Overbeck (12); LF Darin Ruf (6); his 7th inning HR broke a 2-2 tie. WP: Justin Friend (4-1); SV: Cesar Jimenez (1). RH Carlos Zambrano, no decision, 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 5 SO; 101 pitches. Chooch will begin a rehab assignment on Saturday night.
**Reading edged Bowie, 4-3, in a game that included a 1:57 rain delay. C Sebastian Valle, 3-4, 2 RBI, including the game-winning single in the 8th. WP: Luis Garcia (1-1). No decision, Brody Colvin, 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 SO.
**Clearwater lost, 5-4, to St. Lucie, allowing the winning run in the 9th. 3B Maikel Franco, 2-5, 15th HR, 2 RBI (49).
**Lakewood was rained out at Hagerstown.
**Williamsport opens its season Monday evening at State College.
June 14, 2004–1B Jim Thome homers off RHP Juan Acevedo in the first inning at Citizens Bank Park for his historic 400th career HR. Phillies win, 10-7, over Cincinnati.
June 15, 1949–1B Eddie Waitkus, in his first year with the Phillies, is shot by 19-year-old Ruth Steinhagen in a Chicago hotel room. Critically injured, Waitkus misses the rest of the season, but recovers in time to help the Whiz Kids in 1950.
June 15, 1991–RHP Andy Ashby becomes the first and only Phillies pitcher of the century to strike out the side on nine pitches when he whiffs 1B Hal Morris, LF Todd Benzinger and C Jeff Reed in the fourth inning of a 3-1 loss to Cincinnati at the Vet.
For more Phillies Phlashback moments, visit http://www.phillies.com/alumni.
For the second straight game, the Twins won a game in the eighth inning, which was a real bullpen nightmare for the Phillies a year ago.
During the five-game losing streak, they’ve also lost games in the seventh and ninth innings.
Last night the Twins scored twice with the winning run coming across home plate be on a wild pitch. Ironically, the Phillies are now 23-2 when leading after seven innings. When leading after eight, 24-0. When trailing after eight, 3-32.
While blame can be pointed toward the bullpen, the offense again faltered. A blown call in the first inning paved the way for two Phillies runs. Four of the first six batters reached base. After that, it was silent night against Pelfrey, who wound up pitching seven innings, his longest outing of the season. After the first inning, the Phillies had four hits.
Cliff gets the job of trying to stop the losing streak, a familiar role for him his season as the series ends tonight. Phillies fly to Denver to take on the Rockies for three weekend games.
Minor League Report
Players of the week…….
Pitcher – LHP, Jake Diekman, Lehigh Valley… Four appearances… 0-0, 2 SV, 2 SVO, 0.00 ERA (4.0 IP) H, 2 BB, 8 SO… He has walked only 4 batters over his last 15 appearances (2.57 BB/9.0 IP) after allowing 20 BB in his first 14 appearances this season (12.9 BB/9.0 IP)… Diekman leads the IL in games (29), and has converted his last 7 SVO dating back to 5/18… A native of Wymore, NE, Diekman was drafted in the 30th round of the 2007 draft and was signed by Jerry Lafferty.
Player – INF, Michael Martinez, Lehigh Valley… Seven games… Batted .500 (11-for-22), 5 R, 2B, 2 HR, 3 RBI, BB, SB… He’s hit safely in 11 of his last 13 G which included a 10 G hitting streak (5/14-6/7), raising his average from .216 to .282… Martinez has 2 HR in his last 16 at bats; the infielder hadn’t homered in 177 at bats going back to 8/19/12… The 30-year-old native of Santo Domino, DR, was selected by the Phillies in the Rule 5 draft on 12/9/10…He was originally signed by the Nationals as a non-drafted free agent 6/17/05.
**Lehigh Valley was idle.
**Reading was blanked, 6-0, on 4 singles by Bowie. LP: John Lannan (0-1), 7 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 SO.
**Clearwater shut out St. Lucie, 6-0. WP: LH Hobie Milner (6-2), 7.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 7 SO . . . 3B Maikel Franco, 13th-14th home runs, 4 RBI (47 for season).
**Lakewood lost to Greensboro, 4-1. LP: Kevin Walters (0-2). C Chace Numata, 2-4.
Transactions: Clearwater C Tommy Joseph, who missed a month with a concussion, was placed on the DL after 10 games there with a contusion of his shin . . . Released form extended spring training: OF Miguel Alverez, OF Yan Oimo, RHP Andrew Aizenstadt, INF Tyler Greene.
June 13, 1997–A revolutionary idea in Major League Baseball came to fruition, as Interleague Play makes its debut. The Phillies face the Toronto Blue Jays in their first Interleague game. RHP Wayne Gomes makes his major league debut and wins in relief, 4-3.
New Alumni Feature
Phillies opened the 1913 season playing the first game in Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field. Finished the season with the most wins in the 30 years of the franchise history.
Check out the story on http://www.phillies.com/alumni.
Imagine waking up after a bad dream in which nightmare numbers kept you tossing and turning………
**Four straight hits produced two, fourth-inning runs off Cole. That’s all he allowed in seven innings but once again, the offense was silent when he was in the game. How silent? 24 runs in his last 12 starts.
**Davis walked the leadoff hitter in the 8th. That hitter came around to score the winning run. So, when Cole starts, Phillies are 2-12. The eighth inning was a real nightmare a year ago.
**Going into the game, enemy hitters had 15 hits in 18 innings, a batting .329 against Walters. The Phillies had five singles and a double in 7.1 innings, his longest outing of the season.
**Fresh from their longest winning streak of the year, five games, they’ve now tied their longest losing streak, four games.
**Going into the game, the Phillies had scored 3.09 runs per game on the road, worst in the majors. Two runs will lower that number.
**When the Phillies score three or less runs, they are now 8-27.
**In 12 interleague games (4-8), the Phillies have been out-scored, 82-40.
Game two of the series is tonight, Mike Pelfrey and his 6.40 ERA faces the Phillies. In 21 starts against the Phillies, his ERA comes down to 5.16. Another challenge for the Phillies offense.
Minor League Report
**Lehigh Valley split a pair with Charlotte. 2-1 W in opener; WP: Tom Cochran (2-2); SV: Jacob Diekman (11) . . . 8-4 L in 2nd game; LF Darin Ruf, 2-4, 2 RBI. 3B Cody Asche, 2-4, 39th RBI . . . RHP Carlos Zambrano will start on Thursday night when IronPigs host Scranton.
**Reading gave up a 4-run 8th inning in losing, 7-4, to Bowie. LP: Kyle Simon (1-2). No decision, RH starter Seth Rosin, 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO.
**Clearwater lost, 4-2, in 10 innings to St. Lucie. SS Jonathan Roof, 3 hits, including 2nd HR. LF Aaron Altherr, 7th HR, 3rd in last 7 games.
**Lakewood and Greensboro exchanged 5-2 decisions in a DH. BlueClaws had 11 singles in the DH, 3 in winning the opener behind Yoel Mecias (4-2).
June 12, 1939—RHP Grover Cleveland Alexander is among the first group of players inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.
Check out the vintage of photo of John Kruk when the Phillies clinched the NL East in 1993 on http://www.phillies.com/alumni. The 1993 team will be saluted during the Toyota Alumni Weekend, August 2-3-4.
Back to interleague play for the next three games, all at Target Field in Minneapolis. Checking numbers:
Interleague play this year: Phillies 4-7, Twins 6-8.
Phillies vs. Twins: 6-6
Phillies at Target Field: 2-1, almost the same dates a year ago, June 12-13-14.
Twins: 10th in AL in runs, 252; 10th in team ERA, 4.36.
Phillies: 10th in NL in runs, 235; 12th in ERA, 4.15.
Cole and Walters start tonight, same starters as June 13 a year ago. Phillies got four runs off Walters in the first inning and hung on for a 9-8 win.
Domonic is in the midst of a busy media schedule:
MLB Network’s The Rundown . . . . ESPN SportsCenter . . . Sirius/XM Radio . . . ESPN.com . . . ESPN Baseball Tonight podcast . . . Behind the Pinstripes . . . Phillies Clubhouse on Comcast SportsNet and the July/August issue of Philly Style.
Domonic continues piling up numbers but not All-Star votes. So, faithful Phillies fans, get out and vote . . . Happy Birthday to Dave Cash, 65 today . . . Players drafted and signed this weekend and amateur free agent signees are in a mini camp in Clearwater until Friday . . . With Kratz facing knee surgery and LV’s Steven Lerud called up, it has set off a domino effect in the system: Cameron Rupp, Reading to LV; Justin Dalles, Lakewood to Reading . . . Tommy Joseph, who began the season at LV and then was DLd with a concussion, has been sent to Clearwater . . . Today’s blog is #1,400.
Minor League Report
**Lehigh Valley was rained out at home vs. Charlotte.
**Reading won a rain-shortened (6.2 innings) game vs. Harrisburg, 6-0. LH Austin Wright (1-3), 0 R, 2 H, 2 BB, 7 SO, 5.1 IP . . . RF Anthony Hewitt, 4th HR.
**Clearwater lost, 9-4, at home to St. Lucie. 3B Maikel Franco (12) and RF Kelly Dugan (7) homered. LP: Perci Garner (5-1).
**Lakewood was rained out at home vs. Greensboro, third time in last 4 days.
Seven members of the Clearwater Threshers have been selected to the North Division squad for Saturday’s Florida State League All-Star Game in Dunedin:
P Perci Garner . . . P. Gabriel Arias . . . C Logan Moore . . . 2B Carlos Alonso . . . 3B Maikel Franco . . . OF Aaron Altherr . . . OF Cameron Perkins (currently on DL).
For the June 18 South Atlantic League All-Star Game to be played in Lakewood:
P Steven Inch . . . C Chace Numata . . . Coach Mickey Morandini . . . Athletic Trainer Mickey Kozack.
June 11, 1985–Phillies’ greatest offensive game ever…26-7 win over New York begins with a nine-run first inning, highlighted by LF Von Hayes’ two home runs, a solo shot and a grand slam. No other Phillies player ever hit two homers in the first inning. 3B Schu and 2B Juan Samuel tie a major league record with seven at-bats each.
Von talks about that game in a Paul Hagen feature that can be found at http://www.phillies.com/alumni.
Grinding it out is one of Charlie’s favorite sayings. Phillies did just that and racked up their fifth straight win on Thursday night in Milwaukee to top .500 for the first time this season. Then, the weekend came and a three-game nose dive.
**Cliff walked three Friday night after none in previous two starts. Two of the three scored and the Brewers won for the first time since July, 8, 1911, when trailing by four runs.
**Leading, 4-2, Howard led off the sixth that night with a double, their last hit of the game. A chance to add on went 1-2-3 quietly.
**Saturday the offense was Domonic, second-inning HR, two-run double in the eight in a 4-3 loss.
**Domonic and Erik have been driving the offensive bus. Kratz left Saturday’s game with a knee injury, was put on the DL and returned to Philadelphia for tests today.
**Suddenly, the Phillies are down to their third and fourth catchers on the depth chart.
**Lohse had lost five in a row and right off the bat, three of the first four Phillies got hits but Mike Young was thrown out at home plate. Lohse worked eight innings, first time in two seasons.
**Offense didn’t produce another hit until Quintero, #3 catcher, homered with two out in the eighth. That blast meant the Phillies have gone deep in 14 straight game, which has produced a 7-7 record.
**Pettibone, for the second time in three starts, gave up four first-inning runs (on three hits) and then settled down but the Brewers scored five times in their last three at-bats in a 9-1 romp prompting radio voice Scott Franzke, “LA, it’s time for a shallow thought.” After a pause, LA responded, “What is the speed of dark.” Scott, “I don’t know.” LA: “Neither do I.”
**With Mike Adams nursing a sore bicep, the bullpen was a bit thinner for the weekend. Pap finally got in a game and gave up a solo home run in the eighth to Maldonado, the Milwaukee catcher who went in the game with a .161 average.
**Bad news, the Phillies went 2-5 in back-to-back weekends against the Brewers.
**Good news, the Phillies won’t see them again until next year.
**Phillies left Milwaukee last night for Minneapolis and a three-game series that starts on Tuesday night.
A total of 1,216 players were selected by major league teams in the annual First-Year Player draft that concluded Saturday evening. 41 of those belonged to the Phillies.
Notes among the Phillies selections:
**OF Cord Sandberg, no relation to Ryne, 3rd round, was ranked 5th among corner outfielders by Baseball America. Sandberg was a two-sport star who has a scholarship offer to Mississippi State as a quarterback. Ryne also was a standout quarterback in high school but chose baseball.
**C Jake Sweaney, 5th round, is a wide-receiver/defensive back in high school with an offer from Oregon. Among catchers, Baseball America ranked him 10th. 3B Joe Martarano, 13th, has an offer to play linebacker at Boise State.
**LHP Denton Keys, 11th, threw four no-hitters at Rye (CO) high school this spring, including a perfect game. He has a baseball offer from Kansas.
**LHP Ben Wetzler, 6th and RHP Dan Child, 18th, both pitched for Oregon State.
**RHP Griffin Jax, 12th and RHP Dimitri Casas, are from Cherry Creek HS in Colorado, same school that produced Brad Lidge.
**RHP Matt Soren, 19th and OF Nick Ferdinand, 35th, both played for the University of Delaware, which had four players selected over the three days.
**3B Trey Williams, 8th, is the son of ex-big leaguer Earl Williams; 2B Cavan Biggio, 29th, is the son of Craig Biggio, another big leaguer, and RHP Mark Leiter, 22nd, is the son of Mark Leiter, former Phillies pitcher.
**SS Jose Haros out of San Fernando HS in California was the Phillies last selection, overall #1,201.
**Two other sons of Phillies alumnus were selected by other clubs, LHP J. D. Underwood and RHP Cal Quantrill.
Those selected have until July 12 to sign.
Minor League Report
**Lehigh Valley won 3 of 4 to get to .500. 3B Cody Asche, 7-16; hitting .350 in lasts 10 games. 1B Cody Overbeck had driven in a run in 5 straight, 9 total. INF Michael Martinez had a 10-game hitting streak end Sunday.
**Reading dropped 2 of 3 to Harrisburg, getting a total of 12 hits. LHP Jesse Biddle (3-6) lost his 3rd in a row, 1-0, in 1st game Saturday.
**Clearwater lost 2 and then won last 2, a Sunday doubleheader, all against Dunedin. LF Aaron Altherr’s 2-run homer in the 6th was the game-winner in the opener, 2-0.
**Lakewood was rained out at Delmarva on Friday and Saturday and exchanged shutouts in Sunday DH, losing 8-0 before ending a 4-game losing streak, 2-0, in the second game.
June 10, 1972–To change their luck, Phillies wear blue road uniforms at home only to lose to Atlanta, 15-3. The blue road uniforms never appeared again at the Vet.
June 10, 1975–3B Mike Schmidt hits a ball off a public address speaker hanging from the Astrodome roof, 117 feet up and 300 feet from home plate. Schmidt settles for a single off LHP Claude Osteen in the Phillies’ 12-0 win.
June 10, 1981–1B Pete Rose needs two hits to surpass Stan Musial as the all-time NL hit leader. Rose singles in his first at-bat against Houston RHP Nolan Ryan, who then strikes out Pete the next three at-bats. Phils win, 5-4, before 57,386. Two days later, players go on strike until August, eliminating 55 games.
Tyler and Mike combined to issue more walks than hits, 6-5, but on the scoreboard, they held the Brewers to one run as the Phillies moved above .500 for the first time this season.
The offense, which has shown some consistent life of late, got on the board early and kept adding on. Delmon went deep, the 21st homer in the Phillies last 11 games, most in the majors for that time frame.
Baseball America rated J.P. Crawford as the top rated shortstop and that’s who the Phillies selected as the 16th overall selection in the draft last night.
Most shocking Crawford fact is the fact he was born in 1995 which means he’s awfully young and I’m ancient.
Now, in case you are wondering what the Phillies did on June 6 of the year J.P. was born, we lost, 1-0, to San Diego’s Fernando Valenzuela. Score probably made J.P. cry.
Round 2 produced a switch-hitting catcher, Andrew Knapp, a college player out of California. Among the top catching prospects, Baseball America ranked him sixth.
Both Crawford and Knapp have pro baseball blood lines. Crawford’s uncle is Carl Crawford. Knapp’s dad caught in the minors for 11 years.
Draft continues at 1 p.m. today and concludes tomorrow afternoon.
Minor League Report
**Lehigh Valley at Buffalo, Reading at Altoona and Clearwater at Jupiter were all rained out.
**Lakewood was trounced, 15-4, at Hickory, which, for the second straight games, hit 4 homers. C Justin Dalles homered twice for Lakewood. LP: Shane Watson (3-6), a high school teammate of J.P. Crawford.
**Weather permitting, Carlos Zambrano will start tonight at Reading against Harrisburg . . . John Lannan is scheduled to start for Clearwater at Dunedin tonight.
Where Are They Now?
Paul Hagen’s latest WATN feature on http://www.phillies.com/alumni is Dave Hollins, third baseman on the 1993 National League Champions.
Many of the players from that club will return for Alumni Weekend, August 2-3-4. All fans attending the Sunday, August 4, game when the bunch of misfits and rejects are saluted. All fans will receive a 1993 NL Champions pennant.
June 7, 1910–RHP Eddie Stack is the first Phillies pitcher to toss a shutout in his major league debut, 1-0, over Chicago at Baker Bowl.
June 7, 1983–LHP Steve Carlton passes RHP Nolan Ryan on the all-time strikeout list (3,522) when he fans St. Louis LF Lonnie Smith in the third inning of a 2-1 loss at the Vet in 1:57. Carlton and Ryan see-saw back and forth before Ryan takes the lead permanently late in the season.
June 7, 1985–Mike Schmidt makes his first appearance at home as a first baseman; Rick Schu plays third. Final score: Montreal 3, Phillies 1.
June 8, 1989–SS Steve Jeltz becomes the first Phillie to homer from each side of the plate in a game, a 15-11 win over Pittsburgh, one of the wildest games in Vet history. The Pirates score 10 runs in the first inning but the Phillies battle back to win on a five-run eighth inning. Pittsburgh broadcaster Jim Rooker boasts early in the game, “If the Pirates lose this game, I’ll walk from here to Pittsburgh.” Rooker keeps his word, walking from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh in the fall and raising money for charity.
June 9, 1982–Steve Carlton (7-6) sets a club record for most strikeouts by a LHP in a nine-inning game, by fanning 16 Cubs in a 4-2 win at the Vet. Lefty fanned Ryne Sandberg four times.
Cole was pitching well (1 R, 1 BB, 11 SO) again and the Phillies offense wasn’t well again. Then, two-out hits produced a five-spot and Cole ended his losing spell and picked up his second win.
In the last four games, the offense has scored six or more runs, which produced four wins. For the season, 22-6 when putting up those numbers.
Domonic got back on the home run track, his 11th in the last 13 games.
Phillies left after the game for Milwaukee where they begin a four-game series Thursday night. Since Miller Park opened in 2001, the Phillies are 20-18 there. 10-game trip also takes them to Minnesota and Colorado. Actually, 20 of the next 26 games are on the road.
A lot of focus will be on every team when the First-Year Player Draft begins at 7 p.m. on Thursday.
Some interesting draft notes:
**Only one first round selection has made it to Cooperstown, Reggie Jackson.
**In 1971, the Royals selected 29th in the second round, the Phillies next at 30. KC picked George Brett and the Phillies followed taking Mike Schmidt. Both are in Cooperstown.
You can follow every round of the draft on MLB.com.
Minor League Report
**Lehigh Valley won its 4th in a row, 5-3, at Buffalo. SS Michael Martinez, 4-4, including 1st HR; 1 SB . . . WP: Zach Miner (4-3) . . . SV: Jacob Diekman (9).
**Reading lost, 7-3, at Altoona. C Sebastian Valle, 5th HR; 3rd in last 7 games . . . LP: Seth Rosin (3-4).
**Clearwater dropped a 3-2, 10-inning decision at Jupiter. RF Kelly Dugan, 3-4, hitting .338 . . . LP: Ryan O’Sullivan (3-4); his throwing E led to 2 unearned runs in the 10th after the Threshers had taken a 2-1 lead in the top of the same inning.
**Lakewood was pounded, 12-4, at Hickory, 4 HR among their 16 hits. LP: Jonathan Musser (1-2) . . . SS Roman Quinn, 26th steal, 23rd error.
June 6, 1948–RHP Charlie Bicknell gives up four home runs in the sixth inning as the St. Louis Cardinals coast to an 11-1 decision over the visiting Phillies, second game of a double-header. No Phillies pitcher has matched that since.
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