A’s Return Home
After being held to one run and 11 hits in two games by Doc and Cliff, the Cardinals offense came to life to salvage the final game of a three-game series on Thursday night. St. Louis leads the league in hitting and runs scored.
Roy-O struggled with back pain and gave up four runs before departing after two innings. He’ll have an MRI on Monday.
Whether or not he’ll return to the DL will be determined next week. But, the once mighty five-man rotation is down to three with Blanton and Roy-O hurting. Vance and Kyle will need to step up.
So, the Phillies ended the road trip at 3-3.
Friday night starts six home games against the American League, three each with the A’s and Red Sox. Phillies have won nine of their last 11 home games.
For the A’s, they are returning to their roots, having played in Philadelphia since their inception in 1901 through 1954.
While both the A’s and Phillies were in the city, the two teams met in exhibition games. For years, there was a City Series before the season in Shibe Park.
Through interleague play which began in 1987, the Phillies and A’s have met three times. Oakland owns a 5-4 edge, 4-2 in two visits to the Oakland Coliseum.
The Phillies won two of three in 2003, the final season at Veterans Stadium. Thus, the A’s are making their first Citizens Bank Park visit.
On Sunday, the Philadelphia Athletics Historical Society will have a display in Ashburn Alley outside the Mitchell & Ness Alley Store. The display will feature A’s memorabilia and include literature pertaining to the A’s society.
85-year-old Bobby Shantz, a left-handed pitcher who won the American League MVP Award in 1952 after a 24-7 season, will throw out the first ball on Sunday.
Down On The Farm
Lehigh Valley fell to Indianapolis, the 3rd straight loss for the IronPigs . . . C Tuffy Gosewisch hit his 7th homer, a grand slam (second this season) to help Reading end a 7-game losing stgreak, 10-3, over Erie . . . 1B Jonathan Singleton homered twice to back RHS Jonathan Pettibone (7-4), a 6-5 winner over Daytona, ending Clearwater’s losing streak at four in a row . . . Lakewood was held to 3 hits in losing, 3-0, to Delmarva in the first game of the second half . . . Williamsport dropped its 5th straight, 2-1, to Batavia . . . LF Jorge Castillo hit a three-run homer and 1B Chris Duffy added a solo homer in the Gulf Coast League’s 8-7 win over the Braves.
Two Clearwater players, RHS Jarred Cosart (US Team) and C Sebastian Valle (World Team), have been selected for the Futures Game that will be played on July 12 as part of Taco Bell All-Star Sunday in Phoenix.