On The Road
Can’t believe it is July already.
Having taken two of three from the Red Sox, the team flew to Toronto where they face the Blue Jays in three straight 1:07 p.m. games starting Friday. In day games, the Phillies are 18-7, the Blue Jays, 10-21.
The two teams played their first interleague game back in 1997 at Veterans Stadium with the Phillies winning. Toronto has a 17-16 edge in the series, but the Phillies are 7-5 in the Rogers Centre.
Last year they met at Citizens Bank Park, but Toronto was the home team. Because of a major event in Toronto, the games were moved to Philly. The Phillies won two of three.
The loss against the Red Sox on Thursday afternoon ended the Phillies June at 17-10, the most wins for June since 1993 when that club was 18-10. I the 10 losses this June, the Phillies scored a total of 18 runs.
At home the Phillies are 32-14; on the road, 19-17. Road games will be the norm over the next 21 days as the Phillies will play three home games and 12 in enemy territory.
July 4 Baseball
If you want to catch a Phillies-related baseball game on Monday’s holiday, here are your options:
**Phillies vs. Marlins in Miami, 6:10 p.m.
**Lehigh Valley at Scranton, 7:05 p.m.
**Reading at Bowie, 6:05 p.m.
**Clearwater at Brevard County, 7:05 p.m.
**Lakewood at home vs. Hagerstown, 7:05 p.m.
**Williamsport at home vs. Jamestown, 5:05 p.m.
**Gulf Coast League Phillies at Disney World vs. Braves, 12 noon.
Down On The Farm
CF John Mayberry (3) and C Eric Kratz (11) homered in Lehigh Valley’s 4-2 loss at Buffalo . . . Reading collected 10 hits, all singles, in a 5-2 loss to Richmond . . . RHS Brody Colvin (1-3) picked up the win as Clearwater edged Brevard County, 5-4 . . . RHS Garet Claypool walked 6 in 5 innings during Lakewood’s 8-4 loss at Hagerstown . . . Williamsport scored 7 in the 1st inning and 5 two innings later and hung on for a 13-12 win over Auburn, which had 14 singles, 3 doubles and 2 homers . . . Gulf Coast League Phillies lost, 6-5, to the Blue Jays.
Three Lehigh Valley players were named to the International League team for the AAA All-Star Game against the Pacific Coast League in Salt Lake City, July 13: C Eric Kratz, RHR Michael Schwimer, LHR Mike Zagurski.