What appeared to be a laugher, turned into a nail-biter.
When the Twins came to bat for the first time last night, the Phillies were up 6-0. Then, up, 7-1 and 9-3, behind Cole, their ace who was trying to end a personal two-game losing streak. The Twins chipped away and trailed only 9-8 after seven.
Qualls struck out the side in the eighth, but a wild pitch on the third strikeout allowed the batter to reach first. Enter Papelbon, who wound up with a four-batter save. It was his third appearance this month, the only wins in June for the Phillies.
The Phillies offense had a chance to give their closer some breathing room by loading the bases with no out in the top of the ninth. As has happened too often this season, they failed to score.
While the Phillies have scuffled on this trip, 41-year-old Thome has shined. Last night, he unloaded a titanic home run over the batter’s eye in center field at Target Field (estimated at 466’) and drove in four runs. According to Elias Sports Bureau, three other Phillies over 40 have had four-RBI games, Matt Stairs, Tony Perez (twice) and Joe Morgan.
In five games as the DH, Jim has 10 hits, including two doubles and a pair of homers, and 10 RBI.
Eight years ago today, Jim hit his 400th home run at Citizens Bank Park, one of the great early moments in the Phillies new home. Since that day, he’s hit 206 more home runs.
Down On The Farm
**Lehigh Valley wasn’t scheduled.
**Reading swept a doubleheader at Binghamton, 3-1 and 1-0. 2B Cesar Hernandez, 4-6 in the DH, 2 RBI; took club lead with .325 average. RHS Jonathan Pettibone (6-5) and RHR Lisalverto Bonilla (2-1) picked up wins with saves for RHR Justin Friend (12) and RHR Michael Cisco (1).
**Clearwater won, 8-5, at Tampa. DH Chase 1-5, double, RBI, 2 runs. RF Anthony Hewitt, 3 hits including 6th HR, 4 RBI. LHS Mario Hollands (3-0), 2 earned runs in 5 innings for the win.
**Lakewood edged Delmarva, 5-4, in a game halted by rain after 4.5 innings. CF Kyrell Hudson, 2-2, double, 3 RBI, 22nd stolen base. RHP Joshua Warner (1-0) gave up 3 runs, 0 earned in first Lakewood start.
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.
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