Sweep Avoided

Win the first two games of a three-game series and you have a chance for a sweep, elementary deduction to say the least.

Facing a pitcher who is 0-1 with a 12.46 ERA and you have a chance for a sweep.  J-Roll leads off the Phillies first with a home run and you have a chance for a sweep.

In this strange game of baseball, the Rockies avoided a sweep and ended their five-game losing streak against the Phillies.  After J-Roll’s homer, the Phillies offense hibernated.  Francis, the Rockies starter, gave up hits to four of the first seven batters he faced and then retired 11 of the final 13 hitters. 

RISP for the Phillies?  0-9. In their last 35 at-bats with RISP, the Phillies have five hits for a .143 average, yet they won two of three.  Strange game.  Oh, I already said that.

Vance certainly pitched well enough to win but took the loss, allowing a 2-out homer in the seventh.  His ERA is 1.35 in his last three starts (0-2).  Offense has scored five runs for him in those three games.

Rays Next
Having lost two of three in DC, the Tampa Bay Rays wrap up interleague play for this season this weekend.  Their 3.46 ERA is second-lowest in the AL.

In interleague play, the Rays have a 12-6 edge over the Phillies, 6-3 in their home and 6-3 in Philly.

Down On The Farm
**Lehigh Valley won, 7-4, in Toledo, a game that included a 2:34 rain delay.  C Erik Kratz, 2-4, 7th homer.  Win went to RH B. J. Rosenberg (2-0) with LH Jeremy Horst getting his second save.

**Reading won, 9-3, at New Hampshire and then bussed to Bowie, MD.  LHS Mario Hollands, promoted from Clearwater, was the winner, 3 runs, 6 innings. 2 RBI each from 3B Tim Kennelly, RF Miguel Abreu and 2B Cesar Hernandez.

**Clearwater was blanked on 3 hits by Daytona.  3B Cody Asche, 2-4, 10th steal; hitting .349.  DH Chase, 0-3 plus getting hit by a pitch.

**Lakewood won its fourth in a row, 5-3, at Hagerstown.  1B Chris Duffy, 3-4, 2 doubles, 2 RBI, boosted average to .372.

**Williamsport lost, 8-0, at State College, getting only 3 hits, 2 to RF Brian Pointer.

**Gulf Coast League Phillies lost fourth in a row, 5-3, to Braves.  LF Zach Taylor, 1st pro homer.  RH Blake Mascarello, 2.2 relief innings, 0 runs, 4 strikeouts.

**Futures Game: RHS Julio Rodriguez and RHR Lisalberto Bonilla of the Reading Phillies staff, have been selected to the World Team for the July 8 Futures Game in Kansas City on July 8.

**Players of the Week
Pitcher–Bonilla.  In 2 appearances, 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 5 innings, 4 hits, 0 walks, 7 strikeouts. Win came in Wednesday’s 2nd game, 2 scoreless innings; other appearance, 3 scoreless innings on Saturday, 2nd game, striking out 5; threw 40 pitches, 30 for strikes. Hasn’t allowed a run since May 27, 11 total innings, 4 hits, 0 walks, 13 strikeouts.  Began season at Clearwater and joined Reading on May 5. Combined, 3-2, 2.02 ERA, for 24 appearances, 2 saves, 35.2 innings, 49 strikeouts, opponents batting .195. The 6-0, 175-pound right-hander turned 22 on June 18.  He was signed as an amateur free agent out of Samana, DR, by Sal Agostinelli and Bernardo Perez in 2008.

Player–RF Anthony Hewitt, Clearwater.  In a week shortened by the All-Star Game break, he hit .375 in 4 games.  Of his 6 hits, he had a double and 3 homers and led the organization with 8 RBI, coming on back-to-back 4 RBI games. Raised average from .227 to .244, highest in a month.  For the season, 8 homers, 28 RBI, 6 doubles, 6 stolen bases in 47 games.  Home run total is second in the organization to Darin Ruff (11). The 23-year-old was selected out of high school in the 1st round (24th overall) in 2008 and signed by Gene Schall.  Also named the MiLB.com player of the week in the FSL.

Phlashback
June 22, 1977
Phillies (5) and Cincinnati (3) combine for a Vet-record eight home runs in a wild 15-9 win over the Reds.  One of the eight is a grand slam by SS Larry Bowa.

June 23, 1971
RHP Rick Wise becomes the first pitcher ever to fire a no-hitter and hit two home runs in the game as he blanks Cincinnati, 4-0, at Riverfront Stadium. 3B John Vukovich snares Pete Rose’s hard liner to end the game.

June 23, 1973
LHP Ken Brett sets an ML record for pitchers when he hits a home run in four straight games (9th, 13th, 18th). The fourth homer comes in a 7-2 victory at Montreal.

June 23, 1986
Phillies destroy Chicago, 19-1, and set a modern league record with 15 extra-base hits and a new club record with 11 doubles. 2B Juan Samuel drives in six runs.  LHP Shane Rawley (10-4) beats LHP Jamie Moyer (1-1).

Rick Wise personally relives his no-hitter at www.phillies.com/alumni.  Check it out.

 

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