Vote For Chooch
J-Roll’s on a roll and Joe-B is, too.
Rollins hit his fourth homer in his last five games and Joe-B won his third in a row for the second time this season. Since May 25, J-Roll is hitting .345 with seven homers and 21 runs in 25 games. In his first 67 games, he hit four homers.
Since that same May date, the Pirates are 18-9, best record in the NL. They dominate the Phillies at home (24-14), while the Phillies turn the tables at Citizens Bank Park (19-5).
Joe-B gave up two earned runs in seven innings. In his seven wins, his ERA is 2.04. In his other eight starts, he’s 0-5 with an 8.12 ERA.
Chooch chipped in with his 10th game of three or more hits. No other catcher can match that. Plus, he stole a base last night. Last Phillies catcher with three hits and a steal was Bobby Estalella against the Mets in 1996, according to Elias Sports Bureau. Fans can still vote for him for the All-Star Game through midnight Thursday on this site.
Down On The Farm
**Lehigh Valley lost its third in a row, 7-3, at Columbus. 1B Cody Overbeck, 18th double, 8th homer, two RBI. LHS Pat Misch (5-9) lost allowing five runs (two earned)
in six innings.
**Reading lost for the second day in a row, this time 3-1 at Bowie. RHS Trevor May (6-6) gave up two homers in five innings while striking out seven.
**Clearwater won its third in a row, 7-5, at Palm Beach before 424 fans. PB out-hit the Threshers, 13-8, but committed five errors. Clearwater also stole six bases. LHS Jesse Biddle (4-3) worked six innings for the win with RHR Hector Neris recording his sixth save.
**Lakewood opened a homestand with a 6-4 win over West Virginia. 3B Maikel Franco was one of four BluleClaws with two hits. He drove in three. RHR Luis Paulino, a converted infielder who sat out all of last season with an injury, picked up the win (2-1). Michael Nesseth three hitless innings for his third save.
**Williamsport won, 3-2, at Mahoning Valley on a two-run homer in the seventh inning by RF Brian Pointer.
**Gulf Coast League Phillies game in Bradenton (Pirates) was canceled because of the tropical storm Debby. In Clearwater, both Carpenter Field and Bright House Field were under water. The Threshers are in Palm Beach on the east coast the next two games. The GCL Phillies are scheduled to play at Carpenter Field this afternoon and tomorrow.
Check out www.phillies.com/alumni for photos and features on Alumni, including a “Where Are They Now” story on reliever Ron Reed.