Firsts for John Jr.
For a player who struck out as a pinch hitter in the seventh and remained in the game, John Jr. came up with a lot of firsts.
With a game-tying homer in the 10th and a walk-off homer in the 11th, he became the first Phillies player to hit a pair of homers in extra innings. On top of that, he became the first big leaguer to hit two homers in extra innings, including a walk-off slam.
He is the ninth player in Phillies history with an extra inning slam. Cy Williams did it twice, 1924 and 1925. Howard hit the last one, 2005 in Atlanta. Dale Murphy had the last walk-off slam, 1991 vs. the Cubs.
Once again, the Phillies try to climb back to .500 this afternoon in the home-stand finale. Cole is also trying to win his second game. After the game, they head for Milwaukee and a four-game series that starts a 10-game road trip.
One more day of reviewing reports in preparation for the First-Year Player Draft on Thursday. First two rounds will take place that evening at the MLB Network studios.
Phillies have the 16th and 53rd selections the first day.
Hall of Famer Jim Bunning and Scott Palmer, Phillies Director, Public Affairs, will represent the Phillies on Thursday at the MLB Network.
Check out http://www.phillies.com/alumni for a photo of the staff working on the draft.
Minor League Report
Players of the Week………
Pitcher – LHP, Hoby Milner, Clearwater… 1-0, 1.29 ERA (1 ER, 7.0 IP) 3 H, 7 SO for 1 start… Has gone 8 straight starts without a loss… After giving up 8 ER in only 1.2 innings of work on 4/15 vs Daytona, his ERA stood at 13.97 (15 ER, 9.2 IP) for the season. In eight starts since: 5-0, 2.06 ERA (11 ER, 48.0 IP), 47 SO, .238 OPP AVG … The 22-year-old was selected by the Phillies in the seventh round of the 2012 draft out of the University of Texas and signed by Steve Cohen.
Player – OF, Leandro Castro, Lehigh Valley… Batted .417 (10-for-24), 5 R, 2 2B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 4 BB, 1 SB in 6 games… Included were 3 multi-hit games…lEnded the week on a 9-game hitting streak, .417 (15-for-36), 8 R, 2 HR, 11 RBI… Castro has bounced all over Dave Brundage’s lineup, hitting in seven different spots… A native of La Romana, DR, Castro was signed as an amateur free agent 3/7/07 by Will Tejada.
**Lehigh Valley won, 4-0, at Buffalo. WP: Tom Cochrann (1-2), first of 4 LV pitchers. 1B Cody Overbeck, 10th-11th HR, tops for the organization.
**Reading lost, 7-6, on a 3-run, walk-off home run in Altoona.
**Clearwater won, 2-1, in 10 innings in Jupiter on a RBI single by 2B Carlos Alonso.
WP: Jordan Guth (1-0); SV: Juan Sosa (1).
**Lakewood was held to 2 hits in losing, 4-1, at Hickory.
June 5, 1948, 1st game–CF Richie Ashburn ties the modern NL rookie record by hitting safely in 23 straight games in a 6-5 win at Chicago. The record was set in 1921 by another Phillie, 3B Goldie Rapp.