Phillies Get Top-Rated SS

Tyler and Mike combined to issue more walks than hits, 6-5, but on the scoreboard, they held the Brewers to one run as the Phillies moved above .500 for the first time this season.

The offense, which has shown some consistent life of late, got on the board early and kept adding on. Delmon went deep, the 21st homer in the Phillies last 11 games, most in the majors for that time frame.

Draft Time
Baseball America rated J.P. Crawford as the top rated shortstop and that’s who the Phillies selected as the 16th overall selection in the draft last night.

Most shocking Crawford fact is the fact he was born in 1995 which means he’s awfully young and I’m ancient.

Now, in case you are wondering what the Phillies did on June 6 of the year J.P. was born, we lost, 1-0, to San Diego’s Fernando Valenzuela. Score probably made J.P. cry.

Round 2 produced a switch-hitting catcher, Andrew Knapp, a college player out of California. Among the top catching prospects, Baseball America ranked him sixth.

Both Crawford and Knapp have pro baseball blood lines. Crawford’s uncle is Carl Crawford. Knapp’s dad caught in the minors for 11 years.

Draft continues at 1 p.m. today and concludes tomorrow afternoon.

Minor League Report
**Lehigh Valley at Buffalo, Reading at Altoona and Clearwater at Jupiter were all rained out.

**Lakewood was trounced, 15-4, at Hickory, which, for the second straight games, hit 4 homers. C Justin Dalles homered twice for Lakewood. LP: Shane Watson (3-6), a high school teammate of J.P. Crawford.

**Weather permitting, Carlos Zambrano will start tonight at Reading against Harrisburg . . . John Lannan is scheduled to start for Clearwater at Dunedin tonight.

Where Are They Now?
Paul Hagen’s latest WATN feature on is Dave Hollins, third baseman on the 1993 National League Champions.

Many of the players from that club will return for Alumni Weekend, August 2-3-4. All fans attending the Sunday, August 4, game when the bunch of misfits and rejects are saluted. All fans will receive a 1993 NL Champions pennant.

This Date
June 7, 1910–RHP Eddie Stack is the first Phillies pitcher to toss a shutout in his major league debut, 1-0, over Chicago at Baker Bowl.

June 7, 1983–LHP Steve Carlton passes RHP Nolan Ryan on the all-time strikeout list (3,522) when he fans St. Louis LF Lonnie Smith in the third inning of a 2-1 loss at the Vet in 1:57. Carlton and Ryan see-saw back and forth before Ryan takes the lead permanently late in the season.

June 7, 1985–Mike Schmidt makes his first appearance at home as a first baseman; Rick Schu plays third. Final score: Montreal 3, Phillies 1.

June 8, 1989–SS Steve Jeltz becomes the first Phillie to homer from each side of the plate in a game, a 15-11 win over Pittsburgh, one of the wildest games in Vet history. The Pirates score 10 runs in the first inning but the Phillies battle back to win on a five-run eighth inning. Pittsburgh broadcaster Jim Rooker boasts early in the game, “If the Pirates lose this game, I’ll walk from here to Pittsburgh.” Rooker keeps his word, walking from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh in the fall and raising money for charity.

June 9, 1982–Steve Carlton (7-6) sets a club record for most strikeouts by a LHP in a nine-inning game, by fanning 16 Cubs in a 4-2 win at the Vet. Lefty fanned Ryne Sandberg four times.

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