Last June Home Games

Last home games of this month. Sunday night, Phillies head for SD, LA and Pittsburgh before returning home on July 5 to host the Braves. It will be Atlanta’s first Philly trip of the year.

Mets this weekend for three. Phillies and Mets stack up pretty even in some categories. Runs allowed: Phillies 319, Mets 317. Runs scored: Phillies 269, Metes 266. Then, a wider spread in two other areas. Team batting average: Phillies .250, Mets .227, which is last in NL. Team ERA: Mets 4.07, Phillies 4.22.

Kudos
To Michael Young. His two-run homer on Wednesday pushed him over the 1,000 RBI mark (1,001). He’s the 242nd player in baseball history to reach that level. Of active players, he’s one of 18.

Read where the RBI didn’t become an official statistic until 1921. Were all those RBI before then make believe?

Carpenter Cup
Semi-final games and championship will take place at Citizens Bank Park on Monday and Tuesday. Semi-finals at 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Monday followed by the championship game at 10 a.m. the following day. A chance to see some of the best high school players from the tri-state area.

Condolences
3B Gene Freese passed away on Sunday in Metairie, LA, at age 79.

He played 12 years (1955-66) in the majors including 1959 with the Phillies when he hit 23 homers and drove in 70 runs. Five of those homers came as a pinch-hitter, a club high until matched by Matt Stairs in 2009. Freese was traded to the White Sox after the 1959 season for OF Johnny Callison.

Minor League Report
**Lehigh Valley completed a 3-game sweep in Toledo, 3-0. WP: Raul Valdes (2-2); SV: J. C. Ramirez (2). LF Darin Ruf, 2-3, RBI. LV has won 7 of last 9. Ohio journey continues with the next four games in Columbus.

**Reading lost, 5-2, to Portland. Chase Utley was 0-5. 3B Maikel Franco made his AA debut, 2-5. LP: Jesse Biddle (3-7) allowing all 5 runs in 6 innings. Reading is home to Richmond this weekend.

**Clearwater defeated Lakeland, 6-4. WP: Colby Shreve (1-1); SV: Colton Murrary (7). HR: LF Aaron Altherr (8), DH Chris Serritella (4). After road games in Lakeland tonight and Saturday, Threshers are back home Sunday afternoon

**Lakewood was a 9-4 winner at West Virginia. WP: Jed Stefan (2-4). DH Willie Carmona, 2-4, 2 RBI. SS Roman Quinn, 2-4, 31st steal. Three more games in WV this weekend.

**Williamsport lost, 12-6, at Jamestown. LP: Shane Martin (0-1). HR: 3B Zach Green (2), SS Angel Mora (1), C Gabriel Lino (1). Tonight and Saturday in Jamestown and back home Sunday (5:05 p.m.) against Batavia.

**Gulf Coast League Phillies season starts at 12 noon today, Blue Jays at Carpenter Field. At Blue Jays (Dunedin) 10 a.m. Saturday. League does not play games on Sundays.

This Date
June 21, 1964, 1st game–RHP Jim Bunning (7-2) pitches the first perfect game in Phillies history when he blanked the Mets, 6-0, on Father’s Day at New York. Gus Triandos catches the perfect game and becomes the first catcher ever to be behind the plate for no-hitters in each league. 18-year-pld Rookie RHP Rick Wise wins his first major league game in the second game, 8-2.

June 21, 1986–St. Louis scores twice in the ninth against LH reliever Don Carman for an 8-6 win. Steve Carlton starts but leaves after allowing six hits, six walks and six runs in five innings, his last appearance for the Phillies. Four days later, he is released.

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).

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