June 2013

8th Inning Woes

For the second straight game, the Twins won a game in the eighth inning, which was a real bullpen nightmare for the Phillies a year ago.

During the five-game losing streak, they’ve also lost games in the seventh and ninth innings.

Last night the Twins scored twice with the winning run coming across home plate be on a wild pitch. Ironically, the Phillies are now 23-2 when leading after seven innings. When leading after eight, 24-0. When trailing after eight, 3-32.

While blame can be pointed toward the bullpen, the offense again faltered. A blown call in the first inning paved the way for two Phillies runs. Four of the first six batters reached base. After that, it was silent night against Pelfrey, who wound up pitching seven innings, his longest outing of the season. After the first inning, the Phillies had four hits.

Cliff gets the job of trying to stop the losing streak, a familiar role for him his season as the series ends tonight. Phillies fly to Denver to take on the Rockies for three weekend games.

Minor League Report
Players of the week…….
Pitcher – LHP, Jake Diekman, Lehigh Valley… Four appearances… 0-0, 2 SV, 2 SVO, 0.00 ERA (4.0 IP) H, 2 BB, 8 SO… He has walked only 4 batters over his last 15 appearances (2.57 BB/9.0 IP) after allowing 20 BB in his first 14 appearances this season (12.9 BB/9.0 IP)… Diekman leads the IL in games (29), and has converted his last 7 SVO dating back to 5/18… A native of Wymore, NE, Diekman was drafted in the 30th round of the 2007 draft and was signed by Jerry Lafferty.

Player – INF, Michael Martinez, Lehigh Valley… Seven games… Batted .500 (11-for-22), 5 R, 2B, 2 HR, 3 RBI, BB, SB… He’s hit safely in 11 of his last 13 G which included a 10 G hitting streak (5/14-6/7), raising his average from .216 to .282… Martinez has 2 HR in his last 16 at bats; the infielder hadn’t homered in 177 at bats going back to 8/19/12… The 30-year-old native of Santo Domino, DR, was selected by the Phillies in the Rule 5 draft on 12/9/10…He was originally signed by the Nationals as a non-drafted free agent 6/17/05.

**Lehigh Valley was idle.

**Reading was blanked, 6-0, on 4 singles by Bowie. LP: John Lannan (0-1), 7 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 SO.

**Clearwater shut out St. Lucie, 6-0. WP: LH Hobie Milner (6-2), 7.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 7 SO . . . 3B Maikel Franco, 13th-14th home runs, 4 RBI (47 for season).

**Lakewood lost to Greensboro, 4-1. LP: Kevin Walters (0-2). C Chace Numata, 2-4.

Transactions: Clearwater C Tommy Joseph, who missed a month with a concussion, was placed on the DL after 10 games there with a contusion of his shin . . . Released form extended spring training: OF Miguel Alverez, OF Yan Oimo, RHP Andrew Aizenstadt, INF Tyler Greene.

This Date
June 13, 1997–A revolutionary idea in Major League Baseball came to fruition, as Interleague Play makes its debut. The Phillies face the Toronto Blue Jays in their first Interleague game. RHP Wayne Gomes makes his major league debut and wins in relief, 4-3.

New Alumni Feature
Phillies opened the 1913 season playing the first game in Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field. Finished the season with the most wins in the 30 years of the franchise history.
Check out the story on http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

Nightmare Numbers

Imagine waking up after a bad dream in which nightmare numbers kept you tossing and turning………

**Four straight hits produced two, fourth-inning runs off Cole. That’s all he allowed in seven innings but once again, the offense was silent when he was in the game. How silent? 24 runs in his last 12 starts.

**Davis walked the leadoff hitter in the 8th. That hitter came around to score the winning run. So, when Cole starts, Phillies are 2-12. The eighth inning was a real nightmare a year ago.

**Going into the game, enemy hitters had 15 hits in 18 innings, a batting .329 against Walters. The Phillies had five singles and a double in 7.1 innings, his longest outing of the season.

**Fresh from their longest winning streak of the year, five games, they’ve now tied their longest losing streak, four games.

**Going into the game, the Phillies had scored 3.09 runs per game on the road, worst in the majors. Two runs will lower that number.

**When the Phillies score three or less runs, they are now 8-27.

**In 12 interleague games (4-8), the Phillies have been out-scored, 82-40.

Game two of the series is tonight, Mike Pelfrey and his 6.40 ERA faces the Phillies. In 21 starts against the Phillies, his ERA comes down to 5.16. Another challenge for the Phillies offense.

Minor League Report
**Lehigh Valley split a pair with Charlotte. 2-1 W in opener; WP: Tom Cochran (2-2); SV: Jacob Diekman (11) . . . 8-4 L in 2nd game; LF Darin Ruf, 2-4, 2 RBI. 3B Cody Asche, 2-4, 39th RBI . . . RHP Carlos Zambrano will start on Thursday night when IronPigs host Scranton.

**Reading gave up a 4-run 8th inning in losing, 7-4, to Bowie. LP: Kyle Simon (1-2). No decision, RH starter Seth Rosin, 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO.

**Clearwater lost, 4-2, in 10 innings to St. Lucie. SS Jonathan Roof, 3 hits, including 2nd HR. LF Aaron Altherr, 7th HR, 3rd in last 7 games.

**Lakewood and Greensboro exchanged 5-2 decisions in a DH. BlueClaws had 11 singles in the DH, 3 in winning the opener behind Yoel Mecias (4-2).

This Date
June 12, 1939—RHP Grover Cleveland Alexander is among the first group of players inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.

1993 Celebration
Check out the vintage of photo of John Kruk when the Phillies clinched the NL East in 1993 on http://www.phillies.com/alumni. The 1993 team will be saluted during the Toyota Alumni Weekend, August 2-3-4.

Phils-Twins A Year Later

Back to interleague play for the next three games, all at Target Field in Minneapolis. Checking numbers:

Interleague play this year: Phillies 4-7, Twins 6-8.
Phillies vs. Twins: 6-6
Phillies at Target Field: 2-1, almost the same dates a year ago, June 12-13-14.
Twins: 10th in AL in runs, 252; 10th in team ERA, 4.36.
Phillies: 10th in NL in runs, 235; 12th in ERA, 4.15.

Cole and Walters start tonight, same starters as June 13 a year ago. Phillies got four runs off Walters in the first inning and hung on for a 9-8 win.

Busy Brown
Domonic is in the midst of a busy media schedule:
MLB Network’s The Rundown . . . . ESPN SportsCenter . . . Sirius/XM Radio . . . ESPN.com . . . ESPN Baseball Tonight podcast . . . Behind the Pinstripes . . . Phillies Clubhouse on Comcast SportsNet and the July/August issue of Philly Style.

Phil-Ins
Domonic continues piling up numbers but not All-Star votes. So, faithful Phillies fans, get out and vote . . . Happy Birthday to Dave Cash, 65 today . . . Players drafted and signed this weekend and amateur free agent signees are in a mini camp in Clearwater until Friday . . . With Kratz facing knee surgery and LV’s Steven Lerud called up, it has set off a domino effect in the system: Cameron Rupp, Reading to LV; Justin Dalles, Lakewood to Reading . . . Tommy Joseph, who began the season at LV and then was DLd with a concussion, has been sent to Clearwater . . . Today’s blog is #1,400.

Minor League Report
**Lehigh Valley was rained out at home vs. Charlotte.

**Reading won a rain-shortened (6.2 innings) game vs. Harrisburg, 6-0. LH Austin Wright (1-3), 0 R, 2 H, 2 BB, 7 SO, 5.1 IP . . . RF Anthony Hewitt, 4th HR.

**Clearwater lost, 9-4, at home to St. Lucie. 3B Maikel Franco (12) and RF Kelly Dugan (7) homered. LP: Perci Garner (5-1).

**Lakewood was rained out at home vs. Greensboro, third time in last 4 days.

All-Star Games
Seven members of the Clearwater Threshers have been selected to the North Division squad for Saturday’s Florida State League All-Star Game in Dunedin:
P Perci Garner . . . P. Gabriel Arias . . . C Logan Moore . . . 2B Carlos Alonso . . . 3B Maikel Franco . . . OF Aaron Altherr . . . OF Cameron Perkins (currently on DL).

For the June 18 South Atlantic League All-Star Game to be played in Lakewood:
P Steven Inch . . . C Chace Numata . . . Coach Mickey Morandini . . . Athletic Trainer Mickey Kozack.

This Date
June 11, 1985–Phillies’ greatest offensive game ever…26-7 win over New York begins with a nine-run first inning, highlighted by LF Von Hayes’ two home runs, a solo shot and a grand slam. No other Phillies player ever hit two homers in the first inning. 3B Schu and 2B Juan Samuel tie a major league record with seven at-bats each.

Von talks about that game in a Paul Hagen feature that can be found at http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

Weekend Nose Dive

Grinding it out is one of Charlie’s favorite sayings. Phillies did just that and racked up their fifth straight win on Thursday night in Milwaukee to top .500 for the first time this season. Then, the weekend came and a three-game nose dive.

**Cliff walked three Friday night after none in previous two starts. Two of the three scored and the Brewers won for the first time since July, 8, 1911, when trailing by four runs.

**Leading, 4-2, Howard led off the sixth that night with a double, their last hit of the game. A chance to add on went 1-2-3 quietly.

**Saturday the offense was Domonic, second-inning HR, two-run double in the eight in a 4-3 loss.

**Domonic and Erik have been driving the offensive bus. Kratz left Saturday’s game with a knee injury, was put on the DL and returned to Philadelphia for tests today.

**Suddenly, the Phillies are down to their third and fourth catchers on the depth chart.

**Lohse had lost five in a row and right off the bat, three of the first four Phillies got hits but Mike Young was thrown out at home plate. Lohse worked eight innings, first time in two seasons.

**Offense didn’t produce another hit until Quintero, #3 catcher, homered with two out in the eighth. That blast meant the Phillies have gone deep in 14 straight game, which has produced a 7-7 record.

**Pettibone, for the second time in three starts, gave up four first-inning runs (on three hits) and then settled down but the Brewers scored five times in their last three at-bats in a 9-1 romp prompting radio voice Scott Franzke, “LA, it’s time for a shallow thought.” After a pause, LA responded, “What is the speed of dark.” Scott, “I don’t know.” LA: “Neither do I.”

**With Mike Adams nursing a sore bicep, the bullpen was a bit thinner for the weekend. Pap finally got in a game and gave up a solo home run in the eighth to Maldonado, the Milwaukee catcher who went in the game with a .161 average.

**Bad news, the Phillies went 2-5 in back-to-back weekends against the Brewers.

**Good news, the Phillies won’t see them again until next year.

**Phillies left Milwaukee last night for Minneapolis and a three-game series that starts on Tuesday night.

Draft Roundup
A total of 1,216 players were selected by major league teams in the annual First-Year Player draft that concluded Saturday evening. 41 of those belonged to the Phillies.
Notes among the Phillies selections:

**OF Cord Sandberg, no relation to Ryne, 3rd round, was ranked 5th among corner outfielders by Baseball America. Sandberg was a two-sport star who has a scholarship offer to Mississippi State as a quarterback. Ryne also was a standout quarterback in high school but chose baseball.

**C Jake Sweaney, 5th round, is a wide-receiver/defensive back in high school with an offer from Oregon. Among catchers, Baseball America ranked him 10th. 3B Joe Martarano, 13th, has an offer to play linebacker at Boise State.

**LHP Denton Keys, 11th, threw four no-hitters at Rye (CO) high school this spring, including a perfect game. He has a baseball offer from Kansas.

**LHP Ben Wetzler, 6th and RHP Dan Child, 18th, both pitched for Oregon State.

**RHP Griffin Jax, 12th and RHP Dimitri Casas, are from Cherry Creek HS in Colorado, same school that produced Brad Lidge.

**RHP Matt Soren, 19th and OF Nick Ferdinand, 35th, both played for the University of Delaware, which had four players selected over the three days.

**3B Trey Williams, 8th, is the son of ex-big leaguer Earl Williams; 2B Cavan Biggio, 29th, is the son of Craig Biggio, another big leaguer, and RHP Mark Leiter, 22nd, is the son of Mark Leiter, former Phillies pitcher.

**SS Jose Haros out of San Fernando HS in California was the Phillies last selection, overall #1,201.

**Two other sons of Phillies alumnus were selected by other clubs, LHP J. D. Underwood and RHP Cal Quantrill.

Those selected have until July 12 to sign.

Minor League Report
**Lehigh Valley won 3 of 4 to get to .500. 3B Cody Asche, 7-16; hitting .350 in lasts 10 games. 1B Cody Overbeck had driven in a run in 5 straight, 9 total. INF Michael Martinez had a 10-game hitting streak end Sunday.

**Reading dropped 2 of 3 to Harrisburg, getting a total of 12 hits. LHP Jesse Biddle (3-6) lost his 3rd in a row, 1-0, in 1st game Saturday.

**Clearwater lost 2 and then won last 2, a Sunday doubleheader, all against Dunedin. LF Aaron Altherr’s 2-run homer in the 6th was the game-winner in the opener, 2-0.

**Lakewood was rained out at Delmarva on Friday and Saturday and exchanged shutouts in Sunday DH, losing 8-0 before ending a 4-game losing streak, 2-0, in the second game.

This Date
June 10, 1972–To change their luck, Phillies wear blue road uniforms at home only to lose to Atlanta, 15-3. The blue road uniforms never appeared again at the Vet.

June 10, 1975–3B Mike Schmidt hits a ball off a public address speaker hanging from the Astrodome roof, 117 feet up and 300 feet from home plate. Schmidt settles for a single off LHP Claude Osteen in the Phillies’ 12-0 win.

June 10, 1981–1B Pete Rose needs two hits to surpass Stan Musial as the all-time NL hit leader. Rose singles in his first at-bat against Houston RHP Nolan Ryan, who then strikes out Pete the next three at-bats. Phils win, 5-4, before 57,386. Two days later, players go on strike until August, eliminating 55 games.

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 http://www.phillies.com/alumni 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.

Offense Gets Cole A W

Cole was pitching well (1 R, 1 BB, 11 SO) again and the Phillies offense wasn’t well again. Then, two-out hits produced a five-spot and Cole ended his losing spell and picked up his second win.

In the last four games, the offense has scored six or more runs, which produced four wins. For the season, 22-6 when putting up those numbers.

Domonic got back on the home run track, his 11th in the last 13 games.

Phillies left after the game for Milwaukee where they begin a four-game series Thursday night. Since Miller Park opened in 2001, the Phillies are 20-18 there. 10-game trip also takes them to Minnesota and Colorado. Actually, 20 of the next 26 games are on the road.

Draft Time
A lot of focus will be on every team when the First-Year Player Draft begins at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

Some interesting draft notes:

**Only one first round selection has made it to Cooperstown, Reggie Jackson.

**In 1971, the Royals selected 29th in the second round, the Phillies next at 30. KC picked George Brett and the Phillies followed taking Mike Schmidt. Both are in Cooperstown.

You can follow every round of the draft on MLB.com.

Minor League Report
**Lehigh Valley won its 4th in a row, 5-3, at Buffalo. SS Michael Martinez, 4-4, including 1st HR; 1 SB . . . WP: Zach Miner (4-3) . . . SV: Jacob Diekman (9).

**Reading lost, 7-3, at Altoona. C Sebastian Valle, 5th HR; 3rd in last 7 games . . . LP: Seth Rosin (3-4).

**Clearwater dropped a 3-2, 10-inning decision at Jupiter. RF Kelly Dugan, 3-4, hitting .338 . . . LP: Ryan O’Sullivan (3-4); his throwing E led to 2 unearned runs in the 10th after the Threshers had taken a 2-1 lead in the top of the same inning.

**Lakewood was pounded, 12-4, at Hickory, 4 HR among their 16 hits. LP: Jonathan Musser (1-2) . . . SS Roman Quinn, 26th steal, 23rd error.

This Date
June 6, 1948–RHP Charlie Bicknell gives up four home runs in the sixth inning as the St. Louis Cardinals coast to an 11-1 decision over the visiting Phillies, second game of a double-header. No Phillies pitcher has matched that since.

For daily Phlashback moments, visit http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

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.

Draft Time
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.

This Date
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.

On Big-Time Roll

Domonic is on some kind of roll, hitting home runs and collecting awards.

No other Phillies player ever won back-to-back player of the week honors. If he wins another, he’ll match Von Hayes (1986) with three. No other Phillies player won more than three in a season.

When it comes to home run streaks in Phillies history, Domonic joined Bobby Abreu (2005) with nine homers in 10 games. Cy Williams hit 11 in 15 games in 1923. Dick Allen’s best was nine in 14 games.

Meanwhile, KK won his 10th straight over the Marlins, upping his career record to 12-2. It was his fourth career complete game, two coming this season, tops on the staff. He even chipped in with his first career triple. He threw 105 pitches, 75 for strikes.

Phil-Ins
All 17 Brown home runs have been hit to right field . . . Last Phillies player to win player of the month honors for May was Bobby Abreu (2005) . . . Chooch bobble heads tonight, thanks to Toyota . . . MLB Network will also televise Wednesday’s day game . . . Tickets are now on sale for the August 1 Alumni Luncheon for Seniors. For more information visit http://www.phillies.com/alumniluncheon . . . Speaking of Alumni, Happy 75th birthday to Art Mahaffey.

Minor League Report
Players of the month……….
Outfielder Kelly Dugan (Clearwater Threshers) is the Phillies Minor League Player of the Month for May. Pitching honors for the month go to left-hander Yoel Mecias (Lakewood BlueClaws).

Dugan, 22, batted .314 in May with 33 hits in 26 games, reaching base safely in 23 of those contests. Selected in the second round of the 2009 draft, he leads the powerhouse Threshers offense in on-base percentage (.393) and slugging percentage (.570). A native of San Diego, Calif., Dugan is the son of Hollywood actor and director, Dennis Dugan.

Mecias, signed in 2010 as an amateur free agent, went 3-1 with a 1.50 ERA in six starts for Lakewood. Born in Santa Teresa del Tuy, Venezuela, Mecias struck out 37 batters in 30.0 innings, averaging 11.1 SO/9.0 IP for the month.
The 6-foot-2 lefty allowed one earned run or less in all six of his starts, lowering his ERA from 7.53 at the start of the month, to 3.45 entering June.

**Lehigh Valley edged Gwinnett, 4-3, on CF Leandro Castro’s 2-out, 2-run, walk-off home run. WP: J. C. Ramirez (2-2).
**Reading was idle.
**Clearwater was rained out at Jupiter.
**Lakewood was idle.

Unusual Notes

A conglomeration of unusual notes from Citizens Bank Park’s weekend……….

**Cole was given a lead in the first inning on Friday, the first since April 7. Yet, he wound up losing his 9th to becme the second pitcher in Phillies history to lose nine before June 1. The other was RH Kid Gleason (5-9) in 1891. Gleason wound up 24-22 that season.

**Twice recently, a Phillies pitcher was used as a pinch runner. Twice, they got picked off base. Wonder if that ever happened before.

**Domonic ended May with another homer, was halted Saturday and went deep again on Sunday. He fell a double shy of the cycle on Sunday.

**Domonic walked on Saturday, his first since April 30; the walk, however, was intentional.

**Domonic’s three-run homer Sunday was the first for the Phillies since Howard hit one on April 26. In between, plenty solos and few two-run jobs.

**Lucroy, the Brewers catcher who had 0 homers and 0 RBI in 10 at-bats against the Phillies last year, went 8-13 in the series, three homers, eight RBI. He appeared to have hit a grand slam on Sunday but the umps reversed the call after looking at the replay. Instead, he got a three-run triple. He had three homers when he arrived in town.

**Phillies tied their biggest inning of the season, five, in the first inning on Sunday, hitting for the cycle.

**Cliff breezed until the eighth and left leading, 7-1. He watched in the dugout as the Phillies hung on for the win with Pap not in the ballpark because of illness.

**Cliff is 7-2 on the season, 6-1 when following a Phillies loss.

**Brewers came to town with a team ERA of 4.55, highest in the NL. Two wins lowered it to 4.53 ERA. Consecutive wins marked only the third time this season they had a winning streak of two or more games.

**Lucroy’s triple was the first extra base hit DeFratus has allowed to a right-handed hitter in his major league career.

Nationally
**The Mets swept four games from their cross-town rivals, the Yankees, earlier in the week, went to Miami and lost all three games over the weekend. The Marlins, the lowest scoring team in the NL, out-scored the Mets, 24-8.

**Boston’s Ellsbury stole five bases against the Phillies on Thursday and hasn’t played since because of a sore groin.

**The Royals named HOF third baseman George Brett interim hitting coach on Thursday and scored seven total runs in their next three games, two of which were losses.

This Week
The Marlins bring their newly-found, high-powered offense to CBP for three games starting on Monday night. Miami won six games in May, three against the Phillies.

Then, the Phillies head for Milwaukee for four games.

From Elias Sports Bureau
Brown has hit seven homers during his current seven-game hitting streak. The only other Phillies players to hit safely in seven straight games while homering seven or more times are Chuck Klein (July 1929 and September 1930), Mike Schmidt (April 1976 and July 1979) and Chase Utley (April 2008).

Tuesday
Carlos Ruiz bobble head for all fans on Tuesday, courtesy of Toyota.

According to Scott Brandreth, Director, Merchandising, the Phillies will reach one million in bobble head giveaways since the first one, Pat Burrell, in 2001.

Minor League Report
**Lehigh Valley took 2 of 3 from visiting Gwinnett. 1B-DH Josh Fields, 5-15, 3 RBI; 3B Cody Asche, 5-11, 4 R, 3 RBI . . . Wins: RH Zach Miner (3-3), Cesar Jimenez (2-1). SV: Jacob Diekman (8).

**Reading ended a 3-game losing streak with an 8-1 win over Akron on Sunday. WP: RH David Buchanan (2-6) . . . CF Tyson Gillies, 6-12, 4 R, 2 HR, in 3 games.

**Clearwater beat Dunedin twice and had a suspended game against the Blue Jays on Saturday, 2-2, after 2. It will be completed June 8. Sunday WP: Carlos Zambrano (2-0), 0 R, 4 H, 6 IP . . . RF Kelly Dugan, 6-8, 4 R, 3 RBI, boosting average to .336. 3B Maikel Franco, 3-8, 2 doubles, 11th HR, 4 RBI (40). RF Cameron Perkins was placed on the DL with a fractured left wrist.

**Lakewood, after losing first 7 games to West Virginia, ended the spell with an 8-5 win on Sunday. BS/WP: Luis Paulino (1-0). On Friday, Paulino was the winner in Clearwater . . . 1B-DH Willie Carmona, 5-13, 3 RBI; 3B Mitch Walding, 4-10, including 12th-13th doubles.

This Date
June 3, 1972–Paul Owens, a member of the Phillies organization since 1956 and the club’s farm director since 1965, is promoted to General Manager, replacing John Quinn.

June 3, 1978–Reserve IF Dave Johnson blasts a game-winning, pinch-hit grand slam in the ninth inning to lift the Phillies to a 5-1 win over Los Angeles before an NBC national TV audience at the Vet. It is Johnson’s second pinch-hit grand slam of the season, a major league first.

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