Kid Arms Come Through
Five pitchers who have pitched both AAA and the big leagues for the Phillies this season ended Pittsburgh’s nine-game winning streak, 3-1, last night.
The “Kiddie Corps” include Pettibone, Diekman, Ramirez, Aumont and DeFratus. Vets Bastardo and Pap were the other Phillies to take the hill. It took six pitchers to get the Phillies last 10 outs.
In their last 15 games in which they have scored three runs, the Phillies have now won two.
A rare win in PNC Park improved the Phillies all-time record there to 15-24. Oddly, in runs scored during those 39 games, the Pirates have only a 170-168 edge. Figure that one out.
Paul Hagen’s written an interesting feature on the famous 4:40 a.m. game-winning hit by Mitch Poo 20 years ago yesterday. Check it out at http://www.phillies.com/alumni.
Remember pulling in my driveway after that historic double-header and finding the morning paper waiting for me. And, the sun was coming up in the east (I know, I know, where else?).
Jim Thome has been named special assistant to the general manager of the White Sox.
Minor League Report
**Transactions: OF Jermaine Mitchell released at LV . . . OF Derrick Mitchell assigned from LV to Reading with OF Tyson Gillies going the other way . . . Reading RH Kyle Simon, DL with sore right elbow.
**Lehigh Valley lost, 5-2, to Toledo, 3 errors in the first inning accounted for 3 unearned Mud Hens runs. 3B Cody Asche, 2-4, RBI. LF Darin Ruf, 21st 2B, RBI.
**Reading won, 7-5, over Richmond, scoring 5 in the 6th. SS Edgar Duran, 3 RBI night. WP: Jay Johnson (1-2); SV: Mike Nesseth (2).
**Clearwater was idle.
**Lakewood blanked Delmarva, 1-0, on 2 hits: Severino Gonzalez (1-0), 0 H, 6 IP, 9 SO; Zach Cooper, 1 IP, 1 H, 2 SO; 10th save Steven Inch, 2 IP, 1 H, 3 SO. DH Willie Carmona’s 4th HR in 3rd inning accounted for the run.
**Williamsport scored 5 in the 6th for a 5-2 win at State College. RF Dylan Cozens, double, 2nd HR, 2 RBI.
**Gulf Coast League Phillies lost a double-header to rain, fourth straight game that has been rained out.
July 3, 1917–RHP Grover Cleveland Alexander pitches 5-0 and 9-3 complete-game wins in a doubleheader at Brooklyn, walking only one batter.
July 3, 1983–LHP Willie Hernandez ties club record for relief pitchers by striking out the first six batters that he faces as Phillies beat New York Mets, 6-4, at Veterans Stadium.