After starting his big league career 1-6 over two previous brief stints in the majors, Pittsburgh’s Locke has turned it around this season and is a lock for an All-Star berth.
He upped his record to 8-1 by beating the Phillies last night, the lone defeat coming April 7.
Pirates had a four-run fifth, two more in the next inning and then hung on for a one-run win. Rubber game in the series is this afternoon. Phillies haven’t won a series in PNC Park since 2008.
Having played the most road games in the majors, the Phillies have one more this afternoon and then return home for 10 games before the All-Star Game break. Atlanta is in for the weekend their first Philly visit this season.
Mitch Williams will replace Darren Daulton on the Alumni Luncheon for Seniors, Thursday, Aug. 1, at Citizens Bank Park. Others participating include Larry Andersen, Jim Eisenreich, Tommy Greene, Jim Fregosi and Lee Thomas. Tickets are available on http://www.phillies.com.
Minor League Report
**Transactions: Clearwater–RHR Colby Shreve to Reading, OF Cameron Perkins started rehab in GCL, RHR Mark Meadors to Williamsport, LHR Chris O’Hare to Lakewood, RHR Kenny Giles activated off DL . . . Lakewood–RHR Steven Inch to Clearwater, RHR Chris Nichols to Williamsport, C Chad Carman activated on GCL roster.
**Players of the week..
Pitcher – RHP, Ethan Martin, Lehigh Valley… 2 starts… 2-0, 0.64 ERA (1 ER, 14.0 IP), 5 H, 8 BB, 10 SO… Has picked up the win in 4 consecutive starts (6/14-current) for the second time this season (other: 5/5-23)… 9 wins lead all Phillies minor leaguers… Acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers with Josh Lindblom and Stefan Jarrin for Shane Victorino, 7/31/12… Originally selected by the Dodgers in the 1st round (15th overall) of the 2008 draft out of Stephens County High School (GA).
Player – OF, Tyson Gillies, Reading…7 games… Batted .367 (11-for-30) 6 R, 2 HR, 3 2B, SB… Earned a promotion back to LV (AAA) on 7/1… Has hit safely in 11 of his last 13 games (2 with LV, 11 with REA) and is batting .353 (18-for-51) in that span … Acquired from the Seattle Mariners with Phillippe Aumont and J.C. Ramirez for Cliff Lee, 12/16/09… Originally selected by the Mariners in the 25th round of the 2006 draft out of Mountain High School (Langley, BC).
**Lehigh Valley won, 2-0, over Syracuse behind LH Greg Smith (3-1), LH Cesar Jimenez and RH Luis Garcia (2nd SV) . . . RF Leandro Castro had 3 of LV’s 8 singles . . . 3B Cody Asche and 2B Cesar Hernandez were named to the International League All-Star team.
**Reading lost, 7-4, to Richmond when the Squirrels scored 3 in the 8th. HR: CF Drrick Mitchell (6), 2B Albert Cartwright (7).
**Clearwater won, 4-3, in 12 innings over Dunedin on PH Jonathan Roof’s walk-off single. HR: 1B Chris Serritella (6) and a 2-run, game-tying blast by Kelly Dugan (7) in the 6th off Kyle Drabek. Dugan singled to start the 12th, stole second and scored the winning run.
**Lakewood lot, 3-1, to Delmarva. 2 hits: 1B Willie Carmona, RF Brian Pointer.
**Williamsport lost, 3-1, to State College. 3B Zach Green, single, 2 doubles (8-9). LP: Drew Anderson (2-1).
**Gulf Coast League Phillies lost, 11-4, to Braves. DH Cameron Perkins, double, HR.
July 4, 1908–LHP George (Hooks) Wiltse throws a no-hitter against the Phillies, 1-0, in 10 innings at New York. Losing RHP George McQuillan was hit by a pitch with two out in the ninth to spoil a perfect game.
July 4, 1938–The Phillies move permanently from Baker Bowl to Shibe Park and lose to Boston Braves, 10-5, in first game of doubleheader. Phillies win second game, 10-2.
July 4, 1976–Tim McCarver hits a grand slam home run but passes Garry Maddox at first base and is credited with a three-run single as Phillies beat Pittsburgh Pirates, 10-5, in first game of a doubleheader at Pittsburgh.
July 4, 1979–LHP Steve Carlton ties a modern NL record with his fifth career one-hitter, 1-0, over New York. RF Elliott Maddox’ one-out double in the seventh snaps Carlton’s bid for a perfect game. Prior to the game the Phillies disabled three starting pitchers, Ruthven (elbow bone chips), Larry Christenson (collarbone bone spur) and Randy Lerch (broken right wrist).