Ben & John Show

Lannan picked up his first win against his former team (Nationals) with eight shutout innings, his longest in four years. He had an unusual pattern: retired the side in order in the first, third, fifth and seventh innings. He gave up one hit in the second, fourth, sixth and eighth inning. Pap gave up two but picked up the save.

Ben continued his climb since his slow start, .200 at the end of April. Three hits last night got him to .300 for the first time this season.

Sunday, the Phillies offense produced numerous two-out, RBI hits. Not last night. They were 2-11 RISP and left 10.

Since April 19, Phillies and Braves are 38-36; Washington, 37-37.

Meetings
Ruben and his staff, Charlie and his staff will meet today, a ritual at this time of the season. Tomorrow, Ruben has his weekly conference call with his pro scouts.

“Probably more meetings later in the week,” added Ruben.

Minor League Report
**Lehigh Valley ended a 5-game losing streak by taking a DH from Pawtucket, 6-1 nd 5-2. OF Steve Susdorf 3 hits in opener, 1B Cody Overbeck, 3 hits in 2nd game.

**Reading was swept in a 4-game series in Trenton, 10-6. Thunder scored 4 in the 8th to win.

**Clearwater won a pair in Lakeland, 5-3, 1-0, holding the Tigers to 7 total hits. RF Cameron Perkins, 3-4, 2 doubles; hitting .340. RH Perci Garner (6-1) won opener; RH Steve Inch (2-0) the second game on LF Aaron Altherr’s 3rd-inning RBI single.

**Lakewood was idle.

**Williamsport split a DH against Auburn, 6-1 win and 5-1 loss. 2B Andrew Pullin 6-7 with 3 doubles, 3 RBI.

**Gulf Coast League Phillies lost, 4-3, in 10 innings at the Blue Jays. SS J.P. Crawford, 3-4, 2 doubles; hitting .464. 4 Phillies pitchers: 3 H, 7 BB, 2 WP, 3 BK, 4 HBP, 6 SO. Winning run came on a BB, WP, BK, BB, HBP, BB.

This Date
July 9, 1953–RHP Robin Roberts’ streak of 28 consecutive games ends when RHP Bob Miller relieves him in two-run eighth inning of a 6-5 victory over Brooklyn Dodgers at Connie Mack Stadium. Streak began August 28, 1952.

July 9, 1957–LHP Curt Simmons is the starting hurler in the All-Star Game at St. Louis, the seventh straight year in which a Phillies pitcher has started the game (Robin Roberts 5, Simmons 2).

July 9, 1967–3B Dick Allen becomes the first player to hit a home run over the center field fence between stands and flag pole at Connie Mack Stadium since the fence was raised to 32 feet in 1934. Blow comes off RHP Nelson Briles in the eighth inning of a 4-3 win over the Cardinals.

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