Rare Cliff Outing
Cliff was his usual self pounding the strike zone but his eight-game winning streak came to a halt as the result of rare back-to-back home runs in back-to-back innings (5th/6th).
It was the second time this season, Cliff allowed multiple homers in a game and it was by the Nationals when he beat them 4-2 on June 18. It was the fourth time in his career, he’s allowed four homers in a game.
Of the 29 hitters Cliff faced, he threw strike one to 25. At the time of the fourth homer he allowed, he had thrown only eight pitches out of the strike zone. The loss was the first for Cliff since May 1.
Gio, the Nats’ ace lefty, shut down the Phillies offense. Neither team had a hit with a runner in scoring position, 0-9 for Washington; 0-7 for the Phillies.
Series ends tonight with their All-Star ace, Jordan Zimmerman, on the mound. The White Sox come to town for the last games before the All-Star Game.
Darren Daulton Update
The following appeared on http://www.darrendaulton.com on Wednesday afternoon:
“Darren has been diagnosed with a Glioblastoma (“GBM”), a form of brain cancer. He has returned to his Clearwater area home to continue recuperating amongst his immediate family and friends. He will eventually begin treatments in Florida. Darren and his family wish to thank everyone for their loving support throughout this difficult time. He is deeply touched. In typical fashion, he again said, ‘Right on; Fight on.’ Darren and his family request that everyone respect his privacy and that of his family during this period of time. At his urging, the September 9, 2013, golf tournament that benefits the Darren Daulton Foundation will continue as planned.”
John Kruk will pinch-hit for Darren at his September golf tournament. For the Alumni Luncheon for Seniors on August 1, Mitch Williams will replace Darren.
Our thoughts and prayers continue for Darren and his family.
Minor League Report
Players of the week……..
Pitcher – RHP, Severino Gonzalez, Lakewood… 2 starts… 2-0, 3.18 ERA (4 ER, 11.1 IP), 5 H, BB, 14 SO… In his 1st start this week 7/2 vs Delmarva he retired all 18 batters (9 SO) he faced in 6.0 IP… He started the season in CLR but was transferred to LWD in late June in order to get more starts… He appeared in 12 G (1 GS) with CLR and has appeared in 3 G (all starts) with LWD… For the season, the 6-foot-2, 155 pound right-hander is 3-1, 1.90 ERA (9 ER, 42.2 IP) with 53 SO to only 4 BB… The 20-year-old, a native of Santiago, Panama, was signed by scout Allan Lewis as an amateur free agent on April 27, 2011.
Player – 1B, Logan Pierce, Williamsport… 6 G… Batted .423 (11-26), 4 R, 4 2B, HR, 7 RBI, BB… He was a 15th round selection (451 overall) in June out of Troy University in Troy, Alabama… He currently leads the Cutters in AVG (.338), OBP (.390) and hits (24)… Pierce was signed by Mike Stauffer.
**Lehigh Valley bested Pawtucket, 9-4. 3B Cody Asche, 5-5, including 9th homer; 4 RBI, 10th steal. SS Freddy Galvis, 2nd HR, 3 RBI. WP: Ethan Martin (10-4), 3 R, 5 H, 6 IP, 1 BB, 8 SO. After losing 5 in a row, LV has now won 4 in a row.
**Reading on a 2-day All-Star Game break. Albert Cartwright was 1-2, a double; Jim Murphy, 0-2 and Seth Rosin threw 1 scoreless inning for the East.
**Clearwater out-hit Brevard County, 8-5, but lost, 4-2, allowing 3 runs in the 8th inning. No decision: Mario Holland, 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 9 SO.
**Lakewood defeated Rome, 9-1, behind Nick Hanson (3-1) and Zach Cooper (1st SV). C Justin Dalles, 2 doubles, 6 RBI.
**Williamsport lost, 5-4, in 10 innings at Connecticut. 3B Zach Green, 2-4, 13th double. 2B Andrew Pullin, 1-5; hitting .405 in last 10 games.
**Gulf Coast League Phillies lost, 4-1, to the Yankees, who had only 4 hits but scored 2 unearned runs on 3 errors. Mark Leiter fanned 6 in 2 relief innings, allowed 1 run. Phillies pitchers recorded 13 strikeouts.
July 11, 1910–1B William “Kitty” Bransfield becomes the first Phillie to drive in eight runs in a game during an 18-0 win at Pittsburgh.
July 11, 1931, 1st game–RHP Charles (Dutch) Schesler gives 22 hits while pitching eight innings of relief during the Phillies 23-5 loss to the Giants at Baker Bowl. LHP Jumbo Jim Elliott started for the Phillies, couldn’t get an out in the second inning and was charged with the loss. Schesler finished the game allowing 16 runs (14 earned) with no walks and one strikeout.
All-Star Fun Facts
Check out http://www.phillies.com/alumni for some Phillies All-Star Game facts. Look for the photo of Robin Roberts.