June 2014

Broom Revenge

There’s no question the Phillies are in a spin, like 2-8, as the Braves swept a four-game series, their first in Philadelphia since September of the fateful 1964 season. That sweep was more painful as it was in the midst of a 10-game losing streak that cost the Phillies a pennant.

There’s no question that the offense is stuck in a spin. Want proof? In all 8 losses, with runners in scoring position, a .128 average. That figure is an improvement over the last four games, .094. Yep, .094 as in 3-for-32.

The pitching is doing enough to keep them in games but runs just don’t come.

Other notes from the Braves series:

**Chase collected his 1,500th hit yesterday. Got a nice ovation.

**Andres Blanco was added to the roster yesterday, the 44th player for the
Phillies as we start the second half of the season. That’s the most of any team.

** Yesterday, they out-hit the Braves, 13-7, in losing 3-2. Saturday, first game, out-hit the Braves, 9-7, in losing 10-3.

**Rollins stole his 439th base, moving him into second place on the club’s all-time list ahead of Ed Delahanty. Sliding Billy Hamilton is the leader with 508.

**Everyone is still buzzing about the catch Tom McCarthy made on Friday night, when he broadcast from the stands in left-center. What are the odds that that would happen? Give Tom credit. He brought his ancient first baseman’s mitt to the game just in case.

Number of the Day
22: Club record for most wins in June (against 5 losses). The year? Would you believe 1862?

July
Month begins with a 10-game road trip, three each in Miami and Pittsburgh and four in Milwaukee. No picnic trip.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley lost all 3. CF Brady Sizemore was 4-13 (.308) in first three games.

Reading lost all 3 despite hitting 7 home runs, 5 coming in a 13-9 loss yesterday to Portland.

Clearwater lost all 3 to Brevard County. SS J.P. Crawford was 0-4 yesterday, snapping a streak of 3 consecutive multi-hit games, including home runs on Friday and Saturday. RF Brian Painter, 5-12 weekend, including 5th homer.

Lakewood snapped a 7-game losing streak yesterday as 1B Zach Green homered twice and drove in 4 runs. 2B Andrew Pullin has hit in 12 straight games; .395 in last 10.

Williamsport won 1 of 3 vs. State College. 1B Rhys Hoskins 3, hits, grand slam, 5 RBI in Saturday win. OF Matt Shortall (1) and 3B Jan Hernandez (3) also homered in that game.

Gulf Coast League Phillies split a pair against the Tigers, 2-1 win on Friday and 8-5 loss on Saturday. (League is idle on Sundays). SS Grenny Cumana, 1st HR on Saturday; hitting .346 for the season. 3B Damek Tomscha’s .423 average ranks 4th in the league.

Alumni Birthdays
Today: RHP Chan Ho Park (41) . . . Tuesday: OF Kerry Dineen (62) . . . Wednesday: 1B-3B Greg Dobbs (36), 2B So Taguchi (45) . . . Thursday: RHP Ed Roebuck (83) . . . Friday: RHP Dan Larson (60), CH Hal Lanier (72), INF Bobby Malkmus (83) . . . Saturday: RHP Tim Worrell (47), OF Gary Matthews (64) . . . Sunday: RHP Omar Olivares (47).

This Date
June 30, 1938: In final game at Baker Bowl, New York beats the Phillies, 14-1, before 1,500 fans. Following a road trip, the Phillies move permanently to Shibe Park on July 4.

June 30, 1967, 2nd game: Playing his ninth position since joining the Phillies in 1963, super-sub Cookie Rojas pitches a scoreless ninth inning in a 12-3 loss to San Francisco, allowing one hit.

Book Signings
I’ll be signing my book (If These Walls Could Talk):
Wednesday, July 9, Hockessin (DE) Athletic Club, 100 Fitness Way, 5 p.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday, July 12, Wilmington Blue Rocks, Frawley Stadium, 801 Shipyard Drive, 6 p.m.
Thursday, August 14, Lakewood BlueClaws, FirstEnergy Park, 2 Stadium Way, 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 28, Community Library, Myerstown, PA; 5-7:30 p.m.

Offensive Woes

At the bottom of page one of the daily game notes provided by the Baseball Communications Department is a bunch of numbers capturing the Phillies in 24 different categories. Among those is their won-loss record when scoring three or fewer runs: 7-32. More than three, 28-11.

32nd loss came last night, a 3-2 loss, getting one double and six singles. A.J. pitched well, allowing all three runs in the fourth inning after a misplayed liner in left by Domonic, who later drove in the Phillies final run with a single.

The Phillies have struggled at home this season (17-23). There are more numbers on page one that tell the story. Going into the game, the Phillies were hitting .228 at home, starting pitchers had a 3.27 ERA and relievers, 3.14. Simple analysis: the offense is not producing. Further testimony, in their last five games, the Phillies have scored 13 runs, seven coming Tuesday night when an error and two wild pitches by the Marlins produced three of the runs.

Number of the Day
17: consecutive scoreless outings by Mario, the most ever for a Phillies rookie reliever. Previous mark is 14 set by Dick Farrell in 1957 and matched last season by B.J.

Tweet of the Day
Curt Schilling: “As of yesterday I am in remission. Start the 5-year clock!”

Minor League Report
Players of the week (June 16-22)
Player – OF, Cord Sandberg, Williamsport … 7 G … Batted .367 (11-30), .424 OBP, .700 SLG %, 7 R, 2 2B, 3B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 3 BB, 2 SB, 21 total bases … He hit safely in each of his first 10 games for WIL this season and currently leads the New York-Penn League in batting (.395) and hits (17) … Selected by the Phillies in the 3rd round of the 2013 draft out of Manatee High School (FL), Sandberg was signed by Alan Marr.
Pitcher – LHP, Ryan Demmin, Clearwater … 2 G, 1-1, 1.93 ERA (3 ER, 14.0 IP), 1 BB, 10 H, 15 SO …  In his second start of the week, he tossed 8.0 scoreless innings until rain cut his bid at a complete game shutout short … Has a 1.29 ERA over 4 starts with the Threshers so far this season … A resident of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, he was signed as a minor league free agent, 8/8/13.

Lehigh Valley was rained out of a doubleheader in Syracuse.

Reading was rained out in Binghamton.

Clearwater lost 9-3 to Tampa, getting 2 singles.

Lakewood lost, 4-3, in Greensboro. 2B Andrew Pullin, 3-3; is 8-12 in the first three games of the series with 3 RBI.

Williamsport rained out at home vs. Auburn.

Gulf Coast League Phillies lost, 6-2, to the Pirates. 3B Damek Tomscha, 2-4, both RBI; hitting .500 for the season.

Alumni Luncheon
Annual event for seniors set for Friday noon, August 8, in the Diamond Club honoring Charlie Manuel is now sold out. Charlie will be inducted into the Wall of Fame the next night.

Toyota Alumni weekend includes a Roy Halladay bobble head on August 8 and Alumni Day on Sunday, the 10th.

Book Signings
I’ll be signing my book (If These Walls Could Talk):
Tonight, Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Coca-Cola Park, 1050 IronPigs Way, Allentown, 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Wednesday, July 9, Hockessin (DE) Athletic Club, 100 Fitness Way, 5 p.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday, July 12, Wilmington Blue Rocks, Frawley Stadium, 801 Shipyard Drive, 6 p.m.
Thursday, August 14, Lakewood BlueClaws, FirstEnergy Park, 2 Stadium Way, 5:30 p.m.

Buchanan, Bullpen Get Job Done

B&B, i.e. Buchanan and Bullpen, led the way as the Phillies ended a three-game spin last night.

Buchanan, although he struggled with his command, won his third in a row. He bent but didn’t break, a good sign for a young pitcher. B.J., in his first appearance since recalled, was tagged for two runs in the eighth but Mario, Ken, Jake and Pap closed the doors (3.1 innings, 1 hit, 0 runs, 0 BB, 4 SO). Mario has a 15.2 scoreless innings streak going.

Marlon capped a three-run first inning with a long, two-run homer. Among right fielders, he’s third in home runs (13) and RBI (45), trailing Giancarlo Stanton (20/58) and Jose Batista (15/49). Eyebrows were raised when the Phillies signed him in the offseason.

Touching Moment
Phillie fans gave Tony Gwynn Jr. a standing ovation when he pinch-hit in the eighth inning. It was Tony’s first game following the death of his Hall of Fame dad. Just goes to show how much respect fans had for his dad and compassion for young Tony.

Class act by the fans who too often are tagged with an opposite label.

Number of the Day
438: career steals for J-Roll, which ties him for second place in Phillies history with Hall of Fame outfielder Ed Delahanty.

Blanked At Home
Phillies have been shut out eight times at home. Club futility is 14 times in 1969 at Connie Mack Stadium, a season in which we finished 63-99. Home schedule ended with three consecutive shutout losses to the Mets. A total of only 17,460 fans—plus me–witnessed those three games.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley dropped the first game of a DH in Syracuse, 4-3. 3B Maikel Franco, 2-3 . . . Second game was postponed.

Reading out-hit Binghamton, 7-2, but lost eighth in a row, 2-0. Severino Gonzalez (4-9) allowed 1 hit in 7 innings, a 2-run homer in the fifth.

Clearwater fell, 4-3, to Tampa. 2B K.C. Serna, 2 doubles (18 for season).

Lakewood lost, 11-3, to Greensboro. 2B Andrew Pullin, 2 hits, RBI; hitting .385 in last 10 games.

Williamsport defeated Auburn, 10-4. LF Jiandido Tromp, 1B, 3rd-4th HR, 4 RBI; fourth season games (.358).

Gulf Coast League Phillies lost, 8-7, in 10 innings at the Yankees. HR: 1B Trey Williams (2), LF Luis Encarnacion (1). 3B Damek Tomscha, 2 doubles. SS Grenny Cumana, 1B, 2B, RBI.

Futures Game
Lehigh Valley 3B Maikel Franco (World) and Clearwater SS J.P. Crawford (US) have been selected for the Futures Game that will be played at Target Field, Minneapolis, as part of the MLB All-Star festivities. 5 p.m. game will be televised by MLB.com and MLB Network.

This Date
June 25, 1971: Pittsburgh’s LF Willie Stargell hits tape-measure home run off RHP Jim Bunning. The ball lands in the exit of Section 601, upper deck at Veterans Stadium. Remember talking with Jim about the long homer. “I didn’t watch it. I knew better,” he said laughing.

Book Signings
I’ll be signing my book (If These Walls Could Talk):
Tomorrow, Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Coca-Cola Park, 1050 IronPigs Way, Allentown, 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Wednesday, July 9, Hockessin (DE) Athletic Club, 100 Fitness Way, 5 p.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday, July 12, Wilmington Blue Rocks, Frawley Stadium, 801 Shipyard Drive, 6 p.m.
Thursday, August 14, Lakewood BlueClaws, FirstEnergy Park, 2 Stadium Way, 5:30 p.m.

Blanked At Home…Again

Ramon kept the Phillies in the game, allowing two first-inning runs in six innings but the offense was silent for the third straight game, the 10th time they have been shutout, including the second straight home game. Of the 10, eight have come at Citizens Bank Park. It marked the second time in two months they have been shut out in consecutive home games.

Last time the Phillies scored at home was the fifth inning on June 14. Using fingers and toes and more, that’s 21 innings ago. You could say they haven’t crossed Citizens Bank Park’s home plate since the spring. Summer is hitting season but not for the Phillies so far.

After winning their first four games against the Marlins this season, Miami has rebounded to win three in a row.

Number of the Day
40: Major league at-bats for Ramon before getting his first hit, a right field single in the third inning last night. He received the ball as a souvenir.

Off to Italy
Jimmy and Johari Rollins received a trip to Italy from the Phillies during last night’s cool pre-game tribute for his achievement as the club’s all-time leader in hits.

Chase and Ryan, one behalf of his current teammates, presented him with a silver bat commemorating his 2,235th hit that occurred on June 14. Four teammates from J-Roll’s first year were on hand, 2B Marlon Anderson, LF Pat Burrell, RF Bobby Abreu and C Mike Lieberthal. Bobby came down from New York as the Mets had a day off.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley lost, 7-4, to Columbus. 1B Jim Murphy, 3 hits, including 9th HR.

Reading lost its 7th in a row, 12-8, at Binghamton. 3 hits each, including HRs: RF Peter Lavin (3), DH Jake Fox (4).

Clearwater lost, 5-2, at Lakeland. Aaron Nola lost pro debut, 2.1 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO.

Lakewood lost, 14-2, at Greensboro. 3 hits each: 2B Andy Pullin, LF Larry Greene. HR: RF Sam Hiciano (7).

Williamsport won, 8-5, at Jamestown. 3 hits each: LF Jiandido Tromp, 3B Jan Hernandez. CF Aaron Brown, 1st pro HR. RF Cord Sandberg stretched hitting streak to all 11 games. WP: Alejandro Arteaga (1-1); SV: Calvin Rayburn (2).

Gulf Coast League Phillies lost, 7-3, to the Yankees. 1B Trey Williams, 2-3. SS Grenny Cumana, 2-3; 5-12 in his 3 games. Grenny is a 5-foot-5 18-year-old switch-hitter in his first season of pro ball in the states.

Book Signings
I’ll be signing my book (If These Walls Could Talk):
This Thursday at Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Coca-Cola Park, 1050 IronPigs Way, Allentown, 5 p.m.
Wednesday, July 9, Hockessin (DE) Athletic Club, 100 Fitness Way, 5 p.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday, July 12, Wilmington Blue Rocks, Frawley Stadium, 801 Shipyard Drive, 6 p.m.
Thursday, August 14, Lakewood BlueClaws, FirstEnergy Park, 2 Stadium Way, 5:30 p.m.

Back Home

Before the Phillies begin a four-game series with the Marlins tonight, they will salute J-Roll for becoming the franchise’s all-time leader in hits on June 14, one of the great individual player moments in the history of Citizens Bank Park.

All fans will receive an 11 x 14 print featuring his record-breaking hit. Family and special guests will be part of the ceremonies which will begin about 6:50 p.m. Fans are urged to arrive early.

Successful Trip
Boarding a plane for a tough road trip after a June 15 series loss to the Cubs, the Phillies were in fifth place, 6 ½ games. They returned from a 5-2 trip still in fifth but 5 out.

A.J. and Cole pitched brilliantly on Friday and Saturday, respectively, but only one win emerged, A.J.’s complete game. KK couldn’t hold a 3-0 lead yesterday so the trip ended with two losses. Lack of offense was the biggest culprit the last two games: 4 runs on 9 singles, 2 doubles and 20 strikeouts. One of the doubles and one of the singles came from Cole.

Cole fell to 2-4. A year ago on the exact date, he lost, falling to 2-11. Wherever the Phillies play on June 21, 2015, don’t send Cole to the mound.

Number of the Day
1: RBI by entire Phillies pitching staff and that one came on Friday night by A.J.

Minor League Report (weekend edition)
Lehigh Valley won Friday and lost next 2 . . . WP: Greg Smith (5-5); SV: Luis Garcia (12) . . . HR: OF Steve Susdorf (2), C Sebastian (3).

Reading lost all 3 at New Britain, extending losing streak to 6 . . . CF Aaron Altherr had a 14-game hitting streak snapped yesterday.

Clearwater won all 3 . . . Starters who won: Ethan Stewart (4-6); Ryan Demmin (2-1); SV: Lee Ridenhour (5-6); Lino Martinez (3) . . . DH Art Charles HR (4-5) including solo that won 1-0 game yesterday . . . RHP Aaron Nola makes his pro debut tonight at Lakeland.

Lakewood won 1 of 3 . . . OF Larry Greene, back from the DL, had a walk-off RBI single on Saturday and a pair of doubles yesterday.

Williamsport lost 5-3, 5-3, 9-3 . . . CF Cord Sandberg, 6-12, 2 doubles, HR (2), 2 RBI, SB; hitting .395 in all 10 season games.

Gulf Coast League Phillies won first 2 games of the season vs. Toronto . . . 3B Damek Tomscha, 5-7, including HR . . . Matt Hockenberry, Temple U. product, won his pro debut on Friday, 5 SO in 2.2 scoreless innings. SV: Brandon Leibrandt, 3 strikeouts in 3 scoreless innings . . . Jason Marquis, former big leaguer, won his first start Saturday, 5 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 7 SO.

This Date
June 23, 1971: RHP Rick Wise becomes the first pitcher ever to fire a no-hitter and hit two home runs in the game as he blanks Cincinnati, 4-0, at Riverfront Stadium. 3B John Vukovich snares Pete Rose’s hard liner to end the game.

June 23, 1973: LHP Ken Brett sets a major league record for pitchers when he hits a home run in four straight games (9th, 13th, 18th). The fourth homer comes in a 7-2 victory at Montreal.

June 23, 1986: Phillies destroy Chicago, 19-1, and set a modern league record with 15 extra-base hits and a new club record with 11 doubles. 2B Juan Samuel drives in six runs. LHP Shane Rawley (10-4) beats LHP Jamie Moyer (1-1).

June 23, 2012: Jim Thome hits his 609th home run and last with the Phillies, a walk-off blast to give the Phillies a 7-6 win over the Rays. It is his 13th career walk-off HR, breaking the major league record shared by Babe Ruth and Jimmie Foxx.
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Alumni Birthdays
Today: LHP Jim Deshaies (54) . . . Tuesday: RHP Doug Jones (57), OF George Vukovich (58) . . . Wednesday: OF Michael Tucker (43), OF Don Demeter (79) . . . Thursday: RHP Manny Seoane (59) . . . Friday: C Johnny Estrada (38), OF Jeff Conine (48) . . . Saturday: RHP Mike Grace (50), RHP Gary Wagner (74) . . . Sunday: INF Bobby Morgan (88).

Book Signings
I’ll be signing my book (If These Walls Could Talk):
This Thursday at Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Coca-Cola Park, 1050 IronPigs Way, Allentown, 5 p.m.
Wednesday, July 9, Hockessin (DE) Athletic Club, 100 Fitness Way, 5 p.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday, July 12, Wilmington Blue Rocks, Frawley Stadium, 801 Shipyard Drive, 6 p.m.
Thursday, August 14, Lakewood BlueClaws, FirstEnergy Park, 2 Stadium Way, 5:30 p.m.

Rollins Tribute Monday

The rookie and the veteran shared the star of the game honors as the Phillies beat the Cardinals last night in the first of a four-game series.

Buchanan, the rookie, turned in his longest outing of the season, minors or majors, by limiting the Cardinals to one run in 7.2 innings. That run came in the eighth.

Howard, the veteran, drove in three of the runs, two coming on his third homer this week. It was his fourth consecutive multi-RBI game. In the first four games of the trip, he has seven hits and nine RBI. When he’s hot, he can carry a team.

For the first time since last June, they’ve won four in a row. For the first time since September of 2012, they’ve won four in a row on the road. They are four games out of first place but five games under .500. That’s odd.

Number of the Day
10 of Ryan’s 18 home runs against the Cardinals have come in 27 games at Busch Stadium.

Rollins Tribute
Jimmy will be recognized as the Phillies all-time hit leader prior to Monday’s game with the Marlins.

All fans will receive an 11 x 14 Rollins tribute print featuring his record breaking hit. Family, friends and special guests will be here to celebrate with J-Roll. Get there early for this special event.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley scored two in the ninth to beat visiting Charlotte, 4-3, on RBI singles by Rusty Ryal and Maikel Franco. B.J. Rosenberg (2-1) won for second straight game.

Reading lost, 3-2, to Akron for the third straight game. 2B Carlos Alonso, 7th HR.

Clearwater lost, 5-4, at Dunedin as the Blue Jays won on a walk-off single. RF Brian Pointer, 4 hits, 2 RBI. 3B Harold Martinex, 3 hits. SS J.P. Crawford had a rough debut, 0-5, and two errors.

Lakewood lost, 2-1, to West Virginia. 1B Zack Green hit first HR to account for Lakewood’s run.

Williamsport edged Jamestown, 4-3. CF Aaron Brown, 3 hits, in second pro game. WP: Richard Bielski (1-0); SV: Calvin Rayburn (#1).

Gulf Coast League Phillies begin season at 12 noon today in Dunedin against the Blue Jays.

This Date
June 20, 1883: Boston wins, 29-4, the most runs scored against the Phillies. It happens again, June 15, 1887, a 29-1 loss to New York.

June 20, 1900: Brooklyn scores seven runs in the 11th inning for a 20-13 lead. When the Phillies stalled in the bottom of the 11th, hoping that the game would be called by darkness, umpire Hank O’Day forfeited the game to Brooklyn.

June 21, 1964, 1st game: RHP Jim Bunning (7-2) pitches the first perfect game in Phillies history when he blanked the Mets, 6-0, on Father’s Day at New York. Gus Triandos catches the perfect game and becomes the first catcher ever to be behind the plate for no-hitters in each league. 18-year-pld rookie RHP Rick Wise wins his first major league game in the second game, 8-2. Read about the historic game at http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

June 21, 1986: St. Louis scores twice in the ninth against LH reliever Don Carman for an 8-6 win. Steve Carlton starts but leaves after allowing six hits, six walks and six runs in five innings, his last appearance for the Phillies. Four days later, he is released.

June 22, 1977: Phillies (5) and Cincinnati (3) combine for a Vet-record eight home runs in a wild 15-9 win over the Reds. One of the eight is a grand slam by SS Larry Bowa.

Where Is He?
Denis Menke was the Phillies hitting coach from 1989 through 1996. Paul Hagen’s written a story about Denis at http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

Book Signings
I’ll be signing my book (If These Walls Could Talk):
Thursday, June 26, Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Coca-Cola Park, 1050 IronPigs Way, Allentown, 5 p.m.
Wednesday, July 9, Hockessin (DE) Athletic Club, 5 p.m.
Saturday, July 12, Wilmington Blue Rocks, Frawley Stadium, 801 Shipyard Drive, 6 p.m.
Thursday, August 14, Lakewood BlueClaws, FirstEnergy Park, 2 Stadium Way, 5:30 p.m.

Sweep via hits galore

Ramon hung in there, the offense exploded and the bullpen turned in three scoreless innings yesterday giving the Phillies a sweep in Atlanta and their first series win there since the last three games of 2011.

Ramon gave up five runs in six innings, which means he didn’t qualify for a quality start (3 runs or less in 6 innings) but he got a win. Four different Atlanta pitchers were roughed up for a season-high 18 hits by the Phillies bats.

Bastardo and Giles combined for three scoreless innings out of the pen. The pen allowed one run in 11 innings during the series. Battered bullpen from the first month has certainly made a U-turn.

The 7-3 Phillies headed for St. Louis and a four-game series with the 8-2 Cardinals that begins tonight. A sweep in St. Louis would be humongous….or extremely large. Impossible? Losing two of three to the lowly Cubs at home didn’t exactly give much hope for a sweep in Atlanta.

Number of the Day
5: Phillies who had 3 hits yesterday, CHernandez, Nieves, Howard, Byrd, Brown.

From Elias Sports Bureau
It marked only the fifth time in the last 49 seasons that the Phillies had five different players with at least three hits in a nine-inning game, the last of which came on July 17, 2007, when Rollins, Victorino, Utley, Rowand and pitcher J.D. Durbin did it in a 15-3 win over the Dodgers.

Minor League Report
Players of the week (June 9-15)
Pitcher – RHP, David Whitehead, Williamsport … 1 G, 1-0, 0.00 ERA (0 ER, 6.0 IP), 2 BB, 0 H, 5 SO … 6/15 start vs State College was his first game of his professional career as he missed all of the 2013 season due to an elbow sprain… A resident of Burlington, NC, the 6-foot-4 right hander was selected by the Phillies in the 34th round of the June 2013 draft and signed by Paul Murphy.
Player – OF, Aaron Altherr, Reading … 6 G, Batted .423 (11-26), .464 OBP, .654 SLG %, 6 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 1 BB … Having hit safely in his last 12 games played for Reading, Altherr is batting .416 (20-48) in that span … Selected by Philadelphia in the 9h round of the June 2009 draft, the 23-year-old was signed by Brad Holland … Altherr was recalled from Reading (AA) on Monday and made his ML debut with the Phillies that night.

Lehigh Valley defeated Charlotte, 8-6, on Cody Asche’s 2-run homer in the seventh. In 5 rehab games, Cody is 6-11, 3 HR, 9 RBI . . . WP: Tyler Knigge (1-0); SV: Luis Garcia (11).

Reading lost, 4-3, to Akron which had three home runs among five hits. CF Zach Collier hit his first homer in a losing cause.

Clearwater was rained out . . . Lakewood’s All-Star shortstop, J.P. Crawford, has been promoted to Clearwater.

Lakewood is on All-Star Game break.

Williamsport edged Jamestown, 5-4, in 11 innings; winning run scored on a throwing error by the Jamestown pitcher in the ninth inning. LF Jiandido Tromp, 4 hits.

Gulf Coast League Phillies begin season at 12 noon tomorrow in Dunedin against the Blue Jays.

This Date
June 19, 1927: Phillies pitcher Jack Scott pitches both games of a double-header in Cincinnati and goes the distance in both. He beat the Reds 3-1 in the first game, but lost 3-0 in the nightcap. No pitcher has recorded two complete games in the majors in a single day since. (courtesy of broadandpattison.com).

Scott had 17 complete games that season but finished with a 9-21 record.

The complete game has gone the way of dinosaurs. The red-hot Royals have moved into first place in the A. L. Central Division. They are the only A. L. club without a complete game.

Book Signings
I’ll be signing my book (If These Walls Could Talk):
Thursday, June 26, Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Coca-Cola Park, 1050 IronPigs Way, Allentown, 5 p.m.
Wednesday, July 9, Hockessin (DE) Athletic Club, 5 p.m.
Saturday, July 12, Wilmington Blue Rocks, Frawley Stadium, 801 Shipyard Drive, 6 p.m.
Thursday, August 14, Lakewood BlueClaws, FirstEnergy Park, 2 Stadium Way, 5:30 p.m.

Back-to-back W for KK

KK turned his second straight strong start, Ryan went deep for the second straight game and Pap rebounded from a blown save to give the Phillies a second straight win in Atlanta last night.

It is their first series win on the Braves turf since late in the 2012 season.

KK has given up three earned runs in his last two starts. He last won back-to-back starts last July 11 and 19.

Ryan gave the Phillies a quick 2-0 pad in the first inning. When he goes deep to left field—a good sign–he’s getting into a good groove. It was his 20th home run in 264 at-bats in Turner Field.

Jake and Pap continued the stingy bullpen work with two 1-2-3 relief innings.
On May 12, the Phillies bullpen ERA was 4.95, highest in the league. Since then, 2.53, third lowest in the NL. The bullpen has turned into the team’s strength with Antonio, Justin, Mario and Ken Giles joining Jake and Pap.

Hit Leaders
If you have just returned from the moon or cyberspace you need to know J-Roll passed Mike Schmidt as the Phillies all-time leader in hits last Saturday.

Check out a story on the Phillies top 10 in career hits on http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

Number of the Day
8: Wins for KK over the Braves out of 10 decisions.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley edged Charlotte, 5-4. 3B Cody Asche, first AAA rehab start, 3-3, 2 RBI. WP: B.J. Rosenberg (1-1); SV: Luis Garcia (10).

Reading hit four home runs but lost a slug fest, 15-10, to Akron. DH Jake Fox, 2 of the HRs; RF Peter Lavin and C Logan Moore, first AA home runs.

Clearwater blanked Lakeland, 3-0, behind Jeb Stefan (4-6), Lino Martinez and Lee Ridenhour (4th save). DH Art Charles, 2 triples.

Lakewood is on All-Star Game break.

Williamsport pounded Jamestown, 12-5. CF Jiandido Tromp, 2 homers, 3 RBI; RF Cord Sandberg, triple, HR, 5 RBI. Delvi Francisco (1-0) gave up four runs in three innings but picked up the win.

Gulf Coast League Phillies begin season on Friday.

This Date
June 18, 1948: After a 9-1 record with the Wilmington Blue Rocks, RHP Robin Roberts makes his major league debut, a 2-0 loss to Pittsburgh at Shibe Park.

June 18, 1989: Following the Phillies’ 6-5 win over New York, GM Lee Thomas pulls off two major trades, sending 2B Juan Samuel to the Mets for CF Lenny Dykstra, RHP Roger McDowell and a minor leaguer and sending RHP Steve Bedrosian to San Francisco for LHP Terry Mulholland, LHP Dennis Cook and 3B Charlie Hayes.

Day-by-day historic moments can be found at http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

Book Signings
I’ll be signing my book (If These Walls Could Talk):
Thursday, June 26, Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Coca-Cola Park, 1050 IronPigs Way, Allentown, 5 p.m.
Wednesday, July 9, Hockessin (DE) Athletic Club, 5 p.m.
Saturday, July 12, Wilmington Blue Rocks, Frawley Stadium, 801 Shipyard Drive, 6 p.m.
Thursday, August 14, Lakewood BlueClaws, FirstEnergy Park, 2 Stadium Way, 5:30 p.m.

Law of Averages

If there is such a thing as the law of averages, Cole hasn’t experienced it. Pap did last night.

Pap blew a save back on April 2. He’s been perfect since then (15-15) until the Braves bunched three singles into a game-tying run in the ninth. During his 15 consecutive saves, he had allowed one earned run in 25 innings. The law of averages got Pap.

Cole keeps pitching brilliantly and keeps coming up empty. He hasn’t allowed a run in his last 23.2 innings, has allowed one earned in 29.2 innings this month and is 1-0. So much for the law of averages.

Cole struck out six, increasing his career total to 1,585, moving him into a tie for third place on the club’s all-time list with Chris Short.

Meanwhile, the offense kept sputtering. Howard homered leading off the second inning and that was it through 12 innings. Having scored one run in their last 24 innings, the law of averages entered the picture. With the aid of an error, they scored five in the 13th to win.

From Elias Sports Bureau: It was only the third victory in the Phillies’ 132-year history in which they scored five-or-more runs in an inning after having been blanked over their last 10 innings in the same game. In 1967, they scored six in the 11th inning to beat the Dodgers, 6-0; and in 1916, they scored five runs in the 14th inning in a 6-1 win at Cincinnati, after being blanked since the second inning.

40=40
Wearing #40, Aaron Altherr became the 40th player for the Phillies this season.

Number of the Day
45: Home runs Howard has hit in his career vs. Braves over 142 games.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley lost, 5-1, to Charlotte, getting five singles and Maikel Franco’s 15th double.

Reading was not scheduled.

Clearwater lost, 7-1, to Lakewood, getting four singles and a double. SS Roman Quinn played centerfield for the first time in his pro career.

Lakewood three-day All-Star Game break . . . All-Stars: SS J.P. Crawford, OF Sam Hiciano, 1B-C Willians Astudillo, RH closer Cody Forsythe.

Williamsport lost, 6-3, at State College. CF Cord Sandberg has hit in all four games, .412.

Gulf Coast League Phillies begin season on Friday.

This Date
June 17, 1930: RF Chuck Klein sets a club record with a 26-game hitting streak (May 18-June 17, .482) and duplicates it (July 12-August 3, 1st game, .434). In between, he hit in 16 of 19 games, .359. Overall, he hit safely in 68 of 71 games, May 18-August 3, 1st game.

June 17, 2012: Playing in Toronto, Jim Thome leads off the second inning with a home run, his 100th as a Phillie. Thome becomes the 4th player in major league history with at least 100 home runs for three different teams, following Reggie Jackson, Darrell Evans, and Alex Rodriguez.

Day-by-day historic moments can be found at http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

Book Signings
I’ll be signing my book (If These Walls Could Talk):
Thursday, June 26, Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Coca-Cola Park, 1050 IronPigs Way, Allentown, 5 p.m.
Wednesday, July 9, Hockessin (DE) Athletic Club, 5 p.m.
Saturday, July 12, Wilmington Blue Rocks, Frawley Stadium, 801 Shipyard Drive, 6 p.m.
Thursday, August 14, Lakewood BlueClaws, FirstEnergy Park, 2 Stadium Way, 5:30 p.m.

Forever Moment

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Whether you were among the 31,524 at Citizens Bank Park or the millions watching on TV, it was a magic moment you will never forget.

Jimmy Rollins passed leader Mike Schmidt on Saturday for the most hits in the history of the Phillies, a franchise that was established in 1883. Yes, the image is there of the line drive single to right in the fifth inning. But, the forever memory took place when Schmidt entered the field to congratulate the new Phillies hit king.

As soon as the ball landed in right field, Schmidt came out of the dugout, headed for home plate to pick up the historic bat. First time a Hall of Famer was a bat boy. Right after all of J-Roll’s teammates congratulated him at first base, Schmidt took Jimmy’s left arm and raised it, signifying the baton had been passed. It was the same gesture Schmidt did with Jim Thome during the closing ceremonies of Veterans Stadium in 2003.

Schmidt was genuinely excited about Jimmy breaking his record. It was evident in his body language, comments and smiles. Speaking of smiles, Jimmy flashed his infectious smile endlessly.

Hall of Famer Ed Delahanty held the Phillies record when his career ended in 1901; Hall of Famer Richie Ashburn broke it 58 years later; Hall of Famer Schmidt broke it 30 years later and Jimmy became the all-time leader 25 years later.

Over 113 years, the crown went from Ed to Richie to Mike to Jimmy, who will wear it for a long, long time, I believe.

Tweets
Shane Victorino: “Congrats to my big brother, Jimmy Rollins on becoming the all-time Phillies hit leader. 2,235 and counting. Proud of you bro.”

Charlie Manuel: “Congratulations Jimmy on the knocks record. You are the Toy Cannon.”

Number of the Day
29: Uniform number Rollins wore in his major league debut on 9/17/2000, a game in which he got his first hit.

Did You Know?
Thome hit his milestone 400th home run on June 14, 2004, at Citizens Bank Park. Jimmy got his 2,235th milestone hit exactly 10 years later at home.

Minor League Report (weekend edition)
Lehigh Valley took two of three at Rochester. WPs: Brad Lincoln (4-3), Phillippe Aumont (2-1); SV: Luis Garcia (8-9). OF Steve Susdorf, 5-12, 2B, HR, 4 RBI.

Reading won two of three in Altoona. WP: Hoby Milner (5-3). Seth Rosin had a SV and a win. LF-2B Albert Cartwright, 6-14. CF Aaron Altherr extended his hitting streak to 12 games; average has increased from .191 to .245.

Clearwater had a three-day break for the All-Star Game. 1B-DH Art Charles was Clearwater ASG representative.

Lakewood lost all three to Hickory. 3B Cody Asche, 3-7, double, 3 homers, five RBI in three games. Cody is scheduled to continue rehab tonight at Lehigh Valley.

Williamsport won yesterday after dropping the first two games of the season vs. State College. David Whitehead won his pro debut yesterday, 8-2, 6 hitless innings, 0 runs. CF Cord Sandberg, 6-13.

This Date
June 16, 1998: PH Mike Lieberthal hits a 3-run, game-winning home run to cap a 7-run ninth inning that gives the Phillies an electrifying 8-7 win over the Pirates at Veterans Stadium.

Alumni Birthdays
Today: RHP Salome Barojas (57), RHP Bob Miller (88) . . . Tuesday: RHP Luis Peraza (72) . . . Wednesday: RHP Paul Brown (72), LHP Taylor Phillips (81) . . . Thursday: RHP Hank Mason (83), LHP Don Ferrarese (85) . . . Friday: C Paul Bako (42), INF Juan Castro (42), RHP Mike Grace (44), OF-CH Gary Varsho (53), SS Dickie Thon (56) . . . Saturday: RHP Brad Moore (50), RHP Dave Downs (62) . . . Sunday: RHP Roy Thomas (61), OF Mike Anderson (63).

Book Signings
I’ll be signing my book (<a Today, All-Star Home Run Hitting Contest, Blue Rocks, Frawley Stadium, 801 Shipyard Drive, Wilmington, DE, 4 p.m.
Thursday, June 26, Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Coca-Cola Park, 1050 IronPigs Way, Allentown, 5 p.m.
Wednesday, July 9, Hockessin (DE) Athletic Club, 5 p.m.
Saturday, July 12, Wilmington Blue Rocks, Frawley Stadium, 801 Shipyard Drive, 6 p.m.
Thursday, August 14, Lakewood BlueClaws, FirstEnergy Park, 2 Stadium Way, 5:30 p.m.

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