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.
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.
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.
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.
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.