Tough Trip

New month, new tough road trip and hopefully an offense that will snap out of the doldrums.

10-game journey from Florida to Pennsylvania to Wisconsin starts tonight in Miami. Both the Phillies and Marlins are sporting a four-game losing streak so something has to give.

Miami is 25-21 at home, 14-22 on enemy turf. The Phillies are the opposite, somewhat. 18-19 on the road, 18-27 at home.

Another Milestone
Sunday, J-Roll became the 19th player in MLB history to play 2,000 games at shortstop. Thanks to Phillies enthusiast Dennis Orlandini for e-mailing the note and complete list.

The top three: Omar Vizquel (2,709), Derek Jeter (2,612) and Luis Aparicio (2,581). In sixth place on the list: Larry Bowa (2,222). #18, Hall of Famer Pee Wee Reese (2,014).

Number of the Day
315: Runs scored by the Phillies, ranking 11th in the NL. They’ve scored more than the Cardinals, Cubs, Braves and Padres.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley won, 9-7, at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre; 3 homers: CF Leandro Castro (5), 1B Jim Murphy (12) and DH Russ Canzler (3). RF Steve Susdorf, 3-5, 2 RBI, SB.

Reading ended a 12-game losing streak by edging New Hampshire, 7-6. 2 H, 2 RBI: 1B Brock Stassi, RF Kelly Dugan. CF Aaron Altherr hit .330 in June.

Clearwater was not scheduled.

Lakewood ended a 7-game losing streak, 8-7, at West Virginia in 15 innings. DH Andrew Knapp’s HR (3) won game. 1B Zach Green, 4-8, including 4th HR. 2B Andrew extended hitting streak to 13 games.

Williamsport was not scheduled.

Gulf Coast League Phillies defeated Houston, 9-7. 2 RBI: SS Grenny Cumana, 3B Danek Tomscha, C Joel Fisher, CF Carlos Duran.

This Date
July 1, 1931: Chuck Klein is fourth Phillies player to hit for the cycle in 11-6 victory over Chicago Cubs at Baker Bowl. Phillies also turned a triple play.

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.

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