Holiday Weekend

Phillies will spend the holiday weekend in Pittsburgh after starting this 10-game journey by losing a series in Miami.

No secret that the offense needs to pick up the pace.

The Pirates are one of the hottest teams in the NL. They are 26-19 at PNC Park. Their home hasn’t been the most hospitable to the Phillies. Since PNC Park opened in 2001, the Phillies are 16-25.

Number of the Weekend
Unknown: Number of hot dogs that will be consumed this holiday weekend across the country.

Minor League Report
Players of the Week (June 23-29)
Player – 2B, Andrew Pullin, Lakewood … 7 G … Batted .444 (12-27), .500 OBP, .444 SLG %, 4 R, 6 RBI, 3 BB … Pullin ended the week riding a 12-game hitting in which he was batting .378 (17-45) … Selected by the Phillies in the 5th round of the 2012 draft out of Centralia High School (WA); signed by Rick Jacques.
Pitcher – RHP, Jesen Therrien, Lakewood … 3 G, 1-0, 0.99 ERA (1 ER, 9.1 IP), 3 BB, 12 H, 7 SO … The 6-foot-2 right hander made 3 relief appearances and picked up his 2nd win of the season (other: 6/8 at DEL) … The 21-year-old native of Montreal, CA, was selected by the Phillies in the 17th round of the June 2011 draft and signed by Alex Agostino.

Lehigh Valley won its third in a row, 2-1, over Syracuse in 10 innings. LF Leandro Castro, walk-off single. CF Grady Sizemore, lead-off HR, his 1st. 3B Maikel Franco, 4-4. No decision, Jason Marquis, 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 SO . . . Closer Luis Garcia selected to the AAA All-Star Game . . . IronPigs will spend the weekend with two games in Rochester and the start of a four-game series in Indianapolis on Sunday.

Reading lost, 7-1, to New Hampshire. RHP Miguel Gonzalez made his AA debut, 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO. Fightin Phils are in Richmond for the weekend.

Clearwater won, 11-5, at Dunedin. DH Brandon Short, 3 hits, 4 RBI. Homers: CF Ramon Quinn (2), RF Brian Pointer (6), 1B Art Charles (8). WP: Colin Kleven 3-7 . . . Cliff Lee will make a rehab start for the Threshers Sunday at Brevard County . . . Threshers are at Dunedin on July 4 and then Brevard County.

Lakewood lost, 8-1, to Hagerstown. RF Dylan Cozens, 11th homer, tops for Phillies minor leaguer. 2B Andrew Pullin’s 14-game hitting streak ended . . . BlueClaws are in Delmarva this weekend.

Williamsport was a 6-4 winner at Jamestown. 3B Derek Campbell, 2-4, 3 RBI. LHP Matt Imhof, second-round selection, no decision in first A ball start, 3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO . . . Crosscutters host Auburn over the holiday weekend.

Gulf Coast League Phillies lost, 6-5, in 10 innings to the Braves. CF Gustavo Martinez, 4-5. LF Darin Ruf, 1-3 . . . Phillies play the Yankees at home July 4 and are at Tampa the next day.

This Date
July 3, 1917: RHP Grover Cleveland Alexander pitches 5-0 and 9-3 complete-game wins in a doubleheader at Brooklyn, walking only one batter.

July 3, 1983: LHP Willie Hernandez ties club record for relief pitchers by striking out the first six batters that he faces as Phillies beat New York Mets, 6-4, at Veterans Stadium.

July 4, 1908: LHP George (Hooks) Wiltse throws a no-hitter against the Phillies, 1-0, in 10 innings at New York. Losing RHP George McQuillan was hit by a pitch with two out in the ninth to spoil a perfect game.

July 4, 1938: The Phillies move permanently from Baker Bowl to Shibe Park and lose to Boston Braves, 10-5, in first game of doubleheader. Phillies win second game, 10-2.

July 4, 1976: Tim McCarver hits a grand slam home run but passes Garry Maddox at first base and is credited with a three-run single as Phillies beat Pittsburgh Pirates, 10-5, in first game of a doubleheader at Pittsburgh.

July 4, 1979: LHP Steve Carlton ties a modern NL record with his fifth career one-hitter, 1-0, over New York. RF Elliott Maddox’ one-out double in the seventh snaps Carlton’s bid for a perfect game. Prior to the game the Phillies disabled three starting pitchers, Ruthven (elbow bone chips), Larry Christenson (collarbone bone spur) and Randy Lerch (broken right wrist).

Alumni Web Page
Memorable flashbacks, features and photos are featured on http://www.phillies.com/alumni. Check it out.

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.

Next Blog
Will be back Monday. Enjoy the long holiday weekend. Can’t believe it is July 4 already.

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