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Bourjos’ Blazing Bat

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Peter Boujos has a blazing bat.  He opened the scoring with a two-run homer in the first inning yesterday.  Nearly four hours later, he singled in the 10th inning and scored the winning run on a sacrifice fly by pinch-hitter Tyler Goeddel.  The 9-8 win in Phoenix ended a 5-4 road trip in which the Phillies scored 6.3 runs per game. Each team used seven pitchers.  Brett Oberholtzer picked up his first big league save.

The win gave the Phillies their first sweep in Chase Field in 10 seasons and was sweet revenge after the Diamondbacks won all four games in a Citizens Bank Park sweep June 17-20.

While multiple Phillies swung the bats well on the trip, it was Bourjos who led the way. He hit in all nine games: 17 hits, 8 runs, 2 homers, 6 RBI and a .472 average. His average went from .217 to .262.  He finished with a .411 average for June.

Hopefully, a day off today won’t cool the bats.  Normally a very good hitting ballpark Citizens Bank Park has been a freezer for Phillies bats this season.  More on that tomorrow.

Phil-Ins
By winning four of their last five games, June ended at 8-19 . . . Yesterday was the Phillies fourth come-from-behind win in the last seven days after having none in their previous 32 games. In their first 41 games, they had 10 . . . Happy 26th birthday today to Cody Asche who also had a big game yesterday (3 hits, 3 RBI) and big trip (.400, 6 RBI) . . . Series was a happy homecoming for Pete Mackanin who lives in Scottsdale . . . Ryan Howard has driven in 1,160 runs.  He never had a game-winning walk in the 9th inning or later until Tuesday night.

Minor League Report
AAA All-Stars
C Andrew Knapp, OF Cameron Perkins and RHR Edward Mujica have been selected to the International League All-Star team that will face the Pacific Coast League in Charlotte on July 13.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (45-35), 4th place, International League North Division.
Were swept in 3 games by Columbus, 5-2. LP: David Buchanan (4-5), 5.1-8-5-5-1-5. LF Nick Williams, 2 H, 2 RBI. SS J.P. Crawford, RF Cedric Hunter, 2B Taylor Featherston, 2 H each . . . Anthony Vasquez (1-0) 7:05 tonight vs. Charlotte.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (56-23), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
14-1 romp gave Reading a 3-game sweep of Erie. It was Reading’s 6th series sweep. ND: Nick Pivetta, the starter, 3-2-0-0-2-2, left game with a groin tightness. Home runs: RF Dylan Cozens (21), Rhys Hoskins (21), 3B Harold Martinez (6), CF Osmel Aguila (1). Reading has 101 home runs, matching last season’s total . . . Ricardo Pinto (3-3) 7:05 tonight vs. Harrisburg.

Clearwater Threshers (4-3), tie 3rd, 2nd half, Florida State League North Division.
Lost 3rd straight, 8-1, to Dunedin. 1B Kyle Martin, HR (10). WP: Francisco Rios (4-3); LP: Yacksel Rios (2-2); don’t know if they are related . . . Luke Leftwich (1-0) 7:00 tonight vs. Dunedin.

Lakewood BlueClaws (4-3), tie 2nd place, 2nd half, South Atlantic League North Division.
Lost, 8-2, in Hagerstown. 2B Josh Tobias, HR (6) among 2 H, extending streak to 9 games . . . Franklyn Kilome (1-6) 7:05 tonight vs. Greensboro.

Williamsport Crosscutters (7-6), tie 3rd, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
Won a DH at Tri-City, 8-5 and 7-3. WPs: Ranger Suarez (1-0), 5-6-4-4-2-5 Ranger Suarez (0-0) and Seranthony Dominiquez (1-1), 5-1-2-0-2-3  C Henri Lartigue, 2 H, 3 RBI; 2 H as the DH in 2nd game. 1B Darick Hall (2), RF Luke Maglich (1) homered in 2nd game . . . Felix Paulino (0-1) 7:00 tonight in Tri-City.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (3-1), 1st place, Northwest Division.

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5-2 winners in Tampa over Yankees East. 3 hits each, RF Jesus Alastre and 1B Edwin Rodriguez. DH Mickey Moniak (photo) made his pro debut, 1-4, game-winning RBI single in 7th inning . . . 12 noon today vs. Yankees East.

Transactions
Reading: LHR Daniel Stumpf’s rehab assignment transferred from Clearwater.

This Date
June 30, 1892–Phillies end with a 22-5 record for the month, the most wins in June in club history.

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

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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.

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9th Inning Win

Arizona closer Brad Ziegler and Ryan Howard were college teammates at Missouri State University.  Last night Ryan drew a one-out, bases-loaded walk in the ninth inning against Ziegler to give the Phillies a 4-3 win.  The Phillies were 0-41 when trailing after eight innings.

After four pitches from Ziegler, the Phillies had tied the game in the ninth on two hits. Three batters later, Howard walked forcing in the winning run. Jeanmar Gomez retired three batters, the Phillies lone 1-2-3 inning of the night, for his 21st save.

It marked the first time they’ve won a series since taking two of three from the Marlins, May 16-17-18. The Phillies hadn’t won consecutive games since the last two of that series.

Jared Eickhoff wasn’t at his best but he battled, pitching in and out of trouble. In five-plus innings he threw 105 pitches and had the lead-off hitter reach base in every inning, walk, walk, single, triple, hit batter and home run.  Through it all Eickhoff gave up only two runs. His single drove in the first run.

Maikel Franco homered for the second run in the fifth inning, his 10th on the road. He has three at home.

Phil-Ins
Since winning the series from the Marlins, the Phillies were 0-10-2 . . . A chance for a sweep in the series and road trip finale this afternoon . . .  After losing the first two games in Milwaukee, the Phillies are 4-4 on the trip . . . In their last 20 games, the Phillies have had one starting pitcher go seven innings . . . Monday’s shutout was the Phillies’ ninth, most in the majors.

Minor League Report
Futures Game
Reading OF Dylan Cozens (Team USA) and Reading RHP Ricardo Pinto (Team World) have been chosen to play in the Futures Game on July 10 in San Diego.  Cozens leads all Class AA hitters in runs (63), is tied in home runs (20) and third in RBI (60). Jim Thome will be the hitting coach for Team USA.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (45-34), tie 3rd place, International League North Division.
Blanked on 4 hits by Columbus, 1-0. LP: James Russell (2-4), 7-5-1-0-0-3 . . . David Buchanan (4-4) 7:05 tonight vs. Columbus.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (55-23), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
Defeated Erie, 7-2. Game included a 1 hour, 46-minute rain delay. WP: Thomas Eshelman (1-0), 5-5-0-0-0-2. 1B Rhys Hoskins, 4-4, 2 R. DH Jake (Fox Trot) Fox, HR (14), 3 RBI. C Jorge Alfaro, HR (9). Reading has hit 97 homers, three shy of last season’s total. They lead all the minors in home runs and wins . . . Nick Pivetta (7-4) 7:05 tonight vs. Erie.

Clearwater Threshers (4-2), 2nd place, 2nd half, Florida State League North Division.
Lost, 3-0, to Daytona. LP: John Richy (2-3), 6.1-7-3-3-1-4. 2B Scott Kingery had 3 of Clearwater’s 4 singles. He also stole his 20th base . . . Yacksel Rios (2-1) 12 noon today vs. 1st-place Dunedin.

Lakewood BlueClaws (4-2), tie 2nd place, 2nd half, South Atlantic League North Division.
Coasted to 12-5 win in Hagerstown.  Collected 16 hits, 2 2B and 14 1B.  RF Zachary Coppola, 4 H, 3 R, BB; C Deivi Grullon and CF Carlos Duran, 3 hits each. 3 RBI: 2B Josh Tobias.  WP: Edgar Garcia (2-0), 4-1-1-0-0-2; 2nd of 4 pitchers . . . Harold Arauz (3-4) 7:05 tonight in Hagerstown. After losing their first 11 games to the Suns, Lakewood has won 5 of their last 6 over them.

Williamsport Crosscutters (5-6), 4th, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
Rained out in Auburn . . . Ranger Suarez (0-0) and Seranthony Dominiquez (0-1) 4:30 DH this evening in Tri-City.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (2-1), Northwest Division.
Lost when Tigers West scored 6 in the top of the ninth, 6-2 final.  Only 2 runs were earned. ND: Will Stewart, 5-2-0-0-2-4. CF Malvin Matos, 3 H, including 1st HR. Jim Salisbury of CSNphilly.com reports that Cornelius Randolph, last year’s #1 selection who’s been on the DL and Mickey Moniak, this year’s #1, will play today in Tampa against the Yankees East, 12 noon.

Transactions
Reading: LHR Mario Hollands transferred from Lehigh Valley; LHR Tom Windle placed on DL; C Joel Fisher, activated from DL.

Clearwater: RHR Jesen Therrien reinstated from DL.

Lakewood: 3B Jan Hernandez, placed on the DL; INF Luis Espiritu, transferred from Williamsport.

This Date
June 29, 1961, 1st game—Phillies manager Gene Mauch, in an effort to hide the identity
of his starting pitcher, listed three of his pitchers in his starting lineup vs. the Giants,
Don Ferrarese leading off in CF, Jim Owens batting third in RF and Chris Short batting
seventh and catching.  LH Ken Lehman started and was replaced by RH Dallas Green
after one batter. With CF Willie Mays hitting three home runs, the Giants won, 8-7, at
Connie Mack Stadium. Second game lineup contained no surprises.

June 29, 1987–RHP Steve Bedrosian sets a major league record with his 12th consecutive save in a 6-5 decision over Pittsburgh at the Vet.  He extends the record to 13 the next day but sees the streak end on July 2.

Alumni Note

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Happy 90th birthday to INF Bobby Morgan who played for the Phillies 1954-57. Morgan also managed in the Phillies minor leagues (1964-66).

He’s the ninth Phillies Alumnus 90 years of age or older, joining OF Wally Westlake (95), INF Solly Hemus (93), LHP Bob Kuzava (93), OF Chuck Harmon (92), CH Billy DeMars (90), LHP Bobby Shantz (90), LHP Dick Koecher (90) and Bob Miller (90).

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Velasquez, Bats Impress

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Velocity Vince Velasquez returned to the mound and was impressive, seven strikeouts in five scoreless innings. His trademark fast ball topped out at 97 mph. A real boost for the rotation.

An equally big boost was the Phillies season-high 16-hit offense that produced the largest margin of victory this season, 8-0. After scoring nine runs in the 0-6 homestand, they’ve scored (44) on this seven-game (3-4) road trip. Their biggest inning of the season, six in the seventh, included a walk to Edubray Ramos in his first ever at-bat.

Odubel Herrera and Peter Bourjos, the 1-2 hitters, combined to go 7-10 with four runs scored. Bourjos is as hot as the Phoenix temperature.  On June 11, he was batting .192.  With his third three-hit game of the trip boosted his average to .259.

Game two tonight with Arizona’s ace, Zack Greinke, on the mound.  He’s won five in a row.

Sunday Leftovers
In 15 MLB Sunday games a total of 79 relief pitchers were used.  There were no complete games and only four starters worked eight innings. All these pitching changes has to affect the pace of the game.  So, cut down the time it takes for a reliever to come in from the pen and then warm up.  That won’t happen because pitching changes mean radio and TV revenue or a chance to grab another hot dog.

And, this stat gem from Elias Sports Bureau: 52 home runs were hit on Sunday, the most for one day since June 11, 2006, when 54 left the park.  HR ratio this season: 2.09 per game in April, 2.28 in May and 2.52 this month.

Minor League Report
Players of the Week (June 20-26)

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CF Carlos Tocci, Clearwater… The 20-year-old batted .515 (17-33) with three doubles, six RBI, two walks, a stolen base, six runs scored, a .543 on-base percentage and 1.149 OPS in seven games. He hit safely in all seven of those contests, extending his season-long hit streak to 10. Tocci had multiple hits five times last week, including a career-best five-hit effort on June 26 vs Daytona. Tocci, a Venezuela native, was signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent on August 23, 2011.

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RHP Jose Taveras, Lakewood… The 22-year-old Taveras made one start, setting a career-high and new franchise record by striking out 15 batters. The strikeout total is a high for all of the minor leagues. In that same start, Taveras tossed 8.0 innings for the first time this season, holding Greenville to a run on just two hits while walking none. Taveras was signed by the Phillies out of the Dominican Republic as an amateur free agent on November 10, 2013.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (45-33), 2nd place, International League North Division.
Lost, 5-3, to Columbus. LP: Ben Lively (3-1), 6-7-5-5-1-4; 1st loss since last July 11 at Reading; had been 11-0 since. 1B Darin Ruf, HR (9). RF Nick Williams’ 10-game hitting streak stopped . . . James Russell (2-3) 7:05 tonight vs. Columbus.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (54-23), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
Won, 8-7, over Erie on walk-off HR by DH Jake Fox (13). It was Reading’s 11th WO win. RF Dylan Cozens, 21st 2B, 20th HR, a grand slam in the 3rd inning. 3B Harold Martinez, 2 2B . . . Thomas Eshelman (0-0) 7:05 tonight vs. Erie.

Clearwater Threshers (4-1), tie 1st place, 2nd half, Florida State League North Division.
Lost, 5-4, to Daytona in 10 innings. ND: Shane Watson, 6-6-1-1-1-2. 1B Kyle Martin, HR (9), 3 RBI. RF Jiandido Tromp, 2 2B. CF Carlos Tocci, 1-5, extending hitting streak to 11 games . . . John Richy (2-2) 7:00 tonight vs. Daytona.

Lakewood BlueClaws (3-2), 3rd place, 2nd half, South Atlantic League North Division.
Won, 6-5, in Hagerstown. WP: Sutter McLoughlin (1-1); SV: Zach Morris (3). 2B Josh Tobias, 2 1B, 2B, 3B, 3 RBI, 2 R. 3B Damek Tomscha, HR (3). C Deivi Grullon, 2 2B . . . Alberto Tirado (0-0) 7:05 tonight in Hagerstown.

Williamsport Crosscutters (5-6), 4th, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
19-year-old RH Adonis Medina (2-0) lost a no-hitter on his 99th pitch, a one-out single in the last of the 9th in Auburn. In 21 innings over 3 starts, 0 runs. CF David Martinelli, 1st pro HR; C Gregori Rivera, 1st HR . . . Ranger Suarez (0-0) 7:05 tonight in Auburn.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (2-0), 1st place, Northwest Division
Won, 9-6, in Lakeland against the Tigers West. ND: Mauricio Llovera, 5-4-1-1-2-7. SV: Tyler Frohwirth (1). RF Jesus Alastre, 3 H, RBI. 2B Daniel Brito, 2 H, 2 RBI; DH Jhailyn Ortiz, 2 H, 2 R, RBI. CF Malvin Matos, 2 H, R, RBI, SB . . . 12 noon today vs. Tigers West.

Transactions
Lehigh Valley: added RHR Dalier Hinojosa on rehab assignment from Clearwater.
Reading: placed OF Andrew Pullin on the DL.
Clearwater: placed LHP Matt Imhoff on the DL.

This Date

June 28, 2004, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/H. Rumph, Jr.) Against the Montreal Expos, Bell doubled, homered, singled, and in the bottom of the seventh, legged out a triple to become the first Phillie to hit for the cycle since Gregg Jeffries did it in 1995. He also even drew a walk against Expo starter Sun-Woo Kim, ultimately going 4-4 for the day with six total RBIs. In doing so, Bell also became part of the first grandfather-grandson cycle-hitting tandem in baseball history, with grandpappy Gus Bell having done so in 1951 for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
June 28, 2004–3B David Bell hits for the cycle in 14-6 win over Montreal at Citizens
Bank Park. Grandfather Gus Bell did it in 1951 against the Phillies at Shibe Park. Each
happened on a Monday night. David’s final hit of the cycle was a triple, earning a
reunion with third-base coach, the late John Vukovich.

June 28, 2011–LHP Cliff Lee is the third Phillies pitcher to toss three consecutive shutouts (3-0 vs. FL, 6/16; 4-0 at StL, 6/22, 4-0 vs. BOS today).  He joins RHP Grover Cleveland Alexander (1916) and (RH) Robin Roberts (1950).  Alexander holds club record with 4 in a row in September 1911.

Cool Tweet
Mike Drago, Reading Eagle: “Thomas Eshelman told me that when he got traded, parents bought him If These Walls Could Talk by Larry Shenk to learn Phillies history.”

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Trip Ends in Phoenix

The Phillies’ nine-game road trip ends in Phoenix starting tonight. After a Wednesday afternoon game, it’s back home for three each with Kansas City and Atlanta.

The diamondback is a venomous rattlesnake. Well, the Diamondback baseball team has been poisonous to the Phillies.  Arizona is 6-1 against the Phillies dating back to last August, including four in a row in Philly in the last 10 days. The Phillies are 27-33 at Chase Field and 65-61 overall over Arizona.

5 Things
Five things to know about the Diamondbacks:
**They are fresh from splitting a four-game series at the Rockies; collected 56 hits, a club-record for a four-game series.
**Tied for fourth in runs scored, third in runs allowed.
**Lead league with 28 triples.
**Have only a 13-25 record at home; out-scored 208-172.
**1B Paul Goldschmidt has hit in 18 of last 19 games; .371 in June.

By The Bay
Phillies won one of three in SF over the weekend, beating Madison Bumgarner and scoring six off Johnny Cueto, their two best pitchers.  Bats have done well on this 2-4 trip.  Starting pitching has been the issue.  Only one starter has worked seven innings this month, Jared Eickhoff back on June 7 vs. the Cubs.

Team left SF last night after a 75 degree day by the bay.  Today in Phoenix the high is listed as 109 but only 20 percent humidity.  Still 109 is 109.  That’s why they’ll be playing the next three games with the roof closed at Chase Field.

Minor League Weekend Report
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (45-32), tie 1st place, International League North Division.
Swept a 3-game series in Durham, 4-1, 7-1, 3-2 in 10 innings. Ended road trip, 6-1. WPs: David Buchanan (4-4), 6-5-1-1-1-5; Anthony Vasquez (1-0), 6.1-7-1-1-2-7; Luis Garcia (6-1). SV: Edward Mujica (18-19). Tied Sunday’s game on a 2-out single in the 9th, scored 2 in the 10th and ended the game by turning a double play with the bases loaded. LF Cedric Hunter, 5-9 weekend, 2 R; RF Nick Williams, 4-13, 4 RBI; 1b-DH Brock Stassi, 3-6, plus 6 walks . . . Ben Lively (3-0) 7:05 tonight vs. Columbus.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (53-23), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
Won 2 of 3 in Portland. LF Andrew Pullin extended his hitting streak to 19 games (final 16 in Clearwater). Left Saturday’s game with a leg injury and DNP on Sunday. Winner that night: Ricardo Pinto (3-3), 6.2-9-4-4-2-4. SV: Alexis Rivero, 1st in AA; 2.1-2-0-0-0-2. 1B Rhys Hoskins, 5-13 weekend, 20th HR, 5 RBI, 5 R; C Jorge Alfaro, 5-15, HR, 3 RBI, 4 R . . . Mark Leiter (3-0) 7:05 tonight vs. Erie.

Clearwater Threshers (4-0), 1st place, 2nd half, Florida State League North Division.
Won all 3, 2 in Brevard County and 1 vs. Daytona. Luke Leftwich won his Clearwater debut on Saturday, 5-4, 5.1-6-2-2-0-5. SV: Ulises Joaquin (6). CF Carlos Tocci, 8-16 weekend, including a club-record 5 hits Sunday (6 AB); hitting .367 in June; 3B Mitch Walding, 5-14, R, 3 RBI, including a walk-off SF on Sunday; 2B Scott Kingery, 7-11, 4 R, RBI, 3 SB . . . Shane Watson (2-3) 7:00 tonight vs. Daytona.

Lakewood BlueClaws (2-2), tie 4th place, 2nd half, South Atlantic League North Division.
Won 1 of 3 in Greenville. WP Saturday, 22-year-old Jose Taveras (photo) (3-6), 8-2-1-1-0-15; set a club strikeout record and most in the minor leagues this season. RF Jose Pujols, HR (14); leads league . . . Tyler Gilbert (4-6) 7:05 tonight in Hagerstown.

Williamsport Crosscutters (4-6), 4th, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
Won 1 of 3. Win was 2-1 on Friday vs. Mahoning Valley, Seranthony Dominguez (1-1), 6-2-1-1-1-4; only 76 pitches . . . Adonis Medina (1-0) 7:05 tonight in Auburn.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (1-0), Northwest Division
Opened season Friday with 7-0 win in Tampa against the Yankees West. WP: 17-year-old Sixto Sanchez in his 1st start in the states, 5-3-0-0-2-4. Sixto appropriately wears #66. 2B Dan Brito, 3 H. C Nerlius Martinez, 3 RBI. Saturday’s game was suspended after 5.1 innings, 2-2, at Carpenter Complex. It will be completed on July 11. ND: Nicholas Fanti, 3.2-2-1-0-1-8 . . . Tigers West in Lakeland, 12 noon, today.

Transactions
Lehigh Valley: added LHP Anthony Vasquez from Reading. He’s been on a shuttle between Reading and LV, June 14 Reading to LV, June 17 back to Reading, June 20 back to LV, June 22 back to Reading, June 24 back to LV.
Clearwater: added RHP Luke Leftwich and OF Jiandido Tromp from Lakewood; LHR Daniel Stumpf rehab assignment.
Lakewood: added RHR Alberto Tirado from Gulf Coast League.

This Date

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June 27, 1931—3B Pinky Whitney sets club record for most consecutive games driving in a run, 10, in a game against the Pirate at Baker Bowl. Steak was stopped in the second game of the Saturday DH. (Record was tied by Bobby Abreu in 2005).

June 27, 1980
LHP Steve Carlton fans the Mets’ Elliott Maddox in the fifth inning, his 1,872nd strike out as a Phillie, establishing a new team record. He also gets the win in a 3-2 victory.

June 27, 2010

Jamie Moyer (twitter: @jmo50Moyer) Position: Pitcher Bats: Left, Throws: Left Height: 6' 0", Weight: 170 lb. Born: November 18, 1962 in Sellersville, PA (Age 53.099) High School: Souderton HS (Souderton, PA) School: St. Joseph's University (Philadelphia, PA) Drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 6th round of the 1984 amateur draft. Signed June 7, 1984. (All Transactions) Debut: June 16, 1986 (Age 23.210, 12,789th in MLB history)   vs. PHI 6.1 IP, 8 H, 2 SO, 3 BB, 4 ER, W Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1986 season [*] Teams (by GP): Mariners/Phillies/Cubs/Orioles/Rangers/... 1986-2012 Agents: Jamie Moyer, previously: Jim Bronner, Bob Gilhooley [*] Last Game: May 27, 2012 (Age 49.191)   vs. CIN 2 AB, 0 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB
LHP Jamie Moyer is the 40th pitcher to reach 4,000 strikeouts during an 11-2 win in Toronto.  The Blue Jays runs come on a 2-run homer by Vernon Wells, the 506th career round-tripper given up by Moyer, making him the all-time leader in that category. RHP Robin Roberts held the record.

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Snowball Streak Ends

The snowballing losing streak ended at nine yesterday against the Twins, 7-3. The bats came alive in the series–22 total runs on 38 hits–but the Phillies lost the first two games by the margin of 20-15.

Jared Eickhoff did a job in holding the Twins to two runs through his six innings.  Over the last 17 games, the Phillies have three wins and Eickhoff has all of them.  One of the two runs he gave up was unearned.  He threw 107 pitches and 21 times to first base. One of the pick-off throws was wild setting up the unearned run.  The run scored when Odubel Herrera misjudged a fly ball that fell in for a run-scoring single.

The Phillies pounded 15 hits and got a career-high five RBI game from Freddy Galvis (squeeze bunt, triple, three-run homer).  Cesar Hernandez, in the lineup because Tommy Joseph was ill, had four hits, a walk and three runs scored.

Ryan Howard homered to dead centerfield. Read where his trot around the bases took 26.6 seconds, the 87th slowest home run trot this season. Everything seems to be measured these days. Somebody must be extremely bored.

Against the Diamondbacks and Twins, two teams with losing records, the Phillies finished only 1-6. Now, the Giants this weekend. SF has won 11 of their last 12 games.

5 Things
Five things to know about the Giants:
**They have 20 come-from-behind wins and are 17-8 in one-run games.
**Their six complete games lead all major league staffs; 10 teams have 0.
**RF Hunter Pence, 3B Matt Duffy, RHS Matt Cain, RHR Sergio Romo are on the DL.
**World Series champions in 2010-2012-2014.
**They have won their last three games (2015) against the Phillies at AT&T Park.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (42-32), 3rd place, International League North Division.
Blanked on 4 singles, 6-0, in Norfolk. RHR Phil Klein made his LV debut, 1.2-1-0-0-1-1 . . . David Buchan (3-4), 7:05 tonight in Durham.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (51-22), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
Walk-off, 6-5 win over Akron in a most unusual finish.  Dylan Cozens scored from third base on an intentional walk wild pitch to Jake Fox. Reading pulled off its 1st triple play since 2005, 1-5-6-3. ND Thomas Eshelman, 5-7-1-1-1-5, in AA debut. WP: Joely Rodriquez (4-0). 1B Rhys Hoskins, HR (19), matching Cozens for most in the minor leagues. LF Andrew Pullin, in AA debut, 3 hits, extending hitting streak to 17 games (final 16 in Clearwater). Following the noon game, Reading left for a long trip to Portland, ME; after Sunday’s game there, bus back to Reading . . . Nick Pivetta (7-4), 7:00 tonight in Portland.

Clearwater Threshers (1-0), 2nd half, Florida State League North Division.
After finishing the first half with a 39-29 record, second place, they opened with 7-4 2nd-half win in Brevard County. WP: Yacksel Rios (2-1), 6-7-4-2-2-6. SV: Victor Arano (2), 2-0-0-0-0-3. C Chace Numata led a 14-hit attack with 3 1B, RBI. DH Zach Green, HR (9), 3 RBI. CF Carlos Tocci, 2 H, extending hitting streak to 7 games (14 hits) . . . Elneiry Garcia6:35 tonight in Brevard County.

Lakewood BlueClaws (1-0), 2nd half, South Atlantic League North Division.
DH Wilson Garcia’s 1st HR came in the top of the 10th gave Lakewood an 8-7 win in Greenville. He, 1B Damek Tomscha and 2B Josh Tobias, 3 hits each. Hitters collected 17 hits; pitchers recorded 14 strikeouts . . . Franklyn Kilome (1-6), 7:05 tonight in Greenville.

Williamsport Crosscutters (3-4), 4th, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
RF Jesus Alastre’s walk-off single in the 10th inning gave Williamsport a 2-1 win over Mahoning Valley.  The single was his 3rd hit of the game.  LF Emmanuel Garcia has hit in all 7 games, .348 . . . Seranthony Dominguez (0-1), 7:05 tonight vs. Mahoning Valley.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, Northwest Division
Open season at 12 noon today at Yankees west.

Transactions
Lehigh Valley: activated RHR Phil Klein; sent LHS Anthony Vasquez to Reading.

Reading: added RHS Thomas Eshelman, RHR Alexis Rivero, LF Andrew Pullin, C Gabriel Lino from Clearwater; placed C Joel Fisher on DL.

Clearwater: added RHS Mark Leiter from Reading, C Austin Bosssart from Lakewood; activated INF Drew Stankieqicz and OF Herlis Rodriguez from DL; released OF Sam Hiciano.

Vintage Photo Gems

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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.

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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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Go Figure

Going into last night’s interleague game the Phillies were last in runs scored in the National League and the Twins held the same distinction in the American League. So, what happens? Twins win, 14-10.  Go figure.

The Phillies had a season-high 14 hits, including a season-high four homers. In their six previous games, they scored a total of nine runs. On a night the offense came alive, they lost their eighth in a row as three pitchers gave up a season-high 14 runs on 14 hits. For the Twins, their first game of double figure runs.

For the third straight start, Aaron Nola didn’t make to the fourth inning. He’s been rocked for 22 hits and 17 earned runs in those three starts.  In three innings last night, he threw 71 pitches while giving up eight runs (seven earned). Poor defense didn’t help. Command of his pitches, considered his strongest point, has gone haywire.

Phil-Ins
Maikel Franco broke a 0-17 spin with a third-inning single, his first hit since June 12 when he homered off Papelbon in Washington. Franco hit his 12th homer in the eighth; ninth on the road . . . Odubel Herrera drew his first walk since June 10 . . . Phillies pitchers have given up 100 home runs; same for the Twins . . . Both starters tonight have ERAs over 6.00.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (41-31), 3rd place, International League North Division.
Won 7th in last 9, 3-2, at Norfolk. WP: Jake Thompson (6-5), 8-7-2-2-1-2; induced 5 DPs; 3rd straight win; SV: Edubray Ramos (3). In 23.2 LV innings, 1 R, 3 BB, 23 SO, 0.76 WHIP. CF Cedric Hunter, 2 2B, 1B, 2 BB, RBI . . . Ben Lively (3-0), 7:05 tonight in Norfolk.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (49-22), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
Lost 3rd in a row, 5-2, to Akron. LP: Tyler Viza (1-1), 7-7-4-4-1-5. C Jorge Alfaro, HR (7), 2 RBI . . . Vince Velasquez, 7:05 tonight vs. Akron.

Clearwater Threshers (38-29), 2nd place, Florida State League North Division.
Ended 3-game losing streak with 14-0 win over Lakeland. WP: Shane Watson (2-3), 6-4-0-0-3-6. RF Andrew Pullin, 3 H, 2 RBI. 3B Zach Green, 3 H, RBI. SS Malquin Canelo, 2 H, 4 R, 3 RBI, 2 BB . . . John Richy (1-2), 12 noon today vs. Lakeland.

Lakewood BlueClaws (29-40), 6th place, South Atlantic League North Division.
On 3-day All-Star Game break.

Williamsport Crosscutters (1-4), tie 4th, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
Swept in 3-game series in Lowell, 6-4. 1B Darick Hall, 3 H, HR (1), RBI . . . Adonis Medina, 7:05 tonight vs, Mahoning Valley.

Mickey Time
Mickey Moniak, the Phillies 1st-round selection, left Philly last night for his first trip to Clearwater. Today he’ll walk into the Carpenter Complex large clubhouse for the first time. Hanging in a locker will be his first uniform, #15. A lot more “firsts” will be forthcoming and someday, he’ll make his first at-bat in the majors.  In between, a lot of hard work.

Baseball America named Moniak the High School Player of the Year for 2016.

Gulf Coast League Phillies
Moniak will be assigned to the Gulf Coast League Phillies roster.  That season opens Friday in Tampa against the Yankees West squad. (The Yankees and Tigers each have two teams).  The Phillies are in the Northwest Division with the Blue Jays, Tigers West and Yankees West.  Games Monday through Friday begin at 12 noon; Saturdays, 10 a.m. No games are scheduled for Sundays. Phillies first home game is Saturday vs. Yankees West.  Admission is free at Carpenter Complex. Season ends September 1.

Transactions
Reading: RHS Thomas Eshelman and RHR Alexis Rivero promoted from Clearwater; RHP Reinier Roibal released; CF Roman Quinn sent to rehab at Carpenter Complex.

This Date
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.

Alumni Note

Robert John Miller Position: Pitcher Bats: Right, Throws: Right Height: 6' 3", Weight: 190 lb. Born: June 16, 1926 in Detroit, MI (Age 89.253) High School: St. Mary's HS (Detroit, MI) School: University of Detroit Mercy (Detroit, MI) Signed by the Philadelphia Phillies as an amateur free agent in 1948. (All Transactions) Debut: September 16, 1949 (Age 23.092, 8,220th in MLB history)   vs. CIN 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 SO, 0 BB, 0 ER Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1950 season [*] Team: Phillies 1949-1958 Last Game: August 10, 1958 (Age 32.055)   vs. MLN 3.0 IP, 7 H, 3 SO, 1 BB, 6 ER

 


Right-hander Bob Miller, one of three remaining Whiz Kids from 1950, turned 90 last week in Detroit.  He reflects on the game of baseball from his day and today at http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

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“It doesn’t work that way”

Four batters into the game, the D-Backs scored three runs on four hits off Jeremy Hellickson, who used to pitch for them.  He then retired 20 of the next 22 hitters but to no avail as the Phillies anemic offense produced one run….again.  They had two on and no out in the ninth but a ground ball double play and strikeout ended a winless homestand (0-6).

It marks the first time the Phillies had a winless homestand (minimum six games) since 0-7 in 1964, September 21-27, the start of a 10-game losing streak that cost them the pennant. Overall they’ve lost seven in a row at home matching a 2012 drought.

In doing a wrap late in the game, Larry Andersen: “The Diamondbacks scored four in the first inning and after that the Phillies won, 1-0.”  Scott Franzke chuckled, “Larry, it doesn’t work that way.”

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During the winless homestand, the Phillies did not score more than two runs in any game. They are one of three teams to do that. The Montreal Expos on a seven-game homestand in June/July 1991 and the Blue Jays in June 1994, when they were the two-time defending champion.

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Well, let’s look ahead.  Tonight starts three games against the Twins who have the worst record in the majors and then three weekend games in San Francisco, the hottest team currently (8-2) . . . Phils are 3-3 in Target Field and 21-33 in AT&T Park . . . Overall against the Twins, 7-8.  Over-all against the Giants, 918-1,254 . . . Nine games left this month. Phillies worst June ever: 4-22 set in 1997. Current record is 4-15.

Minor League Report
Players of the Week (June 13-19)

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OF Jiandido Tromp, Lakewood… The 22-year-old batted .467 (13-40) with five doubles, a home run, four RBI, a .733 slugging percentage and 1.248 OPS in seven games. He hit safely in all seven of those games, bringing his hitting streak to 14. The Aruba native has multiple hits in five of his last seven contests. He is second in the South Atlantic League in extra-base hits (33), third in total bases (122) and tied for third in doubles (20). Tromp was signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent on August 8, 2011.

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RHP Luke Leftwich, Lakewood… The 22-year-old made two starts, combining to go 2-0 with 12.0 scoreless innings pitched, a 0.58 WHIP (1 BB, 6 H) and 19 strikeouts. He tied a career high with 11 strikeouts in his 7.0-inning start on June 13, and then struck out eight more in 5.0 innings of two-hit ball on June 18. Leftwich has not allowed a run in his last 20.0 innings and a home run this season. His 88 strikeouts and 11.70 strikeouts per nine innings pitched ratio (67.2 IP) both rank first in the South Atlantic League, while his 2.00 ERA ranks third. He was selected by the Phillies in the seventh round of the 2015 draft out of Wofford College. He was also chosen the SAL Pitcher of the Week by MiLB.com.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (40-31), 3rd place, International League North Division.
C Andrew Knapp’s RBI single gave the IronPigs a 5-4, 10-inning win at Norfolk. 6th W in last 8 G. WP: Frank Herrmann (4-1); SV: Edward Mujica (16). 1B Darin Ruf, 3 H, including HR (8), 2 RBI. CF Cam Perkins, 3 H, SB. SS J.P. Crawford, 2 H, 2 R. DH Darnell Sweeney, HR (4) . . . Jake Thompson (5-5), 7:05 tonight in Norfolk.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (49-21), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
Tyler Viza (1-0), 7:05 tonight vs. Akron . . . RHS Vince Velasquez will make a rehab start on Wednesday.

Clearwater Threshers (37-29), 2nd place, Florida State League North Division.
Lost, 8-2, to Lakeland. LP: Ranfi Casimiro (6-5), 1.1-7-7-7-2-1. CF Carlos Tocci, 3 H.
RHR Dalier Hinojosa began rehab assignment, 1-1-0-0-0-1 . . . Shane Watson (1-3), 7:00 tonight vs. Lakeland.

Lakewood BlueClaws (29-40), 6th place, South Atlantic League North Division.
On 3-day All-Star Game break.

Williamsport Crosscutters (1-3), tie 4th, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
Lowell scored 2 in the last of the 9th to tie and won it in the 10th, 3-2, over Williamsport. Winning run was unearned. ND: Felix Paulino, 6-2-0-0-1-5. 2B Luis Espiritu, 2 H, RBI. SS William Cuicas, 2 hits . . . Bailey Falter, 7:05 tonight in Lowell.

This Date

James Paul David Bunning Position: Pitcher Bats: Right, Throws: Right Height: 6' 3", Weight: 190 lb. Born: October 23, 1931 in Southgate, KY (Age 82.282) High School: St. Xavier HS (Cincinnati, OH) School: Xavier University (Cincinnati, OH) Signed by the Detroit Tigers as an amateur free agent in 1950. (All Transactions) Debut: July 20, 1955 (Age 23.270) Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1955 season [*] Teams (by GP): Tigers/Phillies/Pirates/Dodgers 1955-1971 Final Game: September 3, 1971 (Age 39.315) Inducted into the Hall of Fame by Veteran's Committee as Player in 1996.


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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. Bunning struck out pinch-hitter John Stephenson (photo) on a curve ball for the final out. The slender right-hander threw only 90 pitches (69 strikes). Gus Triandos becomes the first catcher ever to be behind the plate for no-hitters in each league, catching Bunning’s 1958 no-hitter vs. Boston.  18-year-old rookie RHP Rick Wise wins his first major league game in the second game, 8-2.

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.

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Snowballing Losses

Game time temperature was 85 degrees.  A snowball has no chance to exist when it’s that hot.  Well, the Phillies losses continued to snowball downhill as the Diamondbacks beat them three games this weekend. The series finale is this afternoon.

Sunday’s loss was the sixth straight at home, the longest streak since 0-7 in 2012.
It marks the first time the Diamondbacks have won a series at Citizens Bank Park since 2007. And, it is the first time since 2012 that they lost back-to-back games to Arizona.

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22-year-old Zach Eflin rebounded from his rough debut in Toronto last week but suffered his second loss.  He left down 2-0 after 5.2 innings having allowed just four hits.  The Phillies had a chance to take him off the hook when they loaded the bases with no out in the sixth. Tommy Joseph grounded into a double play which allowed the Phillies lone run.  They finished the game with three singles.

After today’s game the Phillies fly to Minneapolis where they face the Twins in three games before going to San Francisco for three and Phoenix for three.

Phil-Ins
For the first time in franchise history, the Phillies are wearing five different uniforms
in a span of five days (6/17-21) … On Friday, the Phillies wore their traditional white uniforms with red pinstripes … Saturday, they wore alternate cream colored uni’s … All Major League clubs wore special Father’s Day uniforms Sunday with blue accents … This afternoon, the Phillies will break out their alternate day game red jerseys … And on Tuesday night in Minnesota, their traditional road gray uniforms. So far, the Phillies have multi-colored losses.

Minor League Weekend Report
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (39-31), 3rd place, International League North Division.
Split a 4-game series with Buffalo to end a 10-game homestand. Cedric Hunter’s walk-off double in the 11th inning won Friday night’s game, 5-4. It was the 3rd WO win in 4 days. Teams split a day-night DH on Saturday, 3-1 L followed by 10-4 win in which LV had 16 hits; 6 different players had multi-hit games. Buffalo won Sunday, 5-3, in 11 innings. Weekend: RF Nick Williams, 7-17, 4 R; hitting .342 in last 10. 1B-DH Darin Ruf, 6-17, 3 R, 3 RBI; .361 in last 10 games . . . Anthony Vasquez (0-0) 7:05 tonight in Norfolk.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (49-21), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
Won 4-0 Friday but lost 2-0 and 4-1 the next 2 days in Harrisburg, the 1st back-to-back losses for Reading since May 29-30. Nick Pivetta (7-4) tossed a 9-inning shutout on Friday for Reading’s 11th straight win. He gave up 7 hits, walked 3 and struck out 5. As a hitter, 2-2, RBI. 2B Jesmuel Valentin had 4 hits over the weekend, stretching his hitting streak to 8 games, 7 R, 9 RBI . . . Not scheduled today.

Clearwater Threshers (37-28), 2nd place, Florida State League North Division.
3B Nick Walding won the Home Run Hitting contest on Friday night with 6. Event led the 3-day FSL All-Star Game weekend in Fort Myers. North won the game on Saturday, 1-0. Thomas Eshelman was the North’s starting pitcher. Teammates Elniery Garcia and Alexis Rivero also pitched in the game . . . Season resumes tonight vs. Lakeland, 7:05

Lakewood BlueClaws (29-40), 6th place, South Atlantic League North Division.
Won 2 of 3 vs. Kannapolis.  RF Jose Pujols homered in each game, #11-12-13, including a grand slam on Saturday. Drove in 8 runs in the series. It is the 2nd time he’s homered in 3 straight games this season. Leads SAL in home runs. Luke Leftwich (7-3) won Saturday, 5-2-0-0-1-8. Leads SAL with 88 SO. LF-CF Jiandido Tromp, 7-13 weekend extending his hitting streak to 14 games, hiking his average from .230 to .274. Weekend ended the 1st half of the SAL season.  3-day All-Star Game break starting today in Lexington, KY.  Leftwich, Pujols and 2B Josh Tobias are on the North squad.

Williamsport Crosscutters (1-2), New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
Opened season with a 4-1 win on Friday night and the lost next two, 6-3, 8-1. Adonis Medina (1-0), 6-3-0-0-2-1. Weekend: 3B Lucas Williams, 5-12, .471, LF Emanuel Garcia, 5-11, .455 . . . Felix Paulino, 7:05 tonight in Lowell.

Transactions
Lehigh Valley, RHP Reinier Roibal assigned from Reading, RHS Yacksel Rios assigned from Clearwater.
Reading, RHR Gregory Infante assigned from LV.
Clearwater, RHP Will Morris assigned from Reading.

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RHP Phil Klein was claimed by waivers from the Texas Rangers on Sunday.  The Phillies assigned the 6-foot-7, 27-year old to Lehigh Valley.  Over the past three seasons with Texas, he was 2-3, 4.80 ERA in 36 games (2 starts). This season: 8 G, 8.2 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 12 SO.  In six minor league seasons: 18-4, 2.24 ERA, 146 G (12 GS), 1.199 WHIP, 227 IP, 323 SO.

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, 1952—RHP Robin Roberts beats Cincinnati, 3-1, at Shibe Park.  It begins a stretch in which he goes 21-2 the rest of the season to finish 28-7.

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D-Backs For 4

Best thing about the Blue Jays?  Phillies won’t see them again until spring training.
In taking the last three games in four against the Phillies, Toronto out-scored them, 31-7. Over their last six games, the Blue Jays scored 52 runs. Their one loss was a 7-0 shutout by the Phillies on Monday night.

In addition to giving up the most runs in a game (13) and hits (17), the Phillies committed four errors including one of Odubel Herrera who caught a ball and then threw it in the stands thinking it was the third out.  But, it was the second out.

Phillies pitchers wind up throwing a lot of pitches because the enemy batters work the count while their hitters swing at the first pitch too often.  Freddy Galvis and Maikel Franco each were 0-4 last night.  Each saw a total of nine pitches.  Six Toronto batters saw 20 or more pitches.  Experience vs. youth.

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In losing seven of their last eight games, the Phillies have been out-scored, 61-19 . . . The fourth-place Diamondbacks (29-39) begin a four-game series tonight that includes day games the next three days . . . Phillies have won four in a row vs. Arizona at Citizens Bank Park. Since the park opened in 2004, Phillies have a 26-11 edge.  Over-all against the Diamondbacks, Phillies lead 65-57.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (37-29), 3rd place, International League North Division.

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C Andrew Knapp (photo) delivered a walk-off single in the 11th inning as LV swept a 3-game series from Gwinnett. 5th win in last 6 games. ND: Jake Thompson, 8-5-1-1-2-4. WP: Frank Herrmann (3-1). Thompson drove in the 1st run in the 4th inning . . . Ben Lively (3-0), 7:05 tonight vs. Buffalo.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (48-19), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
Won 10th straight, 5-3, at Hartford, sweeping a 3-game series.  Last time Reading won 10 in a row, August 2-13 last season.  June record: 14-2. WP: Mark Leiter (3-0), 6-5-3-3-1-5. SV: Joely Rodriquez (1). 2B Jesmuel Valentin, 3 H, including HR (4), 2 R, 2 RBI. RF Dylan Cozens drove in the go-ahead run with a single in the 5th inning . . . Nick Pivetta (6-4), 7:00 tonight in Harrisburg.

Clearwater Threshers (37-28), 2nd place, Florida State League North Division.
Blanked on 4 hits by Dunedin, 4-0. LP: John Richy (1-2), 5-3-2-1-3-6. LF Andrew Pullin, 2 of the 4 hits, extending his hitting streak to 13 games, .385 (20-52) . . . Tonight begins 3-day All-Star Game break. Clearwater has 9 players on the North squad.

Lakewood BlueClaws (27-39), 6th place, South Atlantic League North Division.
Won, 5-4, over Kannapolis on a 2-run, walk-off single by 2B Josh Tobias after the Intimidators scored 2 in the top of the 9th to take the lead. ND: Drew Anderson, 6-6-2-2-0-2. Blown SV/WP: Edgar Garica (1-0) . . . Jose Taveras (2-5), 7:05 tonight vs. Kannapolis.

Williamsport Crosscutters, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
Adonis Medina gets the start, 7:05 tonight, in the season opener vs. State College.

Transactions
Reading, OF Roman Quinn placed on DL (left oblique strain); RHP Will Morris transferred from Clearwater.

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.

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.

June 19 1927 –RHP Jack Scott is last Phillies pitcher to pitch two complete games on same day. Scott wins first game, 3-1, and loses nightcap 3-0, at Cincinnati.

Book Signings
The Fightin’ Phillies is the title of my new book published by Triumph Books.  Larry Andersen wrote a hilarious foreword. I’ll be signing:

**This Saturday, June 18, Barnes & Noble, 4801 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE; 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m.

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Hard Times

A tough stretch in which the Phillies are playing 19 games out of 23 against teams with winning records mercifully ends tonight vs. Toronto.  When that stretch started, the Phillies were 25-19. The date was May 23. Don’t look now, but they’ve gone 5-17 in their last 22 games. Hard times.

Pitching had kept the Phillies in games and was key in producing a winning record. Of the 17 losses, 13 have been by the starters.  Jeanmar Gomez has relieved just six times in 22 games, three saves and a blown save/loss.  Hector Neris, who had been lights out in the eighth-inning role, has fallen on hard times. He’s allowed eight earned runs in his last 6.1 innings after allowing only four in his first 28 innings. Hard times.

Finger pointing the pitching isn’t totally fair. The offense, which has struggled since day one, has scored three runs or less in 13 of the 22 games. Hard times.

During the tough stretch, the Phillies split four games with the Brewers.  The next seven games are against Arizona (4) and Minnesota (3). Better times.

The loss dropped the Phillies six games under .500, 30-36. On the bright side, the 2015 Phillies didn’t win their 30th game until July 17.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (36-29), 3rd place, International League North Division.
Won 4th in last 5 games, 7-5, over Gwinnett. WP: Luis Garcia (4-1). SV: Edward Mujica (15). SS J.P. Crawford, 1B, 2 2B, 2 R, BB, SB. 1B Brock Stassi, 2 1B, 13th 2B, RBI. RF David Lough, 2 H, 2 RBI . . . Jake Thompson (5-5), 7:05 tonight vs. Gwinnett.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (47-19), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.

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2B Jesmuel Valentin (photo) hit a solo HR (#3) in the 10th inning to lift Reading to its 9th straight win, 5-4 in Hartford. WP: Miguel Nunez (3-1), blown SV (2). SV: Hoby Milner (2). Valentine also had a 1B, 2 R, BB. RF Dylan Cozens, 2 H, RBI. PH Harold Martinez HR (4) . . . Mark Leiter (2-0), 1:05 this afternoon in Hartford.

Clearwater Threshers (37-27), 2nd place, Florida State League North Division.
Scored 4 runs in the last of the 9th but fell, 9-7, to Bradenton. CF Carlos Tocci, 3 H, R, BB. 1B Zach Green, 3 H, including HR (7), 3 RBI, 2 R. LF Andrew Pullin, 2 H, including HR (4), RBI . . . John Richy (1-1), 7 tonight vs. Dunedin.

Lakewood BlueClaws (26-39), 6th place, South Atlantic League North Division.
Had 5-game winning streak at home stopped, 6-5, by Hagerstown.  2B Grenny Cumana, 1B, HR (1), 3 R, RBI, BB. 1B Damek Tomscha, 2 H, 2 RBI. CF Jiandido Tromp, 2 H, R, BB . . . Drew Anderson (1-1), 7:05 tonight vs. Kannapolis.

Williamsport Crosscutters, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
76-game season opens on Friday night, State College visiting Williamsport. Season ends September 5. Home games played in Bowman Field, which opened in 1923.

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.

Book Signings
The Fightin’ Phillies is the title of my new book published by Triumph Books.  Larry Andersen wrote a hilarious foreword. I’ll be signing:

**This evening, Myerstown (PA) Community Library, 199 N. College Street, 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
**This Saturday, June 18, Barnes & Noble, 4801 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE; 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m.

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