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Beat Goes On

2015 Adam Morgan
The beat goes on.  For the first time since 1970, the Phillies are 9-1 after the All-Star break thanks to a solid starting pitching job by Morgan, 3-2.  It is the third straight game in which a Phillies starting pitcher has picked up a win.  Five of the nine post-All-Star Game wins are by starters.  In 46 games prior to the ASG, starters won three times in 46 games.  In his first appearance as the Phillies new closer, Giles picked up a save.

Morgan gave up a home run to the first batter and a run in the next inning but really settled down giving up two runs in six innings, throwing just 79 pitches. Another building block for the future?

The win ended an eight-game Phillies losing streak to the Blue Jays, including six in Toronto.  When scoring three or less runs, the Phillies are 7-45; scoring four or more, 31-18.

Elias Sports Bureau
No team that had been at least 25 games under .500 at the All-Star break won nine of its first 10 games after the break.  In case you forgot, the Phillies were 33 below.

Minor Leagues
Players of the Week (July 20-26)
1B Brock Stassi, Reading…Stassi, 25, hit .444 (12-27) in seven games with three doubles, two home runs and eight RBI. His 66 RBI are most in the league, and he also ranks among the top four in average (.315), on-base percentage (.406), total bases (156) and walks (54). His home run on July 23 was his ninth of the season, which is a new career high. Stassi was selected by the Phillies in the 33rd round of the 2011 draft out of the University of Nevada-Reno and was signed by Joey Davis.

LHP Ranger Suarez, GCL Phillies…Suarez, a 20-year-old lefthander, started one game, tossing 6.0 scoreless innings while allowing only two hits and a walk against the GCL Yankees. He struck out five batters. He has allowed only two earned runs in 27.2 innings pitched while allowing 15 hits and four walks. Suarez was signed as an amateur free agent in April of 2012 by the Phillies and Jesus Mendez.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (47-57, 4th place, North Division)
Dropped 5-3 decision at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.  ND: Jesse Biddle, 5-1-2-1-5-4. LP: Cesar Jimenez (2-4). RF Brian Bogusevic, 2-4.  CF Aaron Altherr, 2-3, RBI.
Next: Sean O’Sullivan (0-0) 7:05 tonight vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (55-48, 3rd place, Eastern Division)
Kelly Dugan’s 2-out walk-off single capped a 4-run 9th inning as Reading ended a 3-game losing streak, 4-3, over Erie. C Andrew Knapp doubled in 2 runs and 3B Harold Martinez followed with an RBI double to set up Dugan’s heroics. WP: Colton Murray (6-1; ND: Chris Leroux, 7-6-2-2-1-5. 1B Brock Stassi, 22nd-23rd doubles; previous career high was 12 a year ago.
Next: Ben Lively (7-7) 12:05 this afternoon vs. Erie.

Clearwater Threshers (21-12, 1st place, North Division)
Split a pair vs. Bradenton, 4-1 W and 2-1 L. WP: Victor Arano (4-9), 6-5-1-0-3-3. Started season 0-7 but is 4-2 in last 9 starts. SV: Ulises Joaquin (13).  ND in 2-1 loss: Yacksel Rios, 5-3-1-1-0-5. LP: Alexis Rivero (0-2). CF Carlos Tocci, 3-7 and SS Malquin Canelo, 3-5, in the DH.
Next: Brandon Leibrandt (6-2) 10:30 this morning at Bradenton.

Lakewood BlueClaws (19-13, 2nd place, Northern Division)
Lost, 3-1, to Kannapolis. LP: Ranfi Casimiro (6-6) had his 4-game win streak end, 6.2-7-3-2-3-5.
Next: Day off for a bus ride to West Virginia.

Williamsport Crosscutters (25-12, 1st place, Pinckney Division)
Won, 6-5, vs. Lowell. C Gregori Rivero, HR (3), 2 RBI. LF Vinn Biter, 2-run double. WP: Sutter McLoughlin (1-0), 4 SO in 1.1 IP. SV: Robert Tasin (7).
Next: Franklyn Kilome (2-0) 7:05 tonight vs. Lowell.

Gulf Coast League Phillies (20-10, 1st place, Northwest Division)
Finally got to play and lost two to the Pirates by the same 4-3 score.  Pittsburgh won the second game (7 innings) with 4 runs in their last at-bat, the final two on a walk-off HR off Horace Stubblefield, his first HR and blown save as a pro.  Phillies 3 runs came on a 2-run HR by C Edgar Cabral (2) and 1st pro HR by RF Bryan Martelo.
Next: 12 noon today at Tigers.

Newest Phillie

2015 pivetta
RHP Nick Pivetta . . . 22 years of age . . . 6-foot-5, 220 . . . Former Canadian Junior National Team star . . . 4th round selection by Washington in 2013 . . . 10th best Washington prospect by Baseball America; 13th by . . . Began season at Potomac (Class A Carolina League), 7-4, 3.02 ERA, and promoted to Harrisburg (Class AA Eastern League) on July 5, 0-2, 7.20 . . . Selected to Carolina League All-Star team . . . 21-15, 3.60 ERA, in two pro seasons, 201 strikeouts in 267.2 innings . . . In’s new listing of Phillies minor league prospects, Pivetta has moved into the 10th spot . . . He’ll join the Reading Fightin’ Phils.

Today in Phillies History
1983: Phillies purchase contract of RHP Larry Andersen from Seattle Mariners.

1984: 2B Juan Samuel and CF Von Hayes are the first Phillies to hit back-to-back home runs to lead off a game, a 6-4 win over Montreal at the Vet.

1989: Phillies retire LHP Steve Carlton’s #32 in pre-game ceremony before 47,277 at the Vet.

Tweet of the Day
Yesterday from Jerry Crasnick,
“There’s no better place for Jonathan Papelbon than Washington, D.C. He can moonlight as a diplomat in his spare time.”



Souvenir Shirt

2015 no hit t shirt
Just on the market is a Cole Hamels no-hit T-shirt.  On sale online and at the Majestic Clubhouse Store in Citizens Bank Park. Could be a real collector’s gem if the no-hitter was Cole’s last in a Phillies uniform.  His next scheduled start is Thursday night against the Braves at home.  Trade deadline is 4 p.m. on Friday, the first day of the Toyota Alumni Weekend.

1st of 13
Phillies’ first no-hitter came a long time ago.  Make that, a very, very long time ago, their second season:

August 29, 1885: RHP Charlie Ferguson, 1-0, over the Providence Grays at the Phillies home field, Recreation Park.  Age: 22. Catcher: Jack Clements.  Season record: 26-20, 2.22 ERA.

“Ferguson, the Philadelphia pitcher, accomplished the feat today by retiring the Providence team without a hit in a full nine inning game. Eight of the visitors went out on strikes, one on a foul tip, and seven on short infield flies, only five balls being hit by them to the outfield, all of which were caught.  His pitching was very steady, except in the fourth inning when he gave two men their bases on balls.  The only run of the game was made by Mulvey in the ninth inning, when he reached first on a hit, stole second, went to third on Fogarty’s out and came home on a wild pitch,” New York Times, August 29, 1885.

During this era, the mound was 50 feet from home plate. Pitchers threw from a flat surface and seven balls were needed for a walk. Batters were allowed to request where they wanted a pitch to be thrown.  But, there was no speed pitch or pitch count.

Toronto Next
Phillies return to interleague play tonight and tomorrow night in Toronto.  Blue Jays lead the American League with 528 runs scored and 196 doubles.  Their 130 home runs are second.  Their pitching staff’s 4.07 ERA ranks 12th the bullpen’s 16 saves are last.  In other words, they out-muscle their opponents.

Two teams have a two-game rematch at Citizens Bank Park on August 18-19, a two-game homestand.

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (47-56, 4th place, North Division)
Won their 3rd in a row, 3-1, at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.  WP: Anthony Vasquez (7-3), 8-5-1-1-2-2; his 3rd straight win. SV: Dustin McGowan (7). CF Aaron Altherr, 2 RBI and threw out a runner trying for a double.  Both managers were ejected in the game.
Next: Jesse Biddle (2-0) 7:05 tonight in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (54-48, 3rd place, Eastern Division)
Lost their 3rd consecutive game, 4-3, to Erie.  LP: Zach Elfin (5-6), 2-6-4-4-0-1. HRs: C Andrew Knapp (2); LF Cameron Perkins (10); going into this season he had a career total of 13 over 3 seasons.  Knapp was ejected in the 9th inning.
Next: Chris Leroux 7:05 tonight vs. Erie.

Clearwater Threshers (20-11, 1st place, North Division)
Were rained out. 5 p.m. doubleheader today in Bradenton, Victor Arano (3-9) and Brandon Leibrandt.

Lakewood BlueClaws (19-12, 2nd place, Northern Division)
Lost 1-0 to Kannapolis. LP: Tyler Viza (4-6), 9-6-1-1-0-6.  BlueClaws held to 2 singles, 1B Kyle Martin with 2 out in the 4th and CF Jiandido Tromp, leading off the 9th.
Next: Ranfi Casimiro (6-5) 11:00 this morning vs. Kannapolis.

Williamsport Crosscutters (24-12, 1st place, Pinckney Division)
Were not scheduled. Alejandro Arteaga (3-0) 7:05 tonight vs. Lowell

Gulf Coast League Phillies (20-8, 1st place, Northwest Division)
Losing, 1-0, after 1, game vs. Pirates was suspended by rain.  12 noon DH today vs. Pirates. Haven’t played since Thursday because of rain.

Today in Phillies History
1951: RHP Robin Roberts (7/25 at St. Louis), LHP Ken Johnson (7/26 at STL), RHP Bubba Church (7/27 at Chicago) and RHP Russ Meyer (7/28 at CHI) set a club record with four consecutive shutouts.

Phun Fact
Reds replace Cubs as the last team to be no-hit, 7,026 games ago.  The Phillies Rick Wise did it in 1971, becoming the only pitcher to hit two home runs while tossing a no-hitter.


Wrigley Weekend Sweep

2015 weekend

Baseball, a game of the unexpected, was at its’ finest this weekend in Wrigley Field. Against the Cubs’ pitching staff which had the fourth-best ERA in the league, the Phillies scored 21 runs and hit 21 extra-base hits.  Last time they had that many extra-base hits in a three-game stretch was 2001.

Frenchy hit a game-winning home run that started the sweep on Friday night, his third straight clutch home run late in a game (8th, 9th, 10th innings) in the last week. His nine for the season are the most since 2012.

Having given up 16 hits to the last 29 batters he faced, Hamels no hit the Cubs on Saturday, allowing two walks in facing 29 batters.  It was his first win since May 23 and the Phillies first complete game of the season and his first CG since 2013. His 13 strikeouts are the most for any of the 13 no-hitters in Phillies history. Subject of massive trade rumors, Hamels, whose nickname is Hollywood, certainly wrote a Hollywood script if that was his last Phillies start.

Herrera played two games in center field in six minor league seasons. A former infielder, the Phillies converted him to a centerfielder this spring. Saturday was just his 67 big league game in CF. He made two spectacular catches to save the no-hitter, including the last out when he fell down making the historic grab.

Nola, making his second big-league start, completed the sweep throwing 91 pitches in 7.2 innings, while allowing four runs.  He got his first big league RBI.

Finally, Phillies are 8-1 since the All-Star Game break. Keeping up that pace, they will finish 85-77.  As Harry Kalas loved to sing, “High Hopes.”

Next, Tuesday and Wednesday night  games in Toronto and then back home for Alumni Weekend (Atlanta, Thursday through Sunday) followed  by the Dodgers and Alumnus Jimmy Rollins, August 4-5-6. Cole’s next start is scheduled for Thursday night vs. Atlanta.

Minor Leagues
Prospect Spotlight

2015 hoskins
1B Rhys Hoskins, Clearwater. Began season at Lakewood and promoted to Clearwater on June 25.  Combined: .314, 25 doubles, leading organization with 13 home runs and tied for most RBI, 66.  Drafted in 4th round, 2014 out of Cal State Sacramento. B-T: R-R; 22 years old.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (46-56, 4th place, North Division)
Won 2 of 3 vs. Syracuse over the weekend.  WP: Juan Gutierrez (4-1) and David Buchanan (3-0). RF Aaron Altherr hit 12th homer, #6 with LV on Saturday. LHR Adam Loewen hasn’t given up a run since July 6, 10.2 IP, 2 H, 4 BB, 11 SO in 9 appearances.  Dave Brundage managed his 2,500th game in the minor leagues on Saturday.  Jayson Werth played RF on rehab assignment with Syracuse.
Next: Anthony Vasquez (6-3) 7:05 tonight at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (54-47, tie 2nd place, Eastern Division)
Dropped 2 of 3 in New Britain. WP: RHR Colton Murray (5-1). SV: Stephen Shackleford (22). SS J.P. Crawford, 5-12.  1B Brock Stassi, 6-14, HR (10), 4 RBI; has hit in 8 straight (14-31, .452) and driven in a run in 5 straight.
Next: Zach Eflin (5-5) 7:05 tonight vs. Erie.

Clearwater Threshers (20-11, 1st place, North Division)
Lost 2 of 3; first two games vs. Jupiter and Sunday at Bradenton.  WP in second game of Saturday DH:  LH Matt Imhoff (5-3), 5.2-2-1-1-2-5; SV: Alexis Rivero (1). CF Carlos Tocci, 6-game hitting streak with 4 RBI. Hoskins, 5-10 weekend.
Next: Victor Arano (3-9) 7:00 tonight vs. Bradenton.

Lakewood BlueClaws (19-11, 2nd place, Northern Division)
Won all 3; 13 wins in last 17 games. WPs: Clayton Rayburn (3-1), Shane Watson (1-2) and Will Morris (3-0). SV: Matt Hockenberry (9-10). 2B Scott Kingery, 5-13; hitting .375 in last 10 games; 1B Kyle Martin, 6-12; .359 in last 10.
Next: Tyler Viza (4-5) 7:05 tonight vs. Kannapolis.

Williamsport Crosscutters (24-12, 1st place, Pinckney Division)
Won first 2 at Aberdeen before losing Sunday. WPs: Mitch Gueller (5-1); leads league in W; Tyler Gilbert (1-0). SV: Anthony Sequeira (3). CF Zach Coppola, 8-game hitting streak ended Sunday; hitting .361 in last 10 games. C Jesus Posso, 2nd HR.
Next: Day off.

Gulf Coast League Phillies (20-8, 1st place, Northwest Division)
Rained out of a single game on Friday and a (DH) on Saturday. Felix Paulino 12 noon today vs. Pirates.

Reading: RHP Colin Kleven on DL (lower back strain)

Today in Phillies History
1950: RF Del Ennis sets a club record by driving in seven runs in two consecutive innings (seventh and eighth) as the Phillies pound Chicago, 13-3, at Shibe Park.

1935: 2B Jose “Chile” Gomez, a native of Mexico, becomes the first Hispanic player to appear in a Phillies uniform.  He is hitless in four at-bats in a 5-0 win over the Braves in Boston.

1966: Pitching classic in Dodger Stadium as Dodgers edge Phillies, 2-1, in 12 innings.  Winner LHP Sandy Koufax strikes out 16 in 11 innings while loser RHP Jim Bunning fans 12 in his 11-inning outing.

Phun Fact
The Phillies have thrown the most no-hitters in the majors since 2010, four.


Burrell I WOF

2015 Burrell WOF print
A week from tonight Pat Burrell will become the 37th member of the Toyota Wall of Fame in ceremonies that begin at 7 p.m. with the Braves-Phillies game to follow. Burrell is the 13th outfielder in the WOF.  Only Del Ennis (259) has more home runs than Burrell (251) among WOF outfielders.

All fans will receive a commemorative print (above), courtesy of Toyota. Wall of Famers scheduled to attend include: Jim Bunning (1984), Steve Carlton (1989), Mike Schmidt (1990), Larry Bowa (1991), Dick Allen (1994), Greg Luzinski (1998), Garry Maddox (2001), Tony Taylor (2002), Bob Boone (2005), Dallas Green (2006), Juan Samuel (2008), Darren Daulton (2010), John Kruk (2011), Mike Lieberthal (2012) and Charlie Manuel (2014).

Burrell made his major league debut in 2000.  He wore #33 and played first base in Houston’s Enron Field.  He has the distinction of getting the last hit at Veterans Stadium and last spring training hit at Jack Russell Memorial Stadium.

New Wrigley
Improvements have been made to the National League’s oldest ballpark, Wrigley Field.  The Phillies make their only visit there 4:05 this afternoon and Saturday afternoon and 2:20 Sunday afternoon. The bleachers have been expanded to make room for additional seats and a new Jumbotron scoreboard has been added.  Scott Franzke and Larry Andersen wondered in the improvements eliminated the spiders in the visiting radio booth.

The Cubs’ first game April 20, 1916.  The Phillies won their first game there, 4-2, on May 21 of the same season.  Known as the White Stockings, Chicago was part of the league when the Phillies entered the league in 1883.  The Phillies have played more games in Wrigley than any other park, a 389-477 record.  Overall, the Phillies are 1099-1217 vs. the Cubs.

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (44-55, 4th place, North Division)
Scored 3 in the last of the 9th and had the tying run on second base with no out but the rally fell short, 7-6, to Toledo.  LF Aaron Altherr, 6th 2B, 5th HR, RBI. LP: Nefi Ogando who allowed 4 runs in the 8th, snapping his 9.2 scoreless inning streak in AAA since the promotion from Reading on 6/24.
Next: Severino Gonzalez (1-5) 7:05 tonight vs. Toledo.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (52-45, 2nd place, Eastern Division)
Lost, 7-2, at New Britain.  1B Brock Stassi, 2-run HR (9) in 9th.
Next: Ben Lively (7-7) 7:05 tonight in New Britain.

Clearwater Threshers (19-9, 1st place, North Division)
Went extra innings for the second straight game vs. Jupiter but lost this one, 3-2, in 10. RF Dylan Cozens, 1B, 2B, 3B. LF Aaron Brown, HR (7), 2 RBI, 5th SB.  ND: Brandon Leibrandt, 7-3-2-2-1-2, 2 HR.
Next: Ricardo Pinto (3-1) 6:30 tonight vs. Jupiter.

Lakewood BlueClaws (16-11, 2nd place, Northern Division)
Dropped 5-1 decision to second-place West Virginia which opened a 3-game lead over Lakewood.  2B Scott Kingery, 3 of his team’s 6 hits. LF Cord Sandberg’s 10-game hitting streak ended.
Next: Elniery Garcia (6-7) 7:05 tonight vs. West Virginia.

Williamsport Crosscutters (22-11, 1st place, Pinckney Division)
Ended a 3-game losing streak with 8-3 win in Hudson Valley. 2B Josh Tobias, 1B, 3B, 2nd HR, 2 RBI. C Gregori Rivero broke the game wide open with his 2nd HR, a 7th-inning grand slam.  WP: Jose Taveras (4-1), 5-6-2-2-2-6.
Next: Mitch Gueller (4-1) 7:05 in Aberdeen.

Gulf Coast League Phillies (20-8, 1st place, Northwest Division)
Lost 2 consecutive games for the first time this season, 6-3 and 8-2 in a DH vs. the Blue Jays.  3B Lucas Williams, 18-year-old 3rd-round selection last month, 3-6 in DH, extending his hitting streak to 8 games.  CF Juan Luis, 7-11 in last 4 games, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 3 SB.
Next: 12 noon today at Yankees1.

Lehigh Valley: INF Russ Canzler on DL (oblique strain); INF Casey Serna, from Reading;

Reading: INF Angelo Mora, from Clearwater

Clearwater: INF Luis Espiritu, from Gulf Coast League

Lakewood: INF Drew Stankiewicz on DL (left oblique strain); INF William Cuicas, from Williamsport

Today in Phillies History
1998: Phillies sweep a doubleheader against Florida, winning both games in the 12th inning (6-4 and 7-6).  Mark Parent catches all 24 innings.

2011: GM Pat Gillick is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.  Pat is in Cooperstown this weekend as part of the induction ceremonies.

Alumni News/Photos
Don’t forget to visit for features and photos about Phillies Alumni.  Paul Hagen just posted a “Where Are They Now?” on pitcher Mike Williams.

Allen Returns for Alumni Weekend

This time it was Herrera who delivered the walk-off hit that gave the Phillies their first-ever series win over the Tampa Bay Rays in Philadelphia.  Until yesterday, the Rays had won their last six series in Philly, dating back to Veterans Stadium.

For the first time since 2011, the Phillies won back-to-back interleague series.  That year they were 2-1 over Oakland, Boston and Toronto. If they are to make it three straight, the Phillies will have to sweep two games in Toronto next Tuesday and Wednesday.  Before that, three day games in Wrigley Field starting at 4:05 Friday.

The win was the Phillies 24th at home this season, six via walk-off fashion.

Toyota Alumni Weekend

Dick Allen
A week from Friday, Pat Burrell will be inducted into the Toyota Wall of Fame.  Charlie Manuel will do the honors. Returning to participate in the traditional pre-game festivities that begin at 7 p.m. is the popular Dick Allen.  He was inducted in 1994.

Nola Fever
Not only was Tuesday’s crowd the Phillies largest non-fireworks crowd since May 14, Comcast SportsNet’s rating was a 4.9, highest since June of a year ago.  Top selling jersey on Tuesday night was #27, Nola.

Elias Sports Bureau pointed out Nola was one of 13 pitchers born in the 1990s to start Tuesday night. Seven more did it Wedneday.

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (44-54, 4th place, North Division)
Jesse Biddle picked up his second straight win, 7-4, over Toledo: 5.2-4-1-1-4-5. SV: Adam Loewen (8), 1-0-0-0-0-1. CF Brian Bogusevic, 3 H, 2 SB. RF Aaron Altherr, 2 H, 2 RBI, SB. 3B Russ Canzler, 2 H, 2 RBI.
Next: Sean O’Sullivan (0-0) 7:05 tonight vs. Toledo.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (52-44, 2nd place, Eastern Division)
Lost, 6-4, at Bowa.  Zach Eflin, making his first start since June 29 because of participating in the Pan Am Games, was the lower, evening his record at 5-5; 4.1-9-6-4-0-3. RF Kelly Dugan, 2 H, 2 R. CF Destin Hood, 2 H.  1B Brock Stassi, 2 RBI. Andrew Knapp was hitless in 1 AB as a pinch-hitter, ending his hitting streak at 20 games (17 with Reading). After the 11:35 morning game, a bus ride to New Britain, CT.
Next: Coln Kleven (1-2) 7:05 tonight in New Britain.

Clearwater Threshers (17-9, 1st place, North Division)
Won their 4th in a row, 5-4, in 11-innings on a walk-off single by 3B Mitch Walding.  It was their 10th WO win and 12th extra inning win.  2 hits each: SS Malquin Canelo, CF Carlos Tocci, 1B Rhys Hoskins, RF Aaron Brown and Walding.  DH Dylan Cozens, in 1st game off the DL, homered.  ND:  Victor Arano, 6.1-7-2-2-1-2. WP: Miguel Nunez (3-2).
Next: Brandon Leibrandt (6-2) 7:00 tonight vs. Jupiter.

Lakewood BlueClaws (16-10, 2nd place, Northern Division)
Won 6th in last 7 to pull within 2 games of first place, 4-0, vs. West Virginia.  It was their 2nd straight shutout extending the streak to 24 scoreless innings. WP: Ranfi Casimiro (6-5), 7.2-3-0-0-2-6; SV: Joey DeNato (6). LF Cord Sandberg extended hitting streak to 10 games; 1B Kyle Martin’s streak ended at 10 games.
Next: Austin Davis (2-2) 7:05 tonight vs. West Virginia.

Williamsport Crosscutters (21-11, 1st place, Pinckney Division)
Dropped 3rd straight, 5-3, in Hudson Valley. RF Jose Pujols, 2 H, 2 R.  CF Mark Laird, 2 H, RBI. ND Franklyn Kilome, 3-4-0-0-0-3.
Next: Jose Taveras (3-1) 7:05 in Hudson Valley.

Gulf Coast League Phillies (18-5, 1st place, Northwest Division)
Game was suspended by rain after 1 inning with the Phillies winning, 1-0, in Dunedin.  Game will be completed prior to regular game at 12 noon today.

Today in Phillies History
1978: LHP Steve Carlton becomes the 78th pitcher to win 200 games with a 13-2 decision over Houston.

You have just read the 1,800th Phillies Insider blog, a meaningful or meaningless milestone.  First one was March 30, 2006.  Thanks for reading. Now, be honest, how many times did you fall asleep?

Night of Firsts

There were a lot of firsts last night at Citizens Bank Park: first start for young Nola, who lost his first game, 1-0, on a home run by the visiting pitcher, the first such outcome in interleague play history and the first time the Phillies have ever lost a 1-0 game on a home by the enemy pitcher. The Phillies has just four hits, one being Nola’s first.

Nola was impressive on a night there was some buzz in the park.  The 28,703 crowd was the largest for the Phillies since May 14.  His name drew a big cheer when the starting lineup was announced.  He got a standing-O after the first and fifth innings when he left runners on base with a strikeout each time.

Going into the game, the Phillies had scored 22 runs, most in the league since the All-Star Game break.  They wind up being shut out for the 11th time. Crazy game.

Minor Leagues
Players of the Week (July 13-19) 
OF Cord Sandberg, Lakewood…Sandberg, 20, hit .435 (10-23) with a double, triple, five RBI and 5 runs scored in 6 games for the BlueClaws. He extended his hitting streak to eight games with a 4-4, 3 -run game on July 19 against Rome. Sandberg was selected by the Phillies in the third round of the 2013 draft and was signed by Alan Marr. He turned down a football scholarship to Mississippi State University to play baseball.

LHP Jesse Biddle, Lehigh Valley…Biddle, a 23-year-old southpaw, dominated in his July 17th start, 3 H, 1 BB, 7 SO in 7.0 scoreless innings. It was his first win in 2 AAA starts. Biddle was the Phillies’ first-round selection in the 2010 draft, and was signed by Eric Valent.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (43-54, 4th place, North Division)
Won, 5-1, vs. Toledo behind Anthony Vasquez (6-3), 6-5-1-1-1-2. SS Chase d’Arnaud, 2B, HR (3), 3 RBI.  C Erik Kratz, single, 2 2B, RBI.  CF Aaron Nola, 2-4, RBI, 5th SB.
Next: Jesse Biddle (1-0), 7:05 tonight vs. Toledo.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (52-43, 1st place, Eastern Division)
Won 3rd in a row, 7th in last 8 games, 6-4, in Bowie. 2 Bowie errors and an RBI single by Brian Pointer accounted for 2 game-deciding runs in the 9th inning. C Andrew Knapp extended his hitting streak to 20 games (Clearwater 3 and all 17 games since promotion to AA: single, 2B, RBI. SS J.P. Crawford, 11th 2B, 4th HR, RBI. DH Art Charles, 7th HR, RBI.  WP: Colton Murray (4-1).
Next: TBD 11:05 this morning in Bowie.

Clearwater Threshers (17-9, 1st place, North Division)
Won 3rd in a row, 10-5, at Lakeland, pounding out 15 hits. 3 hits each for CF Carlos Tocci, LF Andrew Pullin (including 10th HR), SS Angelo Mora. C Chase Numata, 3-run triple.  WP: David Whitehead (7-8).
Next: Victor Arano (3-9) 7:00 tonight vs. Jupiter.

Lakewood BlueClaws (15-10, 2nd place, Northern Division)
BlueClaws were idle.
Next: Ranfi Carimiro (5-5), 11:05 this morning vs. West Virginia.

Williamsport Crosscutters (21-10, 1st place, Pinckney Division)
Lost, 7-6, in 12 innings in Hudson Valley on a walk-off HR. 3B Jan Hernandez, 4 hits, including 6th HR, 3 RBI. 1B Brendon Hayden, 2 R, 2 2B, RBI.
Next: Franklyn Kilome (2-0) 7:05 in Hudson Valley.

Gulf Coast League Phillies (18-5, 1st place, Northwest Division)
Won 3rd in a row, 3-0, at Yankees2. WP: Ranger Suarez (3-0), 6-2-0-0-1-5; SV: Horace Stubblefield (4). 3B Lucas Williams, 2-3.  RF Dylan Cozens, RBI 2B.
Next: 12 noon today at Blue Jays.

Clearwater: INF Angelo Mora, returned from Pan Am Games.

Williamsport: RHP Sutter McLoughlin and RHP Jacob Waguespack, from Gulf Coast League; LHP Juan Figueroa, released.

Gulf Coast League: RHP Lewis Alezones, from Williamsport; INF Luis Espiritu, from Clearwater.

First Appearance

Abreu, Bobby

Abreu, Bobby

Bobby Abreu, selected to the All-Vet team in 2003, will be making his first appearance during the Toyota Alumni Weekend, July 31-August 1-2.

The former right fielder ranks second on the team’s all-time list in doubles (348); third in walks (947) and intentional walks (94); fifth in slugging percentage (.513); seventh in stolen bases (254); eighth in extra-base hits (585) and RBI (814); ninth in average (.303); and 10th in total bases (2,491) and runs (891).

Nola Tonight

Buchanan was the first Phillies right-handed starting pitcher to last 6.1 innings since May 14, won his first game since last August and was sent to AAA after the game. Phillies have three days off in the next 12 and will go with a four-man rotation. This way Buchanan can pitch in Lehigh Valley’s rotation regularly.

Papelbon threw 14 pitches—all strikes—in recording his 341st career save, matching Hall of Famer Rollie Fingers for 12th place on the all-time list.

Largest crowd of this series is expected tonight for the debut of Aaron Nola.  He, himself, will have 20 family and friends in the stands.

4-0 start after the All-Star Game break is Phillies best since 5-0 in 2009. As everyone knows, they lost the World Series that year.  Would be glad to settle for another WS loss this year.

Elias Sports Bureau
The Phillies were the 35th team since 1933 (the year of the first All-Star Game) to be at least 30 games below .500 at the break, but Monday night’s victory made them the first of those 35 clubs to win each of its first four games after the break.

Minor Leagues 
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (42-54, 4th place, North Division)
Lost 5-1, vs. Toledo. RF Tyler Henson, 3-5, including 17th 2B . . . LP: Jason Berken (5-7), 6-6-4-2-1-3 . . . Neifi Ogando, 1 scoreless IP; since 6/25 promotion to AAA, 0 R, 4 H, 8.2 IP, 4 BB, 9 SO.
Next: Anthony Vasquez (5-3), 11:35 this morning vs. Toledo.

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Jesse Biddle, who threw 7 shutout innings (3 hits, 1 BB, 7 SO) on Friday 17 for his first AAA win, is the pitcher of the week in the International League.  Combined with his Reading record, he is 8-2 for the season, 5-1 in his last 10 starts.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (52-43, 1st place, Eastern Division)
Won 6th in last 7 games, 8-5, in Bowie . . . 4 hitters had multi-hit games . . . C Andrew Knapp led the way, 3-5, 4 RBI; has a 19-game hitting streak, the last 16 since he joined Reading; hitting .338 in AA . . . WP: Mark Leiter (2-4), 5-9-3-3-0-4. SV: Stephen Shackleford (21).
Next: Ethan Martin (1-0) 7:05 tonight in Bowie.

Clearwater Threshers (17-9, 1st place, North Division)
Won, 5-3, at Lakeland . . . RF Chase Harris, 3 hits, 15th stolen base . . . DH Willians Astudillo, 2-4, 16th 2B, 2 RBI; hitting .311 . . . WP: Cody Forsythe (3-2); SV: Miguel Nunez (2); allowed only 3 runs since June 14.
Next: David Whitehead (6-8) 6:30 tonight in Lakeland.

Lakewood BlueClaws (15-10, 2nd place, Northern Division)
2B Scott Kingery hit a 3-run HR and 1B Kyle Martin followed with a solo HR in a 4-run 11th inning that gave the BlueClaws a 4-0 win in Rome.  It was #2 HR for each; Kingery was the 3rd round selection last month; Martin, 4th . . . Until the homers, the lone Lakewood hit was a single by LF Cord Sandberg with one out in the 7th . . . ND: Tyler Viza, 7-6-0-0-1-3. WP: Matt Hockenberry (4-3) . . . Happy long bus ride home after the game from Georgia to New Jersey.
Next: day off today.

Williamsport Crosscutters (12-9, 1st place, Pinckney Division)
Pounding 19 hits, Mahoning Valley coasted over Williamsport, 12-4 . . . 2B Josh Tobias, single, 2 2B; hitting .296 . . . CF Zach Coppola, 1-3, 11th stolen base; hitting .321.
Next: Alejandro Arteaga (3-0) 7:05 in Hudson Valley.

Gulf Coast League Phillies (18-5, 1st place, Northwest Division)
Defeated Yankees2, 7-5 . . . CF Juan Luis, single, 2B, HR (2nd), 3 RBI, 8th SB . . . 2B Jonathan Arauz, 3 singles . . . WP: Zach Morris (2-0); SV: Sutter McLoughlin (4), 0 R n 9.1 IP as a pro, 0 BB, 12 SO, 2 H.
Next: 12 noon today at Yankees2.

Lehigh Valley: OF Ethan Chapman, released; OF Brian Bogusevic, returned from Pan Am Games; signed C Erik Kratz.

Reading: RHP Reinier Roibal, placed on DL (right groin strain); C Logan Moore, from Lehigh Valley.

Today in Phillies History
1973: RF Hank Aaron hits his 700th home run off LHP Ken Brett during the Braves’ 8-4 loss to the Phillies at Atlanta.

1997: RHP Curt Schilling strikes out 15, the most by a Phillies pitcher since Steve Carlton’s 16 in 1982, but loses, 3-2, to Pittsburgh.  After 17 years with the organization, C Darren Daulton is traded to the Florida Marlins for Billy McMillon.

Renewing Friendships

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One of the neat things about the Toyota Alumni Night pre-game introductions is a chance for the former players to mingle with the current ones, such as Charlie Manual and Carlos Ruiz.  Nearly 50 Alumni will be at Citizens Bank Park on August 1.  With the trading deadline at 4 p.m. the day before, there might be some new alumni.

Believe it or Not

Two pinch-hit at-bats for Francoeur in two games (Friday/Sunday) resulted in two homers and five RBI. Two-run walk-off drive into the left field seats yesterday produced the Phillies second series sweep of the season. Earlier in the game, Howard put an exclamation point on his 350th career home runs by blasting it into the second deck in right field.

For much of the season, the Phillies were last in the National League in hitting home runs.  Today their 61 is above only Atlanta’s 57.

However, when it comes to pinch hitting, the Phillies lead in home runs (7), extra-base hits (15), RBI (26) and game-winning RBI (6).  The moral of the story? Whenever the Phillies get runners on base, send up a pinch-hitter.  OK, so we may need a 50-man roster.

New #27

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He was expected to be on a fast track to the majors once he was drafted in the first round by the Phillies a year ago. After a 14-7 record since June 2014, he will make his major league debut Tuesday night.  “He” is Aaron Nola, a 22-year-old right-handed pitcher.

He last pitched Thursday night for Lehigh Valley in Rochester and didn’t fare well, six runs in three+ innings, his shortest outing of the season. Manager Dave Brundage in his report: “Nola struggled to find his rhythm from the outset.  I felt he got squeezed early in the game which could’ve turned things around but he never got in sinc.”

In the minor leagues, pre-game workouts are the rule rather than the exception.  This is true of pitchers who get in their “side work” by throwing in the bullpen.  Before Friday’s game, LV pitching coach Ray Burris had a short side work for Nola, “touch and feel. Worked on his location on fast ball and more depth on his breaking ball.”

Saturday side work: 40 pitches: “Worked on keeping the ball down on all pitches and we got rid of the jumping from balance to release to where he could recognize it by feel.”

He wore #10 at Reading and Lehigh Valley but will be #27 in the big leagues.

Minor Leagues 
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (42-53, 4th place, North Division)
Won 2 of 3 in Rochester . . . Jesse Biddle (1-0) won his 1st AAA game on Friday, 7-3-0-0-1-7 . . . LHR Adam Loewen picked up 6th-7th saves; last 4 appearances: 4 SV, 4 IP, 4 SO . . .  CF Aaron Altherr, 3-12 weekend, including game-winning 2-run homer on Saturday; he’s hitting .293 at AAA after .293 at AA.
Next: Jason Berken (5-6) 7:05 tonight vs. Toledo.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (51-43, tie 1st place, Eastern Division)
Won 2 of 3 from New Britain . . . Friday’s WP: Jerome Williams, 8-5-2-1-0-5 . . . CF Destin Hood, a 2nd round draft by Washington in 2008, was signed Friday after being released; in 1st 3 games with Reading the 25-year-old: 4-12, 2 HR, 4 RBI . . .LF Cam Perkins had a 10th-inning walk-off RBI double Sunday, 6-5. ND Ben Lively, 6.1-7-2-2-1-4.
Next: Mark Leiter (1-4) 7:05 tonight in Bowie.

Clearwater Threshers (16-9, 1st place, North Division)
Dropped 2 games to Palm Beach (Friday/Saturday) and won Sunday, 3-1, in Lakeland before a crowd of 321 fans.  WP: Ricardo Pinto (3-1), 8-3-1-0-1-4; 9-3 combined between Lakewood/Clearwater . . . C Willians Astudillo, 5-10 weekend; hitting .308 . . . CF Carlos Tocci, 4-11; .317 average in last 10 games.
Next: Matt Imhoff (4-3) 6:30 tonight in Lakeland.

Lakewood BlueClaws (14-10, 2nd place, Northern Division)
Won 2 of 3 in Rome, Georgia, not Italy . . . RF Jiandido Tromp tied a franchise record by driving in 7 runs in Sunday’s 13-3 romp. Doubled in 1 run and hit 2 3-run HRs, #3-4 . . . LF Cord Sandberg, game-winning hit in 5-4 Friday win; has hit in 9 straight (14-31), .452 . . . 1B Kyle Martin, 9-gamer also (17-37), .459
Next: Tyler Viza (4-5), 7:00 tonight in Rome; end of a 7-game road trip.

Williamsport Crosscutters (12-8, 1st place, Pinckney Division)
Won 3 of 4 (played Batavia/Mahoning Valley) . . . WPs: Jose Taveras (3-1), 5-7-3-2-2-5; Mitch Gueller (4-1), 7-4-0-0-3-6; 12 ground-ball outs; Luke Leftwich  (1-0), 5-3-0-0-1-3; 1st pro win  . . . SVs:  Robert Tasin (6), has allowed 1 R and 4 H in 11 IP; Anthony Segueira (2), 13.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 14 SO.
Next: Denton Keys (0-1), 7:05 vs. Mahoning Valley.

Gulf Coast League Phillies (17-5, 1st place, Northwest Division)
Rained out Friday and split a DH vs. Atlanta the next day. Clearwater RF Dylan Cozens, on rehab assignment, played in both games . . . WP: Felix Paulino (3-1), 5-5-2-2-0-6 . . . HRs:  SS Jonathan Arauz (2), CF Juan Luis, 1st as a pro.
Next: Bailey Falter 12 noon today vs. Yankees2.

Lehigh Valley: INF Edgar Duran placed on DL (broken right toe); INF Devin Lohman, from Reading.

Reading: Released OF Drew Heid; signed free agent OF Destin Hood.

Forever Popular

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Catcher Darren Daulton always receives a standing ovation when he returns for the annual Toyota Alumni Weekend.  Dutch will be back again, Friday through Sunday, July 31-August 2.

Friday kicks off the weekend with Pat Burrell’s induction into the Toyota Wall of Fame, the 13th outfielder to receive such an honor.  Number 1 outfield inductee was #1, Richie Ashburn, in 1979.

Alumni Night Aug. 1

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From California to Florida.  Final seven games for the Phillies before the All-Star Game break were in California.  Back home after the break, the first six games are against the two Florida teams, Miami Marlins and Tampa Bay Rays.  Phillies will work out at 2 this afternoon; Marlins at 3 followed by normal batting practice schedule.

Saw a note the other day that 8.2 runs per game is the lowest in the majors since 1981. The Phillies aren’t helping as they scored the fewest runs in the NL.  MLB ERA is 3.82.  Phillies, 4:83. Ouch.

Toyota Alumni Night
Annual parade of former Phillies will take place on Saturday, August 1, at Citizens Bank Park.  Included in the pre-game festivities will be the recognition of the Phillies Franchise Four.  Throwing out the first balls will be Mike Schmidt, Steve Carlton, Robin Roberts Jr. and Jack Ashburn, grandson of Richie Ashburn.

As Jim Peyton pointed out in a comment Thursday, the four fields at Carpenter Complex are named Schmidt, Carlton, Roberts and Ashburn.

Minor Leagues 
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (40-52, 4th place, North Division)
Aaron Nola had his shortest outing and lost his first AAA game (3-1 record), 6-0 at Rochester.  LV had 5 singles.  Nola: 3-7-6-5-2-3-2 HR
Next: Jesse Biddle (0-0) 7:05 tonight in Rochester.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (48-42, 2nd place, Eastern Division)
Won their third in a row, 3-1, vs. New Britain; held to 5 hits, including 2 triples.  WP: Colton Murray (2-1); SV: Stephen Shackleford (20).
Next: Jerome Williams 7:05 tonight vs. New Britain.

Clearwater Threshers (15-5, 1st place, North Division)
3-game winning streak ended with a 3-0 loss to Palm Beach.  CF Carlos Toci had 2 of Clearwater’s 6 singled. LP: David Whitehead (6-8), 6.1-8-3-2-2-5.
Next: Victor Arano (3-8) 6:30 tonight vs. Palm Beach.

Lakewood BlueClaws (12-9, 2nd place, Northern Division)
Won 9th in last 13 games, 3-1, at Kannapolis.  WP: Austin Davis (2-2), 6-2-1-1-3-4. SV: Joey DeNato (5). RF Herlis Rodriguez led off the game with a HR (7). 2B Scott Kingery, 2-4; 4-9 in last 2 games.
Next: Elniery Garcia (6-7) 7:00 tonight in Rome, GA

Williamsport Crosscutters (18-7, 1st place, Pinckney Division)
Dropped 4-2 decision in Batavia. ND: Alejandro Arteaga, 6-5-1-1-1-8; lowered ERA to 1.24. 1B Br2ndon Hayden, 2-3; hitting .352. RF Jose Pujols, single, double (10), RBI; hitting .321.
Next: Jose Taveras (2-1) and Mitch Gueller (3-1) in 5:05 DH in Batavia.

Gulf Coast League Phillies (17-5, 1st place, Northwest Division)
C Rodolfo Duran singled in 2 runs in the top of the 9th to lift the Phillies to a 3-2 win at the Astros. 18-year old LHP, 31st round draft pick out of high school, picked up the win in his first pro game, 1.1-1-0-0-0-3; SV: Sutter McLoughlin (3).
Next: Sam McWilliams vs. Braves at 12 noon today.

All-Star Hero
Reading RF Brian Pointer hit a home run in the 11th inning to give the Eastern Division a 5-4 win over the Western Division in the Eastern League All-Star Game last night in Portland.  The game ended in a 4-4 tie.  The two teams engaged in a home run derby to decide the outcome.

Baseball America
Publication released its new mid-season top prospect list on the Phillies.

SS J.P. Crawford
RHP Aaron Nola
RHP Franklyn Kilome
RHP Zach Elfin
RHP Ben Lively
CF Roman Quinn
CF Carlos Tocci
LHR Tom Windle
RHP Ricardo Pinto
SS Malquin Canelo

Today In Phillies History
1918: Chicago wins at home, 2-1, in 21 innings, longest game in Phillies history.  Both pitchers go the distance, winner George Tyler (21 IP, 13 H, 1 BB, 8 SO) and loser Milt (Mule) Watson (20 IP, 19 H, 4 BB, 5 SO).



WOF in 2 Weeks

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Two weeks from tomorrow night (July 31), Pat Burrell will be inducted into the Toyota Wall of Fame.  Charlie Manuel, last year’s inductee, will have the honors of formally inducting Pat.  Charlie and all living members of the Wall of Fame, except Curt Schilling, will be on hand for the 7 p.m. ceremonies.  Schilling is unable to attend because of his ESPN TV committments.

As announced at Tuesday night’s All-Star Game, the fans have spoken in MLB’s poll of the Franchise Four for each big league team.

The Phillies winners were no surprise, four Hall of Famers: Riche Ashburn, Robin Roberts, Steve Carlton and Mike Schmidt.  They’ll be recognized on Toyota Alumni Night, Saturday, August 1.

Nine who have worn the Phillies uniform are were chosen for other team’s Franchise Four: Jimmie Foxx (A’s), Roy Halladay (Blue Jays), Ryne Sandberg (Cubs), Schilling (Arizona), Jim Thome (Indians), Jeff Conine (Marlins), Pedro Martinez (Red Sox) and Joe Morgan and Pete Rose (Reds).

Minor Leagues 
Players of the Week (July 6-22)
SS/2B Jonathan Arauz, GCL Phillies…The 16-year-old hit .429 (9-21) with 2 doubles, 2 triples, 4 RBI, 4 runs scored, a .500 on-base percentage and a .714 slugging percentage in 5 games. Arauz recorded multiple hits in three of those five games.  Arauz was signed by the Phillies and Norman Anciani as an amateur free agent on August 7, 2014.

RHP Will Morris, Lakewood…Morris, 22, appeared in two games for the BlueClaws last week and did not allow a run in either of them, 10 total innings, 6 hits, 0 walks, 8 strikeouts. Morris was selected by the Phillies in the 24th round of the 2013 draft out of the College of Southern Nevada.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (40-51, 4th place, North Division)
Next: Aaron Nola (3-0) 7:05 tonight in Rochester.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (48-42, 2nd place, Eastern Division)
Next: Reinier Roibal (2-1) 7:05 tonight vs. New Britain.

Clearwater Threshers (15-5, 1st place, North Division)
Threshers pounded Palm Beach, 9-1, behind a 13-hit attack that included 4 home runs: CF Carlos Tocci (1), 1B Rhys Hoskins (12), RF Aaron Brown (5-6). Tocci and Brown, 3 hits each. WP: Matt Imhof (4-3), 5-6-1-1-3-3.
Next: David Whitehead (6-7) 7:00 tonight vs. Palm Beach.

Lakewood BlueClaws (11-9, tie 2nd place, Northern Division)
Used a 16-hit attack in winning, 8-4, in Kannapolis.  Every starter had a hit with 6 different players having multi-hit games.  C Deivy Grullon HR (4), 2 RBI. WP: Ranfi Casimiro (5-5), 6.2-8-4-4-0-4.
Next: Austin Davis (1-2) 7:05 tonight in Kannapolis.

Williamsport Crosscutters (18-6, 1st place, Pinckney Division)
3B Jan Hernandez homered (5) with 1 out in the top of the 9th for a 6-5 win in Batavia. LF Zach Coppola led a 15-hit attack with 2 hits, 2 RBI and 2 steals (9-10). WP: Anthony Sequeira (2-1), 2-0-0-0-3.
Next: Franklyn Kilome 11:05 this morning in Batavia.

Gulf Coast League Phillies (16-5, 1st place, Northwest Division)
Lost, 3-2, to the Astros. RF Bryan Martelo, 2-3; hitting .310. ND: Ranger Suarez, 4.2-5-2-2-1-4; 2 1st-inning runs broke a 17-inning scoreless streak to start the season, his first in the states; 5 games, 3 starts.
Next: At Astros, 12 noon today.

Phillies: claimed RHR Dalier Hinojosa on waivers from Boston and optioned him to Lehigh Valley.  He is a 29-year-old Cuban refugee who has pitched three seasons in the Red Sox system.

Clearwater: RHR Alexis Rivero from Lakewood

Lakewood: RHP Jario Munoz from Clearwater

Today In Phillies History
1952: RHP Robin Roberts wins in Pittsburgh, 8-7. It is his only win of 28 that year in which he did not go distance. RHP Andy Hansen came on to get final two outs. So, Robbie tossed 27 complete games that season.  The entire National League has 21 so far this season.



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