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Chase Is Back

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He was drafted by the Dodgers out of high school, didn’t sign, went to UCLA, drafted by the Phillies, signed and wound up at their greatest second baseman. Welcome home Chase Utley.

Starting tonight and for the next two nights, Utley will be back in Citizens Bank Park where performed for 13 years. Six of those were All-Star seasons.  He made his Phillies debut as a 24-year-old and will make his Dodgers debut in Philly at 37.  He’ll wear that familiar #26, only this time it is blue.  One would image there will be a lot of Utley jerseys in the stands, but Phillies red.

Chase is meeting with the media at 4:15 this afternoon in the Media Room, located on the service level between the two clubhouses. He’ll make that familiar walk after entering the park in right field.  This time he’ll walk by the Phillies clubhouse instead of making a right turn. Chances are Chase won’t get lost finding the LA clubhouse.

It was a similar route his longtime double play partner, Jimmy Rollins, made a year ago when he was wearing a Dodgers uniform and playing shortstop. His first game back was August 4. J-Roll struck out in his first at-bat against Jerome Williams.

5 Things
Five things to know about the Dodgers:
**LA won 2 of 3 vs. Phillies last week in LA.
**Have 20-18 edge in Citizens Bank Park.
**16 players are currently on the DL of which 13 are pitchers.
**Opponents’ batting .216, 2nd lowest in the NL.
**Ex-Phillie Joe Blanton is in their pen.

Phil-Ins
Ryan Howard has 2,898 total bases, tying Chuck Klein for fifth place on the Phillies all-time list . . . Cesar Hernandez has reached base in 21 consecutive games . . . Phillies are 37-37 in night games and 17-13 vs. NL West . . . Eight different Phillies have played left field . . . Speaking of left field, Tom McCarthy, Ben Davis and Matt Stairs will be broadcasting tonight’s game for Comcast SportsNet from Harry The K’s restaurant.  While doing a game from the left field seats two years ago, McCarthy caught a home run.

Minor League Report
Players of the Week (August 8-15)
OF Jose Pujols, Lakewood… Pujols, 20, batted .357 (10-28) with four doubles, two home runs, three RBI, four walks, four runs and a 1.152 OPS in seven games. He has hit safely in 11 of his last 13 games overall, raising his season average by 19 points. Pujols leads the South Atlantic League with 22 home runs, ranks second in RBI (74), third in total bases (194) and is tied for fourth in extra-base hits (44). The Dominican Republic native was signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent on July 2, 2012.

RHP Phil Klein, Lehigh Valley… The 27-year-old Klein made two starts for Lehigh Valley, 1-0 with a 0.69 ERA (1 ER, 13.0 IP), 0.62 WHIP (2 BB, 6 H), 21 strikeouts and a .136 opponents’ batting average. He set a career high with 10 strikeouts in just 5.0 innings on August 9, only to set a new career high one start later when he recorded 11 strikeouts over 8.0 shutout innings. He has a 1.64 ERA (7 ER, 38.1 IP) with 46 strikeouts in Lehigh Valley this season. Klein, who was also named International League Pitcher of the Week, was selected off waivers by the Phillies from Texas on June 19, 2016.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (72-50), International League North Division. 2nd place, 4.5 games behind Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Season ends September 5.
Lost, 5-1, to Pawtucket, getting just 6 singles.  LP: David Buchanan (8-8), 6.1-8-5-3-2-4. 2 hits each for LF Darin Ruf and Brock Stassi . . . Third base umpire was John Bacon. Happy to report Bacon didn’t eject an IronPig.

Postseason: South winner meets West winner; wildcard (non-division winner with best winning percentage) meets North, best-of-5. Winners advance to the Governor Cup Championship, best-of-5.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (78-41), Eastern League Eastern Division. 3-game lead over Trenton. Season ends September 5.
Season resumes, 7:05 tonight vs. Richmond, Tom Eshelman (4-2).

Postseason: Top two teams in each division, best-of-5. Winners advance to championship round, best-of-5.

Clearwater Threshers (30-20), Florida State League North Division. 3rd place, 3.5 games behind, 2nd half. Season ends September 4.
Lost 2nd straight to Dunedin, 4-1, getting only 3 singles. LP: Drew Anderson (1-1), 5-3-1-0-1-8. C Chace Numata, 1-4, extending hitting streak to 11 games . . . Brandon Leibrandt (1-1) and Ranfi Casimiro (8-8), 5:05 DH tonight in Tampa.

Postseason: 1st and 2nd half division winners, best-of-3. Winners advance to championship, best-of-5.

Lakewood BlueClaws (27-22), South Atlantic League North Division.  3rd, .5-game behind, 2nd half. Season ends September 5.
Season resumes, 5:05 DH tonight vs. Hickory, Franklyn Kilome (4-8) and Jose Taveras (5-8).

Postseason: 1st and 2nd half division winners, best-of-3. Winners advance to championship, best-of-5.

Williamsport Crosscutters (30-25), New York-Penn League Pinckney Division. 2nd place, 6.5 games behind State College. Season ends September 5.
All-Star Game tonight in Hudson Valley.

Postseason: Three Division winners and one wildcard team, best-of-3. Winners advance to championship, best-of-3.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (33-12), Northwest Division. 1st place, 1 game lead over Blue Jays. Season ends September 1.
Won a DH vs. Blue Jays in Dunedin to take over 1st place. Improved road record to 18-5 . . . 7-5 1st game; WP: Kyle Young (2-0); SV: Jhon Nunez (3) . . . 4-0 in 7-inning 2nd game. WP: Mauricio Llovera (6-1), his 4th straight W, 5-2-0-0-1-6. Jose Nin, 1 IP; 0.00 ERA for 10 G, 11.2 IP . . . Double header hitting leaders: 2B Dan Brito, 4 H, 3 R, 2B, 3B, HR (1), 2 RBI, BB, SB; SS Cole Stobbe, 3 H, 4 R, 2B, HR (1), RBI . . . 7:00 tonight vs. Blue Jays at Carpenter Complex.

Postseason: Division winner with best record meets division winner with the lowest record and the other two division winners meet in a 1-game playoff.  Winners advance to championship, best-of-3.

This Date
August 16, 1977–Phillies extend their longest winning streak of the century to 13 games with a 7-5 decision in Montreal. The Phils hadn’t won that many in a row since 1892.

August 16, 1984–2B Juan Samuel hits 16th triple, a new rookie record for the Phillies.
CF Von Hayes joins Samuel with 30plus steals, first for Phillies in 72 years. Cubs win,
65, in Chicago.

00 Kalas statue

August 16, 2011–Statue of Hall of Fame broadcaster Harry Kalas is unveiled in pre-
game ceremony at Citizens Bank Park.  Fans attending this Saturday night’s game (St.
Louis) will receive a replica of the statue, courtesy of Toyota.

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Entertaining Weekend

It was listed as Alumni Weekend, brought to you by Toyota. It should have been Toyota Heat Index Weekend. Anyway, grab a cold water bottle for a review of a very interesting and entertaining weekend.

Muggy Friday

00 Thome WOF
Jim Thome became the 38th legend inducted into the Phillies Wall of Fame . . . Ryan Howard escorted Jim’s children, Lila and Landon, to the stage and presented him with his copy of the WOF plaque . . . 13-year-old Lila sang the anthem and received a louder response than the introduction of Charlie Manuel . . . On the night they honored his predecessor, Howard hit a towering home run with the bases loaded and drove in five runs. Hollywood couldn’t have written a better script . . . Thome, seated next to Bobby Abreu in Suite 73, stood and cheered as did the crowd on Howard’s blast that ended in the Colorado bullpen which is next to the Wall of Fame display.

Jake Thompson won his first major league game and did something that happened only  one other time in Phillies history.  Thanks to a strikeout/wild pitch, he wound up striking out four batters in one inning (second). Left-hander Doc White did that for the Phillies in the fifth inning vs. Brooklyn in 1902.

Sultry Saturday
Larry Bowa received the John Vukovich Award pre-game from Nikki and Vince, Vuk’s children.  Vuk and Bowa are Sacramento’s gift to the Phillies . . . 49 former players were introduced, an Alumni Night tradition.  Oldest was 89-year-old Don Hasenmayer who, at 18 years of age, started at third base for the Phillies 71 years ago . . . Youngest at 39 years of age, Randy Wolf and Pat Burrell . . . Biggest ovation went to Manuel . . .
Led by Howard, the current players and Alumni mingled following the introductions . . . Wolf symbolically retired as a Phillie by throwing out the first ball. The catcher was Randy’s brother, Jim, a major league umpire who was on vacation.  Randy had no idea until Jim took off the mask. “Totally surprised,” beamed Randy . . . Thome joined Phillies Phanatic in shooting hot dogs to the crowd during the game.  As they entered the field from the right field corner, Thome accidently fired the first hot dog and nearly drilled Charlie Blackmon, the Rockies’ centerfielder.

The game’s outcome turned out to be a first in Phillies history.  Elias Sports Bureau:
“The Phillies defeated the Rockies 6-3 despite collecting fewer singles (7-4), doubles (3-1), triples (1-0), and home runs (2-1) than Colorado. Philadelphia entered Saturday 0-202 in the modern era (since 1900) when being out-singled, out-doubled, out-tripled, and out-homered in a game.” I have no idea how the Elias staff can dig up such notes.

Stifling Sunday

00 Polly
With Carlos Ruiz behind the plate, Placido Polanco became the latest player to retire as a Phillie with the ceremonial first ball . . . Wolf joined the Phanatic in shooting hot dogs this time . . . With Jeanmar Gomez getting his second straight save in two games the Phillies won, 7-6.  It was his 31st save.  Prior to this season, he had appeared in 159 major league games and had one save . . . The Rockies and Phillies combined for 22 hits and 22 LOB . . . Cesar Hernandez extended his streak of reaching base to 21 games . . . Since Citizens Bank Park opened, the Phillies are 8-1-4 against Colorado.  That lone series loss was last year . . . Fourth straight win for the Phillies for first time since July 3-4-5-6 . . . Blackmon homered three times Friday, struck out three times Saturday and homered twice on Sunday.  Five homers in three games is a CBP record.

Minor League Report
Transactions
Reading: CF Osmel Aguila, transferred from Lehigh Valley.
Clearwater, OF Nerlis Rodriguez transferred from Lakewood.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (72-49), International League North Division. 2nd place, 4 games behind Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Won 1-0 Sunday after 4-2 and 6-0 losses to Indianapolis. Offense produced 12 singles, one double and one home run in the series . . . WP: Phil Klein (2-1), 8-2-0-0-2-11, career high in SO; SV: Hoby Milner (1), 1-1-0-0-0-1; 1st AAA save . . . 4-2 loss Saturday was a 13-inning game that included a 1:32 rain delay.  Brock Stassi, that night, 3-4, HR (9), RBI and the losing pitcher, 1-3-2-2-1-0, as LV’s 6th pitcher . . . David Buchanan (8-7), 7:05 tonight vs. Pawtucket.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (78-41), Eastern League Eastern Division. 3-game lead over Trenton.
Lost 2 of 3 in Altoona, the Western Division leader. 6-5 W on Sunday ended a 3-game losing streak. WP: Gregory Infante (4-2); SV: Miguel Nunez (15). Roman Quinn played RF Friday and recorded 3 assists. Dylan Cozens was in RF the other two games, 34th 2B, 33rd HR . . . Day off today.

Clearwater Threshers (30-19), Florida State League North Division. 2nd place, 2.5 games behind Dunedin, 2nd half, with 21 games remaining.
Lost, 5-3 and won, 5-2, in Lakeland and lost, 9-2, yesterday in Dunedin. WP: Elneiry Garcia (10-3), 6-5-0-0-0-5 . . . C Chace Numada, 5-13, weekend, extending hitting streak to 10 games . . . 1B Kyle Martin homered in each of last 2 games, #15-16 . . . Threshers played 3 day games in Lakeland, Thursday-Saturday, and drew a total of  502 fans.  Attendance for Dunedin game, 575 . . . 7 tonight vs. Dunedin.

Lakewood BlueClaws (26-21), South Atlantic League North Division. 2nd place, 1/2-game out of 1st place, 2nd half.
Lost 2 of 3 in Kannapolis . . . 6-1 W came Sunday, Alberto Tirado (4-1), 6-3-1-1-0-9 SV: Grant Dyer (1), 3-1-0-0-0-6 . . . 2-1 loss Sunday ended with a 9-2 double play with the bases-loaded and 1 out in T9 . . . RF Jose Pujols, 6-11 weekend, including 22nd HR. SS Emanuel Marrero, 6-10, 2 RBI . . . Day off today.

Williamsport Crosscutters (29-24), New York-Penn League Pinckney Division. 2nd place, 6.5 games behind State College.
Were swept in Mahoning Valley scoring 2 runs in each game and totaling 15 hits. LF Enmanuel Garcia, HR in each of last 2 games, #2-3 . . . 2 day All-Star Game break starts today.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (31-12), Northwest Division. 2nd place, 1 game behind Blue Jays.
Beat Yankees West twice, 2-1, 7-6. WP: Sixto Sanchez (4-0), 5-3-0-0-1-5, lowered ERA to 0.42; has 29 consecutive scoreless innings. Game ended on an 8-2-5 double play . . . WP Saturday: Nick Fanti (6-1), 5-6-2-2-1-3 . . . . . . 12 noon vs. Blue Jays in Dunedin.

This Date
August 15, 1958–Richie Ashburn gets his 2,000th hit when he singles in third inning off
Carlton Willey of Braves at Milwaukee.

Terence John Mulholland Position: Pitcher Bats: Right, Throws: Left Height: 6' 3", Weight: 200 lb. Born: March 9, 1963 in Uniontown, PA (Age 52.248) High School: Laurel Highlands HS (Uniontown, PA) School: Marietta College (Marietta, OH) Drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 1st round (24th pick) of the 1984 amateur draft. (All Transactions) Debut: June 8, 1986 (Age 23.091, 12,782nd in MLB history)   vs. CIN 7.1 IP, 5 H, 6 SO, 3 BB, 1 ER Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1986 season [*] Teams (by GP): Phillies/Cubs/Twins/Giants/Braves/... 1986-2006 Agents: Joe Bick [*] Last Game: June 3, 2006 (Age 43.086)   vs. ATL 0 AB, 0 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB

August 15, 1990–Terry Mulholland pitches 60 no-hitter against San Francisco, the first
ever at the Vet.  It is the first by a Phillies pitcher at home this century and eighth of
the 1990 season, a major league record.

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Thome Big Hit

Home Sweet Home
After playing 16 of their last 19 games on the road, the players enjoyed a day off yesterday.  The Phillies and Giants have played the fewest home games (54) but that’s about to change.  For the Phillies the next nine games are at Citizens Bank Park where they are 25-29.  It all begins tonight against the Colorado Rockies. Phillies and Rockies split four games in Denver last month.

5 Things
Five things to know about the Rockies:
**They lost, 5-4, to the Rangers’ Jake Diekman on Wednesday and beat him with a 5-run eighth yesterday, 12-9, splitting a 2-game series in Texas.
**Lead the league in runs scored (603); allowed third most runs (583).
**Hitting .304 at home; .249 on the road.
**Rookie OF David Dahl has begun his big league career hitting in 17 straight games which ties an NL record.
**They are 17-27 at Citizens Bank Park.

Big Hit

00 Alumni luncheon
A sold out crowd packed the Diamond Club yesterday for the annual Alumni Luncheon that kicks off the Toyota Alumni Weekend.  Jim Thome, being inducted into the Wall of Fame tonight (festivities begin at 7), was the honoree.

In my 50-plus years with the Phillies, Jim may be the most genuine and humble player with whom I’ve dealt.  Those two traits were evident during the luncheon.  The format was to surprise Jim with guests who would then join him and host Scott Palmer on the stage.

Sleepy-looking Larry Bowa was first (“We didn’t get home from LA until 3 this morning”). Then, Ed Wade, Bobby Abreu, Rheal Cormier, Mike Schmidt and Charlie Manuel.  “I knew Chuck (Manuel) would have to be on the list,” Thome laughed.

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During the closing ceremonies of the Vet, Schmidt and Thome hugged after they touched home plate for the last time.  Schmidt grabbed Jim’s left arm and raised it in the air, “passing the torch as the Phillies new power hitter,” Mike explained.  “I have that photo hanging in my home. It was such a special moment.  As a kid, I used to watch Mike hit all those home runs at Wrigley Field and now we were together,” said Thome.

Comcast SportsNet will air the luncheon next Monday evening, time to be determined.

Moving Up
Phillies all-time list for most extra-base hits:
Mike Schmidt, 1,015
Jimmy Rollins, 806
Ed Delahanty, 670
Ryan Howard, 669

Rehabbing Injured Players
Aaron Altherr began the season rehabbing in Clearwater following surgery. He’s one of many major league and minor leaguers who have spent time in Clearwater rehabbing.  What exactly is the program?  Check http://www.phillies.com/alumni for a story on the Phillies’ program that takes place at Carpenter Field.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (71-47), International League North Division. 2nd place, 3 games behind Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Won, 4-1, over SWB in a game called after 5 by rain at PNC Field. WP: Anthony Vasquez (3-0), 5-4-1-1-1-4. Combined with Reading, he’s 11-3. LF Nick Williams, 2 H, RBI . . . Adam Morgan (6-1), 7:05 tonight vs. Indianapolis.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (77-39), Eastern League Eastern Division. 3-game lead over Trenton.
Rained out in Binghamton.  Game canceled as it was the last meeting between the two teams . . . Mark Leiter (6-1), 7:00 tonight in Altoona.

Clearwater Threshers (29-17), Florida State League North Division. Trail 1st-place Dunedin by ½ game, 2nd half.
Split a pair of 7-inning games in Lakeland before 165 fans . . . Game 1: 9-2 loss. LP: Shane Watson, (4-5), 5-8-5-4-0-8, 3 HR . . . Game 2: 1-0 win. WP: Brandon Leibrandt (1-1), 6-4-0-0-2-6, 1 PO. SV: Matt Hockenberry (5). C Austin Bossart, game-winning SF with 1 out in T7. OF Aaron Brown, 3-6, in the DH . . . Luke Leftwwich (2-3), 1 p.m. today in Lakeland.

Lakewood BlueClaws (25-19), South Atlantic League North Division. .5-game lead over Kannapolis, 2nd half.
5-game winning streak ended, 3-1, in Kannapolis. LP: Harold Arauz (3-6), 4.2-5-2-2-2-2. LF Cornelius Randolph, HR (2), RBI. 3B Jan Hernandez, 2 2B. CF Carlos Duran, 2 H. Team was 0-8 RISP . . . Tyler Gilbert (6-7), 7:05 tonight in Kannapolis.

Williamsport Crosscutters (29-21), New York-Penn League Pinckney Division. 2nd place, 5.5 games behind State College.
A pair of 7-inning games vs. Hudson Valley were scheduled to begin at 5:05 p.m. 1-0 win in 1st game that included a 3:38 rain delay. WP: Will Hibbs (3-1). 2nd game started at 11:24 p.m. wound up a 2-2 tie, called after a 25-minute delay by rain.  It was last meeting this season between the two teams . . . JoJo Romero (1-0), 7:05 tonight in Mahoning Valley.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (29-12), Northwest Division. 2nd place, 2 games behind Blue Jays.
Won, 7-1, over Tigers W.  WP: Luis Carrasco (4-2), 5-0-0-0-1-4. DH Jhailyn Ortiz, 2-4, HR (7), 2 RBI. 1B Danny Zardon, 2 H, R. RF Ben Pelletier, 2 H, R. 3B Raul Rivas, 4-5 . . . 12 noon today vs. Yankees West at Carpenter Complex. Same 2 teams at 10 a.m. tomorrow in Tampa.

This Date

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August 12, 1987–2B Juan Samuel becomes the first major league player to reach
double figures in doubles, triples, homers and stolen bases in his first four big league
seasons as Phillies sink visiting Chicago, 13-7.  Eighth-inning grand slam is Sammy’s
22nd homer, breaking Granny Hamner’s club record for a 2B set in 1953.

August 13, 1992–Game with St. Louis at is postponed by rain, first Veterans Stadium
rainout since June 18, 1990, a string of 189 dates.

August 14, 1981–3B Mike Schmidt homers in 3rd inning off New York’s Mike Scott at
Shea Stadium for his 300th home run. Phillies win, 84.

August 14, 2012–Jimmy Rollins celebrates moving past Larry Bowa for the most games
played by a Phillies shortstop (1,731) with a lead-off home run off Josh Johnson in
Miami.

For daily Phillies Phlashback moments visit http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

Book Signing
I’ll be signing my new book, The Fightin’ Phils, from12:30 to 1:30 on Sunday at Citizens Bank Park.  Location: Section 111 in the main concourse.

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Trip-Ending W

Dodger Stadium was a mini-reunion of the 2008 World Champion Phillies on Monday night.  Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz were still wearing gray uniforms with Phillies in red across their chests.  Onn the other side, Chase Utley was about to play his first game against the Phillies.  It was obvious because he was wearing Dodger blue.

The scene shifts to Citizens Bank Park next Tuesday night, the start of a three-game series with the Dodgers.  That’s another story for another day.

The Dodgers were battling the Giants for first place.  The Phillies were finishing a six-game southern California trip, the end of 16 road games out of 19.  With Utley going 3-9 with a home run and two runs scored, the Dodgers powered their way to wins in the first two games.

Yesterday afternoon saw the Dodgers leading 1-0 through six innings. On a day Utley was hitless in four at-bats, it was time for Ruiz and Howard to step forward.  Leading off in the seventh, Ruiz singled.  Three batters later he scored his team’s first run, the lead runner when Freddy Galvis hit a three-run homer into the LA bullpen in left field. When Chase, Chooch and Ryan were 2008 teammates, Galvis was playing in Lakewood.

Clinging to a 3-1 lead in the top of the ninth, Ruiz drew a 10-pitch walk and then stole second base. Who would have thought he’d have more steals in the series than Chase. With runners on second and third LA walked Galvis intentionally, choosing to pitch to the on-deck pinch-hitter, Howard.  Ryan cleared the bases a right-field double, most likely his last at-bat in Dodger Stadium for the Phillies. The win evened the road trip, 3-3.

Legendary broadcaster, Vince Scully, who is retiring after his 67th season, was broadcasting his last Dodgers-Phillies game on radio. He will not be in Philly next week as he no longer travels.  His first broadcast was the Dodgers-Phillies at Shibe Park in the 1950 season opener.

In a really classy move, Juan Samuel, Jerad Eickhoff, David Hernandez and Mike Mariot went to the press box before the game to bid Scully a farewell.

00 Scully

Jerad?@Eickough19 “Couldn’t leave Dodger Stadium without meeting the legendary Vin Scully. An experience I’ll never forget!

Phil-Ins
A day off today for the Phillies . . . Rockies come to town tomorrow night, the start of the annual Toyota Alumni Weekend . . . Jim Thome will be inducted into the Phillies Wall of Fame tomorrow night at 7 o’clock.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (70-47), International League North Division. 2nd place, 4 games behind Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Lost, 10-0, in SWB getting 3 singles. LP: David Buchanan (8-7), 4.1-9-6-5-0-2.  Have lost last 4 games vs. SWB . . . Final meeting, Anthony Vasquez (2-0), 7:05 tonight in SWB.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (77-39), Eastern League Eastern Division. 2.5-game lead over Trenton.
Lost, 7-3, at Binghamton. LP: Tyler Viza (4-4), 5-8-4-4-2-3. LF Andrew Pullin, 1B, 2B, RBI, BB; hitting .371. C Jorge Alfaro, 2 H, RBI. SS KC Serna, 2 H. CF Roman Quinn, 3B (5), R, BB . . . Mark Leiter (5-1), 6:35 tonight in Binghamton.

Clearwater Threshers (28-16), Florida State League North Division. .006 ahead of Dunedin in battle for 1st place, 2nd half.
Rained out at home vs. Tampa . . . Brandon Leibrandt (0-1) and Shane Watson (4-4), 1 p.m. DH in Lakeland.

Lakewood BlueClaws (25-19), South Atlantic League North Division. 1.5-game lead over Hagerstown and Kannapolis, 2nd half.
After a 4-game losing streak, the BlueClaws have turned it around. They won their 5th in a row, 5-0, in Delmarva. WP: Jose Taveras (6-8), 7-4-0-0-2-6. 5 different players had 2 hits each including C Edgar Cabral, 2 RBI and RF Jose Pujols, HR (21) . . . 7:05 tonight in Kannapolis.

Williamsport Crosscutters (29-21), New York-Penn League Pinckney Division. 2nd place, 6 games behind State College.
Rained out at home vs. Hudson Valley . . . Adonis Medina (4-2) and Cole Irvin (3-1), 5:05 DH this evening vs. Hudson Valley.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (28-12), Northwest Division. 2nd place, 3 games behind Blue Jays.
Lost, 2-1, to the Tigers West in Lakeland. Held to 3 singles. Winning run in the 8th inning was unearned. ND: Will Stewart, 5-4-1-1-2-6 . . . 12 noon today vs. Tigers West at Carpenter Complex.

Book Signing
I’ll be signing my new book, The Fightin’ Phils, from12:30 to 1:30 Sunday at Citizens Bank Park.  Location: Section 111 in the main concourse.

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Scully’s Last Phils Game

California Here I Come is being replaced by California There I Go for the Phillies this afternoon in Dodger Stadium. The six-game trip (2-3) to San Diego and LA ends.

For the second straight day, the Dodgers went extra-base happy in defeating the Phillies, 9-3.  In two wins, they have 15 extra-base hits.  Phillies actually led in the game on a two-run homer by Aaron Altherr in the second inning.

Vince Velasquez had a rough outing in his first game in his home town.  He struck out the side in the first inning but was racked for nine runs in 4.2 innings, including three, two-run homers on fast balls of 95-95-94 MPH.  In each case, location was right down the middle of the plate.  At Citizens Bank Park he is 4-1 with a 1.72 ERA.  On the road, 4-3, 5.67 ERA.

Final Call
Legendary broadcaster Vince Scully will broadcast his final Phillies-Dodgers game today. The voice of the Dodgers is retiring at the end of the season after 67 years. Even though the Dodgers come to Philly next week the 88-year-old Scully will not be there as he no longer travels with the team.

Scully’s very first broadcast was the Dodgers season opener against the Phillies at Shibe Park on opening day, April 18, 1950.

Among his quotes:

“To be honest, I’ve ever been interested in how many games I’ve done and seen.  It doesn’t mean anything to anybody. All I know I’m eternally grateful for having been allowed to work so many games.”

“It’s a wonderful feeling to be a bridge to the past and unite generations. The sport of baseball does that and I am just part of it.”

“If something happens and the crowd roars, I shut up.”

“Losing feels worse than winning feels good.”

“As long as you live, keep smiling because it brightens everybody’s day.”

Phil-Ins
Four young starters (Thompson, Eickhorn, Eflin and Velasquez) really struggled on the trip, 27 runs in 18 innings. Lack of command was the chief problem . . . Today is the Phillies last road game west of the Mississippi. Final 19 road games include two in Chicago against the White Sox and 17 vs. NL East enemies. 27 home games remain . . . Phillies begin a nine-game homestand on Friday night against the Rockies.

Minor League Report
Transactions
Lehigh Valley: LHR Hoby Milner, transferred from Reading.
Reading: RHR Gregory Infante, transferred from LV; INF Carlos Alonso is retiring and will join the Williamsport coaching staff.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (70-46), International League North Division. 2nd place, 3 games behind Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Dropped 3-2 decision at SWB on a walk-off SF in the 9th. LP: Dalier Hinojosa (1-1), .2-1-1-0-0-0; his errant pickoff throw to 1st led to the winning run. ND: Phil Klein, 5-4-1-1-0-10. CF Cameron Perkins, 2 H, including 8th HR, RBI, 2 BB; 1st HR off RHP . . . David Buchanan (8-6), 7:05 tonight in SWB.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (77-38), Eastern League Eastern Division. 3.5-game lead over Trenton.
Improved August record to 6-2 with an 8-2 win in Binghamton. WP: Tom Eshelman (4-2), 6-6-1-1-1-11, career-high in SO. 1B Rhys Hoskins, 2 R, 2 H, including 35th HR, 2 RBI (104); 5 HR in last 6 G. RF Dylan Cozens, 2 H, including 33rd 2B, BB, SB (19) (caught-stealing once). PH Christian Marrrero, HR (7).  Reading has 155 HR, 3 shy of 2004 club record . . . Tyler Viza (4-3), 6:35 tonight in Binghamton.

Clearwater Threshers (28-16), Florida State League North Division. Tied for 1st place with Dunedin, 2nd half.
Lost, 8-5, to Tampa in 11 innings. ND: Will Morris, 6-7-4-4-1-2. C Chace Numata, 4 H, 2 R, RBI. 1B Zach Green, 2 H, 2 RBI.  CF Carlos Tocci, H, R, SB; 10 H in last 5 G . . . Brandon Leibrandt (0-1), 7:00 tonight vs. Tampa.

Lakewood BlueClaws (25-19), South Atlantic League North Division. .5-game lead over Hagerstown, 2nd half.
Won 4th in a row, 3-1, in Delmarva. WP: Franklyn Kilome (4-8), 6-7-1-1-0-11, career-high in SO. SV: Sutter McLoughlin (7). 1B Wilson Garcia, HR (3), 3 RBI in the 7th inning. RF Jose Pujols, 2 2B (16-17) . . . Jose Taveras (4-8), 7:05 tonight in Delmarva.

Williamsport Crosscutters (29-21), New York-Penn League Pinckney Division. 2nd place, 6 games behind State College.
Lost, 13-5, to Hudson Valley after holding a 5-1 lead after 1 inning. 6 errors led to 5 unearned runs. RF Luke Maglich, 3 H, R, RBI, SB. 2B Luis Espiritu Jr., 2 H, RBI. 1B Brett Barber, 2 H, RBI . . . Adonis Medina (4-2), 7:05 tonight vs. Hudson Valley.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (28-11), Northwest Division. 2nd place, 2 games behind Blue Jays.
After being rained out on Monday in Clearwater, Phillies and Tigers East played 2 games in Lakeland. Phillies won both. They were the home team in the 2nd 7-inning game. 5-0 1st game: WP: Mauricio Llovera (5-1), 5-1-0-0-0-6 . . . 5-2 2nd game: WP Kyle Young (2-0), 4-6-2-2-0-3. LF Josh Stephens, 4 H, R, 3 RBI in the DH . . . 12 noon today in Lakeland again, this time vs. the Tigers West.

This Date

1981 Rose Musial
August 10, 1981–1B Pete Rose singles off St. Louis’ Mark Littell in the eighth inning for his 3,631st hit to break Stan Musial’s all-time NL record in 7-3 loss at the Vet before the largest crowd of the season, 60,561. The hit comes as play resumes following a two-month (55-game) work stoppage.  MLB decided to have a split season.  Since the Phillies (34-21) had a 1.5 game lead over the Cardinals when the season was stopped on June 11, they are declared the first-half champions.

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Utley Goes Deep

Pitching behind the count and elevated pitches are a formula for doom.  It happened to 22-year-old Zach Eflin last night as the Dodgers hit three home runs off him in three innings.  LA won the series opener, 9-4. Since Eflin’s complete-game shutout in Pittsburgh on July 22, he’s given up 20 runs in 13 innings in three starts.

One of the home runs he allowed was hit by Chase Utley in his second at-bat against his former team.  A week from tonight, Chase returns to Citizens Bank Park for the first time since being traded to the Dodgers a year ago.

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The Phillies had seven hits, two each by Cameron Rupp and Eflin . . . LA had eight extra-base hits . . . Tommy Joseph’s 15 homers are the most for a Phillies rookie since Ryan Howard hit 22 in 2005. Club rookie record is 30 by Willie Montanez in 1971 . . . The Dodgers are 27-9 at home since the middle of May.

Toyota Alumni Weekend
It all begins with a sold-out Alumni Luncheon honoring Jim Thome on Thursday noon in the Diamond Club at Citizens Bank Park.  Friday night Thome becomes the 38th inductee in the Toyota Wall of Fame.

The annual Alumni Night takes place on Saturday with several autograph stations and intros of former Phillies starting with the 1940 decade. Pre-game festivities include the presentation of the John Vukovich Award to Larry Bowa.  And, Randy Wolf will symbolically retire as a Phillie and throw out the first ball. Placido Polanco will do the same before Sunday’s game.  Randy and Polly join Doug Glanville, Mike Lieberthal and Pat Burrell to retire as a Phillie.

Minor League Report
Transaction
Reading: OF Aaron Brown, activated from DL; assigned to Clearwater.

Players of the Week (August 1-7)

00 Cozens
OF Dylan Cozens, Reading… The 22-year-old Cozens batted .367 (11-30) with a double, two triples, five home runs, 14 RBI, three walks, a stolen base and a 1.033 slugging percentage in seven games. In two games from August 3-4, he combined to go 7-for-9 with two triples, five home runs, 12 RBI, a stolen base and seven runs scored. Cozens leads all of professional baseball with 103 RBI and ranks second with 32 home runs. He leads the Eastern League in slugging (.611), extra-base hits (67), total bases (253) and runs scored (90). Cozens, who was also named Player of the Week in the Eastern League and by MiLB.com and right-fielder on the milbpipeline.com Prospect Team of the Week. He was selected by the Phillies in the second round of the June 2012 draft.

00 Morgan

LHP Adam Morgan, Lehigh Valley… Morgan, 26, was named the Pitcher of the Week in the Phillies minor leagues, International League and MiLB.com after going 2-0 with a 1.23 ERA (2 ER, 14.2 IP), 0.55 WHIP (2 BB, 6 H) and 17 strikeouts in his two outings. He tossed 6.0 shutout innings on August 1, and then struck out 11 batters in a career-high 8.2 innings on August 6. He has allowed three earned runs or fewer in seven of his eight outings and is averaging just over one strikeout per inning pitched (52 SO, 50.1 IP). Morgan was selected by the Phillies in the third round of the June 2011 draft.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (70-45), International League North Division. 2nd place, 2 games behind Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Phil Klein (1-1), 7:05 tonight in SWB.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (76-38), Eastern League Eastern Division. 3.5-game lead over Trenton.
Tom Eshelman (3-2), 6:35 tonight in Binghamton.

Clearwater Threshers (28-15), Florida State League North Division. 2nd place, ½ game lead over Dunedin, 2nd half.
Threshers jumped out to an 11-0 lead after 5 innings and then hung on for an 11-9 win over Tampa. WP: John Richy (4-4), 6-6-2-2-1-6. SV: Matt Hockenberry (4).
CF Carlos Tocci, 4 H, R. LF Aaron Brown, 2 H, 2 R, HR (1), 3 RBI, BB. SS Malquin Canelo, 2 H, R, 2 RBI, BB, SB. 3B Derek Campbell, 2 HR (10-11), 5 RBI, including a 4th-inning grand slam.
Will Morris (7-2), 7:00 tonight in Tampa.

Lakewood BlueClaws (24-19), South Atlantic League North Division. Tied for 2nd place, .5 game out of 1st, 2nd half.
Won, 7-5, in 10 innings in Delmarva. Broke a 3-3 tie with 2 runs T9. Delmarva tied it with 2 B9. BlueClaws added 2 more in the 10th for the win. ND: Seranthony Dominquez, 6-2-1-1-4-7.
2B Grenny Cumana, 3 H, 2 R, RBI, SB. DH Cornelius Randolph, 2 H, RBI. 2B Damek Tomscha, 2b (25), 2 RBI.
Franklyn Kilome (3-8), 7:05 tonight in Delmarva.

Williamsport Crosscutters (29-21), New York-Penn League Pinckney Division. 2nd place, 6 games behind State College. Tied for wildcard berth.
Won, 3-0, in West Virginia. WP: Felix Paulino (1-3), 7-5-0-0-0-4. SV: Carlos Indriago (1).
1B Darick Hall, 2B, HR (4), RBI. SS Chandler Hall, 2 H, BB. LF Jesus Alastre, 2 H, R, SB.
Bailey Falter (1-5), 7:05 vs. Hudson Valley.

All-Stars: RHP Adonis Medina, LHP Ranger Suarez and OF Jesus Alastre have named to the South roster to oppose the North in the NYP League All-Star Game, August 16, in Hudson Valley.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (26-11), Northwest Division. 2nd place, 3 games behind Blue Jays.
Rained out at home vs. Tigers East . . . 12 noon today vs. Tigers East in Lakeland.

This Date

Delmer Ennis Position: Leftfielder Bats: Right, Throws: Right Height: 6' 0", Weight: 195 lb. Born: June 8, 1925 in Philadelphia, PA High School: Olney HS (Philadelphia, PA) Signed by the Philadelphia Phillies as an amateur free agent in 1943. (All Transactions) Debut: April 28, 1946 (Age 20.324, 7,867th in MLB history)   vs. BSN 1 AB, 0 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1946 season  Teams (by GP): Phillies/Cardinals/WhiteSox/Redlegs 1946-1959 Last Game: June 14, 1959 (Age 34.006)   vs. BAL 2 AB, 0 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB Died: February 8, 1996 in Huntingdon Valley, PA (Aged 70.245) Buried: Hillside Cemetery, Roslyn, PA
August 9, 1955–LF Del Ennis drives in his 1,000th run in 91 win vs. Pittsburgh. OF Ed
Delahanty is the club’s all-time RBI leader (1,286).

August 9, 1965–RHP Robin Roberts (6-7), pitching for Houston, blanks the Phillies on
four hits, 8-0, at the Astrodome, his first start in the NL since September 10, 1961,
when he was with the Phils.

August 9, 1976–RHP Robin Roberts is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, NY. Because of rain, induction ceremonies take place in the Otesaga Hotel small ballroom.

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Utley in Blue

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It’s gonna seem strange seeing Chase Utley wearing a blue #26.  For the first time since he was traded to the Dodgers last August, Utley will face the Phillies starting tonight.  Actually, it’s Alumni Night in Dodger Stadium as four members of the Phillies’ 2008 World Champions will be in uniform, Ryan Howard, Carlos Ruiz, Utley and Joe Blanton. Time for a mini team photo.

Next week Utley returns to Citizens Bank Park for the first time, http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

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By winning two of three over the weekend the Phillies improved their Petco Park record to an amazing 32-11 . . . What do Aaron Nola, Zach Eflin and Jake Thompson have in common? Each made his MLB debut with the Phillies and lost. Thompson was the 2,000th to play for the Phillies since the franchise was established in 1883.  According to baseball-reference.com he was the 18,825th in MLB history . . . Jerad Eickhoff won yesterday for the first time since July 4.  In his three previous starts, the Phillies scored just three total runs. Prior to yesterday his 3.20 runs of support per 9.0 innings was the 3rd lowest in MLB . . . Howard has 13 home runs in 130 at-bats in Dodger Stadium.

5 Things
Five things to know about the Dodgers:
**Fresh from winning two of three from the Red Sox at home.
**LA has 165-137 record against the Phillies at Dodger Stadium.
**In 2015, 3-1, including shutouts in last two games (Kershaw & Greinke). Phillies haven’t scored a run in 20 straight innings.
**Opponents are hitting .224, second lowest in the NL.
**They have placed 25 players on the DL, most in NL history, but are still in the pennant race.

Minor League Report
Transactions
Clearwater: LHS Elniery Garcia, placed on DL; RHR Jose Nine, transferred from GCL.

Lakewood: OF Herlis Rodriquez, transferred from Clearwater; 1B Brendon Hayden, placed on DL; C Edgar Cabral, activated from DL.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (70-45), International League North Division. 2nd place, 2 games behind Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Won 2 of 3 vs. Rochester. 18-6 since the All-Star Game. 3-2 L Friday, ND Anthony Vasquez, 7-7-2-2-0-4. 7-2 W Saturday, WP: Adam Morgan (6-1), 8.2-3-2-2-1-11; retired the first 20 batters; 5-0 since being optioned to AAA in mid-July; 6-game AAA winning streak. 10-1 romp Sunday, WP: Ben Lively (7-4), 6.1-5-1-1-3-4; including Reading, Ben’s 14-4, 2.80 this year for 23 GS.
RF Peter Bourjos (1) and 2B Jesmuel Valentin (1), back-to-back HR Saturday. OF Cedric Hunter, 5-12 weekend, HR (9), 5 RBI. OF Cameron Perkins, 4-11 weekend, 4 RBI. 3B Darnell Sweeney, 4-9, RBI, 2 games.
Day off today. Season resumes Tuesday night, 1st of a 3-game series at 1st-place SWB.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (76-38), Eastern League Eastern Division. 4-game lead over Trenton.
Won 2 of 3 vs. Altoona, Western Division leader. 6-3 W Friday, WP: Mark Leiter (5-1), 7-5-2-2-2-4; had 14 outs on 3 pitches or less; SV: Miguel Nunez (14), 8-pitch save. 2-1, 10-inning L Saturday. ND: Ricardo Pinto, 8-3-1-0-1-6. 14-0 romp Sunday, WP: Nick Pivetta (11-6), 5-2-0-0-4-5; EL’s 1st 11-game winner. RHR Jesen Therrien, 2-0-0-0-0-4; since promotion from Clearwater on August 2, 2 G, 5-3-0-0-0-1-7.
CF Roman Quinn, 5-9, 2 G, SB (26). RF Dylan Cozens weekend, 4-13, 2B (32), 2 RBI (103). 1B Rhys Hoskins, HR (34), RBI (100) on Friday; 5 BB, R, RBI (101) on Sunday. C Gabriel Lino, 3-5, 3 R, HR (1), 3 RBI on Sunday. LF Andrew Pullin, 2-5, 2 R, 2b (7), HR (8), 4 RBI on Sunday; in 30 games since promotion from Clearwater, .368, 26 RBI.
Day off today. Season resumes Tuesday night in Binghamton.

Clearwater Threshers (27-15), Florida State League North Division. 2nd place, ½ game behind Dunedin, 2nd half.
Two wins (3-2, 2-1) vs. Lakeland a rain out. RHS Shane Watson (4-4) lost a no-hitter on a broken bat single in the top of the 9th, 8.2-2-2-3-8; longest outing of career; retired 20 of 21 batters at one point; SV: Matt Hockenberry (3) . . . 2B Josh Tobias long HR in the 8th inning broke a 1-1 tie in the 2-1 Saturday night win. ND Drew Anderson, 6-5-0-0-1-3; BS (1)/WP: Ranfi Casimiro (8-7).
CF Carlos Tocci, 3-8, 2B, R, 2 RBI, weekend; hitting .361 in last 10 G. Tobias has hit in 8 of the 10 games since promotion to Clearwater from Lakewood on July 27; hitting .368 at Clearwater, 1 HR; combined .310, 8 HR.
John Richy (3-4), 7:00 tonight vs. Tampa.

Lakewood BlueClaws (23-19), South Atlantic League North Division. 4th place, 1.5 games out of 1st, 2nd half.
Won 2 of 3 from 1st-place Hagerstown.  3-1 Friday L, ND Harold Arauz, 5-2-0-0-0-3 in 1st game off DL. 4-2 Saturday W, WP: Tyler Gilbert (6-7), 7.2-4-1-1-1-8. SV: Austin Davis (1). 11-6 Sunday W, ND: Alberto Tirado, 5-2-2-2-3-8; BS (2)/WP: Zack Morris (7-2).
OF Mark Laird, 5-12 weekend, 3 R, 2 RBI. LF Cornelius Randolph, 4-12, 4 R, 2B, 5 RBI. 1B/C Wilson Garcia, 4-9, R, 2 RBI, 2 games. C Deivi Grullon and RF Jose Pujols, each had a 3-RBI game.
Seranthony Dominquez (2-2), 7:05 tonight in Delmarva.

Williamsport Crosscutters (28-21), New York-Penn League Pinckney Division. 2nd place, 6 games behind State College. Tied for wildcard berth.
Lost 2 of 3.  8-1 Friday W, WP: Cole Irvin (3-1), 6-5-1-1-1-4. SV: Blake Quinn (1). 3-2 Saturday L and 9-1 L Sunday in West Virginia. Saturday ND: JoJo Romero, 6-5-0-0-0-5. WV tied the game 1-1 in B9; won with 2 in B10. Williamsport stole 6 baes but was 2-16 RISP. Sunday L, Ranger Suarez (5-1), 5-8-5-5-1-3; 5 runs allowed was a season high.
Lf/1B Enmanuel Garcia, 4-8, R, 2 RBI. 1B Darick Hall, 3-9, 2B, 2 R, HR (4), 2 RBI. SS Chandler Hall, 3-7, R, RBI. OF David Martinelli, 3-9, SB, R. C Henri Lartigue, 3-7, R, 2B, RBI, 2 SB.
Felix Paulino (0-3), 7:05 tonight in West Virginia.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (26-11), Northwest Division. 2nd place, 3 games behind Blue Jays.
Won 2 from Pirates, 3-2, 4-1. ND Sixto Sanchez on Friday, 5-5-0-0-0-1, lowered ERA to 0.47 lowest in the league. BS (1)/WP (1-1), Tyler Frohwirth. Saturday WP: Nick Fanti (5-0), 5-3-1-1-2-3, 1.43 ERA; tied for the league lead in W.
C Nerluis Martinez, 4-8 in the two games, including walk-off 1B on Friday. 3B Danny Zardon, 1-3 Friday, 1st HR; played 1B for first time Saturday. 2B Dan Brito, 2-5, 2 RBI. CF Mickey Moniak, 2-5, 2B, RBI; leads club with 24 RBI and .327 AVG in 28 G.
12 noon today vs. Tigers East at Carpenter Field.  Phillies are 5-1 this month. Season ends September 1.

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Firepower in Reading

When a starting pitcher walks six in six innings, it usually means a loss.  The Phillies walked six times against Matt Moore yesterday afternoon but only had four hits in 10 innings resulting in two runs.  Denard Span’s home run leading off the 10th gave the Giants a 3-2 win. It was the first run off the Phillies bullpen after 14 scoreless innings. The Phillies were attempting their first sweep of the Giants at home in 10 years.

Now, it’s back on the road again, a stretch in which they have 16 road games and the just-completed three home games.  Three weekend games in San Diego starting tonight and then three against Chase Utley and the Dodgers.

5 Things
Five things to know about the Padres:
**Phillies opened their home schedule back in April winning three of four from SD. None of their four SD starting pitchers in that series are in the current rotation, two trades and two injuries.
**Since Petco Park opened in 2004, the Phillies are 30-10 there, including an 11-game winning streak, 5/23/04-7/4/06.
**They are seventh in runs scored (478) and fourth in runs allowed (520).
**They have scored 12 runs or more in an inning seven times this season, a major league high.
**Phillies have won the season series nine straight years.

# 2,000
22-year-old right-handed pitcher Jake Thompson joined the Phillies on their post-game flight across the country to San Diego.  He’ll make his major league debut tomorrow night.

In doing so he will become the 2,000th player to appear in a Phillies game since the franchise’s first game in 1883. So, who was the first Phillie, you ask. Since their first game ever was at home (Recreation Park) I would imagine starting pitcher John Coleman would technically be the first since he threw the first pitch.

LF William (Blondie) Purcell got the Phillies’ first hit and scored the first run.  He singled to left center in the first inning and scored on a ground out.

Minor League Report
Players of the Month

00 July  winners

Transactions
Lehigh Valley: LHS Anthony Vasquez and CF Osmel Aguila, transferred from Reading.

Reading: 3B Mitch Waldiing and RHR Jesen Therrien, transferred from Clearwater.

Clearwater: OF Zach Coppola and LHR Jeff Singer, transferred from Lakewood; RHS Ranfi Casimiro, activated from DL; RHP Jario Munoz, placed on DL.

Lakewood: OF Mark Laird, transferred from Williamsport; RHS Harold Arauz, activated from DL

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (68-44), International League North Division. 2nd place, 1 game behind Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Dropped a 4-2 decision to SWB, first time they have lost consecutive games since 3 losses in a row, June 27-28-29. In battle for 1st place, teams split the 4-game series. LP: David Buchanan (8-6), 9-8-4-4-1-4; the 1 walk and 4 hits produced 4 1st-inning runs; loss ended a personal 4-game winning streak and was his 1st since June 29. CF Nick Williams, HR (12), RBI . . . Anthony Vasquez (2-0), 7:05 tonight vs. Rochester.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (73-37), Eastern League Eastern Division. 4-game lead over Trenton.
I’m sorry but you won’t believe what you are about to read.  After hitting 3 home runs and driving in 7 on Wednesday night, RF Dylan Cozens was 3-4, 3 R, 2 HR (31-32), 5 RBI (101) last night. Reading won, 12-8, on a 2-out grand slam in the 8th inning by Cozens. Oh, he also threw out a runner at home plate in the 3rd inning. And, he caught the last out of the game.
Cozens was just part of the power ball night.  1B Rhys Hoskins, 2-3, 3 R, 2 HR (32-33), 2 RBI (98) . . . LF Andrew Pullin, 3-4, 3 R, 2B, 2 HR (6-7), 2 RBI; lifted average to .384 . . . 3B Mitch Walding, making his AA debut after promotion from Clearwater, homered in his 2nd at-bat.
Starter Tyler Viza gave up all 8 runs in 4 innings. Relievers Jesen Therrien (3), Hoby Milner (1) and Miguel Nunez (1) tossed 5 scoreless innings. WP: Milner (5-3).
With the big league team on the west coast, fans from the Philly area can flock to Reading this weekend, 7:05, 6:35, 5:05, against Altoona . . . Mark Leiter (4-1) tonight.

Clearwater Threshers (25-15), Florida State League North Division. Tied for 1st place with Dunedin, 2nd half.
Edged Dunedin, 7-6, on a 2-out, walk-off RBI 1B by Zach Green. RF Zach Coppola, in his debut since promotion from Lakewood, 2-4, R, SB. CF Carlos Tocci, 2-3, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB. SS Manquin Canelo, 2-4, RBI. 1B Kyle Martin, 1-3, 2 R, HR (14), 2 RBI . . . Shane Watson (3-4), 6:15 tonight vs. Lakeland.

Lakewood BlueClaws (21-18), South Atlantic League North Division. 4th place, 2nd half.
Lost, 8-6, in 10 innings to Hagerstown. LP: Zach Morris (6-2), 3 unearned runs in 2 innings; other loss was April 27; last time he gave up a run, June 27. LF Mark Laird, debut after promotion from Williamsport, 2-4, 2 R, BB. RF Jose Pujols, 3-5, HR (20), RBI. 3B Damek Tomscha, 2-5, 3 RBI. SS Emmanuel Marrero, 2-3, R, BB . . . Harold Arauz (3-5), 7:05 tonight vs. Hagerstown.

Williamsport Crosscutters (27-19), New York-Penn League Pinckney Division. 2nd place, 5 games behind State College.
Lost, 5-3, to Staten Island. LP: Adonis Medina (4-2), 5-6-5-3-2-2, 2 HR. 7 different players had 1 hit each . . . Irvin Cole (2-1), 7:05 tonight vs. Staten Island.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (24-11), Northwest Division. 2nd place, 5 games behind Blue Jays.
Lost to the Braves on the road, 6-1. 2 errors paved the way for 4 unearned runs.  9 of the 10 Phillies in the game had a hit with SS Jose Antequera getting 2. 11 LOB . . . 12 noon today, Pirates at Carpenter Complex.

PhilsAlumnilogo
Next weekend is a Phillies tradition, Toyota Alumni Weekend. It actually starts with a sold-out Alumni Luncheon honoring Jim Thome on Thursday noon.  Thome will be inducted into the Toyota Wall of Fame on Friday night (7 o’clock). Nearly 50 Alumni will be introduced on Saturday night (6:30) and a Wall of Fame fathead will be given to fans on Sunday.

Look for a press release on this website early next week that will provide all the information, including various fan surprises.

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Franco Heroics

00 Game winner

Maikel Franco’s bat was in a funk, now it’s on fire.  His 2-run single tied the game in the eighth inning. Four innings later he drove in the winning run as the Phillies beat SF, 5-4, their first back-to-back wins since July 5-6 (Atlanta).  Franco has six hits and seven RBI in the two wins.

Johnny Cueto was cruising along with a 4-0 lead until Ryan Howard (left field corner) and Cameron Rupp (dead centerfield) hit back-to-back homers in the seventh to start the comeback.

Credit for the win really goes to the bullpen. Six relievers combined to pitch seven shutout innings and allowed just two hits and one walk. Phillies pitchers retired 19 consecutive batters from the fourth through the 10th.

Phil Klein was scheduled to start for Lehigh Valley in Allenton and Michael Mariot was the IronPigs new closer. When Aaron Nola, the Phillies scheduled starter, went on the disabled list and Jeanmar Gomez was placed on the paternity leave list (1-3 days), Klein and Mariot quickly headed for Citizens Bank Park.  Instead of facing second-place Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Klein was on the emergency starter against the first-place Giants. He allowed four runs in five innings. After the game, Klein was optioned back to LV.

Elias Sports Bureau
The Phillies were just 2-99 when trailing by four-or-more runs since the start of the 2015 season entering Wednesday, which was the worst record for any major-league team over that span.

Phil-Ins
Klein became the 1,998th player to appear in a game for the Phillies and was followed by Mariot, the 1,999th.  Who will be #2,000? . . . The walk-off win was the Phillies fourth.  The other three came in April . . . First series win at home vs. SF since August 17-19, 2010 (2-1) . . . The Phillies faced Cueto and Madison Bumgarner twice each this season. In 25 innings, the Phillies scored 17 earned runs off the prize pair . . . Phillies fly to San Diego after today’s game, three games there and then three against the Dodgers in LA . . . Happy 82nd birthday to Dallas Green today.

Minor League Report
Players of the Week (July 25-31)

00 Coppola
OF Zach Coppola, Lakewood… Coppola, 22, batted .421 (8-19) with two doubles, three RBI, three walks, three runs scored and a .525 on-base percentage in five games. He posted three multi-hit games, tying a career high with four hits on July 28, and now has multiple hits in nine of his last 16 games overall. Coppola was selected by the Phillies in the 13th round in 2015 out of South Dakota State University and signed by Brian Kohlscheen.

00 Suarez
LHP Ranger Suarez, Williamsport… The 20-year-old Suarez tossed a 7.0-inning no-hitter in the first game of Williamsport’s doubleheader on July 26. He allowed a leadoff walk, erased it with a double play and then did not allow another baserunner for the remainder of the game. He struck out five batters, matching a season high. The southpaw is 4-0 with a 2.09 ERA (9 ER, 38.1 IP) this season. Suarez was signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent on April 1, 2012 out of Pie de Cuesta, VN and signed by Jesus Mendez.

Transactions
Lehigh Valley: RHP Gregory Infante, transferred from Reading.

Reading: CF Ramon Quinn, reinstated from DL.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (68-43), International League North Division. Tied for 1st with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Lost, 7-0, to Scranton/Wilke-Barre, getting 2 singles.  LP: Gregory Infante (2-1), 2.2-4-4-4-2-4. When scheduled starter Phil Klein was sent to Philadelphia Infante was dispatched from Reading to make his first start since 2009 at Winston-Salem . . . David Buchanan (8-5), 7:05 tonight vs. SWB.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (73-37), Eastern League Eastern Division. 4-game lead over Trenton.

00  Cozens
RF Dylan Cozens (photo) put on some kind of power show with 3 HRs (28-29-30), 3B, 7 RBI (96), 15 total bases as Reading blanked Bowie, 13-0. Oh, he had a SB (18); he’s been caught just once. 1B Rhys Hoskins, HR (31), RBI (96). DH Jake Fox, HR (20). 2nd time Reading hit 5 blasts in a game vs. Bowie. WP: Tom Eshelman (3-2), 6-3-0-0-0-5 . . . Tyler Viza (4-3), 7:05 tonight vs. Altoona.

Clearwater Threshers (24-15), Florida State League North Division. 3rd place, 1 game behind, 2nd half.
Lost, 7-2, in Dunedin. LP: Brandon Leibrandt (0-1), 5-7-4-4-2-2; 1st appearance since coming off the DL. 2 hits each for 3B Mitch Walding, LF Jiandido Tromp, SS Malquin Canelo . . . Luke Leftwich (2-3), 6:15 tonight vs. Lakeland.

Lakewood BlueClaws (21-17), South Atlantic League North Division. Tied for 3rd place 1 ½ games back, 2nd half.
Dropped a DH in Greensboro, 4-1 and 3-1. Combined 1-16 with RISP. SS Grenny Cumana, 3-7 . . . Jose Taveras (4-8), 7:05 tonight vs. Hagerstown, first of a 4-game series.

Williamsport Crosscutters (27-18), New York-Penn League Pinckney Division. 2nd place, 4 games behind State College.
Lost, 4-1, to Staten Island, getting 5 hits.  SS Chandler Hall, 1st pro HR . . . Adonis Medina (4-1), 7:05 tonight vs. Staten Island.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (24-10), Northwest Division. 2nd place, 4 games behind Blue Jays.
Edged Braves, 4-3, in a game called after 6 innings by rain. 2B Dan Brito, H, R, RBI, 2 BB. CF Mickey Moniak, 2B, RBI; has 7-game hitting streak. DH Ben Pelletier, 1B, 2B, 2 R. 3B Paul Rivas, 2 H, RBI . . . 12 noon today, Pirates at Carpenter Complex.

This Date
August 4, 1934, 2nd game–RHP Reggie Grabowski gave up a club-record 11 hits (10 singles) in one inning, an 11-run ninth in beating the Phillies, 21-4, at Baker Bowl.  He also hit two batters.

August 4, 2006–2B Chase Utley’s 35-game hitting streak (.405, 62-153) ends in 5-3 win
against the Mets in Shea Stadium.

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Bats Explode

It was feast or famine for the Phillies offense during a four-game weekend series in Atlanta, 7-1-9-1.  With Madison Bumgarner (10-6, 2.09 ERA) on the mound last night one would imagine runs would be hard to come by.

Guess again, the Phillies jumped on him for six runs in the first two innings, got tied, fell behind, rallied and in the end scored the most runs in a game this season, a 13-8 win over the struggling Giants (4-12 since the All-Star Game).

The Phillies’ first three hitters (Cesar Hernandez, Aaron Altherr, Maikel Franco) combined to go 11-for-14 (.786) with two doubles, two home runs, nine RBI, nine runs, a walk and a stolen base. Their 12 times reaching base and 11 hits are tied for the most in a game by the 1-through-3 hitters of any team in MLB this season.

Last time the first three Phillies batters produced similar numbers was August 24, 1999 at the Vet, 18-2, over the Padres. Rob Ducey, Ron Gant and Bobby Abreu went 11-for-16 with 10 runs scored and nine RBIs. (Elias Sports Bureau).

Phil-Ins

00 Franco
Franco’s homer was his 20th, the first Phillies third baseman to reach that figure since Scott Rolen hit 25 in 2001 . . . Altherr is the first Phillie to have a home run, five RBI and a stolen base in a game since Chase Utley on May 26, 2008 . . . Hernandez recorded his MLB leading 10th bunt base hit. It was also his 23rd infield hit, which is tied for most in the National League . . . Phillies try to win consecutive games for the first time since July 5-6.  SF is sending Johnny Cueto (13-3, 2.63) to the mound tonight, another toughie. What will the offense produce?

You Are The Man

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 29:  Chase Utley #26 of the Philadelphia Phillies follows watches the flight of his seventh inning grand slam against the New York Mets at Citi Field on July 29, 2014 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
The annual Toyota Alumni Weekend is coming up soon at Citizens Bank Park, August 12-13-14. Well, might as well extend Alumni Weekend to include August 16-17-18 as one of the most popular Phillies players ever returns to Citizens Bank Park.  Welcome back Chase Utley.  Check http://www.phillies.com/alumni for a feature on the team’s greatest second baseman. (Photo: Getty Images)

Minor League Report

Transactions
Lehigh Valley–INF Carlos Alonso & LHR Joely Rodriguez assigned to roster from Reading.

Reading–RHR Victor Arano assigned to roster from Clearwater.

Clearwater–RHP Yacksel Rios placed on DL; RHP Jario Munoz & LHS Brandon Leibrandt activated from the DL.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (68-42), International League North Division. Lead Scranton/Wilkes-Barre by 1 game.
Edged SWB, 2-1, for 4th straight win. WP: Ben Lively (6-4), 8-3-2-0-1-8. SV: Michael Mariot (1). Winning run came in the B7 when DH Brock Stassi doubled and scored on RF Cedric Hunter’s 1B. Stassi and Hunter each had 2 hits . . . Phil Klein (1-1), 7:05 tonight vs. SWB.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (70-36), Eastern League Eastern Division. Hold a 3-game lead over Trenton.
KC Serna’s 2-run HR (4) in the B7 lifted Reading to a 4-2 win over Bowie. WP: Nick Pivetta (10-6), 7.2-5-2-2-0-6; retired final 19 of 23 hitters he faced; tied for EL lead in W. SV: Hoby Milner (5), 1.1-0-0-0-0-2. LF Andrew Pullin, 2-4, boosting average to .373. 3B Harold Martinez, 2-3, including 2B, R, RBI . . . Tom Eshelman (2-2), 7:05 tonight vs. Bowie.

Clearwater Threshers (24-14), Florida State League North Division. Tied for 1st with Dunedin, 2nd half.
Following a day off season resumes at 6:30 tonight in Dunedin, Brandon Leibrandt (0-0).

Lakewood BlueClaws (21-15), South Atlantic League North Division. Lead Hagerstown by .004 percentage points, 2nd half.
Rained out in Greensboro.  Two teams play a 7-innning DH starting at 11 this morning. Seranthony Dominiquez (2-1) and Franklyn Kilome (3-7).

Williamsport Crosscutters (27-17), New York-Penn League Pinckney Division. 2nd place, 3 games behind State College.
3-game winning streak ended in Mahoning Valley, 2-1.  All runs were unearned. ND: Felix Paulino, 6-4-1-0-1-6 . . . Bailey Falter (1-4), 7:05 tonight vs. Staten Island.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (23-10), 2nd place, Northwest Division. 2nd place, 4 games behind Blue Jays.
Big numbers: 11 R, 18 H, 5 E in 11-7 win over Yankees East.  LF Roman Quinn, 3-4, 2 R, 2B, SB (6). 2B Dan Brito, 3-4, 2 R, 3B, 3 RBI. 3B Danny Zardon, 2 2B, R, 3 RBI. DH Mickey Moniak, 2B, 3B, 2 R, hitting .326. RF Ben Pellitier, 2 H, 2 R, SB (home)
. . . 12 noon today vs. Braves at Carpenter Complex.

Thome Phun Fact
(Jim will become the 38th Phillies legend to be inducted into the Toyota Wall of Fame on Friday night, August 12. Ceremonies begin at 7 p.m.)

Career home run numbers: 612 total to rank seventh all-time, 101 hit with Phillies, 1 against them, 28 at Veterans Stadium and 27 at Citizens Bank Park.

This Date

Philadelphia Phillies Chuck Klein holding bats,1944
August 3, 1980–OF Chuck Klein, one of the greatest sluggers in Phillies history, is
inducted posthumously into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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