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No Picnics

Summertime is the time for picnics.  Sorry, there are no picnics in baseball.

Starting tonight through the end of July the Phillies have a tough schedule. This homestand includes three with the Mets and four with the surging Marlins. The month ends with a 10-game road trip as the Democratic Convention takes over the Sports Complex. That trip has three in Pittsburgh, three in Miami and four in Atlanta.

Between April 8 and 20, the Phillies and Mets met six times, each winning three games. The last three games were at Citizens Bank Park where the Mets have been having a picnic. In winning two of three, the Mets blasted 12 home runs.  Of the six different Mets who homered, only Curtis Granderson and Neil Walker will be in uniform this weekend. Lucas Duda, David Wright and Yoenis Cespedes are injured and Mike Conforto is in the minors.

5 Things
Five things to know about the Mets:
**Record at CBP is 63-51, including 20 of last 27 games.
**Losing after 8, 0-36; winning after eight, 43-0.
**.238 team batting average ranks 13th in NL; 122 homers, second most.
**3.39 team ERA is third best in NL; 80 homers allowed, second fewest.
**27-year-old RH reliever Erik Goeddel is Tyler’s (23) older brother.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (53-39), 2nd place, International League North Division.
6 different players had multi-hit games as the Pigs collected 17 hits in winning, 6-1, over Buffalo. SS J.P. Crawford, 3 hits including 3rd HR, 3 RBI, R. 2B Emmanuel Burris, 3 hits. LF Nick Williams, 2 2B (21-22).  WP: David Buchanan (5-5), 7-5-1-1-3-5 . . . Jake Thompson (7-5), 7:05 tonight vs. Buffalo.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (64-27), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
Won, 4-2, in Trenton behind Tyler Viza (3-2), 8-2-2-2-0-7, both runs in the 1st inning; retired 20 in a row at one point. SV: Miguel Nunez (11). DH Jake Fox, HR (16). C Jorge Alfaro, 2 H, RBI. 2B KC Serna, 2 H, RBI . . . Mark Leiter (4-0), 7 tonight in Trenton.

Clearwater Threshers (13-8), 2nd, 2nd half, Florida State League North Division.
Won 5th in a row, 8-6, at Palm Beach. Threshers began the game with 5 consecutive hits and a 4-run 1st. 5 players had multi-hit games led by 1B Kyle Martin’s 3. 2B Scot Kingery, 1B, 3B, 2 RBI, R . . . Ranfi Casimiro (7-6), 6:30 tonight in Palm Beach.

Lakewood BlueClaws (11-7), tie 4th place, 2nd half, South Atlantic League North Division.
Collected 13 hits with 5 players having multi-hit games but left 13 runners in losing 4-3 in Hickory. C Deivi Grullon, HR (6), 1 each in 3 straight games. LF Cornelius Randolph, 3rd straight multi-hit game with 3; 8-13 in those 3 games . . . Edgar Garcia (3-0), 7:05 tonight in Charleston, SC.

Williamsport Crosscutters (14-12), 2nd, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
Won 5th in a row, 6-2, in Vermont. WP: Bailey Falter (1-3), 6-5-2-2-0-5. 18-year-old SS Arquimedes Gamboa, 3 H, steal of home; extended hitting streak to 6 games, 11-27, .407. CF David Martinelli, 1 H, 2 RBI, SB . . . Julian Garcia (0-1), 7:05 tonight in Vermont.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (11-7), 2nd place, Northwest Division.
Lost 3rd straight, 10-4, to the Blue Jays at Carpenter Field. RF Aaron Altherr, H, R, 2 BB; hitting .333. SS Cole Stobbe, 2 H . . . 12 noon today vs. Yankees East.

Transactions
Lehigh Valley: LHS Adam Morgan, added to roster; RHR Edward Mujica asked for his release and was granted.
Reading: LHS Anthony Vasquez, assigned from Lehigh Valley.
Clearwater: RHS John Richy, assigned from Reading.

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Pupil vs. Professor

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Baseball can be a strange game.  Maikel Franco hit .233, five home runs, 13 RBI, .785 OPS in 24 games during June. Flip the calendar to July and his bat got hot: .450 average, 5 HR, 11 RBI, and a 1.351 OPS in 10 games.

Second half of season begins tomorrow night against the Mets at Citizens Bank Park. Question: will four days off have cooled his bat?

The 23-year-old Maikel, a native of the Dominican Republic, will be facing Bartolo Colon, who is only 20 years older.  In his brief big league career, Franco is 0-8 vs. Colon, also from the DR. Will the pupil get to the professor?

Team Leaders
Minor league statistical leaders were posted yesterday. Today, a look at the major league Phillies.  Not surprising, the hitting leaders are a two-man show:

Hitting
Average: Odubel Herrera, .294
Games: Herrera, 89
At-bats: Herrera, 330
Runs:  Herrera, 39
Hits:  Herrera, 97
Total bases: Maikel Franco, 155
Doubles: Cameron Rupp, 17
Triples: Cesar Hernandez, 6
Home runs: Franco, 18
RBI:   Franco, 52
Stolen bases: Herrera, 12

Pitching
Games: Hector Neris, 46
Starts:  Jeremy Hellickson/Jerad Eickhoff, 18
Wins:  Vince Velasquez, 8-2
Saves:  Jeanmar Gomez, 24
Innings: Eickhoff, 108.0
Walks:  Eickhoff, 29
Strikeouts: Aaron Nola, 106
ERA:  Velasquez, 3.32

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (52-39), 2nd place, International League North Division.

International League defeated Pacific Coast League in AAA All-Star Game, 4-2. C Andrew Knapp HR, OF Cam Perkins game-winning RBI, Edward Mujica, SV . . . 2nd half resumes at 7:05 tonight vs. Buffalo.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (63-27), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.

East Division All-Stars managed by Reading manager Dusty Wathan and featuring 6 of his players banged out 20 hits in defeating the West Stars, 10-2, at Canal Park in Akron. C Jorge Alfaro, 3-3; RF Dylan Cozens, BB, 2 R, SB; 1B Rhys Hoskins, 1-3, a 3-run HR in the top of the 1st; 2B Jesmuel Valentin, 1 1B, 2 2B, 2 R; RH Nick Pivetta, 1 IP, 1 SO; LH Hoby Milner, .2 IP.

“We were joking that maybe we should have put together an All-Star team from everybody else in the league and play Reading,” said Akron manager Dave Wallace, who managed the Western Division squad. “It’s a compliment to their whole organization. They have a lot of good players and they play the game the right way. I think the future is pretty bright in Philadelphia.”

Reading’s 2nd half resumes at 7 tonight in Trenton, Tyler Viza (2-2).

Clearwater Threshers (12-8), 3rd, 2nd half, Florida State League North Division.

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(photo: Mark LoMoglio/MiLB.com)
Elniery Garcia allowed 1 hit in 8 IP as the Threshers won their 4th in a row, 4-0, in Jupiter. Garcia (8-2), 8-1-0-0-2-6. Retired 1st 10 before a BB; picked that runner off 1st; 2nd walk came with 2 out in the 7th; lost no-hit bid on a leadoff 1B in 8th; 67 strikes out of 94 pitches; lowered ERA to 2.23. Victor Arano hurled the 9th, 1 SO. 2B Scott Kingery, 3 H. CF Carlos Tocci, 2b (15), 2 RBI. 3B Mitch Walding, 1B, 2B (13), R . . . Luke Leftwich (1-2) 12 noon today in Jupiter.

Lakewood BlueClaws (11-6), tie 2nd place, 2nd half, South Atlantic League North Division.
Won 6th in last 7, 6-3, in 11 innings in Hickory. ND: Franklyn Kilome, 5-3-1-1-2-7. WP: Jeff Singer (1-0), 3-2-1-0-0-4. DH Zachary Coppola, 3 H, RBI, BB, 2 SB. LF Cornelius Randolph, 2 H, SB. RF Luis Pujols, league-leading HR (17), 2 RBI. C Deivi Grullon, 2-run HR (5), capping a 3-run 11th . . . Jose Taveras (3-7) 7 tonight in Hickory.

Williamsport Crosscutters (13-12), tie 2nd, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
Trailing, 7-0, Williamsport scored 2 in the 7th, 4 in the 8th and 2 in the 9th for 4th straight win, 8-7, over Batavia. RF Luke Maglich hit a game-tying 3b in the 9th and scored the winning run on a wild pitch. DH Jesus Alastre, 1-3.  Hitting .667 (12-18) in July . . . Bailey Falter (0-3) 7 tonight in Vermont.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (11-6), 2nd place, Northwest Division.
1st-place Blue Jays tied the game in the bottom of the 9th with a run and won it in the 10th, 5-4, in Dunedin. ND: Nick Fanti, 5-4-1-1-0-6. CF Mickey Moniak, 2-run 3B. C Nerluis Martinez, 1B, 2B, RBI. LF Malvin Matos, 2 H, BB, 2 SB . . . 12 noon today at Carpenter Complex vs. Toronto.

Transactions
Reading: OF Aaron Brown, placed on DL.

This Date
July 14, 1896–OF Ed Delahanty with two doubles and a triple in a win over Cubs in Chicago, sets major league record for most extra-base hits in two consecutive games with seven after hitting four home runs on July 13.

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Minor League Leaders

As Major League Baseball gets a four-day break for the All-Star Game, the top four Phillies minor league clubs are also getting time off.

Lehigh Valley (AAA) and Reading (AA) each had three days of no games.  Tonight the AAA and AA All-Star Games are being played.  Clearwater (Hi-A) had a day off yesterday, while Lakewood (Lo-A) played.

Time to look at the Phillies minor league statistical leaders.

Hitting
Average: Cedric Hunter (LV), .305
Games: Dylan Cozens/Rhys Hoskins (R), 85
At-bats: Hoskins, 335
Runs:  Cozens, 76
Hits:  Hoskins, 96
Total bases: Cozens, 194
Doubles: Scott Kingery (C), 27
Triples: Nick Williams (LV); Jesmuel Valentin (R), 5
Home runs: Hoskins, 25
RBI:  Hoskins, 83
Walks:  Cozens, 47
Strikeouts: Jose Pujols (L), 119
Stolen bases: Roman Quinn (R), 25

Pitching
Games: Edward Mujica (LV), 36
Starts:  Ben Lively (R-LV), 18
Wins:  Lively, 11
Saves:  Mujica, 27
Innings: Anthony Vasquez (R-LV), 115.1
Walks:  Matt Imhoff (C), 43
Strikeouts: Luke Leftwich (L-C), 103
ERA:  Elniery Garcia (C), 2.49

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (52-39), 2nd place, International League North Division.
Triple-A All-Star Game tonight in Charlotte, the International League vs. the Pacific League.  C Andrew Knapp, OF Cam Perkins and RHR Edward Mujica are on the IL squad. The game will be televised by ESPN2 . . . IronPigs ended the first half with 3 games in Buffalo.  Second half starts 7:05 tomorrow night, a 4-game series against Buffalo.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (63-27), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
Eastern League All-Star game is tonight in Akron, the East vs. the West.  C Jorge Alfaro, 1B Rhys Hoskins, OF Dylan Cozens, 2B Jesmuel Valentin, RHS Nick Pivetta and LHR Hoby Milner are on the East squad; MiLB.com TV . . . Season resumes at 7:05 tomorrow night in Trenton.

Clearwater Threshers (11-8), 3rd, 2nd half, Florida State League North Division.
Day off yesterday . . . Season resumes 6:30 tonight in Palm Beach, the start of an 8-game road trip; Elniery Garcia (7-2) will start.

Lakewood BlueClaws (10-6), tie 4th place, 2nd half, South Atlantic League North Division.
Started a 7-game road trip in Hickory with a 6-4 win, 5th win in last 6 games. WP: Seranthony Dominquez (1-1), 6-5-1-1-1-3. SV: Zach Morris (4). 2B Josh Tobias, 3 H, R, 2 RBI. 3B Damek Tomscha, 3 H, R, BB. LF Cornelius, 1B, 2 2B, R. C Deivi Grullon, HR (4), 2 RBI . . . Franklyn Kilome (2-7) 12 noon today in Hickory.

Williamsport Crosscutters (13-12), tie 2nd, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
A 15-hit attacked carried the Crosscutters to their 3rd straight win, 9-4, over Batavia. DH Jesus Alastre led the offense with 4 hits, R, 2 RBI; lifted average to .500 and extended hitting streak to 5 games. 2 hits each: LF Enmanuel Garcia, C Gregori Rivero, RF Juan Luis. CF David Martinelli, HR (3), RBI. WP: Ranger Suarez (2-0), 5-7-2-2-1-3 . . . Felix Paulino (0-2) 7:05 tonight vs. Batavia.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (11-5), 2nd place, Northwest Division.
Lost, 4-3, in 11 innings to the Yankees West at the Yankee Complex in Tampa. ND Sixto Sanchez, 5-3-1-0-1-5; lowered ERA to 1.00. 2B Dan Brito and SS Cole Stobbe, 2 H each. LF Josh Stephens extended his hitting streak to 6 games, 10-24, .417; 5 RBI. CF Mickey Moniak had one of those games to forget, 0-6 with 3 strikeouts . . . 12 noon today vs. Blue Jays in Dunedin.

Transactions
Lakewood: RHS Seranthony Dominguez added to roster from Williamsport.

Williamsport: INF Chandler Hall added to roster from GCL.

GCL: INF Jose Antequera added to roster from Williamsport; LHR Tom Windle begins rehab assignement.

This Date
July 13, 1896–OF Ed Delahanty hits four home runs and a single in five at-bats but Phillies lose, 9-8, at Chicago.

July 13, 1900–3B Harry Wolverton triples three times in a 23-8 win at Pittsburgh, a Phillies record which still stands.

July 13, 1915–The Phillies beat Cardinals in St. Louis, 8-0, to take over National League lead, which they hold for remainder of season. Grover Alexander wins his ninth game in a row, his second longest winning streak with Phillies.

All-Star Phun Fact
Philadelphia hosted four All-Star Games, 1943, 1952, 1976 and 1996. The National League won the last three.

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Odubel, NL All-Star

The uniform colors will be different but Odubel Herrera will be their wearing his familiar #37 as a member of the National League All-Stars.  It remains to be seen if Odubel will get into tonight’s game.

We do know he’s the first Phillies centerfielder to make an All-Star team since Shane Victorino in 2011. But, Shane never got in the game. Will Odubel take claim to one of the following “lasts” by a Phillies player?

Last at-bat: Chase Utley, 2014, 2014, 2nd inning
Last pinch-hit at-bat: Ryan Howard, 2009, 8th inning, strikeout
Last hit: Utley, 2014, 2nd inning off Jon Lester, double
Last run: Utley, 2014, 2nd inning, 2nd inning
Last triple: Mike Schmidt, 1979, 1st inning off Nolan Ryan
Last home run: Mike Schmidt, 1981, 8th inning off Rollie Fingers
Last RBI: Utley, 2014, 2nd inning
Last stolen base: Jimmy Rollins, 2001, 8th inning
Only MVP: Johnny Callison, 1964

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Joining Odubel in San Diego are his proud parents from Venezuela, Odubel Sr. and Nerida. Great story by Matt Gelb at http://www.philly.com.

Minor League Report
Players of the Week (Jul 4-10)

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SS J.P. Crawford, Lehigh Valley… The 21-year-old Crawford batted .414 (12-29) with three doubles, two home runs, five RBI, two walks and a 1.176 OPS in seven games. He posted four multi-hit games and has now hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games overall. Since June 18, he is batting .356 with a .402 on-base percentage, and has raised his batting average by 80 points. Crawford was selected by the Phillies in the first round (16th overall) of the June 2013 draft.

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LHP Tyler Gilbert, Lakewood… Gilbert, 22, made one start last week and set a new career high with 8.0 innings pitched on July 9. He held West Virginia to one run on four hits and struck out six while walking none. The southpaw has allowed three earned runs or fewer in 12 of his 15 starts this season, including each of the last four. His start last week was the ninth time this season he has walked one batter or none. Gilbert was selected by the Phillies in the sixth round of the June 2015 draft out of the University of Southern California.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (52-39), 2nd place, International League North Division.
3 days off for the AAA All-Star Game in Charlotte on Wednesday; season resumes Thursday vs. Buffalo.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (63-27), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
3-days off for the Eastern League All-Star Game in Akron on Wednesday; season resumes Thursday night in Trenton.

OF Dylan Cozens played in the Futures Game on Sunday in San Diego and will be in Akron, OH, tomorrow for the ASG and then Trenton, NJ, on Thursday.  Frequent flyer miles.

Clearwater Threshers (11-8), 3rd, 2nd half, Florida State League North Division.
Edged St. Lucie, 9-8, on a bases-loaded fielder’s choice walk-off RBI by C Chace Numata, Clearwater’s 3rd straight win.  RF Derek Campbell, 2 HR (7-8), a 2-run blast during a 6-run 1st inning and a game-tying solo in the 8th inning.  Has 5 HR in last 4 games . . . Not scheduled tonight.

Lakewood BlueClaws (9-6), tie 4th place, 2nd half, South Atlantic League North Division.
Were not scheduled . . . Seranthony Dominquez (0-1) 7:00 tonight in Hickory.

Williamsport Crosscutters (12-12), tie 2nd, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
Defeated Batavia, 10-6. SS Arquimedes Gamboa, 2 H, 4 RBI. RF Jesus Alastre, 3 H, 2 R, RBI, SB. LF Emmanuel Garcia, HR (1) . . . Ranger Suarez (1-0) 7:05 tonight vs. Batavia.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (11-4), 2nd place, Northwest Division.
Split two games vs. Yankees West. 5-4 loss; RF Jhailyn Ortiz, HR (4). 3-2 win. Brandon Leibrandt started on rehab assignment, 2-1-0-0-0-2. WP: Luis Carrasco (1-0), 4-2-2-1-2-5. CF Mickey Moniak, 3 H, R, RBI; has hit in 5 of 7 games, multiple hit games in all 5. SS Cole Stobbe, 3 H. LF Josh Stephen, 2 H, RBI, BB . . . 12 noon today in Tampa vs. Yankees West.

This Date
July 12, 1900
LHP Frank “Noodles” Hahn pitches the first no-hitter against the Phillies this century, winning 4-0 in Cincinnati.

July 12, 1994
RHP Doug Jones becomes the first Phillies pitcher in 50 years to win an All-Star Game when he gets the verdict in the NL’s 8-7, 10-inning win at Pittsburgh.

All-Star Phun Fact
Four Phillies have homered in an All-Star Game: Johnny Callison, 1964, Shea Stadium; Dick Allen, 1967, Anaheim Stadium; Greg Luzinski, 1977, Yankee Stadium; Mike Schmidt, 1981, Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium.

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First Half Is Over

Now that we’ve reached the All-Star Game break, how would you describe the Phillies season? perplexing, surprising or streaky?When it comes to all phases of the game—starting pitching, bullpen, offense, defense and base running—all three fit.

It shouldn’t be surprising as the Phillies average age is 26.7. Learning in the majors is a challenging process and one of constant adjustments.

After a surprising start (24-17), the Phillies went into a deep June swoon (9-19) with three wins coming in their last three games.  July (7-3) has been a different story as the bats came alive.

Despite the perplexing and streakiness the first half has been a step forward in the building process. Witness today’s tweet by Matt Breen, Inquirer baseball writer,
“Phillies enter the break with 13 more wins they had last season, best improvement in MLB. “

5 Things
Phillies record at the mid-way point over the past five seasons:
2016 42-48 (.467)
2015 29-61 (.322)
2014 42-53 (.442)
2013 48-48 (.500)
2012 37-50 (.425)

Minor League Report
Top Prospects
Baseball America has posted its’ 100 prospects at mid-season.  Phillies have six: (#3) SS J. P. Crawford, (40) OF Nick Williams, (62) RHP Jake Thompson, (67) C Jorge Alfaro, (80) C Andrew Knapp and (96) RHP Franklyn Kilome.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (52-39), 2nd place, International League North Division.
Won 2 of 3 in Buffalo. WPs: Ben Lively (4-2), 6-5-0-0-1-4 on Friday; James Russell (3-5), 6-2-0-0-1-2, on Saturday. INF Taylor Featherston, 3-13 weekend, 2 HR (11-12), 5 RBI; OF Cam Perkins, 4-11, HR (6), RBI.  SS J.P. Crawford has a 6-game hitting streak, 12-25, 5 extra-base hits, 4 RBI . . . 3 days off for the AAA All-Star Game in Charlotte on Wednesday; season resumes Thursday vs. Buffalo.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (63-27), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
Won 2 of 3 from Bowie, 21-4 on Friday and 10-2 on Sunday; lost 7-3 on Saturday when they had only 4 hits and made 6 errors. LF Andrew Pullin had his 21-game hitting streak end that night. Despite that, he’s hitting .452 in the last 10 games. WPs: Thomas Eshelman (2-0), 5-7-4-4-4-6; Nick Pivetta (8-4), 5-3-0-0-0-6, 1st game off the DL. INF-OF KC Serna, 5-10 weekend, 2 HR (2-3), 6 RBI, 4 R. 1B Rhys Hoskins, 5-12, 2 2B, HR (25), 8 RBI. RF Dylan Cozens, 1 game before leaving for San Diego and the Futures Game, 2B, HR (24), 2 R, 3 RBI . . . 3-days off for the Eastern League All-Star Game in Akron on Wednesday; season resumes Thursday night in Trenton.

Clearwater Threshers (10-8), 3rd, 2nd half, Florida State League North Division.

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Capped a 2-1 weekend vs. St. Lucie with a combined no-hitter on Sunday, 4-0, setting off a celebration. Drew Anderson, making his Clearwater debut, 4 IP, 1 BB, 6 SO; game was delayed 44 minutes by a lightning storm after the 4th inning; Will Morris replaced Anderson, 4 IP, 1 BB, 4 SO; Victor Arano completed the no-no, 1 IP, 1 BB, 1 SO. It was Clearwater’s first nine-inning no-hitter since Julio De La Cruz accomplished the feat on August 18, 2006 . . . Weekend hitting star: RF Derek Campbell hit 2 HR (5-6) including a walk-off blast into Frenchy’s Tiki bar in the 9th inning on Saturday; his last 6 games, 4 HR, 4 RBI . . . Yacksel Rios (2-3) 7 tonight vs. St. Lucie.

Lakewood BlueClaws (9-6), tie 4th place, 2nd half, South Atlantic League North Division.
Won 2 of 3 from West Virginia. Following a rainout on Friday, 2 teams played 2 on Saturday, 4-0 and 2-1 Lakewood wins. 1st G WP: Edgar Garcia (3-0), 5-1-0-0-1-4, Sutter McLoughlin (SV 1), 2-0-0-0-0-1. Won second game in 12 innings on a two-out, two-strike, walk-off wild pitch. ND Tyler Gilbert, 8-4-1-1-2-7 . . . Not scheduled tonight.

Williamsport Crosscutters (11-12), 3rd, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
Dropped 2 of 3 to Aberdeen. 6-2 Sunday win: Adonis Medina (3-0), 6-4-1-1-0-3. ERA rose to 0.64 by allowing his 2nd run over 28.1 IP. C Brett Barber has hit in his 1st 6 pro games, .389. OF Jesus Alastre, hitting .424 in his last 10 games . . . JoJo Romero, 7:05 tonight vs. Batavia.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (10-3), 1st place, Northwest Division.
Split two games vs. Tigers West. 10-3 win on Friday. WP: Mauricio Llovera (2-0), 5-5-1-1-0-4. CF Mickey Moniak, 3 H, 2 R, RBI, SB. RF Aaron Altherr, HR, on 1st swing in 1st rehab game. 3B Evan Rogers, 2B, R, HR (1), 2 RBI. RHP Kevin Gowdy, #2 selection in June, made his pro debut on Saturday, 2-1-1-0-0-2 . . . 12 noon today vs. Yankees West.

Transactions
Lehigh Valley: RHR Jimmy Cordero, reinstated from rehab and assigned to AAA.

Reading: RHS John Richy, transferred from Clearwater, RHS Nick Pivetta, activated from the DL; LHR Mario Hollands, designated for assignment.

Clearwater: RHS Drew Anderson, transferred from Lakewood.

Lakewood: INF William Cuicas, transferred from Williamsport; RHR Luis Morales, released; RHR Ismael Cabrera, transferred from GCL.

Williamsport: INF Evan Rogers, transferred from GCL; IF Mark Laird, started rehab; INF Luis Espiritu, transferred from Lakewood.

All-Star Phun Fact
Bobby Abreu (2005) and Ryan Howard (2006) have won the Home Run Derby.

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Rockies Bats Explode

A 1-6 road trip, 11 total runs scored on a .186 batting average, arrived home around 3 Thursday morning and skipped batting practice.  So what happened? The Colorado Rockies lashed out 14 hits on their return to Coors Field and an easy 11-2 win last night.

Chat Bettis started for the Rockies, a 5.85 ERA this season, allowing a league-leading 121 hits in 95 innings.  So what happened?  He shut down the Phillies offense fresh from a banner homestand, allowing two runs on seven hits in 6.2 innings. Then again, Bettis nearly no-hit the Phillies last season and has a 1.93 ERA in four starts against them.

Sometimes baseball is hard to figure out.

Ryan Howard drove in both runs, a towering solo home run and an opposite field single.  It was his 10th homer in Coors Field and #369 of his career tying him for 78th place on the all-time list with Ralph Kiner and Todd Helton.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (50-38), 3rd place, International League North Division.
Fell, 8-7, to Rochester despite out-hitting the Red Wings, 15-9. 2B Taylor Featherston, 3 H, including HR (10), 2 RBI. RF Cameron Perkins, 3 H, including HR (5), 2 RBI. 1B Brock Stassi, HR (5). SS J.P. Crawford, 2nd straight 3-hit game (2 2B) . . . Ben Lively (3-2) 7:05 tonight in Buffalo.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (61-26), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
Lost 4th series of the season, 6-5, in Richmond. Game included a 1:42 rain delay. ND: Mark Leiter, 5.2-6-4-2-1-6. LF Andrew Pullin (2) and C Jorge Alfaro hit back-to-back HRs in the 1st inning. It was Pullin’s 1st AB after being activated from the DL.  He also had a game-tying RBI single in the 8th inning.  Pullin has a 20-game hitting streak that includes the 1st 16 with Clearwater. 2B Jesmuel Valentine also homered (5) . . . Tom Eshelman (1-0) 7:05 tonight vs. Bowie.

Clearwater Threshers (8-7), 4th, 2nd half, Florida State League North Division.
Lost, 10-3, in Dunedin. LF Cord Sandberg, 3 H, R. RF Derek Campbell, 2 H including HR (4), RBI . . . Ranfi Casimiro (7-5) 6:15 tonight vs. St. Lucie.

Lakewood BlueClaws (7-5), tie 4th place, 2nd half, South Atlantic League North Division.
CF Carlos Duran hit a walk-off SF giving the BlueClaws a 3-2, 10-inning win over West Virginia. ND: Jose Taveras, 8-7-2-2-1-6.  Both runs came in the top of the 9th . . . Edgar Garcia (2-0) 7:05 tonight vs. West Virginia.

Williamsport Crosscutters (10-10), tie 3rd, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
Return to play at 7:05 tonight vs. Aberdeen, Bailey Falter (0-2).

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (9-2), 1st place, Northwest Division.
Beat the Tigers East twice, the completion of a suspended game and a regularly scheduled game.  12-5 was the first final. PH Mickey Moniak hit a 3-R HR (#1) in the 3rd inning and added a SF later.  SS Evan Rogers, 1B, 2B, HR (#1). 8-1 the other final. RF Jhailyn Ortiz, 3B, HR (3), 3 RBI. CF Josh Stephen, 2 H, 2 RBI. WP: Nick Fanti (1-0), 5-6-1-1-1-4 . . . 10 a.m. today in Lakeland vs. Tigers West.

Transactions
Lehigh Valley: OF David Lough, placed on DL; INF Carlos Alonso, transferred from Reading.
Reading: OF Andrew Pullin, activated from DL.
Lakewood: OF Cornelius Randolph, activated from DL.

This Date

Joseph F. Donohue Positions: Pitcher and Leftfielder Bats: Unknown, Throws: Unknown Born: 1869 in Syracuse, New York, United States
July 8, 1898–RHP Red Donahue, Villanova University product, pitches 5-0 no-hitter against visiting Boston. Donahue, 25, walked two, struck out one and two others reached base on errors, including the first batter of the game.

“Pitcher Donahue to-day performed the remarkable feat of shutting out the Boston Club without a hit. Donahue did not seem to exert himself in the least in making his great record against the Beaneaters, but he made excellent use of the gray matter beneath his auburn locks. First it was a tantalizing slow one, and then a very speedy curve.  His change of pace could not have been excelled, and his opponents were ‘shooting ducks’ from start to finish.  There was not the semblance of a base hit and had it not been for errors by Cross and Lauder only two visitors would have reached first base, these being given bases on balls.  Seventeen Boston men were retired on fly catches, 14 of which went to the outfielders,” Cincinnati Enquirer, July 9, 1898.

July 8, 1992–Jeff Grotewold ties a club record with his third consecutive pinch-hit home run during a 4-3 loss at San Francisco.  All three homers come in Candlestick Park over a four-game, three-day series.

All-Star Phun Fact
Seven Phillies rookies have been selected to All-Star teams: RF Del Ennis (1946), CF Richie Ashburn (1948), RHP Jack Sanford (1957), RHP Ray Culp (1963), 2B Juan Samuel (1984), RHP Tyler Green (1995) and SS Jimmy Rollins (2001)

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Denver Bound

00 Galvis HR
Come-from-behind wins are fueling the turn around. For 32 games, the Phillies had zero come-from-behind wins.  In the last 13 games, six, including yesterday’s 4-3 win.  Their record in those 13 games? A complete turn-around, 10-3.

During the previous 0-6 homestand, the Phillies scored 12 runs.  Turning it around, they scored 40 in going 5-1 as they head for Denver and the final series before the All-Star Game.

00 Franco

Maikel Frank had three home runs at home until this homestand.  He’s now homered in four straight games and driven in a run in six in a row, eight total RBI.  His plate discipline has also tuned around.  He drew an eighth-inning walk and scored on Freddy Galvis’ game-winning, two-run homer. Freddy has eight such RBI.

At age 23, Franco is the youngest player in the 134-year history of the Phillies franchise to hit a home run in four consecutive games (Elias Sports Bureau).

Phil-Ins
Last Phillies batter to homer in four games in a row was Ryan Howard in 2012 . . . Franco’s RBI streak is longest on the club since Erik Kratz went seven straight games (eight total) in 2013 . . . Peter Bourjos’ 14-game hitting streak ended . . . Phillies’ 40th win a year ago came on July 31 . . . Adam Morgan will start in Aaron Nola’s spot tonight in Denver.

5 Things
Five things to know about the Rockies:
**Scored 11 runs in a 1-6 road trip that ended last night in SF.
**18-20 at home despite .305 average, .904 OPS.
**Wardrobe: purple, white, gray, black sleeveless jerseys.
**SS Trevor Story is the first player ever who’s first four hits in the majors were home runs.
**36-38 vs. Phillies at Coors Field; won all three vs. Phils a year ago.

Minor League Report
Players of the Month (June)
Reading 1B Rhys Hoskins: The 23-year-old Hoskins batted .351 (39-111) with 9 doubles, 13 home runs, 33 RBI, 11 walks, 26 runs, a .784 slugging percentage and a 1.198 OPS in 27 games.  The right-handed hitter is leading all of minor league baseball in home runs (24) and is second in RBI (75).  Hoskins was selected by the Phillies in the fifth round of the June 2014 draft. (Also named player of the month in the Eastern League and by MiLB.com).

Lehigh Valley RHS Jake Thompson: Made five starts, going 3-0 with a 0.76 ERA (3 ER, 35.1 IP), 0.96 WHIP (8 BB, 26 H), 18 strikeouts and a .211 opponents’ batting average.  His ERA in June was the lowest in the minor leagues. The 22-year-old has made 16 AAA starts and posted a 2.76 ERA, which ranks seventh-best in the International League.  Thompson was acquired from Texas on July 31, 2015 along with five other players in exchange for Cole Hamels and Jake Diekman.

Lehigh Valley SS J. P. Crawford: The Phillies’ first-round (16th overall) pick in the June 2013 draft made only 2 errors in 26 games. The 21-year-old started his triple-A career with 29 consecutive errorless games (May 20-June 21), and has posted a .979 fielding percentage overall this season with the club (4 E in 192 TC).

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (50-37), 2nd place, International League North Division.
Blanked Rochester, 3-0, behind Jake Thompson, Daniel Stumpf and Andrew Bailey.  WP: Thompson (7-5), 7-3-0-0-2-3; SV: Bailey (1), 1 IP, 2 SO.  SS J.P. Crawford, 3 H, R. DH Brock Stassi, 2 H, 2 RBI. C Andrew Knapp, 2 H, BB . . . David Buchanan (4-5) 7:05 tonight vs. Rochester.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (61-25), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
Were shut out in Richmond, 9-0. Reading drew 8 walks but had only 3 singles.  0-13 RISP . . . Mark Leiter (4-0) 7:05 tonight in Richmond.

Clearwater Threshers (8-6), 3rd, 2nd half, Florida State League North Division.
Won, 7-6, in Lakeland.  WP: Elniery Garcia (7-2), 5.2-8-4-4-1-4. SV: Ulises Joaquin (8). 3B Mitch Walding, 3 H, SB. C Chace Numata, 2 H, 2 RBI. CF Carlos Tocci, 2 H, R, RBI. 1B Kyle Martin, HR (12) . . . 6:30 tonight in Dunedin.

Lakewood BlueClaws (6-5), tie 5th place, 2nd half, South Atlantic League North Division.
Won, 7-1, in Delmarva. WP: Franklyn Kilome (2-7), 5-3-1-1-5-7. SS Grenny Cumana, 4-4, R, 2 RBI. 2B Josh Tobias, 3-4, including 7th HR, 2 RBI, BB. CF Carlos Duran, 2 H, 2 RBI, SB (10) . . . 7:05 tonight vs. West Virginia.

Williamsport Crosscutters (10-10), tie 3rd, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
Dropped 2-1 decision in Connecticut. ND: Felix Paulino, 6-4-1-0-0-3. RF Jesus Alastre, 2 H; hitting .385 in 10 games . . . Not scheduled today.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (7-2), 1st place, Northwest Division.
Trailing 1-0 after three innings vs. the Tigers East, the game was suspended by rain.  It will be completed July 16 . . . 12 noon today in Lakeland vs. Tigers East.

Transactions
Reading: RHR Matt Hockenberry, transferred from Clearwater.
Clearwater: LHS Elniery Garcia, activated from DL; OF Herlis Rodriguez on DL; RHR Ismael Cabrera, transferred from GCL.

This Date
July 7, 1964–A two-out, three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning by RF Johnny Callison gives the NL a dramatic 7-4 victory in the All-Star Game at Shea Stadium. Callison’s blast to the right field seats comes off the Boston Red Sox’ fireballing RHP Dick Radatz.  He becomes the first Phillie to win the ASG MVP Award.

July 7, 1979–3B Mike Schmidt homers in four consecutive at-bats for the second time in his career.  Schmidt homers in his final at-bat on July 6 and connects in his first three at-bats on this date against San Francisco.  Giants win, 8-6.

July 7, 2009–Streak of 257 consecutive sellouts at Citizens Bank Park begins on this date. It becomes the longest streak in National League history.

All-Star Phun Fact
The Phillies had two representatives, SS Dick Bartell and RF Chuck Klein, both starters, for the National League in the first All-Star Game, July 6, 1933, in Chicago’s Comiskey Park.

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Eflin Dazzles

Must be the hot weather. Riding four solo home runs, the Phillies bested the Braves, 5-1.

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But the big story was 22-year-old Zach Eflin.  Backed by four double plays, Eflin won his first major league game, a memory that will last a lifetime.  He gave up six hits, all leading off an inning but allowed just one run on a homer. In his last 21 innings, no walks. He threw just 92 pitches in his first complete game in pro ball. It is the Phillies first game this season under 100 pitches. The game lasted only 2 hours, 8 minutes, fastest of the Phillies season.

Peter Bourjos, Cody Ashe, Maikel Franco and Tommy Joseph provided July 5 fireworks with the long ball.  Franco is the first Phillies player to homer in three straight games since Darin Ruf in 2013. Bourjos’ HR extended his hitting streak to 14 games.

Phil-Ins
t the start of the homestand the Phillies had hit only 27 homers in 38 home games. They have 10 in five games . . . Four double plays turned were two shy of the club record . . . Andrew Bailey is on a rehab assignment tonight in Lehigh Valley. Daniel Stumpf is eligible to join the club on Sunday . . . Last home game before All-Star Game break this afternoon. Phillies head for Denver after the game for four games with the Rockies.

All-Stars
Odubel Herrera joins other Phillies centerfielders who were All-Stars: Harry Walker, Richie Ashburn, Lenny Dykstra, Aaron Rowand and Shane Victorino. Oddly, Garry Maddox, owner of eight Gold Gloves, was never an All-Star.

Herrera was an All-Star in the minors, Texas League (2013-14), South Atlantic League (2011) and Arizona League (2010).

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (49-37), 3rd place, International League North Division.
SS J.P. Crawford led off the top of the 10th with his 1st HR of the season to give LV a 4-3 W in Scranton. WP: Frank Herrmann (5-1). SV: Edward Mujica (22) . . . Jake Thompson (6-5) 7:05 vs. Rochester.

Reading Fightin’  Phils (61-24), 1st place Eastern League North Division.
6-run 5th and 3-run 7th carried Reading to a 9-7 win in Richmond. 1B Rhys Hoskins, 3-run HR in each inning; 24 leads all minor leaguers. RF Dylan Cozens, 1B, 2 RBI. WP: Joely Rodriguez (6-0). SV: Hoby Milner (4) . . . Tyler Viza (2-1) 7:05 tonight in Richmond.

Clearwater Threshers (7-6), 4th, 2nd half, Florida State League North Division.
5-run 7th inning lifted the Threshers to a 6-1 win over Lakewood.  Clearwater was out-hit, 10-3, but drew 8 walks and had 3 HBP. ND: Will Morris, 6-5-1-1-1-2. WP: Victor Arano (2-0). CF Carlos Tocci, 2B, 3 RBI. 2B Scott Kingery, league-leading 27th 2B . . . Elniery Garcia (6-2) 6:00 tonight in Lakeland.

Lakewood BlueClaws (5-5), tie 6th place, 2nd half, South Atlantic League North Division.
A 9-run 2nd inning sent Delmarva on its way to a 14-2 romp over the BlueClaws. RF Jose Pujols homered for the 2nd straight day, his league-leading 16th . . . Franklyn Kilome (1-7) 7:05 tonight in Delmarva.

Williamsport Crosscutters (10-9), 3rd, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
Lost, 6-4, in Connecticut.  ND: Ranger Suarez, 5-2-1-0-2-2. HRs: 3B Lucas Williams (#1) and SS Arquimedes Gamboa, also #1 . . . Feliz Paulino (0-3) 7:05 in Connecticut.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (7-2), 1st place, Northwest Division.
Defeated the Pirates in Bradenton, 5-3, in 12 innings.  ND: Luis Carrasco, 4-3-1-1-2-7. RF Jhailyn Ortiz, 2nd HR in 2 games. DH Lenin Rodriguez, 3 H, RBI. 3B Danny Zardon, 2 H, R, 2 RBI, BB . . . Sixto Sanchez (2-0) 12 noon today vs. Tigers East.

This Date
July 6, 1950–RHP Bob Miller beats New York Giants, 9-6, at Shibe Park, becoming first Phillies rookie to start season 8-0.

July 6, 1980–LHP Steve Carlton strikes out St. Louis OF Tony Scott in the fourth inning for his 2,833rd strikeout, becoming the all-time leader for left-handers.  Phillies win, 8-3, at St. Louis.

July 6, 2009–Phillies tie club record for most runs scored in the first inning (10) in 22-1 win over Cincinnati Reds at Citizens Bank Park. Shane Victorino ties club record by scoring five times.

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Big Inning Fireworks

Fireworks are a tradition for July 4, especially on Independence Day in Philadelphia.  Playing just their fifth July 4 game in the 13-year history of Citizens Bank Park yesterday Phillies hitters lit up the gray evening with four doubles, a triple and home run in a seven-run second inning.  Final: 8-2.

The seven extra base hits fell one shy of the club record set in 1939 and matched in 1986.  The Reds were the victims each time.

Only twice before have the Phillies celebrated Independence Day in front of their home fans by scoring as many runs in an inning: They scored nine runs in an inning against Washington on July 4, 1896, and seven against Boston on July 4, 1925 (Elias Sports Bureau).

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Jared Eickhoff gave up a home run to the second batter he faced and left the game with two outs in the eighth inning. It was his longest major league outing and fourth win in his last five decisions.  Supported by only 33 runs in his first 96 innings on the mound this season, he got eight in 7.2 innings.

The first eight hits for the Phillies were extra-base knocks.  Last time they had that many off a starting pitcher was May 26, 1933, against Dizzy Dean in St. Louis.

Phil-Ins
Since June 21, the Phillies are averaging six runs per game . . . Cameron Rupp’s 17 doubles matches Buster Posey for most among NL catchers. Rupp has 14 extra-base hits in his last 20 games (7 doubles, 1 triple, 6 homers) . . . Cesar Hernandez’s sixth triple tied Jay Bruce for most in the NL . . . Pete Bourjos has a career-high 13-gaame hitting streak. Since June 12, he is slashing .477/.521/.738 . . . Crowd of 19,064 was the smallest for that holiday since the Phillies had 19,690 vs. Florida, the last July 4 in Veterans Stadium history, 2003.  Then again, it was only the fifth July 4 game the Phillies have played at home since that year . . . Happy Birthday today to Gary (Sarge) Matthews (66)

Minor League Report
Players of the Week (June 27-July 3)

00 Cozens
OF Dylan Cozens, Reading… The 22-year-old left-handed hitter earned his second Phillies Minor League Player of the Week Award this season after batting .429 (12-28) with 6 doubles, 4 home runs, 14 RBI, 13 runs scored and a 1.071 slugging percentage in 7 games. The Eastern League All-Star currently leads all of the minor leagues in home runs (23) and leads the EL in doubles (29), extra-base hits (49), slugging percentage (.590) and total bases (184). Cozens was selected by the Phillies in the second round of the June 2012 draft.

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RHP Adonis Medina, Williamsport… The 19-year-old Medina tossed 9.2 innings, allowing 1 run on 2 hits while walking 1 and striking out 3. On June 27, he carried a no-hitter through 8.1 innings against Auburn, eventually finishing his start with just 1 hit allowed, 1 walk and a new career high in innings pitched. The Dominican Republic native did not allow a run in his first 22.0 innings pitched this season, and has allowed only one run in 22.1 innings overall (0.40 ERA). Medina was signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent on May 29, 2014.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (48-37), 3rd place, International League North Division.
Dropped 5-2 decision in Scranton.  RF Nick Williams, 20th double; he’s hit in 17 of his last 18 games . . . David Buchanan (4-5) 7:05 tonight in Scranton.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (60-24), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
Got walloped, 18-1, in Richmond, ending a 7-game winning streak.  First loss since June 16 . . . Ricardo Pinto (3-3) 7:05 tonight in Richmond.

Clearwater Threshers (6-6), 4th, 2nd half, Florida State League North Division.
Lost, 10-5, in Lakeland. SS Malquin Canelo, lead-off HR (4), plus 2 1B, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI, SB, 2 E. 2B Scott Kingery, 3 hits, RBI; has reached base in 15 straight games. LF Cord Sandberg, HR (4), RBI. RF Derek Campbell, HR (3), RBI . . . 7:00 tonight vs. Lakeland.

Lakewood BlueClaws (5-4), tie 5th place, 2nd half, South Atlantic League North Division.
Ended a 5-game losing streak with a 6-1 win in Delmarva. WP: Alberto Tirado (1-0), 5-4-1-1-2-7. Sutter McLoughlin, 2nd pitcher, 3 IP, 6 SO. 2B Grenny Cumana, 4 H, R, RBI, trifecta on the bases, SB, CS, PO. RF Jose Pujols, league-leading 15th HR . . . Seranthony Dominquez (0-0) 7:05 tonight in Delmarva.

Williamsport Crosscutters (10-8), 3rd, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
Lost, 3-1, in Connecticut ending a 3-game winning streak. C Gregori Rivero, 2 of the 6 singles . . . Ranger Suarez (1-0) 7:05 tonight in Connecticut.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (6-1), 1st place, Northwest Division.
4-game winning streak ended with 4-2 loss to the Pirates. RF Jhailyn Ortiz, 1B, 2B, 1st pro HR, HBP . . . 12 noon today in Bradenton vs. Pirates.

This Date
July 5, 1953–RHP Robin Roberts pitches his 28th consecutive complete game in 2-0 win over the Pirates at Forbes Field. Robbie wound up pitching 19 seasons in the majors, 305 complete games in 609 starts.

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Bats Are Booming

The Phillies bats have come alive.  After averaging 3.1 runs over their first 71 games, they are now averaging 5.8 since June 21.

Their 3-4-5 hitters (Cody Asche/Maikel Franco/Cameron Rupp) combined for six hits (three homers), five runs scored and six RBI in yesterday’s 7-2 win over Kansas City, the Phillies first series win at home since taking two of three from Miami back on May 15-18. They were 0-5-1 in their last six home series.

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Franco has multiple hits in five of his last six games, .440 since June 27 and has reached base in 11 of the last 12 games. Rupp has six homers over his last 19 games after hitting two in his first 32 games. For a right-handed hitter, Rupp has unbelievable power to right field. It landed in the fifth row.  Asche, hitting third, hit his homer into the upper deck in RF over Phanavision junior. Franco’s dinger was a line drive laser to left-center.

Phil-Ins

00 Velasquez
Vince Velasquez has seven wins, the most by a Phillies pitcher since Kyle Kendrick won 10 in 2014 . . . Peter Bourjos has a 12-game hitting streak, matching his career high with the Angels in 2011; has gone from .217 to .268 during current streak . . . Atlanta Braves begin three-game series at 4:05 this evening. The Braves flew in late Sunday night from Fort Bragg where they played Miami in the ESPN Sunday Night Game . . . It is the fourth July 4 game in the history of Citizens Bank Park; four wins.

5 Things
Five things to know about the Braves:
**Began the season, 0-9.
**They are 13-33 at Turner Field, the last season for that stadium.
**11 different starting pitchers have been used.
**Offense has produced the fewest runs in the majors (280).
**They have a winning record at Citizens Bank Park, 59-55.

Minor League Weekend Report
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (48-36), 3rd place, International League North Division.
Won 2 of 3 from Charlotte, 3-2, 3-10 and 8-7 in 13 innings on Sunday. In that game, LF Cedric Hunter’s RBI 1B tied the game in the 9th, C Logan Moore’s HR (3), tied again in the 10th and RF Nick Williams’ RBI single won it in the 13th. WP: 1B Brock Stassi, the 7th LV pitcher. Stassi was a pitcher in college. Williams’ HR (8) was the game-winner on Friday . . . James Russell (2-4), 7:05 tonight in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (60-23), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
Won 7th in a row with 3 weekend wins over Harrisburg. 4-2 Friday W: Tyler Viza (2-1), 7-5-0-0-2-5. C Jorge Alfaro, HR (10). 3-0 Saturday W: Mark Leiter (4-0), 6.2-4-0-0-1-5; SV: Miguel Nunez (10). 16-hit attack on Sunday produced a 12-10 win. 3B Harold Martinez, last 5 games, 6-19, 3 HR, 8 RBI. RF Dylan Cozens, last 7 games, 12-18, 13 R, 4 HR, 14 RBI, 6 2B, 15th SB. Has 23 homers, 68 RBI . . . Jeremy Bleich (4-1), 6:05 tonight at Richmond.

Clearwater Threshers (6-5), 4th, 2nd half, Florida State League North Division.
Won 2 of 3 vs. Brevard County. 6-3 W Friday: Ranfi Casimiro (7-5), 6.1-5-2-0-1-3, ending a 4-game L streak. RF Jiandido Tromp, HR (2), 4 RBI. 8-5 W Saturday: Shane Watson (3-3), 6.2-6-5-5-1-7; SV: Ulises Joaquin (7). 6-1 L Sunday night before, 9,012 on fireworks night. 2B Scott Kingery, 2 hits Sunday, including league-leading 26th 2B; has reached base in 14 straight games. C Chace Numata, 5-9 weekend, 2B, 3B. 1B Kyle Martin, 4-9, 3 R, HR (11), 3 RBI . . . Yacksel Rios (2-2), 12 noon today in Lakeland.

Lakewood BlueClaws (4-4), tie 6th place, 2nd half, South Atlantic League North Division.
Swept in 3 games by Greensboro stretching losing streak to 5 games. 2B Josh Tobias, 10-game hitting streak ended Friday. CF Carlos Duran, 5-7 weekend, 3 R, 3 SB. Sunday’s crowd was 10,011, largest in 6 seasons . . . Alberto Tirado (0-0), 6:35 tonight in Delmarva.

Williamsport Crosscutters (10-7), tie 2nd, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
Swept 3-game series from Batavia, 3-1, 4-1, 7-6. Weekend HRs: RF Juan Luis (2), CF David Martinelli (2), 1B Darick Hall (3) . . . JoJo Romero, #4 draft selection makes pro debut, 7:05 tonight in Connecticut.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (6-1), 1st place, Northwest Division.
Won both games extending winning streak to 4, 3-2 vs. Braves and 4-0 at Braves.
CF Mickey Moniak, 4-7, 2 R, drove in the winning run in the 3-2 game. SV: Tyler Frohwirth (2); WP in ShO: Maurico Llovera (1-0), 6-5-0-0-0-4; has allowed 1 run in 11 IP over 2 GS . . . Will Stewart, 12 noon today vs. Pirates.

Transactions
Lehigh Valley: RHR Dalier Hinojosa, activated from the DL and optioned to LV. INF Carlos Alonzo was transferred to Reading . . . Reading: RHS Nick Pivetta, placed on DL . . . Clearwater: LHP Austin David, activated from DL . . . Lakewood: RHR Robert Tasin, released; LHP Jeff Singer transferred from Williamsport; RHS Harold Arauz, placed on DL; RHS Seranthony Dominquez, transferred from Williamsport . . . Williamsport: RHP Horace Stubblefield, released; OF Jesus Alastre transferred from GCL . . . GCL: OF EngerJimenez and RHR Yoervis Medina, released.

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

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

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

Sunday Tweet
Rick Sutcliffe, ESPN analyst: “Coaches/players have told me how impressed they are with the Phillies. Young with talent; playing hard. Congrats Pete Mackanin & staff.”

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