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Rallies Fall Short

When the enemy bats around in each of the first two innings, it’s going to be a long night.  The Marlins did that, plating four in each of their first two at-bats against Williams.  In his two previous starts, Williams gave up three runs over 13 innings with no walks. Thursday night, he walked four.  The Phillies battled back with three late-inning rallies but fell short, 9-7.

The loss dropped the Phillies Thursday record to 3-10, worst day of the week. Phillies should ask MLB not to schedule games on Thursday next year.

Facing the Marlins tonight, Eickhoff will be the fourth rookie to start this season for the Phillies and their 13th overall.

Scouting Chase
Phillies scout Paul Scott saw Utley play three games and filed the following on May 31 just before the 2000 draft: “Live, athletic body.  Long arms, small waist.  Quiet, but aggressive.  Quick bat.  Sneaky power.  Good, soft hands.  Good instincts and good baserunner.  Active, moves around a lot.  Can drive the ball the other way.  Hitch in swing, but hands and bat are in good position at trigger.  He will be a starting second baseman on a pennant winner.  Top of the order hitter.  Should move through the system quickly.”

Kudos to Paul for hitting the nail on the head.

Alumni Notes
Randy Wolf had his contract purchased by the Tigers from Buffalo (Toronto) where he was 9-2, 2.58 ERA.  He’ll start Saturday on his 39th birthday . . . Marlon Byrd was traded to the Giants to replace Hunter Pence who went on the DL.

Minor Leagues
Prospect Spotlight

2015 H Rodriguez
Lakewood RF Herlis Rodriguez has hit in 20 of last 21 games started, .300 on the season with 17 doubles, club-high 10 homers in 103 games.  A left-handed hitter, he’s hitting .319 vs. LHP. Batting .325 this month. South Atlantic League Player of the month for June when he hit .373. The 21-year-old was signed in 1/29/2011 out of Venezuela.  Twin brother, Helmis, is a pitcher in the same league.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (55-70), tie 4th place, North Division)
Rained out in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Next: Jesse Biddle (2-3) 7:05 tonight in Pawtucket.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (72-51), 1st place, Eastern Division)
Rained out at home vs. New Hampshire.
Next: Jake Thompson (3-0) 7:05 tonight vs. New Britain.

Clearwater Threshers (34-20, 2nd place, North Division)
Scoring 7 in the seventh, Clearwater downed Brevard County, 11-1. C Chace Numata led the 16-hit attack, 3-4, 2 R, 4 RBI. 3B Mitch Walding, 3-4. CF Aaron Brown, 2 doubles, 2 R. 1B Rhys Hoskins, double, triple, 3 R, RBI. WP: Yacksel Rios (6-3), 6-3-0-0-0-5.  Threshers have won 4 in a row.
Next: David Whitehead (7-10), 6:30 tonight vs. Brevard County.

Lakewood BlueClaws (30-23, 2nd place, Northern Division)
11-hit attack carried Lakewood to a 6-4 win in West Virginia. RF Herlis Rodriguez, 2-5, 16th-17th doubles, 2 R. 2B Scott Kingery, double, 2 RBI. 3B Damek Tomscha, 2-4, RBI, R. LF Cord Sandberg, 2-4. CF Jiandido Tromp, 2-4, R, SB. C Deivi Grullon, HR (5), 3 RBI. WP: Manny Martinez (3-1). 4-out save for Matt Hockenberry (14).
Next: Will Morris (5-0) 7:05 tonight in West Virginia.

Williamsport Crosscutters (36-22) 1st place, Pinckney Division)
14-hit attack sank State College, 9-4. 2B Josh Tobias, 3-5, 2 R, RBI. 3B Jan Hernandez, HR (10, 4 RBI. DH Mark Laird, 2-4.  WP: Jose Taveras (6-2), 6.2-4-3-2-1-7.
Next: Franklyn Kilome (2-2) 7:05 tonight vs. Auburn.

Gulf Coast League Phillies (31-19, 2nd place, Northwest Division)
7-2 win on 10 hits vs. Braves.  SS Arquimedes Gamboa, 2-5, 2 RBI, R. 1B Scott Tomassetti, 2-4, RBI. CF Juan Luis, 2-3, R.
Next: 12 noon today vs. Braves.

This Date In Phillies History
August 21, 1949, 2nd game
Fans litter the Shibe Park field after umpire George Barr rules a line drive to CF Richie Ashburn was trapped and not caught.  Umpires forfeit the game to the New York Giants.

August 21, 1972
Steve Carlton’s club-record 15-game winning streak ends by the Atlanta Braves, 2-1, in 11 innings at Veterans Stadium.

August 21, 1990
Phillies tie club record with nine runs in the top of the ninth for a 1211
comefrombehind (trailed 111 at one point) win in Los Angeles.  Carmelo Martinez’
double is the gamewinner.

August 21, 1991
1B John Kruk is hit by pitch for first time in his career, 2,681 plate appearances. Phillies
win, 43, in 11 innings vs. Pittsburgh.


Rookies Shine

Morgan tossed a career-high seven innings, the Phillies took a page from the Blue Jays by hitting three home runs and Giles got his eighth straight save in winning, 7-4.  The rookie lefty allowed two runs in seven innings in beating Toronto for the second time this season. In his other win, he gave up two runs in six innings.

Frency, Altherr and Blanco provided the long balls that staked Morgan to a 7-2 lead. Five of Frenchy’s last nine home runs have come at home. Altherr got his first major league hit with an RBI double in the first inning and homered in the fifth.  He’s the first Phillies player to have his first career hit, home run, RBI, run, double and walk in the same game since Denny Southern on September 10, 1926 versus the Chicago Cubs.

Blanco, who had four major league home runs in 638 at-bats before this season, lined a homer into the right field seats in the fifth.  It is the first time he has hit homers in back-to-back games.

In a season in which the Phillies are looking for building blocks, Morgan and Altherr show more hope for the future.  Granted, one game by Altherr doesn’t equate to a successful career but it is a start.

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (55-70), 5th place, North Division)
Lost, 2-1, at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. LP: Anthony Vasquez (7-6), 6.2-5-2-1-3-0. LF Brian Bogusevic, 2-4, 11th HR. SS Chase d’Arnaud, 3-5. C Erik Kratz, 2-3.
Next: Jesse Biddle (2-3) 7:05 tonight in SWB.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (72-51), 1st place, Eastern Division)
The beat goes on.  Reading pounded 17 hits in winning its 15th in the last 16 games, 12-6, over New Hampshire who hit 4 homers among its 8 hits. CF Nick Williams,, 3-5, 3 R. 3B Angelo Mora, 3-5, 2 R. SS J.P. Crawford, 3-5, RBI, SB. RF Destin Hood, 3-5, 3 R, 7th-8th HRs, 6 RBI. C Rene Garcia, 3-5, 2 RBI. Andrew Knapp did not play. WP: Zach Elfin (7-6), 6-6-4-4-1-3-3 HR.
Next: Jake Thomplearwater Threshers son (3-0) 7:05 tonight vs. New Hampshire.

Clearwater Threshers (33-20, 2nd place, North Division)
Won third in a row, 6-2, in Dunedin. 2 hits each: RF Dylan Cozens, LF Andrew Pullin, C Chace Numata, CF Aaron Brown, 3B Mitch Walding. WP: Mark Leiter (5-1), 6-6-2-2-2-5. SV: Alexis Rivero (2), 3-0-0-0-1-5.
Next: Yacksel Rios (5-3) 7:00 tonight vs. Brevard County.

Lakewood BlueClaws (29-23, tie 2nd place, Northern Division)
Ended a 3-game losing streak with a 6-1 win over Delmarva. CF Jiandido Tromp, 3-3. 3B Damek Tomscha, 1-3, 3 RBI. 1B Kyle Martin, 2-4. SS Drew Stankiewicz, 2-3, SB. WP: Elniery Garcia (8-9), 6-5-1-1-2-3. SV: Joey DeNato (9), 3-1-0-0-0-4.
Next: Jario Munoz (1-0) 7:05 tonight in West Virginia.

Williamsport Crosscutters (35-22) 1st place, Pinckney Division)
Lost, 5-0, at State College. CF Carlos Duran had 2 of Williamsport’s 4 singles.
Next: Jose Taveras (5-2) 7:05 tonight in State College.

Gulf Coast League Phillies (30-19, 2nd place, Northwest Division)
Dopped 3-2 decision at Braves. LF Cornelius Randolph, 2-3, boosting average to .308; hitting .364 in last 10 games.
Next: 12 noon today vs. Braves.

Comment Corner
Jim posted the following question the other day: “Two of the Phillies’ 2015 draft signees, Ben Pelletier and Reggie Wilson, are in Clearwater but are not on the GCL or any roster. Why? Are they eligible this season? Have they signed a different type of contract?”

Jim, OF Ben Pelletier, selected in the 34th round and OF Reggie Wilson two rounds earlier, were signed to 2016 contracts, a common practice for late-round selections.

This Date In Phillies History
August 20, 1961
Scoring four times in the top of the eighth inning, the Phillies end an NL-record 23-game losing streak behind RHP John Buzhardt, 7-4, at the Milwaukee Braves.  The streak began with a 4-3 loss to San Francisco on July 29.  Seventeen of the losses came on the road.

August 20, 1986
LHP Don Carman loses bid for perfect game when San Francisco’s Bob Brenly doubles
to start last of the ninth.  Phillies win 10, on 2B Juan Samuel’s homer in 10th, the
second time in club history they win a 1-0 extra-inning game on a home run, Ron
Northey in 1944.

August 20, 1991
SS Dickie Thon hits twoout, tworun homer in the bottom of the ninth to beat
Pittsburgh, 6-5. It is the first time since June 28, 1987, that the Phillies come from
behind in the ninth inning to win, a stretch of 346 games.


Chase Going Home


The demolition ball struck again.  This time Chase is the one to go.  He’s reuniting with his longtime shortstop partner, J-Roll, with the Dodgers. We now have a Los Angeles Chapter of the Phillies Alumni as Shane is also playing in LA with the Angels

Chase had 1,623 hits in 1,551 games wearing a Phillies uniform.  J-Roll, 2,306 hits in 2,090 games.  Each played 46 games in 10 postseason series.  Jimmy had more hits, 47-43. They are the greatest double play combination ever for the Phillies. J-Roll had 2,058 games at short and Chase 1,453 on the other side of the infield. Each played in two World Series and now have a chance for another.

Of course, Chase had that historic World Series in 2009, hitting five home runs, including two, two-homer games.  His first World Series at-bat in 2008? A home run.
His first hit in the major leagues? A grand slam. Last walk-off hit in history of Veterans Stadium: Chase. Last batter at the Vet? Chase.

A six-time All-Star, his career was hampered by knee and ankle injuries the last five years. But, it never deterred from his preparation or busting it at all times on the field.  He is the ultimate example of how to play the game.

Chase Utley was born and raised in the Los Angeles.  He went to high school there and college at UCLA.  Once a Dodgers fan as a kid, he was drafted by them in the second round in 1967 following high school.  He chose UCLA and was selected by the Phillies in the first round three years later.  He now returns home where he has a .320 lifetime average at Dodger Stadium.

Chase is one of the most popular athletes to play in this city. Some day he will return to Citizens Bank Park to be inducted into the Wall of Fame.  That’ll be goosebump city.

As Harry Kalas once proclaimed, “Chase Utley….you ARE the man!”

Coming East
INF-OF Darnell Sweeney is a 24-year-old switch-hitter who is ranked as the Dodgers’ 13th top prospect by the MiLB Pipeline.  Playing at AAA Oklahoma City, he’s hitting .271 and leading the Pacific Coast League with 32 steals. He leads OC with 69 runs, 30 doubles, 4 triples, 42 walks and 116 strikeouts. AA All-Star last year and same honor in AAA this season. Led the Southern League in runs (88) and walks (77) a year ago. Originally a shortstop, he moved to second base last year and centerfield this year.  A lead-off hitter at OC, he played center field on Tuesday and third base on Monday. He was scratched from the lineup Wednesday night. He was LA’s 13th round draft pick in 2012 out of the University of Central Florida. He will take Chase’s place on the roster and join the Phillies in Miami in time for Thursday’s night game.

RHP John Richy, 10-5 with a 4.20 ERA at Hi-A Rancho Cucamonga.  He’s tied for the California League lead in wins. The 6-4, 215-pounder leads the staff with 124.1 innings and 105 strikeouts. He was the pitcher of the week in May when he threw a 9-inning shutout. The 23-year-old was LA’s third-round selection in 2014 out of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Homers Power Blue Jays


Toronto’s high-powered offense did in the Phillies on Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park.  Leading, 4-3, the Phillies lost a chance to break the game wide open when they hit into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded and no out in the fifth. One run padded the lead but the Jays put up five runs in the sixth, hitting two homers off Gomez, who had given up one all season in 96.1 innings.

Nola uncharacteristically struggled with his control but battled and left the game with a 5-3 lead after five innings. In his brief big league career he had walked six out of the first 124 hitters he faced.  Last night he faced 24 batters and walked four.

The five Phillies runs in four innings against Dickey snapped a franchise record in which the Toronto starting pitchers had gone 20 consecutive games without allowing more than three runs.  The Jays’ pen which has been the A.L’s best since the All-Star Game gave up two hits and no runs in five innings.

Toronto is 21-8 since the All-Star Game; Phillies, 17-11, losing six of last seven.

After tonight’s game, the Phillies head for a short road trip to Miami that is twice as long as this homestand. Phillies are back home starting Monday, a four-game series with the division-leading Mets.

de ja vu
For the second time, the Phillies have had a rookie third baseman sustain a fracture when hit by a pitch.  Franco’s season may be over after being hit on his left wrist last week in Arizona.

Scott Rolen had his season cut short in 1996 with a fractured right forearm after being hit by a pitch thrown by the Cubs’ Steve Trachsel on September 6 at Veterans Stadium.  It was Rolen’s 37th game, meaning he retained his rookie status for the following season.  Franco has played 97 games and is longer considered a rookie.

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (55-69), tie 4th place, North Division)
Won, 3-1, in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre behind Sean O’Sullivan (2-2), 8.1-3-1-0-1-9; SV: Dustin McGowan (10). CF Brian Bogusevic, 2-4. LF Tyler Henson, 2-run double.
Next: Anthony Vasquez (7-5) 7:05 tonight in SWB.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (71-51), 1st place, Eastern Division)
Won 14th in last 15 games and improved to 8-0 at home this month with a 6-5 win over New Hampshire. C Andrew Knapp, 2-4, HR, 2 RBI, extending hitting streak to 16 games. Won game in the eighth inning when Knapp doubled (33rd) and scored the league run when the third baseman committed an error on a bunt by 2B Angelo Mora.
NH scored three in the first inning off Nick Pivetta who gave up two more before leaving the game after 3.2 innings. Relievers Edubray Ramos, Reiniier Roibal and Ryan O’Sullivan combined for 5.1 hitless, scoreless innings.  WP: Roibal (5-1). SV: O’Sullivan (3).
Next: Zach Eflin (6-6) 7:05 tonight vs. New Hampshire.

Clearwater Threshers (32-20, 1st place, North Division)
Won, 9-4, vs. Dunedin. 2-3-4-5-6 hitters in the lineup: 11-21, 7 Rm 7 RBI. 1B Rhys Hoskins, HR (7), 15 including Lakewood. CF Aaron Brown, HR (10). WP: Matt Imhoff (7-4), 5-5-2-2-2-6.
Next: Mark Leiter (4-1) 6:30 tonight in Dunedin.

Lakewood BlueClaws (28-23, tie 2nd place, Northern Division)
Lost 13th in 17 games at the hands of Delmarva, 8-2, getting 8 singles. RF Herlis Rodriguez hit in his 19th consecutive game.
Next: Elniery Garcia (7-9) 7:05 tonight vs. Delmarva.

Williamsport Crosscutters (35-21, 1st place, Pinckney Division)
Next: Tyler Gilbert (3-2) 7:05 tonight in State College; first game back after the All-Star Game.

Gulf Coast League Phillies (30-18, 2nd place, Northwest Division)
Scoring twice in the eighth inning, the Phillies nipped the host Astros, 2-1. C Greg Brodzinski, 2-3, RBI. Miguel Gonzalez started, 2-1-0-0-1-3. WP: Luis Morales (1-0), 4-1-0-0-0-6.
Next: 12 noon today at Braves.

This Date In Phillies History
August 19, 1903
Phillies have 10 consecutive postponements, August 10-19. Guess they didn’t have tarps back then.

August 19, 1978
54,288 are on hand when Phillies blank San Francisco, 3-0, at Veterans Stadium. Happy Days softball team, featuring Henry Winkler, plays before the Saturday night game.


Kids vs. Veterans


Phillies returned home on Sunday night, spent Monday unpacking and getting ready for another road trip after Wednesday night’s game.  That game is the second of a two-game series against the American League East second-place Blue Jays.  Toronto is trying to reach the postseason for the first time since 1993 when they won the World Series, a painful memory for Phillies fans.

The Blue Jays have won 15 of their last 18 games, including going 1-1 against the Phillies in Toronto.  They lead the A.L. with 622 runs scored and 225 doubles while second in homers with 158.  40-23 at home, the Blue Jays are 25-31 on the road but carry a six-game winning streak at Citizens Bank Park going into the series that starts tonight.

Veterans will be starting for Toronto, 40-year-old Dickey tonight and 36-year-old Buehrle on Wednesday. Combined they have started 715 games in the majors. Dickey owns the one win Toronto had over the Phillies on July 29, 8-2.

The Phillies, 7-8 in interleague play, will counter with two rookies, 22-year-old Nola tonight and 25-year-old Morgan in the next game.  Combined they have 14 big league starts. During the Phillies 17-10 record since the All-Star Game, Nola has three of the wins and Morgan, two, including a 3-2 decision over the Jays on July 28.

Minor Leagues
Players of the Week (Aug. 10-16)
1B Luis Encarnacion, Gulf Coast League Phillies…The 18-year-old hit .478 (11-23) with a pair of doubles, three RBI, three runs scored, and a stolen base. He reached base at a .520 mark and posted a 1.085 OPS in his six games played. On August 10, Encarnacion had a career-high five hits, going 5-5 with a double, two runs and two RBI against the GCL Tigers. He is currently riding a 10-game hit streak, during which he has raised his average from .259 to an even .300. His 30 RBI lead the GCL. Encarnacion, a right-handed hitter, was signed by the Phillies and Koby Perez as an amateur free agent in August of 2013.

RHP Stephen Shackleford, Reading…The 26-year-old converted four saves in four chances for the Fightins, combining to pitch 4.0 scoreless innings with just two walks and one hit allowed. On August 11, he recorded his 25th save of the season, breaking the team record for most saves in a single season.  He has converted 28 saves in 30 chances, holding opponents to a .196 average over 48.2 innings of work. The 6-foot-2 right-hander leads the league in saves.  Shackleford was signed by the Phillies as a minor league free agent in December of 2014, and was originally selected by the San Francisco Giants in the 30th round of the 2010 draft.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (54-69), 4th place, North Division)
Were not scheduled on Monday.  Season resumes at 7:05 tonight in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (70-51), 1st place, Eastern Division)
Improved to 13-2 this month with an 8-1 win over New Hampshire. WP: Joely Rodriguez (5-2), 7-4-1-1-1-5. Middle of batting order (Brock Stassi-Andrew Knapp-Destin Hood) were 6-10 with 3 RBI.  Bottom three (Angelo Mora-Harold Martinez-KC Serna) were 3-10 with 4 RBI. Knapp had 2 hits, extending his hitting streak to 15 games and boosting average to .406. Including Clearwater, Knapp is hitting .316, 31 doubles, 70 RBI.
Next: Nick Pivetta (1-3) 7:05 tonight vs. New Hampshire.

Clearwater Threshers (31-20, 2nd place, North Division)
Won, 6-3, in Dunedin before a crowd of 615.  WP: 20-year-old Ricardo Pinto (7-2), 6.2-3-0-0-2-6. Including Lakewood, he’s 12-4. SV: 22-year-old Miguel Nunez (6); last 10 games: 2-0, 4 SV, 0 R, 13.2 IP. 1B Rhys Hoskins, HR (6); 14 including Lakewood. 4-5-6-7-8 in the batting order went 10-19, 6 R, 4 RBI.
Next: Matt Imhoff (6-4) 6:30 tonight in Dunedin.

Lakewood BlueClaws (28-22, tie 2nd place, Northern Division)
After playing 3 games in Delmarva, the two teams shifted to Lakewood for another 3-game series. Delmarva won the opener, 6-2.  2B Scott Kingery, 2-4, R. CF Jiandido Tromp, 2-4, RBI.
Next: Austin Davis (3-4) 7:05 tonight vs. Delmarva.

Williamsport Crosscutters (35-21, 1st place, Pinckney Division)
Season resumes Wednesday following a two-day break for the All-Star Game.

Gulf Coast League Phillies (29-18, 2nd place, Northwest Division)
Split a pair vs. the Astros, 5-3 win in a suspended game and 5-2 loss in a 7-inning game. 18-year-old LF Cornelius, 5-7 in the DH, lifting average to .309. 1B Luis Encarnacion had his hitting streak snapped at 10 games.
Next: 12 noon today at Astros.

This Date In Phillies History
August 18, 1997:
LF Billy McMillon and C Mike Lieberthal hit grand slams as Phillies sink San
Francisco, 12-4, at the Vet, the second time in club history they have two slams in
one game.  SS Ralph Miller and P Lee Meadows did it 76 years ago, April 28, 1921.

August 18, 2006

Mike Lieberthal catches his 1,125th game to break Red Dooin’s club record for most
games caught.  Dooin’s played for the Phillies from 1902-14, including the dual role of
player-manager, 1910-14. His managerial record is 392-370.


Trip Ends on Sour Note

A nine-game road trip that began with a three-game sweep in San Diego ended this weekend with the Phillies getting swept in three games in Milwaukee.  For the Brewers, it is the first time they have swept a season series from the Phillies since they returned to the National League. They won all seven games this season.

Except for two blow outs in Arizona and Sunday, the Phillies had a 3.11 ERA in six games.  Except for Utley’s hot bat (13-26, .500), the offense struggled.  In losing five of their last six games, the hitters were 7-55 (.127) with RISP. At least four of the hits didn’t produce a run so the average is misleading. Franco’s absence (last four games) after getting drilled on this left wrist certainly had an affect offensively.

One note from the weekend sweep, Brewers’ second baseman Scooter Gennett had four hits Saturday night on six pitches.  That hadn’t been done in the majors this season, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

The Phillies post-All-Star Game record has dwindled to 17-10.  It doesn’t get any easier as the red-hot and powerful Blue Jays are next on the schedule, Tuesday and Wednesday nights at Citizens Bank Park.

Interesting Sunday Tweet
From Mark Bowman, Braves beat writer for
“Dating back to the Papelbon trade (July 28): Phillies 9-9, 3.22 bullpen ERA, 7/7 save ops; Nationals 6-14, 5.03 bullpen ERA, 2/4 save ops.”

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (54-69), tie 4th place, North Division)
Lost 3 of 4 to Pawtucket. Win came in second game of Saturday DH, 6-5; WP: Severino Gonzalez (2-5), 5-4-1-1-0-3. SV: Dustin McGowan (9). CF Aaron Altherr, 6-16, weekend. LF-DH Jordan Danks, 6-game hitting streak, driving in 5 runs. CF-RF Brian Bogusevic has hit in 9 of last 10 games, .333. 1B Tommy Joseph returned to AAA, 3 hits in 4 games, including HR.
Next: Day off today.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (69-51), 1st place, Eastern Division)
Had 10-game winning streak stopped, 2-1, in Trenton on Friday night.  Reading won next 2. WPs: Jake Thompson (3-0), 6-2-2-2-5-5 and Ethan Martin (2-0), 5-2-0-0-1-3.  It was Martin’s first win as a starter since 8/19/13 when he started for the Phillies against the Rockies. SV: Stephen Shackleford (27-28). C Andrew Knapp had one hit in each game, extending hitting streak to 14 games; his average dropped from .411 to .401 in the three games. CF Nick Williams and SS J.P. Crawford had back-to-back triples in Sunday’s 2-0 win against Michael Pineda on rehab assignment from the Yankees. Zach Eflin had a ND on Friday, 7-6-0-0-2-3; 86 pitches, 61 for strikes.
Next: Joely Rodriguez (4-2) 7:05 tonight vs. New Hampshire.

Clearwater Threshers (30-20, 2nd place, North Division)
Lost 2 games and had a third game rained out. Threshers scored just 3 runs on 10 hits in the two losses. LF Andrew Pullin, HR (12), on Friday night.
Next: Ricardo Pinto (6-2) 6:30 tonight in Dunedin.

Lakewood BlueClaws (28-21, 2nd place, Northern Division)
Lost 2 of 3 in Delmarva. WP: Will Morris (5-0), 7-7-0-0-1-2 on Saturday night.  LF Cord Sandberg drove in half of Lakewood’s 8 runs. Tyler Viza (4-8) lost the 4-2 game on Sunday, 5-7-4-2-1-9. SS-2B Drew Stankiewicz, 6-13 weekend. RF Herlis Rodriguez has hit in 9 of last 10 games, .351.
Next: Ranfi Casimiro (7-6) 7:05 tonight vs. Delmarva.

Williamsport Crosscutters (35-21, 1st place, Pinckney Division)
Won fifth in a row, 7-6, Friday at Staten Island on a three-run homer by 2B Josh Tobias (#3) and a 2-run homer by 1B Jesus Posso (#6) in the eighth inning. WP: Skylar Hunter (3-2); SV: Robert Tasin (11). Crosscutters lost next two games at home to Mahoning Valley. Tobias 4-13 weekend; hitting .356 in last 10 games. C Austin Bossart had an 18-game hitting streak end on Saturday but went 2-4 on Sunday.
Next: Two-day break for the All-Star Game.

Gulf Coast League Phillies (28-17, 2nd place, Northwest Division)
Lost twice to the Tigers, extending their losing streak to 3 games. Miguel Gonzalez started on Friday, his first game action in 6 months. 1B Luis Encarnacion has 8 RBI in a 9-game hitting streak (16-34, .471).
Next: 12 noon today vs. Astros.

Lehigh Valley: 1B Chris McGuiness, released; 1B Tommy Joseph, 3B Russ Canzler and RHS Severino Gonzalez, activated from DL. INF Cord Phelps, on T.I.

Reading: INF Devin Lohman, released; INF Casey Serna, from Lehigh Valley.

This Date in Phillies History
August 17, 1972:
LHP Steve Carlton wins his 20th game of the season and 15th consecutive, longest streak in Phillies history, 9-4 over Cincinnati before 42,635 at the Vet.  The streak began June 7 and ended August 21. ERA for the 15 wins was 1.33.  Five of the wins were shutouts.  He also had three no-decisions during that time frame, including a game against Houston in which he didn’t allow a run in 10 innings.  Lefty finished with 27 wins, a club-record 310 strikeouts and won his first Cy Young Award.

August 17, 1957
CF Richie Ashburn, known for his ability to foul pitches off, hits spectator Alice Roth twice in the same at-bat.  The first one breaks her nose; the second hits her while she is being removed on a stretcher. Ironically, she is the wife of Earl Roth, sports editor of the Philadelphia Bulletin.

August 17, 1985
Phillies match club record by hitting six homers (four in the seventh inning) in 104
win over Cubs in Wrigley Field. C Darren Daulton hits two; one each for 2B Juan
Samuel, RF Glenn Wilson, 1b Mike Schmidt and 3b Rick Schu.

Remembering Mo’s Gem


Terry Mulholland embraces Darren Daulton after pitching a 60 no-hitter against
San Francisco on August 15, 1990, the first ever at Veterans Stadium. It is the first by a
Phillies pitcher at home this century and eighth of the major league season. Only one
SF batter reached base, an error by third baseman Charlie Hayes.  Gary Carter was the
last out, a line drive caught by Hayes.


Milwaukee Weekend

Phillies swept four games in Miller Park a year ago.  The Brewers returned the favor earlier this season at Citizens Bank Park.  In history of Miller Park, Phillies are 25-21.

The Brewers, losers of their last three, have the fewest wins at home in the NL, 24-36.

Got to hand it to Adam Loewen for hanging onto the dream of pitching in the majors again. Originally drafted of by the Orioles in 2002 at age 18, he made his debut four years later going 6-6 in 22 games. Six starts into the 2007 season, he underwent surgery for a stress fracture of his pitching elbow (left). His career on the mound ended the following year.

A good athlete, he began a second career as an outfielder in 2009, willing to return to Class A ball (Dunedin) with Toronto. The Blue Jays brought him to the majors in 2011, hitting .188 in 14 games.  His first major league hit came against the Orioles.  The Vancouver, British Columbia native twice played for Canada in the World Baseball Classic. Now (2012) playing back in Class A ball again, this time for the Mets, he went on the DL with a stress fracture in his right foot. His career as a hitter ended the following season after batting .269 in Class AA.

Believing his ailing arm was healthy again, he signed a minor league contract with the Phillies and went to their minor league camp a year ago. Combined he was 5-5 in 19 starts for Clearwater and Reading. The Phillies resigned him as a minor league free agent 12/14/14.  Moved to the bullpen this year, he began the season in Lehigh Valley, went back to Reading where he worked on some mechanics.  Upon returning to LV on June 16, he was unscored upon in 21 of 22 appearances, earning a trip back to the majors at age 31. Can’t help root for such a person.

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (53-66), 4th place, North Division)
Lost, 11-2, in Syracuse. 2 hits each: SS Chase d’Arnaud, 3B Tyler Pastornicky and LF Brian Bogusevic. LP: Jess Biddle (2-3).
Next: Alec Asher (1-0) 7:05 tonight vs. Pawtucket.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (67-50), 1st place, Eastern Division)
Racked up 10th consecutive win, 3-0, vs. Harrisburg behind the pitching of Nick Pivetta (1-3), 5.2-3-0-0-1-8; and 1 inning by Ryan O’Sullivan, Tom Windle and Stephen Shackleford, 26th SV. After sitting out a game, C Andrew Knapp returned, single, HR (7), lifting average to .411. CF Nick Williams, 2-4, RBI; hitting .415 since the trade.
Next: Zack Elfin (6-6) 7:05 tonight in Trenton.

Clearwater Threshers (30-18, 1st place, North Division)
Won fourth in a row, 6-4, over Tampa. DH Willlians Astudillo, 2-3. Has 7 multi-hit games in an 8-game hitting streak.  .330 average leads FSL. CF Aaron Brown, HR (9). LF Andrew Pullin, single, triple, run.
Next: Yacksel Rios (5-2) 6:30 tonight vs. Tampa.

Lakewood BlueClaws (27-19, 2nd place, Northern Division)
Idle on Thursday. Next: Steve Watson (1-3) 7:05 tonight in Delmarva.

Williamsport Crosscutters (34-19, 1st place, Pinckney Division)
Won fourth in a row, 7-4, at Staten Island. WP: Tyler Gilbert (3-2), 5-5-2-2-1-7. 2B Josh Tobias, 3-5, 2 runs. C Austin Bossart, 2-4. LF Venn Biter, 2-5, 2 runs, 2 RBI; .389 in last 4 games.
Next: Leftwich (1-1) 7:00 tonight in Staten Island.

Gulf Coast League Phillies (28-15, 1st place, Northwest Division)
Lost, 7-3, to Pirates. 1B Tommy Joseph, 2-4, RBI. LF Cornelius Randolph, triple, RBI, SB; .324 in last 5 games. 1B Luis Encarnacion, hitting .400 in last 7 games.
Next: 12 noon today at Pirates.

This Date in Phillies History
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, 1984
2B Juan Samuel steals 56th base, breaking Sherry Magee’s club record set in 1906.
Phillies lose, 32, in San Diego

August 14, 2006
SS Jimmy Rollins’ 18th home run sets a club record for homers by a shortstop, breaking
Granny Hamner’s mark (17) in 1952.  Phillies romp over Mets, 13-0, at Citizens Bank

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.

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Phils Escape Arizona

After getting pounded in the first two games, the Phillies escaped with a 7-6 win on Wednesday afternoon and avoided being swept by Arizona for the first time since 2007. Escaped is the fitting description as the Diamondbacks’ bats are as hot right now as the Phoenix temperature.

Giles made some tough pitches to record a big bases-loaded strikeout to end the eighth and the final batter in posting his seventh straight save since Papelbon was traded.

The third leg of an unusual road trip ends with a three-game series in Milwaukee starting on Friday night. What’s so unusual? Well, following Milwaukee, the Phillies return home for just two games (red-hot Toronto) and then head for Miami for four. In essence, the trip is San Diego-Phoenix-Milwaukee-Philadelphia-Miami.

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (53-65), 4th place, North Division)
Dropped 9-5 decision in Syracuse. 2B Tyler Pastornicky, 2 1B, 2 2B in 5 AB. 1B-LF Brian Bogusevic, 9th HR, 3 R.
Next: 7:05 tonight in Syracuse.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (65-50), 1st place, Eastern Division)
With C Andrew Knapp getting a day off, Reading’s high-powered offense continued to roll, 8-4, over Harrisburg. Win was ninth in a row. SS J.P. Crawford, 1B, 5th HR, RBI, SB. 1B Brock Stassi, 2 H, 2 RBI (76 total). 2B Angelo Mora, 3 H, 2 R. PH Art Charles, 2-run HR (8). WP: Reinier Roibal (4-1).
Next: 7:05 tonight vs. Harrisburg.

Clearwater Threshers (29-18, 2nd place, North Division)
Pounding out 16 hits, Clearwater rolled in Lakeland, 10-5. 1B Rhys Hoskins, 2 1B, 2B, 3B, 3 RBI; hitting .315. C Willians Astudillo, 3-4; improving league-leading average to .327. 4 teammates added 2 hits each. WP: Alexis Rivero (1-2).
Next: 7:00 tonight vs. Tampa.

Lakewood BlueClaws (27-19, 2nd place, Northern Division)
Swept 3-game series from Greensboro, 7-2, scoring all 7 in the first inning. 2 RBI: LF Cord Sandberg and C Deivi Grullon. 2 H, RBI for 2B Scott Kingery. RF Herlis Rodriguez extended hitting streak to 14 games. WP: Elniery Garcia (7-9), 6-3-1-1-1-4.
Next: Day off today.

Williamsport Crosscutters (32-19, 1st place, Pinckney Division)
Won third in a row, 4-1, at Staten Island. WP: Mitch Gueller (7-1), 7-5-1-1-3-1; fifth straight win; ERA lowered to 1.84.  8 of 9 players in the lineup had hits; 4 different players drove in runs, including RF Jose Pujols’ first HR.
Next: 11 this morning in Staten Island.

Gulf Coast League Phillies (28-14, 1st place, Northwest Division)
Scoring all runs in the first inning, Phillies defeated the host Pirates, 4-2. SS Jose Anteguera, 2 H, 14th SB. WP: Carlos Indriago (2-0), 5-3-0-0-1-3.
Next: 12 noon today vs. Pirates.

This Date in Phillies History
August 13, 1939, 1st game
RHP Wayman “Bill” Kerksieck has the dubious distinction of setting a club record by allowing six home runs (in four innings) in an 11-2 loss to the Giants at New York.

August 13, 1972
Between games of a Sunday afternoon doubleheader with Montreal, high-wire artist Karl Wallenda thrills the crowd of over 30,000 by walking across the stadium on a tightrope, the most dazzling promotion in Vet history.  He repeats the nerve-wracking feat on May 31, 1976.

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

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1915 outfielders
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The Diamondbacks’ 13-3 win on Monday was the largest margin of victory in the 120 games they’ve played against the Phillies.  As an encore, Arizona pounded out a 13-1 win giving the D’backs their first series win over the Phillies since 2011. Ouch.

They scored 11 runs in the second inning, the biggest second inning ever against the Phillies. Previous was 10 when the Cubs defeated the Phillies, 26-23, August 25, 1922, in Wrigley Field. Buchanan gave up 10 hits and 11 runs, each one shy of two respective club records.

Day game today and a day off in Milwaukee tomorrow.

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (53-64), 4th place, North Division)
Lost 4-1 in Syracuse.  2 hits: SS Chase d’Arnaud, CF Aaron Altherr, 3B Tyler Pastornicky.
Next: Anthony Vasquez (7-4) 7:05 tonight in Syracuse.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (65-50), 1st place, Eastern Division)
Won their 8th in a row on an 8-run 7th inning, 11-8, over Harrisburg who led 6-1 after 3 innings. CF Nick Williams, 2B, HR (3), 3 RBI, 2 R. 3B Harold Martinez, 2-4, 3 RBI. C Andrew Knapp, 2-4, RBI. RF Cam Perkins, 2-4, with 2 assists (home plate, second base). ND: Ben Lively, 4-9-6-6-1-6; fanned 4 of the first 6 batters he faced. WP: Tom Windle (4-5). Club-record 25th SV for Stephen Shackleford.
Next: Joely Rodriguez (4-2) 7:05 tonight vs. Harrisburg.

Clearwater Threshers (28-18, 2nd place, North Division)
Ricardo Pinto improved to 6-2 with a 4-1 win in Lakeland, 7-3-1-1-1-4; combined with Lakewood, he’s 11-4. SV: Ulises Joaquin (15). SS Manlquin Canelo, 3-5, RBI. DH Dylan Cozens, 2-run 3B.
Next: Matt Imhoff (6-4) 6:30 tonight in Lakeland.

Lakewood BlueClaws (26-19, 2nd place, Northern Division)
Defeated Greensboro, 6-1, behind Austin Davis (3-4), 6-6-1-1-2-6. SV: Joey DeNato (8). 2B Scott Kingery, 3 H, 3 SB. 1B Damek Tomscha, 3 H. RF Herlis Rodriguez, HR (10).
Next: Elneiry Garcia (6-9) 7:05 tonight vs. Greensboro.

Williamsport Crosscutters (31-19, 1st place, Pinckney Division)
Won, 5-2, over West Virginia.  1B Jesus Posso, 1B, 2B, HR (5), 3 R, RBI. WP: Jose Taveras (5-2), 5-5-2-2-1-7. SV: Robert Tasin (10).
Next: Mitch Gueller (6-1) 7:05 tonight at Staten Island.

Gulf Coast League Phillies (27-14, 1st place, Northwest Division)
Lost, 7-1, at the Yankees1. 18-year-old LF Cornelius Randolph, 2-4, including club-high 12th 2B; 3-game hitting streak, 6-13. 18-year-old Luis Encarnacion, 2-4; extended his hitting streak to 5 games, 11-20; leads club with 39 hits, 4 homers, 24 RBI.
Next: 12 noon today at Pirates.

Today in Phillies History
1921, 2nd game: RHP George Smith (4-15) allows 12 hits in pitching a 4-0 shutout over Boston at Braves Field.  12 hits are the most allowed by a Phillies pitcher in tossing a

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 set in 1953.

2006: SS Jimmy Rollins becomes the third Phillies switch-hitter to homer from each side
of the plate in a game, a 9-7 loss to Cincinnati at Citizens Bank Park.  Rollins joins Steve
Jeltz (1989) and Tomas Perez (2001).


Magic in Minors

Going into Monday night’s game, the Diamondbacks were third in the league in runs scored.  They ended the Phillies three-game winning streak, 13-3, pounding out 17 hits, including three doubles, three triples and three home runs.  Now Arizona only trails Colorado in runs, 501-495. Best news: it only counts as one loss.

Herrera extended his hitting streak to 13 games, longest for a Phillies rookie since Marlon Byrd hit in 15 in a row in 2005.  Utley started at first base for the 24th time in his career.

Late-Inning Magic
All four Phillies minor league teams picked up wins Monday night in the ninth inning or later.  Three were walk-off wins in extra innings, a single and two home runs.  Wonder how many times that has happened.

The wins improved the Phillies minor league record to 297-250, a .543 perentage.

Minor Leagues
Players of the Week (August 3-9)

9 March 2015- Phillies minor league headshots, Clearwater, FL

9 March 2015- Phillies minor league headshots, Clearwater, FL

C Andrew Knapp, Reading…Knapp, 23, was named Phillies Minor League Player of the Week for the second straight week after continuing his torrid pace at the plate. He batted .600 (15-25) with four home runs (one walk-off home run), 13 RBI, two doubles, a triple, a 1.240 slugging percentage and 1.985 OPS in six games played. He currently has a nine-game hitting streak, during which he has eight multi-hit games (six three-hit games, two two-hit games), and his recent surge has pushed his batting average from .323 on July 30 to .403. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound switch-hitter was also named Eastern League Player of the Week after his impressive showing. Knapp was selected by the Phillies in the second round of the 2013 draft out of the University of California at Berkely, and was signed by Joey Davis.

2015 Eickhoff

RHP Jerad Eickhoff, Lehigh Valley…The 25-year-old Eickhoff has had no trouble adjusting to the Phillies organization, as he combined to go 2-0 with a 0.64 ERA (one earned run in 14.0 innings) with 11 hits allowed, two walks and 11 strikeouts over his first two starts for Lehigh Valley. In his IronPigs debut against Toledo he struck out seven in 6.0 innings and surrendered just one run, and followed that up with 8.0 shutout innings against Columbus on August 9. It was his longest scoreless outing of the season at any level, and helped him to earn International League Pitcher of the Week honors as well. Eickhoff was acquired by the Phillies in the July trade that sent Cole Hamels to the Rangers, and he was originally selected by Texas in the 15th round of the 2011 draft out of Olney Central College.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (53-63, 4th place, North Division)
Idle on Monday.  Sean O’Sullivan 7:05 tonight in Syracse.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (64-50), 1st place, Eastern Division)
Idle on Monday.  7-game winning streak on the line tonight vs. Harrisburg, Ben Lively (8-7), 7:05 tonight.

Clearwater Threshers (27-18, 2nd place, North Division)
Scoring 2 in the top of the 8th and 1 in the top of the 9th, Clearwater rallied for a 5-3 win in Lakeland. 1B Rhys Hoskins, 2-4, including 5th HR; combined with Lakewood: .316 average, 14 HR, 70 RBI. WP: Jesen Therrien (4-0). SV: Miguel Nunez (4).
Next: Ricardo Pinto (5-2) 6:30 tonight in Lakeland.

Lakewood BlueClaws (25-19, tie 2nd place, Northern Division)
Scoring 3 in the bottom of the 12th inning, Lakewood rallied for a 5-3 win over Greensboro.  RF Herlis Rodriquez hit a 2-out, 2-strike,  2-run triple to tie the game and 2B Scott Kingery followed with a walk-off single.  It is the fifth walk-off win for Lakewood. Rodriguez had 3 H and 3 RBI. DH Chase Harris, 3 H, RBI.  WP: Calvin Rayburn (5-1).
Next: Austin Davis (2-3) 7:05 tonight vs. Greensboro.

Williamsport Crosscutters (30-19, 1st place, Pinckney Division)
3B Jan Hernandez hit a walk-off HR (#8) in the 11th inning for a 3-2 win over West Virginia. Williamsport sent the game into extra-innings with a run in the ninth. The Crosscutters stole 6 bases, 2 by CF Zach Coppola (#15-16). ND: Franklyn Kilome, 5-1-0-0-2-3. WP: Sutter McLoughlin (2-0).
Next: Jose Taveras (4-2) 7:05 tonight vs. West Virginia.

Gulf Coast League Phillies (27-13, 1st place, Northwest Division)
1B Tommy Joseph hit a 2-run, walk-off homer in the 10th inning, 9-7, over the Yankees2. In 9 games, he’s hitting .476 with 3 HR.  LF Cornelius Randolph, 3-5, 2 R, SB. DH Luis Encarnicion, 5-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, SB. SS Arquimedes Gamboa, 1B, 3B,3 RBI.
Next: 12 noon today at Yankees1.

Lehigh Valley, INF Tyler Pastornicky, acquired from Round Rock (Texas AAA) for cash considerations.

Reading: INF Devin Lohman, from Lehigh Valley.  LHP Hoby Milner, placed on temporary inactive list.

Today in Phillies History
1970: RHP Jim Bunning joins Cy Young as the only pitchers to win 100 games in each league, a 6-5 decision in Houston.

1994: Phillies edge Dallas Green’s New York Mets in 15 innings, 2-1, at the Vet in what turns out to be the final game of the season as the players go on strike the following day. The season never resumes.



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