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Flat June Tune

2015 fireworks

Hard to believe but July 1 is here which means July 4 is not far away (shocking, I know) which means fireworks shows.  Next two nights at Citizens Bank Park: Xfinity post-game fireworks shows.

Flat June Tune
22-0 . . . 12 . . . 1-14 sent the Phillies to their fifth straight home loss to the Brewers.  Hamels gave up two first-inning runs and closed the door, leaving and leading, 3-2, after seven innings.  Until last night, the Phillies were 22-0 when leading after seven.  Giles saw his scoreless inning streak end at 12 innings when Milwaukee scored twice in the eighth after there were two out and no one on base.  The Phillies loaded the bases in their eighth with one out and had the first two runners reach base to start the ninth but they finished the night 1-14 with runners in scoring position.  The one hit didn’t score a run. Mercy.

So, June ends 8-19 with starting pitchers going 2-15 something they haven’t done in that month since 1997, also 2-15. The two wins for the starters: Morgan and Gonzalez. Schilling had both 1997 wins.

Now, the good news.  Club record for fewest wins in June is 4-22 in 1997 and 4-19 in 1936.  Most losses: 8-24 in 1945.

Minor Leagues
Prospect Spotlight

2015 Pullin
Andrew Pullin, outfielder with the Clearwater Threshers. Hit his second grand slam of the season last night and also had an RBI single. 46 RBI are tied for the Florida State League lead. 7 homers lead Clearwater. In the 4-game series at Charlotte, the 21-year-old left-handed hitter hit .444 (8-18) with 2 homers and 10 RBI.  He was drafted in the 5th round in 2012 out of Centralia, WA, High School.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (32-48)
Won 3rd in a row, 12-8, over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.  17-hit attack with 7 different players having multiple hits.  DH Tyler Henson, double, 1st HR, 4 RBI, 17th steal. RF Aaron Altherr, 3 hits, 2 RBI, stolen base.   WP:  Anthony Vasquez (4-3); SV: Adam Loewen (2), 4 strikeouts in 2 innings.
Next: Dustin McGowan (1-1), 7:05 tonight vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Reading Fightin Phils (41-36)
Colin Kleven won his AA debut, 6-1, at New Britain, 6-3-1-1-0-4. The right-hander began the season at Clearwater and was promoted last week after a 5-3 start in Class A. RF Kelly Dugan, 4 hits, extending his hitting streak to 5 games (11-19). C Andrew Knapp, 2 hits, 2 RBI.
Next: Ben Lively (5-6), 7:05 tonight in New Britain.

Clearwater Threshers (5-1)
Andrew Pullin’s grand slam keyed an 11-run 6th inning in Clearwater’s 12-2 win in Charlotte. WP David Whitehead (5-6), 7-3-0-0-1-2. Threshers finished with a 17-9 June, winning 10 of their last 11 games.
Next: Victor Arano (1-7), 7:00 tonight vs. Tampa.

Lakewood BlueClaws (3-3)
Lost, 4-3, at Delmarva.  Left the tying run on 3rd with 1 out in the 9th. 1B Damek Tomscha, 2 doubles, HR (4), 3 RBI.  DH Kyle Martin, single, 2 doubles.
Next: Tyler Viza (4-2), 7:05 tonight in Delmarva.

Williamsport Crosscutters (10-1)
10-game winning streak ended, 2-1 in Mahoning Valley. Crosscutters had 4 hits, including 2 doubles by C Gregori Rivero.
Next: Denton Keys, 7:05 tonight vs. Auburn.

Gulf Coast League Phillies (6-1)
Beat the Tigers twice, 2-1 and 1-0 . . . 1B Luis Encarnacion, 3 hits, including a 2-run homer (3rd) in the opener. WP: Adonis Medina (1-0); SV: Sutter McLoughlin (2) . . . LF Cornelius Randolph, walk-off single in the 8th inning in the second game.  WP: Ismael Cabrera (1-0). No decision: Sam McWillaims, 6-2-0-0-0-5.

USA Team
RHP Zach Eflin (Reading) and OF Brian Bogusevic (Lehigh Valley) have been named to the USA baseball team for July’s Pan American Games. The competition runs from July 10 to July 19 in Toronto. Roly deArmas (Gulf Coast League Manager) will be a coach.

Today In Phillies History
1931: Chuck Klein is fourth Phillies player to hit for the cycle in 11-6 victory over Chicago Cubs at Baker Bowl. Right fielder tripled in the first, singled in the fifth, doubled in the sixth and led off the eighth with his 21st home run.

 

3rd Generation Executive

2015 Macphail

Andy MacPhail, the Phillies new president come the end of the season, has a similar track record to the guy he will be replacing, Pat Gillick. Both have produced World Series champions elsewhere and rebuilt other clubs.

Not including Gillick, who has been an interim GM, MacPhail becomes the Phillies fifth president since the Carpenter family purchased the team back in 1943.  He joins Bob and Ruly Carpenter, Bill Giles and David Montgomery.  That’s pretty impressive continuity.

Giles and MacPhail have similarities, too.  Both have dads who are in the Baseball Hall of Fame, Warren and Lee, respectively.  Andy goes one step further as his grandfather, Larry, is also enshrined in Cooperstown. Larry and Lee are the only father-son combination in the Hall.

Andy has a Pennsylvania connection as he is a graduate of Dickinson College in Carlisle. John Middleton, a Phillies principal owner, said Andy “Brings an uncommon blend of old school experience and new age thinking.”

Early Offense
Phillies scored four runs on five hits in their first two innings but were blanked on four hits the rest of the way.  Milwaukee scored six unanswered runs to win, 7-4. Hernandez had two hits but his streak of seven consecutive hits ended; hitting .375 in last 15 games. Hamels, winless in his last five starts, tonight.

Minor Leagues
Prospect Spotlight

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Edubray Ramos, 22-year-old reliever in Clearwater.  Recorded 7th save last night.  In 46.1 innings this season, he has allowed 29 hits and 5 walks while fanning 42.  Over his last 7 games, 0 runs in 14.2 innings, 5 hits, 2 walks 19 strikeouts. The right-hander was signed as an amateur free agent out of Venezuela on 11/21/12.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (31-48)
RH Aaron Nola improved to 3-0 in AAA as Lehigh Valley defeated Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 8-1.  His line: 5-5-0-0-3-4; 90 pitches. 2B Cord Phillips, 2 hits, 3 RBI. LF Aaron Altherr, 4-10, 2 HR, 5 RBI in last 3 games.
Next: Anthony Vasquez (3-3), 7:05 tonight vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Reading Fightin Phils (40-36)
Split a pair at Portland . . . 5-4 loss in 1st game. C Andrew Knapp, 3 RBI.  No decision: Zach Elfin, 6-7-4-3-0-3 . . . Mark Leiter (1-1) picked up his 1st AA win in the nightcap, 6-1, 7-8-1-1-1-2. RF Kelly Dugan, 2 hits, 2 RBI; hitting .377 . . . Brian Pointer, single, HR (9).  He was named the MiLB.com Eastern League hitter of the week, .444 (8-18), 3 HR, 5 RBI. Hit 3 homers on Saturday night, the first Reading player to do that since Jim Deschaine in 2005.
Next: TBD, 7:05 p.m. tonight  in New Britain.

Clearwater Threshers (4-1)
Won, 3-1, at Charlotte. LF Andrew Pullin, 3 hits, including 11th double, 2 RBI; 6-13 with double, triple, HR, 5 RBI in last 3 games. WP: Yacksel Rios (3-2).
Next: David Whitehead (4-6), 7:00 tonight in Charlotte.

Lakewood BlueClaws (3-2)
Held to 8 singles, Lakewood fell in Hickory, 5-4, ending a 3-game winning streak.
Next: Josh Taylor (4-5), 7:05 tonight in Delmarva.

Williamsport Crosscutters (10-0)
5-2 winners in Mahoning Valley.  DH Joshua Tobias, 10th round selection in June, had an impressive pro debut, homering in his 1st at-bat and adding a double. C Gregori Rivero and 1B Brendon Hayden, 2 hits each.  RF Jose Pujols, 1-4; saw his average drop to .439. WP: Mitch Gueller (2-0), 6-6-2-2-1-5.
Next: Luis Morales, 7:05 tonight in Mahoning Valley.

Gulf Coast League Phillies (4-1)
Game against Astros was suspended after 1 ½ innings with the Phillies leading, 2-0.  It will be completed today and then followed by a regularly-scheduled game.

Transactions
Clearwater, OF Dylan Cozens on DL (right foot sprain).

Reading, RHP Colin Kleven from Clearwater. RHR Tyler Knigge on DL (right groin strain).

Today In Phillies History
1938: In final game at Baker Bowl, New York beats the Phillies, 14-1, before 1,500 fans. Following a road trip, the Phillies move permanently to Shibe Park on July 4.

1967, 2nd game: Playing his ninth position since joining the Phillies in 1963, super-sub Cookie Rojas pitches a scoreless ninth inning in a 12-3 loss to San Francisco, allowing one hit.

 

Who Are They?

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Three Whiz Kids remain from 1950 pennant-winners.  Find out about them by going to http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

Brewers Next
After playing 16 straight games against teams with winning records and postseason ambitions, the next seven Phillies games are against the Brewers and Braves.  Four-game series with Milwaukee starts tonight, the final home games until after the All-Star Game break (July 17).  Xfinity post-game fireworks will take place on Wednesday and Thursday nights.

Gaining a split on Sunday, the Phillies halted Washington’s eight-game winning streak.   Batting around twice, the Phillies put up two four-run innings in winning the second game. It was their fifth win out of 16 against the contenders.

CHernandez

Hernandez had a big day, 6-for-8 in the DH. 4 hits came in the 16-hit attack in the second game.

Sunday was the Phillies first regular DH (two games, one price) at home since September 3, 2006, a split with the Braves.  Howard homered three times in the first game.  Two other current players were in that DH, Ruiz and Francoeur, Atlanta’s right fielder.

Minor Leagues
Prospect Spotlight
(A new feature that will spotlight some of the Phillies young prospects).

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RHP Ricardo Pinto, a 21-year-old from Venezuela.  2-0 in 1st 2 starts at Clearwater after beginning the season 6-2 at Lakewood.  Combined, 8-2, 2.93 ERA for 13 starts. Only RHP Aaron Nola has more wins (9-3) in the Phillies minor league system. Was 1-5 last year at Williamsport with a 2.11 ERA, his first season in the states. Signed as an amateur free agent, 12/28/11.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (30-48)
Dropped 2 of 3 to Louisville.  Win came in Sunday’s 2nd game of a DH, 8-3.  WP: Chris Leroux (1-2), 5-2-0-0-2. LF Aaron Altherr homered in each game, 1st 2 AAA homers; drove in 4 runs . . . No decision for RH Chad Billingsley on Friday, 5-5-1-1-1-4; 79 pitches/56 strikes.
Next: Aaron Nola (2-0), 7:05 tonight vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Reading Fightin Phils (39-35)
Split a pair on Friday, won 8-5 Saturday and rained out yesterday in Portland. 4-3 win Friday came on a walk-off single by C Andrew Knapp, his first AA hit since promotion from Clearwater.  RF Kelly Dugan, 4-8 in the 2 wins . . . RF Brian Pointer hit 3 home runs and drove in 5 on Saturday. Relievers Joely Rodriguez (1-0) and Ethan Martin (1-0) picked up the wins.
Next: Zach Elfin 5-4 and Mark Leiter 0-2), 5:00 p.m. doubleheader today in Portland.

Clearwater Threshers (3-1)
8-game winning streak ended Sunday, 7-4, in Charlotte after winning previous 2 games. WPs: Victor Arano (1-7) and Ricardo Pinto (2-0). 1B Rhys Hoskins homered in each game; combined with Lakewood, he has organization-high 12 homers; last 4 games, 5 hits, 4 runs, 3 homers, 6 RBI. Grady Sizemore played for Charlotte on Saturday night and was brought up by the Rays.
Next: Hoby Milner (0-0), 7:05 tonight in Charlotte.

Lakewood BlueClaws (3-1)
Swept 3 weekend games in Hickory. LF Cord Sandberg had a double and grand slam on Friday; in last 12 games, hitting .450. DH-1B Kyle Martin, 1st pro HR on Saturday; in 1st 4 pro games, 5 RBI. 2B Scott Kingery, 4-9 in last 2 games.  WPs: Ranfi Casimiro (3-5), Manny Martinez (2-1) and Elniery Garcia (5-6).
Next: Yoel Mecias (0-1), 7:00 tonight in Hickory, the last of a 5-game series.

Williamsport Crosscutters (9-0)
8-1 win (Batavia) on Friday, rain out (at Mahoning Valley) Saturday and 5-3, 10-inning win on Sunday (MV). WP on Friday, Franklyn Kilome (1-0), 6-2-0-0-2-6. DH Jesus Posso, 1st HR, 2 RBI . . . 3B Jan Hernandez HR (#2). CF Zach Cappola, 3 hits Sunday, 3rd steal. RF Jose Pujols’ .459 leads the league.
Next: Mitch Gueller (1-0), 7:05 tonight in Mahoning Valley.

Gulf Coast League Phillies (4-1)
Lost Friday, 6-2, to Tigers and beat them Saturday, 8-1. (no games are scheduled on Sundays). WP: David Buchanan (1-0), 5-5-1-1-0-3 in 2nd rehab start. CF Juan Luis, 4-5, stolen base on Saturday. DH Cornelius Randolph, 1-5, 1st pro HR, 2 RBI.
Next: Shane Watson, 12 noon today at Astros.

Transactions
Lehigh Valley: RHR Nefi Ogonda from Reading; RHP Paul Clemens, released.

Clearwater: C Wilson Garcia from Williamsport.

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

 

Futures Game

The Phillies will have their top two prospects on Team USA for the Futures Game that will take place in Cincinnati on Sunday afternoon, July 12.  Game time will be 3 p.m. It will be televised by MLB Network.  The annual game is part of the All-Star Game ceremonies.  The All-Star Game will be played Tuesday night, July 14, and will be on FOX TV.

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SS J.P. Crawford returns to the Futures Game for the second straight year.  The Phillies # 1 pick in 2013 didn’t start this season until May 6 because of an oblique muscle strain sustained in spring training. After hitting .392 in 21 games with Clearwater, the 20-year-old was promoted to Reading where he is hitting .298 in 24 games. In three pro seasons he has .302 average with 129 walks and 129 strikeouts.

future nola

RHP Aaron Nola followed Crawford as the Phillies top pick a year ago. The 22-year-old out of LSU began this season with Reading, 7-3, 1.88 ERA in 12 games started and was promoted to Lehigh Valley where he is 2-0 for two starts.  Since signing as a pro last summer, he has a 13-6, 2.30 ERA for 25 starts.  He’s walked 21 in 144.2 innings.

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (29-46)
Lost, 7-2, at Buffalo. CF Aaron Altherr, 2 of LV’s 7 hits. LP: Anthony Vasquez (3-3), 31-6-5-5-5-2.
Next: Chad Billingsley (2-2), 7:05 tonight vs. Louisville.

Reading Fightin Phils (37-34)
Rained out at home vs. Akron.
Next: RH Ben Lively (5-5) and TBD, 5:45 p.m. doubleheader vs. Akron.

Clearwater Threshers (1-0)
RF Aaron Brown’s 2-out single in the 10th inning lifted the Threshers to an 8-7 win in Dunedin. SS Malquin Canelo, in his first game since being promoted from Lakewood, 2-6, HR, 2 RBI. WP: Jesen Therrien (3-0). SV: Miguel Nunez (1).
Next: Victor Arano (0-7), 6:30 tonight vs. Dunedin.

Lakewood BlueClaws (33-36)
Host Hickory scored twice in the 8th to tie and won it in the 9th, 8-7. 2B Scott Kingery made his pro debut, 2-5, including a triple. RF Herlis Rodriguez, 2-4, HR (6), 2 RBI. 3B Damek Tomscha, HR (3), 2 RBI. LP: Matt Hockenberry (1-2).
Next: Ranfi Casimiro (2-5), 7:00 tonight in Hickory.

Williamsport Crosscutters (7-0)
Kept unbeaten streak going with 6-3 win over Batavia.  LF Venn Biter, 3-4, 3 runs, RBI; hitting .500.  RF Jose Pujols, 2-3, steal of home; also hitting .500.  WP: Alejandro Arteaga (2-0), 7-4-1-0-1-5. SV: Robert Tasin (2).
Next: Franklyn Kilome (0-0), 7:05 tonight vs. Batavia.

Gulf Coast League Phillies (3-0)
Defeated the Pirates twice, 2-0 and 7-3. 1st game: WP Felix Paulino (1-0), 5-3-0-0-0-3. SV: Sutter McLoughlin (1) . . . 2nd game: DH Cornelius Randolph made his pro debut, 3-3, triple in 1st inning, single in 3rd, RBI single in 4th, walk in 6th.  1B Luis Encarnacion HR (2nd), 2 RBI. WP: Edgar Garcia (1-0); SV: Kevin Walsh (1).
Next: 12 noon at Tigers (Lakeland).

Transactions
Lehigh Valley, C Logan Moore from Reading

Reading, C Andrew Knapp from Clearwater, RHR Reiner Roibal, from DL, C Rene Garcia, off temporary inactive list; OF Cameron Perkins on DL (lower back tightness)

Clearwater, SS Malquin Canelo and 1B Rhys Hoskins from Lakewood.

Lakewood, INF Drew Stankiewicz from Clearwater; C Jose Mayorga on DL (right shin contusion).

Alumni Weekend

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Five weeks from today, one of the great Phillies traditions will take place, Alumni Weekend.

Pat Burrell will be inducted into the Toyota Wall of Fame on Friday night, July 31.  He’s the honored guest at the annual Alumni Luncheon the day before.  The event is sold out.

Some 40 Phillies Alumni from Hall of Famers Steve Carlton and Mike Schmidt to 88-year-old infielder Don Hasenmayer who played a total of 11 games with the Phils in 1945-46, will be introduced on Saturday night.  Alumni will also surprise fans in several ways on both Saturday night and Sunday afternoon, August 1-2.

 

 

Tough Nats Next

Phillies had a winning road trip.  Cynics would say that’s not a road trip.  Well, the team was in New York and took two of three from the Yankees. Now, they are back home for the weekend.  If they lost the series, the cynics would be quick to point that out.

Hamels wasn’t as sharp as he was in his previous outing but the offense and defense wasn’t sharp either.  In the last 33 innings while Hamels has been on the mound, the Phillies scored in one inning.

After facing the Cardinals and Yankees, the Nationals are next. Scherzer, fresh from a no-hitter his last time out which followed a one-hitter, is Friday night’s pitcher followed by Gonzalez and Strasburg.  It is summer time when picnics are the norm.  Well, there are no picnics in baseball.

Minor Leagues
Clearwater Wins 1st Half

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Trailing Daytona by 5 games with 5 games left to play, the Threshers went on a 5-game winning streak and captured the Florida State League’s first half Northern Division championship. A suspended game from Tuesday against Daytona was set to resume at 12 noon yesterday with a regular game to follow.  Rained delayed the start until 1:30.  The Threshers won, 6-4, as 2B Drew Stankiewicz drove in 3, including the deciding run.

Daytona needed to win the second game to claim the title but the Threshers pulled out a 3-2, 7-inning win behind Colin Kleven (5-3), 5.2-2-1-1-3-8; at one point he had 6 straight strikeouts.  Ulises Joaquin picked up his 7th save setting off a celebration.  Both Daytona and Clearwater finished with identical 37-33 records but the Threshers won the tie-breaker by defeating Daytona in the season series, 8-4.

Clearwater will be in the playoffs for the first time since 2007.

Next: RH David Whitehead (4-6, 6:30 tonight in Dunedin.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (29-45)
Won, 5-4, in Buffalo behind Aaron Nola (2-0), 7.2-6-3-2-1-7; SV: Adam Loewen (1), 3 SO, 1.1 hitless innings. 1B Russ Cansler, double, triple, 3 RBI and a steal of home on a double steal.
Next: LH Anthony Vasquez (3-2), 1:05 this afternoon in Buffalo.

Reading Fightin Phils (37-34)
Lost, 4-0, to Akron. LP: Mark Leiter (0-2), 6.2-3-1-1-3-6. SS J.P. Crawford’s 9-game hitting streak ended.
Next: RH Ben Lively (5-5), 7:05 tonight vs. Akron.

Lakewood BlueClaws (33-35)
Resume schedule tonight in Hickory after the All-Star Game break.

Williamsport Crosscutters (6-0)
RF Jose Pujols hit a walk-off single with two out in the 15th inning to give Williamsport a 2-1 win over West Virginia, which sent the game into extra innings with a two-out run in the top of the 9th.  Denton Keys was the first of six Williamsport pitchers who held WV to 5 hits; Keys: 5-1-0-0-0-6.  WP: Skylar Hunter (1-0), 3-2-0-0-0-0;
Next: Alejandro Arteaga (1-0), 7:05 tonight vs. Batavia.

Gulf Coast League Phillies (1-0)
Rained out vs. Pirates.
Next: 11 a.m. double-header today at Pirates (Bradenton).

Transactions
Reading: signed CF Ethan Chapman.

Lakewood: added OF Gustavo Martinez from Williamsport

Today In Phillies History
1971: Pittsburgh’s LF Willie Stargell hits tape-measure home run off RHP Jim Bunning.  The ball lands in the exit of Section 601.

 

Act 2, Another Hit

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Act 2 for Franco’s Broadway Show was a repeat, five RBIs in an 11-6 win.  First Phillies player ever to have back-to-back five RBI games since RBI became an official stat in 1920.  He did it with a three-run homer to right, and after getting drilled in his hip his next at-bat, delivered a game-winning two-run double in the top of the ninth.  Pay back.

Phillies bullpen shut out the Yankees over the last 4.2 innings to pave the way for their third consecutive win and third straight series win over the Yankees.

In their first 73 games, the Phillies biggest inning was four runs (six times).  Last night they had two, five-run innings.  Phillies first three batters were 8-for 12, seven runs scored, six RBI. Revere had his third straight three-hit game.  Rupp hit his first big league home run and Blanco had a bases-clearing triple.  Everybody hits! Yoo-hoo.

Utley went on the DL after the game with an inflamed right ankle and Ruf was recalled from Lehigh Valley.

Hamels returns to the mound this afternoon after missing one start.  Scouts section will be overflowing.  Not talking about Boy Scouts. With the July 31 trading deadline fast approaching, the rumor mill will be churning big time.

Minor Leagues
Players of the Week (June 15-21)
CF Aaron Altherr, Reading…The 24-year-old hit .440 in 7 games, team-high 11 hits, 3 doubles, triple, 4 runs and 2 RBI. The 6-foot-5, 215-pound outfielder was selected by the Phillies in the 9th round of the 2009 draft and was signed by Brad Holland.

LHP Adam Loewen, Lehigh Valley…The 31-year-old relieved in 3 games, 5 innings, 3 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, 12 strikeouts. He was signed by the Phillies in April of 2014 as a minor league free agent, and was originally signed by the Orioles and Dave Jennings after being selected in the first round by Baltimore in the 2002 draft.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (28-45)
RF Jordan Danks hit a 2-run homer in the top of the 9th for a 5-4 win in Buffalo. CF Aaron Altherr doubled before the HR.  No decision: Severino Gonzalez, 6-4-2-2-3-2.  WP: Cesar Jimenez (2-3); SV: Juan Gutierrez (2).
Next: RH Aaron Nola (1-0), 7:05 tonight in Buffalo.

Reading Fightin Phils (37-33)
Lost, 9-4, to Akron. LP: Tom Windle (2-5), 4-11-6-5-2-1. 3B KC Serna, single, double, triple, 2 RBI in 3 at-bats.  SS J.P. Crawford extended hitting streak to 9 games . . .
From Monday night’s win, Zach Eflin’s pitch count by innings: 25-10-15-5-7-6, 65 total, 45 strikes. Backed by four double plays.
Next: RH Mark Leiter (0-1), 7:05 tonight vs. Akron.

Clearwater Threshers (35-33)
Game suspended after 2 innings by rain with Threshers leading Daytona, 1-0. Will be completed before the 12 noon game today.

Lakewood BlueClaws (33-35)
On 3-day All-Star Game break that started Monday.

Williamsport Crosscutters (5-0)
Remained undefeated with 3-1 decision over West Virginia. 1B Brendon Hayden, 2-3, lifting average to .600 in four games. RF Jose Pujols hitless for first time.  WP: Lewis Alezones (1-0). SV. Robert Tasin (1).
Next: 7:05 tonight vs. West Virginia.

Gulf Coast League Phillies (1-0)
Game suspended after 4 innings by rain with Phillies leading Pirates, 6-3 . . . RH David Buchanan is scheduled to start on Saturday and work five innings
Next: 12 noon today at Carpenter Complex vs. Yankees.

Transactions
Lehigh Valley: added CF Aaron Altherr from Reading; released INF Jason Nix.

Clearwater: added OF Chase Harris from Lakewood.

Lakewood: added 2B Scott Kingery and 1B Kyle Martin.

Gulf Coast League: added INF Luis Espiritu from Clearwater.

 

The Franco Show

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The Franco Show was a huge hit on Broadway.   Scott Franzke and Larry Andersen said on the radio that Franco put on a long-ball show during batting practice.  It continued in the game becoming the fourth Phillies rookie third baseman to hit a pair of home runs. He drove in five and made a spectacular play on defense. Not a bad for his debut in fabled Yankee Stadium.

The Phillies 12-game road losing streak ended, 11-6, giving the Phillies 20 runs in two consecutive wins.  Prior to that in 10 games, the scored a combined 19 runs.  In these two straight wins, they are 14-25 with RISP.

Since June 2, Franco has the most hits in the league with 32.  He certainly looks to be a building block for the future.  Two other potential blocks, Glavis and Hernandez, went 3-5 and 2-5 respectively.  The three combined to score eight runs and drove in seven.

Other Phillies third baseman with a two-homer game in his rookie season?  Should be an easy guess.  Scott Rolen (1996), Mike Schmidt (1973) and Dick Allen (1964).

Elias Sports Bureau
The only other rookie in Phillies history to register at least four hits, including two home and five RBIs in one game was Wes Chamberlain, 4 for 4 with two homers and six RBIs in a 9-3 Phillies victory over the Padres at Veterans Stadium on July 31, 1999. Franco is only the second rookie ever to produce a four-hit, two-homer game versus the Yankees. The first was the Marlins’ Bruce Aven on June 13, 1999 in Miami

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (27-45)
Travel day on Monday.  Next: RH Severino Gonzalez, 7:05 tonight in Buffalo.

Reading Fightin Phils (37-32)

Elfin
Won their 3rd in a row over Portland, 3-2. WP: RH Zach Elfin (5-4), 6-6-0-0-0-4; SV: Shacklenford (15). SS J.P. Crawford, 2-4, extending hitting streak to 8 games during which he has 12 hits and 4 walks.  RF Kelly Dugan, 2-4, RBI; hitting .414.  CF Aaron Altherr, 1-3, 19th double; extending his hitting streak to 9 games, 15 hits and 5 walks. 1B Brock Stassi, 1-3, 15th double; 51st RBI, tops in the organization.
Nex: 7:05 tonight vs. Akron.

Clearwater Threshers (35-33)
Won 3rd straight as second half of the season started, 4-3, over Daytona. WP: RH Ricardo Pinto (1-0), 6.1-6-2-2-0-7. SV: Ulises Joaquin (6). CF Carlos Tocci, 3-4, 2 doubles.  1B Willians Astudillo, 3-4; C Andrew Knapp, 2-2, 12th and 13th doubles.
Three-day All-Star Game break over the weekend.
Next: 7:05 p.m. today vs. Daytona Beach.

Lakewood BlueClaws (33-35)
On 3-day All-Star Game break that started Monday.

Williamsport Crosscutters (4-0)
Defeated West Virginia, 7-4.  19-year-old RF Jose Pujols, 3-4, 11 for 17 in 4 games.  3B Jan Hernandez, 2nd HR. WP: Mitch Gueller (1-0), 6-6-3-1-1-4. SV: Jason Zgardowski (2).
Next: LH Denton Keys, 7:05 tonight vs. West Virginia.

Gulf Coast League Phillies
Won its opener, 5-2, vs. the Yankees in Tampa. David Buchanan, rehab start, 4-1-0-0-0-2. WP: Ranger Suarez (1-0), 4-2-0-0-1-2. 2B Jonathan Arauz, 2-5, 1st HR, 2 RBI. 1B Luis Encarnacion, 1-4, 1st HR, 2 RBI. DH Greg Pickett, 2-4, both doubles.
Next: 12 noon today at Carpenter Complex vs. Yankees.

Transactions
Reading: added INF Harold Martinez from Clearwater and C Jose Mayorga from Lakewood. C Rene Garcia placed on bereavement list.

Clearwater: added INF Devin Lohman from Reading.

Where Are They Now?
MLB.com’s Paul Hagen’s latest feature is about the former Phillies outfielder who hit the first home run in the first night game at Wrigley Field…..but didn’t.  Check out the story at http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

Today In Phillies History
1971: RHP Rick Wise becomes the first pitcher ever to fire a no-hitter and hit two home runs in the game as he blanks Cincinnati, 4-0, at Riverfront Stadium. 3B John Vukovich snares Pete Rose’s hard liner to end the game.

1973: LHP Ken Brett sets a major league record for pitchers when he hits a home run in four straight games (9th, 13th, 18th). The fourth homer comes in a 7-2 victory at Montreal.

1986: Phillies destroy Chicago, 19-1, and set a modern league record with 15 extra-base hits and a new club record with 11 doubles. 2B Juan Samuel drives in six runs.  LHP Shane Rawley (10-4) beats LHP Jamie Moyer (1-1).

2012: Jim Thome hits his 609th home run and last with the Phillies, a walk-off blast to give the Phillies a 7-6 win over the Rays.  It is his 13th career walk-off HR, breaking the major league record shared by Babe Ruth and Jimmie Foxx.  Win was the 900th for manager Charlie Manuel.

 

Adam Comes Through

Belated Happy Father’s Day. Especially to my dad, Lester, back home in Myerstown, PA. Doesn’t miss a Phillies game on TV.  At age 99, he’s really amazing. Still spends time in the woodshop.  His skills as a carpenter were never passed on. Apparently it’s not in the genes.

Atta-Boy Adam
22 runs, 32 hits, 12 walks….the Cardinals’ numbers in winning the first two games of the weekend set. Enter Adam Morgan, making his major league debut for the Phillies, their third pitcher to make their first big league start against St. Louis this year. Gonzalez and Aumont, the other two, didn’t fare well, 13 runs in 6.2 total innings.

Adam held the Cardinals to one run in 5.2 innings before departing to an ovation from the fans, including mom and dad who hugged. Adam was 0-6 at Lehigh Valley, missing all of last year following left shoulder surgery, before being called up to the majors. He became the Phillies first starting pitcher to win a game since May 23. Last time he won a game as two years ago at LV.

New York, New York
On to New York after the game and three games with the Yankees, night, night, day.Phillies are 12-12 against the Yankees in interleague play, 4-2 at Yankee Stadium.

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (27-45)
Lost 2 of 3 to Scranton. WP on Friday, Jason Berken (4-4); SV: Seth Rosin (4). LPs: Anthony Vasquwz (3-2), 6.2-8-5-5-3-3 and Chad Billingsley (2-2), 2.2-7-7-5-2-3.
Darn Ruf, who has played 1B and LF, 4-10 weekend, RBI.
Next: Travel day today to Buffalo.

Reading Fightin Phils (36-32)
Won Saturday (3-2) and Sunday (8-7) after losing Friday (3-0) to Portland. RHMark Leiter lost his AA debut on Friday, 7-8-3-3-0-6. WPs: Ben Lively (5-5), 7-8-3-3-0-6 and Jesse Biddle (7-1), 5-3-0-0-5-4. Weekend: SS J.P. Crawford extended hitting streak to 7 games.  RF Kelly Dugan, 7-13, 3 R.  CF Aaron Altherr, 5-12, 3 R; extended his streak to 8 games. 1B-DH Art Charles, 3 hits, 6 RBI.
Next: Zach Elfin (4-4), 7:00 tonight vs. Portland.

Clearwater Threshers (34-33)
Three-day All-Star Game break over the weekend.
Next: 2nd half resumes tonight vs. Daytona Beach.

Lakewood BlueClaws (33-35)
Ended 1st half with a win on Sunday to snap a 7-game losing streak.  WP: Josh Taylor (4-5), 7.2-4-3-3-2-9. Weekend: RF Herlis Rodriguez, 5-11, 3 RBI. 3B Damek Tomscha, 4-11. SS Malquin Canelo, 4-13, HR, 3 RBI, 3 R.
Next: 3-day All-Star Game break.

Williamsport Crosscutters (3-0)
Won all 3 games vs. State College, 3-2, 7-6, 8-1.  Scored 6 runs in the last of the ninth in 7-6 win in home opener. WPs: Alejandro Arteaga, Filberto Sanchez, Jose Taveras. 1B Brendon Hayden, 4-5 Sunday, including 1st pro HR, 2 RBI. Weekend: RF Jose Pujols 8-13, 4 doubles, 1 triple.
Next: Mitch Gueller, 7:05 tonight vs. West Virginia.

Gulf Coast League Phillies
Season opener is 12 noon today in Tampa against the Yankees.

Transactions
Lehigh Valley: RH Paul Clements, activated from DL.

Reading: added RH Ethan Martin from Clearwater.

Clearwater: added LH Hoby Milner from Reading.

Lakewood: added INF Emmanuel Marrero and C Jose Mayorga from Clearwater.

Williamsport: added INF Grenny Cumana and OF Gustavo Martinez from Lakewood.

Best Weekend Tweet
ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick on Saturday night: “There are so many scouts at tonight’s #Phillies game, I think they ran out of Turkey Hill ice cream in the press dining room.”

 

Stingy Cardinals Next

Five pitches into the game and the Orioles hit another home run. 1-0 after one-half inning. Oh no, here we go again.

But, O’Sullivan (five innings) and four relievers didn’t allow another run and the nine-game losing streak happily ended. The Phillies won on a two-run home run by Howard in the sixth inning. In the last 10 seasons, he has 269 go-ahead RBI, second in the majors to Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera (276).

Howard HR

RH Phillippe Aumont will start tonight in place of Hamels.  He’s the 10th different starter the Phillies have used this season.  Aumont will be making his first major league start.  He has plus-stuff but struggles with his control.  Began the season in the bullpen but has made 10 straight starts, 3-4, 2.55 ERA.  Prior to this year, his last start was in Clearwater in 2010.

Next In Town
11 runs in their last five games?  Not the Phillies, but team with the best record in baseball, the Cardinals.  St. Louis is 26-7 at home, including three of four from the Phillies at the end of April.  Road record is a different story, 17-16.

The Phillies have scored the fewest runs (206) in the league and the Cardinals have allowed the fewest (188).  Oh brother.

Jayson Stark Note
Phillies have gone 23 games without a win from a starting pitcher which matches the club record set in 1961 when they had a club-record 23-game losing streak.

Draft Update
Phillies have assigned players they’ve signed from the draft earlier this month to three different rosters. 2B Scott Kingery (2nd round) and 1B Kyle Martin (4th) have been sent to Lakewood. Nine are on the Williamsport roster, 16 on the Gulf Coast League team.  #1 selection, Cornelius Randolph, reported to GCL yesterday.

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (26-43)
RH Aaron Nola won his AAA debut, 3-0, 5-4-0-0-1-7; 98 pitches/66 strikes. Threw a lot of pitches because of a lot of foul balls. LH Adam Loewen, 2-1-0-0-1-6 and RH Juan Guitierrez, 2-3-0-0-1-1 completed the shutout. 1B Darin Ruf, 2-4, RBI. Win was LV’s 3rd in a row.
Next: RH Jason Berken (3-4), 7:05 tonight vs. Scranton.

Reading Fightin Phils (34-31)
Were blanked in Trenton, 5-0. LP: Tom Windle (2-4), 5-6-4-4-3-4. CF Aaron Altherr, 2 of Reading’s 4 hits. LF Cameron Perkin had 17-game hitting streak stopped.
Next: RH Mark Leiter (0-0) makes AA debut, 7:00 tonight vs. Portland.

Clearwater Threshers (34-33)
RF Aaron Brown delivered the game-winning hit for the second straight game, this time a single in the bottom of the 9th, the Threshers final game of the first half. Clearwater trailed, 7-0, after 3 but scored 7 in the 4th, capped by a grand slam by LF Andrew Pullin.
WP: Jesen Therrien (2-0).
Next: 3-day All-Star Game break.

Lakewood BlueClaws (32-33)
A 5-run second inning was the difference in a 6-1 loss to Delmarva. LP: Chris Oliver (3-5). 1B Rhys Hoskins, 50th RBI, first Lakewood player to reach that figure in the first half since 2012, Maikel Franco.
Next: LH Elniery Garcia (4-5), 7:05 tonight vs. Greenville. 3-day All-Star Game break starts Monday.

Williamsport Crosscutters
RH Alejandro Arteaga starts the season opener tonight in State College.

Gulf Coast League Phillies
Season opener is Monday in Tampa against the Yankees. First home game is the next day also against the Yankees.

Merchandise
A tweet yesterday:  “IronPigs cap has been sold to half of the states in the union since Monday.” Visit http://www.ironpigs.com.

iron pigs cap

We Need High Hopes

Freddie’s three-run homer got the Phillies back in last night’s game.  Unfortunately, his error opened the doors for four unearned Orioles runs. The Phillies ninth straight loss was by two runs.  1999 club lost 11 in a row.  That streak will not be matched or passed this season!  Gotta have High Hopes!

Homer in the first inning was the 14th allowed by Phillies pitching, one shy of the major league most by the Blue Jays.

Another quick sleep night with a 1 o’clock afternoon game today.

Don Money will be on hand Friday night to throw out the first ball on Retro Night when the Cardinals and Phillies will wear uniforms form the 1960s.  Don will forever be remembered for hitting the first home run in Veterans Stadium history.

Sold Out
The Alumni Luncheon honoring Pat Burrell on Thursday noon, July 30, is sold out.Burrell will be inducted into the Toyota Wall of Fame the next night, which is day two of the four-day Alumni Weekend.

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (25-43)
DH Chris McGuinness’ 3rd hit was a 2-out, 2-RBI, walk-off single in the 9th, 8-7 over Buffalo. 3B Cord Phelps also had 3 hits, including 3rd HR, 2 RBI. 1B Darin Ruf, 1-5, 2-run double.  WP: Juan Gutierrez (1-1).
Next: RH Aaron Nola makes AAA debut, 7:05 tonight vs. Buffalo.

Reading Fightin Phils (34-30)
Lost, 6-5, at Trenton. No decision RH Zach Elfin, 6-7-4-1-2-2.  RF Kelly Dugan, 2-5, RBI. CF Aaron Altherr, 2-5; threw out a runner at home plate. SS J.P. Crawford, 1-4, double, 2 runs.
Next: LH Tom Windle (2-3), 7:00 tonight in Trenton.

Clearwater Threshers (33-33)
RF Aaron Brown hit a walk-off homer in the 11th inning, 4-3, over St. Lucie. LF Dylan Cozens, 2-5, 16th double. No decision: RH Yacksel Rios, 5-5-2-2-1-4. WP: Ulises Joaquin (4-1).
Next: RH David Whitehead (4-6), 7:00 tonight vs. St. Lucie, the last game before a 3-day All-Star Game break.

Lakewood BlueClaws (32-32)
Lost, 5-4, to Delmarva.  1B Rhys Hoskins, 16th-17th doubles. RF Herlis Rodriguez, 2-4, 3rd triple. LP: Ranfi  Casimiro (2-5), 4.1-4-4-4-4-5.
Next: RH Chris Oliver (3-43), 7:05 tongiht vs. Delmarva.

Williamsport Crosscutters
Open New York-Penn League at State College on Friday night. First home game is Saturday night, State College.

Gulf Coast League Phillies
Season opener is Monday in Tampa against the Yankees. First home game is the next day also against the Yankees.

Today In Phillies History
1989: Following the Phillies’ 6-5 win over New York, GM Lee Thomas pulls off two major trades, sending 2B Juan Samuel to the Mets for CF Lenny Dykstra, RHP Roger McDowell and a minor leaguer and sending RHP Steve Bedrosian to San Francisco for LHP Terry Mulholland, LHP Dennis Cook and 3B Charlie Hayes.

 

 

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