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Phestival, Draft Tonight

The first-place Cubs powered their way to an easy win in the series finale yesterday, 8-1. Veteran right-hander John Lackey was too much for the young Phillies hitters who had just three singles. There were more rain showers than Phillies hits.

By winning, the Cubs are 2-0-1 in their last three series at Citizens Bank Park.  The Phillies went 8-0-2 in their first 10 series against the Cubs from July 23, 2004 to August 8, 2013.

Phillies Phestival

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Annual charity event to help strike out ALS will be held tonight at Citizens Bank Park.  All proceeds benefit the ALS Association.  Gates open at 4 p.m. and the event ends two hours later.  All the players, coaches and Pete Mackanin will be sign autographs at various stations.

Since 1984, the Phillies have raised $16 million for patient services and research in the Greater Philadelphia area.

After the event the Phillies board a train for Washington, DC, and a three-game weekend series against the first-place Nationals.  The Phillies will get to DC quicker than the Nats who have a night game in Chicago against the White Sox.

Draft Day Is Here

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Johnny Almaraz, Director of Amateur Scouting, will meet with the Philadelphia media later tonight (approximately 10:20) after the Phillies select their first two players.  The draft begins at 7 p.m. and the Phillies have the first and 42nd overall selections.

MLB Network will televise tonight’s first two rounds.  Representing the Phillies in the network’s studio will be Mike Lieberthal and Ed Wade.

MLB.com will cover every round of the three-day draft.  Rounds 3-10 will begin at 1 p.m. Friday. The Phillies begin that round with the first selection, the 78th overall pick. Rounds 11-30 start at 12 noon on Saturday.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (32-27), 3rd place, International League North Division.
Lost, 3-1, in Gwinnett getting only 5 hits.  LP: Severino Gonzalez (0-1), 4-5-3-3-0-3; all 3 runs came in the 1st inning.  C Logan Moore, HR (2) . . . Zach Eflin (5-1) in series finale, 12:05 this afternoon in Gwinnett.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (41-19), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
Won 8th game in last 9, 3-2, on a HR (14) by Rhys Hoskins in the 11th inning in Akron.  He’s gone deep in 5 of his last 7 games. DH Jake Fox (11) also homered for Reading. ND: Ricardo Pinto, 7-4-2-2-1-8; WP: Hoby Milner (4-0). SV: Miguel Nunez (7). Reading hitters struck out 18 times, Reading pitchers recorded 17 strikeouts . . . Anthony Vasquez (6-3), 7:05 tonight in Akron. After the game, Reading buses home for a Friday night game with Altoona.

Clearwater Threshers (32-25), 2nd place, Florida State League North Division.
Lost, 4-3, in Charlotte, getting only 6 hits, 2 by LF Andrew Pullin.  It was their first loss after leading after the 6th inning.  They had been 27-0. LP: Victor Arano (1-1) . . . Steve Watson (0-2), 6:35 tonight in Charlotte.

Lakewood BlueClaws (23-35), 6th place, South Atlantic League North Division.
Won 3rd in a row, 6-0, over Lexington in a game called after 5 innings by rain. WP: Harold Arauz (2-4), 5-3-0-0-0-7. 2B Josh Tobias and 3B Jan Hernandez each had a 1B, 2B and RBI . . . Franklyn Kilome (1-5), 7:05 tonight in Delmarva.

This Date
June 9, 1982–Steve Carlton (7-6) sets a club record for most strikeouts by a LHP in a nine-inning game by fanning 16 Cubs in a 4-2 win at the Vet.  Lefty struck out Ryne Sandberg four times.

Hat Trick

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Jerry Crasnick has a neat human interest story on ESPN.com about Cubs catcher David Ross who is retiring after this season. His bucket list for his last trip to Philly included having a Geno’s cheesesteak, running the steps at the Museum of Art ala Rocky and a photo with Phillie Phanatic.

“He makes fun of both sides and doesn’t discriminate against anybody,” Ross said. “He’s the best mascot in sports. There’s no doubt.” The 39-year-old Ross is in his 16th big league season.

Happy Dramatic Ending

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Jeanmar Gomez left Clearwater in April expecting to be in his usual eighth-inning role. He had one career save, 2014 with the Pirates.  His second save came in his second appearance this season and he’s been the closer since.  Last night he picked up his first-ever six-out save, 3-2, over the Cubs, pitching out of a bases-loaded jam with no outs in the eighth for his league-leading 19th save.

Pete Mackanin singled out Andres Blanco, Freddy Galvis and Peter Bourjos for their defensive gems.  Blanco and Galvis ended the eighth-inning turning a difficult double play.  In the ninth, Bourjos cut off a ball in the gap that appeared to be a game-tying double.  Instead the single forced the lead runner to stop at third.  A grounder to Galvis then ended the game, one of the most exciting home games this season.

Jerad Eickhoff was brilliant as the starter allowing the high-powered Cubs lineup one run on two hits in his seven innings.

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Ryan Howard got the Phillies second run with his 366th career home run.  It tied him with Lance Berkman for 80th place on the all-time list. He also walked for the 695th time moving him past Willie (Puddin’ Head) Jones for seventh place in franchise history.

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One-run win boosted the Phillies record to 15-5, best in the majors.  It was their first such win since May 14 . . . Phillies stole three bases, Cody Asche, Carlos Ruiz and Odubel Herrera . . . Series ends at 1:05 this afternoon . . . Thursday night is the Phillies Phestival for the benefit of ALS. Pete, his coaching staff and all the players will there.  They’ll take an Amtrak charter train after the Phestival to Washington, DC, for a weekend series with the Nationals.

Draft Notes
The Draft Room on the executive office level at Citizens Bank Park continues as the war room for Thursday night’s draft.  Over 1,000 names are listed on various chalk boards broken down by high school athletes and college players by position.

First two rounds will take place starting at 7 on Thursday night.  ICYMI, the Phillies have the first overall selection and the first player in the second round which will be the 42nd overall selection.

Minor League Report
More Honors

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Reading RF Dylan Cozens, chosen as the Phillies player of the month for May, received the same honor by the Eastern League and by MiLb.com. He hit his 16th homer last night, matching a career high (2014 in Lakeland).

Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (32-26), tie-2nd place, International League North Division.
11-6 winners in Gwinnett, making it 6 wins in last 7 games.  LV is 6 over .500 for the first time since 2013.  WP: Mike Mariot (1-1). 5 players had multi-hit games: 3B Taylor Featherston, 3 H,, 3 R, 3B, HR (8), 3 RBI, 2 BB; RF Nick Williams, 3 H, 2 R, 2B, 2 RBI, SB. C Andrew Knapp, 3 H, R, RBI. CF Cameron Perkins, 3 H, 2 RBI. LF-1B Darin Ruf, 2 H, 2 R, RBI . . . Severino Gonzalez (0-0), 6:35 tonight in Gwinnett.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (40-19), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
3 consecutive home runs in the 5th inning (C Jorge Alfaro (5), Dylan Cozens (16) and  1B Rhys Hoskins (13) propelled Reading to an 11-1 romp in Akron. 5 different players had multi hits led by 2B Jesmuel Valentin’s 4. Alfaro drove in 4 R.  Win was 7th in last 8 games enabling the Fightin’ Phils to win their 40th game out of 59, the highest win total in that number of games in Reading’s 50 years as a Phillies affiliate. WP: Nick Pivetta (6-4), 5-3-1-1-3-5. Osmel Aguila played his first AA game in CF, 0-4 . . . Ricardo Pinto (1-2), 7:05 tonight in Akron.

Clearwater Threshers (32-24), 2nd place, Florida State League North Division.
Lost, 2-1, to 1st-place Tampa. C Gabriel Lino had 2 of Clearwater’s 8 hits. LP: Yacksel  Rios (1-1), gave up a 2-run HR in the 5th . . . Clearwater is 4.5 games behind Tampa with 12 games left in the 1st-half schedule . . . Ranfi Casimiro (5-4), 6:35 tonight in Port Charlotte.

Lakewood BlueClaws (22-35), 6th place, South Atlantic League North Division.
Won, 2-1, over Lexington. WP: Luke Leftwich (5-3), career-high 8 innings-5-0-0-0-8. 19-year-old Edgar Garcia picked up his 1st save. RBI: 2B Josh Tobias, C Deivi Grullon
. . . Harold Arauz (1-4), 11:05 this morning vs, Lexington.

Transactions
Lehigh Valley: OF David Lough assigned outright the IronPigs. Will join club Friday.
Reading: OF Osmel Aguila transferred from Clearwater.
Clearwater: RHS John Richy transferred from Reading.
Lakewood: RHS Jacob Waguespack transferred from extended ST.
Extended ST: LHP Scott Harris transferred from Lakewood.

This Date

Larry Steven Jeltz Positions: Shortstop, Second Baseman and Third Baseman Bats: Both, Throws: Right Height: 5' 11", Weight: 180 lb. Born: May 28, 1959 in Paris, France (Age 56.117) School: University of Kansas (Lawrence, KS) Drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 9th round of the 1980 amateur draft. (All Transactions) Debut: July 17, 1983 (Age 24.050, 12,374th in MLB history)   vs. CIN 0 AB, 0 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1985 season [*] Teams (by GP): Phillies/Royals 1983-1990 Last Game: October 3, 1990 (Age 31.128)   vs. CLE 2 AB, 1 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB
June 8, 1989–SS Steve Jeltz becomes the first Phillie to homer from each side of the plate in a game, a 15-11 win over Pittsburgh, one of the wildest games in Vet history.  The Pirates score 10 runs in the first inning but the Phillies battle back to win on a five-run eighth inning.  Pittsburgh broadcaster Jim Rooker boasts early in the game, “If the Pirates lose this game, I’ll walk from here to Pittsburgh.”  Rooker kept his word, walking from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh in the fall and raising money for charity.

Book Signings
The Fightin’ Phillies is the title of my new book published by Triumph Books.  Larry Andersen wrote a hilarious foreword. I’ll be signing:

**Thursday, June 16, Myerstown (PA) Community Library, 199 N. College Street, 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
**Saturday, June 18, Barnes & Noble, 4801 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE; 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m.
**Sunday, August 14, Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA; 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. (Part of Alumni Weekend).

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Dreaded Mondays

Jon Lester pitching against the Phillies on a Monday in Citizens Bank Park turned out to be a mismatch. The veteran lefty improved to 6-0 lifetime vs. the Phillies, 4-0 at CBP.
The loss left the Phillies with a 0-8 Monday record.  They are the only big league team winless on that day.

In eight starts against the Phillies, Lester’s given up nine runs; one in two starts this season.  Good news, we won’t see him again until next season.

When Lester left leading 6-0 after the eighth inning, the Phillies jumped on the Cubs bullpen for four runs and had the tying run at the plate in the person of Ryan Howard as a pinch hitter but the magic ended as he grounded to first.

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Freddy Galvis broke a 0-22 with a three-run homer in the ninth and Tommy Joseph followed with a solo blast to center.  For the second straight game, the Phillies hit back-to-back home runs . . . Cubs won the season series against the Phillies for the first time since 2010 . . . Going back to last season, the Phillies have lost 13 in a row on Mondays. Last win that dreaded day was last July 20 against Tampa Bay.

Draft Notes
Phillies area scouts are still working with the draft just two days away.  They are following high school and college players who are still playing, gathering information on signability, health and character. New information is phoned into the Phillies war room at Citizens Bank Park.

Kyle Lewis, college outfielder at Mercer, worked out at Citizens bank Park yesterday, a normal routine just before the draft.   Lewis is one of the top-rated players in the draft.

Minor League Report
Players of the Week (May 30-June 5)

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CF Roman Quinn, Reading… The 23-year-old switch-hitter, batted .407 (11-27) with three doubles, two home runs, a team-high seven RBI and a stolen base. He hit safely in five of his six games, recording three three-hit games in that stretch. Since April 29, he is batting .346 (38-127) over 31 games, raising his season average 94 points. Quinn, who ranks second in the Eastern League in stolen bases (25) and runs (43), was selected by the Phillies in the second round of the June 2011 draft.

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RHP Ricardo Pinto, Reading… The 22-year-old Pinto made one start for the Fightins, allowing only two runs (one earned) in 6.0 innings pitched while striking out a season-high seven batters. He has tossed at least 6.0 innings and allowed two earned runs or fewer in six of his last nine starts. The Venezuela native was signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent on December 28, 2011.

Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (31-26), tie-2nd place, International League North Division.
Defeated Gwinnett, 3-0, in a game halted after 6 innings by rain. 5th win in last 6 games. WP: Ben Lively (2-0), 6-2-0-0-3-6. Including Reading this season, he’s 9-0. 1B Darin Ruf, 2 R, 2 H, HR (6), RBI; has 4 HR, 11 RBI in last 11 games . . . James Russell (1-1), 6:35 tonight in Gwinnett.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (39-19), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
Ended homestand with a 2-1 win over New Hampshire in a 9:35 a.m. game.  Club boarded a bus for a trip to Akron, OH. WP: Mark Leiter (2-0), 5-3-1-1-1-2. SV: Miguel Nunez (6). 1B Rhys Hoskins had a 2-run 2B in the 3rd inning; 3 HR, 5 RBI in last 4 G
. . . Nick Pivetta (5-4), 7:05 tonight in Akron.

Clearwater Threshers (32-23), 2nd place, Florida State League North Division.
Rained out at home vs. Jupiter . . . Yacksel Rios (1-0), 7 tonight vs. 1st-place Tampa. Threshers trail Tampa by 3.5 games with 10 games left on the first-half schedule.

Lakewood BlueClaws (21-35), 7th place, South Atlantic League North Division.
Defeated Lexington, 9-5. WP: Tyler Gilbert (3-5), 7-7-4-2-1-9. 2B Josh Tobias, 3 H, R, 2 RBI. 1B Wilson Garcia, 3 H, R, RBI. RF Jose Pujols, 3B, HR (10), 2 RBI; leads SAL in HR. SS Emmanuel Marrero, 2B, 2 RBI . . . Luke Leftwich (4-3), 7:05 tonight vs. Lexington.

This Date
June 7, 1910–RHP Eddie Stack is the first Phillies pitcher to toss a shutout in his major league debut, 1-0, over Chicago at Baker Bowl.

June 7, 1983–LHP Steve Carlton passes RHP Nolan Ryan on the all-time strikeout list (3,522) when he fans St. Louis LF Lonnie Smith in the third inning of a 2-1 loss at the Vet in 1:57. Carlton and Ryan see-saw back and forth before Ryan takes the lead permanently late in the season.

June 7, 1985–Mike Schmidt makes his first appearance at home as a first baseman; Rick Schu plays third.  Final score: Montreal 3, Phillies 1.

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Retro Uniforms 2 Wins

Phillies offensive woes have been solved.  Wearing 1976 retro uniforms on Friday night, the Phillies hit two home runs and scored six in 6-3 win.  Wearing the same uniforms on Sunday, three home runs, eight runs and another win, 8-1.

Wash ‘em and wear ‘em again!

The Brewers won the other two games of the series.  Phillies uniforms? Their current ones.

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Aaron Nola struck out nine Sunday for the fifth time in his short career.  Although his command was off he still posted his ninth quality start which matches SF’s Madison Bumgarner for the currently longest streak.

From Elias Sports Bureau
Nola has a 1.68 ERA over his last nine starts. It is the fourth lowest in the majors (pitchers with at least 50 innings) behind Bumgarner (1.11), Clayton Kershaw (1.44) and Johnny Cueto (1.52).

Phil-Ins
Franco has 10 HR, five against Milwaukee and three at home . . . Odubel Herrera had his fourth career four-hit game (Sunday) . . . Cubs in town for three starting tonight (ESPN2, blacked out in Philly). Exact same pitching matchups as May 27-28-29 when Cubs swept three in Chicago. The Cubs are third in the majors in runs scored (295) but their pitching is lights out, opponent’s batting .198, only 153 runs allowed and a 2.56 ERA.  All three numbers are the lowest in the majors.

Draft Coverage
MLB Network and MLB.com will provide live pick-by-pick coverage on day one during the summer draft first round on Thursday night. First day includes round 1, competitive balance lottery round A, second round (Phillies own 1st pick, #42 overall) and competitive balance lottery round B. Round 1 begins at 7 p.m.

The draft will resume at 1:00 p.m. on Friday (rounds 3-10). Phillies begin round 3 with the first selection, 78th overall. Day three is Saturday, 12 noon start (rounds 11-40).

Minor League Weekend Report
Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (30-26), 4th place, International League North Division.
Won 2 of 3 in Charlotte, 4 wins in last 5 games. Sunday WP: Jake Thompson (4-5), 6-3-0-0-2-3. LV tied a club record with 5 HR: 2B Darnell Sweeney (3), C Andrew Knapp (7), SS Taylor Featherston (7), LF Max Venable (2), RF Nick Williams (7).  RHR Edubray Ramos had his 15.2 scoreless inning streak in AAA end when he allowed a run in the 8th inning. Williams’ weekend: 6-15, 5 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI; boosting average to .284; hitting .366 in last 10 games.  1B-LF Darin Ruf, .350 in last 10, 3 HR, 10 RBI . . . Ben Lively (1-0), 7:05 tonight in Gwinnett.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (38-19), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
After back-to-back walk-off wins on homers both Friday and Saturday, Reading was held to 6 singles in losing, 8-0, Sunday, snapping a 5-game winning streak. Trailing 4-3 in the 9th inning on Friday, RF Dylan Cozens homered (15) to tie the game before LF Christian Marrero hit a 2-strike, WO-HR (6). 1B Rhys Hoskins also homered (11) in that game.

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Saturday: (Cheryl Pursell photo). Hoskins added 2 HR (12-13), including a WO in the 10th inning. Reading is 8-3 in walk-off decisions. 3B Harold Martinez also homered (3). CF Roman Quinn, 3-5, 25th SB . . . Mark Leiter (1-0), 9:35 this morning vs. New Hampshire.

Clearwater Threshers (32-23), 2nd place, Florida State League North Division.
Won 2 of 3 vs. Jupiter. Friday WP: Elniery Garcia (5-2), 5.2-6-2-2-0-1. SV: Joey DeNato (1). 3 H, 2 RBI each: 2B Scott Kingery and 1B Zach Green. Saturday WP: Tyler Viza (6-2), 6-4-2-1-1-6; SV: Ulises Joaquin (3). 1B Kyle Martin, 3-3, 3 RBI, SB. Threshers were shut out on 4 singles on Sunday, 4-0 . . . Yacksel Rios (1-0), 7:00 tonight vs. Jupiter.

All-Stars:  7 Threshers on the North roster for FSL All-Star Game: LHP Elniery Garcia, RHP Tom Eshelman, RHR Alexis Rivero, C Chace Numata, 1B Zach Green, 2B Scott Kingery, and OF Carlos Tocci.  Game is June 20 in St. Lucie.

Lakewood BlueClaws (20-35), 7th place, South Atlantic League North Division.
2 losses vs. Hickory followed by a day off on Sunday. Losing streak, 5 games. RF Jiandido Tromp, HR (6) Friday. ND that night, Drew Anderson, 5-1-0-0-3-6 . . . Tyler Gilbert (2-5), 7:05 tonight vs. Lexington.

Transactions
Reading: activated 3B Harold Martinez from DL.
Clearwater: added RHP Will Morris from Reading; added OF Osmel Aguila from extended ST.
Extended ST: added RHP Alberto Tirado and OF Sam Hiciano from Clearwater.

ICYMI
Phillies announced the players of the month in their minor leagues for May on Saturday.

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This Date
June 6, 1972–In the midst of a streak of 18 losses in 19 games, the Phillies tried to change their luck with “Turn it Around Day.” The lineup was announced in reverse order, last names first. The seventh inning stretch took place in the third inning. The scoreboard welcomed groups not in attendance. Ushers wore their hats backwards with their nametags on their backs. The runs by innings started with the ninth inning. It didn’t help, as Houston won, 4-3.

How did this unique promotion happen? Well, Bill Giles, then the Executive VP, had weekly staff meetings on Tuesday morning.  Promotions were hatched in those meetings.  Word has it Larry Bowa’s reaction, #%@&*# Giles.

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Numbers Aren’t Pretty

The numbers aren’t pretty.  Seven straight losses in which the Phillies have scored a total of 12 runs. In 34 of 54 games, they’ve scored three or fewer runs, including last night’s 4-1 decision.

Chad Anderson started for the Brewers, 2-6 with a 5.00 ERA.  In Milwaukee on April 23, the Phillies beat him by scoring six runs in four innings.  This time around Maikel Franco’s solo home run was it in 5.2 innings. Jerad Eickhoff held Milwaukee to two runs in 6.2 innings but saw his record fall to 2-8. Jeanmar Gomez gave up two-run homer in the ninth to blown open a close game.  It was only the second time in 26 appearances he allowed two runs in a game.

Three more weekend games with the Brewers, who have won a club-record eight in a row in Philadelphia, and then the Cubs for three.  Since Citizens Bank Park opened, the Phillies are 23-15 over the Cubs, who have baseball’s best record. Going into this week, the Cubs run differential is +134.

Phil-Ins
Milwaukee out-hit the Phils, 12-5 . . . Franco’s homer in the fourth inning off Anderson was the first Daily News home run payoff winner since April 23, a 10-6 Phillies win.  That night in Milwaukee Franco went deep off Anderson also in the fourth inning . . . Four of Franco’s nine home runs have been hit against Milwaukee . . . Jim Lonborg throws out the first pitch tonight on 1970s Retro Night. It will be his first visit to Citizens Bank Park.  Jim is a retired dentist in the Boston area.

Draft History

Pat Burrell was the Phillies selection when they had the first overall selection in 1998. This year, the Phillies again have the 1-1 pick.  Draft begins at 7 p.m. next Thursday, June 9.

Phillies also have the first selection in the second round that night, the 42nd overall pick.
For a history of the Phillies draft, visit http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (28-25), 4th place, International League North Division.
Scoring 3 in the top of the 9th, LV won, 4-2, in Charlotte. DH Cedric Hunter drove in the winning runs with a 2-run single and Max Venable followed with an RBI double. WP: Luis Garcia (3-1). SV: Edward Mujica (14). 1B Brock Stassi, HR (2), RBI, 2 R. C Andrew Knapp, 2 H, R . . . Zach Eflin (5-1), 7:05 tonight in Charlotte.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (36-18), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
Pounded Portland, 15-9, on 14 H and 9 BB. WP: Nick Pivetta (5-4), 5-7-7-5-1-6; C Joel Fisher, 2B, HR (2), 6 RBI (5th-inning grand slam). 1B Jake Fox, 4-4, including 2 HR (9-10), 3 RBI. RF Dylan Cozens, 2 1B, 2 2B (17-18), 4 R; boosted average to .284 . . . Ricardo Pinto (1-2), 7:05 tonight vs. New Hampshire.

Clearwater Threshers (30-22), 2nd place, Florida State League North Division.
Were idle . . . Elniery Garcia (4-2), 6:15 tonight vs. Jupiter.

Lakewood BlueClaws (20-33), 7th place, South Atlantic League North Division.
Were blanked on 6 single by Hickory, 2-0. LP: Franklyn Kilome (1-5), 5.1-4-2-2-5-3.
DH Wilson Garcia, 2 H . . . Drew Anderson (901), 7:05 tonight vs. Hickory.

Transactions
Lehigh Valley: LHR Bobby LaFromboise, released; LHR Mario Hollands, activated from DL, optioned to Lehigh Valley.

This Date
June 3, 1972–Paul Owens, a member of the Phillies organization since 1956 and the club’s farm director since 1965, is promoted to General Manager, replacing John Quinn. Owens becomes the architect of the Phillies greatest era to that point: one world championship, two NL pennant-winners and five division titles.

June 3, 1978–Reserve IF Dave Johnson blasts a game-winning, pinch-hit grand slam in the ninth inning to lift the Phillies to a 5-1 win over Los Angeles at the Vet. It is Johnson’s second pinch-hit grand slam of the season, a major league first.

June 3, 2007–CF Shane Victorino hits a walk-off home run on Shane Victorino Hula Figurine Day, 9-8 over the Giants at Citizens Bank Park.

Book Signings
The Fightin’ Phillies: 100 Years of Philadelphia Baseball from the Whiz Kids to the Misfits is the title of my new book published by Triumph Books.  Larry Andersen wrote a hilarious foreword. I’ll be signing:

**Thursday, June 16, Myerstown (PA) Community Library, 199 N. College Street, 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
**Saturday, June 18, Barnes & Noble, 4801 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE; 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m.

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Tough Brew Crew Next

After nine games (1-8) with the Tigers, Cubs and Nationals, three teams with winning records and powerful offenses, the Brewers (24-29) start a four-game series at Citizens Bank Park tonight. Well, Milwaukee has won seven straight games at CBP, including a four-game sweep a year ago. Last win in Philly vs. Brewers was June 2, 2013.

Ryan Braun must love Bull’s BBQ.  In 26 games at CBP: 44 hits, including 10 home runs and a .411 average.

Retro Night
Tomorrow night is 1970s Retro Night. The Phillies will wear retro maroon pinstripe jerseys and the pillbox maroon hats they wore in 1976.  The Brewers will wear light blue road jerseys with yellow and blue lettering.

Philadelphia Phil and Phyllis mascots will return as will Cash Scramble one of the many 1970s zany pre-game promotions (three fans will be given 60 seconds to pick up money that will be spread on the infield grass).

Jim Lonborg, an 18-game winner for the Phillies in 1976, will throw out the first ball to Larry Bowa.

Milestone Game
Last night was the 1,000th regular season game at Citizens Bank Park. Record is 545-455.  Over 37 million fans have walked through the turnstiles.  As Scott Franzke pointed out on a radio broadcast from Atlanta last month, when the Braves open their new ballpark next season, CBP will be the oldest park in the NL East. Geez.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (27-25), 5th place, International League North Division.
Defeated Norfolk, 5-3. WP: Ben Lively (1-0), 6-4-3-3-1-4; SV: Edward Mujica (13). Lively has won last 9 decisions dating back to last season at Reading. Last loss was July 11. C Andrew Knapp, 1B Darin Ruf, DH Brock Stassi, 2 hits each, including a double. 2 RBI for Stassi.  SS Taylor Featherston, HR (6) . . . James Russell (1-1), 7:05, at Charlotte, the start of an 8-game road trip.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (35-18), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.

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Coasted to 12-2 win in Portland. WP: Mark Leiter (1-0), 5-4-2-1-0-5. CF Ramon Quinn (pictured), 2nd straight 3-hit game: 1B, 9th 2B, 3rd HR, 4 RBI, 3 R, boosting season average to .284; last 2 games, 7-9, 2 HR, 7 RBI. SS KC Serna, 2 H, 3 R, RBI. 2B Jesmuel Valentin, 2 H, RBI. RF Aaron Brown, 2 H, 2  . . .  Nick Pivetta (4-4), 11 this morning in Portland, end of a 7-game road trip.

Clearwater Threshers (30-22), 2nd place, Florida State League North Division.
Blanked by Tampa, 4-0, on 3 hits. LP: Ranfi Casimiro (5-4), 5-7-4-3-3-3. 2B Scott Kingery, league-leading 20th 2B, 11th SB. Second in doubles among all minor leaguers . . . Not scheduled today.

Lakewood BlueClaws (20-32), 6th place, South Atlantic League North Division.
Gave up the most runs in club history, a 19-7 loss in West Virginia. LP: Harold Arauz (1-4), .2-7-5-0-0. C Deivi Grullon, 3 H. 3B Jan Hernandez, HR (7), 3 RBI . . . Franklyn Kilome (1-4), 7:05 tonight vs. Hickory.

This Date
June 2, 1949
Phillies hit five home runs in the eighth inning of a 12-3 win over Cincinnati at Shibe Park.  C Andy Seminick hits two (three for the game), while LF Del Ennis, 3B Willie Jones and RHP Schoolboy Rowe hit one each.

June 2, 1998

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Choosing first for the first time in club history, the Phillies select 3B Pat Burrell in the amateur free agent draft.  The University of Miami slugger was later signed to a five-year, $8 million contract, highest amount ever given to an amateur player.

June 2, 2002
In an 18-3 win over the Florida Marlins, the Phillies score 10 runs in the first inning (first time since 8/7/75), led by Pat Burrell and 2B Marlon Anderson who had two hits apiece.  RHP Robert Person launches a grand slam and three-run home run to become just the sixth Phillies pitcher to hit two home runs in a game.  His seven RBI was the most by a major league pitcher since Tony Cloninger had nine RBI for Atlanta in 1966.

Book Signings
The Fightin’ Phillies: 100 Years of Philadelphia Baseball from the Whiz Kids to the Misfits is the title of my new book published by Triumph Books.  Larry Andersen wrote a hilarious foreword. I’ll be signing:

**Thursday, June 16, Myerstown (PA) Community Library, 199 N. College Street, 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
**Saturday, June 18, Barnes & Noble, 4801 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE; 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m.

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Draft Meetings To Start

The Phillies baseball operations department occupies the east end of the executive office level at Citizens Bank Park. Included in the baseball operations area is the Draft Room which will be a busy place for the next 11 days. Starting  tomorrow, Johnny Almaraz, Director of Amateur Scouting, will oversee the final week of preparations for the summer draft that begins on Thursday night, June 9.

Almaraz and his staff will man the Draft Room until the draft has ended. Other Phillies executives who have been scouting the prospects will be there as the Phillies begin ranking college and high school players.  For the second time since the draft began in 1965, the Phillies have the very first selection. The other time was 1998 when they took Pat Burrell, then a college third baseman at Miami.

The MLB Network will televise the Thursday night.  Each of the 30 teams will have representatives in the studio.  Mike Lieberthal, the Phillies first selection in 1990 and Ed Wade, Special Assistant, Baseball Operations, will be seated at the Phillies table.

Spin Continues
After finishing 36 games under .500 last year, more gloom was predicted for the Phillies this season. So, resting at 26-26 at the end of May should be appreciated. Except, last night’s fifth straight loss extended a 2-9 spin.

The most consistent phase has been the lack of run production. For the most part, starting pitching, the bullpen and defense have carried the team.

Aaron Nola lost as two of his pitches went out of the park.  Meanwhile, the Phillies lone run came on a run-scoring triple by Cesar Hernandez.  The next two hitters, Nola and Odubel Herrera, couldn’t get the ball out of the infield grass. It was the 12th time they’ve scored one run or less in a game. Washington finished with four homers.  The Phillies had four hits.

Series finale tonight against Max Scherzer, who has struck out 90 in 73.1 innings.  Not the greatest way to begin June.

Phil-Ins
May ended 12-16; April was 14-10 . . . Phillies have been out-homered at home, 31-13 . . . . Brewers follow the Nationals for four games starting Thursday night. Milwaukee has won seven in a row at Citizens Bank Park, including a four-game sweep last year.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (26-25), 4th place, International League North Division.
Lost, 8-6, to Norfolk. LP: Jake Thompson (3-5), 4.2-9-8-6-3-5. SS J.P. Crawford, 2 H, 2 R. LF Cody Asche, 2 H, 2 R, RBI; hitting .238 in AAA. 1B Brock Stassi, 2 H, 2 RBI. RHR Edubray Ramos, 2 scoreless IP, stretching scoreless streak to 13.1 since promotion to AAA . . . Ben Lively (0-0), 7:05 tonight vs. Norfolk.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (34-18), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
Ended a 3-game losing streak with a 6-4 win in Portland.  WP: John Richy (2-1), 6-8-4-1-1-3; SV: Miguel Nunez (5). CF Roman Quinn, lead-off HR (#2), 2 RBI singles, 2 R; it was his second 3-hit game in his last 3 games. C Jorge Alfaro, 2 H . . . 6:00 tonight in Portland.

Clearwater Threshers (30-21), 2nd place, Florida State League North Division.
Got blown out by Tampa, 11-3. LP: Shane Watson (0-2), 3.1-7-7-7-6-2. SS Malquin Canelo, 3 H, 2 RBI. 3B Mitch Walding, 2 R, 2 H . . . Ranfi Casimiro (5-3), 12 noon today vs. Tampa.

Lakewood BlueClaws (20-31), 6th place, South Atlantic League North Division.
Lost, 6-1, in West Virginia.  LP: Luke Leftwich (4-3), 7-6-2-2-1-5. RF Jose Pujols, 2 H, RBI . . . Harold Arauz (1-3), 12:05 p.m. in West Virginia.

This Date
June 1, 1939–Phillies play first night game at home and lose, 5-2, to Pittsburgh at Shibe Park before 8,000.  Time of game: 1:55.

June 1, 1969–1B Dick Allen slams five home runs in five consecutive games to set a club record. The fifth homer comes in a 12-4 loss to Los Angeles at Connie Mack Stadium.  The five homers were part of a streak in which he hit nine in 14 games.

Book Signings
The Fightin’ Phillies: 100 Years of Philadelphia Baseball from the Whiz Kids to the Misfits is the title of my new book published by Triumph Books.  Larry Andersen wrote a hilarious foreword. I’ll be signing:

**Thursday, June 16, Myerstown (PA) Community Library, 199 N. College Street, 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
**Saturday, June 18, Barnes & Noble, 4801 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE; 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m.

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Rare Neris Outing

The formula—strong starting pitching, clutch hitting, solid fielding and airtight bullpen—had been prominent in games won by the Phillies until last night.  Hector Neris, the eighth-inning arm who leads NL relievers in strikeouts (38) and holds (12), had command problems (16 balls, 13 strikes). He had given up only three walks and three runs in May until the eighth inning when three walks and two hits produced three runs and a Washington 4-2 lead.

Back-to-back doubles by Maikel Franco and Ryan Howard to start the ninth made it 4-3.  Strikeout, strikeout, pop-up left the Phillies with a 0-7 record on Mondays. Cubs in town for next Monday game. Oh brother.

00 Hellickson

Jeremy Hellickson was masterful and gave up one run on three hits in seven innings. He departed up 2-1. Hellickson has a 2.00 ERA and 0.81 WHIP over his last four starts.
His squeeze bunt drove in the first run in the second inning and Freddy Galvis’ sixth-inning home run accounted for the second.

Phil-Ins
When leading after seven innings, the Phillies are now 19-4 . . . Jonathan Papelbon’s save was his first against the Phillies. He had three blown saves against his former team . . .  Bryce Harper’s streak of homering in six straight games at Citizens Bank Park ended.  Only other player to homer in six consecutive games in Philadelphia was Hall of Famer Ernie Banks. He did it at Shibe Park . . . Only the Rockies (22) in the NL have played fewer home games than the Phillies (23). 15 of next 21 games are at Citizens Bank Park.

Minor League Report
Players of the Week (May 23-29)

00 Kingery
2B Scott Kingery, Clearwater. The 22-year-old batted .355 (11-31) with five doubles, a triple, a home run, four RBI, two walks and a 1.077 OPS in seven games. Leads Florida State League in doubles (19) and tied for the lead in extra-base hits (24). Kingery was selected by the Phillies in the second round of the June 2015 draft out of the University of Arizona.

00 Arauz

RHP Harold Arauz, Lakewood… The 21-year-old made one start for the BlueClaws, tossing a career-high 8.0 scoreless innings, yielding only four hits and striking out five on May 26. He has now allowed zero earned runs in three consecutive starts (21.0 IP). Opponents are hitting just .197 against him. The Panama native was acquired from Houston along with four others in exchange for Ken Giles and Jonathan Arauz on December 12, 2015, and was originally signed by the Astros as an amateur free agent on July 12, 2011.

Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (26-24), 4th place, International League North Division.
Won, 6-4, over Norfolk behind David Buchanan (3-3), 7-6-4-4-2-2 and 12th SV for Edward Mujica (7 pitches). LF Cody Asche (3) and CF Nick Williams (5) hit back-to-back home runs in a 5-run 4th. C Logan Moore had career-high, 4-4.  Williams has a 9-game hitting streak. Asche has played 13 rehab games between A-AA-AAA and is hitting .160. Has 5 hits in last 6 games, 3 HR . . . Jake Thompson (3-4), 7:05 tonight vs. Norfolk.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (33-18), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
Suffered their 1st 3-game losing streak, 9-1, at New Hampshire. LP: Anthony Vasquez (6-3), 5.1-10-7-7-2-4. 2B Jesmuel Valentin had 2 of Reading’s 7 hits . . . John Richy (1-1), 6:00 tonight in Portland.

Clearwater Threshers (30-20), 2nd place, Florida State League North Division.
Were not scheduled. Shane Watson (0-1), 7:00 tonight vs. Tampa.

Lakewood BlueClaws (20-30), 6th place, South Atlantic League North Division.
Won 4th in last 6 games, 6-1, in West Virginia.  WP: Tyler Gilbert (2-5), 6-6-1-1-1-4. Offense led by 3 home runs: 2B Josh Tobias (5), 3B Jan Hernandez (6), CF Jiandido Tromp (5) . . . Luke Leftwich (4-2), 7:05 tonight in West Virginia.

This Date
May 31, 2009–LHP Jamie Moyer wins his 250th game, 4-2, over Washington.

May 31, 2014–1B Ryan Howard collects his 1,000th RBI with a three-run homer in 7th inning, a 5-4, 14-inning loss to the Mets.  All three weekend games go extra innings, 14-14-11.

Book Signings
The Fightin’ Phillies: 100 Years of Philadelphia Baseball from the Whiz Kids to the Misfits is the title of my new book published by Triumph Books.  Larry Andersen wrote a hilarious foreword. I’ll be signing:

**Thursday, June 16, Myerstown (PA) Community Library, 199 N. College Street, 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
**Saturday, June 18, Barnes & Noble, 4801 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE; 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m.

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Phillies Salute Vets

The toughest stretch of the season has turned out to be just that. After losing five out of six on the road to the Tigers and Cubs, it doesn’t get any easier as the first-place Nationals come to Citizens Bank Park starting tonight. Washington took two of three at CBP in early April before the Phillies swept three in Nationals Park later in the month.

Bryce Harper had two extremes in the two series. In Philly, 7-11, four runs, a home run in each of the three games and four RBI.  In DC, 2-8 with five walks.  In his short career, he’s hit 14 homers against the Phillies, 11 at CBP.

Phil-Ins
Last time Phillies were swept three-games in Wrigley was 1995 . . . Three Cubs starters gave up a total of three runs. Those starters combined for 745 starts in the majors; Phillies trio, 56 . . . Cubs closer, Hector Rondon, 18 games, 8 saves; Phillies closer Jeanmar Gomez, 24 games, 17 saves . . . Gomez relieved twice in the six-game trip; recorded a save in his last outing (Wednesday, in Detroit) . . .  445 innings for the Phillies this season and no four-run inning yet . . . Phillies are 15-14 against teams above .500, 11-10 vs. teams below.

Memorial Day Festivities
Both teams will be wearing cream-colored uniforms tonight with logo in camo and camo caps as part of the Major League Baseball’s Welcome Back Vets program . . . Color guard: combined McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Air Force . . . Moment of silence will be observed to honor those that gave their lives in defense of our country . . . Toyota hometown hero, first balls: US Marine Corps veteran Philadelphia police officer Peter Fischer and Patrick Murphy, US Army veteran and currently the Under Secretary of the Army . . . National Anthem/God Bless America, First Class Petty Officer Yarrick Sharod Conner, US Navy information systems technician . . . Hometown hero changing third base, US Marine Corps vet and Philadelphia police officer Joseph Reilly . . . Fans can visit the Phillies ball girls at section 137 and write thank you notes to those serving our country as part of Military Appreciation Nights.  Notes will be compiled and mailed to active military deployed over the holidays.

Minor League Weekend Report
Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (25-24), 5th place, International League North Division.
Swept in a 3-game series by Louisville, suffering 5 losses in last 6 games.  Friday ND: Ben Lively AAA debut, 7-5-2-2-1-5; retired 13 of last 15 batters. LP Sunday, Zack Eflin (5-1), 5-9-6-6-0-3; scoreless streak ended at 17 innings when Louisville scored 2 in the 1st inning; loss ended a 10-game winning streak, dating back to last season and including 2 in Reading’s postseason.  SS J.P. Crawford has reached base in all 8 AAA games.  OF Nick Williams has hit in 8 straight, .433; 9 R; hitting streak started when Crawford joined LV. RHR Edubray Ramos hasn’t allowed a run in 11.1 AAA innings; between AA and AAA, he has walked 2 and struck out 28 . . . David Buchanan (2-3), 1:35 this afternoon vs. Norfolk.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (33-17), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
Dropped 2 of 3 in New Hampshire, winning 9-8 in 13 innings on Friday night on a game-winning RBI single by DH Jake Fox.  RF Aaron Brown tied the game with a 3-run HR in the 9th, his 1st. LP Saturday, Nick Pivetta (4-4), 7-5-2-2-3-6. CF Roman Quinn, 6-14 weekend, 4 R, 24th SB. He threw out the winning run in the 9th inning on Friday. RF Dylan Cozens, HR (14), 2 RBI, 3 SO Sunday; leads EL in HR, TB; 2nd in RBI, slugging percentage . . . Anthony Vasquez (6-2), 1:35 this afternoon in New Hampshire.

Clearwater Threshers (30-20), 2nd place, Florida State League North Division.
Won 2 of 3 in Lakeland, 2-1, 3-2, 4-11. ND Friday, Tyler Viza, 6-6-1-1-0-11, matching career-high in SO. WP Saturday, Tom Eshelman (3-2), 7-7-2-2-0-6.  Ulises Joaquin, SV (3), 2B, WP and then struck out the side. 2B Scott Kingery, hitting .341 in last 10, including a 7-game hitting streak; leads FSL with 19 doubles . . . Day off today.

Lakewood BlueClaws (19-30), 7th place, South Atlantic League North Division.
Won 2 of 3 in Delmarva. WP Friday, Franklyn Kilome (1-4), 6-8-3-3-1-5. WP Sunday, Jose Taveras (2-3), 7-1-1-1-2-7, allowed HR in 5th inning. 2B Josh Tobias, 8-14 weekend, 2 R . . . Tyler Gilbert (1-5), 7:05 tonight in West Virginia.

Weekend Transactions
Lehigh Valley, added RHS Ben Lively from Reading; placed RHP Mark Appel on the DL (right shoulder strain).

Reading, added RHR Will Morris from extended spring training; placed 3B Harold Martinez on the DL (right ankle sprain); added INF Carlos Alonso from Lehigh Valley.

Clearwater, placed RHR Jesen Therrien on the DL (left oblique strain); added RHR Alberto Triado from extended ST.

Lakewood, added LHP Scott Harris from extended spring training.

This Date
May 30, 1935, 1st game–LF Babe Ruth goes hitless (one at-bat) in his final game as the Boston Braves beat the Phillies, 11-6, in the first game of a Baker Bowl doubleheader.  Attendance: 18,000.

May 30, 1982–LHP Steve Carlton wins his 191st game with Phillies, 6-2, over Atlanta.  Victory moves Lefty into second place on the Phillies’ all-time list ahead of Grover Alexander.  Robin Roberts leads with 234.

Schmidtretires2

May 30, 1989–Veterans Stadium is empty except for a handful of media who were there for 3B Mike Schmidt’s retirement press conference.  He had announced his retirement the day before in San Diego and returned home to meet the Philadelphia media.  His last game was May 28 at San Francisco.

Windy City Weekend

Ancient Rivalry
The Cubs were in the National League during the Phillies first year, 1883. First game ever played, May 11, game #7 of the season, an 11-9 Cubs win in Chicago.  Phillies first win vs. them, May 14, 12-1, in Chicago.  Cubs won season series, 12-2, and lead in all-time, 1,219-1,104.

Over the last six games in Wrigley, Phillies are 5-1, including a three-game sweep a year ago.  Cubs are fresh from a 4-5 road trip and are 14-8 at home.

Cubs have scored the second most runs (258) in the league while the Phillies have the second-fewest (155). Cubs have a +119 run differential. Goodness.

Newer Rivalry
Phillies return home for a 10-game stand on Monday.  The Nationals begin a three-game series that night.  Washington was 2-1 at Citizens Bank Park in the middle of April. Later that month, the Phillies swept three games in DC.

Phil-Ins
It’s back home for Pete Mackanin who was born and raised in Chicago.  An infielder, Pete was drafted by the Washington Senators in the fourth round of the 1969 draft . . .
Cubs OF Matt Szczur is from Cape May, NJ, and played college ball at Villanova
. Manager Joe Maddon is from Hazleton, PA . . . Cubs and Phillies meet again for three games at Citizens Bank Park, June 6-7-8.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (25-21), 3rd place, International League North Division.
Pounded out 15 hits in winning, 11-4, in Pawtucket.  WP: Jake Thompson (3-4), 5.2-6-3-3-2-2. SS J.P.  Crawford, 3 H, 2 R. RF Nick Williams, 3 H, BB, 3 R, RBI. 1B Darin Ruf, 3 H, 3 R (HR, 3-4), 5 RBI. LF Cedric Hunter, 3 H, 3 RBI, 4th HR . . . Alec Asher (3-0), 7:05 tonight vs. Louisville.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (32-15), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
Completed a 5-1 homestand with a 7-4 win over Erie. ND: John Richy, 4.2-4-2-2-2-5; SV: Miguel Nunez (4). 2B Jesmuel Valentin, 3 H, 2 R, HR (#3), 3 RBI. C Jorge Alfaro,  HR (4). 1B Rhys Hoskins, HR (9), RBI. RF Dylan Cozens, 2B (15), SB (10). CF Roman Quinn, SB (22) . . . Mark Leiter (0-0), 6:35 tonight in New Hampshire.

Clearwater Threshers (28-19), 2nd place, Florida State League North Division.
Won, 1-0, in Brevard County.  WP: Elniery Garcia (4-2), 6-4-0-0-3-5, 2 PO; lowered ERA to 2.08. SV: Alexis Rivero (4). 2B Scott Kingery tripled on the second pitch of the game and scored on a 1-out, SF by CF Carlos Tocci . . . Road trip continues at 6 p.m. today in Lakeland, Tyler Viza (5-2).

Lakewood BlueClaws (17-29), 7th place, South Atlantic League North Division.
Lost, 1-0, in 11 innings in Delmarva.  A walk, sacrifice and walk-off 1B. ND: Harold Arauz, 8-4-0-0-2-5. CF Carlos Duran had 2 of Lakewood’s 5 hits. Lakewood had 0 walks and struck out 16 times . . . Kilome Franklyn (0-4), 7:05 tonight in Delmarva.

This Date
May 27, 1986–LHP Steve Carlton makes his 666th start to break LHP Warren Spahn’s NL record in a 6-2 win over San Francisco.

May 28, 1983–Entering the game hitless in his last 22 at-bats, 3B Mike Schmidt strikes out his four at-bats on 12 pitches.  The 13th pitch he sees, is a two-run, game-winning homer in the last of the ninth off Jeff Reardon to give the Phillies a 5-3 win over Montreal.

May 29, 1965–3B Dick Allen hits measured 529-foot home run completely over the Coca-Cola billboard atop Connie Mack Stadium’s left-center field roof off RHP Larry Jackson.  First-inning blast sends Phillies to a 4-2 win over Chicago.

Philadelphia Phillies v Florida Marlins Credit:      Robert Vigon/Florida Marlins More from this photographer Caption:MIAMI - MAY 29: Roy Halladay of the Philadelphia Phillies is congratulated by his teammates after he pitched a perfect game against the Florida Marlins at Sun Life Stadium on Saturday, May 29, 2010, in Miami, Florida. Roy Halladay pitched a perfect game for the 20th perfect game in MLB history. (Photo by Robert Vigon/Florida Marlins

May 29, 2010–RHP Roy Halladay tosses perfect game, 1-0, over the Marlins in Miami.  He throws 115 pitches (72 for strikes) and fans 11.  It was his 11th start with the Phillies and third shutout in a 7-3 start to the season. (Photo; Marlins/Robert Vigon)

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