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Jeremy Gem

00 Hellickson

Jeremy Hellickson was outstanding last night and the bats got a Phillies starting pitcher some runs, 4-1. Allowing only one run in eight innings, Hellickson evened his record at 7-7. It was his longest outing since last August 11 when he also went eight innings in defeating the Phillies.

Phillies starters have tossed at least 6.0 innings in each of their last seven starts, their longest streak since May 2-8, 2014.  Hellickson has done it eight straight starts, a career high.

00 Goeddel

Offensive star was Tyler Goeddel who started in left. The rookie had a two-run homer to right field in the first and a run-scoring single in the next inning. He had only three RBI in his previous 43 plate appearances, dating back to June 10. Before the homer he was 0-16.  He has seven RBI in six games vs. the Marlins.

Phil-Ins
Eight wins for Velasquez and seven for Hellickson are more than any Phillies starter a year ago: Aaron Harang (6-15), Cole Hamels (6-7) and Aaron Nola (6-2) . . . While the offense did produce four run they are a chilly 1-17 RISP in the three games . . . 2-4 series and homestand ends tonight . . . Then a short flight to Pittsburgh for a three-game weekend series.

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

December 6, 2002: Phillies sign free agent first baseman Jim Thome to a six-year, $85 million contract, signaling the start of a new era in franchise history. When he took the podium Thome broke down and cried, returning after a short break to say, “I hate it when my allergies kick in.”

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (58-40), 3rd place, International League North Division.
Won 2-0 in Indianapolis to sweep the series.  WP: Jake Thompson (9-5), 6-3-0-0-4-5, stretching scoreless innings streak to 22; backed by 3 GBDPs; 6-0, 0.58 ERA in last 9 starts. SV: Luis Garcia (4). LF Nick Williams, 2-run HR in top of 1st, #9 . . . Adam Morgan (2-1), 7:05 tonight in Louisville.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (66-31), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
Lost, 4-2, in New Hampshire; 0-10 RISP. LP: Tyler Viza (3-3), 5-6-3-3-3-2. 1B Rhys Hoskins, HR (26), RBI (84), SB. OF Andrew Pullin, last 4 games, 8-17 . . . Tom Eshelman (2-0), 7:05 tonight vs. Hartford.

Clearwater Threshers (17-10), 2nd, 2nd half, Florida State League North Division.
Won, 5-1, in Bradenton. WP: Luke Leftwich (2-2), 5.2-7-2-2-1-4. SV: Victor Arano (3). RF Jiandido Tromp, 2 HR (3-4); combined with Lakewood, he has 14 for the season. 1B Kyle Martin, HR (13), 2 RBI . . . Will Morris (5-2), 7:00 tonight vs. Ft. Myers.

Lakewood BlueClaws (15-11), 5th place, 2nd half, South Atlantic League North Division.
Won 4th in a row, 2-1 vs. Kannapolis. WP: Franklyn Kilome (3-7), 6.2-7-1-1-1-9, matching career-high in SO. SV: Zach Morris (5) . . . Jose Taveras (3-7), 7:05 tonight vs. Kannapolis.

Williamsport Crosscutters (18-14), 2nd, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
Season resumes, 7:05 tonight in Batavia, Falter Bailey (1-3).

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (16-7), 2nd place, Northwest Division.
Defeated Pirates, 10-6, in Bradenton; fifth straight win. DH Mickey Moniak, 2 H, 2 R, 3 RBI, BB, 2 SB; 8-21 in last 5 games, 6 R, 5 RBI. CF Malvin Matos, 2 H, 2 RBI, BB; his last 3 games, 6-10 . . . 12 noon today vs. Pirates at Carpenter Complex.

This Date
July 21, 1973–RF Hank Aaron hits his 700th home run off LHP Ken Brett during the Braves’ 8-4 loss to the Phillies at Atlanta.

00 Schilling

July 21, 1997–RHP Curt Schilling strikes out 15, the most by a Phillies pitcher since Steve Carlton’s 16 in 1982, but loses, 3-2, to Pittsburgh.  After 17 years with the organization, C Darren Daulton is traded to the Florida Marlins for Billy McMillon.

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Burn The Bats


Time to roast marsh mellows over a bonfire of burning bats. Those bats need to be replaced. Another solid outing by a starting pitcher ends up with another one-run, extra-inning loss to the Marlins.  Last night, 2-1.

In their last game before the All-Star break, the Phillies scored 10 runs on 13 hits, a 10-3 win in Denver.  In five games since the break, the Phillies offense has produced 10 runs on 25 hits.  RISP during this time 4-25. Take away the hyphen and you have Phillie Phanatic’s weight.

00 Joseph

Tommy Joseph supplied the Phillies lone run with a blast into third row of the upper deck in left field, his second homer in two games.  While playing first base he and Ryan Howard have combined for 23 homers.  Only the Cubs have more (24) at that position this season.  Ryan and Tommy each has hit 13 you say.  True.  But Ryan has two as a DH and Tommy, one as a PH.

Alumni Note
Jim Bunning, Steve Carlton, Pat Gillick and Mike Schmidt will be in Cooperstown, NY, this weekend for the annual Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies. Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza will be enshrined on Saturday afternoon.

COOPERSTOWN, NY - JULY 24:  Pat Gillick gives his speech at Clark Sports Center during the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony on July 24, 2011 in Cooperstown, New York.Gillick spent 27 years as the general manger with four major league clubs (Toronto 1978-94, Baltimore 1996-98, Seattle 2000-03 and Philadelphia 2006-08). His teams advanced to the postseason 11 times and won the World Series in 1992, 1993 and 2008.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Exactly five years ago on Saturday, Gillick was inducted. (Getty Images photo).

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

During a November 7, 2002, tour of the under-construction Citizens Bank Park
a group of Local 98 IBEW workers on the site carried signs and wore hats that read PHILADELPHIA WANTS JIM THOME. Thome stopped and walked over to shake hands with the workers.  “That caught me off guard,” said Thome. Later that night while attending a Flyers game Thome received a standing ovation when introduced.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (57-40), 3rd place, International League North Division.
Won 5th in last 6 games, 4-1, in Indianapolis. WP: David Buchanan (6-5), 8.2-5-1-1-2-6. SV: Luis Garcia (3). RF Nick Williams, 1B, 2B (25), RBI, R. CF Cam Perkins, 3-4, R . . . Jake Thompson (8-5), 1:35 this afternoon in Indianapolis . . . Since June 1, LV is 31-15.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (66-30), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
Held to 8 singles, Reading lost, 7-5, in New Hampshire. RF Dylan Cozens, 2 H, 2 RBI, R, BB . . . Tyler Viza (3-2), 12:05 this afternoon in New Hampshire.

Clearwater Threshers (16-10), 2nd, 2nd half, Florida State League North Division.
Getting 11 singles, Clearwater had a walk-off, 6-5 loss in Bradenton. 3B Mitch Walding, 3 H, 3 RBI. RF Aaron Altherr, 2-4, 2 RBI . . . Luke Leftwich (1-2), 10:30 this morning in Bradenton.

Lakewood BlueClaws (14-11), 5th place, 2nd half, South Atlantic League North Division.
Had a day off . . . Franklyn Kilome (2-7), 11:05 today vs. Kannapolis.

Williamsport Crosscutters (18-14), 2nd, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
Lost, 6-4, to West Virginia.  2B Chandler Hall, 1B, 2B, 3 R, BB; extended hitting streak to 8 games . . . Day off today, or, as some people claim, an off day.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (15-7), 2nd place, Northwest Division.
Won 2 vs. Braves. 10-1 in the completion of Monday’s suspended game. RF Jhailyn Ortiz, 3H, 3 R, 3 RBI; included was a HR (5). 3B Jose Anteguera, 3 H, 2 R, RBI, BB, SB. Starter Sixto Sanchez, 3-0-0-0-1-2 when the rains came, creating the suspension. WP was Nick Fanti (2-0), 5-0-0-0-0-10. Despite having only 6 singles, Phillies won the second game, 5-4.  Braves committed 5 errors which contributed to 4 unearned runs. 2, one-out singles and consecutive errors allowed the Phillies to score twice in the bottom of the 9th for the win.  ND: Harold Arauz, 4-5-1-0-0-3 . . . Pirates at 12 noon today in Bradenton.

This Date
July 20, 1969–During the second game of a double header against Chicago, Connie Mack Stadium PA announcer Eddie Ferenz announces to the crowd that the U.S. had just landed men on the moon. Players from both teams lined up along the foul lines and there was a moment of silent prayer for the astronauts, followed by the playing of Kate Smith’s rendition of “God Bless America.”

00 moon landing

(According to NASA.gov, the lunar module landed at 4:18 p.m. EDT. At 10:56 p.m. EDT Neil Armstrong is ready to plant the first human foot on another world. With more than half a billion people watching on television, he climbs down the ladder and proclaims: “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” Photo: NASA).

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Battle of Bullpens

Today’s game of baseball is played in the bullpen and that’s where last night’s game was decided. For only the third time this season, Jeanmar Gomez blew a save, allowing two game-tying runs in the ninth. Then in the 11th Martin Prado homered to win the game. It was Prado’s 16th career home run against the Phillies by far the most he’s hit against any team.

Against the Marlins’ ace, Jose Fernandez, the Phillies scored once in the first inning and again when Tommy Joseph crushed a curve ball leading off the seventh inning which turned out to be the Phillies last hit.  One out later Fernandez exited and a parade of five relievers followed.  In 4.2 innings, they allowed one base runner, a walk. On the other side of the coin, five Phillies relievers gave up three runs in five innings.

There were 11 games in the majors yesterday.  A total of 60 relief pitchers were used.  Further proof of how the game is played in this era.

Phil-Ins
Aaron Nola turned in his best outing since June 5, his last win.  He worked six scoreless innings, his longest outing since the same date, two hits, one walk and five strikeouts.  He was in line for the win until Miami scored two in the ninth . . . Cody Asche saved the game with a diving catch in the 10th and Marlins on first and second base . . . Joseph’s HR was his 12th in 48 at-bats, the fastest anyone in Phillies history got to a dozen . . . Phils are 36-3 when leading after eight innings.

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

“In 2002, we were in the midst of two significant construction projects, Citizens Bank Park and Bright House Field.  And, we were also in the process of assembling a core nucleus of young players which could help us realize our goal to ‘Get good and stay good.’

“That off-season, we committed to adding veteran pieces to compliment and lead our core. The most significant free agent target was big Jim Thome.  In my mind, Jim was the ‘keystone,’ the linchpin that would validate our goal.

“In my almost 40 years in baseball, there are a handful of players with whom I worked who have embodied all of the best that our game has to offer.  Jim Thome is certainly one of them.  When we signed him he became a keystone of Phillies history.”  Ed Wade, Phillies General Manager, 1998-2005 and current Special Assistant, Baseball Operations.

Minor League Report
Players of the Week (July 11-17)

00 Kingery
2B Scott Kingery, Clearwater… The 22-year-old batted .448 (13-29) with a double, triple, 5 RBI, a walk, 5 runs scored, 3 stolen bases and a 1.003 OPS. He leads the Florida State League in hits (104), doubles (28) and runs scored (56), is tied for third in stolen bases (25) and tied for ninth in batting average (.295). Kingery was the Phillies’ second-round in June 2015 out of the University of Arizona.

00 EGarcia

LHP Elniery Garcia, Clearwater… The 21-year-old made one start, tossing a career-high 8.0 scoreless innings, 1 hit, 2 walks, 6 strikeouts. He carried a no-hitter into the eighth. He is tied for first in the FSL in lowest opponents’ batting average (.206), ranks fourth in ERA (2.23) and tied for second in wins (8-2). He’s won 5 in a row. Garcia was signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent out of Cotui, DR, on December 9, 2011. He ws also named MiLB.com Pitcher of the Week for the FSL.

Mlbpipeline.com Team of the Week
Two Phillies farmhands, Kingery and Lakewood C Deivi Grullon.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (56-40), 3rd place, International League North Division.
4 hurlers combined on a 4-hit, 4-0 win in Indianapolis.  WP, starter Phil Klein (1-0), 5-3-0-0-0-6. LF Darin Ruf, 2 H, RBI. C Logan Moore, 2-run 2B . . . David Buchanan, 7:05 tonight in Indianapolis.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (66-29), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
Won, 9-5, in New Hampshire. WP: Nick Pivetta (9-4), 5-7-5-5-2-4; 5th straight W. LF Andrew Pullin, 4-5, HR (4), 4 RBI. RF Dylan Cozens, 2B (29), HR (25), 5 RBI, SB (17). 2B Jesmuel Valentin, 2 2B, 3 R, BB . . . Anthony Vasquez, 7:05 tonight in NH.

Clearwater Threshers (16-9), 2nd, 2nd half, Florida State League North Division.
Won 8th in last 9, 2-0, in 10 innings in Bradenton. 3B Mitch Walding, game-winning RBI single. LF Aaron Altherr, 1-4 . . . Starter John Richy, 7-2-0-0-2-2. WP: Victor Arano (3-1). SV Matt Hockenberry (2)  . . . Elniery Garcia, 6:30 tonight in Bradenton.

Lakewood BlueClaws (14-11), 5th place, 2nd half, South Atlantic League North Division.
Swept DH in Charleston, SC, 3-1 and 2-0, ending a 5-2 road trip.  Winning streak now at 5 games. 1st game WP: reliever Jeff Singer, 3-2-0-0-2-3; picked 3 runners off 1st. 2nd game WP: Seranthony Dominiqez (2-1), 6-1-0-0-2-6. RF Zachary Coppola, 4 H, 2 BB in DH . . . Day off today.

Williamsport Crosscutters (18-13), 2nd, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
Won 8th in last 9 games, 7-4, vs. West Virginia. WP: Ranger Suarez (3-0), 6-5-1-1-2-3. Lead-off hitter, LF Mark Laird, 3-4, BB, 2 RBI; 2nd-place hitter, SS Arquimedes Gamboa, 4-5, 2 R . . . Felix Paulino, 7:05 tonight vs. West Virginia.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (13-7), 2nd place, Northwest Division.
Scoreless game called after 3 innings by rain vs. Braves. As a suspended game it will be completed this afternoon at Carpenter Complex.

Transactions
OF Aaron Altherr had his rehab assignment transferred from GCL to Clearwater. Had to walk about 500 feet from the Carpenter Complex to the Bright House Field clubhouse. No GPS needed.

This Date
July 19, 1955, 2nd game–Playing their sixth game in four days and with Robin Roberts pitching on two day’s rest, Phillies beat Cincinnati, 6-2, in Connie Mack Stadium. Roberts had two hits and drove in three runs while pitching a six-hitter.

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Marlins In Town

Well, look at it this way.  When the Phillies began the season, they went 0-4. When they began the second half, 1-2. The Mets were on the winning edge in the Citizens Bank Park series. Not surprising since they are 23-9 there since June 21, 2013.

Over the last two seasons they have hit 35 home runs in 16 games in Philly, the highest total for any visiting team in any enemy ballpark.  The good news: New York only has three more games this season in Philly, the final three of the season.

Nola Nod
Aaron Nola tries to get untracked tonight in the first of four-games against the Marlins, his first start since July 2. Since his last win on June 5, he’s 0-4 for five starts, allowing 30 runs in 18 innings.

So, who is his opposing hurler tonight? None other than Jose Fernandez, one of the game’s best, 11-4. In his brief big league career, Jose is an unconscious 25-1 at home and only 8-12 the road which includes a 1-1 record in three starts at Citizens Bank Park.  So, he’s not invincible.

Did You Know?
**The Phillies won their very first game against the Marlins, May 17, 1993, at Joe Robbie Stadium, 10-3. Ben Rivera was the winning pitcher.  1B John Kruk, 5-6. 2B Mickey Morandini, 1-6. Bob McClure pitched one scoreless relief inning for the Marlins.

**Phillies this year hold 4-2 edge over the Marlins, 2-1 here and 2-1 in Miami.  Same two teams meet again next Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday in Miami. Ichiro Suzuki has 2,994 career hits.

**The Marlins lead the majors with a .287 team average on the road.  Phillies are last in batting at home, .222.

5 Things
Five things to know about the Marlins:
**Since their 5-11 start, they have gone 44-31.
**47-41 record at the break was their first over .500 since 2009.
**Relievers lead the NL in saves 35.
**They are 47-68 at Citizens Bank Park.
**Last time the Marlins won the season series vs. the Phillies was 2008, 10-8.

Big Piece Connects

00 Howard Sat
Ryan Howard’s 370th career home run on Saturday night win landed in the Phillies bullpen. David Hernandez retrieved the ball and tossed it a lucky fan.

The 428-foot blast tied him with Gil Hodges for 77th place on the all-time list.  Ryan’s game in his 5,579th at-bat; Hodges needed 7,030 AB. Next it sight is Rocky Colavito, who hit 374 (6,503 AB).

Minor League Report
Phillies minor league teams in the states have a combined record of 245-178, a .579 percentage.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (55-40), 3rd place, International League North Division.
Won 2 of 3 from Buffalo. Friday was a 10-1 win, 4-3 Saturday win and a 10-1 drubbing on Sunday, which ended a 3-game winning streak. Friday WP: Jake Thompson (8-5), 7-3-0-0-1-5; 12 ground ball outs; 5-0, 0.64 ERA in last 8 GS. Saturday WP: Adam Morgan (2-1), 6-6-4-4-1-4, 2 HR. SV: Luis Garcia (2). RF Nick Williams, 6-12 weekend, 3 R, 2 2B (23-24), 3 RBI. 1B/DH Brock Stassi, 4-8, R, 2B, HR (6), 3 BB, 4 RBI . . . Phil Klein (0-0), 7:05 tonight in Indianapolis.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (65-29), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
1-2 series in Trenton, 4-0 losses on Friday and Sunday.  4-1 win on Saturday, scoring 3 in T9 to win. 23rd win when opponent scored 1st.  Trenton pitching held Dylan Cozens and 1B Rhys Hoskins to 3-19 and only 2 extra-hits (27-28th doubles for Cozens) . . . Nick Pivetta (8-4), 7:05 tonight in New Hampshire.

Clearwater Threshers (15-9), 2nd, 2nd half, Florida State League North Division.
Won 5-3 (13 innings) and 6-4 in Palm Beach and lost, 11-8, yesterday in Bradenton; loss ended 7-game winning streak. CF Carlos Tocci, 9-33 during a 7-game hitting streak; 2B Scott Kingery, 7-16 weekend, 28th 2B, 24-25 SB. C Chace Numata, 7-14 weekend, 3 RBI, including a 2-run 3B during a 3-run 13th inning Friday. 3B Mitch Walding, 9-game hitting streak, 12-31; 8 RBI . . . John Richy (2-4), 6:30 tonight in Bradenton.

Lakewood BlueClaws (12-11), 5th place, 2nd half, South Atlantic League North Division.
8-4 loss Friday, 2-0 win Saturday and Sunday rainout in Charleston, SC. WP: Tyler Gilbert (5-7), 7-9-0-0-0-2. SV: Sutter McLoughlin (2). 2B Josh Tobias, 4-9 weekend, 21-22 2B, 2 R . . . Alberto Tirado (1-1) and Seranthony Dominiquez (1-1), 5:05 DH this evening in Charleston.

Williamsport Crosscutters (17-13), 2nd, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
6-3 loss Friday and 5-4, 11-inning win Saturday in Vermont and 3-2 win Sunday vs. West Virginia. C Henri Laritgue, 3 doubles on Saturday. C-DH Brett Barbier, has hit in all 8 game to start his pro career (11-31, .355), including 1st pro HR on Sunday . . . Ranger Suarez (2-0), 7:05 tonight vs. West Virginia.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (13-7), 2nd place, Northwest Division.
Defeated Yankees East twice, 11-8 in Tampa and 5-4 in Clearwater. LF Josh Stephen, 5-7, 3 R, 3B, 1st pro HR, 6 RBI. His last 10 G: 14 H, 12 RBI, 7 R. SS Cole Stobbe, 3-8,2B, RBI. CF Mickey Moniak last 10 G: 7 R, 14 H, 9 RBI . . . Sixto Sanchez (2-0), 12 noon today at Braves.

Transactions
Lehigh Valley: OF David Lough, activated from DL

Reading: INF Carlos Alonso, transferred from Lehigh Valley; C Joel Fisher, placed on DL; LHR Jeremy Bleich, released.

Lakewood: C Edgar Cabral, placed on DL.

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No Picnics

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Pupil vs. Professor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Transactions
Reading: OF Aaron Brown, placed on DL.

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

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Minor League Leaders

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

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

Time to look at the Phillies minor league statistical leaders.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Williamsport: INF Chandler Hall added to roster from GCL.

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

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

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

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

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

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Odubel, NL All-Star

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

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

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

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

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

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

00 Gilbert

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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First Half Is Over

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Clearwater: RHS Drew Anderson, transferred from Lakewood.

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

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

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

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Rockies Bats Explode

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

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

Sometimes baseball is hard to figure out.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This Date

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

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

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

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

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