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Utley Goes Deep

Pitching behind the count and elevated pitches are a formula for doom.  It happened to 22-year-old Zach Eflin last night as the Dodgers hit three home runs off him in three innings.  LA won the series opener, 9-4. Since Eflin’s complete-game shutout in Pittsburgh on July 22, he’s given up 20 runs in 13 innings in three starts.

One of the home runs he allowed was hit by Chase Utley in his second at-bat against his former team.  A week from tonight, Chase returns to Citizens Bank Park for the first time since being traded to the Dodgers a year ago.

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The Phillies had seven hits, two each by Cameron Rupp and Eflin . . . LA had eight extra-base hits . . . Tommy Joseph’s 15 homers are the most for a Phillies rookie since Ryan Howard hit 22 in 2005. Club rookie record is 30 by Willie Montanez in 1971 . . . The Dodgers are 27-9 at home since the middle of May.

Toyota Alumni Weekend
It all begins with a sold-out Alumni Luncheon honoring Jim Thome on Thursday noon in the Diamond Club at Citizens Bank Park.  Friday night Thome becomes the 38th inductee in the Toyota Wall of Fame.

The annual Alumni Night takes place on Saturday with several autograph stations and intros of former Phillies starting with the 1940 decade. Pre-game festivities include the presentation of the John Vukovich Award to Larry Bowa.  And, Randy Wolf will symbolically retire as a Phillie and throw out the first ball. Placido Polanco will do the same before Sunday’s game.  Randy and Polly join Doug Glanville, Mike Lieberthal and Pat Burrell to retire as a Phillie.

Minor League Report
Transaction
Reading: OF Aaron Brown, activated from DL; assigned to Clearwater.

Players of the Week (August 1-7)

00 Cozens
OF Dylan Cozens, Reading… The 22-year-old Cozens batted .367 (11-30) with a double, two triples, five home runs, 14 RBI, three walks, a stolen base and a 1.033 slugging percentage in seven games. In two games from August 3-4, he combined to go 7-for-9 with two triples, five home runs, 12 RBI, a stolen base and seven runs scored. Cozens leads all of professional baseball with 103 RBI and ranks second with 32 home runs. He leads the Eastern League in slugging (.611), extra-base hits (67), total bases (253) and runs scored (90). Cozens, who was also named Player of the Week in the Eastern League and by MiLB.com and right-fielder on the milbpipeline.com Prospect Team of the Week. He was selected by the Phillies in the second round of the June 2012 draft.

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LHP Adam Morgan, Lehigh Valley… Morgan, 26, was named the Pitcher of the Week in the Phillies minor leagues, International League and MiLB.com after going 2-0 with a 1.23 ERA (2 ER, 14.2 IP), 0.55 WHIP (2 BB, 6 H) and 17 strikeouts in his two outings. He tossed 6.0 shutout innings on August 1, and then struck out 11 batters in a career-high 8.2 innings on August 6. He has allowed three earned runs or fewer in seven of his eight outings and is averaging just over one strikeout per inning pitched (52 SO, 50.1 IP). Morgan was selected by the Phillies in the third round of the June 2011 draft.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (70-45), International League North Division. 2nd place, 2 games behind Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Phil Klein (1-1), 7:05 tonight in SWB.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (76-38), Eastern League Eastern Division. 3.5-game lead over Trenton.
Tom Eshelman (3-2), 6:35 tonight in Binghamton.

Clearwater Threshers (28-15), Florida State League North Division. 2nd place, ½ game lead over Dunedin, 2nd half.
Threshers jumped out to an 11-0 lead after 5 innings and then hung on for an 11-9 win over Tampa. WP: John Richy (4-4), 6-6-2-2-1-6. SV: Matt Hockenberry (4).
CF Carlos Tocci, 4 H, R. LF Aaron Brown, 2 H, 2 R, HR (1), 3 RBI, BB. SS Malquin Canelo, 2 H, R, 2 RBI, BB, SB. 3B Derek Campbell, 2 HR (10-11), 5 RBI, including a 4th-inning grand slam.
Will Morris (7-2), 7:00 tonight in Tampa.

Lakewood BlueClaws (24-19), South Atlantic League North Division. Tied for 2nd place, .5 game out of 1st, 2nd half.
Won, 7-5, in 10 innings in Delmarva. Broke a 3-3 tie with 2 runs T9. Delmarva tied it with 2 B9. BlueClaws added 2 more in the 10th for the win. ND: Seranthony Dominquez, 6-2-1-1-4-7.
2B Grenny Cumana, 3 H, 2 R, RBI, SB. DH Cornelius Randolph, 2 H, RBI. 2B Damek Tomscha, 2b (25), 2 RBI.
Franklyn Kilome (3-8), 7:05 tonight in Delmarva.

Williamsport Crosscutters (29-21), New York-Penn League Pinckney Division. 2nd place, 6 games behind State College. Tied for wildcard berth.
Won, 3-0, in West Virginia. WP: Felix Paulino (1-3), 7-5-0-0-0-4. SV: Carlos Indriago (1).
1B Darick Hall, 2B, HR (4), RBI. SS Chandler Hall, 2 H, BB. LF Jesus Alastre, 2 H, R, SB.
Bailey Falter (1-5), 7:05 vs. Hudson Valley.

All-Stars: RHP Adonis Medina, LHP Ranger Suarez and OF Jesus Alastre have named to the South roster to oppose the North in the NYP League All-Star Game, August 16, in Hudson Valley.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (26-11), Northwest Division. 2nd place, 3 games behind Blue Jays.
Rained out at home vs. Tigers East . . . 12 noon today vs. Tigers East in Lakeland.

This Date

Delmer Ennis Position: Leftfielder Bats: Right, Throws: Right Height: 6' 0", Weight: 195 lb. Born: June 8, 1925 in Philadelphia, PA High School: Olney HS (Philadelphia, PA) Signed by the Philadelphia Phillies as an amateur free agent in 1943. (All Transactions) Debut: April 28, 1946 (Age 20.324, 7,867th in MLB history)   vs. BSN 1 AB, 0 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1946 season  Teams (by GP): Phillies/Cardinals/WhiteSox/Redlegs 1946-1959 Last Game: June 14, 1959 (Age 34.006)   vs. BAL 2 AB, 0 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB Died: February 8, 1996 in Huntingdon Valley, PA (Aged 70.245) Buried: Hillside Cemetery, Roslyn, PA
August 9, 1955–LF Del Ennis drives in his 1,000th run in 91 win vs. Pittsburgh. OF Ed
Delahanty is the club’s all-time RBI leader (1,286).

August 9, 1965–RHP Robin Roberts (6-7), pitching for Houston, blanks the Phillies on
four hits, 8-0, at the Astrodome, his first start in the NL since September 10, 1961,
when he was with the Phils.

August 9, 1976–RHP Robin Roberts is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, NY. Because of rain, induction ceremonies take place in the Otesaga Hotel small ballroom.

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Utley in Blue

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It’s gonna seem strange seeing Chase Utley wearing a blue #26.  For the first time since he was traded to the Dodgers last August, Utley will face the Phillies starting tonight.  Actually, it’s Alumni Night in Dodger Stadium as four members of the Phillies’ 2008 World Champions will be in uniform, Ryan Howard, Carlos Ruiz, Utley and Joe Blanton. Time for a mini team photo.

Next week Utley returns to Citizens Bank Park for the first time, http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

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By winning two of three over the weekend the Phillies improved their Petco Park record to an amazing 32-11 . . . What do Aaron Nola, Zach Eflin and Jake Thompson have in common? Each made his MLB debut with the Phillies and lost. Thompson was the 2,000th to play for the Phillies since the franchise was established in 1883.  According to baseball-reference.com he was the 18,825th in MLB history . . . Jerad Eickhoff won yesterday for the first time since July 4.  In his three previous starts, the Phillies scored just three total runs. Prior to yesterday his 3.20 runs of support per 9.0 innings was the 3rd lowest in MLB . . . Howard has 13 home runs in 130 at-bats in Dodger Stadium.

5 Things
Five things to know about the Dodgers:
**Fresh from winning two of three from the Red Sox at home.
**LA has 165-137 record against the Phillies at Dodger Stadium.
**In 2015, 3-1, including shutouts in last two games (Kershaw & Greinke). Phillies haven’t scored a run in 20 straight innings.
**Opponents are hitting .224, second lowest in the NL.
**They have placed 25 players on the DL, most in NL history, but are still in the pennant race.

Minor League Report
Transactions
Clearwater: LHS Elniery Garcia, placed on DL; RHR Jose Nine, transferred from GCL.

Lakewood: OF Herlis Rodriquez, transferred from Clearwater; 1B Brendon Hayden, placed on DL; C Edgar Cabral, activated from DL.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (70-45), International League North Division. 2nd place, 2 games behind Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Won 2 of 3 vs. Rochester. 18-6 since the All-Star Game. 3-2 L Friday, ND Anthony Vasquez, 7-7-2-2-0-4. 7-2 W Saturday, WP: Adam Morgan (6-1), 8.2-3-2-2-1-11; retired the first 20 batters; 5-0 since being optioned to AAA in mid-July; 6-game AAA winning streak. 10-1 romp Sunday, WP: Ben Lively (7-4), 6.1-5-1-1-3-4; including Reading, Ben’s 14-4, 2.80 this year for 23 GS.
RF Peter Bourjos (1) and 2B Jesmuel Valentin (1), back-to-back HR Saturday. OF Cedric Hunter, 5-12 weekend, HR (9), 5 RBI. OF Cameron Perkins, 4-11 weekend, 4 RBI. 3B Darnell Sweeney, 4-9, RBI, 2 games.
Day off today. Season resumes Tuesday night, 1st of a 3-game series at 1st-place SWB.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (76-38), Eastern League Eastern Division. 4-game lead over Trenton.
Won 2 of 3 vs. Altoona, Western Division leader. 6-3 W Friday, WP: Mark Leiter (5-1), 7-5-2-2-2-4; had 14 outs on 3 pitches or less; SV: Miguel Nunez (14), 8-pitch save. 2-1, 10-inning L Saturday. ND: Ricardo Pinto, 8-3-1-0-1-6. 14-0 romp Sunday, WP: Nick Pivetta (11-6), 5-2-0-0-4-5; EL’s 1st 11-game winner. RHR Jesen Therrien, 2-0-0-0-0-4; since promotion from Clearwater on August 2, 2 G, 5-3-0-0-0-1-7.
CF Roman Quinn, 5-9, 2 G, SB (26). RF Dylan Cozens weekend, 4-13, 2B (32), 2 RBI (103). 1B Rhys Hoskins, HR (34), RBI (100) on Friday; 5 BB, R, RBI (101) on Sunday. C Gabriel Lino, 3-5, 3 R, HR (1), 3 RBI on Sunday. LF Andrew Pullin, 2-5, 2 R, 2b (7), HR (8), 4 RBI on Sunday; in 30 games since promotion from Clearwater, .368, 26 RBI.
Day off today. Season resumes Tuesday night in Binghamton.

Clearwater Threshers (27-15), Florida State League North Division. 2nd place, ½ game behind Dunedin, 2nd half.
Two wins (3-2, 2-1) vs. Lakeland a rain out. RHS Shane Watson (4-4) lost a no-hitter on a broken bat single in the top of the 9th, 8.2-2-2-3-8; longest outing of career; retired 20 of 21 batters at one point; SV: Matt Hockenberry (3) . . . 2B Josh Tobias long HR in the 8th inning broke a 1-1 tie in the 2-1 Saturday night win. ND Drew Anderson, 6-5-0-0-1-3; BS (1)/WP: Ranfi Casimiro (8-7).
CF Carlos Tocci, 3-8, 2B, R, 2 RBI, weekend; hitting .361 in last 10 G. Tobias has hit in 8 of the 10 games since promotion to Clearwater from Lakewood on July 27; hitting .368 at Clearwater, 1 HR; combined .310, 8 HR.
John Richy (3-4), 7:00 tonight vs. Tampa.

Lakewood BlueClaws (23-19), South Atlantic League North Division. 4th place, 1.5 games out of 1st, 2nd half.
Won 2 of 3 from 1st-place Hagerstown.  3-1 Friday L, ND Harold Arauz, 5-2-0-0-0-3 in 1st game off DL. 4-2 Saturday W, WP: Tyler Gilbert (6-7), 7.2-4-1-1-1-8. SV: Austin Davis (1). 11-6 Sunday W, ND: Alberto Tirado, 5-2-2-2-3-8; BS (2)/WP: Zack Morris (7-2).
OF Mark Laird, 5-12 weekend, 3 R, 2 RBI. LF Cornelius Randolph, 4-12, 4 R, 2B, 5 RBI. 1B/C Wilson Garcia, 4-9, R, 2 RBI, 2 games. C Deivi Grullon and RF Jose Pujols, each had a 3-RBI game.
Seranthony Dominquez (2-2), 7:05 tonight in Delmarva.

Williamsport Crosscutters (28-21), New York-Penn League Pinckney Division. 2nd place, 6 games behind State College. Tied for wildcard berth.
Lost 2 of 3.  8-1 Friday W, WP: Cole Irvin (3-1), 6-5-1-1-1-4. SV: Blake Quinn (1). 3-2 Saturday L and 9-1 L Sunday in West Virginia. Saturday ND: JoJo Romero, 6-5-0-0-0-5. WV tied the game 1-1 in B9; won with 2 in B10. Williamsport stole 6 baes but was 2-16 RISP. Sunday L, Ranger Suarez (5-1), 5-8-5-5-1-3; 5 runs allowed was a season high.
Lf/1B Enmanuel Garcia, 4-8, R, 2 RBI. 1B Darick Hall, 3-9, 2B, 2 R, HR (4), 2 RBI. SS Chandler Hall, 3-7, R, RBI. OF David Martinelli, 3-9, SB, R. C Henri Lartigue, 3-7, R, 2B, RBI, 2 SB.
Felix Paulino (0-3), 7:05 tonight in West Virginia.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (26-11), Northwest Division. 2nd place, 3 games behind Blue Jays.
Won 2 from Pirates, 3-2, 4-1. ND Sixto Sanchez on Friday, 5-5-0-0-0-1, lowered ERA to 0.47 lowest in the league. BS (1)/WP (1-1), Tyler Frohwirth. Saturday WP: Nick Fanti (5-0), 5-3-1-1-2-3, 1.43 ERA; tied for the league lead in W.
C Nerluis Martinez, 4-8 in the two games, including walk-off 1B on Friday. 3B Danny Zardon, 1-3 Friday, 1st HR; played 1B for first time Saturday. 2B Dan Brito, 2-5, 2 RBI. CF Mickey Moniak, 2-5, 2B, RBI; leads club with 24 RBI and .327 AVG in 28 G.
12 noon today vs. Tigers East at Carpenter Field.  Phillies are 5-1 this month. Season ends September 1.

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Firepower in Reading

When a starting pitcher walks six in six innings, it usually means a loss.  The Phillies walked six times against Matt Moore yesterday afternoon but only had four hits in 10 innings resulting in two runs.  Denard Span’s home run leading off the 10th gave the Giants a 3-2 win. It was the first run off the Phillies bullpen after 14 scoreless innings. The Phillies were attempting their first sweep of the Giants at home in 10 years.

Now, it’s back on the road again, a stretch in which they have 16 road games and the just-completed three home games.  Three weekend games in San Diego starting tonight and then three against Chase Utley and the Dodgers.

5 Things
Five things to know about the Padres:
**Phillies opened their home schedule back in April winning three of four from SD. None of their four SD starting pitchers in that series are in the current rotation, two trades and two injuries.
**Since Petco Park opened in 2004, the Phillies are 30-10 there, including an 11-game winning streak, 5/23/04-7/4/06.
**They are seventh in runs scored (478) and fourth in runs allowed (520).
**They have scored 12 runs or more in an inning seven times this season, a major league high.
**Phillies have won the season series nine straight years.

# 2,000
22-year-old right-handed pitcher Jake Thompson joined the Phillies on their post-game flight across the country to San Diego.  He’ll make his major league debut tomorrow night.

In doing so he will become the 2,000th player to appear in a Phillies game since the franchise’s first game in 1883. So, who was the first Phillie, you ask. Since their first game ever was at home (Recreation Park) I would imagine starting pitcher John Coleman would technically be the first since he threw the first pitch.

LF William (Blondie) Purcell got the Phillies’ first hit and scored the first run.  He singled to left center in the first inning and scored on a ground out.

Minor League Report
Players of the Month

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Transactions
Lehigh Valley: LHS Anthony Vasquez and CF Osmel Aguila, transferred from Reading.

Reading: 3B Mitch Waldiing and RHR Jesen Therrien, transferred from Clearwater.

Clearwater: OF Zach Coppola and LHR Jeff Singer, transferred from Lakewood; RHS Ranfi Casimiro, activated from DL; RHP Jario Munoz, placed on DL.

Lakewood: OF Mark Laird, transferred from Williamsport; RHS Harold Arauz, activated from DL

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (68-44), International League North Division. 2nd place, 1 game behind Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Dropped a 4-2 decision to SWB, first time they have lost consecutive games since 3 losses in a row, June 27-28-29. In battle for 1st place, teams split the 4-game series. LP: David Buchanan (8-6), 9-8-4-4-1-4; the 1 walk and 4 hits produced 4 1st-inning runs; loss ended a personal 4-game winning streak and was his 1st since June 29. CF Nick Williams, HR (12), RBI . . . Anthony Vasquez (2-0), 7:05 tonight vs. Rochester.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (73-37), Eastern League Eastern Division. 4-game lead over Trenton.
I’m sorry but you won’t believe what you are about to read.  After hitting 3 home runs and driving in 7 on Wednesday night, RF Dylan Cozens was 3-4, 3 R, 2 HR (31-32), 5 RBI (101) last night. Reading won, 12-8, on a 2-out grand slam in the 8th inning by Cozens. Oh, he also threw out a runner at home plate in the 3rd inning. And, he caught the last out of the game.
Cozens was just part of the power ball night.  1B Rhys Hoskins, 2-3, 3 R, 2 HR (32-33), 2 RBI (98) . . . LF Andrew Pullin, 3-4, 3 R, 2B, 2 HR (6-7), 2 RBI; lifted average to .384 . . . 3B Mitch Walding, making his AA debut after promotion from Clearwater, homered in his 2nd at-bat.
Starter Tyler Viza gave up all 8 runs in 4 innings. Relievers Jesen Therrien (3), Hoby Milner (1) and Miguel Nunez (1) tossed 5 scoreless innings. WP: Milner (5-3).
With the big league team on the west coast, fans from the Philly area can flock to Reading this weekend, 7:05, 6:35, 5:05, against Altoona . . . Mark Leiter (4-1) tonight.

Clearwater Threshers (25-15), Florida State League North Division. Tied for 1st place with Dunedin, 2nd half.
Edged Dunedin, 7-6, on a 2-out, walk-off RBI 1B by Zach Green. RF Zach Coppola, in his debut since promotion from Lakewood, 2-4, R, SB. CF Carlos Tocci, 2-3, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB. SS Manquin Canelo, 2-4, RBI. 1B Kyle Martin, 1-3, 2 R, HR (14), 2 RBI . . . Shane Watson (3-4), 6:15 tonight vs. Lakeland.

Lakewood BlueClaws (21-18), South Atlantic League North Division. 4th place, 2nd half.
Lost, 8-6, in 10 innings to Hagerstown. LP: Zach Morris (6-2), 3 unearned runs in 2 innings; other loss was April 27; last time he gave up a run, June 27. LF Mark Laird, debut after promotion from Williamsport, 2-4, 2 R, BB. RF Jose Pujols, 3-5, HR (20), RBI. 3B Damek Tomscha, 2-5, 3 RBI. SS Emmanuel Marrero, 2-3, R, BB . . . Harold Arauz (3-5), 7:05 tonight vs. Hagerstown.

Williamsport Crosscutters (27-19), New York-Penn League Pinckney Division. 2nd place, 5 games behind State College.
Lost, 5-3, to Staten Island. LP: Adonis Medina (4-2), 5-6-5-3-2-2, 2 HR. 7 different players had 1 hit each . . . Irvin Cole (2-1), 7:05 tonight vs. Staten Island.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (24-11), Northwest Division. 2nd place, 5 games behind Blue Jays.
Lost to the Braves on the road, 6-1. 2 errors paved the way for 4 unearned runs.  9 of the 10 Phillies in the game had a hit with SS Jose Antequera getting 2. 11 LOB . . . 12 noon today, Pirates at Carpenter Complex.

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Next weekend is a Phillies tradition, Toyota Alumni Weekend. It actually starts with a sold-out Alumni Luncheon honoring Jim Thome on Thursday noon.  Thome will be inducted into the Toyota Wall of Fame on Friday night (7 o’clock). Nearly 50 Alumni will be introduced on Saturday night (6:30) and a Wall of Fame fathead will be given to fans on Sunday.

Look for a press release on this website early next week that will provide all the information, including various fan surprises.

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Franco Heroics

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Maikel Franco’s bat was in a funk, now it’s on fire.  His 2-run single tied the game in the eighth inning. Four innings later he drove in the winning run as the Phillies beat SF, 5-4, their first back-to-back wins since July 5-6 (Atlanta).  Franco has six hits and seven RBI in the two wins.

Johnny Cueto was cruising along with a 4-0 lead until Ryan Howard (left field corner) and Cameron Rupp (dead centerfield) hit back-to-back homers in the seventh to start the comeback.

Credit for the win really goes to the bullpen. Six relievers combined to pitch seven shutout innings and allowed just two hits and one walk. Phillies pitchers retired 19 consecutive batters from the fourth through the 10th.

Phil Klein was scheduled to start for Lehigh Valley in Allenton and Michael Mariot was the IronPigs new closer. When Aaron Nola, the Phillies scheduled starter, went on the disabled list and Jeanmar Gomez was placed on the paternity leave list (1-3 days), Klein and Mariot quickly headed for Citizens Bank Park.  Instead of facing second-place Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Klein was on the emergency starter against the first-place Giants. He allowed four runs in five innings. After the game, Klein was optioned back to LV.

Elias Sports Bureau
The Phillies were just 2-99 when trailing by four-or-more runs since the start of the 2015 season entering Wednesday, which was the worst record for any major-league team over that span.

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Klein became the 1,998th player to appear in a game for the Phillies and was followed by Mariot, the 1,999th.  Who will be #2,000? . . . The walk-off win was the Phillies fourth.  The other three came in April . . . First series win at home vs. SF since August 17-19, 2010 (2-1) . . . The Phillies faced Cueto and Madison Bumgarner twice each this season. In 25 innings, the Phillies scored 17 earned runs off the prize pair . . . Phillies fly to San Diego after today’s game, three games there and then three against the Dodgers in LA . . . Happy 82nd birthday to Dallas Green today.

Minor League Report
Players of the Week (July 25-31)

00 Coppola
OF Zach Coppola, Lakewood… Coppola, 22, batted .421 (8-19) with two doubles, three RBI, three walks, three runs scored and a .525 on-base percentage in five games. He posted three multi-hit games, tying a career high with four hits on July 28, and now has multiple hits in nine of his last 16 games overall. Coppola was selected by the Phillies in the 13th round in 2015 out of South Dakota State University and signed by Brian Kohlscheen.

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LHP Ranger Suarez, Williamsport… The 20-year-old Suarez tossed a 7.0-inning no-hitter in the first game of Williamsport’s doubleheader on July 26. He allowed a leadoff walk, erased it with a double play and then did not allow another baserunner for the remainder of the game. He struck out five batters, matching a season high. The southpaw is 4-0 with a 2.09 ERA (9 ER, 38.1 IP) this season. Suarez was signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent on April 1, 2012 out of Pie de Cuesta, VN and signed by Jesus Mendez.

Transactions
Lehigh Valley: RHP Gregory Infante, transferred from Reading.

Reading: CF Ramon Quinn, reinstated from DL.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (68-43), International League North Division. Tied for 1st with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Lost, 7-0, to Scranton/Wilke-Barre, getting 2 singles.  LP: Gregory Infante (2-1), 2.2-4-4-4-2-4. When scheduled starter Phil Klein was sent to Philadelphia Infante was dispatched from Reading to make his first start since 2009 at Winston-Salem . . . David Buchanan (8-5), 7:05 tonight vs. SWB.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (73-37), Eastern League Eastern Division. 4-game lead over Trenton.

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RF Dylan Cozens (photo) put on some kind of power show with 3 HRs (28-29-30), 3B, 7 RBI (96), 15 total bases as Reading blanked Bowie, 13-0. Oh, he had a SB (18); he’s been caught just once. 1B Rhys Hoskins, HR (31), RBI (96). DH Jake Fox, HR (20). 2nd time Reading hit 5 blasts in a game vs. Bowie. WP: Tom Eshelman (3-2), 6-3-0-0-0-5 . . . Tyler Viza (4-3), 7:05 tonight vs. Altoona.

Clearwater Threshers (24-15), Florida State League North Division. 3rd place, 1 game behind, 2nd half.
Lost, 7-2, in Dunedin. LP: Brandon Leibrandt (0-1), 5-7-4-4-2-2; 1st appearance since coming off the DL. 2 hits each for 3B Mitch Walding, LF Jiandido Tromp, SS Malquin Canelo . . . Luke Leftwich (2-3), 6:15 tonight vs. Lakeland.

Lakewood BlueClaws (21-17), South Atlantic League North Division. Tied for 3rd place 1 ½ games back, 2nd half.
Dropped a DH in Greensboro, 4-1 and 3-1. Combined 1-16 with RISP. SS Grenny Cumana, 3-7 . . . Jose Taveras (4-8), 7:05 tonight vs. Hagerstown, first of a 4-game series.

Williamsport Crosscutters (27-18), New York-Penn League Pinckney Division. 2nd place, 4 games behind State College.
Lost, 4-1, to Staten Island, getting 5 hits.  SS Chandler Hall, 1st pro HR . . . Adonis Medina (4-1), 7:05 tonight vs. Staten Island.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (24-10), Northwest Division. 2nd place, 4 games behind Blue Jays.
Edged Braves, 4-3, in a game called after 6 innings by rain. 2B Dan Brito, H, R, RBI, 2 BB. CF Mickey Moniak, 2B, RBI; has 7-game hitting streak. DH Ben Pelletier, 1B, 2B, 2 R. 3B Paul Rivas, 2 H, RBI . . . 12 noon today, Pirates at Carpenter Complex.

This Date
August 4, 1934, 2nd game–RHP Reggie Grabowski gave up a club-record 11 hits (10 singles) in one inning, an 11-run ninth in beating the Phillies, 21-4, at Baker Bowl.  He also hit two batters.

August 4, 2006–2B Chase Utley’s 35-game hitting streak (.405, 62-153) ends in 5-3 win
against the Mets in Shea Stadium.

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Bats Explode

It was feast or famine for the Phillies offense during a four-game weekend series in Atlanta, 7-1-9-1.  With Madison Bumgarner (10-6, 2.09 ERA) on the mound last night one would imagine runs would be hard to come by.

Guess again, the Phillies jumped on him for six runs in the first two innings, got tied, fell behind, rallied and in the end scored the most runs in a game this season, a 13-8 win over the struggling Giants (4-12 since the All-Star Game).

The Phillies’ first three hitters (Cesar Hernandez, Aaron Altherr, Maikel Franco) combined to go 11-for-14 (.786) with two doubles, two home runs, nine RBI, nine runs, a walk and a stolen base. Their 12 times reaching base and 11 hits are tied for the most in a game by the 1-through-3 hitters of any team in MLB this season.

Last time the first three Phillies batters produced similar numbers was August 24, 1999 at the Vet, 18-2, over the Padres. Rob Ducey, Ron Gant and Bobby Abreu went 11-for-16 with 10 runs scored and nine RBIs. (Elias Sports Bureau).

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Franco’s homer was his 20th, the first Phillies third baseman to reach that figure since Scott Rolen hit 25 in 2001 . . . Altherr is the first Phillie to have a home run, five RBI and a stolen base in a game since Chase Utley on May 26, 2008 . . . Hernandez recorded his MLB leading 10th bunt base hit. It was also his 23rd infield hit, which is tied for most in the National League . . . Phillies try to win consecutive games for the first time since July 5-6.  SF is sending Johnny Cueto (13-3, 2.63) to the mound tonight, another toughie. What will the offense produce?

You Are The Man

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 29:  Chase Utley #26 of the Philadelphia Phillies follows watches the flight of his seventh inning grand slam against the New York Mets at Citi Field on July 29, 2014 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
The annual Toyota Alumni Weekend is coming up soon at Citizens Bank Park, August 12-13-14. Well, might as well extend Alumni Weekend to include August 16-17-18 as one of the most popular Phillies players ever returns to Citizens Bank Park.  Welcome back Chase Utley.  Check http://www.phillies.com/alumni for a feature on the team’s greatest second baseman. (Photo: Getty Images)

Minor League Report

Transactions
Lehigh Valley–INF Carlos Alonso & LHR Joely Rodriguez assigned to roster from Reading.

Reading–RHR Victor Arano assigned to roster from Clearwater.

Clearwater–RHP Yacksel Rios placed on DL; RHP Jario Munoz & LHS Brandon Leibrandt activated from the DL.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (68-42), International League North Division. Lead Scranton/Wilkes-Barre by 1 game.
Edged SWB, 2-1, for 4th straight win. WP: Ben Lively (6-4), 8-3-2-0-1-8. SV: Michael Mariot (1). Winning run came in the B7 when DH Brock Stassi doubled and scored on RF Cedric Hunter’s 1B. Stassi and Hunter each had 2 hits . . . Phil Klein (1-1), 7:05 tonight vs. SWB.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (70-36), Eastern League Eastern Division. Hold a 3-game lead over Trenton.
KC Serna’s 2-run HR (4) in the B7 lifted Reading to a 4-2 win over Bowie. WP: Nick Pivetta (10-6), 7.2-5-2-2-0-6; retired final 19 of 23 hitters he faced; tied for EL lead in W. SV: Hoby Milner (5), 1.1-0-0-0-0-2. LF Andrew Pullin, 2-4, boosting average to .373. 3B Harold Martinez, 2-3, including 2B, R, RBI . . . Tom Eshelman (2-2), 7:05 tonight vs. Bowie.

Clearwater Threshers (24-14), Florida State League North Division. Tied for 1st with Dunedin, 2nd half.
Following a day off season resumes at 6:30 tonight in Dunedin, Brandon Leibrandt (0-0).

Lakewood BlueClaws (21-15), South Atlantic League North Division. Lead Hagerstown by .004 percentage points, 2nd half.
Rained out in Greensboro.  Two teams play a 7-innning DH starting at 11 this morning. Seranthony Dominiquez (2-1) and Franklyn Kilome (3-7).

Williamsport Crosscutters (27-17), New York-Penn League Pinckney Division. 2nd place, 3 games behind State College.
3-game winning streak ended in Mahoning Valley, 2-1.  All runs were unearned. ND: Felix Paulino, 6-4-1-0-1-6 . . . Bailey Falter (1-4), 7:05 tonight vs. Staten Island.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (23-10), 2nd place, Northwest Division. 2nd place, 4 games behind Blue Jays.
Big numbers: 11 R, 18 H, 5 E in 11-7 win over Yankees East.  LF Roman Quinn, 3-4, 2 R, 2B, SB (6). 2B Dan Brito, 3-4, 2 R, 3B, 3 RBI. 3B Danny Zardon, 2 2B, R, 3 RBI. DH Mickey Moniak, 2B, 3B, 2 R, hitting .326. RF Ben Pellitier, 2 H, 2 R, SB (home)
. . . 12 noon today vs. Braves at Carpenter Complex.

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.)

Career home run numbers: 612 total to rank seventh all-time, 101 hit with Phillies, 1 against them, 28 at Veterans Stadium and 27 at Citizens Bank Park.

This Date

Philadelphia Phillies Chuck Klein holding bats,1944
August 3, 1980–OF Chuck Klein, one of the greatest sluggers in Phillies history, is
inducted posthumously into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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Giants In Town

All the hype, hysteria and hoopla this baseball season is about the Cubs winning the World Series for the first time since 1908.  Being overlooked is a team that starts a three-game series tonight against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, the San Francisco Giants. Being an even year, are the Giants posed to continue their streak of World Championships, 2010, 2012, 2014?

Since CBP opened in 2004, the Phillies and Giants are even, 19-19, although SF holds an 11-5 edge over the past five seasons. Phillies will face the Giants’ three best starters, who are a combined 32-16.  Great way to start the dog days of August.

Five things to know about the Giants:
**Fresh from splitting a 4-game series with the Nationals at home.
**Sunday’s sellout was their 461st consecutive.
**Since the All-Star Game break, they are 4-11, committing 14 errors.
**Their pitching staff leads the majors with eight complete games; seven teams have 0.
**Hitters have a .333 on-base percentage, third best in the majors.

Phil-Ins
Phillies are 9-9 vs. the western division.  Next 15 games are against teams from that division . . . Phillies OBP (.295) is last in the majors; their 261 walks ranks second from last; only KC has fewer walks (242).

Deadline Passed
Baseball’s trade deadline passed yesterday with no deals for the Phillies.  Over the next week teams will place players on waivers.  Players who clear waivers can then be moved.

As Ryan Lawrence wrote yesterday at http://www.phillyvoice.com:  “The Phillies traded Chase Utley after the deadline last August, traded Joe Blanton in August of 2012, traded Roberto Hernandez (for two useful prospects in Jesmuel Valentin and Victor Arano) two years ago in August, and acquired the likes of Jamie Moyer, Scott Eyre, Mike Sweeney and Matt Stairs after the July 31 deadline in the last 10 years.”

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (66-42), International League North Division.
Moved into a tie for 1st by beating 2nd-place Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 7-1.
WP: reliever Adam Morgan (5-1), 6-3-0-0-1-6. CF Nick Williams, 2 R, HR (11), 2 RBI.  1B Darin Ruf, 2 R, HR (15), RBI. RF Cedric Hunter, 2B, 3 RBI . . . Ben Lively (5-4), 7:05 tonight vs. SWB.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (70-36), Eastern League Eastern Division. Hold a 3-game lead over Trenton.
Lost, 5-2, to Bowie; 10-18 since the All-Star Game break. ND Ricardo Pinto, 6-1-2-2-2-15; gave up a 2-out, 2-run HR in the 1st inning and then didn’t allow a hit through 6. 2B Scott Kingery, 2 H, RBI; hitting .345 since promotion to AA on July 25. CF KC Serna, 2 H, 2 R. SS Angelo Mora, 2 H, RBI . . . Nick Pivetta (9-6), 7:05 tonight vs. Bowie.

Clearwater Threshers (24-14), Florida State League North Division. Tied for 1st with Dunedin, 2nd half.
3-game winning streak ended, 11-6, in Ft. Myers; 6 unearned runs allowed. LP: Elniery Garcia (9-3), 4-6-5-2-3-2. 2B-LF Josh Tobias, 3 H, 2 RBI; hitting .478 since July 26 promotion from Lakewood. 1B Zach Green, 3 H, R. SS Malquin Canelo, 2 H, 2 R, RBI, BB. DH Nerlis Rodriquez, 2 H, 2 R. CF Carlos Tocci, 2 H, RBI, BB . . . Not scheduled today.

Lakewood BlueClaws (21-15), South Atlantic League North Division. Lead Hagerstown by ½ game, 2nd half.
Edged Greensboro, 2-1, behind 3 pitchers: WP Alberto Tirado (3-1), 5-5-1-1-1-9; Jeff Singer, 3-1-0-0-1-5; SV (6) Sutter McLoughlin, 1-0-0-0-0-1. 3B Damek Tomscha, HR (5), 2-run blast in 3rd inning . . . Seranthony Dominiquez (2-1), 7:00 in Greensboro.

Williamsport Crosscutters (27-16), New York-Penn League Pinckney Division. 2nd place, 2 games behind State College.
Scored 3 unearned runs in the 1st inning (0 hits, 5 errors) and hung on for 3rd straight win, 3-2, in Mahoning Valley. WP: Ranger Suarez (5-0), 6-4-2-1-2-6; tied for the league-lead in wins . . . Felix Paulino (0-3), 7:05 tonight in Mahoning Valley.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (22-10), 2nd place, Northwest Division. 2nd place, 4 games behind Blue Jays.
Ended a 3-game losing streak by defeating the Yankees East in Tampa, 5-0. WP: Nick Fanti (4-0), 5-2-0-0-1-8. DH Jhailyn Ortiz, 2B, 2 RBI. CF Mickey Moniak, 1-3, 2 R, RBI, BB, 3 SB . . . 12 noon vs. Yankees East at Carpenter Complex.

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.)

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Home run #609 was another historic one in a Phillies uniform, a pinch-hit, walk-off homer on June 23, 2012. It was his 13th walk-off homer, a new major league record.  Babe Ruth and Jimmie Foxx shared the previous record. It was Jim’s last home run as a Phillie.

This Date
August 2, 1894–CF Billy Hamilton sets major league record for most consecutive games scoring a run when he crosses plate in 24th consecutive game as Phillies beat Brooklyn Dodgers, 9-8, at Baker Bowl.

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August 2, 1919–1B Fred Luderus plays in his 479th consecutive game for the Phillies, breaking the Major League Baseball record held by Eddie Collins of the Chicago White Sox.  The streak began on June 2, 1916 and ended after 533 games with the 1920 season opener.

August 2, 1970–2B Tony Taylor hits an ultimate grand slam (trailing by three runs in the last inning) to give the Phillies a 7-6 win over San Francisco at Connie Mack Stadium.

August 2, 1984–Phillies beat Cardinals, 3-2, in St. Louis. Larry Andersen’s club record for relief pitchers of 32 2/3rds straight scoreless innings ends when Cardinals score in bottom of the eighth inning with two out.

August 2, 1986–Phillies set a club record with five triples in beating the Chicago Cubs
at the Vet, 12-2, on a Saturday afternoon NBC telecast.  LF Gary Redus has two; one
each for C John Russell, SS Steve Jeltz and 2B Juan Samuel.

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4-6 Trip Ends

While it’s a day off for the players it is a work day in the Phillies baseball operations department. Baseball’s trading deadline is 4 o’clock this afternoon, EDT. GM Matt Klentak and his staff will continue to make calls and take calls about possible deals.

After today players can be moved but they need to go through waivers.  Last August 19, the Phillies sent Chase Utley to the Dodgers after he cleared waivers. Chase, by the way, will make his first return visit to Citizens Bank Park on August 16-17-18.

Following the 10-game road trip, the players got to unpack and relax. Following Wednesday’s night game, its packing again as the Phillies hit the road again.  This time, three games each in San Diego and Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium.

First-place Giants start three-game series Tuesday night.  Their three best starting pitchers are lined up to face the Phils.

Phil-Ins
Road trip ended 4-6. Phillies batted .151 with RISP, just two extra-base hits . . . July also ended, 13-14; month started 7-3 and then came the All-Star Game four-day break . . . Happy Birthday today, Pete Mackanin (65) . . . According to http://www.broadandpattison.com the Phillies have a 63-42 record on August 1. Somebody notify MLB the Phillies MUST play on this date next season!

Minor League Report

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (66-42), 2nd place, International League North Division.
Won 2 of 3 in Rochester to finish July 20-7.
3-0 W Saturday, David Buchanan, 7-4-0-0-0-6; SV: Luis Garcia (7). Buchanan in July: 4-0, 0.63 ERA, 0.83 WHIP.  Shutout was LV’s 13th, new single-season record.

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5-1 W Sunday, Jake Thompson (photo) (11-5), 7-4-1-1-0-2. Club-record 5th straight W, 1.69 ERA in those wins, 6 ER in 32 IP.
Weekend bats: C Andrew Knapp, 5-10, 2 2B, 2 R, 2 BB . . . DH-1B Darin Ruf, 4-11, 2 R, HR (14), RBI, BB . . . 2B Jesmuel Valentin, 4-8, 2 R, RBI.
Adam Morgan (4-1), 7:05 tonight vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the start of a 4-game series. SWB leads LV by 1 game.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (70-35), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
Wet weekend in Erie. 4-3, 10-inning loss on Friday night . . . Leading 4-3 after 8 1/2 innings Saturday, game was suspended after a 38-minute rain delay.  Game was completed Sunday and score stood . . . Leading 2-0 after 1 ½ innings, Sunday’s regularly-scheduled game was suspended.  It will resume August 20.
Weekend bats: 2B Scott Kingery, 4-9, R, RBI . . . LF Andrew Pullin, 4-9, 2B, R . . . RF Dylan Cozens, 3-8, R, HR (27), RBI, BB.
Ricardo Pinto (4-4), 7:05 tonight vs. Bowie. Reading has a 3 ½-game lead over Trenton.

Clearwater Threshers (24-13), 1st, 2nd half, Florida State League North Division.
Wet weekend in Ft. Myers, winning all 3 . . . C Chace Numata’s RBI 1B in T9 won Friday night’s game, 7-6 . . . RF Cord Sandberg’s RBI 1B T8 was game winner on Saturday, 3-2. The night featured two rain delays totaling 3:50 . . . Won, 8-6, on Sunday in a game called after 5 ½ innings by rain after 1:06 delay . . . Winning pitchers: Victor Arano (4-1), Matt Hockenberry (2-1), Will Morris (7-2).
Weekend bats: Numata, 4-8, HR (2), 3 RBI, 2 R, 2 BB in 3 games; Sandberg, 5-6, 2B, 3 R, 2 RBI in last 2 games.
Elniery Garcia (9-2), 7:05 tonight in Ft. Myers. Clearwater has a 1-game lead over Dunedin.

Lakewood BlueClaws (20-15), 2nd place, 2nd half, South Atlantic League North Division.
Lost 2 of 3 in Augusta . . . 4-1 and 3-2 losses in 1st 2 games . . . Won, 12-7, on Sunday, scoring 10 runs in the 7th inning, 13 batters, 3 1B, 3 2B, 4 BB; 10 runs matched franchise record. WP: reliever Zach Morris (6-1), 3 scoreless IP; has allowed 1 run in last 36 IP.
Weekend bats: OF Zach Coppola, 4-11, R, 2B, 3 RBI in 3 games; 3B Damek Tomscha, 6-12, 2B, 2 R,2 RBI in 3 games.
Alberto Tirado (2-1), 7:00 tonight in Greensboro. Lakewood trails Hagerstown by ½ game. Greensboro is ½ game behind Lakewood.

Williamsport Crosscutters (26-16), 2nd, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
Won 2 of 3 . . . 9-2 L on Friday night in State College, Adonis Medina (4-1) getting 1st loss, 4-6-7-3-2-3 . . . 5-1 W on Saturday in State College, Cole Irvin (2-1), 5-3-1-1-1-5 . . . 1-0 W on Sunday in Mahoning Valley; game called after 5 innings because of rain, a 39 minute delay; JoJo Romero, 1st pro win, 5-2-0-0-3-4
Weekend bats: CF David Martinelli, 4-9 in 2 games, R, RBI; LH-PH Mark Laird, 5-6 in 2 games, R, SB.
Ranger Suarez (4-0), 7:05 tonight in Mahoning Valley.  Williamsport trails State College by 2 games.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (21-10), 2nd place, Northwest Division.
4-2 loss on Friday to Blue Jays, ND: Sixto Sanchez, 6-5-0-0-1-2, lowered ERA to 0.55 . . . Winning 5-2 on Saturday vs. Blue Jays, the rains came and the game was suspended; will be resumed later this month . . . 12 noon today vs. Yankees East in Tampa. Phillies trail Blue Jays by 4 games.

This Date

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August 1, 1971–St. Louis scores three in the top of the 12th at Veterans Stadium when it the game is halted by rain.  The Zamboni machine, used to vacuum the water from the artificial playing surface, breaks down.  Cardinals file a protest and the NL rules a 3-3 suspended game, to be completed prior to the regular game on September 7.  When the game resumed, Phillies score three in their 12th to tie before St. Louis wins in 13, 9-6.

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Offense Breaks Out

After scoring just five runs in three games in Miami (two losses) guess what happened last night in Atlanta.  The Phillies had their biggest first inning of the season scoring five times.  It paved the way for a 7-5, the third straight time they’ve won the first game of a series on this 10-game trip.  Problem after that was winning another game.

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Maikel Franco’s three-run homer followed by a solo blast by Tommy Joseph got the game started for the Phillies.  Franco’s homer was his 19th, five against the Braves who have lost five straight to the Phillies.

Aaron Altherr had three hits in his first game off the disabled list.  Included was a two-run homer in the fifth that gave the Phillies a 7-0 lead and turned out to be the margin of victory.  Aaron Nola won for the first time since June 5 but lasted only five innings (95 pitches), giving up three runs in his last inning. That inning began when Odubel Herrera lost a ball in the lights for a triple.

Franco, Joseph and Alterr, the 3-4-5 hitters, each homered, the second time this month that happened: Cody Asche, Franco and Cameron Rupp on July 3 vs. KC. Before that, Chase Utley, Darin Ruf and Delmon Young against the Braves, August 2, 2014. (Elias Sports Bureau).

Minor League Report

Transactions
Clearwater: RHS Shane Watson, activated from the DL; RHS Ranfi Casimiro, placed on DL.

Lakewood: 3B Jan Hernandez, activated from the DL; RHR Grant Dyer, added to roster from Williamsport. Dyer was an 8th-round selection this summer out of UCLA.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (63-41), 2nd place, International League North Division.
Season resumes at 7:05 tonight in Rochester, Phil Klein (1-0).

Reading Fightin’ Phils (70-35), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.

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Six-game winning streak vs. Erie ended with a 5-3 loss that started a 4-game series. LP: Nick Pivetta (9-6), 5-5-4-4-3-4. 1B Rhys Hoskins, 2-run HR (30).  Only other player in Reading history to have 30 before August 1 was Ryan Howard in 2004 when he finished with 37.  CF Osmel Aguila, HR (4) . . . Anthony Vasquez (8-3), 7:05 tonight in Erie.

Clearwater Threshers (21-14), 1st, 2nd half, Florida State League North Division.
Lost, 13-5, in Daytona.  LP: Shane Watson (3-4), .2, 5-6-0-1-0. The 6 unearned runs came in the 1st inning. Josh Tobias, who played 2B and then 4 innings in LF, 4-4 in his 2nd game with the Threshers, including 2 doubles, BB, 2 R.  His error paved the way for the big 1st inning . . . Drew Anderson (1-0), 7:05 tonight in Ft. Myers.

Lakewood BlueClaws (19-13), tie 2nd place, 2nd half, South Atlantic League North Division.
Won, 3-2, in 10 innings in Augusta on 2B Grenny Cumana’s RBI-1B, his 2nd hit. Win was the 8th in last 10 games and moved them to within ½ game of 1st-place Hagerstown. LF Zach Coppola, 4-4, 2 R. WP: Austin Davis (1-0); SV: Sutter McLoughlin (5) . . . Jose Taveras (4-7), 7:05 tonight in Augusta.

Williamsport Crosscutters (24-15), 2nd, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
Lost just their 4th home game in 20, 2-1, to 1st-place State College, falling 2 games behind. LF Mark Laird, 2 of the Cutters’ 4 hits, lone RBI. 1B Darick Hall, 10th HBP, most in the league . . . Adonis Medina (4-0), 7:05 tonight in State College.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (21-9), 2nd place, Northwest Division.
2-1 loss to Yankees West at Carpenter Complex. ND: Brandon Leibrandt, 6-4-0-0-1-6; 1 PO. LF Ramon Quinn, 2-4, SB, CS, PO. CF Mickey Moniak, 1-3, BB; has hit safely in 8 of last 9 games, .389 . . . 12 noon today vs. 1st-place Blue Jays at Carpenter Complex.

Top 100
Five Phillies prospects are among the top 100 by MLBPipeline.com:
#3, SS J.P. Crawford
#34, CF Mickey Moniak
#62, LF Nick Williams
#72, C Jorge Alfaro
#73, RHS Jake Thompson

This Date
July 29, 1983
Phillies purchase contract of RHP Larry Andersen from Seattle Mariners.

July 29, 1984
2B Juan Samuel and CF Von Hayes are the first Phillies to hit back-to-back home runs to lead off a game, a 6-4 win over Montreal at the Vet.

July 29, 1989

59D*
Phillies retire LHP Steve Carlton’s #32 in pre-game ceremony before 47,277 at the Vet.

July 31, 1994
LHP Steve Carlton, the winningest pitcher in Phillies history, is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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Atlanta For 4

The Phillies were playing good baseball when the All-Star Game arrived.  While definitely a long shot, they were six games out of a wild card berth.  Staring at them out of the second-half gate were 13 straight games against four teams in the races.

That 13-game span ended unceremoniously yesterday in Miami, an 11-1 licking. It was loss #nine.  The young arms held their own but the young bats disappeared. Offensively, they averaged 2.6 runs per game while striking out 9.2 times per game.

Only Atlanta has scored fewer runs (346) than the Phillies (362) in the majors.  Atlanta is where the Phillies are starting a four-game series tonight against the Braves.

Phil-Ins
The Phillies, with a day game yesterday, got to Atlanta before the Braves who had a night game in Minnesota . . . Aaron Altherrr’s 20-day rehab assignment has ended. He played for the Gulf Coast League Phillies, Clearwater, Reading and Lehigh Valley.

5 Things
Five things to know about the Braves:
**Phillies lead this year’s series, 6-3, but the Braves have won the last four season series.
**They are 14-36 at home, poorest record in the majors.
**4-8 since the All-Star Game.
**Williams Perez who allowed one run in beating the Phillies twice this season is on the DL.
**This is the last season for Turner Field.

Minor League Report

Transaction
Clearwater: 2B Josh Tobias, transferred from Lakewood.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (63-41), 2nd place, International League North Division.
Swept a 3-game series from Syracuse, 6-4. Luis Garcia picked up 6th save, retiring last 2 batters with the bases loaded.  WP: Ben Lively (5-4), 6.2-8-3-3-0-5. LF Nick Williams, 27th 2B, RBI. RF Aaron Altherr, 1-4 RBI . . . . . . Day off today.  Season resumes at 7:05 Friday night in Rochester for 3 weekend games and then back home again on Monday night.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (70-34), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
Scoring in every inning but the second, Reading coasted to an 11-3 win over Binghamton. 3B Jake Fox, 2 HR (18-19); C Jorge Alfaro, 4 1B, 3 RBI; 2B Scott Kingery, 2 1B, 1st AA HR, RBI, 3 R. RF Dylan Cozens, 2 2b (30-31), 3 RBI, BB, threw a runner out at home plate for 11th assist, tops in EL; LF Christian Marrero, 2B, 3 BB, 4 R, RBI. WP: Ricardo Pinto (4-4), 5-5-0-0-3-2 . . . Long post-game bus ride to Erie, 7:05 tonight,
Nick Pivetta (9-5).

Pre-game, Pat Burrell, Nick Punto, Jason Michaels, Eric Valent, Gary Burnham and former broadcaster Steve Degler were inducted into the Reading Baseball Hall of Fame.

Clearwater Threshers (21-12), 1st, 2nd half, Florida State League North Division.
Lost, 2-0, in Daytona. 2B Josh Tobias, 1B, BB; CF Carlos Tocci, 2 H. LP: Luke Leftwich (2-3), 6-4-2-2-3-7 . . . 7:05 tonight in Daytona.

Lakewood BlueClaws (18-13), tie 2nd place, 2nd half, South Atlantic League North Division.
Season resumes at 7:05 tonight in Augusta, Franklyn Kilome (3-7).

Williamsport Crosscutters (24-14), 2nd, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
Season resumes at 7:05 tonight vs. State College, Bailey Falter (1-3). State College leads Williamsport by one game.  Same two teams meet in Williamsport on Friday and Saturday nights.  The Crosscutters are 16-3 at home.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (21-8), 2nd place, Northwest Division.
10-game winning streak ended, 9-3, to Yankees West at the Yankee Complex in Tampa.
2B Dan Brito, 2 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 2 SB. CF Mickey Moniak, H, RBI, SB. SS Jose Antequera, 2 H, RBI, SB . . . 12 noon today vs. Yankees West at Carpenter Complex.

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.)

June 17, 2012–Playing in Toronto, Thome leads off the second inning with a home run, his 100th as a Phillie. Thome becomes the 4th player in major league history with at least 100 home runs for three different teams, following Reggie Jackson, Darrell Evans, and Alex Rodriguez.

Where Is He?

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Paul Hagen’s story about Philadelphia native Lee Elia–where is he and what is he doing—is posted in http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

This Date
July 28, 2002–Phillies’ broadcaster Harry Kalas enters the broadcasters’ wing of baseball’s Hall of Fame as a Ford C. Frick Award winner.

July 28, 2007–Tadihiro Iguchi starts at second base for the Phillies — making him the first player born in Japan to play for the team. (broad&pattison.com)

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No Hitter In Minors

It is all a too familiar story this season for the Phillies.  A well-pitched game by a starter without any run support.

Last night Jerad Eickhoff was the victim. He allowed just one run on five hits in seven innings with eight strikeouts but received a big L on his record, his 12th, most in the NL. In five of those loses, the Phillies scored one run or less. Miami put the game away with four runs off two relievers in the eighth inning, 5-0.  It was the fifth time the Phillies have been shut out.

For the second time in a week, Tom Koehler silenced the Phillies bats. He’s held them to three runs over 14 total innings in two starts. Before that he was ripped for 14 runs while pitching only 16 innings over four starts.

Historic Hits
Ichiro Suzuki had one hit, his 2,997th. Will he get to 3,000 this afternoon?  Since he started last night it is unlikely he’ll be in today’s lineup.

Hall of Famer Honus Wagner got his 3,000th hit against the Phillies, June 9, 1914, in Baker Bowl off Erskine Mayer.  He was the second player to reach that figure.

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

Phil-Ins
For the fourth time on this road trip a Phillies starter left the game because of an injury.  This time it was Peter Bourjos.  He injured his right shoulder while crashing into the wall on yet another outstanding catch, robbing Ichiro of a first-inning hit . . . Phillies fly to Atlanta after today’s game for four games with the Braves which ends a 10-game road trip . . . Home Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with the Giants and right back out on the road to San Diego and Los Angeles (Dodgers) for six. 16 road games out of 19 means a lot of packing and unpacking suite cases.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (62-41), 2nd place, International League North Division.
Swept a 7-inning DH from Syracuse, stretching winning streak to 4 games. 1st game WP: Jake Thompson (10-5), 5-7-5-5-1-3; 7th straight W; gave up a 3-run HR in 1st inning; LV came back with 7 in the 2nd, started by back-to-back HR from RF Cedric Hunter and 1B Brock Stassi (8); Hunter added his 8th HR later. LF Nick Williams, 3-run 2B (26th). SV: Luis Garcia (5).

4-2 in 2nd game. WP: Adam Morgan (4-1), 5-4-2-2-3-6. SV: Dalier Hinojosa (1). 1B Darin Ruf, R (13). RF Aaron Altherr, 1-3, a double . . . Ben Lively (4-4), 11:35 this morning vs. Syracuse.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (69-34), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
Lost, 5-2, to Binghamton. Lone runs were back-to-back homers in the 8th inning by Jorge Alfaro (12) and Dylan Cozens (26). 1B Rhys Hoskins, 1B, 3 BB.  LP: Tom Eshelman (2-2), 4-3-3-3-2-2.  Reading is 6-7 since the All-Star Game break . . . Ricardo Pinto (3-4), 7:05 tonight vs. Binghamton followed by a bus trip to Erie. Ah, life in the minors.

Clearwater Threshers (21-11), 1st, 2nd half, Florida State League North Division.
Won, 5-4, in Jackie Robinson Stadium in Daytona.  WP: Elniery Garcia (9-2), 6-6-3-3-1-2. SV: Victor Arano (4). RF Jiandido Tromp, HR (6), RBI; 4th HR in last 6 games (hit 10 at Lakewood before promotion). CF Carlos Tocci, HR (3), RBI. 1B Zach Green, 3 2B, R, RBI. C Chace Numata, 2 H, 2 RBI . . . Luke Leftwich (2-2), 7:05 tonight in Daytona.

Lakewood BlueClaws (18-13), tie 2nd place, 2nd half, South Atlantic League North Division.
Scoring 3 unearned runs without a hit in the 7th inning, Lakewood rallied to defeat Hickory, 6-3. 3 relieves tossed 5 scoreless innings with Zach Morris (5-1) getting the win, Ismael Cabrera (2) the save. RF Jose Pujols, HR (19), 2 RBI; leads all Class A players in HRs. 1B Wilson Garcia, 2 2B, R, RBI. 2B Josh Tobias, 2 H, R . . . No game today. Instead a bus ride south to Augusta, GA, baseball, not golf.

Williamsport Crosscutters (24-14), 2nd, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.

00 Suarze
20-year-old LH Ranger Suarez tossed a 7-inning no-hitter against Auburn in the 1st game of DH, 4-0.  He walked the 1st batter, started a 1-6-3 DP on the next batter and didn’t allow a base runner the rest of the way; struck out 5.  He has yet to lose in the states, 4-0 this season and 3-0 a year ago in the Gulf Coast League.

Scoring 4 runs in the 6th inning Williamsport extended its winning streak to 6 games,   6-2, in the 2nd game. WP: reliever Scott Harris (2-0). 4 different players had 2 hits each. CF David Martinelli drove in 2 runs . . . Day off today.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (21-7), 2nd place, Northwest Division.
Mauricio Llovera, Kyle Young and Jordan Kurokawa combined for a 5-0, 2-hit shutout of the Tigers West at Tigertown in Lakeland. WP: Llovera (3-1), 5-1-0-0-1-8. 1B Edwin Rodriguez, HR (3), 3 RBI. CF Ramon Quinn, 1-3, R, SB. DH Mickey Moniak, 2-4, including a 2B . . . 12 noon today vs. Yankees West in Tampa.

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.)

00 Thome 400 HR

April 14, 2004: In typical Thome fashion, he didn’t waste any time.  In the first inning, he fell behind 0-2 to Cincinnati right-hander Jose Acevedo.  After working the count full, and with a myriad of flashbulbs going off around him, he launched the next pitch into the left-center field seats for his 400th home run. A few days later bronze plaque was placed at the exact location of the historic blast, Section 147, Row 4, Seat 6.

This Date
July 27, 1935–2B Jose “Chile” Gomez, a native of Mexico, becomes the first Hispanic player to appear in a Phillies uniform.  He is hitless in four at-bats in a 5-0 win over the Braves in Boston.

July 27, 1966–Pitching classic in Dodger Stadium as Dodgers edge Phillies, 2-1, in 12 innings.  Winner LHP Sandy Koufax strikes out 16 in 11 innings while loser RHP Jim Bunning fans 12 in his 11-inning outing.

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