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Eflin Dazzles

Must be the hot weather. Riding four solo home runs, the Phillies bested the Braves, 5-1.

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But the big story was 22-year-old Zach Eflin.  Backed by four double plays, Eflin won his first major league game, a memory that will last a lifetime.  He gave up six hits, all leading off an inning but allowed just one run on a homer. In his last 21 innings, no walks. He threw just 92 pitches in his first complete game in pro ball. It is the Phillies first game this season under 100 pitches. The game lasted only 2 hours, 8 minutes, fastest of the Phillies season.

Peter Bourjos, Cody Ashe, Maikel Franco and Tommy Joseph provided July 5 fireworks with the long ball.  Franco is the first Phillies player to homer in three straight games since Darin Ruf in 2013. Bourjos’ HR extended his hitting streak to 14 games.

Phil-Ins
t the start of the homestand the Phillies had hit only 27 homers in 38 home games. They have 10 in five games . . . Four double plays turned were two shy of the club record . . . Andrew Bailey is on a rehab assignment tonight in Lehigh Valley. Daniel Stumpf is eligible to join the club on Sunday . . . Last home game before All-Star Game break this afternoon. Phillies head for Denver after the game for four games with the Rockies.

All-Stars
Odubel Herrera joins other Phillies centerfielders who were All-Stars: Harry Walker, Richie Ashburn, Lenny Dykstra, Aaron Rowand and Shane Victorino. Oddly, Garry Maddox, owner of eight Gold Gloves, was never an All-Star.

Herrera was an All-Star in the minors, Texas League (2013-14), South Atlantic League (2011) and Arizona League (2010).

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (49-37), 3rd place, International League North Division.
SS J.P. Crawford led off the top of the 10th with his 1st HR of the season to give LV a 4-3 W in Scranton. WP: Frank Herrmann (5-1). SV: Edward Mujica (22) . . . Jake Thompson (6-5) 7:05 vs. Rochester.

Reading Fightin’  Phils (61-24), 1st place Eastern League North Division.
6-run 5th and 3-run 7th carried Reading to a 9-7 win in Richmond. 1B Rhys Hoskins, 3-run HR in each inning; 24 leads all minor leaguers. RF Dylan Cozens, 1B, 2 RBI. WP: Joely Rodriguez (6-0). SV: Hoby Milner (4) . . . Tyler Viza (2-1) 7:05 tonight in Richmond.

Clearwater Threshers (7-6), 4th, 2nd half, Florida State League North Division.
5-run 7th inning lifted the Threshers to a 6-1 win over Lakewood.  Clearwater was out-hit, 10-3, but drew 8 walks and had 3 HBP. ND: Will Morris, 6-5-1-1-1-2. WP: Victor Arano (2-0). CF Carlos Tocci, 2B, 3 RBI. 2B Scott Kingery, league-leading 27th 2B . . . Elniery Garcia (6-2) 6:00 tonight in Lakeland.

Lakewood BlueClaws (5-5), tie 6th place, 2nd half, South Atlantic League North Division.
A 9-run 2nd inning sent Delmarva on its way to a 14-2 romp over the BlueClaws. RF Jose Pujols homered for the 2nd straight day, his league-leading 16th . . . Franklyn Kilome (1-7) 7:05 tonight in Delmarva.

Williamsport Crosscutters (10-9), 3rd, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
Lost, 6-4, in Connecticut.  ND: Ranger Suarez, 5-2-1-0-2-2. HRs: 3B Lucas Williams (#1) and SS Arquimedes Gamboa, also #1 . . . Feliz Paulino (0-3) 7:05 in Connecticut.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (7-2), 1st place, Northwest Division.
Defeated the Pirates in Bradenton, 5-3, in 12 innings.  ND: Luis Carrasco, 4-3-1-1-2-7. RF Jhailyn Ortiz, 2nd HR in 2 games. DH Lenin Rodriguez, 3 H, RBI. 3B Danny Zardon, 2 H, R, 2 RBI, BB . . . Sixto Sanchez (2-0) 12 noon today vs. Tigers East.

This Date
July 6, 1950–RHP Bob Miller beats New York Giants, 9-6, at Shibe Park, becoming first Phillies rookie to start season 8-0.

July 6, 1980–LHP Steve Carlton strikes out St. Louis OF Tony Scott in the fourth inning for his 2,833rd strikeout, becoming the all-time leader for left-handers.  Phillies win, 8-3, at St. Louis.

July 6, 2009–Phillies tie club record for most runs scored in the first inning (10) in 22-1 win over Cincinnati Reds at Citizens Bank Park. Shane Victorino ties club record by scoring five times.

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Big Inning Fireworks

Fireworks are a tradition for July 4, especially on Independence Day in Philadelphia.  Playing just their fifth July 4 game in the 13-year history of Citizens Bank Park yesterday Phillies hitters lit up the gray evening with four doubles, a triple and home run in a seven-run second inning.  Final: 8-2.

The seven extra base hits fell one shy of the club record set in 1939 and matched in 1986.  The Reds were the victims each time.

Only twice before have the Phillies celebrated Independence Day in front of their home fans by scoring as many runs in an inning: They scored nine runs in an inning against Washington on July 4, 1896, and seven against Boston on July 4, 1925 (Elias Sports Bureau).

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Jared Eickhoff gave up a home run to the second batter he faced and left the game with two outs in the eighth inning. It was his longest major league outing and fourth win in his last five decisions.  Supported by only 33 runs in his first 96 innings on the mound this season, he got eight in 7.2 innings.

The first eight hits for the Phillies were extra-base knocks.  Last time they had that many off a starting pitcher was May 26, 1933, against Dizzy Dean in St. Louis.

Phil-Ins
Since June 21, the Phillies are averaging six runs per game . . . Cameron Rupp’s 17 doubles matches Buster Posey for most among NL catchers. Rupp has 14 extra-base hits in his last 20 games (7 doubles, 1 triple, 6 homers) . . . Cesar Hernandez’s sixth triple tied Jay Bruce for most in the NL . . . Pete Bourjos has a career-high 13-gaame hitting streak. Since June 12, he is slashing .477/.521/.738 . . . Crowd of 19,064 was the smallest for that holiday since the Phillies had 19,690 vs. Florida, the last July 4 in Veterans Stadium history, 2003.  Then again, it was only the fifth July 4 game the Phillies have played at home since that year . . . Happy Birthday today to Gary (Sarge) Matthews (66)

Minor League Report
Players of the Week (June 27-July 3)

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OF Dylan Cozens, Reading… The 22-year-old left-handed hitter earned his second Phillies Minor League Player of the Week Award this season after batting .429 (12-28) with 6 doubles, 4 home runs, 14 RBI, 13 runs scored and a 1.071 slugging percentage in 7 games. The Eastern League All-Star currently leads all of the minor leagues in home runs (23) and leads the EL in doubles (29), extra-base hits (49), slugging percentage (.590) and total bases (184). Cozens was selected by the Phillies in the second round of the June 2012 draft.

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RHP Adonis Medina, Williamsport… The 19-year-old Medina tossed 9.2 innings, allowing 1 run on 2 hits while walking 1 and striking out 3. On June 27, he carried a no-hitter through 8.1 innings against Auburn, eventually finishing his start with just 1 hit allowed, 1 walk and a new career high in innings pitched. The Dominican Republic native did not allow a run in his first 22.0 innings pitched this season, and has allowed only one run in 22.1 innings overall (0.40 ERA). Medina was signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent on May 29, 2014.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (48-37), 3rd place, International League North Division.
Dropped 5-2 decision in Scranton.  RF Nick Williams, 20th double; he’s hit in 17 of his last 18 games . . . David Buchanan (4-5) 7:05 tonight in Scranton.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (60-24), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
Got walloped, 18-1, in Richmond, ending a 7-game winning streak.  First loss since June 16 . . . Ricardo Pinto (3-3) 7:05 tonight in Richmond.

Clearwater Threshers (6-6), 4th, 2nd half, Florida State League North Division.
Lost, 10-5, in Lakeland. SS Malquin Canelo, lead-off HR (4), plus 2 1B, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI, SB, 2 E. 2B Scott Kingery, 3 hits, RBI; has reached base in 15 straight games. LF Cord Sandberg, HR (4), RBI. RF Derek Campbell, HR (3), RBI . . . 7:00 tonight vs. Lakeland.

Lakewood BlueClaws (5-4), tie 5th place, 2nd half, South Atlantic League North Division.
Ended a 5-game losing streak with a 6-1 win in Delmarva. WP: Alberto Tirado (1-0), 5-4-1-1-2-7. Sutter McLoughlin, 2nd pitcher, 3 IP, 6 SO. 2B Grenny Cumana, 4 H, R, RBI, trifecta on the bases, SB, CS, PO. RF Jose Pujols, league-leading 15th HR . . . Seranthony Dominquez (0-0) 7:05 tonight in Delmarva.

Williamsport Crosscutters (10-8), 3rd, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
Lost, 3-1, in Connecticut ending a 3-game winning streak. C Gregori Rivero, 2 of the 6 singles . . . Ranger Suarez (1-0) 7:05 tonight in Connecticut.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (6-1), 1st place, Northwest Division.
4-game winning streak ended with 4-2 loss to the Pirates. RF Jhailyn Ortiz, 1B, 2B, 1st pro HR, HBP . . . 12 noon today in Bradenton vs. Pirates.

This Date
July 5, 1953–RHP Robin Roberts pitches his 28th consecutive complete game in 2-0 win over the Pirates at Forbes Field. Robbie wound up pitching 19 seasons in the majors, 305 complete games in 609 starts.

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Bats Are Booming

The Phillies bats have come alive.  After averaging 3.1 runs over their first 71 games, they are now averaging 5.8 since June 21.

Their 3-4-5 hitters (Cody Asche/Maikel Franco/Cameron Rupp) combined for six hits (three homers), five runs scored and six RBI in yesterday’s 7-2 win over Kansas City, the Phillies first series win at home since taking two of three from Miami back on May 15-18. They were 0-5-1 in their last six home series.

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Franco has multiple hits in five of his last six games, .440 since June 27 and has reached base in 11 of the last 12 games. Rupp has six homers over his last 19 games after hitting two in his first 32 games. For a right-handed hitter, Rupp has unbelievable power to right field. It landed in the fifth row.  Asche, hitting third, hit his homer into the upper deck in RF over Phanavision junior. Franco’s dinger was a line drive laser to left-center.

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Vince Velasquez has seven wins, the most by a Phillies pitcher since Kyle Kendrick won 10 in 2014 . . . Peter Bourjos has a 12-game hitting streak, matching his career high with the Angels in 2011; has gone from .217 to .268 during current streak . . . Atlanta Braves begin three-game series at 4:05 this evening. The Braves flew in late Sunday night from Fort Bragg where they played Miami in the ESPN Sunday Night Game . . . It is the fourth July 4 game in the history of Citizens Bank Park; four wins.

5 Things
Five things to know about the Braves:
**Began the season, 0-9.
**They are 13-33 at Turner Field, the last season for that stadium.
**11 different starting pitchers have been used.
**Offense has produced the fewest runs in the majors (280).
**They have a winning record at Citizens Bank Park, 59-55.

Minor League Weekend Report
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (48-36), 3rd place, International League North Division.
Won 2 of 3 from Charlotte, 3-2, 3-10 and 8-7 in 13 innings on Sunday. In that game, LF Cedric Hunter’s RBI 1B tied the game in the 9th, C Logan Moore’s HR (3), tied again in the 10th and RF Nick Williams’ RBI single won it in the 13th. WP: 1B Brock Stassi, the 7th LV pitcher. Stassi was a pitcher in college. Williams’ HR (8) was the game-winner on Friday . . . James Russell (2-4), 7:05 tonight in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (60-23), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
Won 7th in a row with 3 weekend wins over Harrisburg. 4-2 Friday W: Tyler Viza (2-1), 7-5-0-0-2-5. C Jorge Alfaro, HR (10). 3-0 Saturday W: Mark Leiter (4-0), 6.2-4-0-0-1-5; SV: Miguel Nunez (10). 16-hit attack on Sunday produced a 12-10 win. 3B Harold Martinez, last 5 games, 6-19, 3 HR, 8 RBI. RF Dylan Cozens, last 7 games, 12-18, 13 R, 4 HR, 14 RBI, 6 2B, 15th SB. Has 23 homers, 68 RBI . . . Jeremy Bleich (4-1), 6:05 tonight at Richmond.

Clearwater Threshers (6-5), 4th, 2nd half, Florida State League North Division.
Won 2 of 3 vs. Brevard County. 6-3 W Friday: Ranfi Casimiro (7-5), 6.1-5-2-0-1-3, ending a 4-game L streak. RF Jiandido Tromp, HR (2), 4 RBI. 8-5 W Saturday: Shane Watson (3-3), 6.2-6-5-5-1-7; SV: Ulises Joaquin (7). 6-1 L Sunday night before, 9,012 on fireworks night. 2B Scott Kingery, 2 hits Sunday, including league-leading 26th 2B; has reached base in 14 straight games. C Chace Numata, 5-9 weekend, 2B, 3B. 1B Kyle Martin, 4-9, 3 R, HR (11), 3 RBI . . . Yacksel Rios (2-2), 12 noon today in Lakeland.

Lakewood BlueClaws (4-4), tie 6th place, 2nd half, South Atlantic League North Division.
Swept in 3 games by Greensboro stretching losing streak to 5 games. 2B Josh Tobias, 10-game hitting streak ended Friday. CF Carlos Duran, 5-7 weekend, 3 R, 3 SB. Sunday’s crowd was 10,011, largest in 6 seasons . . . Alberto Tirado (0-0), 6:35 tonight in Delmarva.

Williamsport Crosscutters (10-7), tie 2nd, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
Swept 3-game series from Batavia, 3-1, 4-1, 7-6. Weekend HRs: RF Juan Luis (2), CF David Martinelli (2), 1B Darick Hall (3) . . . JoJo Romero, #4 draft selection makes pro debut, 7:05 tonight in Connecticut.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (6-1), 1st place, Northwest Division.
Won both games extending winning streak to 4, 3-2 vs. Braves and 4-0 at Braves.
CF Mickey Moniak, 4-7, 2 R, drove in the winning run in the 3-2 game. SV: Tyler Frohwirth (2); WP in ShO: Maurico Llovera (1-0), 6-5-0-0-0-4; has allowed 1 run in 11 IP over 2 GS . . . Will Stewart, 12 noon today vs. Pirates.

Transactions
Lehigh Valley: RHR Dalier Hinojosa, activated from the DL and optioned to LV. INF Carlos Alonzo was transferred to Reading . . . Reading: RHS Nick Pivetta, placed on DL . . . Clearwater: LHP Austin David, activated from DL . . . Lakewood: RHR Robert Tasin, released; LHP Jeff Singer transferred from Williamsport; RHS Harold Arauz, placed on DL; RHS Seranthony Dominquez, transferred from Williamsport . . . Williamsport: RHP Horace Stubblefield, released; OF Jesus Alastre transferred from GCL . . . GCL: OF EngerJimenez and RHR Yoervis Medina, released.

This Date
July 4, 1938–The Phillies move permanently from Baker Bowl to Shibe Park and lose to Boston Braves, 10-5, in first game of doubleheader. Phillies win second game, 10-2.

July 4, 1976–Tim McCarver hits a grand slam home run but passes Garry Maddox at first base and is credited with a three-run single as Phillies beat Pittsburgh Pirates, 10-5, in first game of a doubleheader at Pittsburgh.

July 4, 1979–LHP Steve Carlton ties a modern NL record with his fifth career one-hitter, 1-0, over New York. RF Elliott Maddox’ one-out double in the seventh snaps Carlton’s bid for a perfect game.  Prior to the game the Phillies disabled three starting pitchers, Dick Ruthven (elbow bone chips), Larry Christenson (collarbone bone spur) and Randy Lerch (broken right wrist).

Sunday Tweet
Rick Sutcliffe, ESPN analyst: “Coaches/players have told me how impressed they are with the Phillies. Young with talent; playing hard. Congrats Pete Mackanin & staff.”

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Cold Hard Facts

Fresh from a great road trip the Phillies return to the friendly confines of Citizens Bank Park.  So, it is time to look over some numbers:

Herrera, .283/.319
Bourjos, .197/.302
Asche, .243/.326
Galvis, .197/.250
Hernandez, .195/.341
Rupp, .309/.245
Franco, .187/.296

Wait, there’s more.
Phillies home runs, 27/45
Phillies runs per game, 2.68/4.19

You are probably asking what are those numbers?  The first relates to the friendly confines of Citizens Bank Park/the second, enemy territory.

You probably shook your head from side to side, rubbed your eyes again or fainted.

Well, folks it is time for some creative thinking and drastic changes. Trumpets, please.

**Phillies will wear their gray uniforms for all remaining home games.

**Their dugout is switched from first base to third base.

**Players will be housed in the Hotel DuPont in Wilmington, DE.  No longer allowed to sleep in their own beds.

**Busses will transport the players as is done on road games.

**Tastykakes and cheesesteaks are banned from the pre-game menu.

**Phillies will bat in the top of the innings as they do on road games.

**Players will take their dirty uniforms back to the hotel and wash them as they did 100 years ago.

Well, folks it is time for reality.  None of those brilliant ideas will be implemented.  Hopefully, the bats they use tonight are the same ones they used on the road.

Interleague Weekend
The defending World Champion Royals, fresh from taking three out of four against the Cardinals, are in town for three games starting tonight. They are 3-3 in interleague play against the Phillies.  Only other Citizens Bank Park series occurred in 2013 and KC won two of three.

The Phillies won their first World Championship by beating the Royals in the 1980 World Series, 4-2.

After this weekend the Phillies have just four more interleague games, two against the White Sox in Chicago in August and two against them in Philly in September.

5 Things
Five things to know about the Royals:
**They are only 15-25 on the road.

**Starting pitchers are 26-31 but their bullpen is outstanding, 15-5.

**They finished June with a 13-14 record, first losing June since 2011.

**Biggest inning for the opponents is the first inning, 53 runs.

**Two key starters are on the DL, 3B Mike Moustakas and CF Lorenzo Cain.

Minor League Report
AA All-Stars

RF Dylan Cozens, 1B Rhys Hoskins, 2B Jesmuel Valentin, C Jorge Alfaro, RHS Nick Pivetta and LHR Hoby Milner of the Reading Fightin’ Phils were chosen to play in the Eastern League All-Star Game, July 13, in Akron, OH.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (46-35), tie 3rd place, International League North Division.
Edged Charlotte, 2-1. WP: Anthony Vasquez (2-0), 8-5-1-0-0-7. SV: Edward Mujica (20). DH Brock Stassi, fielder’s choice RBI in the 8th inning was the game-winner. 2B Taylor Featherson, 2 H, RBI. 1B Darin Ruf, 2 H. SS J.P. Crawford, 1B, BB, SB . . . Jake Thompson (6-5), 7:05 tonight vs. Charlotte.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (57-23), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
For the second straight night, Reading hit 4 home runs in a 13-5 win over Harrisburg. 1B Rhys Hoskins, 22nd HR, a grand slam and back-to-back HRs by 3B Harold Martinez (7) and CF Osmel Aguila (2) keyed a 7-run 8th inning that decided the outcome. RF Dylan Cozens, 22nd 2B, 22nd HR, BB, 4 RBI.  Reading has won 8 of 9 and finished June 23-5, hitting 49 home runs . . . Tyler Viza (1-1), 7:05 tonight vs. Harrisburg . . . Charlie Manuel and Dave Hollins were scouting the game . . . Jonathan Papelbon will pitch in a rehab assignment tonight and Saturday night.  He’ll get a warm Reading reception.

Clearwater Threshers (4-4), 4th , 2nd half, Florida State League North Division.
Lost, 8-4, to Dunedin, Clearwater’s 1st 4-game losing streak of the season. LP: Luke Leftwich (1-1), 5-8-6-6-2-6. RF Jiandido Tromp, 2B, HR (1) was one of 5 Clearwater batters with 2 hits. Prior to promotion, he had 10 HR at Lakewood . . . Ranfi Casimiro (6-5), 6:15 tonight vs. Brevard County.

Lakewood BlueClaws (4-4), tie 4th place, 2nd half, South Atlantic League North Division.
Lost, 7-2, to Greensboro, getting only 4 singles. DH Wilson Garcia, 2 RBI . . . Jose Taveras (3-6), 7:05 tonight vs. Greensboro.

Williamsport Crosscutters (7-7), tie 3rd, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
Dropped 8-4 decision in Tri-City. CF Juan Luis, 3 H, including 1st HR, 2 RBI, SB. RF Luke Maglich, also 3 H.  Blake Quinn, second of 4 pitchers, 2.1-1-0-0-1-6 . . . Bailey Falter (0-2), 7:05 tonight vs. Batavia.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (4-1), 1st place, Northwest Division.
Handed the Yankees East a 10-1 pasting. WP: Sixto Sanchez (2-0), 5-5-1-1-1-8. 3B Danny Zardon, 3 H, R. DH Jhailyn Ortiz, 2 2B, 3 R, 4 RBI . . . 12 noon today, hosting the Braves.

Transactions
Clearwater: LHP Elniery Garcia, placed on DL.

This Date

Mitchell Steven Williams (Wild Thing) (twitter: @WildThingMLBN) Position: Pitcher Bats: Left, Throws: Left Height: 6' 3", Weight: 180 lb. Born: November 17, 1964 in Santa Ana, CA (Age 51.013) High School: West Linn HS (West Linn, OR) Drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 8th round of the 1982 amateur draft. Signed June 14, 1982. (All Transactions) Debut: April 9, 1986 (Age 21.143, 12,732nd in MLB history)   vs. TOR 1.0 IP, 0 H, 1 SO, 1 BB, 0 ER Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1986 season [*] Teams (by GP): Rangers/Phillies/Cubs/Astros/Angels/... 1986-1997 Agents: Randy Hendricks,Alan Hendricks [*] Last Game: May 10, 1997 (Age 32.174)
July 2, 1993–In a memorable 12-hour, five-minute doubleheader against San Diego, LHP Mitch Williams’ RBI single in the 10th inning gives the Phillies a 6-5 2nd-game victory in a game that ended at 4:40 a.m.  No big league game ever finished that late before.  With three rain delays totaling nearly six hours, the first game ends at 1 a.m. with the Padres winning, 5-2.

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Bourjos’ Blazing Bat

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Peter Boujos has a blazing bat.  He opened the scoring with a two-run homer in the first inning yesterday.  Nearly four hours later, he singled in the 10th inning and scored the winning run on a sacrifice fly by pinch-hitter Tyler Goeddel.  The 9-8 win in Phoenix ended a 5-4 road trip in which the Phillies scored 6.3 runs per game. Each team used seven pitchers.  Brett Oberholtzer picked up his first big league save.

The win gave the Phillies their first sweep in Chase Field in 10 seasons and was sweet revenge after the Diamondbacks won all four games in a Citizens Bank Park sweep June 17-20.

While multiple Phillies swung the bats well on the trip, it was Bourjos who led the way. He hit in all nine games: 17 hits, 8 runs, 2 homers, 6 RBI and a .472 average. His average went from .217 to .262.  He finished with a .411 average for June.

Hopefully, a day off today won’t cool the bats.  Normally a very good hitting ballpark Citizens Bank Park has been a freezer for Phillies bats this season.  More on that tomorrow.

Phil-Ins
By winning four of their last five games, June ended at 8-19 . . . Yesterday was the Phillies fourth come-from-behind win in the last seven days after having none in their previous 32 games. In their first 41 games, they had 10 . . . Happy 26th birthday today to Cody Asche who also had a big game yesterday (3 hits, 3 RBI) and big trip (.400, 6 RBI) . . . Series was a happy homecoming for Pete Mackanin who lives in Scottsdale . . . Ryan Howard has driven in 1,160 runs.  He never had a game-winning walk in the 9th inning or later until Tuesday night.

Minor League Report
AAA All-Stars
C Andrew Knapp, OF Cameron Perkins and RHR Edward Mujica have been selected to the International League All-Star team that will face the Pacific Coast League in Charlotte on July 13.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (45-35), 4th place, International League North Division.
Were swept in 3 games by Columbus, 5-2. LP: David Buchanan (4-5), 5.1-8-5-5-1-5. LF Nick Williams, 2 H, 2 RBI. SS J.P. Crawford, RF Cedric Hunter, 2B Taylor Featherston, 2 H each . . . Anthony Vasquez (1-0) 7:05 tonight vs. Charlotte.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (56-23), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
14-1 romp gave Reading a 3-game sweep of Erie. It was Reading’s 6th series sweep. ND: Nick Pivetta, the starter, 3-2-0-0-2-2, left game with a groin tightness. Home runs: RF Dylan Cozens (21), Rhys Hoskins (21), 3B Harold Martinez (6), CF Osmel Aguila (1). Reading has 101 home runs, matching last season’s total . . . Ricardo Pinto (3-3) 7:05 tonight vs. Harrisburg.

Clearwater Threshers (4-3), tie 3rd, 2nd half, Florida State League North Division.
Lost 3rd straight, 8-1, to Dunedin. 1B Kyle Martin, HR (10). WP: Francisco Rios (4-3); LP: Yacksel Rios (2-2); don’t know if they are related . . . Luke Leftwich (1-0) 7:00 tonight vs. Dunedin.

Lakewood BlueClaws (4-3), tie 2nd place, 2nd half, South Atlantic League North Division.
Lost, 8-2, in Hagerstown. 2B Josh Tobias, HR (6) among 2 H, extending streak to 9 games . . . Franklyn Kilome (1-6) 7:05 tonight vs. Greensboro.

Williamsport Crosscutters (7-6), tie 3rd, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
Won a DH at Tri-City, 8-5 and 7-3. WPs: Ranger Suarez (1-0), 5-6-4-4-2-5 Ranger Suarez (0-0) and Seranthony Dominiquez (1-1), 5-1-2-0-2-3  C Henri Lartigue, 2 H, 3 RBI; 2 H as the DH in 2nd game. 1B Darick Hall (2), RF Luke Maglich (1) homered in 2nd game . . . Felix Paulino (0-1) 7:00 tonight in Tri-City.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (3-1), 1st place, Northwest Division.

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5-2 winners in Tampa over Yankees East. 3 hits each, RF Jesus Alastre and 1B Edwin Rodriguez. DH Mickey Moniak (photo) made his pro debut, 1-4, game-winning RBI single in 7th inning . . . 12 noon today vs. Yankees East.

Transactions
Reading: LHR Daniel Stumpf’s rehab assignment transferred from Clearwater.

This Date
June 30, 1892–Phillies end with a 22-5 record for the month, the most wins in June in club history.

June 30, 1938–In final game at Baker Bowl, New York Giants beat the Phillies, 14-1, before 1,500 fans. Following a road trip, the Phillies move permanently to Shibe Park on July 4.

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June 30, 1967, 2nd game–Playing his ninth position since joining the Phillies in 1963, super-sub Cookie Rojas pitches a scoreless ninth inning in a 12-3 loss to San Francisco, allowing one hit.

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9th Inning Win

Arizona closer Brad Ziegler and Ryan Howard were college teammates at Missouri State University.  Last night Ryan drew a one-out, bases-loaded walk in the ninth inning against Ziegler to give the Phillies a 4-3 win.  The Phillies were 0-41 when trailing after eight innings.

After four pitches from Ziegler, the Phillies had tied the game in the ninth on two hits. Three batters later, Howard walked forcing in the winning run. Jeanmar Gomez retired three batters, the Phillies lone 1-2-3 inning of the night, for his 21st save.

It marked the first time they’ve won a series since taking two of three from the Marlins, May 16-17-18. The Phillies hadn’t won consecutive games since the last two of that series.

Jared Eickhoff wasn’t at his best but he battled, pitching in and out of trouble. In five-plus innings he threw 105 pitches and had the lead-off hitter reach base in every inning, walk, walk, single, triple, hit batter and home run.  Through it all Eickhoff gave up only two runs. His single drove in the first run.

Maikel Franco homered for the second run in the fifth inning, his 10th on the road. He has three at home.

Phil-Ins
Since winning the series from the Marlins, the Phillies were 0-10-2 . . . A chance for a sweep in the series and road trip finale this afternoon . . .  After losing the first two games in Milwaukee, the Phillies are 4-4 on the trip . . . In their last 20 games, the Phillies have had one starting pitcher go seven innings . . . Monday’s shutout was the Phillies’ ninth, most in the majors.

Minor League Report
Futures Game
Reading OF Dylan Cozens (Team USA) and Reading RHP Ricardo Pinto (Team World) have been chosen to play in the Futures Game on July 10 in San Diego.  Cozens leads all Class AA hitters in runs (63), is tied in home runs (20) and third in RBI (60). Jim Thome will be the hitting coach for Team USA.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (45-34), tie 3rd place, International League North Division.
Blanked on 4 hits by Columbus, 1-0. LP: James Russell (2-4), 7-5-1-0-0-3 . . . David Buchanan (4-4) 7:05 tonight vs. Columbus.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (55-23), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
Defeated Erie, 7-2. Game included a 1 hour, 46-minute rain delay. WP: Thomas Eshelman (1-0), 5-5-0-0-0-2. 1B Rhys Hoskins, 4-4, 2 R. DH Jake (Fox Trot) Fox, HR (14), 3 RBI. C Jorge Alfaro, HR (9). Reading has hit 97 homers, three shy of last season’s total. They lead all the minors in home runs and wins . . . Nick Pivetta (7-4) 7:05 tonight vs. Erie.

Clearwater Threshers (4-2), 2nd place, 2nd half, Florida State League North Division.
Lost, 3-0, to Daytona. LP: John Richy (2-3), 6.1-7-3-3-1-4. 2B Scott Kingery had 3 of Clearwater’s 4 singles. He also stole his 20th base . . . Yacksel Rios (2-1) 12 noon today vs. 1st-place Dunedin.

Lakewood BlueClaws (4-2), tie 2nd place, 2nd half, South Atlantic League North Division.
Coasted to 12-5 win in Hagerstown.  Collected 16 hits, 2 2B and 14 1B.  RF Zachary Coppola, 4 H, 3 R, BB; C Deivi Grullon and CF Carlos Duran, 3 hits each. 3 RBI: 2B Josh Tobias.  WP: Edgar Garcia (2-0), 4-1-1-0-0-2; 2nd of 4 pitchers . . . Harold Arauz (3-4) 7:05 tonight in Hagerstown. After losing their first 11 games to the Suns, Lakewood has won 5 of their last 6 over them.

Williamsport Crosscutters (5-6), 4th, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
Rained out in Auburn . . . Ranger Suarez (0-0) and Seranthony Dominiquez (0-1) 4:30 DH this evening in Tri-City.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (2-1), Northwest Division.
Lost when Tigers West scored 6 in the top of the ninth, 6-2 final.  Only 2 runs were earned. ND: Will Stewart, 5-2-0-0-2-4. CF Malvin Matos, 3 H, including 1st HR. Jim Salisbury of CSNphilly.com reports that Cornelius Randolph, last year’s #1 selection who’s been on the DL and Mickey Moniak, this year’s #1, will play today in Tampa against the Yankees East, 12 noon.

Transactions
Reading: LHR Mario Hollands transferred from Lehigh Valley; LHR Tom Windle placed on DL; C Joel Fisher, activated from DL.

Clearwater: RHR Jesen Therrien reinstated from DL.

Lakewood: 3B Jan Hernandez, placed on the DL; INF Luis Espiritu, transferred from Williamsport.

This Date
June 29, 1961, 1st game—Phillies manager Gene Mauch, in an effort to hide the identity
of his starting pitcher, listed three of his pitchers in his starting lineup vs. the Giants,
Don Ferrarese leading off in CF, Jim Owens batting third in RF and Chris Short batting
seventh and catching.  LH Ken Lehman started and was replaced by RH Dallas Green
after one batter. With CF Willie Mays hitting three home runs, the Giants won, 8-7, at
Connie Mack Stadium. Second game lineup contained no surprises.

June 29, 1987–RHP Steve Bedrosian sets a major league record with his 12th consecutive save in a 6-5 decision over Pittsburgh at the Vet.  He extends the record to 13 the next day but sees the streak end on July 2.

Alumni Note

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Happy 90th birthday to INF Bobby Morgan who played for the Phillies 1954-57. Morgan also managed in the Phillies minor leagues (1964-66).

He’s the ninth Phillies Alumnus 90 years of age or older, joining OF Wally Westlake (95), INF Solly Hemus (93), LHP Bob Kuzava (93), OF Chuck Harmon (92), CH Billy DeMars (90), LHP Bobby Shantz (90), LHP Dick Koecher (90) and Bob Miller (90).

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Velasquez, Bats Impress

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Velocity Vince Velasquez returned to the mound and was impressive, seven strikeouts in five scoreless innings. His trademark fast ball topped out at 97 mph. A real boost for the rotation.

An equally big boost was the Phillies season-high 16-hit offense that produced the largest margin of victory this season, 8-0. After scoring nine runs in the 0-6 homestand, they’ve scored (44) on this seven-game (3-4) road trip. Their biggest inning of the season, six in the seventh, included a walk to Edubray Ramos in his first ever at-bat.

Odubel Herrera and Peter Bourjos, the 1-2 hitters, combined to go 7-10 with four runs scored. Bourjos is as hot as the Phoenix temperature.  On June 11, he was batting .192.  With his third three-hit game of the trip boosted his average to .259.

Game two tonight with Arizona’s ace, Zack Greinke, on the mound.  He’s won five in a row.

Sunday Leftovers
In 15 MLB Sunday games a total of 79 relief pitchers were used.  There were no complete games and only four starters worked eight innings. All these pitching changes has to affect the pace of the game.  So, cut down the time it takes for a reliever to come in from the pen and then warm up.  That won’t happen because pitching changes mean radio and TV revenue or a chance to grab another hot dog.

And, this stat gem from Elias Sports Bureau: 52 home runs were hit on Sunday, the most for one day since June 11, 2006, when 54 left the park.  HR ratio this season: 2.09 per game in April, 2.28 in May and 2.52 this month.

Minor League Report
Players of the Week (June 20-26)

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CF Carlos Tocci, Clearwater… The 20-year-old batted .515 (17-33) with three doubles, six RBI, two walks, a stolen base, six runs scored, a .543 on-base percentage and 1.149 OPS in seven games. He hit safely in all seven of those contests, extending his season-long hit streak to 10. Tocci had multiple hits five times last week, including a career-best five-hit effort on June 26 vs Daytona. Tocci, a Venezuela native, was signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent on August 23, 2011.

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RHP Jose Taveras, Lakewood… The 22-year-old Taveras made one start, setting a career-high and new franchise record by striking out 15 batters. The strikeout total is a high for all of the minor leagues. In that same start, Taveras tossed 8.0 innings for the first time this season, holding Greenville to a run on just two hits while walking none. Taveras was signed by the Phillies out of the Dominican Republic as an amateur free agent on November 10, 2013.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (45-33), 2nd place, International League North Division.
Lost, 5-3, to Columbus. LP: Ben Lively (3-1), 6-7-5-5-1-4; 1st loss since last July 11 at Reading; had been 11-0 since. 1B Darin Ruf, HR (9). RF Nick Williams’ 10-game hitting streak stopped . . . James Russell (2-3) 7:05 tonight vs. Columbus.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (54-23), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
Won, 8-7, over Erie on walk-off HR by DH Jake Fox (13). It was Reading’s 11th WO win. RF Dylan Cozens, 21st 2B, 20th HR, a grand slam in the 3rd inning. 3B Harold Martinez, 2 2B . . . Thomas Eshelman (0-0) 7:05 tonight vs. Erie.

Clearwater Threshers (4-1), tie 1st place, 2nd half, Florida State League North Division.
Lost, 5-4, to Daytona in 10 innings. ND: Shane Watson, 6-6-1-1-1-2. 1B Kyle Martin, HR (9), 3 RBI. RF Jiandido Tromp, 2 2B. CF Carlos Tocci, 1-5, extending hitting streak to 11 games . . . John Richy (2-2) 7:00 tonight vs. Daytona.

Lakewood BlueClaws (3-2), 3rd place, 2nd half, South Atlantic League North Division.
Won, 6-5, in Hagerstown. WP: Sutter McLoughlin (1-1); SV: Zach Morris (3). 2B Josh Tobias, 2 1B, 2B, 3B, 3 RBI, 2 R. 3B Damek Tomscha, HR (3). C Deivi Grullon, 2 2B . . . Alberto Tirado (0-0) 7:05 tonight in Hagerstown.

Williamsport Crosscutters (5-6), 4th, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
19-year-old RH Adonis Medina (2-0) lost a no-hitter on his 99th pitch, a one-out single in the last of the 9th in Auburn. In 21 innings over 3 starts, 0 runs. CF David Martinelli, 1st pro HR; C Gregori Rivera, 1st HR . . . Ranger Suarez (0-0) 7:05 tonight in Auburn.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (2-0), 1st place, Northwest Division
Won, 9-6, in Lakeland against the Tigers West. ND: Mauricio Llovera, 5-4-1-1-2-7. SV: Tyler Frohwirth (1). RF Jesus Alastre, 3 H, RBI. 2B Daniel Brito, 2 H, 2 RBI; DH Jhailyn Ortiz, 2 H, 2 R, RBI. CF Malvin Matos, 2 H, R, RBI, SB . . . 12 noon today vs. Tigers West.

Transactions
Lehigh Valley: added RHR Dalier Hinojosa on rehab assignment from Clearwater.
Reading: placed OF Andrew Pullin on the DL.
Clearwater: placed LHP Matt Imhoff on the DL.

This Date

June 28, 2004, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/H. Rumph, Jr.) Against the Montreal Expos, Bell doubled, homered, singled, and in the bottom of the seventh, legged out a triple to become the first Phillie to hit for the cycle since Gregg Jeffries did it in 1995. He also even drew a walk against Expo starter Sun-Woo Kim, ultimately going 4-4 for the day with six total RBIs. In doing so, Bell also became part of the first grandfather-grandson cycle-hitting tandem in baseball history, with grandpappy Gus Bell having done so in 1951 for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
June 28, 2004–3B David Bell hits for the cycle in 14-6 win over Montreal at Citizens
Bank Park. Grandfather Gus Bell did it in 1951 against the Phillies at Shibe Park. Each
happened on a Monday night. David’s final hit of the cycle was a triple, earning a
reunion with third-base coach, the late John Vukovich.

June 28, 2011–LHP Cliff Lee is the third Phillies pitcher to toss three consecutive shutouts (3-0 vs. FL, 6/16; 4-0 at StL, 6/22, 4-0 vs. BOS today).  He joins RHP Grover Cleveland Alexander (1916) and (RH) Robin Roberts (1950).  Alexander holds club record with 4 in a row in September 1911.

Cool Tweet
Mike Drago, Reading Eagle: “Thomas Eshelman told me that when he got traded, parents bought him If These Walls Could Talk by Larry Shenk to learn Phillies history.”

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Trip Ends in Phoenix

The Phillies’ nine-game road trip ends in Phoenix starting tonight. After a Wednesday afternoon game, it’s back home for three each with Kansas City and Atlanta.

The diamondback is a venomous rattlesnake. Well, the Diamondback baseball team has been poisonous to the Phillies.  Arizona is 6-1 against the Phillies dating back to last August, including four in a row in Philly in the last 10 days. The Phillies are 27-33 at Chase Field and 65-61 overall over Arizona.

5 Things
Five things to know about the Diamondbacks:
**They are fresh from splitting a four-game series at the Rockies; collected 56 hits, a club-record for a four-game series.
**Tied for fourth in runs scored, third in runs allowed.
**Lead league with 28 triples.
**Have only a 13-25 record at home; out-scored 208-172.
**1B Paul Goldschmidt has hit in 18 of last 19 games; .371 in June.

By The Bay
Phillies won one of three in SF over the weekend, beating Madison Bumgarner and scoring six off Johnny Cueto, their two best pitchers.  Bats have done well on this 2-4 trip.  Starting pitching has been the issue.  Only one starter has worked seven innings this month, Jared Eickhoff back on June 7 vs. the Cubs.

Team left SF last night after a 75 degree day by the bay.  Today in Phoenix the high is listed as 109 but only 20 percent humidity.  Still 109 is 109.  That’s why they’ll be playing the next three games with the roof closed at Chase Field.

Minor League Weekend Report
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (45-32), tie 1st place, International League North Division.
Swept a 3-game series in Durham, 4-1, 7-1, 3-2 in 10 innings. Ended road trip, 6-1. WPs: David Buchanan (4-4), 6-5-1-1-1-5; Anthony Vasquez (1-0), 6.1-7-1-1-2-7; Luis Garcia (6-1). SV: Edward Mujica (18-19). Tied Sunday’s game on a 2-out single in the 9th, scored 2 in the 10th and ended the game by turning a double play with the bases loaded. LF Cedric Hunter, 5-9 weekend, 2 R; RF Nick Williams, 4-13, 4 RBI; 1b-DH Brock Stassi, 3-6, plus 6 walks . . . Ben Lively (3-0) 7:05 tonight vs. Columbus.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (53-23), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
Won 2 of 3 in Portland. LF Andrew Pullin extended his hitting streak to 19 games (final 16 in Clearwater). Left Saturday’s game with a leg injury and DNP on Sunday. Winner that night: Ricardo Pinto (3-3), 6.2-9-4-4-2-4. SV: Alexis Rivero, 1st in AA; 2.1-2-0-0-0-2. 1B Rhys Hoskins, 5-13 weekend, 20th HR, 5 RBI, 5 R; C Jorge Alfaro, 5-15, HR, 3 RBI, 4 R . . . Mark Leiter (3-0) 7:05 tonight vs. Erie.

Clearwater Threshers (4-0), 1st place, 2nd half, Florida State League North Division.
Won all 3, 2 in Brevard County and 1 vs. Daytona. Luke Leftwich won his Clearwater debut on Saturday, 5-4, 5.1-6-2-2-0-5. SV: Ulises Joaquin (6). CF Carlos Tocci, 8-16 weekend, including a club-record 5 hits Sunday (6 AB); hitting .367 in June; 3B Mitch Walding, 5-14, R, 3 RBI, including a walk-off SF on Sunday; 2B Scott Kingery, 7-11, 4 R, RBI, 3 SB . . . Shane Watson (2-3) 7:00 tonight vs. Daytona.

Lakewood BlueClaws (2-2), tie 4th place, 2nd half, South Atlantic League North Division.
Won 1 of 3 in Greenville. WP Saturday, 22-year-old Jose Taveras (photo) (3-6), 8-2-1-1-0-15; set a club strikeout record and most in the minor leagues this season. RF Jose Pujols, HR (14); leads league . . . Tyler Gilbert (4-6) 7:05 tonight in Hagerstown.

Williamsport Crosscutters (4-6), 4th, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
Won 1 of 3. Win was 2-1 on Friday vs. Mahoning Valley, Seranthony Dominguez (1-1), 6-2-1-1-1-4; only 76 pitches . . . Adonis Medina (1-0) 7:05 tonight in Auburn.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (1-0), Northwest Division
Opened season Friday with 7-0 win in Tampa against the Yankees West. WP: 17-year-old Sixto Sanchez in his 1st start in the states, 5-3-0-0-2-4. Sixto appropriately wears #66. 2B Dan Brito, 3 H. C Nerlius Martinez, 3 RBI. Saturday’s game was suspended after 5.1 innings, 2-2, at Carpenter Complex. It will be completed on July 11. ND: Nicholas Fanti, 3.2-2-1-0-1-8 . . . Tigers West in Lakeland, 12 noon, today.

Transactions
Lehigh Valley: added LHP Anthony Vasquez from Reading. He’s been on a shuttle between Reading and LV, June 14 Reading to LV, June 17 back to Reading, June 20 back to LV, June 22 back to Reading, June 24 back to LV.
Clearwater: added RHP Luke Leftwich and OF Jiandido Tromp from Lakewood; LHR Daniel Stumpf rehab assignment.
Lakewood: added RHR Alberto Tirado from Gulf Coast League.

This Date

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June 27, 1931—3B Pinky Whitney sets club record for most consecutive games driving in a run, 10, in a game against the Pirate at Baker Bowl. Steak was stopped in the second game of the Saturday DH. (Record was tied by Bobby Abreu in 2005).

June 27, 1980
LHP Steve Carlton fans the Mets’ Elliott Maddox in the fifth inning, his 1,872nd strike out as a Phillie, establishing a new team record. He also gets the win in a 3-2 victory.

June 27, 2010

Jamie Moyer (twitter: @jmo50Moyer) Position: Pitcher Bats: Left, Throws: Left Height: 6' 0", Weight: 170 lb. Born: November 18, 1962 in Sellersville, PA (Age 53.099) High School: Souderton HS (Souderton, PA) School: St. Joseph's University (Philadelphia, PA) Drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 6th round of the 1984 amateur draft. Signed June 7, 1984. (All Transactions) Debut: June 16, 1986 (Age 23.210, 12,789th in MLB history)   vs. PHI 6.1 IP, 8 H, 2 SO, 3 BB, 4 ER, W Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1986 season [*] Teams (by GP): Mariners/Phillies/Cubs/Orioles/Rangers/... 1986-2012 Agents: Jamie Moyer, previously: Jim Bronner, Bob Gilhooley [*] Last Game: May 27, 2012 (Age 49.191)   vs. CIN 2 AB, 0 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB
LHP Jamie Moyer is the 40th pitcher to reach 4,000 strikeouts during an 11-2 win in Toronto.  The Blue Jays runs come on a 2-run homer by Vernon Wells, the 506th career round-tripper given up by Moyer, making him the all-time leader in that category. RHP Robin Roberts held the record.

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Snowball Streak Ends

The snowballing losing streak ended at nine yesterday against the Twins, 7-3. The bats came alive in the series–22 total runs on 38 hits–but the Phillies lost the first two games by the margin of 20-15.

Jared Eickhoff did a job in holding the Twins to two runs through his six innings.  Over the last 17 games, the Phillies have three wins and Eickhoff has all of them.  One of the two runs he gave up was unearned.  He threw 107 pitches and 21 times to first base. One of the pick-off throws was wild setting up the unearned run.  The run scored when Odubel Herrera misjudged a fly ball that fell in for a run-scoring single.

The Phillies pounded 15 hits and got a career-high five RBI game from Freddy Galvis (squeeze bunt, triple, three-run homer).  Cesar Hernandez, in the lineup because Tommy Joseph was ill, had four hits, a walk and three runs scored.

Ryan Howard homered to dead centerfield. Read where his trot around the bases took 26.6 seconds, the 87th slowest home run trot this season. Everything seems to be measured these days. Somebody must be extremely bored.

Against the Diamondbacks and Twins, two teams with losing records, the Phillies finished only 1-6. Now, the Giants this weekend. SF has won 11 of their last 12 games.

5 Things
Five things to know about the Giants:
**They have 20 come-from-behind wins and are 17-8 in one-run games.
**Their six complete games lead all major league staffs; 10 teams have 0.
**RF Hunter Pence, 3B Matt Duffy, RHS Matt Cain, RHR Sergio Romo are on the DL.
**World Series champions in 2010-2012-2014.
**They have won their last three games (2015) against the Phillies at AT&T Park.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (42-32), 3rd place, International League North Division.
Blanked on 4 singles, 6-0, in Norfolk. RHR Phil Klein made his LV debut, 1.2-1-0-0-1-1 . . . David Buchan (3-4), 7:05 tonight in Durham.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (51-22), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
Walk-off, 6-5 win over Akron in a most unusual finish.  Dylan Cozens scored from third base on an intentional walk wild pitch to Jake Fox. Reading pulled off its 1st triple play since 2005, 1-5-6-3. ND Thomas Eshelman, 5-7-1-1-1-5, in AA debut. WP: Joely Rodriquez (4-0). 1B Rhys Hoskins, HR (19), matching Cozens for most in the minor leagues. LF Andrew Pullin, in AA debut, 3 hits, extending hitting streak to 17 games (final 16 in Clearwater). Following the noon game, Reading left for a long trip to Portland, ME; after Sunday’s game there, bus back to Reading . . . Nick Pivetta (7-4), 7:00 tonight in Portland.

Clearwater Threshers (1-0), 2nd half, Florida State League North Division.
After finishing the first half with a 39-29 record, second place, they opened with 7-4 2nd-half win in Brevard County. WP: Yacksel Rios (2-1), 6-7-4-2-2-6. SV: Victor Arano (2), 2-0-0-0-0-3. C Chace Numata led a 14-hit attack with 3 1B, RBI. DH Zach Green, HR (9), 3 RBI. CF Carlos Tocci, 2 H, extending hitting streak to 7 games (14 hits) . . . Elneiry Garcia6:35 tonight in Brevard County.

Lakewood BlueClaws (1-0), 2nd half, South Atlantic League North Division.
DH Wilson Garcia’s 1st HR came in the top of the 10th gave Lakewood an 8-7 win in Greenville. He, 1B Damek Tomscha and 2B Josh Tobias, 3 hits each. Hitters collected 17 hits; pitchers recorded 14 strikeouts . . . Franklyn Kilome (1-6), 7:05 tonight in Greenville.

Williamsport Crosscutters (3-4), 4th, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
RF Jesus Alastre’s walk-off single in the 10th inning gave Williamsport a 2-1 win over Mahoning Valley.  The single was his 3rd hit of the game.  LF Emmanuel Garcia has hit in all 7 games, .348 . . . Seranthony Dominguez (0-1), 7:05 tonight vs. Mahoning Valley.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, Northwest Division
Open season at 12 noon today at Yankees west.

Transactions
Lehigh Valley: activated RHR Phil Klein; sent LHS Anthony Vasquez to Reading.

Reading: added RHS Thomas Eshelman, RHR Alexis Rivero, LF Andrew Pullin, C Gabriel Lino from Clearwater; placed C Joel Fisher on DL.

Clearwater: added RHS Mark Leiter from Reading, C Austin Bosssart from Lakewood; activated INF Drew Stankieqicz and OF Herlis Rodriguez from DL; released OF Sam Hiciano.

Vintage Photo Gems

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June 23, 1971–RHP Rick Wise becomes the first pitcher ever to fire a no-hitter and hit two home runs in the game as he blanks Cincinnati, 4-0, at Riverfront Stadium. 3B John Vukovich snares Pete Rose’s hard liner to end the game.

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June 23, 2012–Jim Thome hits his 609th home run and last with the Phillies, a walk-off blast to give the Phillies a 7-6 win over the Rays.  It is his 13th career walk-off HR, breaking the major league record shared by Babe Ruth and Jimmie Foxx.

 

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Go Figure

Going into last night’s interleague game the Phillies were last in runs scored in the National League and the Twins held the same distinction in the American League. So, what happens? Twins win, 14-10.  Go figure.

The Phillies had a season-high 14 hits, including a season-high four homers. In their six previous games, they scored a total of nine runs. On a night the offense came alive, they lost their eighth in a row as three pitchers gave up a season-high 14 runs on 14 hits. For the Twins, their first game of double figure runs.

For the third straight start, Aaron Nola didn’t make to the fourth inning. He’s been rocked for 22 hits and 17 earned runs in those three starts.  In three innings last night, he threw 71 pitches while giving up eight runs (seven earned). Poor defense didn’t help. Command of his pitches, considered his strongest point, has gone haywire.

Phil-Ins
Maikel Franco broke a 0-17 spin with a third-inning single, his first hit since June 12 when he homered off Papelbon in Washington. Franco hit his 12th homer in the eighth; ninth on the road . . . Odubel Herrera drew his first walk since June 10 . . . Phillies pitchers have given up 100 home runs; same for the Twins . . . Both starters tonight have ERAs over 6.00.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (41-31), 3rd place, International League North Division.
Won 7th in last 9, 3-2, at Norfolk. WP: Jake Thompson (6-5), 8-7-2-2-1-2; induced 5 DPs; 3rd straight win; SV: Edubray Ramos (3). In 23.2 LV innings, 1 R, 3 BB, 23 SO, 0.76 WHIP. CF Cedric Hunter, 2 2B, 1B, 2 BB, RBI . . . Ben Lively (3-0), 7:05 tonight in Norfolk.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (49-22), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
Lost 3rd in a row, 5-2, to Akron. LP: Tyler Viza (1-1), 7-7-4-4-1-5. C Jorge Alfaro, HR (7), 2 RBI . . . Vince Velasquez, 7:05 tonight vs. Akron.

Clearwater Threshers (38-29), 2nd place, Florida State League North Division.
Ended 3-game losing streak with 14-0 win over Lakeland. WP: Shane Watson (2-3), 6-4-0-0-3-6. RF Andrew Pullin, 3 H, 2 RBI. 3B Zach Green, 3 H, RBI. SS Malquin Canelo, 2 H, 4 R, 3 RBI, 2 BB . . . John Richy (1-2), 12 noon today vs. Lakeland.

Lakewood BlueClaws (29-40), 6th place, South Atlantic League North Division.
On 3-day All-Star Game break.

Williamsport Crosscutters (1-4), tie 4th, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
Swept in 3-game series in Lowell, 6-4. 1B Darick Hall, 3 H, HR (1), RBI . . . Adonis Medina, 7:05 tonight vs, Mahoning Valley.

Mickey Time
Mickey Moniak, the Phillies 1st-round selection, left Philly last night for his first trip to Clearwater. Today he’ll walk into the Carpenter Complex large clubhouse for the first time. Hanging in a locker will be his first uniform, #15. A lot more “firsts” will be forthcoming and someday, he’ll make his first at-bat in the majors.  In between, a lot of hard work.

Baseball America named Moniak the High School Player of the Year for 2016.

Gulf Coast League Phillies
Moniak will be assigned to the Gulf Coast League Phillies roster.  That season opens Friday in Tampa against the Yankees West squad. (The Yankees and Tigers each have two teams).  The Phillies are in the Northwest Division with the Blue Jays, Tigers West and Yankees West.  Games Monday through Friday begin at 12 noon; Saturdays, 10 a.m. No games are scheduled for Sundays. Phillies first home game is Saturday vs. Yankees West.  Admission is free at Carpenter Complex. Season ends September 1.

Transactions
Reading: RHS Thomas Eshelman and RHR Alexis Rivero promoted from Clearwater; RHP Reinier Roibal released; CF Roman Quinn sent to rehab at Carpenter Complex.

This Date
June 22, 1977–Phillies (5) and Cincinnati (3) combine for a Vet-record eight home runs in a wild 15-9 win over the Reds.  One of the eight is a grand slam by SS Larry Bowa.

Alumni Note

Robert John Miller Position: Pitcher Bats: Right, Throws: Right Height: 6' 3", Weight: 190 lb. Born: June 16, 1926 in Detroit, MI (Age 89.253) High School: St. Mary's HS (Detroit, MI) School: University of Detroit Mercy (Detroit, MI) Signed by the Philadelphia Phillies as an amateur free agent in 1948. (All Transactions) Debut: September 16, 1949 (Age 23.092, 8,220th in MLB history)   vs. CIN 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 SO, 0 BB, 0 ER Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1950 season [*] Team: Phillies 1949-1958 Last Game: August 10, 1958 (Age 32.055)   vs. MLN 3.0 IP, 7 H, 3 SO, 1 BB, 6 ER

 


Right-hander Bob Miller, one of three remaining Whiz Kids from 1950, turned 90 last week in Detroit.  He reflects on the game of baseball from his day and today at http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

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