Minor League Leaders

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

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

Time to look at the Phillies minor league statistical leaders.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lakewood: RHS Seranthony Dominguez added to roster from Williamsport.

Williamsport: INF Chandler Hall added to roster from GCL.

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

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

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

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

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


Odubel, NL All-Star

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


First Half Is Over

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Clearwater: RHS Drew Anderson, transferred from Lakewood.

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

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

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


Rockies Bats Explode

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

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

Sometimes baseball is hard to figure out.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This Date

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

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

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

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

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Denver Bound

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Come-from-behind wins are fueling the turn around. For 32 games, the Phillies had zero come-from-behind wins.  In the last 13 games, six, including yesterday’s 4-3 win.  Their record in those 13 games? A complete turn-around, 10-3.

During the previous 0-6 homestand, the Phillies scored 12 runs.  Turning it around, they scored 40 in going 5-1 as they head for Denver and the final series before the All-Star Game.

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Maikel Frank had three home runs at home until this homestand.  He’s now homered in four straight games and driven in a run in six in a row, eight total RBI.  His plate discipline has also tuned around.  He drew an eighth-inning walk and scored on Freddy Galvis’ game-winning, two-run homer. Freddy has eight such RBI.

At age 23, Franco is the youngest player in the 134-year history of the Phillies franchise to hit a home run in four consecutive games (Elias Sports Bureau).

Last Phillies batter to homer in four games in a row was Ryan Howard in 2012 . . . Franco’s RBI streak is longest on the club since Erik Kratz went seven straight games (eight total) in 2013 . . . Peter Bourjos’ 14-game hitting streak ended . . . Phillies’ 40th win a year ago came on July 31 . . . Adam Morgan will start in Aaron Nola’s spot tonight in Denver.

5 Things
Five things to know about the Rockies:
**Scored 11 runs in a 1-6 road trip that ended last night in SF.
**18-20 at home despite .305 average, .904 OPS.
**Wardrobe: purple, white, gray, black sleeveless jerseys.
**SS Trevor Story is the first player ever who’s first four hits in the majors were home runs.
**36-38 vs. Phillies at Coors Field; won all three vs. Phils a year ago.

Minor League Report
Players of the Month (June)
Reading 1B Rhys Hoskins: The 23-year-old Hoskins batted .351 (39-111) with 9 doubles, 13 home runs, 33 RBI, 11 walks, 26 runs, a .784 slugging percentage and a 1.198 OPS in 27 games.  The right-handed hitter is leading all of minor league baseball in home runs (24) and is second in RBI (75).  Hoskins was selected by the Phillies in the fifth round of the June 2014 draft. (Also named player of the month in the Eastern League and by MiLB.com).

Lehigh Valley RHS Jake Thompson: Made five starts, going 3-0 with a 0.76 ERA (3 ER, 35.1 IP), 0.96 WHIP (8 BB, 26 H), 18 strikeouts and a .211 opponents’ batting average.  His ERA in June was the lowest in the minor leagues. The 22-year-old has made 16 AAA starts and posted a 2.76 ERA, which ranks seventh-best in the International League.  Thompson was acquired from Texas on July 31, 2015 along with five other players in exchange for Cole Hamels and Jake Diekman.

Lehigh Valley SS J. P. Crawford: The Phillies’ first-round (16th overall) pick in the June 2013 draft made only 2 errors in 26 games. The 21-year-old started his triple-A career with 29 consecutive errorless games (May 20-June 21), and has posted a .979 fielding percentage overall this season with the club (4 E in 192 TC).

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (50-37), 2nd place, International League North Division.
Blanked Rochester, 3-0, behind Jake Thompson, Daniel Stumpf and Andrew Bailey.  WP: Thompson (7-5), 7-3-0-0-2-3; SV: Bailey (1), 1 IP, 2 SO.  SS J.P. Crawford, 3 H, R. DH Brock Stassi, 2 H, 2 RBI. C Andrew Knapp, 2 H, BB . . . David Buchanan (4-5) 7:05 tonight vs. Rochester.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (61-25), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
Were shut out in Richmond, 9-0. Reading drew 8 walks but had only 3 singles.  0-13 RISP . . . Mark Leiter (4-0) 7:05 tonight in Richmond.

Clearwater Threshers (8-6), 3rd, 2nd half, Florida State League North Division.
Won, 7-6, in Lakeland.  WP: Elniery Garcia (7-2), 5.2-8-4-4-1-4. SV: Ulises Joaquin (8). 3B Mitch Walding, 3 H, SB. C Chace Numata, 2 H, 2 RBI. CF Carlos Tocci, 2 H, R, RBI. 1B Kyle Martin, HR (12) . . . 6:30 tonight in Dunedin.

Lakewood BlueClaws (6-5), tie 5th place, 2nd half, South Atlantic League North Division.
Won, 7-1, in Delmarva. WP: Franklyn Kilome (2-7), 5-3-1-1-5-7. SS Grenny Cumana, 4-4, R, 2 RBI. 2B Josh Tobias, 3-4, including 7th HR, 2 RBI, BB. CF Carlos Duran, 2 H, 2 RBI, SB (10) . . . 7:05 tonight vs. West Virginia.

Williamsport Crosscutters (10-10), tie 3rd, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
Dropped 2-1 decision in Connecticut. ND: Felix Paulino, 6-4-1-0-0-3. RF Jesus Alastre, 2 H; hitting .385 in 10 games . . . Not scheduled today.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (7-2), 1st place, Northwest Division.
Trailing 1-0 after three innings vs. the Tigers East, the game was suspended by rain.  It will be completed July 16 . . . 12 noon today in Lakeland vs. Tigers East.

Reading: RHR Matt Hockenberry, transferred from Clearwater.
Clearwater: LHS Elniery Garcia, activated from DL; OF Herlis Rodriguez on DL; RHR Ismael Cabrera, transferred from GCL.

This Date
July 7, 1964–A two-out, three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning by RF Johnny Callison gives the NL a dramatic 7-4 victory in the All-Star Game at Shea Stadium. Callison’s blast to the right field seats comes off the Boston Red Sox’ fireballing RHP Dick Radatz.  He becomes the first Phillie to win the ASG MVP Award.

July 7, 1979–3B Mike Schmidt homers in four consecutive at-bats for the second time in his career.  Schmidt homers in his final at-bat on July 6 and connects in his first three at-bats on this date against San Francisco.  Giants win, 8-6.

July 7, 2009–Streak of 257 consecutive sellouts at Citizens Bank Park begins on this date. It becomes the longest streak in National League history.

All-Star Phun Fact
The Phillies had two representatives, SS Dick Bartell and RF Chuck Klein, both starters, for the National League in the first All-Star Game, July 6, 1933, in Chicago’s Comiskey Park.

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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.

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.

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.

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)

00 Cozens
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.

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.

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.

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.

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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