Nola Tonight

Buchanan was the first Phillies right-handed starting pitcher to last 6.1 innings since May 14, won his first game since last August and was sent to AAA after the game. Phillies have three days off in the next 12 and will go with a four-man rotation. This way Buchanan can pitch in Lehigh Valley’s rotation regularly.

Papelbon threw 14 pitches—all strikes—in recording his 341st career save, matching Hall of Famer Rollie Fingers for 12th place on the all-time list.

Largest crowd of this series is expected tonight for the debut of Aaron Nola.  He, himself, will have 20 family and friends in the stands.

4-0 start after the All-Star Game break is Phillies best since 5-0 in 2009. As everyone knows, they lost the World Series that year.  Would be glad to settle for another WS loss this year.

Elias Sports Bureau
The Phillies were the 35th team since 1933 (the year of the first All-Star Game) to be at least 30 games below .500 at the break, but Monday night’s victory made them the first of those 35 clubs to win each of its first four games after the break.

Minor Leagues 
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (42-54, 4th place, North Division)
Lost 5-1, vs. Toledo. RF Tyler Henson, 3-5, including 17th 2B . . . LP: Jason Berken (5-7), 6-6-4-2-1-3 . . . Neifi Ogando, 1 scoreless IP; since 6/25 promotion to AAA, 0 R, 4 H, 8.2 IP, 4 BB, 9 SO.
Next: Anthony Vasquez (5-3), 11:35 this morning vs. Toledo.

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Jesse Biddle, who threw 7 shutout innings (3 hits, 1 BB, 7 SO) on Friday 17 for his first AAA win, is the MilB.com pitcher of the week in the International League.  Combined with his Reading record, he is 8-2 for the season, 5-1 in his last 10 starts.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (52-43, 1st place, Eastern Division)
Won 6th in last 7 games, 8-5, in Bowie . . . 4 hitters had multi-hit games . . . C Andrew Knapp led the way, 3-5, 4 RBI; has a 19-game hitting streak, the last 16 since he joined Reading; hitting .338 in AA . . . WP: Mark Leiter (2-4), 5-9-3-3-0-4. SV: Stephen Shackleford (21).
Next: Ethan Martin (1-0) 7:05 tonight in Bowie.

Clearwater Threshers (17-9, 1st place, North Division)
Won, 5-3, at Lakeland . . . RF Chase Harris, 3 hits, 15th stolen base . . . DH Willians Astudillo, 2-4, 16th 2B, 2 RBI; hitting .311 . . . WP: Cody Forsythe (3-2); SV: Miguel Nunez (2); allowed only 3 runs since June 14.
Next: David Whitehead (6-8) 6:30 tonight in Lakeland.

Lakewood BlueClaws (15-10, 2nd place, Northern Division)
2B Scott Kingery hit a 3-run HR and 1B Kyle Martin followed with a solo HR in a 4-run 11th inning that gave the BlueClaws a 4-0 win in Rome.  It was #2 HR for each; Kingery was the 3rd round selection last month; Martin, 4th . . . Until the homers, the lone Lakewood hit was a single by LF Cord Sandberg with one out in the 7th . . . ND: Tyler Viza, 7-6-0-0-1-3. WP: Matt Hockenberry (4-3) . . . Happy long bus ride home after the game from Georgia to New Jersey.
Next: day off today.

Williamsport Crosscutters (12-9, 1st place, Pinckney Division)
Pounding 19 hits, Mahoning Valley coasted over Williamsport, 12-4 . . . 2B Josh Tobias, single, 2 2B; hitting .296 . . . CF Zach Coppola, 1-3, 11th stolen base; hitting .321.
Next: Alejandro Arteaga (3-0) 7:05 in Hudson Valley.

Gulf Coast League Phillies (18-5, 1st place, Northwest Division)
Defeated Yankees2, 7-5 . . . CF Juan Luis, single, 2B, HR (2nd), 3 RBI, 8th SB . . . 2B Jonathan Arauz, 3 singles . . . WP: Zach Morris (2-0); SV: Sutter McLoughlin (4), 0 R n 9.1 IP as a pro, 0 BB, 12 SO, 2 H.
Next: 12 noon today at Yankees2.

Transactions
Lehigh Valley: OF Ethan Chapman, released; OF Brian Bogusevic, returned from Pan Am Games; signed C Erik Kratz.

Reading: RHP Reinier Roibal, placed on DL (right groin strain); C Logan Moore, from Lehigh Valley.

Today in Phillies History
1973: RF Hank Aaron hits his 700th home run off LHP Ken Brett during the Braves’ 8-4 loss to the Phillies at Atlanta.

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

Renewing Friendships

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One of the neat things about the Toyota Alumni Night pre-game introductions is a chance for the former players to mingle with the current ones, such as Charlie Manual and Carlos Ruiz.  Nearly 50 Alumni will be at Citizens Bank Park on August 1.  With the trading deadline at 4 p.m. the day before, there might be some new alumni.

Believe it or Not

Two pinch-hit at-bats for Francoeur in two games (Friday/Sunday) resulted in two homers and five RBI. Two-run walk-off drive into the left field seats yesterday produced the Phillies second series sweep of the season. Earlier in the game, Howard put an exclamation point on his 350th career home runs by blasting it into the second deck in right field.

For much of the season, the Phillies were last in the National League in hitting home runs.  Today their 61 is above only Atlanta’s 57.

However, when it comes to pinch hitting, the Phillies lead in home runs (7), extra-base hits (15), RBI (26) and game-winning RBI (6).  The moral of the story? Whenever the Phillies get runners on base, send up a pinch-hitter.  OK, so we may need a 50-man roster.

New #27

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He was expected to be on a fast track to the majors once he was drafted in the first round by the Phillies a year ago. After a 14-7 record since June 2014, he will make his major league debut Tuesday night.  “He” is Aaron Nola, a 22-year-old right-handed pitcher.

He last pitched Thursday night for Lehigh Valley in Rochester and didn’t fare well, six runs in three+ innings, his shortest outing of the season. Manager Dave Brundage in his report: “Nola struggled to find his rhythm from the outset.  I felt he got squeezed early in the game which could’ve turned things around but he never got in sinc.”

In the minor leagues, pre-game workouts are the rule rather than the exception.  This is true of pitchers who get in their “side work” by throwing in the bullpen.  Before Friday’s game, LV pitching coach Ray Burris had a short side work for Nola, “touch and feel. Worked on his location on fast ball and more depth on his breaking ball.”

Saturday side work: 40 pitches: “Worked on keeping the ball down on all pitches and we got rid of the jumping from balance to release to where he could recognize it by feel.”

He wore #10 at Reading and Lehigh Valley but will be #27 in the big leagues.

Minor Leagues 
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (42-53, 4th place, North Division)
Won 2 of 3 in Rochester . . . Jesse Biddle (1-0) won his 1st AAA game on Friday, 7-3-0-0-1-7 . . . LHR Adam Loewen picked up 6th-7th saves; last 4 appearances: 4 SV, 4 IP, 4 SO . . .  CF Aaron Altherr, 3-12 weekend, including game-winning 2-run homer on Saturday; he’s hitting .293 at AAA after .293 at AA.
Next: Jason Berken (5-6) 7:05 tonight vs. Toledo.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (51-43, tie 1st place, Eastern Division)
Won 2 of 3 from New Britain . . . Friday’s WP: Jerome Williams, 8-5-2-1-0-5 . . . CF Destin Hood, a 2nd round draft by Washington in 2008, was signed Friday after being released; in 1st 3 games with Reading the 25-year-old: 4-12, 2 HR, 4 RBI . . .LF Cam Perkins had a 10th-inning walk-off RBI double Sunday, 6-5. ND Ben Lively, 6.1-7-2-2-1-4.
Next: Mark Leiter (1-4) 7:05 tonight in Bowie.

Clearwater Threshers (16-9, 1st place, North Division)
Dropped 2 games to Palm Beach (Friday/Saturday) and won Sunday, 3-1, in Lakeland before a crowd of 321 fans.  WP: Ricardo Pinto (3-1), 8-3-1-0-1-4; 9-3 combined between Lakewood/Clearwater . . . C Willians Astudillo, 5-10 weekend; hitting .308 . . . CF Carlos Tocci, 4-11; .317 average in last 10 games.
Next: Matt Imhoff (4-3) 6:30 tonight in Lakeland.

Lakewood BlueClaws (14-10, 2nd place, Northern Division)
Won 2 of 3 in Rome, Georgia, not Italy . . . RF Jiandido Tromp tied a franchise record by driving in 7 runs in Sunday’s 13-3 romp. Doubled in 1 run and hit 2 3-run HRs, #3-4 . . . LF Cord Sandberg, game-winning hit in 5-4 Friday win; has hit in 9 straight (14-31), .452 . . . 1B Kyle Martin, 9-gamer also (17-37), .459
Next: Tyler Viza (4-5), 7:00 tonight in Rome; end of a 7-game road trip.

Williamsport Crosscutters (12-8, 1st place, Pinckney Division)
Won 3 of 4 (played Batavia/Mahoning Valley) . . . WPs: Jose Taveras (3-1), 5-7-3-2-2-5; Mitch Gueller (4-1), 7-4-0-0-3-6; 12 ground-ball outs; Luke Leftwich  (1-0), 5-3-0-0-1-3; 1st pro win  . . . SVs:  Robert Tasin (6), has allowed 1 R and 4 H in 11 IP; Anthony Segueira (2), 13.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 14 SO.
Next: Denton Keys (0-1), 7:05 vs. Mahoning Valley.

Gulf Coast League Phillies (17-5, 1st place, Northwest Division)
Rained out Friday and split a DH vs. Atlanta the next day. Clearwater RF Dylan Cozens, on rehab assignment, played in both games . . . WP: Felix Paulino (3-1), 5-5-2-2-0-6 . . . HRs:  SS Jonathan Arauz (2), CF Juan Luis, 1st as a pro.
Next: Bailey Falter 12 noon today vs. Yankees2.

Transactions
Lehigh Valley: INF Edgar Duran placed on DL (broken right toe); INF Devin Lohman, from Reading.

Reading: Released OF Drew Heid; signed free agent OF Destin Hood.

Forever Popular

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Catcher Darren Daulton always receives a standing ovation when he returns for the annual Toyota Alumni Weekend.  Dutch will be back again, Friday through Sunday, July 31-August 2.

Friday kicks off the weekend with Pat Burrell’s induction into the Toyota Wall of Fame, the 13th outfielder to receive such an honor.  Number 1 outfield inductee was #1, Richie Ashburn, in 1979.

Alumni Night Aug. 1

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From California to Florida.  Final seven games for the Phillies before the All-Star Game break were in California.  Back home after the break, the first six games are against the two Florida teams, Miami Marlins and Tampa Bay Rays.  Phillies will work out at 2 this afternoon; Marlins at 3 followed by normal batting practice schedule.

Saw a note the other day that 8.2 runs per game is the lowest in the majors since 1981. The Phillies aren’t helping as they scored the fewest runs in the NL.  MLB ERA is 3.82.  Phillies, 4:83. Ouch.

Toyota Alumni Night
Annual parade of former Phillies will take place on Saturday, August 1, at Citizens Bank Park.  Included in the pre-game festivities will be the recognition of the Phillies Franchise Four.  Throwing out the first balls will be Mike Schmidt, Steve Carlton, Robin Roberts Jr. and Jack Ashburn, grandson of Richie Ashburn.

As Jim Peyton pointed out in a comment Thursday, the four fields at Carpenter Complex are named Schmidt, Carlton, Roberts and Ashburn.

Minor Leagues 
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (40-52, 4th place, North Division)
Aaron Nola had his shortest outing and lost his first AAA game (3-1 record), 6-0 at Rochester.  LV had 5 singles.  Nola: 3-7-6-5-2-3-2 HR
Next: Jesse Biddle (0-0) 7:05 tonight in Rochester.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (48-42, 2nd place, Eastern Division)
Won their third in a row, 3-1, vs. New Britain; held to 5 hits, including 2 triples.  WP: Colton Murray (2-1); SV: Stephen Shackleford (20).
Next: Jerome Williams 7:05 tonight vs. New Britain.

Clearwater Threshers (15-5, 1st place, North Division)
3-game winning streak ended with a 3-0 loss to Palm Beach.  CF Carlos Toci had 2 of Clearwater’s 6 singled. LP: David Whitehead (6-8), 6.1-8-3-2-2-5.
Next: Victor Arano (3-8) 6:30 tonight vs. Palm Beach.

Lakewood BlueClaws (12-9, 2nd place, Northern Division)
Won 9th in last 13 games, 3-1, at Kannapolis.  WP: Austin Davis (2-2), 6-2-1-1-3-4. SV: Joey DeNato (5). RF Herlis Rodriguez led off the game with a HR (7). 2B Scott Kingery, 2-4; 4-9 in last 2 games.
Next: Elniery Garcia (6-7) 7:00 tonight in Rome, GA

Williamsport Crosscutters (18-7, 1st place, Pinckney Division)
Dropped 4-2 decision in Batavia. ND: Alejandro Arteaga, 6-5-1-1-1-8; lowered ERA to 1.24. 1B Br2ndon Hayden, 2-3; hitting .352. RF Jose Pujols, single, double (10), RBI; hitting .321.
Next: Jose Taveras (2-1) and Mitch Gueller (3-1) in 5:05 DH in Batavia.

Gulf Coast League Phillies (17-5, 1st place, Northwest Division)
C Rodolfo Duran singled in 2 runs in the top of the 9th to lift the Phillies to a 3-2 win at the Astros. 18-year old LHP, 31st round draft pick out of high school, picked up the win in his first pro game, 1.1-1-0-0-0-3; SV: Sutter McLoughlin (3).
Next: Sam McWilliams vs. Braves at 12 noon today.

All-Star Hero
Reading RF Brian Pointer hit a home run in the 11th inning to give the Eastern Division a 5-4 win over the Western Division in the Eastern League All-Star Game last night in Portland.  The game ended in a 4-4 tie.  The two teams engaged in a home run derby to decide the outcome.

Baseball America
Publication released its new mid-season top prospect list on the Phillies.

SS J.P. Crawford
RHP Aaron Nola
RHP Franklyn Kilome
RHP Zach Elfin
RHP Ben Lively
CF Roman Quinn
CF Carlos Tocci
LHR Tom Windle
RHP Ricardo Pinto
SS Malquin Canelo

Today In Phillies History
1918: Chicago wins at home, 2-1, in 21 innings, longest game in Phillies history.  Both pitchers go the distance, winner George Tyler (21 IP, 13 H, 1 BB, 8 SO) and loser Milt (Mule) Watson (20 IP, 19 H, 4 BB, 5 SO).

 

 

WOF in 2 Weeks

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Two weeks from tomorrow night (July 31), Pat Burrell will be inducted into the Toyota Wall of Fame.  Charlie Manuel, last year’s inductee, will have the honors of formally inducting Pat.  Charlie and all living members of the Wall of Fame, except Curt Schilling, will be on hand for the 7 p.m. ceremonies.  Schilling is unable to attend because of his ESPN TV committments.

As announced at Tuesday night’s All-Star Game, the fans have spoken in MLB’s poll of the Franchise Four for each big league team.

The Phillies winners were no surprise, four Hall of Famers: Riche Ashburn, Robin Roberts, Steve Carlton and Mike Schmidt.  They’ll be recognized on Toyota Alumni Night, Saturday, August 1.

Nine who have worn the Phillies uniform are were chosen for other team’s Franchise Four: Jimmie Foxx (A’s), Roy Halladay (Blue Jays), Ryne Sandberg (Cubs), Schilling (Arizona), Jim Thome (Indians), Jeff Conine (Marlins), Pedro Martinez (Red Sox) and Joe Morgan and Pete Rose (Reds).

Minor Leagues 
Players of the Week (July 6-22)
SS/2B Jonathan Arauz, GCL Phillies…The 16-year-old hit .429 (9-21) with 2 doubles, 2 triples, 4 RBI, 4 runs scored, a .500 on-base percentage and a .714 slugging percentage in 5 games. Arauz recorded multiple hits in three of those five games.  Arauz was signed by the Phillies and Norman Anciani as an amateur free agent on August 7, 2014.

RHP Will Morris, Lakewood…Morris, 22, appeared in two games for the BlueClaws last week and did not allow a run in either of them, 10 total innings, 6 hits, 0 walks, 8 strikeouts. Morris was selected by the Phillies in the 24th round of the 2013 draft out of the College of Southern Nevada.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (40-51, 4th place, North Division)
Next: Aaron Nola (3-0) 7:05 tonight in Rochester.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (48-42, 2nd place, Eastern Division)
Next: Reinier Roibal (2-1) 7:05 tonight vs. New Britain.

Clearwater Threshers (15-5, 1st place, North Division)
Threshers pounded Palm Beach, 9-1, behind a 13-hit attack that included 4 home runs: CF Carlos Tocci (1), 1B Rhys Hoskins (12), RF Aaron Brown (5-6). Tocci and Brown, 3 hits each. WP: Matt Imhof (4-3), 5-6-1-1-3-3.
Next: David Whitehead (6-7) 7:00 tonight vs. Palm Beach.

Lakewood BlueClaws (11-9, tie 2nd place, Northern Division)
Used a 16-hit attack in winning, 8-4, in Kannapolis.  Every starter had a hit with 6 different players having multi-hit games.  C Deivy Grullon HR (4), 2 RBI. WP: Ranfi Casimiro (5-5), 6.2-8-4-4-0-4.
Next: Austin Davis (1-2) 7:05 tonight in Kannapolis.

Williamsport Crosscutters (18-6, 1st place, Pinckney Division)
3B Jan Hernandez homered (5) with 1 out in the top of the 9th for a 6-5 win in Batavia. LF Zach Coppola led a 15-hit attack with 2 hits, 2 RBI and 2 steals (9-10). WP: Anthony Sequeira (2-1), 2-0-0-0-3.
Next: Franklyn Kilome 11:05 this morning in Batavia.

Gulf Coast League Phillies (16-5, 1st place, Northwest Division)
Lost, 3-2, to the Astros. RF Bryan Martelo, 2-3; hitting .310. ND: Ranger Suarez, 4.2-5-2-2-1-4; 2 1st-inning runs broke a 17-inning scoreless streak to start the season, his first in the states; 5 games, 3 starts.
Next: At Astros, 12 noon today.

Transactions
Phillies: claimed RHR Dalier Hinojosa on waivers from Boston and optioned him to Lehigh Valley.  He is a 29-year-old Cuban refugee who has pitched three seasons in the Red Sox system.

Clearwater: RHR Alexis Rivero from Lakewood

Lakewood: RHP Jario Munoz from Clearwater

Today In Phillies History
1952: RHP Robin Roberts wins in Pittsburgh, 8-7. It is his only win of 28 that year in which he did not go distance. RHP Andy Hansen came on to get final two outs. So, Robbie tossed 27 complete games that season.  The entire National League has 21 so far this season.

 

Prospects Part II

Here’s Part II of the Phillies young prospects story, infielders and outfielders.  Again, the players are from the Phillies four full-season teams: Lo-A Lakewood, Hi-A Clearwater, AA Reading and AAA Lehigh Valley.  Players are listed in alphabetical order.  Source: my observations from reading game reports and conversations with those in player development.

Infielders
Malquin Canelo . . . SS . . . B-R . . . age: 20 . . . Combined Lo-A/Hi-A: .294 in 80 games, 25 2B, 6 HR, 31 RBI, 13 SB . . . SAL All-Star before promotion to Clearwater . . . Signed as an amateur free agent out of Dominican Republic, 4/19/12.
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J.P. Crawford . . . SS . . . B-L . . . age: 20 . . . Combined A/AA: .311 in 60 games, 10 2B, 3 3B, 3 HR, 23 RBI, 42 BB, 28 SO, 7 SB . . .Began season on DL; activated 5/6 . . .  MLB Futures Game, 2014-2015 . . . EL All-Star (game tonight in Portland); All-Star in each of 3 minor league seasons . . . Excellent glove, range . . . Drafted in 1st round in 2013 (16th player overall) out of Lakewood, CA, high school . . . MLB.com: ranked #1 among top 20 Phillies prospects.

Rhys Hoskins . . . 1B . . . B-R . . . age: 23 . . . Combined Lo-A/Hi-A: .311 in 86 games, 21 doubles, 12 homers, 61 RBI . . . SAL All-Star before promotion to Clearwater . . . Drafted in the 5th round in 2014 out of Cal State University.

Scott Kingery . . . 2B . . . B-R . . . age: 21 . . . Lo-A: .222 in 18 games, 6 RBI, 6 BB . . . Started pro career with 6 hits in 1st 4 games . . . Solid all-around second baseman . . . Drafted in the 2nd round in 2015 out of the University of Arizona where he was the PAC-12 Player of the Year.

Kyle Martin . . . 1B . . . B-L . . . age: 22 . . . Lo-A: .358 in 17 games, 7 2B, 10 RBI; 6 multi-hit games . . . Drafted in 4th round in 2015 out of the University of South Carolina.

Angelo Mora . . . SS/2B . . . B-B . . . age: 22 . . . Hi-A: .297 in 59 games, 11 doubles, 5 triples, 19 RBI . . . FSL All-Star . . . Signed as an amateur free agent out of the Dominican Republic, 2/19/11.

Drew Stankiewicz . . . SS/2B/3B . . . B-B . . . age: 22 . . . Hi-A/Lo A: .265 in 63 games, 15 2B, 28 RBI . . . Began season at Clearwater (.275); moved to Lakewood on 6/25 . . . Drafted in 11th round in 2014 out of Arizona State University . . . Father, Andy, is former major league infielder.

Brock Stassi . . . 1B . . . B-L . . . age: 25 . . . AA: .308 in 83 games, career-high 17 2B, 8 HR, career-high 57 RBI, 47 BB, 35 SO . . . EL All-Star . . . Drafted in 33rd round in 2011 out of University of Nevada (Reno); also pitched in college.

Outfielders

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Aaron Altherr . . . LF/CF/RF . . . B-R . . . Age: 24 . . . Combined AA/AAA: .298 in 79 games, 24 2B, 4 3B, 9 HR, 45 RBI, 12 SB . . . Currently has an 8-game hitting streak; has hit in 17 of first 19 AAA games following 6/23 promotion . . . Making strides in pitch selection as a hitter . . . Athletic outfielder . . . 2011 (Williamsport) and 2013 (Clearwater) All-Star . . . Drafted in 9th round in 2009 out of Avondale, AZ, high school.

Aaron Brown . . . CF/RF . . . B-L . . . age:  23 . . . Hi-A: .241 in 65 games, 12 2B, 4 3B, 4 HR, 28 RBI . . . Several web gem defensive catches; strong arm . . . Drafted in 3rd round in 2014 out of Pepperdine University where he also pitched.

Dylan Cozens . . . RF/DH . . . B-L . . . age: 21 . . . Hi-A: .264 in 66 games, 16 2B, 3 HR, 33 RBI, 12 SB . . . Currently on DL . . . 16 HR, 23 SB last season at Lakewood . . . Drafted in 2nd round in 2012 out of high school in Scottsdale . . . MLB.com: #18.

Kelly Dugan . . . RF . . . B-L . . . 24 . . . AA: .332 in 31 games, 11 2B, 1 HR, 11 RBI . . . Began season on DL; activated 6/13 . . . On DL in 2010, 2013, 2014 . . . 2011 (Williamsport) All-Star . . . Drafted in 2nd round in 2009 out of Sherman Oaks, CA, high school . . . MLB.com: #15.

Cameron Perkins . . . LF (has also played 1B/3B) . . . B-R . . . AA: .257 in 67 games, 20 2B, career-high 9 HR, 38 RBI . . . 2013 All-Star (Clearwater) . . .Drafted in 6th round in 2012 out of Purdue University.

Andrew Pullin . . . LF . . . B-L . . . age: 21 . . . Hi-A: .267 in 80 games, 13 2B, 3 3B, 9 HR, 53 RBI . . . Drafted in 5th round in 2012 out of Centralia, WA, high school.

Roman Quinn . . . CF . . . B-B . . . age: 22 . . . AA: .306 in 58 games, 6 2B, 6 3B, 4 HR, 15 RBI, league-leading 29 SB . . . Been on DL since 6/12 with leg injury; 3rd straight season in which injuries curtailed his season . . . 2012 All-Star (Williamsport) . . . 2014 Arizona Fall League All-Prospect Team; led league with 14 SB . . . Drafted in 2nd round in 2011 as a shortstop out of Port St. Joe, FL, high school . . . MLB.com: #3

Herlis Rodriguez . . . RF . . . B-L  . . . age: 21 . . . Lo-A: .299 in 70 games, career-high 14 2B, 6 HR, 44 RBI; stole 11 bases . . . Has a twin brother, Helmis, pitching for Asheville in the same league . . . Signed as an amateur free agent, 1/29/11.

Cord Sandberg . . . LF/RF . . . B-L . . . age: 20 . . . Lo-A: .256, career-high 17 2B, 2 HR, career-high 30 RBI . . . Hitting .389 in July . . . Drafted in 3rd round in 2013 out of Manatee, FL, high school.  Turned down a football scholarship at Mississippi State University to play pro ball . . . MLB.com: #13.

Carlos Tocci . . . CF . . . B-R . . . age: 19 . . . Lo-A/Hi-A: .300 in 82 games, 16 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 30 RBI, 15 SB . . . SAL All-Star before promotion to Clearwater . . . Signed as an amateur free agent out of Venezuela, 8/23/11, on his 16th birthday . . . MLB.com: #17.

Prospects Part I

During the All-Star Game break, we’re taking a look at some young prospects in the minor leagues, players from the Phillies four full-season teams: Low-A Lakewood, Hi-A Clearwater, AA Reading and AAA Lehigh Valley.  Today, pitchers and catchers; tomorrow, infielders and outfielders.  Players are listed in alphabetical order.  Source: my observations from reading game reports and conversations with those in player development.

Starting Pitchers
RH Victor Arano . . . age: 20 . . . Hi-A, 3-8, 4.73 ERA for 15 games, 14 starts . . . After 0-7 start, won 3 consecutive starts allowing 1 run in 20 innings with 10 strikeouts . . . Youngest among Phillies minor league starting pitchers . . . Came to Phillies from the Dodgers in Roberto Hernandez trade, 8/28/14. Originally signed by Dodgers out of Mexico, 4/4/13 . . . MLB.com: ranked #16 among Phillies top 20 prospects.

LH Jesse Biddle . . . age: 22 . . . Began season in AA; won 3 in a row from 6/10-21; promoted to AAA after 7-2 record; no decision in first AAA start on July 8; still working on command of strike zone . . . Drafted #1 in 2010 out of Germantown Friends School . .  MLB.com: #8.

RH Zach Elfin . . . age: 21, youngest player in Eastern League on opening day . . . 5-4, 2.88 ERA, 14 starts . . . Chosen to pitch in Pan Am Games this month . . . Drafted by Padres between 1st and 2nd rounds, 2012 (33rd overall); came to the Phillies in the Jimmy Rollins trade, 12/19/14 . . . MLB.com: #4.

LH Matt Imhoff . . . age: 21 . . . Hi-A:  3-3, 3.93 ERA, 8 starts; opponents are hitting .229; allowed two or fewer runs in 6 starts . . . Was on DL 4/15-6/10 . . . Drafted in 2nd round in 2014 out of Cal Poly . . . MLB.com: #7.

LH Brandon Leibrandt . . . age: 22 . . . Hi-A: 6-2, 2.77 ERA for 15 games, 4 starts; opponents are hitting .229; 13 BB, 62 SO . . . Was on DL, 6/4-26 . . . Excellent pick-off move . . . Drafted in 6th round in 2014 out of Florida State University . . . Son of former big league pitcher, Charlie Leibrandt.

RH Mark Leiter . . . age: 24 . . . Combined Hi-A/AA: 4-5, 2.76 ERA for 19 games, 13 starts, 2 complete games and 1 save . . . Drafted in the 22nd round in 2013 out of New Jersey Institute of Technology . . . Son of former Phillies pitcher, Mark Leiter.

RH Ben Lively . . . age: 23 . . . 7-7, 3.65 for 17 AA starts; has allowed 3 or few runs 12 times . . . Originally drafted in 4th round by Reds in 2013 of Central Florida; Reds’ Minor League Pitcher of the Year the following season (13-7, 3.04) . . . Acquired for Marlon Byrd, 12/31/14 . . . MLB.com: #6.

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RH Aaron Nola . . . age: 22 . . . Began at AA (7-3, 1.88); promoted to AAA (3-0, 2.43); combined 2.03 ERA . . . In 161.2 combined innings, only 26 walks . . . Excellent command of 3 pitches and very composed on the mound . . . 4-3 in pro debut a year ago after being #1 selection out of LSU . . . Chosen for Futures Game . . . MLB.com: #2.

RH Ricardo Pinto . . . age: 21 . . . Combined Lo-A/Hi-A: 8-3, 3.07; 99.2 IP, 25 BB, 76 SO . . . Began season 6-2 at Lakewood before 6/21 promotion to Clearwater . . .
Signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent out of Venezuela, 12/28/11 . . . MLB.com: #10.

Bullpen
LH Joey DeNato . . . age: 23 . . . 2-2, 1.70 ERA in 28 appearances, 4 SV; 43 SO in 42.1 IP; opponents are hitting .193 . . . Drafted on the 19th round in 2014 out of Indiana University.

RH Jesen Dygestile-Therrien . . . age: 22 . . . Low-A/Hi-A: 3-0, 1.08 ERA in 25 games, 3 SV; 7 BB, 34 SO in 41.2 IP; opponents are hitting .222 . . . Drafted in the 17th round in 2011 out of Ahuntsic College in Montreal.

RH Matt Hockenberry . . . age: 23 . . . Low-A, 3-3, 2.64 ERA in 21 appearances, 7 SV, 30 strikeouts in 30.1 IP; opponents are hitting .175 . . . Drafted in the 9th round in 2014 out of Temple University.

RH Ulises Joaquin . . . age: 23 . . . Low-A, 4-1, 2.52, career-high 11 saves; 8 BB, 38 SO in 39.1 IP . . . Missed 2013 season with a right shin fracture . . . Second full season as a closer . . . Signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent out of Dominican Republic, 7/23/10.

RH Miguel Nunez . . . age: 22 . . . Hi-A, 2-2, 4.03 ERA in 24 games; began the season in the rotation and moved to bullpen after 4 starts, 6.75 ERA; as a reliever, 2-1, 2.65 ERA; opponents are hitting .175 . . . Signed as an amateur free agent out of Dominican Republic, 1/22/10 . . . Missed 2011-2012 seasons because of right elbow injuries.

RH Nefi Ogando . . . age 26 . . . Combined AA/AAA: 3-3, 2.34 ERA, 3 SV, 29 games . . . Currently riding an 11.2 scoreless inning streak, 7.2 after promoted to AAA on 6/24 . . . Acquired from Red Sox for John McDonald, 8/31/13.

RH Edubray Ramos . . . age: 22 . . . Combined Hi-A/AA: 3-4, 1.42 ERA, 31 appearances, 8 SV, 7 BB, 48 SO in 50.2 IP . . . Signed as a minor league free agent 11/21/12; originally signed by Cardinals out of Venezuela, 3/25/10. Did not pitch in 2011-12.

RH Yacksel Rios . . . age: 22 . . . Hi A: 5-2, 2.87 ERA for 15 games, 16 starts . . . 15 B, 42 SO in 53.1 IP; opponents are hitting .206 . . . Drafted in 12th round in 2011 out of Gurabo, PR, high school.

RH Alexis Rivero . . . age: 20 . . . Low-A, 3-0, 2.62 ERA in 25 appearances, 7 SV; opponents are hitting .191 . . . First season pitching in the states . . . Signed as an amateur free agent out of Venezuela, 11/7/12.

RH Stephen Shackleford . . . age: 26. . . AA: 2-1, 3.38 ERA, 33 games, tied for league lead with a career-high 19 saves; opponents are hitting .229 . . . Originally drafted by Giants in 35th round in 2010 . . . Signed as a minor league free agent by the Phillies, 12/16/14.

LH Tom Windle . . . age: 23 . . . 3-5, 4.98 ERA for 18 AA games, 14 starts . . . Moved to bullpen on 6/30; allowed 1 R in first 7 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 5 SO; opponents are batting .136 . . . Drafted in 2nd round by Dodgers in 2013 out of the University of Minnesota; came to Phillies in Rollins trade . . . MLB.com: #5.

Catchers
Willians Astudillo . . . B-R . . . age: 23 . . . Hi-A, .302, 3 HR, 33 RBI in 70 games, 5 BB, 9 SO . . . Also plays 1B and DH . . . Career .319 hitter in the minors; missed 2013 with knee injury . . . Signed as an amateur free agent out of Venezuela, 12/15/08.

Deviy Grullon . . . B-R . . . age: 19 . . . Low-A, .208 in 64 games, 3 HR, 25 RBI . . . Hitting .281 in July after struggling in May-June . . . Youngest player on Lakewood roster and one of the youngest in the South Atlantic League . . . Signed as an amateur free agent out of the Dominican Republic, 7/2/12 . . . MLB.com: #11.

9 March 2015- Phillies minor league headshots, Clearwater, FL

9 March 2015- Phillies minor league headshots, Clearwater, FL

Andrew Knapp . . . B-B . . . age 23 . . . Combined Hi A/AA: .274 in 76 games, 2 HR, 42 RBI; currently riding a career-high 16-game hitting streak, including all 13 games since promotion to AA on 6/26 . . . Underwent Tommy John surgery on right arm 10/4/13; works daily on arm strength . . . Second-round selection that summer out of University of California. Originally drafted by A’s (41st round, 2010) out of high school but chose college . . . MLB.com: #12.

Gabriel Lino . . . B-R . . . age: 22 . . . Combined AA/AAA: .270 in 58 games, 3 HR, 26 RBI . . . Hit in 20 of the 26 AAA games since promotion from AA on June 2 . . . Has thrown 11 of 28 base stealers (39.3 %) . . . Acquired from Orioles for Jim Thome 6/30/12 . . . Orioles signed him out of Venezuela, 12/16/09.

Chace Numata . . . B-B . . . age: 22 . . . Combined Low-A/Hi-A: .299, 1 HR, 20 RBI in 44 games . . . Currently riding an 8-game hitting streak; includes 5 multi-hit games . . . Limited to 9 games in 2011 with right wrist hamate fracture . . . Drafted by Phillies in 14th round in 2010 out of high school in Hawaii.

Valleys Dominate

A 162-game season is a mental and physical grind filled with peaks and valleys. As many had predicted, the Phillies season hasn’t had many peaks. Oh, there was a seven-game winning streak but valleys have dominated.

The Phillies are headed for their first 100-loss season since 1961 (47-107).  The club record was set in 1941 (43-111) when they played a 154-game season.

Whatever the final record there will be some positives.  Number 1 they will get the number 1 pick in next summer’s draft.   Galvis, Herrera, Hernandez and Franco have been given a chance to play.  They are building blocks for the future even though they have had peaks and valleys.  All were hitting well until they faced three consecutive Cy Young pitchers on the just-completed a weak California week.  Combined the four were 6-41 with 16 strikeouts.

The last two drafts and the Rollins and Byrd trades have helped the Phillies minor leagues system get turned upward again. With the trading deadline coming up at 4 p.m. (EDT) on July 31, the plan it to add more prospects.

Combined, the six minor league teams have a 212-183 record. More building blocks are on the way.  Tomorrow we’ll look at pitchers and catchers. Wednesday, infielders and outfielders.

Building a winner takes time.  As Pat Gillick has said it will also take patience.  Unfortunately, a lot of people fit a cartoon I recently saw, “Dear Lord.  Give me patience……but give it to me now.”

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (40-51, 4th place, North Division)
Won 2 of 3 in Pawtucket.  ND on Friday for Aaron Nola, 6-7-2-2-2-6; allowed both runs in 1st inning.  WP Sunday:  Anthony Vasquez (5-3), 8-4-0-0-2-4. SV: Adam Loewen (4-5). RF Aaron Altherr, 5-14 weekend.  LV enters the All-Star break with 11 wins in last 14 games.
Next: Thursday night at Rochester.

Reading Fightin Phils (48-42, 2nd place, Eastern Division)
Split 4 games in Akron. Was no-hit in 7-inning first game on Saturday night but won the 2nd game, 3-2 and the series finale, 7-2, on Sunday. C Andres Knapp extended his Reading hitting streak to 13 games.  SS J.P. Crawford and manager Dusty Wathan missed last two days (3 games) because they were in Cincinnati for Sunday’s Futures Game.  Crawford was 1-3, R, RBI. Nola didn’t pitch as he threw 6 innings on Friday night.
Next: Thursday night home with New Britain.

Clearwater Threshers (13-5, 1st place, North Division)
Won 2 of 3 in Ft. Myers. 8th shutout on Friday night; WP: David Whitehead (6-7), 8-6-0-0-1-2. WP Sunday in 4-1 decision: Brandon Leibrandt (6-2), 6-6-1-1-0-3. SV: Ulises Joaquin (10).
Next: Ricardo Pinto 7:05 tonight in Ft. Myers.

Lakewood BlueClaws (10-8, 2nd place, Northern Division)
Closed a 6-3 homestand by taking 2 of 3 from Hickory. RF Herlis Rodriguez had a walk-off single in the 10th inning on Saturday, 4-3.  WP: Matt Hockenberry (3-3). Jerome Williams made 2nd rehab start on Sunday, no decision, 4-6-4-4-0-5. BlueClaws rallied for 7-4 win.  WP: Will Morris (1-0), 5-4-0-0-0-3.
Next: 7:05 Tuesday night in Kannapolis.

Williamsport Crosscutters (17-5, 1st place, Pinckney)
Ended 4-game losing streak by winning 4 times over the weekend, Friday DH vs. Tri-City and next two vs. Connecticut. Wins boosted home record to 13-1.
Next: Luis Morales 7:05 tonight vs. Connecticut.

Gulf Coast League Phillies (14-4, 1st place, Northwest Division)
Split a pair vs. the Pirates. Win came Saturday when they scored 6 in the 10th for an 8-2 win. 1st HR for 3B Jose Antequera and C Edgar Cabral in the big inning.
Next: Tigers 12 noon today at Carpenter Complex.

Today In Phillies History
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.

 

 

 

 

Weekend in SF

Things get easier tonight in San Francisco when the Phillies face a third straight Cy Young Award winner.  Kershaw and Greinke didn’t give up a run the last two nights for the first-place Dodgers.  Baumgarner is next but he’s more human.  He gave up five runs in his last outing (July 4).  He’s 1-0 against the Phillies this season but gave up five runs back on June 6. Hamels usually doesn’t get much run support but the Phillies are due to break out.

The second-place Giants are 2-8 in their last 10 games, 21-21 at home and 43-43 for the season.  They are struggling right now but the Phillies are only 21-30 in AT&T Park.

Comparison note: Phillies pitchers have issued 284 walks, second most in the NL while the Giants have issued the fewest (179). Walks lead to a lot of runs.

Minor Leagues
Prospect Spotlight
The SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game will be played on Sunday afternoon, 3 o’clock in Cincinnati’s Great American Ballpark.  The game will be televised by the MLB Network.  SS J. P. Crawford and RHP Aaron Nola are on the US Team.  Coaching for the World Team is Reading manager Dusty Wathan.

In a USA Today story earlier this week, Crawford was listed as one of the top seven players to watch. At 20 years of age, Crawford is the youngest player on the US Team.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (38-50, tie 4th place, North Division)
Rained out at home vs. Pawtucket.  No date has been set for the rescheduling of the game.  After two games at home vs. the Red Sox, the two teams meet in a three-game series starting tonight in Pawtucket . . . Aaron Nola (3-0) 7:05 tonight.

OF Aaron Altherr has hit in 14 of his 16 games in AAA, 3 homers and 14 RBI. Going back to Reading, he’s hit in 23 of his last 25.

Reading Fightin Phils (45-40, 2nd place, 1 GB, Eastern Division)
Portland salvaged the last game of the 3-game series with a 9-1 win.  Reading was held to 4 singles and a double.  C Rene Garcia had 2 of the hits. LP: Mark Leiter (1-4).
After the game it was climb aboard a bus for each team, Reading headed for Akron and Portland headed home. Each has a game tonight which will come around very quickly.
Next: Colin Kleven (1-1) 7:05 tonight at Akron.

Clearwater Threshers (11-4, 1st place, North Division)
For the 3rd straight game in a 3-game series, Clearwater and Lakeland played extra innings.  This time Lakeland won, 4-3, in 13. Clearwater has played 85 games, 15 going extra innings.  The Threshers are 11-4 in those games. SS Malquin Canelo, 2 singles, double, RBI, SB.  No decision: Matt Imhoff, 6.1-2-3-1-4-4.
Next: David Whitehead (5-7) 7:05 tonight in Ft. Myers.

Lakewood BlueClaws (8-7, tied 2nd place, Northern Division)
Won game 2 of a 5-game series against Hickory, 5-2. 2B Scott Kingery, single, 1st pro homer, 2 RBI. WP: Austin Davis (1-2), 5-6-2-2-1-4.
Next: Elniery Garcia (6-6) 7:05 tonight vs. Hickory.

Williamsport Crosscutters (13-5, 1st place, Pinckney)
Rained out at home vs. Tri-City.
Next: Alejandro Arteaga (3-0) and Jose Taveras (1-1) in 5:05 doubleheader tonight vs. Tri-City.

Gulf Coast League Phillies (13-3, 1st place, Northwest Division)
Won 6th in last 7 games, 3-1, at the Yankees despite getting only 4 singles.  WP: Ranger Suarez (2-0), 6-3-0-0-1-3; SV: Zach Morris (1).
Next: 2nd place Pirates 12 noon today at Carpenter Complex.

Transactions
Lehigh Valley: RHP Chris Leroux, on T.I. list as he is participating in the Pan Am games; RHR Tyler Knigge, added from Reading.

Reading: LHR Ethan Stewart, added from Clearwater, RHR Edubray Ramos, added from Clearwater, 2B KC Serna on DL (left oblique strain), RHS Mark Leiter, T. I. list as Reading needs to add another pitcher with a DH tomorrow night, INF Devin Lohman, added from Clearwater.

Clearwater: RHR Jario Munoz, added from Gulf Coast, INF Luis Espiritu, added from GC.

Lakewood: RHR Jason Zgardowski, added from Williamsport.

Today In Phillies History

Philadelphia Phillies Chuck Klein holding bats,1944

Philadelphia Phillies Chuck Klein holding bats,1944

1936: Following two-plus seasons with the Cubs, the Phillies reacquire OF Chuck Klein in a May 21 trade. Weeks later Klein becomes only the third player in the NL to hit four home runs in a game, a 9-6, 10-inning win for the Phillies in Pittsburgh.

1972: GM Paul Owens puts himself in the dugout as a replacement for manager Frank Lucchesi in an effort to learn more about the players and their future.

1979: PH Del Unser sets a major league record with his third consecutive pinch-hit home run, this one a three-run game-winner in the bottom of the ninth which lifts the Phillies to a 6-5 win over San Diego at the Vet. 3B Mike Schmidt’s hottest home run streak includes his seventh home run in his last 15 at bats (5 games), which ties an NL record.

For great moments in Phillies history for July 11 and 12, click on http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

 

 

 

Koufax/Kershaw

Sandy Koufax’ #32 was retired by the Dodgers after his Hall of Fame career.  Some year, Kershaw’s #22 will receive the same honor. Riding a pair of home runs, Kershaw won last night, 5-0, increasing his consecutive scoreless inning streak against the Phillies to 27.  Rollins’s three-run homer made it 5-0.  When Kershaw has a lead of five or more runs, he’s 47-0.

Morgan struggled with his command and was tagged for both homers behind in the count. He had seven three-ball counts.

Phillies did have nine hits but left nine on base as the result of 0-12 with RISP. Hernandez had his 12-game hitting streak stopped while Galvis extended his to 10 games.

Greinke tonight to close out the four-game series.  He only has a 1.48 ERA, lowest in the league, and a scoreless streak of 27.2 going into the start.  Last run he gave up was June 13. Ouch.

Minor Leagues
Prospect Spotlight

2015 Astudillo
C-1B-DH Willians Astudillo, a 23-year-old from Venezuela playing in Clearwater. Leads club with a .308 average, 3 homers, 32 RBI. In 67 games, he has 5 walks and 9 strikeouts. Hitting .324 in last 10 games, 7 RBI.  For his 6-year minor league career, which included first three seasons in Venezuela Summer League, the right-handed hitter has a .317 average, 61 walks and 50 strikeouts.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (38-50, tie 4th place, North Division)
Trailing 8-1 after four innings, LV rallied for a 9-8 win in 11 innings.  The winning run scored on a throwing error by the Pawtucket catcher.  LV is 9-2 in the last 11 games. LF Jordan Danks, single, 3 doubles, 3 RBI. 4 other teammates had 2 hits apiece. ND: Jesse Biddle in AAA debut, plagued by wildness, 2.1-5-7-7-6-1. WP: Nefi Ogando (1-0).
Next: Aaron Nola (3-0) 7:05 tonight vs. Pawtucket.

Reading Fightin Phils (45-39, 2nd place, 1 GB, Eastern Division)
Edged Portland, 2-1, on a run-scoring double by LF Cam Perkins (#18, most on club) and a 7th-inning sac. fly by 2B KC Serna. Starter: Reinier Roibal, 4-5-0-0-0-1. WP: Tom Windle (3-5), his first as a reliever in pro ball.  SV:  Ryan O’Sullivan (2).
Next: Mark Leiter 1-3 7:05 tonight vs. Portland.

Clearwater Threshers (11-3, 1st place, North Division)
1B Willians Astudillo had a walk-off single as Clearwater edged Lakeland, 5-4, in extra innings for the second straight night.  This one was in 10, improving the Threshers’ extra-inning record to 11-3. RF Chase Harris ad his second straight 3-hits game; 2 RBI. LF Andrew Pullin, 2 RBI. ND: Ricardo Pinto, 7-6-4-4-1-2.  WP: Miguel Nunez (2-2), 3-0-0-0-0-2
Next: Matt Imhoff (3-3) 7:00 tonight vs. Lakeland.

Lakewood BlueClaws (7-7, tied 2nd place, Northern Division)
Won, 6-3, over Hickory.  BlueClaws had only 6 hits, 3 by 3B Drew Stankiecwiz, single, double, triple, 2 RBI.  He’s 9-19 in last 4 games. WP: Ranfi Casimiro (4-5), 6-6-1-1-3-1. SV: Joey DeNato (4).
Next: Austin Davis (0-2) 7:05 tonight vs. Hickory.

Williamsport Crosscutters (13-5, 1st place, Pinckney Division)
Lost 4th in a row, 10-6, to Tri-City which had 11 hits and 12 walks. LF Venn Biter, single, double, 2 RBI. 1B Brendon Hayden, 2 hits, RBI; RF Jose Pujols, 1-1, 3 runs, 3 walks. LP: Denton Keys (0-1).
Next: Alejandro Arteaga (3-0) 7:05 tonight vs. Tri-Citi 7:05.

Gulf Coast League Phillies (12-3,1st place, Northwest Division)
Defeated Yankees, 13-7, in a suspended game and 1-0 in the regular game. 1st game: RF Bryan Martelo, 2 singles, 2 doubles, 3 runs. C Edgar Cabral, 3-3, 2 R, 2 RBI. 3B Jose Antequera, 2 hits, 2 Rm 2 RBI, 2 SB. WP Bailey Falter (1-0) first pro appearance, 3-1-0-0-1-3.
Next: At Yankees, 12 noon today.

Today In Phillies History

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1953: RHP Robin Roberts’ streak of 28 consecutive games ends when RHP Bob Miller relieves him in two-run eighth inning of a 6-5 victory over Brooklyn Dodgers at Connie Mack Stadium.  Streak began August 28, 1952.

1957: LHP Curt Simmons is the starting hurler in the All-Star Game at St. Louis, the seventh straight year in which a Phillies pitcher has started the game (Robin Roberts 5, Simmons 2).

1967: 3B Dick Allen becomes the first player to hit a home run over the center field fence between stands and flag pole at Connie Mack Stadium since the fence was raised to 32 feet in 1934.  Blow comes off RHP Nelson Briles in the eighth inning of a 4-3 win over the Cardinals.

Tables Turned

The tables were reversed in game two of this four-game series last night.  J-Roll got the game-winning hit against his former team on Monday night.  Last night, Billingsley, who won 81 games in Dodgers blue, picked up his first win in two years, 7-2. He had John surgery then and has battled other injuries.  His six innings gave the bullpen some breathing room at a time when the team was desperate for a starter to go at least six innings.

Francoeur, another veteran, backed Billingsley with a two-run double and solo home run. The two kids in the middle of the infield, Hernandez and Galvis, contributed as they’ve been doing.  Hernandez extended his hitting streak (.451 average) to a club-high 12 games. He leads the majors with 28 hits since June 21. Galvis has hit in nine straight.

Another kid, Morgan, takes the mound tonight against Kershaw who has 14 straight scoreless innings against the Phillies dating back to last year.  But, the Phillies are 4-2 against the great lefthander.

Ugh
Monday night’s 10-7 loss in 4 hours, 13 minutes is the longest 9-inning game in Phillies history.

Starting tonight, the next three starters against the Phillies are Kershaw, Greinke and Baumgarner.  That’s three easy wins.

Minor Leagues
Baseball America revealed its top 50 prospects at midseason.  SS J.P. Crawford is ranked #5 and RHP Aaron Nola, #12.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (37-50, 5th place)
8th win in last 10 games, 9-6, over Pawtucket. DH Russ Canzler, single, double, 6th HR, 3 RBI. SS Edgar Duran, 3 hits, RBI. WP: Dustin McGowan (2-1). Starter David Buchanan, 3-2-2-2-1-1; left game after 40 pitches as he will start Saturday night in San Francisco.
Next: Jesse Biddle makes AAA debut, 7:05 tonight vs. Pawtucket.

Reading Fightin Phils (45-39, 2nd place)
Defeated Portland, 8-6. RF Kelly Dugan, 2 doubles, 2 runs, stolen base. SS J.P. Crawford, 2 hits. LF Cam Perkins, HR (9), 3 RBI. Starter Jerome Williams, 3.2-3-2-2-0-3.
WP: Hoby Milner (2-1); SV: Stephen Shackleford (18).
Next: TBD, 7:05 tonight vs. Portland.

Clearwater Threshers (10-3, 1st place)
1B Rhys Hoskins delivered a sacrifice fly, walk-off RBI in the 12th inning, 3-2 over Lakeland. CF Carlos Tocci, 3-6. RF Chase Harris, 3-5; scored winning run. Starter: Brandon Leibrandt, 1st start off DL, 4-3-1-1-0-1. WP: Ethan Stewart (1-0).
Next: Ricardo Pinto (2-1), 12 noon today vs. Lakeland.

Lakewood BlueClaws (6-7, tied 4th place)
Dropped 6-3 decision to Hagerstown, getting six singles and a double. LP: Tyler Viza (4-4), 7-8-4-3-1-1.
Next: Ranfi Casimiro (3-5), 7:05 tonight vs. Hickory.

Williamsport Crosscutters (13-4, 1st place)
Tries to break a 3-game losing streak tonight vs. Tri-City. Denton Keyes will start the 7:05 game.

Gulf Coast League Phillies (10-3, tied 1st place)
Edged the Blue Jays, 5-4, in 11 innings on a throwing error by the shortstop. LF Cornelius Randolph, single, double, 2 RBI, lifting average to .317. 2B Jonathan Arauz, 4 hits, including 2 doubles. Starter: Felix Paulino, 5-3-1-1-0-9. WP: Sutter McLoughlin (1-0), 3-1-0-0-0-3.
Next: Yankees, 12 noon today.

Transactions
Reading: RHR Tyler Knigge, activated from DL.

Clearwater: INF Angelo Mora on T.I. list, participating in Pan-Am Games . . . INF Derek Campbell from Lakewood.

Today In Phillies History
1898: RHP Red Donahue, Villanova University product, pitches 5-0 no-hitter against visiting Boston. Donahue walked two and two others reached base on errors.

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.

2011: LHP Juan Perez strikes out the side on 9 pitches in the 10th inning of the Phils’ 3-2 victory over Atlanta, picking up the win. He is the first pitcher to record a 9-pitch, 3-K inning in extra innings since 1923.

Comment Inquiry
In response to a question by ringo74, assistant  coach Jorge Valendia is wearing #61.

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