Hard Times

A tough stretch in which the Phillies are playing 19 games out of 23 against teams with winning records mercifully ends tonight vs. Toronto.  When that stretch started, the Phillies were 25-19. The date was May 23. Don’t look now, but they’ve gone 5-17 in their last 22 games. Hard times.

Pitching had kept the Phillies in games and was key in producing a winning record. Of the 17 losses, 13 have been by the starters.  Jeanmar Gomez has relieved just six times in 22 games, three saves and a blown save/loss.  Hector Neris, who had been lights out in the eighth-inning role, has fallen on hard times. He’s allowed eight earned runs in his last 6.1 innings after allowing only four in his first 28 innings. Hard times.

Finger pointing the pitching isn’t totally fair. The offense, which has struggled since day one, has scored three runs or less in 13 of the 22 games. Hard times.

During the tough stretch, the Phillies split four games with the Brewers.  The next seven games are against Arizona (4) and Minnesota (3). Better times.

The loss dropped the Phillies six games under .500, 30-36. On the bright side, the 2015 Phillies didn’t win their 30th game until July 17.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (36-29), 3rd place, International League North Division.
Won 4th in last 5 games, 7-5, over Gwinnett. WP: Luis Garcia (4-1). SV: Edward Mujica (15). SS J.P. Crawford, 1B, 2 2B, 2 R, BB, SB. 1B Brock Stassi, 2 1B, 13th 2B, RBI. RF David Lough, 2 H, 2 RBI . . . Jake Thompson (5-5), 7:05 tonight vs. Gwinnett.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (47-19), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.

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2B Jesmuel Valentin (photo) hit a solo HR (#3) in the 10th inning to lift Reading to its 9th straight win, 5-4 in Hartford. WP: Miguel Nunez (3-1), blown SV (2). SV: Hoby Milner (2). Valentine also had a 1B, 2 R, BB. RF Dylan Cozens, 2 H, RBI. PH Harold Martinez HR (4) . . . Mark Leiter (2-0), 1:05 this afternoon in Hartford.

Clearwater Threshers (37-27), 2nd place, Florida State League North Division.
Scored 4 runs in the last of the 9th but fell, 9-7, to Bradenton. CF Carlos Tocci, 3 H, R, BB. 1B Zach Green, 3 H, including HR (7), 3 RBI, 2 R. LF Andrew Pullin, 2 H, including HR (4), RBI . . . John Richy (1-1), 7 tonight vs. Dunedin.

Lakewood BlueClaws (26-39), 6th place, South Atlantic League North Division.
Had 5-game winning streak at home stopped, 6-5, by Hagerstown.  2B Grenny Cumana, 1B, HR (1), 3 R, RBI, BB. 1B Damek Tomscha, 2 H, 2 RBI. CF Jiandido Tromp, 2 H, R, BB . . . Drew Anderson (1-1), 7:05 tonight vs. Kannapolis.

Williamsport Crosscutters, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
76-game season opens on Friday night, State College visiting Williamsport. Season ends September 5. Home games played in Bowman Field, which opened in 1923.

This Date
June 16, 1998–PH Mike Lieberthal hits a 3-run, game-winning home run to cap a 7-run ninth inning that gives the Phillies an electrifying 8-7 win over the Pirates at Veterans Stadium.

Book Signings
The Fightin’ Phillies is the title of my new book published by Triumph Books.  Larry Andersen wrote a hilarious foreword. I’ll be signing:

**This evening, Myerstown (PA) Community Library, 199 N. College Street, 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
**This Saturday, June 18, Barnes & Noble, 4801 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE; 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m.

Phils, Jays Now At CBP

It took Zach Eflin two minutes to strike out the first hitter he faced in the majors. Apparently the baseball Gods weren’t too happy with that strikeout. “Kid, it ain’t gonna be that easy up here.” Less than an hour later, he left the mound after just 2.2 innings, allowing nine runs, eight earned. He was tagged for three home runs, one more than he yielded in 68.1 AAA innings.

Toronto’s lineup puts a hurt on a lot of pitchers, rookies or grizzled veterans. The Jays’ 89 home runs rank fourth highest in the majors.

When the 22-year-old rookie left the game, he sat alone in the Phillies dugout for a while before Carlos Ruiz moved in and chatted.  Chooch mentor. Not surprising.

The eight earned runs allowed are the most by a Phillies pitcher in his major league debut since Russ Miller in 1927. The following season, the 28-year-old Miller set a club record by going winless for the entire season, 0-12, in 34 games, 12 starts.  No one will ever break that dubious record.

Elias Sports Bureau: Eflin is the third player in modern major-league history to allow nine or more runs in less than three innings pitched in his major league debut. The other two are Stefan Wever for the Yankees in 1982 and A. J. Cole for the Nationals in 2015.

Last Phillies rookie hurler to give up eight earned runs in a game, Gavin Floyd in 2005.

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Eflin was the 14th player to make his major league debut for the Phillies since the beginning of the 2015 season. 10 of the 14 are pitchers . . . Phillies pitchers retired the Blue Jays 1-2-3 in just one inning during the two games, the second inning on Monday .  . . The same teams play at Citizens Bank Park tonight and tomorrow night. They had a similar series at CBP a year ago. Each team won one, scored 11 runs and hit four homers.  The Blue Jays hold a 15-10 edge at CBP . . . Arizona follows for four games.

Minor League Report
Players of the Week (June 6-12)

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Reading 1B Rhys Hoskins is the Phillies minor league player of the week.  MiLB.com also selected him as the player of the week in the Eastern League. 14 hits included 3 doubles and 4 home runs. He had multiple hits in 5 straight games, homering in 4 of the 5.  Hoskins was selected by the Phillies in the fifth round of the June 2014 draft out of California State University, Sacramento.

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Lehigh Valley RHS Ben Lively is the Phillies minor league pitcher of the week for the third time this season.  He won the International League Award as well as the MiLB.com award for the IL. His 1 win last week improved his season record to 10-0, 3 in AAA and 7 with Reading. Lively was acquired from Cincinnati in exchange for outfielder Marlon Byrd and cash considerations on December 31, 2014.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (35-29), 3rd place, International League North Division.
Scored 5 runs on just 2 hits in the 9th inning for an improbable 7-6 win over Gwinnett. Darin Ruf drove in the 1st 2 runs and Brock Stassic hit a 3-run, walk-off 2B. The winning inning included a hit batter and 3 walks . . . Anthony Vasquez (0-0), 7:05 tonight vs. Gwinnett.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (46-19), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
Won, 8-6, in Hartford, the 8th straight victory and 13th in the last 14, 1B Rhys Hoskins,  14th-15th doubles, 17th HR, career-high 6 RBI; In his last 11 games, he has gone 21-for-47 (.447) with 8 home runs and 19 RBIs. He’s second in the EL in home runs and third in RBI (52). WP: Ricardo Pinto (2-2), 6-7-4-4-1-8. SV: Miguel Nunez (8).

Clearwater Threshers (37-26), 2nd place, Florida State League North Division.
Won 3rd in a row, 2-1, over Bradenton. Threshers trail 1st-place Tampa by 2.5 games with 5 left in the 1st half. WP: Ranfi Casimiro (6-4), 7-4-0-0-0-1. SV: Ulises Joaquin (5). C Chase Numata, 3 H. LF Andrew Pullin doubled in a 1st-inning run and 3B Mitch Walding drove in the 2nd run with a SF in the 3rd inning . . . Shane Watson (1-2), 12 noon today vs. Bradenton.

Lakewood BlueClaws (26-38), 6th place, South Atlantic League North Division.
15-hit attack led the BlueClaws to a 9-3 win over Hagerstown. 6 different hitters had 2 hits each. CF Carlos Duran 3 RBI, RF Zach Coppola, 2 RBI. WP: Harold Arauz (3-4), 5-4-2-2-3-4. SV: Jacob Waguespack (4) . . . Franklyn Kilome (1-5), 7:05 tonight vs. Hagerstown.

Williamsport Crosscutters, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
76-game season opens on Friday night, State College visiting Williamsport. Season ends September 5. Home games played in Bowman Field, which opened in 1923.

Transactions
Lehigh Valley, LHS Anthony Vasquez transferred from Reading.

This Date
June 15, 1949–1B Eddie Waitkus, in his first year with the Phillies, is shot by 19-year-old Ruth Steinhagen in a Chicago hotel room. Critically injured, Waitkus misses the rest of the season, but recovers in time to help the Whiz Kids in 1950.

June 15, 1991–RHP Andy Ashby becomes the first and only Phillies pitcher of the century to strike out the side on nine pitches when he whiffs 1B Hal Morris, LF Todd Benzinger and C Jeff Reed in the fourth inning of a 3-1 loss to Cincinnati at the Vet.

Book Signings
The Fightin’ Phillies is the title of my new book published by Triumph Books.  Larry Andersen wrote a hilarious foreword. I’ll be signing:

**This Thursday, June 16, Myerstown (PA) Community Library, 199 N. College Street, 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
**This Saturday, June 18, Barnes & Noble, 4801 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE; 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m.

Eickhoff Shines

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After a bleak month of May (1-4, 3.99 ERA), Jared Eickhoff has turned it around this month.  He threw six shutout innings in the 7-0 win in Toronto last night.  In tossing his 16th quality start out of his first 21, Eickhoff improved to 2-1 this month and lowered his June ERA to 1.37.

It was the Phillies eighth shutout and first since May 22, a game started by Eickhoff.  Toronto had scored 21 runs in the previous two games and was riding a three-game winning streak.

The victory ended the Phillies’ Monday miseries, 0-8.  Kiss that note good-bye.

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Win ended a six-game losing streak on the road and four over-all . . . It was the Phillies first shutout of an AL opponent since 3-0 at Oakland on Sept. 20, 2014 . . . Zach Eflin makes his major league debut in the 12:37 game this afternoon.  He was 5-2 at Lehigh Valley, losing his last start last Thursday at Charlotte, 2-1.  His line: 5.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO. He threw 75 pitches, 46 strikes; 62 fast balls, 5 curves, 3 sliders and 5 change-ups.  Mid-point on his fast ball was 92.1 mph.

Mini Camp
Drafted players from last week who agree to terms on a contract will report to Carpenter Complex in Clearwater for a mini-camp that begins Wednesday and ends Saturday.  Each player is required to take a physical exam first.

The Williamsport Crosscutters will fly to Philly at 12:09 p.m. today and then bus to Williamsport.  Season starts on Friday night at home against State College. Drafted players assigned to the Williamsport club will join the team in Lowell, MA, on Sunday, game three of the New York-Penn League.

Remaining players will be assigned to the Gulf Coast League Phillies roster and stay in Clearwater. The GCL season begins on June 24.

Draft Morsels
The only other year the Phillies had the 1-1 pick was 1998 (Pat Burrell). Mickey Moniak, this year’s 1-1, was born that year.

In the 31st round, the Phillies selected RHP Tyler Frohwirth, son of Todd, who pitched for the Phillies (1987-90).  Dad was a 13th round pick in 1984. Dad currently is a pro scout for the Orioles.

In the fifth round, the Giants selected SS Ryan Howard from the University of Missouri.

Thirty-two Hall of Famers are products of the draft, including this year’s inductees Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (34-29), 3rd place, International League North Division.
IronPigs were not scheduled . . . David Buchanan, 7:05 tonight vs. Gwinnett . . . RHS Ben Lively was named the International League player of the week and the IL Pitcher of the Week by MiLB.com. In two starts last week, the 6’4”, 190-pound hurler went 2-0 with a 0.69 ERA (1 ER, 13.0 IP, 3 H, 6 BB, 11 SO) to become the first 10-game winner in the Minor League Baseball this season (7-0 at Reading, 3-0 at LV).

Reading Fightin’ Phils (45-19), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
Had a day off . . . Ricardo Pinto, 7:05 tonight in Hartford . . . 1B Rhys Hoskins was named the Eastern League Hitter of the Week by MiLB.com. In 7 games, he hit .467 (14-30) with 3 doubles, 4 homers, 10 RBI and 6 runs. His slugging percentage was .515 and OPS, .967. For the season, 16 HR, 46 RBI and a .278 average. The 23-year-old RH hitter is second in the EL in homers and third in RBI . . . With the Cubs loss, Reading now has the best record in pro ball, 45-19, .703 percentage.

Clearwater Threshers (36-26), 2nd place, Florida State League North Division.
Defeated Bradenton, 3-1. WP: RHR Alexis Rivero (4-1), retired all 10 hitters he faced on 32 pitches. Struck out 3 and lowered ERA to 1.16.  ND: Yacksel Rios, 5.2-4-1-1-2-6. SS Malquin Canelo’s 3rd hit drove in 2 runs in the 8th for the win. 2B Scott Kingery, league-leading 22nd 2B; 14th SB.  1B Zach Green, 2-3, RBI. LF Andrew Pullin, 2-4 . . . Ranfi Casimiro (5-4), 7:00 tonight vs. Bradenton.

Lakewood BlueClaws (25-38), 6th place, South Atlantic League North Division.
Blanked Hagerstown, 5-0, behind the brilliant pitching of Luke Leftwich (6-3), 7-4-0-0-0-11, matching his career high in strikeouts.   Over his last 2 starts, he has 15 consecutive scoreless innings, 0 walks and 19 strikeouts.  He leads SAL with 80 strikeouts.  C Deivi Grullon, HR (2), 3 RBI; his other HR came on opening day. CF Jiandido Tromp, HR (10), 4th in last 5 games.  Lakewood has won 2 in a row over Hagerstown after starting the season 0-11 against the Suns . . . Harold Arauz (2-4), 7:05 tonight vs. Hagerstown.

Transactions
Lakewood: activated OF Zach Coppola from DL; released OF Venn Biter.

This Date

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June 14, 2004–1B Jim Thome homers off RHP Juan Acevedo in the first inning at Citizens Bank Park for his historic 400th career HR.  Phillies win, 10-7, over Cincinnati.

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June 14, 2014–SS Jimmy Rollins singles in the fifth inning against the Cubs for his 2,235th career hit, breaking the club record held by Mike Schmidt.

Book Signings
The Fightin’ Phillies is the title of my new book published by Triumph Books.  Larry Andersen wrote a hilarious foreword. I’ll be signing:

**This Thursday, June 16, Myerstown (PA) Community Library, 199 N. College Street, 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
**This Saturday, June 18, Barnes & Noble, 4801 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE; 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m.

Monday, Monday

Ryan Howard will be back in the lineup as the DH tonight and Tuesday afternoon as the Phillies are in Toronto for interleague play. The same two teams continue at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday and Thursday nights.

Toronto holds the upper edge in interleague play against the Phillies, 27-20, including 12-10 at the Rogers Centre.

Ironically, 19 years ago today, the Phillies played their first interleague game and it was against the Blue Jays.  RHP Wayne Gomes made his major league debut and wound up the winning pitcher, 4-3, at Veterans Stadium. SS Kevin Stocker got the Phillies first interleague hit, a bunt single in the third inning. RF Darren Daulton hit the Phillies first interleague home run the next day during a 3-2 loss to Robert Person.

Monday, Monday
Here we are. Another dreaded Monday.  Why dreaded, you ask.  Well, the Phillies are 0-8 on Mondays.  Actually 0-13 dating back to last season.  Good news: all those losses happened in the United States.  We’re in Canada tonight. Bad news: Phillies have lost their last three Monday games in this country.  Last Monday win, July 15, 2002, 11-8 over the Expos in Olympic Stadium.

Borrowing an excerpt from Monday Monday by The Mamas & The Papas:
Monday, Monday, can’t trust that day
Monday, Monday, it just turns out that way
Oh Monday, Monday, won’t go away
Monday, Monday, it’s here to stay
Oh Monday, Monday
Oh Monday, Monday

Want to feel better? San Diego is 0-10 on Sundays.

Youngest Arm

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RH Zach Eflin makes his debut Tuesday afternoon (12:37) against the Blue Jays.  The 22-year-old becomes the youngest pitcher on the staff.  Eflin, who came to the Phillies in the Jimmy Rollins trade, was 5-2 with a 2.90 ERA at Lehigh Valley. His 0.88 WHIP ranked second lowest in the International League.

At 22 years and 67 days old, Eflin will be the fourth youngest starting pitcher to make his debut for the Phillies since 2000, trailing only Aaron Nola (22.047), Brett Myers (21.341) and Gavin Floyd (21.220).
When he was told by LV manager Dave Brundage on Friday that he was going to the majors, Zach tried calling his dad with the news.  His dad was in a meeting and it took 10 calls to reach him.  “It was an emotional call,” Zach said.

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The Phillies took a 4-0 lead after their first three innings on Friday in Nationals Park. From there it wasn’t pretty until the Phillies battled back Sunday only to lose in the last of the ninth. Thus the Nats swept their second three-game series over the Phillies.

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Adam Morgan had a rough start Sunday, 2 runs in the first on three walks and a hit during a 32-pitch inning.  He gave up a home run in the second but didn’t buckle. Instead he retired 16 of the next 19, seven on strikeouts.  He even doubled and scored a run.  Maikel Franco homered off Jon Papelbon in the ninth to give the Phils a 4-3 lead before Jayson Werth’s 2-out, 2-run, walk-off single on a 2-2 pitch. Only other time Jayson won a game in similar fashion was 2010 for the Phillies against the Nats.

Minor League Weekend Report
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (34-29), 3rd place, International League North Division.
Won 2 of 3 over Durham, including a 16-1 romp on Saturday night. WP: Ben Lively (3-0), 7-1-1-1-2-5. Friday was a combined 4-0 shutout.  WP: Jake Thompson (5-5), 7-6-0-0-1-5. SV: Edubray Ramos (2), 2-0-0-0-0-2. 1B-DH Brock Stassi, 5-11 weekend, 5 R, HR, 3 RBI. 1B-LF-DH Darin Ruf’s last 10 games, 10 H, 10 R, 10 RBI, 2 HR, raising his average to .302 . . . Not scheduled today.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (45-19), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
Swept Altoona, 9-2, 12-8, 2-1. Since May 3, Reading is 30-9, including 7 straight wins.
Friday’s WP: Tyler Viza (1-0), his AA debut, 6-5-1-0-0-3. RF Dylan Cozens, HRs 18-19, 6 RBI on Saturday. 2B Jesmuel Valentin, 2-run, walk-off single in Sunday’s 2-1 win.   Weekend: Cozens, 6-13, 3 HR, 7 RBI; INF Angelo Mora, 6-13, HR, 2 RBI; 1B Rhys Hoskins, 6-11, 2 HR, 5 RBI. Hoskins’ last 10 G, .419, 7 HR, 13 RBI . . . Not scheduled today.

Clearwater Threshers (35-26), 2nd place, Florida State League North Division.
Won 2 of 3 over Bradenton. WPs: Thomas Eshelman (4-2), 6-5-1-1-0-8 on Friday and Elniery Garcia (6-2), 6-3-0-0-3-5 on Sunday.  Lowered his ERA to 1.97. Weekend: 3B Mitch Walding, 5-9, 4 R, 4 RBI, 8th-9th HRs, giving him a career high; hitting .353 in last 10 games, boosting average to a club-high .286 . . . Yacksel Rios (1-1), 7:05 tonight vs. Bradenton.

Lakewood BlueClaws (24-38), 6th place, South Atlantic League North Division.
Lost 2 of 3 in Delmarva. Friday’s WP: Drew Anderson (1-1), 5-5-2-0-3-7. Weekend:  CF Jiandido Tromp, 4-12, 3 R, 2 HR (8-9), 4 RBI . . . Luke Leftwich (5-3), 7:05 tonight vs. Hagerstown.

Transactions
Lehigh Valley, OF Wil Venable requested his out clause and was released; INF Angelys Nina was released; INF Carlos Alonso was transferred from Reading.

Reading, RHS Tyler Viza was transferred from Clearwater.

Phillies Draft Numbers
16 RHPs, 7 LHPs, 4 C, 3 1B, 1 3B, 3 SS and 6 OF. 12 high schoolers, 28 college.

Book Signings
The Fightin’ Phillies is the title of my new book published by Triumph Books.  Larry Andersen wrote a hilarious foreword. I’ll be signing:

**This Thursday, June 16, Myerstown (PA) Community Library, 199 N. College Street, 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
**This Saturday, June 18, Barnes & Noble, 4801 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE; 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m.

Mickey #1

Now batting for La Costa Canyon High School, # 2, center fielder Mickey Moniak.

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Welcome to the newest Phillie, the number 1 overall player in the draft.  An 18-year-old left-handed hitter. Grades high as a hitter, speed and fielding with above average arm and power potential.

He has a commitment to UCLA, Chase Utley’s college.  One report compared Mickey’s skills to Chase.  Will gladly take another Chase.

MaXPreps.com (America’s Source For High School Sports)
“Already one of the top prospects in the Class of 2016, Moniak raised his value to a new level this year by adding power to his already impressive array of skills. Some recent mock drafts have Moniak as the top high school player chosen, even ahead of pitchers Jason Groome and Riley Pint. He already had above average speed and outstanding defensive instincts, but he greatly improved his power hitting in 2016. After going homerless as a junior, Moniak belted seven his senior year to go with 13 triples. He ended the year batting .476. Could go among the top five picks.”

Buster Olney’s ESPN tweet: “If Mickey Moniak is an impressive as a pro ballplayer as he was in his post-draft interview, the Phillies will have a star.”

Follow the # 1 pick on twitter @MickeyMoniak.

Oh, he graduates tonight. Quite a graduation gift getting a Phillies hat and soon a contract.

Leading off in the second round (42nd overall), the Phillies took an 18-year-old high school right-handed pitcher, Kevin Gowdy. Above average fast ball, slider and change up. Like Moniak, he has a commitment to UCLA. Gowdy tweet: “Honored to have been drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies. Can’t wait to see what’s next!”

The draft will continue today at 1:00 p.m. with rounds 3-10 and will conclude Saturday,  rounds 11-40.  Philadelphia’s first selection today will be in the third round (78th overall).

Baseball Tonight
Phillies are back in action taking on the Nationals in their park.  Phillies swept a three-game series there in late April but Washington returned the favor at Citizens Bank Park a month later.

After this weekend, it’s on to Toronto for two games (Monday-Tuesday), then back home for two with the Blue Jays (Wednesday-Thursday).  Game times for the next five games are 7:05, 12:05, 4:05, 7:07 and 12:27.  Need an alarm clock.

Extended Spring Training

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Every year at the end of spring training, a group of very young minor leaguers stay at Carpenter Complex in Clearwater to continue polishing their skills. Learn more about what goes on in extended spring training at http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (32-28), 3rd place, International League North Division.
Dropped 2-1 decision in Gwinnett despite out-hitting the Braves, 6-2.  LP: Zach Elfin (5-2), 5.1-1-2-0-3-4. Two walks, a double steal and error by 2B Darnell Sweeney produced 2 unearned runs in the 3rd inning . . . Jake Thompson (4-5), 7:05 tonight vs. Durham.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (42-19), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
9th win in last 10 games, 6-2, for a 3-game sweep in Akron. WP: Anthony Vasquez (7-3), 8-6-2-2-1-9. Big blow was a 3-run HR (#2) by RF Aaron Brown. 1B Rhys Hoskins, 2 H, 3 SO. RF Dylan Cozens, 2 hits, 12th SB. 3B Harold Martinez, 2 H, R, RBI. CF Osmel Aguila, 2B, 2 R, RBI. CF Roman Quinn sat out his fifth straight game with hamstring tightness . . . 7:05 tonight vs. Altoona.

Clearwater Threshers (33-25), 2nd place, Florida State League North Division.
Won, 4-2, in Charlotte. WP: Shane Watson (1-2), 6.1-5-1-1-0-5. SV: Alexis Rivero (5).
C Chace Numata, HR (1). 2 H: LF Andrew Pullin, 2B Scott Kingery, 3B Mitch Walding
. . . Thomas Eshelman (3-2), 6:35 tonight in Charlotte.

Lakewood BlueClaws (23-36), 6th place, South Atlantic League North Division.
After tying the game in the top of the ninth on a HR (7) by CF Jiandido Tromp, host Delmarva won in 10 innings, 2-1. ND: Franklyn Kilome, 7-4-1-1-3-9 . . . Drew Anderson (0-1), 7:05 tonight in Delmarva.

Transactions
Lakewood: activated Damek Tomscha from DL; placed 1B Wilson Garcia on the DL.

Weekend Baseball
With the Phillies out of town, Phillies fans can catch both the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and Reading Fightin’ Phils at home.  Lot of prospects on each team plus good ballpark food.

This Date
June 10, 1972
To change their luck, Phillies wear blue road uniforms at home only to lose to Atlanta, 15-3.  The blue road uniforms never appeared again at the Vet.

June 10, 1975
3B Mike Schmidt hits a ball off a public address speaker hanging from the Astrodome roof, 117 feet up and 300 feet from home plate.  Schmidt settles for a single off LHP Claude Osteen in the Phillies’ 12-0 win.

June 10, 1981
Another great moment in Vet history.  1B Pete Rose needs two hits to surpass Stan Musial as the all-time NL hit leader.  Rose singles in his first at-bat against Houston RHP Nolan Ryan, who then strikes out Pete the next three at-bats.  Phils win, 5-4, before 57,386.  Two days later, players go on strike until August, eliminating 55 games.

Phestival, Draft Tonight

The first-place Cubs powered their way to an easy win in the series finale yesterday, 8-1. Veteran right-hander John Lackey was too much for the young Phillies hitters who had just three singles. There were more rain showers than Phillies hits.

By winning, the Cubs are 2-0-1 in their last three series at Citizens Bank Park.  The Phillies went 8-0-2 in their first 10 series against the Cubs from July 23, 2004 to August 8, 2013.

Phillies Phestival

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Annual charity event to help strike out ALS will be held tonight at Citizens Bank Park.  All proceeds benefit the ALS Association.  Gates open at 4 p.m. and the event ends two hours later.  All the players, coaches and Pete Mackanin will be sign autographs at various stations.

Since 1984, the Phillies have raised $16 million for patient services and research in the Greater Philadelphia area.

After the event the Phillies board a train for Washington, DC, and a three-game weekend series against the first-place Nationals.  The Phillies will get to DC quicker than the Nats who have a night game in Chicago against the White Sox.

Draft Day Is Here

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Johnny Almaraz, Director of Amateur Scouting, will meet with the Philadelphia media later tonight (approximately 10:20) after the Phillies select their first two players.  The draft begins at 7 p.m. and the Phillies have the first and 42nd overall selections.

MLB Network will televise tonight’s first two rounds.  Representing the Phillies in the network’s studio will be Mike Lieberthal and Ed Wade.

MLB.com will cover every round of the three-day draft.  Rounds 3-10 will begin at 1 p.m. Friday. The Phillies begin that round with the first selection, the 78th overall pick. Rounds 11-30 start at 12 noon on Saturday.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (32-27), 3rd place, International League North Division.
Lost, 3-1, in Gwinnett getting only 5 hits.  LP: Severino Gonzalez (0-1), 4-5-3-3-0-3; all 3 runs came in the 1st inning.  C Logan Moore, HR (2) . . . Zach Eflin (5-1) in series finale, 12:05 this afternoon in Gwinnett.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (41-19), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
Won 8th game in last 9, 3-2, on a HR (14) by Rhys Hoskins in the 11th inning in Akron.  He’s gone deep in 5 of his last 7 games. DH Jake Fox (11) also homered for Reading. ND: Ricardo Pinto, 7-4-2-2-1-8; WP: Hoby Milner (4-0). SV: Miguel Nunez (7). Reading hitters struck out 18 times, Reading pitchers recorded 17 strikeouts . . . Anthony Vasquez (6-3), 7:05 tonight in Akron. After the game, Reading buses home for a Friday night game with Altoona.

Clearwater Threshers (32-25), 2nd place, Florida State League North Division.
Lost, 4-3, in Charlotte, getting only 6 hits, 2 by LF Andrew Pullin.  It was their first loss after leading after the 6th inning.  They had been 27-0. LP: Victor Arano (1-1) . . . Steve Watson (0-2), 6:35 tonight in Charlotte.

Lakewood BlueClaws (23-35), 6th place, South Atlantic League North Division.
Won 3rd in a row, 6-0, over Lexington in a game called after 5 innings by rain. WP: Harold Arauz (2-4), 5-3-0-0-0-7. 2B Josh Tobias and 3B Jan Hernandez each had a 1B, 2B and RBI . . . Franklyn Kilome (1-5), 7:05 tonight in Delmarva.

This Date
June 9, 1982–Steve Carlton (7-6) sets a club record for most strikeouts by a LHP in a nine-inning game by fanning 16 Cubs in a 4-2 win at the Vet.  Lefty struck out Ryne Sandberg four times.

Hat Trick

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Jerry Crasnick has a neat human interest story on ESPN.com about Cubs catcher David Ross who is retiring after this season. His bucket list for his last trip to Philly included having a Geno’s cheesesteak, running the steps at the Museum of Art ala Rocky and a photo with Phillie Phanatic.

“He makes fun of both sides and doesn’t discriminate against anybody,” Ross said. “He’s the best mascot in sports. There’s no doubt.” The 39-year-old Ross is in his 16th big league season.

Happy Dramatic Ending

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Jeanmar Gomez left Clearwater in April expecting to be in his usual eighth-inning role. He had one career save, 2014 with the Pirates.  His second save came in his second appearance this season and he’s been the closer since.  Last night he picked up his first-ever six-out save, 3-2, over the Cubs, pitching out of a bases-loaded jam with no outs in the eighth for his league-leading 19th save.

Pete Mackanin singled out Andres Blanco, Freddy Galvis and Peter Bourjos for their defensive gems.  Blanco and Galvis ended the eighth-inning turning a difficult double play.  In the ninth, Bourjos cut off a ball in the gap that appeared to be a game-tying double.  Instead the single forced the lead runner to stop at third.  A grounder to Galvis then ended the game, one of the most exciting home games this season.

Jerad Eickhoff was brilliant as the starter allowing the high-powered Cubs lineup one run on two hits in his seven innings.

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Ryan Howard got the Phillies second run with his 366th career home run.  It tied him with Lance Berkman for 80th place on the all-time list. He also walked for the 695th time moving him past Willie (Puddin’ Head) Jones for seventh place in franchise history.

Phil-Ins
One-run win boosted the Phillies record to 15-5, best in the majors.  It was their first such win since May 14 . . . Phillies stole three bases, Cody Asche, Carlos Ruiz and Odubel Herrera . . . Series ends at 1:05 this afternoon . . . Thursday night is the Phillies Phestival for the benefit of ALS. Pete, his coaching staff and all the players will there.  They’ll take an Amtrak charter train after the Phestival to Washington, DC, for a weekend series with the Nationals.

Draft Notes
The Draft Room on the executive office level at Citizens Bank Park continues as the war room for Thursday night’s draft.  Over 1,000 names are listed on various chalk boards broken down by high school athletes and college players by position.

First two rounds will take place starting at 7 on Thursday night.  ICYMI, the Phillies have the first overall selection and the first player in the second round which will be the 42nd overall selection.

Minor League Report
More Honors

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Reading RF Dylan Cozens, chosen as the Phillies player of the month for May, received the same honor by the Eastern League and by MiLb.com. He hit his 16th homer last night, matching a career high (2014 in Lakeland).

Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (32-26), tie-2nd place, International League North Division.
11-6 winners in Gwinnett, making it 6 wins in last 7 games.  LV is 6 over .500 for the first time since 2013.  WP: Mike Mariot (1-1). 5 players had multi-hit games: 3B Taylor Featherston, 3 H,, 3 R, 3B, HR (8), 3 RBI, 2 BB; RF Nick Williams, 3 H, 2 R, 2B, 2 RBI, SB. C Andrew Knapp, 3 H, R, RBI. CF Cameron Perkins, 3 H, 2 RBI. LF-1B Darin Ruf, 2 H, 2 R, RBI . . . Severino Gonzalez (0-0), 6:35 tonight in Gwinnett.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (40-19), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
3 consecutive home runs in the 5th inning (C Jorge Alfaro (5), Dylan Cozens (16) and  1B Rhys Hoskins (13) propelled Reading to an 11-1 romp in Akron. 5 different players had multi hits led by 2B Jesmuel Valentin’s 4. Alfaro drove in 4 R.  Win was 7th in last 8 games enabling the Fightin’ Phils to win their 40th game out of 59, the highest win total in that number of games in Reading’s 50 years as a Phillies affiliate. WP: Nick Pivetta (6-4), 5-3-1-1-3-5. Osmel Aguila played his first AA game in CF, 0-4 . . . Ricardo Pinto (1-2), 7:05 tonight in Akron.

Clearwater Threshers (32-24), 2nd place, Florida State League North Division.
Lost, 2-1, to 1st-place Tampa. C Gabriel Lino had 2 of Clearwater’s 8 hits. LP: Yacksel  Rios (1-1), gave up a 2-run HR in the 5th . . . Clearwater is 4.5 games behind Tampa with 12 games left in the 1st-half schedule . . . Ranfi Casimiro (5-4), 6:35 tonight in Port Charlotte.

Lakewood BlueClaws (22-35), 6th place, South Atlantic League North Division.
Won, 2-1, over Lexington. WP: Luke Leftwich (5-3), career-high 8 innings-5-0-0-0-8. 19-year-old Edgar Garcia picked up his 1st save. RBI: 2B Josh Tobias, C Deivi Grullon
. . . Harold Arauz (1-4), 11:05 this morning vs, Lexington.

Transactions
Lehigh Valley: OF David Lough assigned outright the IronPigs. Will join club Friday.
Reading: OF Osmel Aguila transferred from Clearwater.
Clearwater: RHS John Richy transferred from Reading.
Lakewood: RHS Jacob Waguespack transferred from extended ST.
Extended ST: LHP Scott Harris transferred from Lakewood.

This Date

Larry Steven Jeltz Positions: Shortstop, Second Baseman and Third Baseman Bats: Both, Throws: Right Height: 5' 11", Weight: 180 lb. Born: May 28, 1959 in Paris, France (Age 56.117) School: University of Kansas (Lawrence, KS) Drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 9th round of the 1980 amateur draft. (All Transactions) Debut: July 17, 1983 (Age 24.050, 12,374th in MLB history)   vs. CIN 0 AB, 0 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1985 season [*] Teams (by GP): Phillies/Royals 1983-1990 Last Game: October 3, 1990 (Age 31.128)   vs. CLE 2 AB, 1 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB
June 8, 1989–SS Steve Jeltz becomes the first Phillie to homer from each side of the plate in a game, a 15-11 win over Pittsburgh, one of the wildest games in Vet history.  The Pirates score 10 runs in the first inning but the Phillies battle back to win on a five-run eighth inning.  Pittsburgh broadcaster Jim Rooker boasts early in the game, “If the Pirates lose this game, I’ll walk from here to Pittsburgh.”  Rooker kept his word, walking from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh in the fall and raising money for charity.

Book Signings
The Fightin’ Phillies is the title of my new book published by Triumph Books.  Larry Andersen wrote a hilarious foreword. I’ll be signing:

**Thursday, June 16, Myerstown (PA) Community Library, 199 N. College Street, 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
**Saturday, June 18, Barnes & Noble, 4801 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE; 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m.
**Sunday, August 14, Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA; 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. (Part of Alumni Weekend).

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Dreaded Mondays

Jon Lester pitching against the Phillies on a Monday in Citizens Bank Park turned out to be a mismatch. The veteran lefty improved to 6-0 lifetime vs. the Phillies, 4-0 at CBP.
The loss left the Phillies with a 0-8 Monday record.  They are the only big league team winless on that day.

In eight starts against the Phillies, Lester’s given up nine runs; one in two starts this season.  Good news, we won’t see him again until next season.

When Lester left leading 6-0 after the eighth inning, the Phillies jumped on the Cubs bullpen for four runs and had the tying run at the plate in the person of Ryan Howard as a pinch hitter but the magic ended as he grounded to first.

Phil-Ins

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Freddy Galvis broke a 0-22 with a three-run homer in the ninth and Tommy Joseph followed with a solo blast to center.  For the second straight game, the Phillies hit back-to-back home runs . . . Cubs won the season series against the Phillies for the first time since 2010 . . . Going back to last season, the Phillies have lost 13 in a row on Mondays. Last win that dreaded day was last July 20 against Tampa Bay.

Draft Notes
Phillies area scouts are still working with the draft just two days away.  They are following high school and college players who are still playing, gathering information on signability, health and character. New information is phoned into the Phillies war room at Citizens Bank Park.

Kyle Lewis, college outfielder at Mercer, worked out at Citizens bank Park yesterday, a normal routine just before the draft.   Lewis is one of the top-rated players in the draft.

Minor League Report
Players of the Week (May 30-June 5)

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CF Roman Quinn, Reading… The 23-year-old switch-hitter, batted .407 (11-27) with three doubles, two home runs, a team-high seven RBI and a stolen base. He hit safely in five of his six games, recording three three-hit games in that stretch. Since April 29, he is batting .346 (38-127) over 31 games, raising his season average 94 points. Quinn, who ranks second in the Eastern League in stolen bases (25) and runs (43), was selected by the Phillies in the second round of the June 2011 draft.

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RHP Ricardo Pinto, Reading… The 22-year-old Pinto made one start for the Fightins, allowing only two runs (one earned) in 6.0 innings pitched while striking out a season-high seven batters. He has tossed at least 6.0 innings and allowed two earned runs or fewer in six of his last nine starts. The Venezuela native was signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent on December 28, 2011.

Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (31-26), tie-2nd place, International League North Division.
Defeated Gwinnett, 3-0, in a game halted after 6 innings by rain. 5th win in last 6 games. WP: Ben Lively (2-0), 6-2-0-0-3-6. Including Reading this season, he’s 9-0. 1B Darin Ruf, 2 R, 2 H, HR (6), RBI; has 4 HR, 11 RBI in last 11 games . . . James Russell (1-1), 6:35 tonight in Gwinnett.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (39-19), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
Ended homestand with a 2-1 win over New Hampshire in a 9:35 a.m. game.  Club boarded a bus for a trip to Akron, OH. WP: Mark Leiter (2-0), 5-3-1-1-1-2. SV: Miguel Nunez (6). 1B Rhys Hoskins had a 2-run 2B in the 3rd inning; 3 HR, 5 RBI in last 4 G
. . . Nick Pivetta (5-4), 7:05 tonight in Akron.

Clearwater Threshers (32-23), 2nd place, Florida State League North Division.
Rained out at home vs. Jupiter . . . Yacksel Rios (1-0), 7 tonight vs. 1st-place Tampa. Threshers trail Tampa by 3.5 games with 10 games left on the first-half schedule.

Lakewood BlueClaws (21-35), 7th place, South Atlantic League North Division.
Defeated Lexington, 9-5. WP: Tyler Gilbert (3-5), 7-7-4-2-1-9. 2B Josh Tobias, 3 H, R, 2 RBI. 1B Wilson Garcia, 3 H, R, RBI. RF Jose Pujols, 3B, HR (10), 2 RBI; leads SAL in HR. SS Emmanuel Marrero, 2B, 2 RBI . . . Luke Leftwich (4-3), 7:05 tonight vs. Lexington.

This Date
June 7, 1910–RHP Eddie Stack is the first Phillies pitcher to toss a shutout in his major league debut, 1-0, over Chicago at Baker Bowl.

June 7, 1983–LHP Steve Carlton passes RHP Nolan Ryan on the all-time strikeout list (3,522) when he fans St. Louis LF Lonnie Smith in the third inning of a 2-1 loss at the Vet in 1:57. Carlton and Ryan see-saw back and forth before Ryan takes the lead permanently late in the season.

June 7, 1985–Mike Schmidt makes his first appearance at home as a first baseman; Rick Schu plays third.  Final score: Montreal 3, Phillies 1.

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Retro Uniforms 2 Wins

Phillies offensive woes have been solved.  Wearing 1976 retro uniforms on Friday night, the Phillies hit two home runs and scored six in 6-3 win.  Wearing the same uniforms on Sunday, three home runs, eight runs and another win, 8-1.

Wash ‘em and wear ‘em again!

The Brewers won the other two games of the series.  Phillies uniforms? Their current ones.

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Aaron Nola struck out nine Sunday for the fifth time in his short career.  Although his command was off he still posted his ninth quality start which matches SF’s Madison Bumgarner for the currently longest streak.

From Elias Sports Bureau
Nola has a 1.68 ERA over his last nine starts. It is the fourth lowest in the majors (pitchers with at least 50 innings) behind Bumgarner (1.11), Clayton Kershaw (1.44) and Johnny Cueto (1.52).

Phil-Ins
Franco has 10 HR, five against Milwaukee and three at home . . . Odubel Herrera had his fourth career four-hit game (Sunday) . . . Cubs in town for three starting tonight (ESPN2, blacked out in Philly). Exact same pitching matchups as May 27-28-29 when Cubs swept three in Chicago. The Cubs are third in the majors in runs scored (295) but their pitching is lights out, opponent’s batting .198, only 153 runs allowed and a 2.56 ERA.  All three numbers are the lowest in the majors.

Draft Coverage
MLB Network and MLB.com will provide live pick-by-pick coverage on day one during the summer draft first round on Thursday night. First day includes round 1, competitive balance lottery round A, second round (Phillies own 1st pick, #42 overall) and competitive balance lottery round B. Round 1 begins at 7 p.m.

The draft will resume at 1:00 p.m. on Friday (rounds 3-10). Phillies begin round 3 with the first selection, 78th overall. Day three is Saturday, 12 noon start (rounds 11-40).

Minor League Weekend Report
Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (30-26), 4th place, International League North Division.
Won 2 of 3 in Charlotte, 4 wins in last 5 games. Sunday WP: Jake Thompson (4-5), 6-3-0-0-2-3. LV tied a club record with 5 HR: 2B Darnell Sweeney (3), C Andrew Knapp (7), SS Taylor Featherston (7), LF Max Venable (2), RF Nick Williams (7).  RHR Edubray Ramos had his 15.2 scoreless inning streak in AAA end when he allowed a run in the 8th inning. Williams’ weekend: 6-15, 5 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI; boosting average to .284; hitting .366 in last 10 games.  1B-LF Darin Ruf, .350 in last 10, 3 HR, 10 RBI . . . Ben Lively (1-0), 7:05 tonight in Gwinnett.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (38-19), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
After back-to-back walk-off wins on homers both Friday and Saturday, Reading was held to 6 singles in losing, 8-0, Sunday, snapping a 5-game winning streak. Trailing 4-3 in the 9th inning on Friday, RF Dylan Cozens homered (15) to tie the game before LF Christian Marrero hit a 2-strike, WO-HR (6). 1B Rhys Hoskins also homered (11) in that game.

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Saturday: (Cheryl Pursell photo). Hoskins added 2 HR (12-13), including a WO in the 10th inning. Reading is 8-3 in walk-off decisions. 3B Harold Martinez also homered (3). CF Roman Quinn, 3-5, 25th SB . . . Mark Leiter (1-0), 9:35 this morning vs. New Hampshire.

Clearwater Threshers (32-23), 2nd place, Florida State League North Division.
Won 2 of 3 vs. Jupiter. Friday WP: Elniery Garcia (5-2), 5.2-6-2-2-0-1. SV: Joey DeNato (1). 3 H, 2 RBI each: 2B Scott Kingery and 1B Zach Green. Saturday WP: Tyler Viza (6-2), 6-4-2-1-1-6; SV: Ulises Joaquin (3). 1B Kyle Martin, 3-3, 3 RBI, SB. Threshers were shut out on 4 singles on Sunday, 4-0 . . . Yacksel Rios (1-0), 7:00 tonight vs. Jupiter.

All-Stars:  7 Threshers on the North roster for FSL All-Star Game: LHP Elniery Garcia, RHP Tom Eshelman, RHR Alexis Rivero, C Chace Numata, 1B Zach Green, 2B Scott Kingery, and OF Carlos Tocci.  Game is June 20 in St. Lucie.

Lakewood BlueClaws (20-35), 7th place, South Atlantic League North Division.
2 losses vs. Hickory followed by a day off on Sunday. Losing streak, 5 games. RF Jiandido Tromp, HR (6) Friday. ND that night, Drew Anderson, 5-1-0-0-3-6 . . . Tyler Gilbert (2-5), 7:05 tonight vs. Lexington.

Transactions
Reading: activated 3B Harold Martinez from DL.
Clearwater: added RHP Will Morris from Reading; added OF Osmel Aguila from extended ST.
Extended ST: added RHP Alberto Tirado and OF Sam Hiciano from Clearwater.

ICYMI
Phillies announced the players of the month in their minor leagues for May on Saturday.

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This Date
June 6, 1972–In the midst of a streak of 18 losses in 19 games, the Phillies tried to change their luck with “Turn it Around Day.” The lineup was announced in reverse order, last names first. The seventh inning stretch took place in the third inning. The scoreboard welcomed groups not in attendance. Ushers wore their hats backwards with their nametags on their backs. The runs by innings started with the ninth inning. It didn’t help, as Houston won, 4-3.

How did this unique promotion happen? Well, Bill Giles, then the Executive VP, had weekly staff meetings on Tuesday morning.  Promotions were hatched in those meetings.  Word has it Larry Bowa’s reaction, #%@&*# Giles.

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Numbers Aren’t Pretty

The numbers aren’t pretty.  Seven straight losses in which the Phillies have scored a total of 12 runs. In 34 of 54 games, they’ve scored three or fewer runs, including last night’s 4-1 decision.

Chad Anderson started for the Brewers, 2-6 with a 5.00 ERA.  In Milwaukee on April 23, the Phillies beat him by scoring six runs in four innings.  This time around Maikel Franco’s solo home run was it in 5.2 innings. Jerad Eickhoff held Milwaukee to two runs in 6.2 innings but saw his record fall to 2-8. Jeanmar Gomez gave up two-run homer in the ninth to blown open a close game.  It was only the second time in 26 appearances he allowed two runs in a game.

Three more weekend games with the Brewers, who have won a club-record eight in a row in Philadelphia, and then the Cubs for three.  Since Citizens Bank Park opened, the Phillies are 23-15 over the Cubs, who have baseball’s best record. Going into this week, the Cubs run differential is +134.

Phil-Ins
Milwaukee out-hit the Phils, 12-5 . . . Franco’s homer in the fourth inning off Anderson was the first Daily News home run payoff winner since April 23, a 10-6 Phillies win.  That night in Milwaukee Franco went deep off Anderson also in the fourth inning . . . Four of Franco’s nine home runs have been hit against Milwaukee . . . Jim Lonborg throws out the first pitch tonight on 1970s Retro Night. It will be his first visit to Citizens Bank Park.  Jim is a retired dentist in the Boston area.

Draft History

Pat Burrell was the Phillies selection when they had the first overall selection in 1998. This year, the Phillies again have the 1-1 pick.  Draft begins at 7 p.m. next Thursday, June 9.

Phillies also have the first selection in the second round that night, the 42nd overall pick.
For a history of the Phillies draft, visit http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (28-25), 4th place, International League North Division.
Scoring 3 in the top of the 9th, LV won, 4-2, in Charlotte. DH Cedric Hunter drove in the winning runs with a 2-run single and Max Venable followed with an RBI double. WP: Luis Garcia (3-1). SV: Edward Mujica (14). 1B Brock Stassi, HR (2), RBI, 2 R. C Andrew Knapp, 2 H, R . . . Zach Eflin (5-1), 7:05 tonight in Charlotte.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (36-18), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
Pounded Portland, 15-9, on 14 H and 9 BB. WP: Nick Pivetta (5-4), 5-7-7-5-1-6; C Joel Fisher, 2B, HR (2), 6 RBI (5th-inning grand slam). 1B Jake Fox, 4-4, including 2 HR (9-10), 3 RBI. RF Dylan Cozens, 2 1B, 2 2B (17-18), 4 R; boosted average to .284 . . . Ricardo Pinto (1-2), 7:05 tonight vs. New Hampshire.

Clearwater Threshers (30-22), 2nd place, Florida State League North Division.
Were idle . . . Elniery Garcia (4-2), 6:15 tonight vs. Jupiter.

Lakewood BlueClaws (20-33), 7th place, South Atlantic League North Division.
Were blanked on 6 single by Hickory, 2-0. LP: Franklyn Kilome (1-5), 5.1-4-2-2-5-3.
DH Wilson Garcia, 2 H . . . Drew Anderson (901), 7:05 tonight vs. Hickory.

Transactions
Lehigh Valley: LHR Bobby LaFromboise, released; LHR Mario Hollands, activated from DL, optioned to Lehigh Valley.

This Date
June 3, 1972–Paul Owens, a member of the Phillies organization since 1956 and the club’s farm director since 1965, is promoted to General Manager, replacing John Quinn. Owens becomes the architect of the Phillies greatest era to that point: one world championship, two NL pennant-winners and five division titles.

June 3, 1978–Reserve IF Dave Johnson blasts a game-winning, pinch-hit grand slam in the ninth inning to lift the Phillies to a 5-1 win over Los Angeles at the Vet. It is Johnson’s second pinch-hit grand slam of the season, a major league first.

June 3, 2007–CF Shane Victorino hits a walk-off home run on Shane Victorino Hula Figurine Day, 9-8 over the Giants at Citizens Bank Park.

Book Signings
The Fightin’ Phillies: 100 Years of Philadelphia Baseball from the Whiz Kids to the Misfits is the title of my new book published by Triumph Books.  Larry Andersen wrote a hilarious foreword. I’ll be signing:

**Thursday, June 16, Myerstown (PA) Community Library, 199 N. College Street, 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
**Saturday, June 18, Barnes & Noble, 4801 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE; 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m.

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