J-Roll Mr. Clutch

J-Roll never batted ninth for the Phillies but he came through with so many clutch hits with the game on the line. He did both last night in the Dodges’ 10-7 win.  With the game tied in the seventh, he delivered a two-run single pinning the loss on Gomez, who has a streak of 13 consecutive scoreless innings snapped.

Pace of game took a backward step as the nine-inning game lasted 4 hours 13 minutes.  Combined there were 367 pitches thrown.  Difference in the outcome? RISP, 1-12 for the Phillies, 6-17 for the Dodgers.

Hernandez extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a pair of hits and another stolen base. He, Asche, Franco, Glavis and Herrera combined for seven of the Phillies 11 hits and scored six runs.

Starter O’Sullivan gave up seven runs in 5.1 innings (123 pitches) and was outrighted to the minor leagues after the game

All-Star Relievers

2015 all star pap
Papelbon is an All-Star for the second time with the Phillies (2012 was the other).  Other Phillies relievers chosen for the ASG this decade include Brad Lidge (2008), Tom Gordon (2006) and Billy Wagner (2005). First Phillies reliever to be an All-Star was Jim   Konstanty in 1950.

Minor Leagues
Players of the Week (June 29-July 5)

2015 Henson
INF/OF Tyler Henson, Lehigh Valley…Henson, 27, batted .444 with a home run, 10 RBI, 6 runs scored, 5 doubles, 4 stolen bases and a triple. Raised his batting average 31 points. Henson was signed by the Phillies as a minor league free agent in 2011. He was originally drafted by the Orioles in the 5th round in 2006.

2015 Loewen

LHP Adam Loewen, Lehigh Valley…The 31-year-old was named Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Week for the second time in three weeks after 4 dominant relief appearances: 6.0 innings, 1 hit and no runs or walks while striking out 9 and collecting 2 saves. Loewen was signed by the Phillies in April of 2014 as a minor league free agent and was originally selected in the 1st round by Baltimore in the 2002 draft.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (36-50 5th place)
RF Oswaldo Arcia hit a 3-run, walk-off home run to give Rochester a 10-8 win. LV had scored 4 I the top of the 9th inning to take an 8-6 lead.  LH Adam Loewen was tagged for 4 runs on 4 hits in the bottom of the 9th, ending a string of 16.2 consecutive scoreless innings.  Last time he gave up a run was on June 9. 3B Chase d’Arnaud, 4 hits, 2 runs, RBI and 2 stolen bases.  CF Aaron Altherr, HR (3), 3 RBI.
Next: David Buchanan (2-0), 7:05 tonight vs. Pawtucket.

Reading Fightin Phils (44-39, 2nd place)
Pulled to within 2 games of 1st-place Trenton with a 6-4 morning win over the Thunder. WP: Ben Lively (6-5), 6-5-4-4-4-5; picked a runner off 1st base. SV: Stephen Shackleford (17). SS J.P. Crawford, single, triple (3rd), RBI. DH Harold Martinez, 3 hits including 2 doubles, 2 runs, 2 RBI.
Next: Jerome Williams, 1st rehab start, 7:05 tonight vs. Portland.

Clearwater Threshers (9-3, 1st place)
RH Victor Arano won his 3rd straight after losing his 1st 7, 3-0, at Brevard County in a game stopped after 7 innings by rain. Arano: 7-3-0-0-1-3; has given up just 2 runs in last 24 innings.  3B Mitch Walding drove in 2 of the 3 3rd-inning runs.
Next: Ricardo Pinto (2-0), 7:05 tonight vs. Lakeland.

Lakewood BlueClaws (6-6, 4th place)
Scored 2 in the last of the 8th for a 5-3 win over Hagerstown. RF Herlis Rodriguez broke a 1-15 slump with 3 hits and an RBI. DH Kyle Martin, 2 hits, 3 runs; hitting .362.  BS and W: Matt Hockenberry.
Next: Tyler Viza (4-3), 7:05 tonight vs. Hagerstown.

Williamsport Crosscutters (13-4, 1st place)
Lost their 3rd in a row as Brooklyn scored a run in the bottom of the ninth for a 2-1 decision. ND: Tyler Gilbert, 3-1-0-0-0-4. LP: Anthony Sequeira’s throwing error to 3rd base allowed the winning run to score.
Next: Not scheduled today.

Gulf Coast League Phillies (9-3, tied 1st place)
Toronto scored 4 runs in the top of the 9th for a 5-4 win over the Phillies. 1B Luis Encarnacion, 2 hits, RBI; the 17-year-old has hit in 8 straight.  LF Cornelius Randolph, 1-4, extending his hitting streak to 6 games.
Next: Blue Jays, 12 noon today.

Lakewood: activate catcher Jose Mayorga; RHP Will Morris from Williamsport

Today In Phillies History

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

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

1993:  SS Kevin Stocker makes his major league debut in one of the Vet’s longest games.  Los Angeles scores twice in the ninth to send the game into extra innings.  It all ends with CF Lenny Dykstra’s two-run double in the bottom of the 20th inning, a 7-6 win.  It matches the longest game in Vet history, May 4, 1973 vs. Atlanta.

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

Newspaper Note
“Nineteen Reading shortstops have gone on to play in the big leagues since the Philadelphia Phillies brought their Double-A club here, but it’s quite possible that the best to ever man that position is playing there right now (Crawford),” Mike Drago, Reading Eagle Times

California Week

A week in California.  Fine, if you are a tourist.  Not so fine if you are the Phillies as the week includes four games against the first-place Dodgers and three against the second-place Giants. It all starts tonight in Dodger Stadium, the first time the Phillies and Rollins meet.

In Atlanta over the weekend the Phillies got two great performances from starters but only won one of the two, including Sunday’s 10-inning, 4-0 decision.  Morgan (Friday) and Hamels (Sunday) each turned in the best outings for a starter in weeks.

Offensively, the Phillies out-hit the Braves in the series, 32-24 but with RISP only 6-28. Hernandez was 6-12 in the three games, two RBI and two steals.  He’s hit in 10 straight games, which include six multi-hit games.  Galvis was also 6-12; he has five multi-hit games in his seven-game hitting streak.  Two more building blocks for the future.

The Braves hit three homers which is newsworthy in that they are last in the NL with 50.  On the other hand, the Dodgers lead with 104.  The Phillies and Brewers have given up the most, 94.

Elias Sports Bureau
It’s the third time the Phillies played a game that was scoreless through nine innings this season, the most such games they have played in a single season since 1980. The Phillies and Braves have played 703 games against each other since the Braves began playing in Atlanta in 1966 and it’s only the third of those games that was scoreless through nine innings. The other such games between those two teams occurred on May 29, 1974 and on April 17, 2005.

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (36-49, 5th place)
Won 2 of 3 in Rochester, giving them 7 wins in their last 8 games.  Loss was 6-5 in 16 innings on Friday night.  At one point the LV staff didn’t allow a base runner for 9.2 innings and a hit for 10.2 innings.  LV batters struck out 23 times and left 27 on base.  C Logan Moore’s RBI single in the 8th gave the IronPigs a 4-3 Saturday win. WP: Seth Rosin (3-1); SV: Adam Loewen (3). ND: Aaron Nola, 6-9-4-4-0-6, 1 HR. Jason Berken (5-5) won on Sunday, 8.2-5-2-2-2-2; SV: Dustin McGowan (5).  Tyler Henson was 7-17 over the weekend, 4 RBI. He’s hit in eight straight.
Next: Anthony Vasquez (4-3), 7:05 tonight in Rochester.

Reading Fightin Phils (43-39, 2nd place)
Friday win in New Britain, 12-7, was followed by 2 losses to 1st-place Trenton, 9-2 and 14-2. WP: Colton Murray (1-0); LPs: Mark Leiter (1-3); Colin Kleven (1-1); he retired the first 11 hitters before allowing six runs in the 4th and 5th innings.
Next: Ben Lively (6-6), 9:35 a.m. today vs. Trenton.

Clearwater Threshers (8-3, 1st place)
Won 2 of 3.  First was 3-0 vs. Tampa on Friday; WP: Matt Imhoff (3-3), 6-1-0-0-4-3; SV: Edubray Ramos (8). Fireworks drew 9,966, largest Threshers crowd ever. Split next 2 in Brevard County.  C Chace Numata, 3-4, in 7-6 win for Yacksel Rios (4-2); SV: Ulises Joaquin (9). DH Namata, 3-5 in Sunday’s 5-4 loss; LP: David Whitehead (5-7). 1B Rhys Hoskins, 4-10, 2 RBI weekend. 12 homers and 60 RBI lead all Phillies minor leaguers.
Next: Victor Arano (2-7), 6:35 tonight in Brevard County.  He’s allowed 2 runs in last 17 innings.

Lakewood BlueClaws (5-6, tied 4th place)
6-2 win in Delmarva on Friday was followed by 6-0 win and 7-5 loss to Hagerstown. Saturday’s WP: Elniery Garcia (6-6), 7-5-0-0-2-2; 14 scoreless innings over last 2 starts. SS Drew Stankiewicz, 4-8 in last 2 games, 3 RBI.
Next: TBA, 7:05 tonight in Delmarva.

Williamsport Crosscutters (13-3, 1st place)
Defeated Auburn, 6-1, Friday before losing, 2-0 and 9-2 in Brooklyn. WP: Franklyn Kilome (2-0), 5-3-1-0-2-4. LPs: Jose Taveras (0-1) and Mitch Gueller (2-1). 2B Josh Tobias, 4-7, in 1st 2 games.
Next: Tyler Gilbert makes 1st pro start, 7:00 tonight in Brooklyn.

Gulf Coast League Phillies (9-2, 1st place)
Defeated the Yankees twice, 7-2 in 10 innings on Friday and 8-4 the next day. LF Cornelius Randolph, 3-7, 2 doubles, 5 RBI.  ND on Saturday, Ismael Cabrera, 3-1-0-0-1-6; struck out the 1st 5 batters.
Next: 6:30 tonight at the Blue Jays.

The Phillies acquired the #1 overall international signing slot for 2015-16 from Arizona for two Lakewood pitchers, Chris Oliver and Josh Taylor, and the #9 overall signing slot. The trade will allow the Phillies to sign 16-year-old outfielder Jhailyn Ortiz and avoid penalties that would prohibit them from signing international players for more than $300,000 until the 2018-19 signing period. Ortiz reportedly will get $4 million.

Lehigh Valley: OF Brian Bogusevic, temporary inactive list as he is participating in Pan-Am Games. OF Ethan Chapman, added from Reading.

Reading: OF Cam Perkins, activated from DL.

Lakewood: released LHP Yoel Mecias; activated RHP Shane Watson from DL.

GCL Phillies: RHP Jairo Munoz, added from Dominican Summer League.

Today In Phillies History
1950: RHP Bob Miller beats New York Giants, 9-6, at Shibe Park, becoming first Phillies rookie to start season 8-0.

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

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

Phun Fact
Phillies have had two third basemen win National League Rookie Of The Year Awards, Dick Allen in 1964 and Scott Rolen in 1997.  Each was 22 years of age, same age as Franco.


Tough 10-Game Trip

2015 Franco award

Franco is the first Phillies player to win the rookie of the month award since Ryan Howard in September 2005. On June 22-23 in Yankee Stadium Franco became the first Phillies player ever and third rookie in Major League history to get back-to-back five RBI games.

The Brewers swept their first-ever four-game series from the Phillies, who were 1-7 on the homestand after an 8-7, 11-inning loss last night. Offense battled back to tie in the seventh inning after trailing, 4-0, after one and a-half inning.

Since June 21, Hernandez leads all National League players with 20 hits.  He has hit safely in 10 of his 11 games over that stretch with a .426 average and .481 OBP and six stolen bases.

United charter flight took the Phillies to Atlanta after the game. Three games with the Braves this weekend starts a very tough 10-game trip that includes Los Angeles (J-Roll reunion) and San Francisco. Doesn’t bode well for a team with the poorest road record, 9-29.

LA’s Solution
In the last 16 games, the Phillies had only three starting pitchers throw at least six innings. Since June 16, starters have worked 78.1 innings, fewest in the NL.  Relievers have 65.2 innings, most in the NL.

During last night’s radio broadcast, Larry Andersen quipped, “We need to go to a two-man rotation and a 14-man bullpen.”

Minor Leagues
Players of the Month (June).

2015 Altherr
OF Aaron Altherr, 24, split time last month between Reading and Lehigh Valley, combining to hit .355 (38-107) with 9 doubles, a triple, 4 home runs and 15 RBI. He was promoted to Lehigh Valley on June 23 following a 9-game hit streak during which he batted .405 with 6 multi-hit games. The 6-foot-5, 215-pound right-handed hitter was selected by the Phillies in the 9th round of the 2009 draft and was signed by Brad Holland.

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

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

RHP Colin Kleven, a 24-year-old native of British Columbia, Canada, also split his month between two different teams, starting 4 games at Clearwater before being promoted for one final June start in Reading. He combined to go 2-0 with a 1.42 ERA, allowing 21 hits and 8 walks in 31.2 innings (0.92 WHIP). He surrendered just 5 earned during runs the whole month and struck out 23 batters. Kleven, 6-foot-5, 200 pounder, was selected by the Phillies in the 33rd round of the 2009 draft and was signed Tim Kissner.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (34-48)
Won 5th in a row, 7-1, over Rochester.  WP: David Buchanan (2-0), 6.1-7-1-1-3-4. SV: Nefi Ogando (1), 2.2-2-0-0-1-2; hit 101 on the radar gun and averaged 98 mph. SS-2B Chase d’Arnaud, 2 hits, 3 RBI. CF Aaron Altherr is hitting .361 in last 10 games, going hitless only once during that time.

All-Star: INF-OF Tyler Henson has been named to the IL All-Star team for the July 15 game against the PCL in Omaha.
Next: Severino Gonzalez (1-4), 7:05 tonight vs. Rochester.

Reading Fightin Phils (42-37)
Blanked in New Britain on 3 singles, 10-0. RF Kelly Dugan extended hitting streak to 7 games; C Andrew Knapp, 6 games.  LP: Jesse Biddle (7-2), 5-9-6-6-1-7, 2 HR in the 1st inning.
Next: Hoby Milner, 7:05 tonight in New Britain, end of a 7-game New England road trip.

Clearwater Threshers (6-2)
Lost, 4-1, to Tampa, getting only 5 singles.  1B Rhys Hoskins, 2 hits, lone RBI. LP: Ricardo Pinto (2-1).
Next: Matt Imhoff (2-3), 6:30 tonight vs. Tampa.

Lakewood BlueClaws (3-5)
Dropped 4th in a row, 7-5, at Delmarva. 2 hits: 1B Kyle Martin, RF Cord Sandberg, SS Emmanuel Marrero.  LP: Matt Hockenberry (1-3).
Next: Chris Oliver (3-5), 6:35 tonight in Delmarva.

Williamsport Crosscutters (12-1)
5 different players had 2 hits each as Williamsport won, 6-1, over Auburn. 3B Jan Hernandez, HR (3), 2 RBI. C Gregori Rivero, HR (1). WP: Alejandro Arteaga (3-0), 5-2-1-1-3-6.
Next: Franklyn Kilome (1-0), 7:05 tonight vs. Auburn.

Gulf Coast League Phillies (7-2)
Shut out the Braves, 4-0, after losing to them the day before, 5-0. Brandon Leibrandt, in his 1st rehab start, 4-4-0-0-0-5.  WP: Seranthony Dominguez (1-1). 1B Luis Encarnacion, 3 hits, RBI. RF Yunior Reyes, 3 hits, 2 RBI.
Next: Ranger Suarez, 12 noon today at Yankees.

Reading, LHP Hoby Milner from Clearwater. RHS Zach Eflin to Pan Am Games.

Today In Phillies History
1917: RHP Grover Cleveland Alexander pitches 5-0 and 9-3 complete-game wins in a doubleheader at Brooklyn, walking only one batter.

1983: LHP Willie Hernandez ties club record for relief pitchers by striking out the first six batters he faces as Phillies beat New York Mets, 6-4, at Veterans Stadium.

For July 4 and 5 great moments, click on http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

Brewers Hit Parade

The Brewers hit parade continued as they pounded out 17 hits in a 9-4 win.  Harang gave up 14 hits, matching the most he’s allowed in a game.  The other time happened 10 years ago and in Milwaukee.   He’s lost eight in a row, the longest losing streak for the Phillies since Jim Nash dropped eight in 1972.

Franco was again the Phillies offensive star, hitting three doubles.  Last time a Phillies rookie had that many doubles in a game was 1965, outfielder Adolfo Phillips.

Series finale at 6:35 tonight with another Xfinity fireworks show post-game.

Minor Leagues
Prospect Spotlight

2015 Tomscha
3B-DH Damek Tomscha, Lakewood.  In last 4 games, 10-16 with 5 RBI, boosting his average from .266 to .292.  He’s had multi-hit games in six of his last 8 games.  The 23-year-old was selected in the 17th round in 2014 out of Auburn University.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (33-48)
1B Russ Canzler delivered a walk-off single in the 10th inning giving LV a 3-2 win over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. IronPigs have won 4 in a row. Single and triple for LF Tyler Henson and 2B Cord Phelps. WP: Juan Gutierrez (2-1)
Next: David Buchanan (1-0), 7:05 tonight vs. Rochester.

Reading Fightin Phils (42-36)
3-1 win in New Britain moved the Phillies into a tie for first with the host team.  WP: Ben Lively (6-6), 5-6-1-1-2-2.  Was ejected by home plate umpire in the bottom of the 6th.  RF Kelly Dugan extended his hitting streak (14-24) to 6 games with a 3-hit night; batting .413 on the season. C Andres Knapp, 2 RBI, giving him 7 in his last 3 games. SV: Stephen Shackleford (16).
Next: Jesse Biddle (7-1), 7:05 tonight in New Britain.

All-Stars: CF Roman Quinn, SS J.P. Crawford, LF Cam Perkins, 1B Brock Stassi and RH Zach Eflin have been named to the North Division All-Star squad for the July 15  ASG. Eflin will be in the Pan Am Games and Quinn is on the DL with a torn hip flexor.

Clearwater Threshers (6-1)
Third straight win was 5-1 vs. Tampa, behind Victor Arano (2-7), 6-4-1-1-0-4; has allowed 2 runs in last 17 IP. Game was decided in the first inning when LF Andrew Pullin, hit a 3-run HR, #8 for the season. Has 13 RBI in last 5 games.  49 RBI lead the FSL.
Next: Ricardo Pinto (2-0), 7:00 tonight vs. Tampa.

Lakewood BlueClaws (3-4)
Held to 4 singles, BlueClaws were blanked, 2-0, at Delmarva. Damek Tomscha had 2 of the 4 hits. LP: Tyler Viza (4-3), 7.2-7-2-2-1-7.
Next: Ranfo Casimiro (3-5), 7:05 tonight in Delmarva.

Williamsport Crosscutters (11-1)
CF Carlos Duran hit a walk-off home runs leading off the 11th inning to give Williamsport a 5-4 win over Auburn. It was Duran’s 1st HR in the states. RF Zach Coppola, single, walk, 3 stolen bases. WP: Anthony Sequeira (1-0).
Next: Alejandro Arteaga (2-0), 7:05 tonight vs. Auburn.

Gulf Coast League Phillies (6-2)
Were blanked on 4 hits, 5-0, vs. Braves. CF Juan Luis, a single and double.
Next: 12 noon today at Braves.

Lehigh Valley, RHP David Buchanan, activated from DL.

Alumni Notes
Steve Carlton, Jim Bunning and Pat Gillick will be in Cooperstown for the Hall of Fame weekend, July 24-27.  They are among the 47 Hall of Famers who will return for the festivities.

The following weekend is the Phillies annual Alumni Weekend.  Pat Burrell is being inducted into the Toyota Wall of Fame on Friday, July 31, with former players on hand on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.  All living Wall of Famers, except Curt Schilling, will be there for the WOF ceremonies.  Curt has ESPN committments.

Today In Phillies History
1993: In a memorable 12-hour, five-minute doubleheader against San Diego, LHP Mitch Williams’ RBI single in the 10th inning gives the Phillies a 6-5 2nd-game victory in a game that ended at 4:40 a.m.  No big league game ever finished that late before.  With three rain delays totaling nearly six hours, the first game ends at 1 a.m. with the Padres winning, 5-2.

2004: Phillies set club record for most walks drawn in a game with 18, but lose, 7-6, in 16 innings to Baltimore Orioles in Citizens Bank Park.


Flat June Tune

2015 fireworks

Hard to believe but July 1 is here which means July 4 is not far away (shocking, I know) which means fireworks shows.  Next two nights at Citizens Bank Park: Xfinity post-game fireworks shows.

Flat June Tune
22-0 . . . 12 . . . 1-14 sent the Phillies to their fifth straight home loss to the Brewers.  Hamels gave up two first-inning runs and closed the door, leaving and leading, 3-2, after seven innings.  Until last night, the Phillies were 22-0 when leading after seven.  Giles saw his scoreless inning streak end at 12 innings when Milwaukee scored twice in the eighth after there were two out and no one on base.  The Phillies loaded the bases in their eighth with one out and had the first two runners reach base to start the ninth but they finished the night 1-14 with runners in scoring position.  The one hit didn’t score a run. Mercy.

So, June ends 8-19 with starting pitchers going 2-15 something they haven’t done in that month since 1997, also 2-15. The two wins for the starters: Morgan and Gonzalez. Schilling had both 1997 wins.

Now, the good news.  Club record for fewest wins in June is 4-22 in 1997 and 4-19 in 1936.  Most losses: 8-24 in 1945.

Minor Leagues
Prospect Spotlight

2015 Pullin
Andrew Pullin, outfielder with the Clearwater Threshers. Hit his second grand slam of the season last night and also had an RBI single. 46 RBI are tied for the Florida State League lead. 7 homers lead Clearwater. In the 4-game series at Charlotte, the 21-year-old left-handed hitter hit .444 (8-18) with 2 homers and 10 RBI.  He was drafted in the 5th round in 2012 out of Centralia, WA, High School.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (32-48)
Won 3rd in a row, 12-8, over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.  17-hit attack with 7 different players having multiple hits.  DH Tyler Henson, double, 1st HR, 4 RBI, 17th steal. RF Aaron Altherr, 3 hits, 2 RBI, stolen base.   WP:  Anthony Vasquez (4-3); SV: Adam Loewen (2), 4 strikeouts in 2 innings.
Next: Dustin McGowan (1-1), 7:05 tonight vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Reading Fightin Phils (41-36)
Colin Kleven won his AA debut, 6-1, at New Britain, 6-3-1-1-0-4. The right-hander began the season at Clearwater and was promoted last week after a 5-3 start in Class A. RF Kelly Dugan, 4 hits, extending his hitting streak to 5 games (11-19). C Andrew Knapp, 2 hits, 2 RBI.
Next: Ben Lively (5-6), 7:05 tonight in New Britain.

Clearwater Threshers (5-1)
Andrew Pullin’s grand slam keyed an 11-run 6th inning in Clearwater’s 12-2 win in Charlotte. WP David Whitehead (5-6), 7-3-0-0-1-2. Threshers finished with a 17-9 June, winning 10 of their last 11 games.
Next: Victor Arano (1-7), 7:00 tonight vs. Tampa.

Lakewood BlueClaws (3-3)
Lost, 4-3, at Delmarva.  Left the tying run on 3rd with 1 out in the 9th. 1B Damek Tomscha, 2 doubles, HR (4), 3 RBI.  DH Kyle Martin, single, 2 doubles.
Next: Tyler Viza (4-2), 7:05 tonight in Delmarva.

Williamsport Crosscutters (10-1)
10-game winning streak ended, 2-1 in Mahoning Valley. Crosscutters had 4 hits, including 2 doubles by C Gregori Rivero.
Next: Denton Keys, 7:05 tonight vs. Auburn.

Gulf Coast League Phillies (6-1)
Beat the Tigers twice, 2-1 and 1-0 . . . 1B Luis Encarnacion, 3 hits, including a 2-run homer (3rd) in the opener. WP: Adonis Medina (1-0); SV: Sutter McLoughlin (2) . . . LF Cornelius Randolph, walk-off single in the 8th inning in the second game.  WP: Ismael Cabrera (1-0). No decision: Sam McWillaims, 6-2-0-0-0-5.

USA Team
RHP Zach Eflin (Reading) and OF Brian Bogusevic (Lehigh Valley) have been named to the USA baseball team for July’s Pan American Games. The competition runs from July 10 to July 19 in Toronto. Roly deArmas (Gulf Coast League Manager) will be a coach.

Today In Phillies History
1931: Chuck Klein is fourth Phillies player to hit for the cycle in 11-6 victory over Chicago Cubs at Baker Bowl. Right fielder tripled in the first, singled in the fifth, doubled in the sixth and led off the eighth with his 21st home run.


3rd Generation Executive

2015 Macphail

Andy MacPhail, the Phillies new president come the end of the season, has a similar track record to the guy he will be replacing, Pat Gillick. Both have produced World Series champions elsewhere and rebuilt other clubs.

Not including Gillick, who has been an interim GM, MacPhail becomes the Phillies fifth president since the Carpenter family purchased the team back in 1943.  He joins Bob and Ruly Carpenter, Bill Giles and David Montgomery.  That’s pretty impressive continuity.

Giles and MacPhail have similarities, too.  Both have dads who are in the Baseball Hall of Fame, Warren and Lee, respectively.  Andy goes one step further as his grandfather, Larry, is also enshrined in Cooperstown. Larry and Lee are the only father-son combination in the Hall.

Andy has a Pennsylvania connection as he is a graduate of Dickinson College in Carlisle. John Middleton, a Phillies principal owner, said Andy “Brings an uncommon blend of old school experience and new age thinking.”

Early Offense
Phillies scored four runs on five hits in their first two innings but were blanked on four hits the rest of the way.  Milwaukee scored six unanswered runs to win, 7-4. Hernandez had two hits but his streak of seven consecutive hits ended; hitting .375 in last 15 games. Hamels, winless in his last five starts, tonight.

Minor Leagues
Prospect Spotlight

2015 eduray ramos
Edubray Ramos, 22-year-old reliever in Clearwater.  Recorded 7th save last night.  In 46.1 innings this season, he has allowed 29 hits and 5 walks while fanning 42.  Over his last 7 games, 0 runs in 14.2 innings, 5 hits, 2 walks 19 strikeouts. The right-hander was signed as an amateur free agent out of Venezuela on 11/21/12.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (31-48)
RH Aaron Nola improved to 3-0 in AAA as Lehigh Valley defeated Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 8-1.  His line: 5-5-0-0-3-4; 90 pitches. 2B Cord Phillips, 2 hits, 3 RBI. LF Aaron Altherr, 4-10, 2 HR, 5 RBI in last 3 games.
Next: Anthony Vasquez (3-3), 7:05 tonight vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Reading Fightin Phils (40-36)
Split a pair at Portland . . . 5-4 loss in 1st game. C Andrew Knapp, 3 RBI.  No decision: Zach Elfin, 6-7-4-3-0-3 . . . Mark Leiter (1-1) picked up his 1st AA win in the nightcap, 6-1, 7-8-1-1-1-2. RF Kelly Dugan, 2 hits, 2 RBI; hitting .377 . . . Brian Pointer, single, HR (9).  He was named the MiLB.com Eastern League hitter of the week, .444 (8-18), 3 HR, 5 RBI. Hit 3 homers on Saturday night, the first Reading player to do that since Jim Deschaine in 2005.
Next: TBD, 7:05 p.m. tonight  in New Britain.

Clearwater Threshers (4-1)
Won, 3-1, at Charlotte. LF Andrew Pullin, 3 hits, including 11th double, 2 RBI; 6-13 with double, triple, HR, 5 RBI in last 3 games. WP: Yacksel Rios (3-2).
Next: David Whitehead (4-6), 7:00 tonight in Charlotte.

Lakewood BlueClaws (3-2)
Held to 8 singles, Lakewood fell in Hickory, 5-4, ending a 3-game winning streak.
Next: Josh Taylor (4-5), 7:05 tonight in Delmarva.

Williamsport Crosscutters (10-0)
5-2 winners in Mahoning Valley.  DH Joshua Tobias, 10th round selection in June, had an impressive pro debut, homering in his 1st at-bat and adding a double. C Gregori Rivero and 1B Brendon Hayden, 2 hits each.  RF Jose Pujols, 1-4; saw his average drop to .439. WP: Mitch Gueller (2-0), 6-6-2-2-1-5.
Next: Luis Morales, 7:05 tonight in Mahoning Valley.

Gulf Coast League Phillies (4-1)
Game against Astros was suspended after 1 ½ innings with the Phillies leading, 2-0.  It will be completed today and then followed by a regularly-scheduled game.

Clearwater, OF Dylan Cozens on DL (right foot sprain).

Reading, RHP Colin Kleven from Clearwater. RHR Tyler Knigge on DL (right groin strain).

Today In Phillies History
1938: In final game at Baker Bowl, New York beats the Phillies, 14-1, before 1,500 fans. Following a road trip, the Phillies move permanently to Shibe Park on July 4.

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


Who Are They?


Three Whiz Kids remain from 1950 pennant-winners.  Find out about them by going to http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

Brewers Next
After playing 16 straight games against teams with winning records and postseason ambitions, the next seven Phillies games are against the Brewers and Braves.  Four-game series with Milwaukee starts tonight, the final home games until after the All-Star Game break (July 17).  Xfinity post-game fireworks will take place on Wednesday and Thursday nights.

Gaining a split on Sunday, the Phillies halted Washington’s eight-game winning streak.   Batting around twice, the Phillies put up two four-run innings in winning the second game. It was their fifth win out of 16 against the contenders.


Hernandez had a big day, 6-for-8 in the DH. 4 hits came in the 16-hit attack in the second game.

Sunday was the Phillies first regular DH (two games, one price) at home since September 3, 2006, a split with the Braves.  Howard homered three times in the first game.  Two other current players were in that DH, Ruiz and Francoeur, Atlanta’s right fielder.

Minor Leagues
Prospect Spotlight
(A new feature that will spotlight some of the Phillies young prospects).

Pinto head shot
RHP Ricardo Pinto, a 21-year-old from Venezuela.  2-0 in 1st 2 starts at Clearwater after beginning the season 6-2 at Lakewood.  Combined, 8-2, 2.93 ERA for 13 starts. Only RHP Aaron Nola has more wins (9-3) in the Phillies minor league system. Was 1-5 last year at Williamsport with a 2.11 ERA, his first season in the states. Signed as an amateur free agent, 12/28/11.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (30-48)
Dropped 2 of 3 to Louisville.  Win came in Sunday’s 2nd game of a DH, 8-3.  WP: Chris Leroux (1-2), 5-2-0-0-2. LF Aaron Altherr homered in each game, 1st 2 AAA homers; drove in 4 runs . . . No decision for RH Chad Billingsley on Friday, 5-5-1-1-1-4; 79 pitches/56 strikes.
Next: Aaron Nola (2-0), 7:05 tonight vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Reading Fightin Phils (39-35)
Split a pair on Friday, won 8-5 Saturday and rained out yesterday in Portland. 4-3 win Friday came on a walk-off single by C Andrew Knapp, his first AA hit since promotion from Clearwater.  RF Kelly Dugan, 4-8 in the 2 wins . . . RF Brian Pointer hit 3 home runs and drove in 5 on Saturday. Relievers Joely Rodriguez (1-0) and Ethan Martin (1-0) picked up the wins.
Next: Zach Elfin 5-4 and Mark Leiter 0-2), 5:00 p.m. doubleheader today in Portland.

Clearwater Threshers (3-1)
8-game winning streak ended Sunday, 7-4, in Charlotte after winning previous 2 games. WPs: Victor Arano (1-7) and Ricardo Pinto (2-0). 1B Rhys Hoskins homered in each game; combined with Lakewood, he has organization-high 12 homers; last 4 games, 5 hits, 4 runs, 3 homers, 6 RBI. Grady Sizemore played for Charlotte on Saturday night and was brought up by the Rays.
Next: Hoby Milner (0-0), 7:05 tonight in Charlotte.

Lakewood BlueClaws (3-1)
Swept 3 weekend games in Hickory. LF Cord Sandberg had a double and grand slam on Friday; in last 12 games, hitting .450. DH-1B Kyle Martin, 1st pro HR on Saturday; in 1st 4 pro games, 5 RBI. 2B Scott Kingery, 4-9 in last 2 games.  WPs: Ranfi Casimiro (3-5), Manny Martinez (2-1) and Elniery Garcia (5-6).
Next: Yoel Mecias (0-1), 7:00 tonight in Hickory, the last of a 5-game series.

Williamsport Crosscutters (9-0)
8-1 win (Batavia) on Friday, rain out (at Mahoning Valley) Saturday and 5-3, 10-inning win on Sunday (MV). WP on Friday, Franklyn Kilome (1-0), 6-2-0-0-2-6. DH Jesus Posso, 1st HR, 2 RBI . . . 3B Jan Hernandez HR (#2). CF Zach Cappola, 3 hits Sunday, 3rd steal. RF Jose Pujols’ .459 leads the league.
Next: Mitch Gueller (1-0), 7:05 tonight in Mahoning Valley.

Gulf Coast League Phillies (4-1)
Lost Friday, 6-2, to Tigers and beat them Saturday, 8-1. (no games are scheduled on Sundays). WP: David Buchanan (1-0), 5-5-1-1-0-3 in 2nd rehab start. CF Juan Luis, 4-5, stolen base on Saturday. DH Cornelius Randolph, 1-5, 1st pro HR, 2 RBI.
Next: Shane Watson, 12 noon today at Astros.

Lehigh Valley: RHR Nefi Ogonda from Reading; RHP Paul Clemens, released.

Clearwater: C Wilson Garcia from Williamsport.

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


Futures Game

The Phillies will have their top two prospects on Team USA for the Futures Game that will take place in Cincinnati on Sunday afternoon, July 12.  Game time will be 3 p.m. It will be televised by MLB Network.  The annual game is part of the All-Star Game ceremonies.  The All-Star Game will be played Tuesday night, July 14, and will be on FOX TV.

future crawford

SS J.P. Crawford returns to the Futures Game for the second straight year.  The Phillies # 1 pick in 2013 didn’t start this season until May 6 because of an oblique muscle strain sustained in spring training. After hitting .392 in 21 games with Clearwater, the 20-year-old was promoted to Reading where he is hitting .298 in 24 games. In three pro seasons he has .302 average with 129 walks and 129 strikeouts.

future nola

RHP Aaron Nola followed Crawford as the Phillies top pick a year ago. The 22-year-old out of LSU began this season with Reading, 7-3, 1.88 ERA in 12 games started and was promoted to Lehigh Valley where he is 2-0 for two starts.  Since signing as a pro last summer, he has a 13-6, 2.30 ERA for 25 starts.  He’s walked 21 in 144.2 innings.

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (29-46)
Lost, 7-2, at Buffalo. CF Aaron Altherr, 2 of LV’s 7 hits. LP: Anthony Vasquez (3-3), 31-6-5-5-5-2.
Next: Chad Billingsley (2-2), 7:05 tonight vs. Louisville.

Reading Fightin Phils (37-34)
Rained out at home vs. Akron.
Next: RH Ben Lively (5-5) and TBD, 5:45 p.m. doubleheader vs. Akron.

Clearwater Threshers (1-0)
RF Aaron Brown’s 2-out single in the 10th inning lifted the Threshers to an 8-7 win in Dunedin. SS Malquin Canelo, in his first game since being promoted from Lakewood, 2-6, HR, 2 RBI. WP: Jesen Therrien (3-0). SV: Miguel Nunez (1).
Next: Victor Arano (0-7), 6:30 tonight vs. Dunedin.

Lakewood BlueClaws (33-36)
Host Hickory scored twice in the 8th to tie and won it in the 9th, 8-7. 2B Scott Kingery made his pro debut, 2-5, including a triple. RF Herlis Rodriguez, 2-4, HR (6), 2 RBI. 3B Damek Tomscha, HR (3), 2 RBI. LP: Matt Hockenberry (1-2).
Next: Ranfi Casimiro (2-5), 7:00 tonight in Hickory.

Williamsport Crosscutters (7-0)
Kept unbeaten streak going with 6-3 win over Batavia.  LF Venn Biter, 3-4, 3 runs, RBI; hitting .500.  RF Jose Pujols, 2-3, steal of home; also hitting .500.  WP: Alejandro Arteaga (2-0), 7-4-1-0-1-5. SV: Robert Tasin (2).
Next: Franklyn Kilome (0-0), 7:05 tonight vs. Batavia.

Gulf Coast League Phillies (3-0)
Defeated the Pirates twice, 2-0 and 7-3. 1st game: WP Felix Paulino (1-0), 5-3-0-0-0-3. SV: Sutter McLoughlin (1) . . . 2nd game: DH Cornelius Randolph made his pro debut, 3-3, triple in 1st inning, single in 3rd, RBI single in 4th, walk in 6th.  1B Luis Encarnacion HR (2nd), 2 RBI. WP: Edgar Garcia (1-0); SV: Kevin Walsh (1).
Next: 12 noon at Tigers (Lakeland).

Lehigh Valley, C Logan Moore from Reading

Reading, C Andrew Knapp from Clearwater, RHR Reiner Roibal, from DL, C Rene Garcia, off temporary inactive list; OF Cameron Perkins on DL (lower back tightness)

Clearwater, SS Malquin Canelo and 1B Rhys Hoskins from Lakewood.

Lakewood, INF Drew Stankiewicz from Clearwater; C Jose Mayorga on DL (right shin contusion).

Alumni Weekend

Five weeks from today, one of the great Phillies traditions will take place, Alumni Weekend.

Pat Burrell will be inducted into the Toyota Wall of Fame on Friday night, July 31.  He’s the honored guest at the annual Alumni Luncheon the day before.  The event is sold out.

Some 40 Phillies Alumni from Hall of Famers Steve Carlton and Mike Schmidt to 88-year-old infielder Don Hasenmayer who played a total of 11 games with the Phils in 1945-46, will be introduced on Saturday night.  Alumni will also surprise fans in several ways on both Saturday night and Sunday afternoon, August 1-2.



Tough Nats Next

Phillies had a winning road trip.  Cynics would say that’s not a road trip.  Well, the team was in New York and took two of three from the Yankees. Now, they are back home for the weekend.  If they lost the series, the cynics would be quick to point that out.

Hamels wasn’t as sharp as he was in his previous outing but the offense and defense wasn’t sharp either.  In the last 33 innings while Hamels has been on the mound, the Phillies scored in one inning.

After facing the Cardinals and Yankees, the Nationals are next. Scherzer, fresh from a no-hitter his last time out which followed a one-hitter, is Friday night’s pitcher followed by Gonzalez and Strasburg.  It is summer time when picnics are the norm.  Well, there are no picnics in baseball.

Minor Leagues
Clearwater Wins 1st Half

Clearwater wins
Trailing Daytona by 5 games with 5 games left to play, the Threshers went on a 5-game winning streak and captured the Florida State League’s first half Northern Division championship. A suspended game from Tuesday against Daytona was set to resume at 12 noon yesterday with a regular game to follow.  Rained delayed the start until 1:30.  The Threshers won, 6-4, as 2B Drew Stankiewicz drove in 3, including the deciding run.

Daytona needed to win the second game to claim the title but the Threshers pulled out a 3-2, 7-inning win behind Colin Kleven (5-3), 5.2-2-1-1-3-8; at one point he had 6 straight strikeouts.  Ulises Joaquin picked up his 7th save setting off a celebration.  Both Daytona and Clearwater finished with identical 37-33 records but the Threshers won the tie-breaker by defeating Daytona in the season series, 8-4.

Clearwater will be in the playoffs for the first time since 2007.

Next: RH David Whitehead (4-6, 6:30 tonight in Dunedin.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (29-45)
Won, 5-4, in Buffalo behind Aaron Nola (2-0), 7.2-6-3-2-1-7; SV: Adam Loewen (1), 3 SO, 1.1 hitless innings. 1B Russ Cansler, double, triple, 3 RBI and a steal of home on a double steal.
Next: LH Anthony Vasquez (3-2), 1:05 this afternoon in Buffalo.

Reading Fightin Phils (37-34)
Lost, 4-0, to Akron. LP: Mark Leiter (0-2), 6.2-3-1-1-3-6. SS J.P. Crawford’s 9-game hitting streak ended.
Next: RH Ben Lively (5-5), 7:05 tonight vs. Akron.

Lakewood BlueClaws (33-35)
Resume schedule tonight in Hickory after the All-Star Game break.

Williamsport Crosscutters (6-0)
RF Jose Pujols hit a walk-off single with two out in the 15th inning to give Williamsport a 2-1 win over West Virginia, which sent the game into extra innings with a two-out run in the top of the 9th.  Denton Keys was the first of six Williamsport pitchers who held WV to 5 hits; Keys: 5-1-0-0-0-6.  WP: Skylar Hunter (1-0), 3-2-0-0-0-0;
Next: Alejandro Arteaga (1-0), 7:05 tonight vs. Batavia.

Gulf Coast League Phillies (1-0)
Rained out vs. Pirates.
Next: 11 a.m. double-header today at Pirates (Bradenton).

Reading: signed CF Ethan Chapman.

Lakewood: added OF Gustavo Martinez from Williamsport

Today In Phillies History
1971: Pittsburgh’s LF Willie Stargell hits tape-measure home run off RHP Jim Bunning.  The ball lands in the exit of Section 601.


Act 2, Another Hit

Franco 23
Act 2 for Franco’s Broadway Show was a repeat, five RBIs in an 11-6 win.  First Phillies player ever to have back-to-back five RBI games since RBI became an official stat in 1920.  He did it with a three-run homer to right, and after getting drilled in his hip his next at-bat, delivered a game-winning two-run double in the top of the ninth.  Pay back.

Phillies bullpen shut out the Yankees over the last 4.2 innings to pave the way for their third consecutive win and third straight series win over the Yankees.

In their first 73 games, the Phillies biggest inning was four runs (six times).  Last night they had two, five-run innings.  Phillies first three batters were 8-for 12, seven runs scored, six RBI. Revere had his third straight three-hit game.  Rupp hit his first big league home run and Blanco had a bases-clearing triple.  Everybody hits! Yoo-hoo.

Utley went on the DL after the game with an inflamed right ankle and Ruf was recalled from Lehigh Valley.

Hamels returns to the mound this afternoon after missing one start.  Scouts section will be overflowing.  Not talking about Boy Scouts. With the July 31 trading deadline fast approaching, the rumor mill will be churning big time.

Minor Leagues
Players of the Week (June 15-21)
CF Aaron Altherr, Reading…The 24-year-old hit .440 in 7 games, team-high 11 hits, 3 doubles, triple, 4 runs and 2 RBI. The 6-foot-5, 215-pound outfielder was selected by the Phillies in the 9th round of the 2009 draft and was signed by Brad Holland.

LHP Adam Loewen, Lehigh Valley…The 31-year-old relieved in 3 games, 5 innings, 3 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, 12 strikeouts. He was signed by the Phillies in April of 2014 as a minor league free agent, and was originally signed by the Orioles and Dave Jennings after being selected in the first round by Baltimore in the 2002 draft.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (28-45)
RF Jordan Danks hit a 2-run homer in the top of the 9th for a 5-4 win in Buffalo. CF Aaron Altherr doubled before the HR.  No decision: Severino Gonzalez, 6-4-2-2-3-2.  WP: Cesar Jimenez (2-3); SV: Juan Gutierrez (2).
Next: RH Aaron Nola (1-0), 7:05 tonight in Buffalo.

Reading Fightin Phils (37-33)
Lost, 9-4, to Akron. LP: Tom Windle (2-5), 4-11-6-5-2-1. 3B KC Serna, single, double, triple, 2 RBI in 3 at-bats.  SS J.P. Crawford extended hitting streak to 9 games . . .
From Monday night’s win, Zach Eflin’s pitch count by innings: 25-10-15-5-7-6, 65 total, 45 strikes. Backed by four double plays.
Next: RH Mark Leiter (0-1), 7:05 tonight vs. Akron.

Clearwater Threshers (35-33)
Game suspended after 2 innings by rain with Threshers leading Daytona, 1-0. Will be completed before the 12 noon game today.

Lakewood BlueClaws (33-35)
On 3-day All-Star Game break that started Monday.

Williamsport Crosscutters (5-0)
Remained undefeated with 3-1 decision over West Virginia. 1B Brendon Hayden, 2-3, lifting average to .600 in four games. RF Jose Pujols hitless for first time.  WP: Lewis Alezones (1-0). SV. Robert Tasin (1).
Next: 7:05 tonight vs. West Virginia.

Gulf Coast League Phillies (1-0)
Game suspended after 4 innings by rain with Phillies leading Pirates, 6-3 . . . RH David Buchanan is scheduled to start on Saturday and work five innings
Next: 12 noon today at Carpenter Complex vs. Yankees.

Lehigh Valley: added CF Aaron Altherr from Reading; released INF Jason Nix.

Clearwater: added OF Chase Harris from Lakewood.

Lakewood: added 2B Scott Kingery and 1B Kyle Martin.

Gulf Coast League: added INF Luis Espiritu from Clearwater.



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