Act 2, Another Hit

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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.


The Franco Show

Franco 2 in NY

The Franco Show was a huge hit on Broadway.   Scott Franzke and Larry Andersen said on the radio that Franco put on a long-ball show during batting practice.  It continued in the game becoming the fourth Phillies rookie third baseman to hit a pair of home runs. He drove in five and made a spectacular play on defense. Not a bad for his debut in fabled Yankee Stadium.

The Phillies 12-game road losing streak ended, 11-6, giving the Phillies 20 runs in two consecutive wins.  Prior to that in 10 games, the scored a combined 19 runs.  In these two straight wins, they are 14-25 with RISP.

Since June 2, Franco has the most hits in the league with 32.  He certainly looks to be a building block for the future.  Two other potential blocks, Glavis and Hernandez, went 3-5 and 2-5 respectively.  The three combined to score eight runs and drove in seven.

Other Phillies third baseman with a two-homer game in his rookie season?  Should be an easy guess.  Scott Rolen (1996), Mike Schmidt (1973) and Dick Allen (1964).

Elias Sports Bureau
The only other rookie in Phillies history to register at least four hits, including two home and five RBIs in one game was Wes Chamberlain, 4 for 4 with two homers and six RBIs in a 9-3 Phillies victory over the Padres at Veterans Stadium on July 31, 1999. Franco is only the second rookie ever to produce a four-hit, two-homer game versus the Yankees. The first was the Marlins’ Bruce Aven on June 13, 1999 in Miami

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (27-45)
Travel day on Monday.  Next: RH Severino Gonzalez, 7:05 tonight in Buffalo.

Reading Fightin Phils (37-32)

Won their 3rd in a row over Portland, 3-2. WP: RH Zach Elfin (5-4), 6-6-0-0-0-4; SV: Shacklenford (15). SS J.P. Crawford, 2-4, extending hitting streak to 8 games during which he has 12 hits and 4 walks.  RF Kelly Dugan, 2-4, RBI; hitting .414.  CF Aaron Altherr, 1-3, 19th double; extending his hitting streak to 9 games, 15 hits and 5 walks. 1B Brock Stassi, 1-3, 15th double; 51st RBI, tops in the organization.
Nex: 7:05 tonight vs. Akron.

Clearwater Threshers (35-33)
Won 3rd straight as second half of the season started, 4-3, over Daytona. WP: RH Ricardo Pinto (1-0), 6.1-6-2-2-0-7. SV: Ulises Joaquin (6). CF Carlos Tocci, 3-4, 2 doubles.  1B Willians Astudillo, 3-4; C Andrew Knapp, 2-2, 12th and 13th doubles.
Three-day All-Star Game break over the weekend.
Next: 7:05 p.m. today vs. Daytona Beach.

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

Williamsport Crosscutters (4-0)
Defeated West Virginia, 7-4.  19-year-old RF Jose Pujols, 3-4, 11 for 17 in 4 games.  3B Jan Hernandez, 2nd HR. WP: Mitch Gueller (1-0), 6-6-3-1-1-4. SV: Jason Zgardowski (2).
Next: LH Denton Keys, 7:05 tonight vs. West Virginia.

Gulf Coast League Phillies
Won its opener, 5-2, vs. the Yankees in Tampa. David Buchanan, rehab start, 4-1-0-0-0-2. WP: Ranger Suarez (1-0), 4-2-0-0-1-2. 2B Jonathan Arauz, 2-5, 1st HR, 2 RBI. 1B Luis Encarnacion, 1-4, 1st HR, 2 RBI. DH Greg Pickett, 2-4, both doubles.
Next: 12 noon today at Carpenter Complex vs. Yankees.

Reading: added INF Harold Martinez from Clearwater and C Jose Mayorga from Lakewood. C Rene Garcia placed on bereavement list.

Clearwater: added INF Devin Lohman from Reading.

Where Are They Now?’s Paul Hagen’s latest feature is about the former Phillies outfielder who hit the first home run in the first night game at Wrigley Field…..but didn’t.  Check out the story at

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

1973: LHP Ken Brett sets a major league record for pitchers when he hits a home run in four straight games (9th, 13th, 18th). The fourth homer comes in a 7-2 victory at Montreal.

1986: Phillies destroy Chicago, 19-1, and set a modern league record with 15 extra-base hits and a new club record with 11 doubles. 2B Juan Samuel drives in six runs.  LHP Shane Rawley (10-4) beats LHP Jamie Moyer (1-1).

2012: Jim Thome hits his 609th home run and last with the Phillies, a walk-off blast to give the Phillies a 7-6 win over the Rays.  It is his 13th career walk-off HR, breaking the major league record shared by Babe Ruth and Jimmie Foxx.  Win was the 900th for manager Charlie Manuel.


Adam Comes Through

Belated Happy Father’s Day. Especially to my dad, Lester, back home in Myerstown, PA. Doesn’t miss a Phillies game on TV.  At age 99, he’s really amazing. Still spends time in the woodshop.  His skills as a carpenter were never passed on. Apparently it’s not in the genes.

Atta-Boy Adam
22 runs, 32 hits, 12 walks….the Cardinals’ numbers in winning the first two games of the weekend set. Enter Adam Morgan, making his major league debut for the Phillies, their third pitcher to make their first big league start against St. Louis this year. Gonzalez and Aumont, the other two, didn’t fare well, 13 runs in 6.2 total innings.

Adam held the Cardinals to one run in 5.2 innings before departing to an ovation from the fans, including mom and dad who hugged. Adam was 0-6 at Lehigh Valley, missing all of last year following left shoulder surgery, before being called up to the majors. He became the Phillies first starting pitcher to win a game since May 23. Last time he won a game as two years ago at LV.

New York, New York
On to New York after the game and three games with the Yankees, night, night, day.Phillies are 12-12 against the Yankees in interleague play, 4-2 at Yankee Stadium.

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (27-45)
Lost 2 of 3 to Scranton. WP on Friday, Jason Berken (4-4); SV: Seth Rosin (4). LPs: Anthony Vasquwz (3-2), 6.2-8-5-5-3-3 and Chad Billingsley (2-2), 2.2-7-7-5-2-3.
Darn Ruf, who has played 1B and LF, 4-10 weekend, RBI.
Next: Travel day today to Buffalo.

Reading Fightin Phils (36-32)
Won Saturday (3-2) and Sunday (8-7) after losing Friday (3-0) to Portland. RHMark Leiter lost his AA debut on Friday, 7-8-3-3-0-6. WPs: Ben Lively (5-5), 7-8-3-3-0-6 and Jesse Biddle (7-1), 5-3-0-0-5-4. Weekend: SS J.P. Crawford extended hitting streak to 7 games.  RF Kelly Dugan, 7-13, 3 R.  CF Aaron Altherr, 5-12, 3 R; extended his streak to 8 games. 1B-DH Art Charles, 3 hits, 6 RBI.
Next: Zach Elfin (4-4), 7:00 tonight vs. Portland.

Clearwater Threshers (34-33)
Three-day All-Star Game break over the weekend.
Next: 2nd half resumes tonight vs. Daytona Beach.

Lakewood BlueClaws (33-35)
Ended 1st half with a win on Sunday to snap a 7-game losing streak.  WP: Josh Taylor (4-5), 7.2-4-3-3-2-9. Weekend: RF Herlis Rodriguez, 5-11, 3 RBI. 3B Damek Tomscha, 4-11. SS Malquin Canelo, 4-13, HR, 3 RBI, 3 R.
Next: 3-day All-Star Game break.

Williamsport Crosscutters (3-0)
Won all 3 games vs. State College, 3-2, 7-6, 8-1.  Scored 6 runs in the last of the ninth in 7-6 win in home opener. WPs: Alejandro Arteaga, Filberto Sanchez, Jose Taveras. 1B Brendon Hayden, 4-5 Sunday, including 1st pro HR, 2 RBI. Weekend: RF Jose Pujols 8-13, 4 doubles, 1 triple.
Next: Mitch Gueller, 7:05 tonight vs. West Virginia.

Gulf Coast League Phillies
Season opener is 12 noon today in Tampa against the Yankees.

Lehigh Valley: RH Paul Clements, activated from DL.

Reading: added RH Ethan Martin from Clearwater.

Clearwater: added LH Hoby Milner from Reading.

Lakewood: added INF Emmanuel Marrero and C Jose Mayorga from Clearwater.

Williamsport: added INF Grenny Cumana and OF Gustavo Martinez from Lakewood.

Best Weekend Tweet’s Jerry Crasnick on Saturday night: “There are so many scouts at tonight’s #Phillies game, I think they ran out of Turkey Hill ice cream in the press dining room.”


Stingy Cardinals Next

Five pitches into the game and the Orioles hit another home run. 1-0 after one-half inning. Oh no, here we go again.

But, O’Sullivan (five innings) and four relievers didn’t allow another run and the nine-game losing streak happily ended. The Phillies won on a two-run home run by Howard in the sixth inning. In the last 10 seasons, he has 269 go-ahead RBI, second in the majors to Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera (276).

Howard HR

RH Phillippe Aumont will start tonight in place of Hamels.  He’s the 10th different starter the Phillies have used this season.  Aumont will be making his first major league start.  He has plus-stuff but struggles with his control.  Began the season in the bullpen but has made 10 straight starts, 3-4, 2.55 ERA.  Prior to this year, his last start was in Clearwater in 2010.

Next In Town
11 runs in their last five games?  Not the Phillies, but team with the best record in baseball, the Cardinals.  St. Louis is 26-7 at home, including three of four from the Phillies at the end of April.  Road record is a different story, 17-16.

The Phillies have scored the fewest runs (206) in the league and the Cardinals have allowed the fewest (188).  Oh brother.

Jayson Stark Note
Phillies have gone 23 games without a win from a starting pitcher which matches the club record set in 1961 when they had a club-record 23-game losing streak.

Draft Update
Phillies have assigned players they’ve signed from the draft earlier this month to three different rosters. 2B Scott Kingery (2nd round) and 1B Kyle Martin (4th) have been sent to Lakewood. Nine are on the Williamsport roster, 16 on the Gulf Coast League team.  #1 selection, Cornelius Randolph, reported to GCL yesterday.

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (26-43)
RH Aaron Nola won his AAA debut, 3-0, 5-4-0-0-1-7; 98 pitches/66 strikes. Threw a lot of pitches because of a lot of foul balls. LH Adam Loewen, 2-1-0-0-1-6 and RH Juan Guitierrez, 2-3-0-0-1-1 completed the shutout. 1B Darin Ruf, 2-4, RBI. Win was LV’s 3rd in a row.
Next: RH Jason Berken (3-4), 7:05 tonight vs. Scranton.

Reading Fightin Phils (34-31)
Were blanked in Trenton, 5-0. LP: Tom Windle (2-4), 5-6-4-4-3-4. CF Aaron Altherr, 2 of Reading’s 4 hits. LF Cameron Perkin had 17-game hitting streak stopped.
Next: RH Mark Leiter (0-0) makes AA debut, 7:00 tonight vs. Portland.

Clearwater Threshers (34-33)
RF Aaron Brown delivered the game-winning hit for the second straight game, this time a single in the bottom of the 9th, the Threshers final game of the first half. Clearwater trailed, 7-0, after 3 but scored 7 in the 4th, capped by a grand slam by LF Andrew Pullin.
WP: Jesen Therrien (2-0).
Next: 3-day All-Star Game break.

Lakewood BlueClaws (32-33)
A 5-run second inning was the difference in a 6-1 loss to Delmarva. LP: Chris Oliver (3-5). 1B Rhys Hoskins, 50th RBI, first Lakewood player to reach that figure in the first half since 2012, Maikel Franco.
Next: LH Elniery Garcia (4-5), 7:05 tonight vs. Greenville. 3-day All-Star Game break starts Monday.

Williamsport Crosscutters
RH Alejandro Arteaga starts the season opener tonight in State College.

Gulf Coast League Phillies
Season opener is Monday in Tampa against the Yankees. First home game is the next day also against the Yankees.

A tweet yesterday:  “IronPigs cap has been sold to half of the states in the union since Monday.” Visit

iron pigs cap

We Need High Hopes

Freddie’s three-run homer got the Phillies back in last night’s game.  Unfortunately, his error opened the doors for four unearned Orioles runs. The Phillies ninth straight loss was by two runs.  1999 club lost 11 in a row.  That streak will not be matched or passed this season!  Gotta have High Hopes!

Homer in the first inning was the 14th allowed by Phillies pitching, one shy of the major league most by the Blue Jays.

Another quick sleep night with a 1 o’clock afternoon game today.

Don Money will be on hand Friday night to throw out the first ball on Retro Night when the Cardinals and Phillies will wear uniforms form the 1960s.  Don will forever be remembered for hitting the first home run in Veterans Stadium history.

Sold Out
The Alumni Luncheon honoring Pat Burrell on Thursday noon, July 30, is sold out.Burrell will be inducted into the Toyota Wall of Fame the next night, which is day two of the four-day Alumni Weekend.

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (25-43)
DH Chris McGuinness’ 3rd hit was a 2-out, 2-RBI, walk-off single in the 9th, 8-7 over Buffalo. 3B Cord Phelps also had 3 hits, including 3rd HR, 2 RBI. 1B Darin Ruf, 1-5, 2-run double.  WP: Juan Gutierrez (1-1).
Next: RH Aaron Nola makes AAA debut, 7:05 tonight vs. Buffalo.

Reading Fightin Phils (34-30)
Lost, 6-5, at Trenton. No decision RH Zach Elfin, 6-7-4-1-2-2.  RF Kelly Dugan, 2-5, RBI. CF Aaron Altherr, 2-5; threw out a runner at home plate. SS J.P. Crawford, 1-4, double, 2 runs.
Next: LH Tom Windle (2-3), 7:00 tonight in Trenton.

Clearwater Threshers (33-33)
RF Aaron Brown hit a walk-off homer in the 11th inning, 4-3, over St. Lucie. LF Dylan Cozens, 2-5, 16th double. No decision: RH Yacksel Rios, 5-5-2-2-1-4. WP: Ulises Joaquin (4-1).
Next: RH David Whitehead (4-6), 7:00 tonight vs. St. Lucie, the last game before a 3-day All-Star Game break.

Lakewood BlueClaws (32-32)
Lost, 5-4, to Delmarva.  1B Rhys Hoskins, 16th-17th doubles. RF Herlis Rodriguez, 2-4, 3rd triple. LP: Ranfi  Casimiro (2-5), 4.1-4-4-4-4-5.
Next: RH Chris Oliver (3-43), 7:05 tongiht vs. Delmarva.

Williamsport Crosscutters
Open New York-Penn League at State College on Friday night. First home game is Saturday night, State College.

Gulf Coast League Phillies
Season opener is Monday in Tampa against the Yankees. First home game is the next day also against the Yankees.

Today In Phillies History
1989: Following the Phillies’ 6-5 win over New York, GM Lee Thomas pulls off two major trades, sending 2B Juan Samuel to the Mets for CF Lenny Dykstra, RHP Roger McDowell and a minor leaguer and sending RHP Steve Bedrosian to San Francisco for LHP Terry Mulholland, LHP Dennis Cook and 3B Charlie Hayes.



Home Run Derby

It was home run derby night at Camden Yards last night.  The Orioles went deep eight times in coasting to a 19-3 victory, ending the Phillies road trip at 0-8, worst in modern club history.  The 1883 Phillies, the franchise’s first, had an 0-9 trip in August.

McGowan allowed five homers, the most ever for a Phillies reliever and one shy of the club record held by Bill Kirkshieck.  In an August 13, 1939 start in the Polo Grounds against the New York Giants, Kirkshieck gave up his six homers in four innings of an 11-2 loss.

In case you are wondering, the most home runs allowed by the Phillies in a game is nine, Cincinnati Reds, September 4, 1999, at Veterans Stadium.  The Reds coasted that night, too, 22-3.

The Phillies homerless streak ended when No. 7, Franco, hit his 7th, the team’s first since June 7. He hit that home run, too.

The same two teams play another two games starting tonight at Citizens Bank Park.  A day game on Thursday is followed by three games with St. Louis starting Friday.  At home, the Phillies are 15-16.  Road now 7-27.

Minor Leagues
Players of the Week (June 8-14)
3B Mitch Walding, Clearwater. 7 games, 9-for-22 (.409), 4 runs, a double, home run, 5 RBI. Had four multiple-hit games, raising his average 20 points. 22-year-old was selected in the 5th round in 2011 and signed by Joey Davis.

RHR Edubray Ramos, Clearwater. 3 games, 7 innings, 3 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, 10 strikeouts, 1-0, 1 save. 22-year-old was signed as a minor league free agent, November 2012.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (24-43)
Split a pair of 3-1 decisions against Buffalo . . . Won completion the suspended game. Starter LH Anthony Vasquez no decision, 4-1-0-0-2-3. WP: RH Chad Billingsley (2-1), 3-3-1-0-1-0; SV: Jake Diekman (3), 2-1-0-0-0-2. 1B Darin Ruf, 2 RBI . . . Lost the 7-inning second game. LP: Severino Gonzalez (1-4), 5-7-3-2-1-3.
Next: LH Adam Morgan (0-6), 7:05 tonight vs. Buffalo’s starter Randy Wolf (5-1).

Reading Fightin Phils (34-29)
Won, 8-2, at Trenton, scoring 6 in the 7th. WP: Jesse Biddle (6-1), 7.2-8-2-2-1-4, his longest outing of the season.  2 hits: SS J.P. Crawford, CF Aaron Altherr, 1B Brock Stassi, LF Pam Perkins. SV: Colton Murray (1).
Next: RH Zach Elfin (4-4), 7:00 tonight in Trenton.

Clearwater Threshers (32-33)
Lost, 5-2, to St. Lucie. LP: LH Matt Imhoff (2-2), 2.1-6-4-4-2-1. 2 hits: 2B Drew Stankiewicz, RF Dylan Cozens, who stole his 10th base.
Next: RH Yacksel Rios (1-2), 7:00 tonight vs. St. Lucie.

Lakewood BlueClaws (32-31)
Following a 5-2 road trip, the BlueClaws lost a double-header to Delmarva at home, 9-6 and 4-0. First game: RF Cord Sandberg, 4-4, 1st HR, 2 RBI. 3B Damek Tomscha, 3-3.  Club had 3 singles in the second game.  LPs: RH Tyler Viza (4-2) and LH Joey DeNato (2-2).
Next: RH Ranfi Casmiro (2-4), 7:05 tongiht vs. Delmarva.

Williamsport Crosscutters
Open New York-Penn League at State College on Friday night.

Gulf Coast League Phillies
Season opener is Monday in Tampa against the Yankees.

Lehigh Valley: assigned LH Joely Rodriguez to Reading; added LH Adam Loewen from Reading.

Clearwater: added CF Carlos Tocci and RHS Ricardo Pinto from Lakewood. RHS Paul Clemens activated from the DL.

Lakewood: added OF Chase Harris from Clearwater, RHR Calvin Rayburn and LHS Yoel Mecias from Williamsport. Released RHR Nick Rodesky.

Today In Phillies History
2012: Playing in Toronto, Jim Thome leads off the second inning with a home run, his 100th as a Phillie. Thome becomes the 4th player in major league history with at least 100 home runs for three different teams, following Reggie Jackson, Darrell Evans, and Alex Rodriguez.

Hard To Believe

A missed catch by an inexperienced left fielder led to one run and a missed call on strike three that would have ended an inning was followed by a three-run homer. So, the Phillies road trip fell to 0-7 last night in Baltimore, 4-0. They’ve never had an 0-8 trip.

A lead-off double by Hernandez in the seventh was followed by three strikeouts, including a questionable strike three on Franco which led to his ejection by home plate umpire Eric Cooper.  When things go bad, they go bad.

In their last four losses, the Phillies are 1-for30 with RISP.

Last time the Phillies scored was the eighth inning on Saturday; 21 scoreless since.

Last time the Phillies scored more than one run in an inning, fourth inning, Monday, June 8, in Cincinnati, two runs.

Last win by a Phillies starting pitcher, May 23, Hamels over the Nationals.

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (23-42)
Game was suspended after 4 innings with LV leading over Buffalo, 2-0.  It will be completed prior to tonight’s game.  Chad Billingsley will start the regular game on a rehab assignment.

Reading Fightin Phils (33-29)
Were not scheduled.
Next: LH Jessie Biddle (5-1), 7:00 tonight in Trenton.

Clearwater Threshers (33-32)
The Threshers scored a run in their 9th but wound up losing, 3-2, in 13 innings to St. Lucie.  It is the 12th extra inning game in the Phillies organization in the last week and 3rd for Clearwater.
Next: LH Matt Imhoff (2-1), 7:00 tonight vs. St. Lucie.

Lakewood BlueClaws (32-29)
Split a pair in Hagerstown . . . Won, 5-1, behind RH Ricardo Pinto (6-2), 6-7-1-1-2-2 . . . Lost, 4-3 . . . 1B Rhys Hoskins, 3-5, 3 RBI; 49 RBI matches Reading’s Brock Stassi for most in the Phillies minor leagues. RF Herlis Rodriquez, 3-5, triple, HR (5), 3 RBI . . . First 4 batters in the BlueClaws lineup: SS Malquin Canelo (.314), Rodriguez (.301), Carlos Tocci (.321), Hoskins (.335).
Next: 5:05 DH this evening vs. Delmarva.
All-Stars: Canelo, Tocci, Hoskins, RHR Alexis Rivero, LHR Joey DeNato.

Williamsport Crosscutters
Team under manager Pat Borders arrived in Williamsport yesterday.  Workouts the next few days with the season opener Friday night in State College.

Gulf Coast League Phillies
Continue mini-camp at Carpenter Complex until the season opener June 22 vs. Yankees in Tampa.

Today In Phillies History
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.

Think Again

If three Phillies starting pitchers give up four runs and the bullpen allows two runs (one earned) in a three-game series, you would think you would win all three games.  Think again. Unfortunately, their offense blew some golden opportunities, had numerous periods of hibernation, went 1-25 RISP and the enemy’s defense was brilliant.

Result: Pirates swept three from the Phillies who scored single runs in just three of 33 weekend innings. Six-game road trip: six losses, 11 runs scored, no home runs. Baltimore next for two night games starting tonight.

Hamels was dominating on Sunday, allowing four hits and striking out 12 in seven scoreless innings. You’ve experienced, witnessed, heard or read this before. Often.

Extra Innings Epidemic
Don’t remember a week like this, a week that started on Tuesday and ended Sunday.  From the top of the Phillies organization to Class A Lakewood, there were 11 extra-inning games.  140 innings total. 4-7 record.

Phillies, 13, 11 innings
Lehigh Valley, 12, 14, 10
Reading, 18-12-15; first time in franchise history they played three consecutive extra-inning games.
Clearwater, 13, 11
Lakewood, 11

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (23-42)
Won 2 of 3 in Norfolk, both wins being shutouts.  1-0 on Friday inn 14 innings which ended a 7-game losing streak. WP: Seth Rosin (2-1). 2-0 on Sunday; WP: Phillippe Aumont (3-4), 5.2-4-0-0-5-9.  LH Jake Diekman saved both wins; need just 7 pitches in a 1 inning save on Sunday, 6 strikes.
Next: LH Anthony Vasquez (3-1), 7:05 tonight vs. Buffalo.

Reading Fightin Phils (33-29)
After playing a franchise-first 3 straight extra-inning games (45 innings), Reading lost in 9 yesterday afternoon, 5-1, as Akron swept all 3 weekend games. Manager Dusty Wathan: “We played (Sunday) like we have played 45 innings in the last 3 days. No energy and flat.” Pitcher of record in all 3 extra-inning games was a position player, 1B Brock Stassi (W), C Rene Garcia (L), INF Devin Lohman (L). SS J.P. Crawford is hitting .294 in 15 AA games. CF Aaron Altherr, .325 in last 10 games. RF Brian Pointer was 5-7 in Friday night’s 12-inning loss.

CF Roman Quinn placed on DL Saturday (left quad strain). Leading EL with 44 runs, 6 triples, 29 stolen bases. Pulled up lame running to first in 2nd AB on Friday night.
Next: Just what the doctor ordered today, no game. Resume play 7 p.m. Tuesday in Trenton.

Clearwater Threshers (33-31)
Won 2 of 3 against Brevard County.  WPs: David Whitehead (4-6) and Miguel Nunez (1-2). SV: Edubray Ramos (5), 3 hitless inning, 6 strikeouts. RF Dylan Cozens, 4-4, 2 runs, 3 doubles, 9th steal on Sunday. 1B Willians Astudillo, 4 RBI in same game. 3B Mitch Walding, 5-10 weekend, 4 runs, 4 RBI.
Next: RH Colin Kleven (4-3) , 6:30 tonight vs. Brevard County.

Lakewood BlueClaws (31-28)
Won 2 games in Hagerstown before Sunday’s rain out. WPs: Manny Martinez (1-1); Elniery Garcia (4-5); SV: Joey DeNato (3). Home runs: SS Malquin Canelo (4), 1B Rhys Hoskins (9) and RF Herlis Rodriguez (4).  Hoskins leads organization on home runs.
Next: RH Ricardo Pinto (5-2) and LH Josh Taylor (3-4), in 4:05 DH this evening in Hagerstown.


Aaron to AAA
Young Aaron Nola has been promoted to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. He’ll make his AAA debut sometime this week.  Teammate Zach Eflin’s tweet: “Congrats to my brother Aaron Nola on his promotion to AAA! Couldn’t be a better person. Extremely proud! Love ya man!!” Eflin is probably the next Reading hurler to move up to AAA.

Reading added RHR Tyler Knigge from AAA, OF Kelly Dugan and RHS Mark Leiter from Clearwater. RHR Reiner Roibal placed on DL (right groin strain).

Special Date In Phillies History
June 14, 2004

PHILADELPHIA - JUNE 14:  Jim Thome #25 of the Philadelphia Phillies watches his 400th career homerun leave the park on a two out, full count pitch from Jose Acevedo of the Cincinnati Reds which tied the score 2-2 in the first inning before rain delayed the game after 2 1/2 innings with the Reds winning 4-3 during MLB action at the Citizens Bank Park on June 14, 2004 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)


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.

June 14, 2014
SS Jimmy Rollins singles in the fifth inning against the Cubs’ Edwin Jackson at Citizens Bank Park for his 2,235th career hit, breaking the club record held by Mike Schmidt. Phillies win by 3 again, 7-4.

June 14, 2024
What historic will happen?


What’s Next For Draftees

The summer draft is over.  The Phillies selected 40 players from the high school and college levels. Ages 18 to 24. Next phase is signing the youngsters.  Under MLB rules clubs have until July 17 to sign their selections. After that date, the unsigned go back in the pot for next year.

Today is the last day for the 50-plus players in the extended spring training program at Carpenter Field.  Some will remain there as members of the Gulf Coast League that begins play on June 22.  Others will be assigned to the Williamsport Crosscutters in the New York-Penn League.  Their season begins a week from today (June 19).

Signed players from this draft will report to Clearwater and the start of a mini-camp on Monday, the same day the Crosscutters fly to Philadelphia for a bus ride to Williamsport.  Any 2015 signees who will be assigned to Williamsport, will fly there on June 20. The others will continue mini-camp until the GCL opener.  All new players also have to undergo a complete physical either in Philadelphia or Clearwater before then can put on a uniform.

The GCL season ends August 29.  Williamsport and the Phillies other four minor league clubs, September 7.

Phillies fans in the tri-state area can see the players of tomorrow at Lehigh Valley, Reading, Lakewood and Williamsport.  Or, you can vacation in Clearwater and see two games some days, the GCL and Threshers.  There is no admission to the GCL games at Carpenter Complex.  You will be joined by seagulls.  GCL games are played at 12 noon, Monday through Friday and 10 on Saturday morning.  No games on Sunday.

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (21-40)
7th straight loss came in Norfolk, 4-3.  C Gabriel Lino had 2 of LV’s 6 singles.  LP: RH Severino Gonzalez (1-3), 4.1-5-2-2-3-3.
Next: LH Adam Morgan (0-6), 7:05 tonight in Norfolk.

Reading Fightin Phils (33-26)
Brock Stassi did it all as Reading edged Altoona, 8-7, in 18 innings.  The 25-year-old first baseman was 4-8 with 2 RBI and a stolen base; lifted his average to .347. On top of that he was the winning pitcher, 3-0-0-0-1-3; 33 pitches, 20 for strikes.  While at the University of Nevada, Stassi was the Western Athletic Conference pitcher of the year in 2010.  It was the fourth time he’s pitched in a game in his 5-year pro career.  He was a 33-round selection by the Phillies in 2011.

Altoona scored 5 in the 6th and 2 in the 7th but was held scoreless over the last 11 innings. Reading used 9 pitchers, Altoona, 7. RH Zach Elfin started, 5-4-0-0-0-6. Following a walk and hit batter, PH Art Charles hit a 3-run homer in the bottom of the 9th to send the game into extra innings.

Reading’s 18th inning against Edward Salcedo, an infielder: Roman Quinn walked, J. P. Crawford bunt base hit, sacrifice bunt by Aaron Altherr, intentional walk to Stassi and a walk-off walk to Cam Perkins.  Time of game: 5:07. Altoona left after the game for a bus ride home.
Next: LH Tom Windle (2-3), 7:05 tonight vs. Akron.

Clearwater Threshers (30-30)
Won 3rd in last 4 games, 4-2, at Bradenton. WP: LH Matt Imhoff (2-1), 5-5-2-1-2-4; picked off a runner at 1st; activated from the DL before the game; last pitched on April 14; has allowed 3 ER in 15 IP over 3 starts. SV: Yacksel Rios (1), 4-3-0-0-1-1. CF Aaron Brown, 2-run HR (3rd).
Next: RH Victor Arano (0-7), 6:30 tonight vs. Brevard County.

Lakewood BlueClaws (29-28)
CF Carlos Tocci’s 3rd hit was a game-winning homer in the 11th inning, 7-6, in Lexington. It was his 2nd HR; other was on April 14. Lakewood scored twice in the 10th only to see a pinch-hit, two-out, two-run homer tie it again in the bottom of the inning. SS Malquin Canelo, 3-6, including 3rd HR, 2 RBI. RH Alexis Rivero, blown save #2, wound up the winner (3-0). RH Manny Martinez, 1st save, striking out the side.
Next: RH Chris Oliver (3-4), 7:05 tonight in Hagerstown, MD.

Reading: RH Ryan O’Sullivan, activated from the DL . . . Clearwater: LH Matt Imhoff, activated from the DL; C Jose Mayorga, placed on DL.

Quote of the Day
“Jacob (Diekman) was very good and the one slider he threw to a right handed hitter was a Packman slider that ate up the hitter’s bat, shoe, ankle, hands and personality for a strike out,” Lehigh Valley pitching coach Ray Burris.

Phillies Last Batting Champion?

The photo gives it away, Richie Ashburn.  But when and how did he win it.  The story is posted at


After being swept in three games in Cincinnati, today is a day off. Right now, that’s good news.

This weekend, the Phillies play three in PNC Park where they are only 16-28. Yikes. After the Phillies won the last two in Citizens Bank Park to earn a split against the Pirates last month, Pittsburgh was 17-18. Since, 15-9. Yikes. Lefty Locke pitches tonight.  He’s 4-0 with a 1.35 ERA against the Phillies. Yikes.  Then Cole and Burnett Saturday and Sunday.  They are a combined 15-4. Yikes.

The Phillies 7-22 road start this season is the worst for the club since 6-24 in 1941. Yikes.

No time to feel sorry.  No time to pout. Time to turn it around!

Draft History
Baseball just celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first summer draft.  I was fortunate to be there along with Paul Owens, then our director of scouting and player development and John Quinn, general manager.  Don’t recall who else was with us.

The draft was held in the ballroom of the Commodore Hotel in New York.  Each team was assigned to a table.  Each team’s selection was written on a special form for an announcement. It seemed as if every time a selection was made, a buzz arose in the room. We quickly learned players were being drafted for which other clubs, including us, had no reports. Today, players are registered in advance and assigned a draft number.

Newspaper reporters covered the event using manual typewriters.  No TV cameras, talking heads, internet or iPhones.

Rick Monday was the very first player selected.  The college outfielder went to the Oakland A’s. We had the 18th pick in the first round and chose a San Diego high school pitcher, Mike Adamson.  We couldn’t sign him. He went to USC and was drafted by Baltimore two years later but never really made it big in the big leagues.

Three of the 33 selections we made did make it to the major leagues, OF Larry Hisle (2nd round), RHP Billy Champion (3rd) and INF Terry Harmon (5th).

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (21-40)
LF Russ Canzler hit a 3-run homer in the top of the 9th to tie the game, 8-8, but host Durham pulled out a 9-8, 12-inning win, the 6th straight loss for the IronPigs.  RF Domonic Brown, 4-6, 3 runs, 12th double, 2nd HR, 2 RBI. C Blake Forsythe, 1st HR, 2 RBI.
Next: RH Severino Gonzalez (1-2), 7:05 tonight in Norfolk.

Reading Fightin Phils (32-26)
Won 3rd in last 4, 5-3, over Altoona.  LF Aaron Altherr, 4-4, 2 runs, 13th-14th doubles, 6th HR, 2 RBI. CF Roman Quinn, 4th HR, RBI; threw a runner out at home plate. C Logan Moore, 1st HR, RBI. WP: Jesse Biddle (5-1), 6-7-2-2-0-4. SV: Stephen Shackleford (13).
Reading is in 3rd place 3 games out.
Next: RH Zach Elfin (4-4), 7:05 tonight vs. Altoona.

Clearwater Threshers (28-30)
After a 5-2 loss in 13 innings to Bradenton the night before, the Threshers won, 2-1, in 11 last night in Bradenton on C Chace Namata’s RBI single. No decision: Colin Kleven, 7-6-1-0-2-4; has allowed 2 runs in last 2 starts, 14 innings. 2B Drew Stankiewicz, 2-4, double and 3rd stolen base.
Next: RH Yacksel Rios (1-12), 6:30 tonight in Bradenton.

Lakewood BlueClaws (28-27)
Host Lexington scored 4 times in the bottom of the ninth to pull out a 5-4 win over Lakewood.  Closer Matt Hockenberry was charged with his first blown save (7 chances) by giving up 3 singles, a hit batter, walk and double. SS Malquin Canelo, 2-4, 18th double, 9th stolen base. No decision: Tyler Viz, 7-4-1-1-0-7; has allowed 2 earned runs in last 21 innings.
Next: RH Ranfi Casimiro (2-4), 7:05 tonight in Lexington, KY.

Today In Phillies History

1985: Phillies’ greatest offensive game ever…26-7 win over New York begins with a nine-run first inning, highlighted by LF Von Hayes’ two home runs, a solo shot and a grand slam.  No other Phillies player ever hit two homers in the first inning.



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