“It doesn’t work that way”

Four batters into the game, the D-Backs scored three runs on four hits off Jeremy Hellickson, who used to pitch for them.  He then retired 20 of the next 22 hitters but to no avail as the Phillies anemic offense produced one run….again.  They had two on and no out in the ninth but a ground ball double play and strikeout ended a winless homestand (0-6).

It marks the first time the Phillies had a winless homestand (minimum six games) since 0-7 in 1964, September 21-27, the start of a 10-game losing streak that cost them the pennant. Overall they’ve lost seven in a row at home matching a 2012 drought.

In doing a wrap late in the game, Larry Andersen: “The Diamondbacks scored four in the first inning and after that the Phillies won, 1-0.”  Scott Franzke chuckled, “Larry, it doesn’t work that way.”

Elias Sports Bureau
During the winless homestand, the Phillies did not score more than two runs in any game. They are one of three teams to do that. The Montreal Expos on a seven-game homestand in June/July 1991 and the Blue Jays in June 1994, when they were the two-time defending champion.

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Well, let’s look ahead.  Tonight starts three games against the Twins who have the worst record in the majors and then three weekend games in San Francisco, the hottest team currently (8-2) . . . Phils are 3-3 in Target Field and 21-33 in AT&T Park . . . Overall against the Twins, 7-8.  Over-all against the Giants, 918-1,254 . . . Nine games left this month. Phillies worst June ever: 4-22 set in 1997. Current record is 4-15.

Minor League Report
Players of the Week (June 13-19)

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OF Jiandido Tromp, Lakewood… The 22-year-old batted .467 (13-40) with five doubles, a home run, four RBI, a .733 slugging percentage and 1.248 OPS in seven games. He hit safely in all seven of those games, bringing his hitting streak to 14. The Aruba native has multiple hits in five of his last seven contests. He is second in the South Atlantic League in extra-base hits (33), third in total bases (122) and tied for third in doubles (20). Tromp was signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent on August 8, 2011.

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RHP Luke Leftwich, Lakewood… The 22-year-old made two starts, combining to go 2-0 with 12.0 scoreless innings pitched, a 0.58 WHIP (1 BB, 6 H) and 19 strikeouts. He tied a career high with 11 strikeouts in his 7.0-inning start on June 13, and then struck out eight more in 5.0 innings of two-hit ball on June 18. Leftwich has not allowed a run in his last 20.0 innings and a home run this season. His 88 strikeouts and 11.70 strikeouts per nine innings pitched ratio (67.2 IP) both rank first in the South Atlantic League, while his 2.00 ERA ranks third. He was selected by the Phillies in the seventh round of the 2015 draft out of Wofford College. He was also chosen the SAL Pitcher of the Week by MiLB.com.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (40-31), 3rd place, International League North Division.
C Andrew Knapp’s RBI single gave the IronPigs a 5-4, 10-inning win at Norfolk. 6th W in last 8 G. WP: Frank Herrmann (4-1); SV: Edward Mujica (16). 1B Darin Ruf, 3 H, including HR (8), 2 RBI. CF Cam Perkins, 3 H, SB. SS J.P. Crawford, 2 H, 2 R. DH Darnell Sweeney, HR (4) . . . Jake Thompson (5-5), 7:05 tonight in Norfolk.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (49-21), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
Tyler Viza (1-0), 7:05 tonight vs. Akron . . . RHS Vince Velasquez will make a rehab start on Wednesday.

Clearwater Threshers (37-29), 2nd place, Florida State League North Division.
Lost, 8-2, to Lakeland. LP: Ranfi Casimiro (6-5), 1.1-7-7-7-2-1. CF Carlos Tocci, 3 H.
RHR Dalier Hinojosa began rehab assignment, 1-1-0-0-0-1 . . . Shane Watson (1-3), 7:00 tonight vs. Lakeland.

Lakewood BlueClaws (29-40), 6th place, South Atlantic League North Division.
On 3-day All-Star Game break.

Williamsport Crosscutters (1-3), tie 4th, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
Lowell scored 2 in the last of the 9th to tie and won it in the 10th, 3-2, over Williamsport. Winning run was unearned. ND: Felix Paulino, 6-2-0-0-1-5. 2B Luis Espiritu, 2 H, RBI. SS William Cuicas, 2 hits . . . Bailey Falter, 7:05 tonight in Lowell.

This Date

James Paul David Bunning Position: Pitcher Bats: Right, Throws: Right Height: 6' 3", Weight: 190 lb. Born: October 23, 1931 in Southgate, KY (Age 82.282) High School: St. Xavier HS (Cincinnati, OH) School: Xavier University (Cincinnati, OH) Signed by the Detroit Tigers as an amateur free agent in 1950. (All Transactions) Debut: July 20, 1955 (Age 23.270) Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1955 season [*] Teams (by GP): Tigers/Phillies/Pirates/Dodgers 1955-1971 Final Game: September 3, 1971 (Age 39.315) Inducted into the Hall of Fame by Veteran's Committee as Player in 1996.


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June 21, 1964, 1st game–RHP Jim Bunning (7-2) pitches the first perfect game in Phillies history when he blanked the Mets, 6-0, on Father’s Day at New York. Bunning struck out pinch-hitter John Stephenson (photo) on a curve ball for the final out. The slender right-hander threw only 90 pitches (69 strikes). Gus Triandos becomes the first catcher ever to be behind the plate for no-hitters in each league, catching Bunning’s 1958 no-hitter vs. Boston.  18-year-old rookie RHP Rick Wise wins his first major league game in the second game, 8-2.

June 21, 1986–St. Louis scores twice in the ninth against LH reliever Don Carman for an 8-6 win.  Steve Carlton starts but leaves after allowing six hits, six walks and six runs in five innings, his last appearance for the Phillies.  Four days later, he is released.

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Snowballing Losses

Game time temperature was 85 degrees.  A snowball has no chance to exist when it’s that hot.  Well, the Phillies losses continued to snowball downhill as the Diamondbacks beat them three games this weekend. The series finale is this afternoon.

Sunday’s loss was the sixth straight at home, the longest streak since 0-7 in 2012.
It marks the first time the Diamondbacks have won a series at Citizens Bank Park since 2007. And, it is the first time since 2012 that they lost back-to-back games to Arizona.

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22-year-old Zach Eflin rebounded from his rough debut in Toronto last week but suffered his second loss.  He left down 2-0 after 5.2 innings having allowed just four hits.  The Phillies had a chance to take him off the hook when they loaded the bases with no out in the sixth. Tommy Joseph grounded into a double play which allowed the Phillies lone run.  They finished the game with three singles.

After today’s game the Phillies fly to Minneapolis where they face the Twins in three games before going to San Francisco for three and Phoenix for three.

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For the first time in franchise history, the Phillies are wearing five different uniforms
in a span of five days (6/17-21) … On Friday, the Phillies wore their traditional white uniforms with red pinstripes … Saturday, they wore alternate cream colored uni’s … All Major League clubs wore special Father’s Day uniforms Sunday with blue accents … This afternoon, the Phillies will break out their alternate day game red jerseys … And on Tuesday night in Minnesota, their traditional road gray uniforms. So far, the Phillies have multi-colored losses.

Minor League Weekend Report
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (39-31), 3rd place, International League North Division.
Split a 4-game series with Buffalo to end a 10-game homestand. Cedric Hunter’s walk-off double in the 11th inning won Friday night’s game, 5-4. It was the 3rd WO win in 4 days. Teams split a day-night DH on Saturday, 3-1 L followed by 10-4 win in which LV had 16 hits; 6 different players had multi-hit games. Buffalo won Sunday, 5-3, in 11 innings. Weekend: RF Nick Williams, 7-17, 4 R; hitting .342 in last 10. 1B-DH Darin Ruf, 6-17, 3 R, 3 RBI; .361 in last 10 games . . . Anthony Vasquez (0-0) 7:05 tonight in Norfolk.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (49-21), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
Won 4-0 Friday but lost 2-0 and 4-1 the next 2 days in Harrisburg, the 1st back-to-back losses for Reading since May 29-30. Nick Pivetta (7-4) tossed a 9-inning shutout on Friday for Reading’s 11th straight win. He gave up 7 hits, walked 3 and struck out 5. As a hitter, 2-2, RBI. 2B Jesmuel Valentin had 4 hits over the weekend, stretching his hitting streak to 8 games, 7 R, 9 RBI . . . Not scheduled today.

Clearwater Threshers (37-28), 2nd place, Florida State League North Division.
3B Nick Walding won the Home Run Hitting contest on Friday night with 6. Event led the 3-day FSL All-Star Game weekend in Fort Myers. North won the game on Saturday, 1-0. Thomas Eshelman was the North’s starting pitcher. Teammates Elniery Garcia and Alexis Rivero also pitched in the game . . . Season resumes tonight vs. Lakeland, 7:05

Lakewood BlueClaws (29-40), 6th place, South Atlantic League North Division.
Won 2 of 3 vs. Kannapolis.  RF Jose Pujols homered in each game, #11-12-13, including a grand slam on Saturday. Drove in 8 runs in the series. It is the 2nd time he’s homered in 3 straight games this season. Leads SAL in home runs. Luke Leftwich (7-3) won Saturday, 5-2-0-0-1-8. Leads SAL with 88 SO. LF-CF Jiandido Tromp, 7-13 weekend extending his hitting streak to 14 games, hiking his average from .230 to .274. Weekend ended the 1st half of the SAL season.  3-day All-Star Game break starting today in Lexington, KY.  Leftwich, Pujols and 2B Josh Tobias are on the North squad.

Williamsport Crosscutters (1-2), New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
Opened season with a 4-1 win on Friday night and the lost next two, 6-3, 8-1. Adonis Medina (1-0), 6-3-0-0-2-1. Weekend: 3B Lucas Williams, 5-12, .471, LF Emanuel Garcia, 5-11, .455 . . . Felix Paulino, 7:05 tonight in Lowell.

Transactions
Lehigh Valley, RHP Reinier Roibal assigned from Reading, RHS Yacksel Rios assigned from Clearwater.
Reading, RHR Gregory Infante assigned from LV.
Clearwater, RHP Will Morris assigned from Reading.

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RHP Phil Klein was claimed by waivers from the Texas Rangers on Sunday.  The Phillies assigned the 6-foot-7, 27-year old to Lehigh Valley.  Over the past three seasons with Texas, he was 2-3, 4.80 ERA in 36 games (2 starts). This season: 8 G, 8.2 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 12 SO.  In six minor league seasons: 18-4, 2.24 ERA, 146 G (12 GS), 1.199 WHIP, 227 IP, 323 SO.

This Date
June 20, 1883–Boston wins, 29-4, the most runs scored against the Phillies.  It happens again, June 15, 1887, a 29-1 loss to New York.

June 20, 1952—RHP Robin Roberts beats Cincinnati, 3-1, at Shibe Park.  It begins a stretch in which he goes 21-2 the rest of the season to finish 28-7.

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D-Backs For 4

Best thing about the Blue Jays?  Phillies won’t see them again until spring training.
In taking the last three games in four against the Phillies, Toronto out-scored them, 31-7. Over their last six games, the Blue Jays scored 52 runs. Their one loss was a 7-0 shutout by the Phillies on Monday night.

In addition to giving up the most runs in a game (13) and hits (17), the Phillies committed four errors including one of Odubel Herrera who caught a ball and then threw it in the stands thinking it was the third out.  But, it was the second out.

Phillies pitchers wind up throwing a lot of pitches because the enemy batters work the count while their hitters swing at the first pitch too often.  Freddy Galvis and Maikel Franco each were 0-4 last night.  Each saw a total of nine pitches.  Six Toronto batters saw 20 or more pitches.  Experience vs. youth.

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In losing seven of their last eight games, the Phillies have been out-scored, 61-19 . . . The fourth-place Diamondbacks (29-39) begin a four-game series tonight that includes day games the next three days . . . Phillies have won four in a row vs. Arizona at Citizens Bank Park. Since the park opened in 2004, Phillies have a 26-11 edge.  Over-all against the Diamondbacks, Phillies lead 65-57.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (37-29), 3rd place, International League North Division.

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C Andrew Knapp (photo) delivered a walk-off single in the 11th inning as LV swept a 3-game series from Gwinnett. 5th win in last 6 games. ND: Jake Thompson, 8-5-1-1-2-4. WP: Frank Herrmann (3-1). Thompson drove in the 1st run in the 4th inning . . . Ben Lively (3-0), 7:05 tonight vs. Buffalo.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (48-19), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
Won 10th straight, 5-3, at Hartford, sweeping a 3-game series.  Last time Reading won 10 in a row, August 2-13 last season.  June record: 14-2. WP: Mark Leiter (3-0), 6-5-3-3-1-5. SV: Joely Rodriquez (1). 2B Jesmuel Valentin, 3 H, including HR (4), 2 R, 2 RBI. RF Dylan Cozens drove in the go-ahead run with a single in the 5th inning . . . Nick Pivetta (6-4), 7:00 tonight in Harrisburg.

Clearwater Threshers (37-28), 2nd place, Florida State League North Division.
Blanked on 4 hits by Dunedin, 4-0. LP: John Richy (1-2), 5-3-2-1-3-6. LF Andrew Pullin, 2 of the 4 hits, extending his hitting streak to 13 games, .385 (20-52) . . . Tonight begins 3-day All-Star Game break. Clearwater has 9 players on the North squad.

Lakewood BlueClaws (27-39), 6th place, South Atlantic League North Division.
Won, 5-4, over Kannapolis on a 2-run, walk-off single by 2B Josh Tobias after the Intimidators scored 2 in the top of the 9th to take the lead. ND: Drew Anderson, 6-6-2-2-0-2. Blown SV/WP: Edgar Garica (1-0) . . . Jose Taveras (2-5), 7:05 tonight vs. Kannapolis.

Williamsport Crosscutters, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
Adonis Medina gets the start, 7:05 tonight, in the season opener vs. State College.

Transactions
Reading, OF Roman Quinn placed on DL (left oblique strain); RHP Will Morris transferred from Clearwater.

This Date
June 17, 1930–RF Chuck Klein sets a club record with a 26-game hitting streak (May 18-June 17, .482) and duplicates it (July 12-August 3, 1st game, .434).  In between, he hit in 16 of 19 games, .359.  Overall, he hit safely in 68 of 71 games, May 18-August 3, 1st game.

June 17, 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.

June 18, 1948–After a 9-1 record with the Wilmington Blue Rocks, RHP Robin Roberts makes his major league debut, a 2-0 loss to Pittsburgh at Shibe Park.

June 18, 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.

June 19 1927 –RHP Jack Scott is last Phillies pitcher to pitch two complete games on same day. Scott wins first game, 3-1, and loses nightcap 3-0, at Cincinnati.

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 Saturday, June 18, Barnes & Noble, 4801 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE; 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m.

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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.

Fightin' Phillies

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.

Phil-Ins
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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