Big Inning Fireworks
By Phillies Insider
Fireworks are a tradition for July 4, especially on Independence Day in Philadelphia. Playing just their fifth July 4 game in the 13-year history of Citizens Bank Park yesterday Phillies hitters lit up the gray evening with four doubles, a triple and home run in a seven-run second inning. Final: 8–2.
The seven extra base hits fell one shy of the club record set in 1939 and matched in 1986. The Reds were the victims each time.
Only twice before have the Phillies celebrated Independence Day in front of their home fans by scoring as many runs in an inning: They scored nine runs in an inning against Washington on July 4, 1896, and seven against Boston on July 4, 1925 (Elias Sports Bureau).
Jared Eickhoff gave up a home run to the second batter he faced and left the game with two outs in the eighth inning. It was his longest major league outing and fourth win in his last five decisions. Supported by only 33 runs in his first 96 innings on the mound this season, he got eight in 7.2 innings.
The first eight hits for the Phillies were extra-base knocks. Last time they had that many off a starting pitcher was May 26, 1933, against Dizzy Dean in St. Louis.
Since June 21, the Phillies are averaging six runs per game . . . Cameron Rupp’s 17 doubles matches Buster Posey for most among NL catchers. Rupp has 14 extra-base hits in his last 20 games (7 doubles, 1 triple, 6 homers) . . . Cesar Hernandez’s sixth triple tied Jay Bruce for most in the NL . . . Pete Bourjos has a career-high 13-gaame hitting streak. Since June 12, he is slashing .477/.521/.738 . . . Crowd of 19,064 was the smallest for that holiday since the Phillies had 19,690 vs. Florida, the last July 4 in Veterans Stadium history, 2003. Then again, it was only the fifth July 4 game the Phillies have played at home since that year . . . Happy Birthday today to Gary (Sarge) Matthews (66)
Minor League Report
Players of the Week (June 27-July 3)
OF Dylan Cozens, Reading… The 22-year-old left-handed hitter earned his second Phillies Minor League Player of the Week Award this season after batting .429 (12–28) with 6 doubles, 4 home runs, 14 RBI, 13 runs scored and a 1.071 slugging percentage in 7 games. The Eastern League All-Star currently leads all of the minor leagues in home runs (23) and leads the EL in doubles (29), extra-base hits (49), slugging percentage (.590) and total bases (184). Cozens was selected by the Phillies in the second round of the June 2012 draft.
RHP Adonis Medina, Williamsport… The 19-year-old Medina tossed 9.2 innings, allowing 1 run on 2 hits while walking 1 and striking out 3. On June 27, he carried a no-hitter through 8.1 innings against Auburn, eventually finishing his start with just 1 hit allowed, 1 walk and a new career high in innings pitched. The Dominican Republic native did not allow a run in his first 22.0 innings pitched this season, and has allowed only one run in 22.1 innings overall (0.40 ERA). Medina was signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent on May 29, 2014.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (48–37), 3rd place, International League North Division.
Dropped 5–2 decision in Scranton. RF Nick Williams, 20th double; he’s hit in 17 of his last 18 games . . . David Buchanan (4–5) 7:05 tonight in Scranton.
Reading Fightin’ Phils (60–24), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
Got walloped, 18–1, in Richmond, ending a 7-game winning streak. First loss since June 16 . . . Ricardo Pinto (3–3) 7:05 tonight in Richmond.
Clearwater Threshers (6–6), 4th, 2nd half, Florida State League North Division.
Lost, 10–5, in Lakeland. SS Malquin Canelo, lead-off HR (4), plus 2 1B, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI, SB, 2 E. 2B Scott Kingery, 3 hits, RBI; has reached base in 15 straight games. LF Cord Sandberg, HR (4), RBI. RF Derek Campbell, HR (3), RBI . . . 7:00 tonight vs. Lakeland.
Lakewood BlueClaws (5–4), tie 5th place, 2nd half, South Atlantic League North Division.
Ended a 5-game losing streak with a 6–1 win in Delmarva. WP: Alberto Tirado (1–0), 5–4–1–1–2–7. Sutter McLoughlin, 2nd pitcher, 3 IP, 6 SO. 2B Grenny Cumana, 4 H, R, RBI, trifecta on the bases, SB, CS, PO. RF Jose Pujols, league-leading 15th HR . . . Seranthony Dominquez (0–0) 7:05 tonight in Delmarva.
Williamsport Crosscutters (10–8), 3rd, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
Lost, 3–1, in Connecticut ending a 3-game winning streak. C Gregori Rivero, 2 of the 6 singles . . . Ranger Suarez (1–0) 7:05 tonight in Connecticut.
Gulf Coast League Phillies, (6–1), 1st place, Northwest Division.
4-game winning streak ended with 4–2 loss to the Pirates. RF Jhailyn Ortiz, 1B, 2B, 1st pro HR, HBP . . . 12 noon today in Bradenton vs. Pirates.
July 5, 1953 — RHP Robin Roberts pitches his 28th consecutive complete game in 2–0 win over the Pirates at Forbes Field. Robbie wound up pitching 19 seasons in the majors, 305 complete games in 609 starts.
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