June 2006

Minor League Notes

Players of the Week (June 19-25)
Pitcher: RH Alexander Concepcion, Batavia Muckdogs: 1-0 for 1 start, 6 scoreless IP in a 7-2 win on Thursday; 2 H, 1 Bb, 7 SO.   The 21-year-old was signed as an amateur fre agent in 2003 out of Santo Domingo, DR.
Player:  OF Matt Padgett, Reading Phillies: hit .458 in 7 games with 11 hits, 6 runs.  He hit safely in all 7 games during the week.  Padgett was signed as a minor league free agent earlier this month.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons
Won 3 of 5 . . . RHP Brian Sanches picked up his eighth and ninth saves.  A rare reversed balk call saved Sanches’ eighth save on Monday.  3B umpire Brad Cole called his second balk of the inning against Sanches, allowing the tying run to score.  Manager John Russell and Sanches argued; four umpires huddled and overruled the balk; the runner returned to third base and was stranted in the 4-3 SWB win . . . RHP Gavin Floyd struggled in his only start of the week, walking 2 and hitting 4 batters in 3.1 innings (8 hits, 9 runs) . . . RHP Adam Bernero (1 R, 6 IP) and LHP Brian Mazone (0 R, 7 IP) picked up wins . . . 2B Joe Thurston is hitting .302 for June; he’s batted safely in 15 of his last 16 games.

Reading Phillies
3-4 week, winning 3 of the last 4 games . . . RHP Nick Evangelista pitched 5.1 scoreless relief innings in 2 appearances; he’s allowed 1 ER in 12.2 IP since June 3 promotion from Clearwater . . . LHPS Daniel Haigwood and Gio Gonzalez each recorded a win.  For Haigwood it was his first win in 67 days.  He gave up just 2 runs in 7 of his 11 starts without a win but the offense couldn’t produce any runs . . . Gonzalez fanned 7 on Sunday to take the Eastern League strikeout lead with 102 . . . CF Michael Bourn leads the EL with 55 runs scored and is third in steals with 27.

Clearwater Threshers
1 win, 4 losses (2 in extra innings), 2 rainouts . . . RHP Julio De la Cruz got the win, 6.1 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO, in 6-5 decision on Tuesday . . . RHP Adam Shafer picked up his ninth save.

Lakewood BlueClaws
All-Star Game provided three days off for the Claws who went 2-1 with a rainout to finish the week . . . RHP Andrew Barb picked up his 10th save on Thursday, tops in the Phillies minor league system . . . LHP Joshua Outman pitched 7 shutout innings on Saturday as the Lakewood staff set a franchise record with its 12th shutout, the most in professional baseball (minors or majors) for this season.  Outman has allowed 2 unearned runs while striking out 26 in winning his last 4 starts . . . OF Mike Spidale has a 12-game hitting streak . . . LHP Matt Maloney leads the league with 93 strikeouts.

Batavia Muckdogs
Opened the New York-Penn League with 4 wins in 6 games . . . RHP Christopher Rauliunaitas recorded 2 saves and a win in 3 appearances . . . 3B Cody Montgomery led the first-week offense (.333).

Gulf Coast Phillies
Opened Gulf Coast League with 2 wins in 5 games . . . RHP Matt Olson won on Friday, 7 IP, 3 H, 3 SO; he threw 52 pitches, 40 for strikes . . . 21-year-old RHP Yen-Feng Lin from Taiwan, made his pro debut on Saturday, 1 scoreless IP . . . 1B Brett Dalton hit .357 for the week; SS Adrian Cardenas, .333.

Life as a DH

OK, you are the designated hitter.  You get to bat in a game, your pitcher doesn’t.  For nine straight games starting Friday, the Phillies will be playing interleague games in American League cities meaning the DH will be used.

What do you do between at-bats?

Doze off?

Watch the World Cup?
Gulp down a hot dog?
Polish your baseball spikes?
Read the newspaper?
Listen to “The Sound of Music”?
Comfort your fielder’s glove you won’t be using, reassuring it you still love it?

For real answers, let’s check in with someone who has been there, Phillies outfielder David Dellucci.

Dellucci, playing for the Texas Rangers a year ago, ranked 11th among AL DHs with a .266 average.  He hit 14 homers and drove in 27 runs in 67 games. 

“Go to the batting cage and get in some extra swings, ride a stationary bike to stay loose, check out video of your last at-bat or the pitcher you are facing, or sit on the bench and watch the pitcher,” said Dellucci, pulling on his red stirrups before batting practice this evening.

“I guess I’ve tried them all.  Sitting on the bench can be trying.  I found I needed to get my mind off my last at-bat.  I tried hitting in the cage, taking 200 swings.  But that wore me out,” he continued.

“To me, the big thing is not looking back at your last at-bat or getting too anxious for your next one.  It’s a mind game.”

Dellucci gives an insider’s look at the three ballparks the Phillies will be playing in over the next nine games:

Fenway Park, Boston: “Clubhouse is very small.  No real place to swing a bat or to stay loose.  The benches are small so you can’t really go there and get away from your teammates.  Everyone is cramped.”

Camden Yards, Baltimore: “Big clubhouse.  Plenty of space to swing a bat, stretch or run.  Benches are very spacious.”

Rogers Centre, Toronto: “Hitting cage near the dugout with a batting tee.  Spacious dugouts.”

Being a left-handed hitter, Dellucci will probably be penciled in the Phillies lineup by Charlie Manuel often.  The three teams the Phillies are facing, Red Sox, Orioles and Blue Jays, aren’t loaded with left-handed starting pitchers.

“I’ll be ready.  Been there, done that.”

Minor League Notes

Players of the Week (June 12-18)
       Pitcher: LH Joshua Outman, Lakewood BllueClaws.  Was 1-0 for 1 start, 7.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, career-high 12 SO vs. Lake County.  Win was third straight during which he has not allowed an earned run in 18.2 IP with 23 SO.  The 21-year-old was selected in the 10th round a year ago out of Central Missouri State University. 
       Player: SS Danny Sandoval, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons.  Hit .357 in 7 games with 10 hits and 5 RBI.  All 5 RBI and 7 hits came in a 4-game series vs. Charlotte.  The 27-year-old was signed as a minor league free agent in November 2004.  He won the International League batting title last year (.331) at SWB.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons
Ended 3-4 week with a pair of losses in Ottawa, the start of an 8-game road trip . . . LHP Eude Brito dropped 2 games and RHP Gavin Floyd, 1 . . . RHP Jeremy Cummings and LHP Matt White combined on a 4-0 shutout Friday vs. Charlotte.  Cummings went 7 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 7 SO, retired 15 of last 16 batters, including 12 in a row . . . Two nights earlier, RHP Adam Bernero, a recent minor league free agent signee, carried a 1-hitter into the 9th, only to lose to Charlotte, 2-1 . . . 2B Joe Thurston had a 10-game hitting streak snapped on Sunday.

Reading Phillies
A week in which Reading won 2 of 7, scored 17 runs in 1 game but only a total of 13 runs in 6 other games . . . Ended with 4 straight losses, 5 total runs . . . After playing 11 innings in loss to Altoona at Citizens Bank Park on Monday night, Phillies took an 8-hour bus ride to Erie, arriving at the hotel shortly after 6:30 a.m. Tuesday.  Playing that night, Reading erupted for a 17-3 win.  LHP Gio Gonzalez fanned 12; he retired 14 of the last 15 batters, 9 via strikeouts . . . LHP Daniel Haigwood had a pair of no decisions, allowed 3 runs (2 earned) over 13 total innings . . . LF Gary Burnham has a 10-game hitting streak going into this week . . . CF Michael Bourn had 9 hits, 6 runs and 6 stolen bases during the week . . . 2B Tim Moss (.180) was sent to Clearwater yesterday.

Clearwater Threshers
Short week because of a 3-day All-Star Game break . . . Picked up a win on Tuesday and lost next 3 . . . 2B Peeter Ramos was 1-3 in the All-Star Game with a run scored . . . Another All-Star, 3B Michael Costanzo was 1-4 . . . Ramos (.288) was promoted to Reading yesterday . . . CF Brian Burgamy has reached base in 51 of 55 games this season.

Lakewood BlueClaws
5-2 week . . . LHP Matt Maloney picked up his third straight win, 7-0, in first game on Thursday, 7 IP, 2 H, 5 BB, 8 SO; he hasn’t allowed a run in last two starts, 14.2 IP; he leads league with 93 SO and a 1.56 ERA . . . Outman’s shutout on Friday was Lakewood’s 11th, tops in all of the minor leagues . . . RHP Andrew Barb picked up eighth and ninth saves during the week . . . OF Mike Spidale has a 9-game hitting streak . . . South Atlantic League All-Star Game is today; Maloney and RHP Carlos Carrasco were selected to the team.  Carrasco was forced to leave Thursday’s game with discomfort in his left knee after walking the first 3 batters.

Batavia Muckdogs
Manager Steve Roadcap’s team opens a 76-game New York-Penn League schedule by hosting the Auburn Doubledays tonight.  The NYP is a short-season Class A league that ends September 7.  Roster limit: 30, but only 25 may be in uniform and eligible to play in any given game.  Player eligibility: No more than four players 23 or older; no more than 3 players on active list may have 4 or more years of prior service.

Gulf Coast Phillies
Jim Morrison’s team opened a 54-game schedule this afternoon in the Gulf Coast League, a rookie league, based in Florida.  The season ends August 21.  Roster limit: 35 active, but only 30 eligible for each game.  Player eligibility: No age restrictions.  No more than 2 years of prior service, excluding Rookie leagues outside the United States and Canada; a third year is allowed for players under 20.  Most games begin at 12 noon.

This Date in Phillies History

Looking back at the week of June 19-25

June 19
1982 Pete Rose scores 1,950th run to pass Stan Musial for 3rd place on all-time NL list. 

June 20
1883 Boston scores the most runs ever against the Phillies, 29-4.

June 21
1964 RHP Jim Bunning pitches perfect game against the New York Mets at Shea Stadium, 6-0, in the first game of a Sunday afternoon doubleheader on Father’s Day.  RHP Rick Wise won his first Major League game in the second game, 8-2, allowing only 3 hits.

June 22
1959 LHP Sandy Koufax strikes out 16 Phillies in 6-2 win in Los Angeles, the most strikeouts  against the Phils.  Two other times, 1962 and 1966, Koufax would match that figure versus the Phillies.

June 23
1971 RHP Rick Wise became the first pitcher in baseball history to hit two home runs in pitching a no-hitter, 4-0, sgainst the Reds in Cincinnati.

June 24
1994 Phillies sign two free agents, LHP Fernando Valenzuela and INF Randy Ready.

June 25
1986 Phillies release LHP Steve Carlton.  “Lefty” appeared in 499 games, won 241, walked 1,252 and struck out 3,031, all Phillies career records.

A Rookie's Journey

Leaving Citizens Bank Park on Monday night was a very long journey.  Returning to Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon was much quicker.

Scott Mathieson, a 22-year-old pitcher, made the journey this week.  He and his Reading Phillies teammates beat Altoona, 5-4, in 10 innings at Citizens Bank Park on Monday evening.

Next game?  Tuesday.  Where?  Erie, about as far diagonally from Philadelphia as one can travel in Pennsylvania.   

“Yeah, it was a long bus ride, nearly eight hours,” said Mathieson this morning while pulling on his batting practice jersey in the Phillies clubhouse.  “We got to the hotel a little after 6:30 a.m.  I went straight to bed and slept most of the day.”

We’ve heard of jet lag.  Is there such a thing as bus lag?  Apparently not.  All Reading did was pound 20 hits in a 17-3 romp over Erie.

Yesterday, Mathieson got up and lifted weights in the Avalon Hotel.  His next start would be Friday night in Altoona.  “I got back to my room around 11 when Files (Tom Filer, pitching coach) and Mo (John Morris, acting manager) called.  They wanted to stop by the room to see me.  They walked in and said, ‘Congratulations, you’re going to the big leagues.’  I almost fell off my bed.  This has been my goal my entire life.”

Mathieson was a spectator at Citizens Bank Park for the season opener back on April 3.  “My car was shipped with all the players’ cars from spring training to here and I had to pick it up.  I didn’t have a seat, but stood behind home plate and watched about half of the game before heading for Reading.”

The Erie to Philadelphia trip was a 1-hour, 12-minute plane ride.  “I was told to go to the hotel, watch the game and relax.”

This morning, he arrived at the Citizens Bank Park clubhouse at 8:15.  “I couldn’t wait.”

Scott’s girlfriend Jennifer Jenkins and her family from Clearwater, FL, will be in the stands on Saturday night and hopefully so will his family from Canada.  “Dad’s working on it.  Everyone is so excited.”

Somewhere, Tim Kissner is sharing the excitement.  Kissner is a Phillies scout, one of the unheralded men of baseball who spend hours looking for future big league players.

Mathieson’s personnel file contains contract information and the complete scouting reports filed by Kissner and other Phillies personnel who followed the right-hander from Vancouver, Canada, in 2002. 

Kissner’s May 4, 2002, report: “Great projectable body with very good strength and growth potential.  Good arm speed.  Throws with a good downhill plane.  Has gotten better through the year.  Shows feel for curve ball and change.  Has huge upside to ability.”

The Phillies chose Mathieson in the 17th round that June, the 509th overall selection in the draft.

Mathieson has been in the stands at Citizens Bank Park, sat in the third base dugout (Reading Phillies) and the first base dugout (big league Phillies).   The next step: standing on the mound on Saturday night.  That’s really a long journey from Vancouver.

Minor League Notes

Players of the Week (June 5-11)
Pitcher: RH Andy Baldwin, Clearwater.  Pitched second career complete game, a 2-1 win over Sarasota on Friday, 5 hits, 0 walks, 8 strikeouts;
retired 16 of 17 batters at one point.  For the month of June, he is 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA.  The 23-year-old was drafted in the fifth round in June 2004 out of Oregon State University.
Player: OF Jeremy Slayden, Lakewood.  Hit .429 in 7 games, 4 runs, 3 RBI and 9 hits.  He had a 6-game hitting streak and is batting .421 for the month.  The 23-year-old was an eighth round selection a year ago out of Georgia Tech.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons
Won 3 of 7 games . . . RHP Gavin Floyd won his first AAA start on Tuesday over Louisville, 9 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 9 SO; 75 of his 105 pitches were strikes . . . He allowed 2 runs in 7 IP in a no decision on Sunday . . . LHP Brian Mazone improved to 4-1 with a 2-1 win over Rochester on Friday.  He allowed a first inning run in 6.1 IP . . . Bobby Scales had 10 hits for the week, playing 4 different positions, LF, 3B, 2B, DH.

Reading Phillies
2-5 week . . . RHP Scott Mathieson was 1-0 for 2 starts, the win coming on Tuesday, 8 SO in 8 IP.  He also hit his second home run of the season.  In other start, he walked 6 in 5 IP in getting a no decision.  Mathieson leads the Eastern League with 85.2 IP and 95 strikeouts . . . C Jason Jaramillo returned from the disabled list and had three-run homers in back-to-back games . . . 3B-LF-CF Joey Hammond has hit in 14 of his last 16 games . . . CF Michael Bourn continues to lead the EL in runs scored (47) . . . LH reliever Chris Key has allowed 1 unearned run in 13 IP since being promoted from Clearwater on May 27.  He is 1-0 with 3 saves.

Clearwater Threshers
4-3 week . . . LHP James Happ beat Lakeland, 3-1, on Tuesday, 8 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 10 SO; retired 14 of last 15, 7 via strikeouts . . . RHP Kyle Kendrick was Saturday’s winner in 10-0 romp over Sarasota, 7 IP, 3 H . . . 3B Mike Costanzo was 5-for-5 in the game . . . 1B Bryan Hansen drove in 8 runs during the week . . . LHP Randy Wolf make his first rehab start on Thursday, 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 2 SO . . . CF Brian Burgamy has reached base in 34 consecutive games.

Lakewood BlueClaws
4-3 week . . . LHP Joshua Outman won two games, Monday and Sunday, allowing 2 runs (0 earned) in 11.2 total IP; he fanned 11 . . . Reliever Michael Zagurski picked up a win with 3 scoreless innings on Thursday . . . LHP Matt Maloney gave up a lead-off single on Friday and then retired 18 straight batters enroute to Lakewood’s league-leading ninth shutout.  Maloney leads the South Atlantic League with 85 strikeouts and a 1.71 ERA . . . RHP Carlos Carrasco struck out 10 in 5.2 innings but lost, 3-0, on Saturday; his 83 strikeouts are second in the SAL . . . Free agent OF Mike Spidale was signed on Thursday and collected 7 hits in his first 4 games . . . Lakewood’s staff is second in the SAL with a 3.11 ERA and 566 strikeouts.

Organization Offensive Leaders
Runs: Michael Bourn, Reading, 47
Hits:  Peeter Ramos, Clearwater, 66
Total bases: Clay Harris, Lakewood, 99
Doubles : Harris, 17
Triples:  Bourn; Tim Moss, Reading, 5 
Home runs: Harris, 8
RBI:  Michael Costanzo, Clearwater, 36

This Date in Phillies History

Looking back at the week of June 12-18:

June 12
1939 RHP Grover Cleveland Alexander is inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame.

June 13
1997 Phillies defeat Toronto, 4-3, at the Vet before 26,799, the first interleague game in team history; RHP Wayne Gomes is winner in major league debut.

June 14
2005 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 the Reds.

June 15
1991  RHP Andy Ashby strikes out the side on 9 pitches in the 4th, 1st time in Phillies history, but Reds win game, 3361.

June 16
1997 Phillies lose, 5-4, to Red Sox at Fenway Park, the club’s first interleague road game; last time Phils played at Fenway was in an exhibition game, 4/14/57.

June 17
2004 Phillies and Detroit Tigers play first day-night doubleheader in Citizens Bank Park.  Phillies win opener, 6-2; Tigers, the nightcap, 5-4, 11 innings.

June 18
1948 RHP Robin Roberts makes major league debut and loses, 2-0, to Pittsburgh at Shibe Park.

Manager Samuel

He looks the same.  Still wears #8, stirrups up to his knees and the jog from the third base coaches box to the dugout is the same jog.  The uniform, however, is different, dark blue jersey with the orange Mets script across his chest.

“He” is Juan Samuel, manager of the Binghamton Mets in the double-A Eastern League.  His team closes out a three-game series at the Reading Phillies tonight and then hops on a bus for a trip to Bowie, MD, and a weekend series there.

After coaching for the Detroit Tigers for seven straight years, the former Phillies All-Star found himself looking for a job during the off-season.  He nearly landed a coaching job with the Baltimore Orioles and was offered the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre managerial position.  Neither worked out and he accepted the Binghamton job.  “It was just bad timing.  This is fun.  I’ve been involved with baseball since I was a kid,” he said.

Part of a manager’s job is to file reports after every game to the home office.  “Yes, I have a laptop,” he laughed.  “I do OK with it.  I hope we play tonight and not two games tomorrow.  That would mean two reports and a bus ride,” he laughed again. Tonight was Wednesday.  The 6:35 p.m. start was delayed over an hour by light rain. 

“Sammy” stands at the home plate end of the third base dugout while the Reading Phillies bat.  His arms are crossed in front of him, a typical pose for a manager, I suppose.

When Binghamton bats, Samuel jogs to third base.  He has a pen, lineup card and note paper in his rear left pocket.  After every at-bat by his team, he pulls out the paper and jots down notes.  Needs info for his post-game e-mail report to New York.

When he took third base at the top of the first inning, a group of fans wearing red Phillies caps behind the third base dugout cheered.  Sammy waved and flashed that famous smile of his.  He is one of the most fan-friendly players I’ve been around.

Samuel played just 47 games at Reading when he was in the Phillies minor league system, hitting .234 at the start of the 1983 season.  He made his debut with the big league Phillies that same season.

Even though he had a very short Reading career, he was among the most popular players to play there.  Two years ago, his name was added to the Reading Baseball Hall of Fame, a display located on a wall under the first base stands.  He was unable to attend the ceremonies then. 

But, the Reading Phillies didn’t forget.  Prior to the first game of this series (Tuesday night), John Vukovich, his former coach with the Phillies, and Dallas Green, the director of minor leagues and 06_06_samuel_vuk_green scouting when Samuel was signed, presented Sammy with his plaque. 

Samuel’s popularity in Reading is captured with a quote from him that appears on the menu board of the Snack Shack near the Baseball Hall of Fame: “…the people of Reading and the organization there are total class.”  The Snack Shack, by the way, features the world’s best onion rings.  Could it be that they are Sammy’s favorite snack?

His managerial season started on the upside but also became near tragic.  His team won seven of the first eight games and has struggled since.  On April 24, he was hit in the face by a line drive as he stood in the dugout in Binghamton.   

A week later, he underwent surgery in a New York City hospital for a broken nose and cheekbone.  “My nose was over here,” he said pointing to the right side of his face.  “I asked the doctor if he could perform miracles with the rest of my face while he was working on me,” he laughed. 

He was cleared by the surgeons to return to the dugout on May 5 and hasn’t missed an inning since. 

A smile and a laugh.  That’s Sammy’s trademark.

Inside draft day

“The Phillies select 4378, Kyle Drabek from The Woodlands High School, son of Doug Drabek, a right-handed pitcher.”

With those words, Phillies Director of Scouting Marti Wolever, made the Phillies’ first-round selection in the First-Year Player Draft that started at 1 p.m. (EDT) today.

The annual draft is held by a conference call, all 30 teams and Major League Baseball’s central office in New York.   

Wolever and the Phillies staff have been holed up since May 31 in the Draft Room located on the Hall of Fame Club level at Citizens Bank Park.  He is joined by scouting coordinators Jim Fregosi Jr. and Mike Ledna; John Castleberry, East Regional Supervisor; Brian Kohlscheen, Central Supervisor and Billy Moore, who handles the same duties for the western part of the country.

Others include Pat Gillick, Ruben Amaro Jr., Mike Arbuckle, Steve Noworyta, Rob Holiday, Mike Ondo, Jay McLaughlin, Don Welke, Dallas Green and John Vukovich, all of the baseball administration department.  Green and “Vuke” left after the first round to head for Reading to see RHP Scott Mathieson pitch tonight.

Also in for the draft are Mike Compton (Minor League Field Coordinator), Gorman Heimueller (Pitching Coordinator) and Scott Sheridan (Coordinator, Minor League Athletic Trainers).

A large (12’ x 21’) conference table takes up the middle of the room.  Eleven laptops are stationed around the table.  A circular speaker phone is stationed in the middle of the table.  McLaughlin, Baseball Information Analyst, mans the main keyboard that is tied into MLB.

All players are given a four-digit identification code.  Clubs are asked to announce their selection by the code number, first name, last name, position, school and hometown. 

Three sides of the room are dominated by magnetic boards.  Over the course of preparing for the draft, players were assigned to certain boards.  The four main ones were college pitchers, college position players and the same for high schools.  A total of 816 names were posted. 

As names are selected, the magnet name plate is removed and tossed into a Rubbermaid container for use next year.

The right-hand side of the white board directly in front of Wolever is where the Phillies post the players they select. 

On Monday, Wolever and his regional supervisors spent the day and evening calling area scouts.  They were checking on last-minute changes concerning health, status of an advisor, signability factors, etc.

Time was also spent trying to learn as much as possible about how the teams ahead of the Phillies would make their selections in the first round. 

On the board headed “High School Pitchers,” the first name was Drabek.  Wolever, with all the information he could possibly have in hand, thought there was a good chance Drabek would be there when the Phillies’ turn came in the first round, the 18th overall selection. 

Kyle’s dad, Doug, nearly made history at Veterans Stadium while pitching for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  He was one out away from a no-hitter when outfielder Sil Campusano singled to right field on a 3-2 pitch.  It was the closest anyone had ever come to a no-hitter at the Vet up to that point.

The date was August 3, 1990.  Nearly 16 years later, a Drabek did make history in Philadelphia.  Son, Kyle, goes down in the record book as the Phillies’ first selection. 

Minor League Notes

Players of the Week (May 29-June 4)
Pitcher: RHP Scott Mathieson, Reading Phillies.  Went 1-0 for 1 start, 7 innings, 2 hits, 0 runs, 2 walks, 11 strikeouts.  He has allowed 1 run in his last 3 starts (20.1 IP). Mathieson, 22, was selected by the Phillies in the 2002 June draft out Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Player: 3B Joey Hammond, Reading Phillies.  Hit .423 in 7 games last week with 11 hits.  He’s currently on a 10-game hitting streak (.447). Hammond, 28, was signed as a minor league free agent last fall.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons
Began the week with 4 straight losses before winning the last 2 by the same 3-1 score. . . RH reliever Ryan Cameron picked up saves in both wins . . . LHP Brian Mazone won on Saturday, allowing a 1st inning run in his 6.1 IP . . . RHP Seung Hak Lee improved to 5-4 on Sunday, also allowing a first inning run in 6 IP.

Reading Phillies
4-2 week, also winning the last 2 . . . RHP Zack Segovia was a 3-1 winner on Tuesday and had a no decision in 7-6 win on Sunday. Combined with Clearwater, he is 7-2 for the season . . . RHP Scott Mathieson tied his season high with 11 strikeouts in 7 IP on Wednesday.  His 83 strikeouts lead the Eastern League and are third in all of the minors . . . LHP Daniel Haigwood (1-3) lost, 1-0 on Thursday.  He had a no-hitter for 5.2 innings before giving up a solo home run, one of 2 hits in 7 innings . . . CF Michael Bourn hit .333 for the week; scoring 8 runs.  He has scored in 9 of the last 10 games and leads the EL with 44 runs . . . LF Gary Burnham hit .435 for the week and had 4 doubles on Saturday.

Clearwater Threshers
3-3 for the week . . . RHP Kyle Kendrick, LHP Derek Griffith and RHP Andrew Baldwin picked up the wins . . . Baldwin lost a no-hitter after 6.1 innings on Tuesday and dropped a 4-2 decision at Dunedin; he closed out the week with a 5-4 win on Sunday, 10 strikeouts in 7 IP . . . Griffith allowed 4 hits in 7 innings on Friday, getting 11 ground ball outs with his sinker . . . Griffith, LHP James Happ, RHP Joe Bisenius, 2B Peeter Ramos and 3B Mike Costanzo were selected to the Florida State League All-Star Game that will be played June 17 at Lakeland . . . RHP Nathan Johnson (2-1, 1.23 ERA, 18 games) was promoted to Reading . . . CF Brian Burgamy had reached base in 28 straight games; he played in only 3 games during the week, hitting .583 (7-12) . . . Other hot hitters: C Tuffy Gosewisch (.368) and DH Branden Florence (.348).

Lakewood BlueClaws
2-4 for the week . . . RH reliever Andrew Barb threw 3 scoreless innings in picking up a 3-2 win on Saturday . . . RHP Carlos Carrasco gave up 1 unearned run in 7 innings in a 2-1 win on Sunday . . . LHP Matt Maloney leads the South Atlanta League with 80 strikeouts; Carrasco’s 73 are tied for second . . . CF Greg Golson hit ..308 for the week . . . SS Fidel Hernandez had an 11-game hitting streak stopped on Thursday; he’s hit in 13 of his last 15 games, boosting his average from .208 to .285.