Thome Stays Hot
Joe-B brought some sanity to the mound with his club-high second complete game of the season. In splitting the first two games of the series, the pitching staff gave up 19 runs to the Twins.
Joe-B started the season strong, then struggled but last night he was in charge all the way. On May 14, he allowed one run in seven innings to the Astors. In his next five starts, 30 runs.
Gentleman Jim hit another home run and drove in three runs. On this six-game interleague road trip, he has 13 RBI.
Defense was crisp and ended a seven-game streak of committing errors, 12 of ‘em.
Phillies are now 7-1 on Thursdays. Perhaps they should schedule some doubleheaders on this day. And, back-to-back wins for the first time this month.
Interleague road trip ends this weekend in Toronto, night, day, day, where the Blue Jays have lost three in a row. In interleague history, the teams are even at 18-18 with the Phillies holding a 9-6 edge at Rogers Centre.
Phillies weekend record: 6-3 on Fridays, 2-8 on Saturdays and 3-7 on Sundays.
Team is scheduled to land round 3:15 a.m. today in Toronto and then has to go through customs before getting to the hotel. So, another situation in which the players need to sleep fast. Game time is 7 this evening.
Down On The Farm
**Lehigh Valley got pasted by Durham, 12-2. RHS Scott Elarton (5-3) was the pitcher of record.
**Reading lost, 8-5, at Binghamton. 2B Cesar Hernandez was 0-4, dropping his June average to .357.
**Clearwater scored in every inning but the first and third in besting Tampa, 10-7. Chase was 0-3 with two walks. 3B Cody Asche went 5-5, boosting his average to .343 for the FSL All-Star Game Saturday in Port Charlotte. RF Anthony Hewitt hit seventh and eighth home runs and drove in 4.
**Lakewood lost, 7-1, to Hickory.
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.
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.
Name the Phillie who faced both Wilt Chamberlain and Willie Stargell. Answer in Where Are They Now on www.phillies.com/alumni.