July 2013

Ben & John Show

Lannan picked up his first win against his former team (Nationals) with eight shutout innings, his longest in four years. He had an unusual pattern: retired the side in order in the first, third, fifth and seventh innings. He gave up one hit in the second, fourth, sixth and eighth inning. Pap gave up two but picked up the save.

Ben continued his climb since his slow start, .200 at the end of April. Three hits last night got him to .300 for the first time this season.

Sunday, the Phillies offense produced numerous two-out, RBI hits. Not last night. They were 2-11 RISP and left 10.

Since April 19, Phillies and Braves are 38-36; Washington, 37-37.

Ruben and his staff, Charlie and his staff will meet today, a ritual at this time of the season. Tomorrow, Ruben has his weekly conference call with his pro scouts.

“Probably more meetings later in the week,” added Ruben.

Minor League Report
**Lehigh Valley ended a 5-game losing streak by taking a DH from Pawtucket, 6-1 nd 5-2. OF Steve Susdorf 3 hits in opener, 1B Cody Overbeck, 3 hits in 2nd game.

**Reading was swept in a 4-game series in Trenton, 10-6. Thunder scored 4 in the 8th to win.

**Clearwater won a pair in Lakeland, 5-3, 1-0, holding the Tigers to 7 total hits. RF Cameron Perkins, 3-4, 2 doubles; hitting .340. RH Perci Garner (6-1) won opener; RH Steve Inch (2-0) the second game on LF Aaron Altherr’s 3rd-inning RBI single.

**Lakewood was idle.

**Williamsport split a DH against Auburn, 6-1 win and 5-1 loss. 2B Andrew Pullin 6-7 with 3 doubles, 3 RBI.

**Gulf Coast League Phillies lost, 4-3, in 10 innings at the Blue Jays. SS J.P. Crawford, 3-4, 2 doubles; hitting .464. 4 Phillies pitchers: 3 H, 7 BB, 2 WP, 3 BK, 4 HBP, 6 SO. Winning run came on a BB, WP, BK, BB, HBP, BB.

This Date
July 9, 1953–RHP Robin Roberts’ streak of 28 consecutive games ends when RHP Bob Miller relieves him in two-run eighth inning of a 6-5 victory over Brooklyn Dodgers at Connie Mack Stadium. Streak began August 28, 1952.

July 9, 1957–LHP Curt Simmons is the starting hurler in the All-Star Game at St. Louis, the seventh straight year in which a Phillies pitcher has started the game (Robin Roberts 5, Simmons 2).

July 9, 1967–3B Dick Allen becomes the first player to hit a home run over the center field fence between stands and flag pole at Connie Mack Stadium since the fence was raised to 32 feet in 1934. Blow comes off RHP Nelson Briles in the eighth inning of a 4-3 win over the Cardinals.

1 Small Step

Best way to get to the post season is to win a series time and time again. We’ve certainly seen that over the past six seasons.

For the third time in the last four, the Phillies have won the series, including two of three from the Braves over the weekend. One small step for mankind. I know, I know, someone else used that line a long time ago.

What is more news-worthy is that this series win came on a weekend. Last time the Phillies took two of three on a weekend was May 17-19 vs. Cincinnati.

So, now the Nationals, winners of four straight and the division’s hottest team (7-3 in last 10), comes to Citizens Bank Park. Four games starting tonight. To win the series, the Phillies would need three wins. Not easy.

Tonight’s game is an ESPN telecast nation-wide.

Elias Sports Bureau
Domonic had a triple (4th) and homer (23rd), the second player in Phillies history to reach those levels in both categories before the All-Star break. Mike Schmidt had 26 homers and four triples in 1977.

Minor League Report (weekend edition)
**Lehigh Valley was swept in a 3-game series in Scranton, stretching the losing streak to 5 games. Scored just 4 runs in the series on 20 singles and 2 doubles. 2B Cesar Hernandez and 3B Cody Asche are IL All-Stars. Cesar is batting .429 in last 10 games; Asche, .314.

**Reading also lost all 3 in Trenton and also scored just 4 total runs on 15 singles and 3 doubles. 3B Maikel Franco, 6-12; hitting .423 at Reading. All-Stars: LHP Jesse Biddle, RHP Seth Rosin, 1B Jim Murphy, 2B Albert Cartwright.

**Clearwater won two of three, including 2-1, 11-inning decision on Friday on a walk-off single by RF Cameron Perkins in his first game off the DL. He was 3-12 with 4 RBI in the 3 games. LH Hoby Milner (8-4) tossed 7 shutout innings in 3-0 Saturday win.

**Lakewood gave up 2 in the bottom of the 9th on Friday in losing, 7-6, while out-hitting Greensboro, 16-9. BlueClaws rallied to win the next two, 10-3, 10-7. RF Jonathan Roof, in his first 3 games at Lakewood after being sent down from Clearwater, 6-14, 2 2B, 2 HR, 9 RBI.

**Williamsport won Friday and Saturday at Mahoning Valley and was rained out on Sunday. RHP Mitch Gueller (3-0) was Saturday’s winner.

**Gulf Coast League Phillies split 2 games against the Yankees, 5-1 W, 8-4 L. SS J. P. Crawford, 6-9; hitting .435, with 4 steals.

Braves Tonight

Perhaps MLB can schedule more Phillies games on July 4. Yesterday’s win was their ninth in the last 10 years, the lone loss coming in Pittsburgh three years ago. Over the last 23 years, they are 18-5.

A year ago on July 4, Cliff won his first game. Yesterday, Cole won his third. He spotted the Pirates two runs but the offense came back to score six straight. It could have been more. To start the game, two hits out of their first three batters but both were caught stealing. In the last inning, Chase led off with a triple and stayed there.

So, the Phillies ended the trip, 5-5, and won a series at PNC Park for the first time since April 2008. In splitting the 10 games, the Phillies out-scored the enemy, 54-39. Granted a 16-1 romp is included. Take away that game and the runs would have been even. Delmon enjoyed the three-city journey, 17-35, raising his average 53 points.

The three games in Pittsburgh were the first three of 10 against teams with winning records. Starting the season in Atlanta, the Phillies dropped two of three. Three months later they finally faced the Braves again and for the first time at Citizens Bank Park.

Cliff starts the weekend series tonight. He blanked the Braves in Atlanta, 2-0, on April 4, the last time the two teams met.

Nationals follow for four. Phillies have to win both series. They go into tonight, 19-12 against the East this year.

Minor League Report
**Lehigh Valley lost a pair at Syracuse, 7-4 and 6-5. Chiefs scored 3 in the last of the 7th to pull out the win. Tyler Cloyd (1-8) lost the opener, 7 R, 4 ER, 5.1 IP. Justin Friend took the nightcap defeat, 3 runs, .1 inning. CF Tyson Gillies homered in the opener, SS Freddy Galvis in the 2nd game.

**Reading hung on for a 5-4 win at Trenton. RF Derrick Mitchell, 7th HR, 7th SB. No decision, Jesse Biddle, 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 9 SO. WP; Juan Sosa (2-2). SV: Mike Nesseth (3), fanning 2 of 3 batters.

**Clearwater lost, 5-4, at Dunedin on a one-out, two-run, walk-off single.

**Lakewood lost, 4-2, at Greensboro, two-out, walk-off home run doing the damage.

**Williamsport won, 11-6, at Mahoning Valley, which scored 5 runs in the last 2 innings. WP: Chris Nichols (1-0). 2B Andrew Pullin, 4-6. HR: RF Dylan Cozens (3), 1B Logan Pierce (2).

**Gulf Coast League Phillies lost their 3rd in row, 4-3, to the Braves, getting 8 singles.

Players of the Month
Third baseman Maikel Franco of the Reading Fightin Phils and left-hander Mario Hollands of the Clearwater Threshers are the minor league player and pitcher of the month, respectively.

Franco batted .404 in 25 games during the month between Clearwater and Reading.
Hollands, drafted in the 10th round of the 2010 draft out of UC Santa Barbara, made four starts for the Threshers last month, 2-1 with a 1.00 ERA. The 24-year-old struck out 23 batters while issuing only three walks in 27.0 innings.

This Date
July 6, 1950–RHP Bob Miller beats New York Giants, 9-6, at Shibe Park, becoming first Phillies rookie to start season 8-0.

July 6, 1980–LHP Steve Carlton strikes out St. Louis OF Tony Scott in the fourth inning for his 2,833rd strikeout, becoming the all-time leader for left-handers. Phillies win, 8-3, at St. Louis.

July 6, 2009–Phillies tie club record for most runs scored in the first inning (10) in 22-1 win over Cincinnati Reds at Citizens Bank Park. Shane Victorino ties club record by scoring five times.

July 7, 1964–A two-out, three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning by RF Johnny Callison gives the NL a dramatic 7-4 victory in the All-Star Game at Shea Stadium. Callison’s blast to the right field seats comes off the Boston Red Sox’ fireballing RHP Dick Radatz. He becomes the first Phillie to win the ASG MVP Award.

July 7, 1979–3B Mike Schmidt homers in four consecutive at-bats for the second time in his career. Schmidt homers in his final at-bat on July 6 and connects in his first three at-bats on this date against San Francisco. Giants win, 8-6.

July 7, 1993–Another classic. SS Kevin Stocker makes his major league debut in one of the Vet’s longest games. Los Angeles scores twice in the ninth to send the game into extra innings. It all ends with CF Lenny Dykstra’s two-run double in the bottom of the 20th inning, a 7-6 win. It matches the longest game in Vet history, May 4, 1973 vs. Atlanta.

July 8, 1898–RHP Red Donahue, Villanova University product, pitches 5-0 no-hitter against visiting Boston.

July 8, 1992–Jeff Grotewold ties a club record with his third consecutive pinch-hit home run during a 4-3 loss at San Francisco. All three homers come in Candlestick Park over a four-game, three-day series.

Check out http://www.phillies.com/alumni for news, notes and photos involving Phillies Alumni, including the wild July 2 doubleheader 20 years ago.

Heading Home

After starting his big league career 1-6 over two previous brief stints in the majors, Pittsburgh’s Locke has turned it around this season and is a lock for an All-Star berth.

He upped his record to 8-1 by beating the Phillies last night, the lone defeat coming April 7.

Pirates had a four-run fifth, two more in the next inning and then hung on for a one-run win. Rubber game in the series is this afternoon. Phillies haven’t won a series in PNC Park since 2008.

Having played the most road games in the majors, the Phillies have one more this afternoon and then return home for 10 games before the All-Star Game break. Atlanta is in for the weekend their first Philly visit this season.

Alumni Note
Mitch Williams will replace Darren Daulton on the Alumni Luncheon for Seniors, Thursday, Aug. 1, at Citizens Bank Park. Others participating include Larry Andersen, Jim Eisenreich, Tommy Greene, Jim Fregosi and Lee Thomas. Tickets are available on http://www.phillies.com.

Minor League Report
**Transactions: Clearwater–RHR Colby Shreve to Reading, OF Cameron Perkins started rehab in GCL, RHR Mark Meadors to Williamsport, LHR Chris O’Hare to Lakewood, RHR Kenny Giles activated off DL . . . Lakewood–RHR Steven Inch to Clearwater, RHR Chris Nichols to Williamsport, C Chad Carman activated on GCL roster.

**Players of the week..
Pitcher – RHP, Ethan Martin, Lehigh Valley… 2 starts… 2-0, 0.64 ERA (1 ER, 14.0 IP), 5 H, 8 BB, 10 SO… Has picked up the win in 4 consecutive starts (6/14-current) for the second time this season (other: 5/5-23)… 9 wins lead all Phillies minor leaguers… Acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers with Josh Lindblom and Stefan Jarrin for Shane Victorino, 7/31/12… Originally selected by the Dodgers in the 1st round (15th overall) of the 2008 draft out of Stephens County High School (GA).

Player – OF, Tyson Gillies, Reading…7 games… Batted .367 (11-for-30) 6 R, 2 HR, 3 2B, SB… Earned a promotion back to LV (AAA) on 7/1… Has hit safely in 11 of his last 13 games (2 with LV, 11 with REA) and is batting .353 (18-for-51) in that span … Acquired from the Seattle Mariners with Phillippe Aumont and J.C. Ramirez for Cliff Lee, 12/16/09… Originally selected by the Mariners in the 25th round of the 2006 draft out of Mountain High School (Langley, BC).

**Lehigh Valley won, 2-0, over Syracuse behind LH Greg Smith (3-1), LH Cesar Jimenez and RH Luis Garcia (2nd SV) . . . RF Leandro Castro had 3 of LV’s 8 singles . . . 3B Cody Asche and 2B Cesar Hernandez were named to the International League All-Star team.

**Reading lost, 7-4, to Richmond when the Squirrels scored 3 in the 8th. HR: CF Drrick Mitchell (6), 2B Albert Cartwright (7).

**Clearwater won, 4-3, in 12 innings over Dunedin on PH Jonathan Roof’s walk-off single. HR: 1B Chris Serritella (6) and a 2-run, game-tying blast by Kelly Dugan (7) in the 6th off Kyle Drabek. Dugan singled to start the 12th, stole second and scored the winning run.

**Lakewood lot, 3-1, to Delmarva. 2 hits: 1B Willie Carmona, RF Brian Pointer.

**Williamsport lost, 3-1, to State College. 3B Zach Green, single, 2 doubles (8-9). LP: Drew Anderson (2-1).

**Gulf Coast League Phillies lost, 11-4, to Braves. DH Cameron Perkins, double, HR.

This Date
July 4, 1908–LHP George (Hooks) Wiltse throws a no-hitter against the Phillies, 1-0, in 10 innings at New York. Losing RHP George McQuillan was hit by a pitch with two out in the ninth to spoil a perfect game.

July 4, 1938–The Phillies move permanently from Baker Bowl to Shibe Park and lose to Boston Braves, 10-5, in first game of doubleheader. Phillies win second game, 10-2.

July 4, 1976–Tim McCarver hits a grand slam home run but passes Garry Maddox at first base and is credited with a three-run single as Phillies beat Pittsburgh Pirates, 10-5, in first game of a doubleheader at Pittsburgh.

July 4, 1979–LHP Steve Carlton ties a modern NL record with his fifth career one-hitter, 1-0, over New York. RF Elliott Maddox’ one-out double in the seventh snaps Carlton’s bid for a perfect game. Prior to the game the Phillies disabled three starting pitchers, Ruthven (elbow bone chips), Larry Christenson (collarbone bone spur) and Randy Lerch (broken right wrist).

Kid Arms Come Through

Five pitchers who have pitched both AAA and the big leagues for the Phillies this season ended Pittsburgh’s nine-game winning streak, 3-1, last night.

The “Kiddie Corps” include Pettibone, Diekman, Ramirez, Aumont and DeFratus. Vets Bastardo and Pap were the other Phillies to take the hill. It took six pitchers to get the Phillies last 10 outs.

In their last 15 games in which they have scored three runs, the Phillies have now won two.

A rare win in PNC Park improved the Phillies all-time record there to 15-24. Oddly, in runs scored during those 39 games, the Pirates have only a 170-168 edge. Figure that one out.

Must Read
Paul Hagen’s written an interesting feature on the famous 4:40 a.m. game-winning hit by Mitch Poo 20 years ago yesterday. Check it out at http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

Remember pulling in my driveway after that historic double-header and finding the morning paper waiting for me. And, the sun was coming up in the east (I know, I know, where else?).

Alumni Note
Jim Thome has been named special assistant to the general manager of the White Sox.

Minor League Report
**Transactions: OF Jermaine Mitchell released at LV . . . OF Derrick Mitchell assigned from LV to Reading with OF Tyson Gillies going the other way . . . Reading RH Kyle Simon, DL with sore right elbow.

**Lehigh Valley lost, 5-2, to Toledo, 3 errors in the first inning accounted for 3 unearned Mud Hens runs. 3B Cody Asche, 2-4, RBI. LF Darin Ruf, 21st 2B, RBI.

**Reading won, 7-5, over Richmond, scoring 5 in the 6th. SS Edgar Duran, 3 RBI night. WP: Jay Johnson (1-2); SV: Mike Nesseth (2).

**Clearwater was idle.

**Lakewood blanked Delmarva, 1-0, on 2 hits: Severino Gonzalez (1-0), 0 H, 6 IP, 9 SO; Zach Cooper, 1 IP, 1 H, 2 SO; 10th save Steven Inch, 2 IP, 1 H, 3 SO. DH Willie Carmona’s 4th HR in 3rd inning accounted for the run.

**Williamsport scored 5 in the 6th for a 5-2 win at State College. RF Dylan Cozens, double, 2nd HR, 2 RBI.

**Gulf Coast League Phillies lost a double-header to rain, fourth straight game that has been rained out.

This Date
July 3, 1917–RHP Grover Cleveland Alexander pitches 5-0 and 9-3 complete-game wins in a doubleheader at Brooklyn, walking only one batter.

July 3, 1983–LHP Willie Hernandez ties club record for relief pitchers by striking out the first six batters that he faces as Phillies beat New York Mets, 6-4, at Veterans Stadium.

Darren Thanks Fans

Big Phillies news yesterday was centered on Darren Daulton’s brain tumor surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. You can read about on this website.

Darren is the fifth Phillies alumnus to be diagnosed with brain tumors, Johnny Oates, Ken Brett, Tug McGraw and John Vukovich. That’s a bit puzzling.

As a player, his qualities as a leader and competitor are legendary. While it is a different ballgame medically, Darren battled through nine knee surgeries, a broken right clavicle, fractured right hand and partially torn left rotator cuff. He will battle this one, too. He said, “Right on, fight on” when informed surgery was needed.

Through his family, Darren wishes to thank his friends, teammates, 97.5 The Fanatic, the Phillies and all the fans for their uplifting support. To say he has been deeply touched is an understatement.

Fans can continue to express their feelings at dutch@975thefanatic.com. Prayers are also in order.

Red-Hot Bucs
Following a 3-4 California week, the Phillies open a three-game series in western Pennsylvania tonight against the Pirates who have the best record in baseball. They were the first to reach 50 wins this season and have won nine in a row.

Their three starters scheduled for the series combine for a 13-1 record. PNC Park opened in 2001 and it has been a nightmare place to play for the Phillies. Their 14-24 record there is the worst among all ballparks. A year ago, the Phillies opened the season in PNC and won the first game, 1-0, behind Doc. Pittsburgh won the next two.

Minor League Report
**Lehigh Valley blanked Toledo, 7-0, behind Raul Valdez/Justin Friend/Cesar Jimenez. 2B Cesar Hernandez, 4-5, 3 steals. HR: C Cameron Rupp (#2), 1B Cody Overbeck (15).

**Reading downed Richmond, 4-1, behind David Buchanan (5-8), 1 run in 8.1 IP. HR: 2B Albert Cartwright (6), RF Anthony Hewitt (9).

**Clearwater was rained out for a second straight day in Daytona.

**Lakewood lost, 6-2, to Delmarva, getting only 4 hits.

**Williamsport lost, 7-5, to State College. 1B Logan Pierce, 3-5, 2 doubles, 2 RBI.

**Gulf Coast League Phillies were rained out for the second straight game.

This Date
July 2, 1993–In a memorable 12-hour, five-minute doubleheader against San Diego, LHP Mitch Williams’ RBI single in the 10th inning gives the Phillies a 6-5 2nd-game victory in a game that ended at 4:40 a.m. No big league game ever finished that late before. With three rain delays totaling nearly six hours, the first game ends at 1 a.m. with the Padres winning, 5-2.

July 2, 2004–Phillies set club record for most walks drawn in a game with 18, but lose, 7-6, in 16 innings to Baltimore Orioles at Citizens Bank Park.

Explosion, Then L, L

A Friday night offensive explosion was a sign the Phillies were on the verge of a successful seven-game stay in southern California. The two weekend games that followed had a familiar pattern, L, L. Sunday has turned out to be their poorest day of the week, 5-9.

In coasting to Friday’s 16-1 romp, the Phillies were 8-19 with RISP. Over the next two days, they were a combined 1-17 resulting in their 11th walk-off loss on Saturday and a six-hit loss on Sunday.

So, they went 3-4 in San Diego/Los Angeles and 14-15 in June. Justin took the first three losses and KK was handed one on Sunday. Dodger Stadium has not been KK’s favorite place. Going into the game he had allowed 17 runs in 16.2 career innings there. On top of that, he was hit in the back of the helmet in the sixth inning and sustained a mild concussion.

Three series against teams with a losing record are now followed by 10 games against three teams with winning marks. It starts Tuesday night in Pittsburgh, home of the red-hot Pirates, winners of their last nine games. More about that series tomorrow.

Minor League Report (weekend edition)
**Lehigh Valley won 3 of 4 to finish June at 19-10. RH Ethan Martin (9-3) worked 8 innings in Sunday’s 5-0 shutout, the first time he’s gone 8 since July 5, 2010. 3B Cody Asche, 7-14, to stretch his hitting streak to 9 games. SS Freddy Galvis, 0-9 in first 2 starts.

**Reading took 2 of 3 in New Britain. CF Tyson Gillies, 2 HR game on Friday behind RH Seth Rosin (6-4). RH Brody Colvin (3-1) won Sunday, 1 run in 8 IP, his best outing of the season. 3B Maikel Franco, 4th HR, 3 RBI in that game. He’s hit in all 11 games since promotion to AA, .468.

**Clearwater had a loss, win and postponement. LH Hoby Milner (7-4) won Saturday’s 3-2 decision at Daytona.

**Lakewood continued having trouble with West Virginia, losing 2 of 3 at home, including a 5-4 decision Sunday when the bullpen gave up 3 runs in the top of the 9th. 1B Art Charles, 6-12, 2 HR, 5 RBI.

**Williamsport won 2 of 3 from Mahoning Valley. Drew Anderson (2-0) was winner on Friday. Crosscutters scored 3 in bottom of 9th on Sunday, 4-3, winning run coming on an error.

**Gulf Coast League Phillies lost, 7-2, on Friday and were rained out on Saturday. SS J. P. Crawford made his pro debut on Thursday. In 2 games, 2-6, 2 steals.

This Date
July 1, 1931–Chuck Klein is fourth Phillies player to hit for the cycle in 11-6 victory over Chicago Cubs at Baker Bowl.