Blanked At Home…Again

Ramon kept the Phillies in the game, allowing two first-inning runs in six innings but the offense was silent for the third straight game, the 10th time they have been shutout, including the second straight home game. Of the 10, eight have come at Citizens Bank Park. It marked the second time in two months they have been shut out in consecutive home games.

Last time the Phillies scored at home was the fifth inning on June 14. Using fingers and toes and more, that’s 21 innings ago. You could say they haven’t crossed Citizens Bank Park’s home plate since the spring. Summer is hitting season but not for the Phillies so far.

After winning their first four games against the Marlins this season, Miami has rebounded to win three in a row.

Number of the Day
40: Major league at-bats for Ramon before getting his first hit, a right field single in the third inning last night. He received the ball as a souvenir.

Off to Italy
Jimmy and Johari Rollins received a trip to Italy from the Phillies during last night’s cool pre-game tribute for his achievement as the club’s all-time leader in hits.

Chase and Ryan, one behalf of his current teammates, presented him with a silver bat commemorating his 2,235th hit that occurred on June 14. Four teammates from J-Roll’s first year were on hand, 2B Marlon Anderson, LF Pat Burrell, RF Bobby Abreu and C Mike Lieberthal. Bobby came down from New York as the Mets had a day off.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley lost, 7-4, to Columbus. 1B Jim Murphy, 3 hits, including 9th HR.

Reading lost its 7th in a row, 12-8, at Binghamton. 3 hits each, including HRs: RF Peter Lavin (3), DH Jake Fox (4).

Clearwater lost, 5-2, at Lakeland. Aaron Nola lost pro debut, 2.1 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO.

Lakewood lost, 14-2, at Greensboro. 3 hits each: 2B Andy Pullin, LF Larry Greene. HR: RF Sam Hiciano (7).

Williamsport won, 8-5, at Jamestown. 3 hits each: LF Jiandido Tromp, 3B Jan Hernandez. CF Aaron Brown, 1st pro HR. RF Cord Sandberg stretched hitting streak to all 11 games. WP: Alejandro Arteaga (1-1); SV: Calvin Rayburn (2).

Gulf Coast League Phillies lost, 7-3, to the Yankees. 1B Trey Williams, 2-3. SS Grenny Cumana, 2-3; 5-12 in his 3 games. Grenny is a 5-foot-5 18-year-old switch-hitter in his first season of pro ball in the states.

Book Signings
I’ll be signing my book (If These Walls Could Talk):
This Thursday at Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Coca-Cola Park, 1050 IronPigs Way, Allentown, 5 p.m.
Wednesday, July 9, Hockessin (DE) Athletic Club, 100 Fitness Way, 5 p.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday, July 12, Wilmington Blue Rocks, Frawley Stadium, 801 Shipyard Drive, 6 p.m.
Thursday, August 14, Lakewood BlueClaws, FirstEnergy Park, 2 Stadium Way, 5:30 p.m.

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