July 2014

Blow Out In NY

The much maligned offense put up two runs on the scoreboard, one coming in the top of the fifth for a 1-0 lead yesterday afternoon in New York. From there, it went downhill and the Mets coasted, 11-2. KK and the bullpen couldn’t contain the Mets.

J-Roll accounted for the second run with his second career pinch-hit homer. Other came in 2009 vs. San Diego.

Surprised the Phillies lost yesterday? Hey, it was Wednesday and they are now 4-12 on that day. Don’t schedule any Wednesday games next year.

Number of the Day
0: Wins in Nationals Park this season in three games. Four-game series begins there tonight. Since Park opened in 2008, Phillies are 28-29.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley ended a 7-game losing streak, 8-6, at Rochester, scoring 5 in the 8th and 3 in the 9th. 3B Maikel Franco, 9th HR, 2 RBI; has 3 homers in last 5 games; hitting .306 in last 10 games . . . WP: Cesar Jimenez (3-2).

Reading lost, 2-1, in Portland. RF Kelly Dugan’s 1st inning RBI single was lone hit for the Fightin Phils.

Clearwater edged Ft. Myers, 8-7. CF Ramon Quinn, 2 hits, 2 RBI. 1B Chris Serritella, 1st homer, 2 men on. WP: Miguel Nunez (5-7). SV: Cody Forsythe (3).

Lakewood lost, 4-0, at Delmarva, getting 5 hits. 2B Drew Stankiewicz was promoted from Williamsport.

Williamsport rained out.

Gulf Coast League Phillies defeated Tigers, 3-0 and 7-2. Denton Keys (1-1) won the opener, 0 R, 1 H, 6 IP. SV: Jared Fisher (1). RF Jesus Posso, 2-run 2B. Second game: WP: Seranthony Dominiquez (1-2). SV: Kyle Bogese (2). CF Carlos Dugan, 2-run 2B.

This Date
July 31, 1982: 2B Manny Trillo’s major league record for consecutive errorless games ends at 89 when he makes a seventh-inning error in a 2-0 win over Chicago. He also sets a ML record for consecutive errorless chances, 479, during the streak.

July 31, 1994: LHP Steve Carlton, the winningest pitcher in Phillies history, is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Check out a story at http://www.phillies.com/alumni about this day.

Book Signings
I’ll be signing my book (If These Walls Could Talk):
Thursday, August 14, Lakewood (NJ) BlueClaws, FirstEnergy Park, 2 Stadium Way, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Thursday, August 28, Community Library, Myerstown, PA; 5-7:30 p.m.

Cole, Chase on Broadway

Philadelphia Phillies v New York Mets

Cole is some kind of a groove. His dominance on the mound continued last night in New York, eight brilliant innings of a 6-0 shutout. Threw 109 pitches, 82 for strikes.

His ERA dropped to 2.55, 1.58 over his last 12 starts. In his last three starts: 2 runs, 1 walk, 27 strikeouts.

As has been the case all year, Cole didn’t have much offensive support. He rode early solo homers by J-Roll and Grady. Chase gave him plenty of breathing room with his fifth career grand slam in the seventh inning. He joined Dick Allen, Pat Burrell, Greg Luzinski, Andy Seminick and Darren Daulton for third place in the team’s all-time list.

Chase’s first four slams all came in the NL west, three vs. the Rockies and a pinch-hit job against the Giants.

Number of the Day
101: Combined career homers against the Mets by Howard (40), Utley (32), Rollins (29).

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley lost, 6-1, at Rochester, 7th straight defeat. IronPigs held to 3 singles.

Reading lost, 3-2, at Portland, SS Edgar Duran, 3 doubles and then won the 2nd game, 4-1. Duran had another 2B, RBI. WP: Kyle Simon (3-2); SV: Colton Murray (2).

Clearwater won, 5-3, at Ft. Myers. CF Roman Quinn, 4 hits, 18th-19th steals. Has 8 steals in last 8 games. WP: Colin Kleven (4-8); SV: Cody Forsythe (2).

Lakewood won, 7-2, over Kannapolis. RF Dylan Cozens, 1B, organization-leading 14th HR, 4 RBI. 2B Andrew Pullin, 2 H, 2 RBI. CF Carlos Tocci, 2 H, 3 R. WP: Yoel Mecias (2-0).

Williamsport won, 3-2, at Batavia in the first game. 2B Drew Stankieqicz, 2-run 2B. WP: Mitch Gueller (4-2) . . . Lost nightcap, 1-0, in 11 innings. Crosscutters were out-hit, 4-2 but won the first game; then, they out-hit Batavia, 6-3, in the 11-inning defeat.

Gulf Coast League Phillies blanked the Pirates, 8-0, as 2 pitchers combined on a 2-hitter. WP: Nic Hanson (1-1), 5 IP, 0 H. 2 hits, 2 RBI: CF Carlos Duran, RF Jose Pujols.

This Date
July 30, 1950: RHP Robin Roberts tosses his third consecutive shutout, 10-0, against the Pirates at Shibe Park. Others were 2-0 at Cincinnati on July 22 and 1-0 vs. the Cubs on July 25.

July 30, 1995: With the largest crowd, an estimated 28,000, ever to attend the ceremony, 3B Mike Schmidt and OF Richie Ashburn are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Where’s Paul?
Yes, where and what is Paul Quantrill doing these days? Well, another Paul (Hagen) has a terrific feature in http://www.phillies.com about the former Phillies reliever.

Book Signings
I’ll be signing my book (If These Walls Could Talk):
Thursday, August 14, Lakewood (NJ) BlueClaws, FirstEnergy Park, 2 Stadium Way, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Thursday, August 28, Community Library, Myerstown, PA; 5-7:30 p.m.

Mets Get A.J. Early

A crooked number in the first inning off A.J. is all the Mets needed in beating the Phillies last night, 7-1. That crooked number? Four.

When you look at the line score, the Phillies out-hit the Mets, 13-9, but NY had more extra-base hits, 5-2. The Phillies had the most LOB, 12-5. Therein lies the story. 40th time the Phillies have scored two or fewer runs in 106 games.

OK, Cole is hot, three wins in a row, stingy as can be. How stingy? Try three earned runs in 21.2 innings during the winning streak. He’s on the mound tonight in game two. But, the Mets have his number, 13-7. Gee. That’s who’s facing Cole. Who? No, he’s on first.

Number of the Day
8: Mets wins in 11 games against the Phillies this season.

Trade Deadline
In case you just returned to earth after three months in outer space you need to know baseball’s trade deadline ends at 4 p.m. this Thursday. Trade deadlines in other sports come and go without a whisper. Not in baseball.

The rumor mill is running on all cylinders. Twitters are tweeting at dizzying paces. Such is the world of social media.

Which raises the question: is there such a thing as unsocial media? Plenty.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley lost its 6th in a row, 4-2, at Buffalo. DH Maikel Franco, 4-4, including 8th HR, 2 RBI.

Reading was held to 2 singles (4th and 8th innings) in losing, 2-0, at Portland.

Clearwater was squashed, 14-0, at Ft. Myers, getting 3 singles. CF Roman Quinn’s streak of stealing a base ends at 6 games.

Lakewood lost, 5-3, to Kannapolis. C Andrew Knapp 3 of the team’s 8 hits. 3B Mitch Walding, triple, 2 RBI.

Williamsport rained out at Batavia.

Gulf Coast League Phillies lost, 7-2, at the Pirates. 1B Luis Encarnacion, 2 doubles.

This Date
July 29, 1983: Phillies purchase contract of RHP Larry Andersen from Seattle Mariners.

July 29, 1984: 2B Juan Samuel and CF Von Hayes are the first Phillies to hit back-to-back home runs to lead off a game, a 6-4 win over Montreal at the Vet.

July 29, 1989: Phillies retire LHP Steve Carlton’s #32 in pre-game ceremony before 47,277 at the Vet.

Book Signings
I’ll be signing my book (If These Walls Could Talk):
Thursday, August 14, Lakewood (NJ) BlueClaws, FirstEnergy Park, 2 Stadium Way, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Thursday, August 28, Community Library, Myerstown, PA; 5-7:30 p.m.

Howard Leads The Way

Well, another weekend of interesting and strange baseball. Result: Phillies win two of three and are now 6-0-1 in the last seven series vs. Diamondbacks.

Highlights and lowlights:

**KK, who has experienced numerous disastrous first innings, got out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam on Friday without allowing a run. Offense produced nine runs, bullpen gave up four runs but KK beat the Diamondbacks for the first time ever. He’s now got a win against every NL team.

**Offense took 6-1 lead after three on Saturday and then went into hibernation. Bullpen imploded in the 13th inning.

**Antonio had the rare distinction of allowing a pinch-hit grand slam on Friday and a pinch-hit three run homer in Saturday’s loss.

**Roberto threw only 75 pitches in seven innings and allowed only two runs winning Sunday. He won two in a row for the first time since early in the 2011 season. He’s made 70 starts since then.

**Phillies had only four hits in that game but scored the lead run and insurance run thanks to Arizona errors.

**First two runs came on a homer by Ryan, his first since June 1. The two RBI gave him 20, which makes him second to Buster Posey, 21-20, for most RBI vs. a LHP in the NL this season. From Elias Sports Bureau: Howard has hit 81 percent of his home runs this season with runners on base (13 of 16), the highest percentage for any major-leaguer with at least eight homers.

**Phillies took the lead on an RRR in the sixth inning. What’s that, you ask? Replay Review Run. Ryan was out by a mile at home plate but the Arizona catcher didn’t allow a clear path to the plate. Phillies asked for a review, the out was removed and a run added. As Todd Zolecki reported, Sandberg said, “This year that’s a run. The last 100 years that’s not a run.” Personally, go back to the way the game was played the last 100 years. Home plate collisions are risky but part of the way the game should be played.

Special Day
The Phillies wore a patch on their jerseys yesterday commemorating the 75th anniversary of the first Hall of Fame class in Cooperstown, NY, that included former Phillie legend, Grover Cleveland Alexander.

What a day it was in that little village with the inductions of Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Frank Thomas and three legendary managers, Bobby Cox, Joe Torre and Tony La Russa.

Hall of Famers Mike Schmidt, Jim Bunning and Pat Gillick were there for the weekend festivities.

If you haven’t been to Cooperstown, put it on your bucket list.

On The Road Again
Road trip that calls for three games in New York and four in Washington starts tonight. Frank Coppenbarger’s itinerary called for busses Sunday evening to NY, a Delta charter flight on Wednesday night to DC and an AMTRAK charter train home next Sunday evening. Missing are canoes.

Number of the Day
12: Doubles Phillies hit in the three-game series.

Minor League Report (Weekend Edition)
Lehigh Valley was swept in a 3-game series in Buffalo’s Coca-Cola Park, the same name as the IronPigs’ play pen in Allentown. 2B-SS Cesar Hernandez, 6-13 series. 1B Maikel Franco, 7th HR on Saturday.

Reading won 1 of 3 against Akron, 3 hits in 5-0 Friday loss, 6-3 win on Saturday behind Hoby Milner (6-5) and Colton Murray (3rd SV) and 6-4 loss Sunday, Miguel Gonzalez yielding 2 9th inning runs to the visitors.

Clearwater won 1 of 3 at Jupiter. Friday and Saturday were 3-2 losses. 7-6 win came Sunday on Brian Pointer’s game-winning SF in the 9th inning. Jupiter manager Brian Schneider was ejected on the play. Pointer also hit a 2-run HR, #10. SS J.P. Crawford hitting .343 in last 10 games. CF Roman Quinn has 17 steals is 55 games.

Lakewood won 2 before losing a DH on Sunday to Kannapolis. No decision on Sunday, Matt Imhof, 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 4 SO. Weekend HR: Larry Greene (1), 3B Mitch Walding (3).

Williamsport lost all 3, 2 at Mahoning Valley and Sunday at Batavia. 2B Drew Stankiewicz, 16 hits in last 10 games (.444), boosting season average to .325. 1B Rhys Hoskins hit 5th HR Sunday.

Gulf Coast League Phillies split 2 games, 14-1 loss to Yankees and 4-2 win over NYY. No decision Sunday for Jesse Biddle, 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO.

Alumni Birthdays
Today: 1B Carmelo Martinez (54), INF Ted Lepcio (85) . . . Tuesday: RHP Mike Williams (46), LHP Dave LaPoint 55) . . . Thursday: OF Pete Koegel (67), OF Fred Van Dusen (74) . . . Friday: RHP Freddy Garcia (42), OF Greg Jefferies (54), OF Greg Gross (62), INF Pete Mackanin (63) . . . Sunday: OF Wendell Magee (42), INF Kevin Elster (50).

This Date
July 25-28, 1951: RHP Robin Roberts (7/25 at St. Louis), LHP Ken Johnson (7/26 at STL), RHP Bubba Church (7/27 at Chicago) and RHP Russ Meyer (7/28 at CHI) set a club record with four consecutive shutouts.

Book Signings
I’ll be signing my book (If These Walls Could Talk):
Thursday, August 14, Lakewood (NJ) BlueClaws, FirstEnergy Park, 2 Stadium Way, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Thursday, August 28, Community Library, Myerstown, PA; 5-7:30 p.m.

Cole Sweeps Aside Broom

Once again, Cole didn’t get much offensive support but he made two runs hold up.

Throwing 116 pitchers (90 strikes) in eight innings, he evened his record at 5-5 with the 2-1 win yesterday, his second consecutive 2-1 victory. He fanned 10, including Pence three times. Hunter had been a Phillie-killer in this series. Cole lowered his ERA to 2.72, ninth best in the NL. Of the eight pitchers ahead of him, he has the fewest wins.

It was his first win against an NL west team since 2012 (Rockies).

Pap pitched for the third straight day and got a 1-2-3 save. In three days, he had a blown save, loss and save.

The Phillies avoided being swept for the ninth time this season and avoided two, four-game sweeps at home for the first time since 1972 (Mets/Cardinals).

Number of the Day
9: Times Cole has allowed one or fewer runs in a game this season. He’s 4-0 with five no decisions.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley lost the suspended game from the night before, 7-2, and the regular game, 5-1. Eight total hits.

Reading won, 6-1, over Akron. WP: Ryan O’Sullivan (5-5). DH Jake Fox, organization-leading 14th homer; 38th game with Reading after being signed out of the Mexican League. 2B Carlos Alonso, 9th HR.

Clearwater won, 7-4, at Jupiter. WP: Miguel Nunez (4-7), 1 R, 6 IP, 2 H. C Gabriel Lino, 4 RBI.

Lakewood won, 8-2, over Greenville. WP: Jon Prosinski (4-3). 2 hits: CF Carlos Tocci, 2B Andrew Pullin, RF Dylan Cozens, 1B Zack Green. 2 RBI: Cozens, 3B Mitch Walding.

Williamsport won, 5-1, over Mahoning Valley. WP: Feliberto Sanchez (2-4). CF Jiandido Tromp, 3-3, RBI (26th).

Gulf Coast League Phillies split a pair against the Blue Jays, 9-2 loss and 12-1 win. WP: Franklyn Kilome (1-0). DH Jesus Posso, 2 H, 5 RBI. LF Jake Sweeney, 2 H, 3 RBI.

This Date
July 25, 1980, 1st game: RHP Dick Ruthven throws a Vet-record 12 innings in his complete game, 5-4, win over Atlanta. 3B Mike Schmidt hits his 260th home run to break Del Ennis’ club record.

Late-inning Damage

For the second straight night, a three-run double late in the game did the Phillies in. On Tuesday, it happened in the 14th inning. Last night, the ninth inning. A hit batter, intentional walk and unintentional walk preceded the game-winning hit by Pence just inside the right field foul line.

Twice on Tuesday, the Phillies had a runner on third with one out and didn’t score. It happened two times again last night.

Giants, who have won five in a row against the Phillies, go for a four-game sweep this afternoon.

Number of the Day
131: Pitches thrown by A.J. in eight innings last night, second most in his career and second most in the history of Citizens Bank Park (132 by Roy Halladay in 2010).

Minor League Report
Players of the week (July 14-20)
Player – OF Dylan Cozens, Lakewood … 6 G … Batted .417 (10-24), .481 OBP, .708 SLG, 7 R, 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 3 BB, SB … He leads the team with 13 HR and 17 SB … In the month of July he is batting .361, 4 HR 5 SB … Drafted in the 2nd round of the 2012 draft out of Chaparral High School (AZ), Cozens was signed by Brad Holland.
Pitcher – RHP, Mark Leiter, Clearwater … 1 G, 1-0, 0.00 ERA (0 ER, 9.0 IP), 0 BB, 5 H, 8 SO …  Through 4 starts since his promotion to Clearwater, Leiter has posted a 3.46 ERA with a 2-1 record (26 IP, 10 ER) … Hr tossed his first complete game shutout as a professional, 7/20 vs Charlotte … The 23-year-old right-hander, who is the son of former Phillies pitcher Mark Leiter, was selected by the Phillies in 22nd round of the June 2013 draft out of the New Jersey Institute of Technology and signed by Paul Murphy.

Lehigh Valley’s game against Pawtucket was suspended after four innings with the IronPigs losing, 3-2.

Reading lost, 6-1, at Erie. 3 hits: RF Peter Lavin, 1B Brock Stassi.

Clearwater lost, 10-6, to Port Charlotte. 3 hits: C Gabriel Lino, including his 3rd HR; 3B Harold Martinez.

Lakewood lost, 9-2, to Greenville. 2B Andrew Pullin had 2 of Lakewood’s 5 hits.

Williamsport blanked Batavia, 3-0. WP: Brandon Leibrandt, 6 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 5 SO. 3B Derek Campbell, 2b, 3B, RBI.

Gulf Coast League Phillies were rained out.

This Date
July 24, 1995: Phillies drop an 11-3 decision to the Colorado Rockies, despite RHP Omar Olivares’ pinch-home run, first by a Phillies pitcher since Schoolboy Rowe in 1943.

July 24, 1998: Phillies sweep a doubleheader against Florida, winning both games in the 12th inning (6-4 and 7-6). Mark Parent catches all 24 innings.

July 24, 2011: GM Pat Gillick is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.

RISP Drought

Pap blew a save by yielding a rare game-tying homer in the 9th and the offense continued to struggle with runners in scoring position. Result: Giants fourth straight win over the Phillies, 9-6, in 14 innings.

For Pap, it was the first home run he’s given up this season and only the third extra-base hit. Since he’s been with the Phillies, he’s pitched two innings only one other time. Guess what? It was a 6-5 SF win at Citizens Bank Park in 10 innings almost two years to the day, July 21.

Phillies scored five runs over the first five innings and one in the 14th. Twice (first and ninth innings) they had a runner on third with one out and didn’t score. Against the Giants bullpen in two games, one run and seven hits in 15 innings.

Since winning five in a row, the Phillies are 1-6. During the streak, they hit .361 with runners in scoring position. Since then, they are hitting .184 with RISP, 1-15 last night.

Number of the Day
999: Career hits for Grady Sizemore.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley lost, 7-6, to Buffalo. RF Russ Canzler, 3 doubles, 3 RBI.

Reading was a 9-3 winner at Erie. DH Jake Fox, 12th-13th HR, 6 RBI. 2B Albert Cartwright, 3 hits including 2 doubles, 18th steal. WP: Chris Bootcheck (2-2).

Clearwater lost, 7-5, to Port Charlotte. 1B Art Charles, 10th HR, 2 RBI. C Carlos Ruiz, 1-5, 2 RBI.

Lakewood was not scheduled.

Williamsport won, 6-5, over Batavia on Rhys Hoskins 2-out, 2-run double in the bottom of the ninth. CF Jiandido Tromp, 8th-9th HR, 4 RBI. 2B Drew Stankiewicz, 4 hits; batting .424 in last 10 games.

Gulf Coast League Phillies lost, 8-3, to Yankees. 1B Trey Williams, 2nd HR. 2B Tim Zier, 3 hits; 4-9 in last 2 games.

This Date
July 23, 1978: LHP Steve Carlton becomes the 78th pitcher to win 200 games with a 13-2 decision over Houston.

Singles Night

Seven runs on 14 hits. That was the Giants’ offense in their previous two games before their 7-4 win last night on 15 hits. Both starters, Cliff (12) and Vogelsong (11), set career highs in hits allowed.

Cliff entered the game having allowed the Giants five runs in 51 career innings, a 5-0, 0.88 ERA, regular-season record. He left allowing five runs in 5.2 innings, 90 pitches.

The Phillies finished with 14 hits—all singles. Against the Giants bullpen, three hits in six scoreless innings.

Combined, the two teams had 26 singles, way short of the MLB record of 37 set in 1896, Baltimore vs. Washington.

As of 12 noon yesterday, the Phillies had set aside 25 seats for scouts with the trading deadline 10 days away.

Number of the Day
12: Phillies wins against the NL West in 20 games this season. Next six are against the NL West.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley lost, 11-4, to Buffalo. The Bisons tied the game with an unearned run in the ninth and then scored 7 in the 10th off Jeremy Horst and B.J. Rosenberg. 1B Darin Ruf, 3-4.

Reading lost, 5-4, at Erie. 1B Jeff Fox, 11th HR.

Clearwater nipped Port Charlotte, 4-3, on a bases-clearing triple in the fifth by 1B Art Charles. WP: Jordan Guth (2-2); SV: Cody Forsythe (1).

Lakewood was rained out at Kannapolis.

Williamsport was swept in 3 games at Brooklyn, 5-2. 2 hits each: 2B Drew Stankiewicz, 1B Wilmer Oberto.

Gulf Coast League Phillies lost, 7-3, to the Yankees. HR: 3B Luis Encarnacio (2).

This Date
July 22, 2012: Shane Victorino singled off of San Francisco’s Matt Cain to record his 1,000th career hit. He became the first player born in Hawaii to reach that milestone.
(Courtesy broadandpattison.com)

Finally, SF

Pitching sets the tone, be it on the upside or downside.That was the case as the Phillies dropped two of three in Atlanta over the weekend.

A.J. gave up 10 hits (six runs) in the Friday night loss. Nine of the hits came with two out.

Cole was brilliant again, Ken and Pap closed out Saturday’s 2-1 win, both runs coming on J-Roll’s homer. Pap got an efficient save on five pitches, his first since 2008 while pitching a full inning.

Sunday, Atlanta scored four in the third on one hit and two in the sixth without a hit en route to an easy win. Seven walks and two hit batters and six of ‘em scored. Phillies pitchers: seven walks, five strikeouts. Braves hurlers: zero walks, 13 strikeouts.

Back home tonight with the first of four games against the first-place Giants (54-44, 26-
19 road). Hard to believe we’ve played 98 games and this is the first time we face SF.

Quick Quip
Scott Franzke, during Friday night’s game which was played in a drizzle, “The rain is getting heavier.” LA’s response, “Did you weigh it?”

Number of the Day
19: Phillies wins at home, fewest in the NL.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley won 3 of 5 at Syracuse, a weekend that included consecutive double-headers on Saturday (W, W) and Sunday (W, L). WPs: Brad Lincoln (5-5), Jeremy Horst (4-1) and Jason Marquis (1-0), who threw 6 shutout innings Sunday before allowing 5 in the last inning (seventh). SS Freddy Galvis rejoined LV, homered in second game Saturday. 2B Nate Spears hit 2 homers, CF Leandro Castro #6.

Reading split 4 games with visiting New Britain, winning a DH on Saturday night, 1-0 and 3-2. Miguel Gonzalez picked up an 8-pitch save in the 1-0 game and lost, 6-5, on Sunday, allowing a 9th-inning homer. In 8 games as the Reading closer, he is 0-1, 4 saves, 10 innings, 5 hits, 2 runs (solo HRs), 5 BB, 17 SO. 1B-DH Jake Fox, 9th and 10th HR.

Clearwater won 2 of 3. Mark Leiter Jr. tossed a 5-hit shutout over Port Charlotte on Sunday, 0 BB, 8 SO. Aaron Nolan (1-3) took the 4-2 loss Saturday, 2 R, 5 IP, 5 SO.

Lakewood won on Friday and lost the next 2 at Kannapolis. RF Dylan Cozens, hitting
.361 in last 10 games. Julio Reyes (2-3) picked up the win with 1st save for Dan Child. LF Sam Hiciano, 8th HR.

Williamsport did likewise, Friday win at Staten Island before losing next 2 in Brooklyn, including being blanked on 2 hits Sunday. 1B Rhys Hoskins, 3rd-4th HR over the weekend.

Gulf Coast League Phillies split their 2 games. SS Grenny Cumana, hitting .408. WP: Elniery Garcia (1-0); SV: Edubray Ramos (4).

Alumni Birthdays
Today: OF Geoff Jenkins (40), CH Denis Menke (74) . . . Tuesday: 1B Mike Sweeney (41), LHP Sparky Lyle (70) . . . Thursday: 1B Shawn Wooten (42) . . . Friday: LHP Billy Wagner (43) . . . Saturday: RHP Marty Bystrom (56) . . . Sunday: LHP Shane Rawley (59), OF Dock Lock (78).

This Date
July 21, 1973: RF Hank Aaron hits his 700th home run off LHP Ken Brett during the Braves’ 8-4 loss to the Phillies at Atlanta.

July 21, 1997: RHP Curt Schilling strikes out 15, the most by a Phillies pitcher since Steve Carlton’s 16 in 1982, but loses, 3-2, to Pittsburgh. After 17 years with the organization, C Darren Daulton is traded to the Florida Marlins for OF Billy McMillon.

2nd Half Begins

Who has the broom?

As the “second half” of the season starts in Atlanta this weekend, the broom is out of the closet. A month ago the Phillies were in Atlanta and swept a three-game series from the Braves. The two teams ended June in Citizens Bank Park and the Braves swept that four-game series.

Somehow, a broom will be broken.

We know where the Phillies stand in the standings, not pretty. We know they are 13th in team average, .238 and 12th in team ERA, 3.90. Opponents are hitting .250, 11th in the NL.

Offensively, the Phillies rank the same in several categories. They are 11th in runs (367), hits (785), doubles (146), triples (17), pinch-hitters average (1.73).

Want a category in which the Phillies lead the league? Okay. There is one. Fewest grounded into double plays (45). That’s half of the club record set in 2009. The most? Try the 1950 Whiz Kids, 144.

Seven-game homestand begins Monday night, four-game series with the Giants and then three next weekend with the struggling Diamondbacks.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley began the second half on the short end of a 13-0 pasting by Syracuse. IronPigs were out-hit, 18 to 4 (singles).

Reading defeated New Britain, 4-1. HR: DH Peter Lavin (5), 1B Brock Stassi (8). WP: Chris Bootcheck (1-2); SV: Miguel Gonzalez (3), 1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 SO.

Clearwater split a pair at Bradenton, losing 7-2 and then coming back, 7-4. CF Roman Quinn, 3 hits, 5 RBI. WP: Jed Stefan (6-8); SV: Ulises Joaquin (1).

Lakewood won, 4-3, at Hickory. C Willians Astudillo, 4th HR; 1B Zack Green, 2 H, 2 RBI.
WP: Joey Denato (1-0). SV: Aaron Baker (2).

Williamsport lost, 5-4, at Staten Island. SS Emmanuel Marrero, 3-3, 2 RBI; hitting .310.

Gulf Coast League Phillies split a pair against the Astros, 4-1 win, 3-2 loss. WP: Jared Fisher (1-0); SV: Austin Davis (2). Chooch was 0-3, catching 7 innings in first rehab game. RF Jose Pujols, 2nd-3rd HR in 3-2 loss. SS Grenny Cumana, 2-2; hitting .413 in 14

This Date
July 18, 1966: Gene Mauch becomes the first Phillies first manager this century to win 500 games, a 4-0 win over Los Angeles at Connie Mack Stadium.

July 18, 1983: For the second time since becoming GM, Paul Owens goes from the front office to manage the Phillies. This time he replaces Pat Corrales with the Phillies (43-43) ½- game behind division-leading St. Louis.

July 19, 1955, 2nd game: Playing their sixth game in four days and with Robin Roberts pitching on two days rest, Phillies beat Cincinnati, 6-2, in Connie Mack Stadium. Roberts had two hits and drove in three runs while pitching a six-hitter.