Home Run Derby

It was home run derby night at Camden Yards last night.  The Orioles went deep eight times in coasting to a 19-3 victory, ending the Phillies road trip at 0-8, worst in modern club history.  The 1883 Phillies, the franchise’s first, had an 0-9 trip in August.

McGowan allowed five homers, the most ever for a Phillies reliever and one shy of the club record held by Bill Kirkshieck.  In an August 13, 1939 start in the Polo Grounds against the New York Giants, Kirkshieck gave up his six homers in four innings of an 11-2 loss.

In case you are wondering, the most home runs allowed by the Phillies in a game is nine, Cincinnati Reds, September 4, 1999, at Veterans Stadium.  The Reds coasted that night, too, 22-3.

The Phillies homerless streak ended when No. 7, Franco, hit his 7th, the team’s first since June 7. He hit that home run, too.

The same two teams play another two games starting tonight at Citizens Bank Park.  A day game on Thursday is followed by three games with St. Louis starting Friday.  At home, the Phillies are 15-16.  Road now 7-27.

Minor Leagues
Players of the Week (June 8-14)
3B Mitch Walding, Clearwater. 7 games, 9-for-22 (.409), 4 runs, a double, home run, 5 RBI. Had four multiple-hit games, raising his average 20 points. 22-year-old was selected in the 5th round in 2011 and signed by Joey Davis.

RHR Edubray Ramos, Clearwater. 3 games, 7 innings, 3 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, 10 strikeouts, 1-0, 1 save. 22-year-old was signed as a minor league free agent, November 2012.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (24-43)
Split a pair of 3-1 decisions against Buffalo . . . Won completion the suspended game. Starter LH Anthony Vasquez no decision, 4-1-0-0-2-3. WP: RH Chad Billingsley (2-1), 3-3-1-0-1-0; SV: Jake Diekman (3), 2-1-0-0-0-2. 1B Darin Ruf, 2 RBI . . . Lost the 7-inning second game. LP: Severino Gonzalez (1-4), 5-7-3-2-1-3.
Next: LH Adam Morgan (0-6), 7:05 tonight vs. Buffalo’s starter Randy Wolf (5-1).

Reading Fightin Phils (34-29)
Won, 8-2, at Trenton, scoring 6 in the 7th. WP: Jesse Biddle (6-1), 7.2-8-2-2-1-4, his longest outing of the season.  2 hits: SS J.P. Crawford, CF Aaron Altherr, 1B Brock Stassi, LF Pam Perkins. SV: Colton Murray (1).
Next: RH Zach Elfin (4-4), 7:00 tonight in Trenton.

Clearwater Threshers (32-33)
Lost, 5-2, to St. Lucie. LP: LH Matt Imhoff (2-2), 2.1-6-4-4-2-1. 2 hits: 2B Drew Stankiewicz, RF Dylan Cozens, who stole his 10th base.
Next: RH Yacksel Rios (1-2), 7:00 tonight vs. St. Lucie.

Lakewood BlueClaws (32-31)
Following a 5-2 road trip, the BlueClaws lost a double-header to Delmarva at home, 9-6 and 4-0. First game: RF Cord Sandberg, 4-4, 1st HR, 2 RBI. 3B Damek Tomscha, 3-3.  Club had 3 singles in the second game.  LPs: RH Tyler Viza (4-2) and LH Joey DeNato (2-2).
Next: RH Ranfi Casmiro (2-4), 7:05 tongiht vs. Delmarva.

Williamsport Crosscutters
Open New York-Penn League at State College on Friday night.

Gulf Coast League Phillies
Season opener is Monday in Tampa against the Yankees.

Lehigh Valley: assigned LH Joely Rodriguez to Reading; added LH Adam Loewen from Reading.

Clearwater: added CF Carlos Tocci and RHS Ricardo Pinto from Lakewood. RHS Paul Clemens activated from the DL.

Lakewood: added OF Chase Harris from Clearwater, RHR Calvin Rayburn and LHS Yoel Mecias from Williamsport. Released RHR Nick Rodesky.

Today In Phillies History
2012: Playing in Toronto, Jim Thome leads off the second inning with a home run, his 100th as a Phillie. Thome becomes the 4th player in major league history with at least 100 home runs for three different teams, following Reggie Jackson, Darrell Evans, and Alex Rodriguez.


Well. We have gone from being the worst team in baseball to being an international joke. This EPIC loss was even picked by the Reuters news agency. I buy tickets to see this team. This is NOT funny and I am NOT amused.

I almost caught three of the homeruns and as a Phillies fan I didn’t even care

Understand how you both feel. Now is a challenging time to be a Phillies fan. We’ve just have to hang in there. Been through some bad seasons but things do turn around. Patience.

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