We Need High Hopes

Freddie’s three-run homer got the Phillies back in last night’s game.  Unfortunately, his error opened the doors for four unearned Orioles runs. The Phillies ninth straight loss was by two runs.  1999 club lost 11 in a row.  That streak will not be matched or passed this season!  Gotta have High Hopes!

Homer in the first inning was the 14th allowed by Phillies pitching, one shy of the major league most by the Blue Jays.

Another quick sleep night with a 1 o’clock afternoon game today.

Don Money will be on hand Friday night to throw out the first ball on Retro Night when the Cardinals and Phillies will wear uniforms form the 1960s.  Don will forever be remembered for hitting the first home run in Veterans Stadium history.

Sold Out
The Alumni Luncheon honoring Pat Burrell on Thursday noon, July 30, is sold out.Burrell will be inducted into the Toyota Wall of Fame the next night, which is day two of the four-day Alumni Weekend.

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (25-43)
DH Chris McGuinness’ 3rd hit was a 2-out, 2-RBI, walk-off single in the 9th, 8-7 over Buffalo. 3B Cord Phelps also had 3 hits, including 3rd HR, 2 RBI. 1B Darin Ruf, 1-5, 2-run double.  WP: Juan Gutierrez (1-1).
Next: RH Aaron Nola makes AAA debut, 7:05 tonight vs. Buffalo.

Reading Fightin Phils (34-30)
Lost, 6-5, at Trenton. No decision RH Zach Elfin, 6-7-4-1-2-2.  RF Kelly Dugan, 2-5, RBI. CF Aaron Altherr, 2-5; threw out a runner at home plate. SS J.P. Crawford, 1-4, double, 2 runs.
Next: LH Tom Windle (2-3), 7:00 tonight in Trenton.

Clearwater Threshers (33-33)
RF Aaron Brown hit a walk-off homer in the 11th inning, 4-3, over St. Lucie. LF Dylan Cozens, 2-5, 16th double. No decision: RH Yacksel Rios, 5-5-2-2-1-4. WP: Ulises Joaquin (4-1).
Next: RH David Whitehead (4-6), 7:00 tonight vs. St. Lucie, the last game before a 3-day All-Star Game break.

Lakewood BlueClaws (32-32)
Lost, 5-4, to Delmarva.  1B Rhys Hoskins, 16th-17th doubles. RF Herlis Rodriguez, 2-4, 3rd triple. LP: Ranfi  Casimiro (2-5), 4.1-4-4-4-4-5.
Next: RH Chris Oliver (3-43), 7:05 tongiht vs. Delmarva.

Williamsport Crosscutters
Open New York-Penn League at State College on Friday night. First home game is Saturday night, State College.

Gulf Coast League Phillies
Season opener is Monday in Tampa against the Yankees. First home game is the next day also against the Yankees.

Today In Phillies History
1989: Following the Phillies’ 6-5 win over New York, GM Lee Thomas pulls off two major trades, sending 2B Juan Samuel to the Mets for CF Lenny Dykstra, RHP Roger McDowell and a minor leaguer and sending RHP Steve Bedrosian to San Francisco for LHP Terry Mulholland, LHP Dennis Cook and 3B Charlie Hayes.



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