Adam Comes Through

Belated Happy Father’s Day. Especially to my dad, Lester, back home in Myerstown, PA. Doesn’t miss a Phillies game on TV.  At age 99, he’s really amazing. Still spends time in the woodshop.  His skills as a carpenter were never passed on. Apparently it’s not in the genes.

Atta-Boy Adam
22 runs, 32 hits, 12 walks….the Cardinals’ numbers in winning the first two games of the weekend set. Enter Adam Morgan, making his major league debut for the Phillies, their third pitcher to make their first big league start against St. Louis this year. Gonzalez and Aumont, the other two, didn’t fare well, 13 runs in 6.2 total innings.

Adam held the Cardinals to one run in 5.2 innings before departing to an ovation from the fans, including mom and dad who hugged. Adam was 0-6 at Lehigh Valley, missing all of last year following left shoulder surgery, before being called up to the majors. He became the Phillies first starting pitcher to win a game since May 23. Last time he won a game as two years ago at LV.

New York, New York
On to New York after the game and three games with the Yankees, night, night, day.Phillies are 12-12 against the Yankees in interleague play, 4-2 at Yankee Stadium.

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (27-45)
Lost 2 of 3 to Scranton. WP on Friday, Jason Berken (4-4); SV: Seth Rosin (4). LPs: Anthony Vasquwz (3-2), 6.2-8-5-5-3-3 and Chad Billingsley (2-2), 2.2-7-7-5-2-3.
Darn Ruf, who has played 1B and LF, 4-10 weekend, RBI.
Next: Travel day today to Buffalo.

Reading Fightin Phils (36-32)
Won Saturday (3-2) and Sunday (8-7) after losing Friday (3-0) to Portland. RHMark Leiter lost his AA debut on Friday, 7-8-3-3-0-6. WPs: Ben Lively (5-5), 7-8-3-3-0-6 and Jesse Biddle (7-1), 5-3-0-0-5-4. Weekend: SS J.P. Crawford extended hitting streak to 7 games.  RF Kelly Dugan, 7-13, 3 R.  CF Aaron Altherr, 5-12, 3 R; extended his streak to 8 games. 1B-DH Art Charles, 3 hits, 6 RBI.
Next: Zach Elfin (4-4), 7:00 tonight vs. Portland.

Clearwater Threshers (34-33)
Three-day All-Star Game break over the weekend.
Next: 2nd half resumes tonight vs. Daytona Beach.

Lakewood BlueClaws (33-35)
Ended 1st half with a win on Sunday to snap a 7-game losing streak.  WP: Josh Taylor (4-5), 7.2-4-3-3-2-9. Weekend: RF Herlis Rodriguez, 5-11, 3 RBI. 3B Damek Tomscha, 4-11. SS Malquin Canelo, 4-13, HR, 3 RBI, 3 R.
Next: 3-day All-Star Game break.

Williamsport Crosscutters (3-0)
Won all 3 games vs. State College, 3-2, 7-6, 8-1.  Scored 6 runs in the last of the ninth in 7-6 win in home opener. WPs: Alejandro Arteaga, Filberto Sanchez, Jose Taveras. 1B Brendon Hayden, 4-5 Sunday, including 1st pro HR, 2 RBI. Weekend: RF Jose Pujols 8-13, 4 doubles, 1 triple.
Next: Mitch Gueller, 7:05 tonight vs. West Virginia.

Gulf Coast League Phillies
Season opener is 12 noon today in Tampa against the Yankees.

Transactions
Lehigh Valley: RH Paul Clements, activated from DL.

Reading: added RH Ethan Martin from Clearwater.

Clearwater: added LH Hoby Milner from Reading.

Lakewood: added INF Emmanuel Marrero and C Jose Mayorga from Clearwater.

Williamsport: added INF Grenny Cumana and OF Gustavo Martinez from Lakewood.

Best Weekend Tweet
ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick on Saturday night: “There are so many scouts at tonight’s #Phillies game, I think they ran out of Turkey Hill ice cream in the press dining room.”

 

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