Tough Nats Next

Phillies had a winning road trip.  Cynics would say that’s not a road trip.  Well, the team was in New York and took two of three from the Yankees. Now, they are back home for the weekend.  If they lost the series, the cynics would be quick to point that out.

Hamels wasn’t as sharp as he was in his previous outing but the offense and defense wasn’t sharp either.  In the last 33 innings while Hamels has been on the mound, the Phillies scored in one inning.

After facing the Cardinals and Yankees, the Nationals are next. Scherzer, fresh from a no-hitter his last time out which followed a one-hitter, is Friday night’s pitcher followed by Gonzalez and Strasburg.  It is summer time when picnics are the norm.  Well, there are no picnics in baseball.

Minor Leagues
Clearwater Wins 1st Half

Clearwater wins
Trailing Daytona by 5 games with 5 games left to play, the Threshers went on a 5-game winning streak and captured the Florida State League’s first half Northern Division championship. A suspended game from Tuesday against Daytona was set to resume at 12 noon yesterday with a regular game to follow.  Rained delayed the start until 1:30.  The Threshers won, 6-4, as 2B Drew Stankiewicz drove in 3, including the deciding run.

Daytona needed to win the second game to claim the title but the Threshers pulled out a 3-2, 7-inning win behind Colin Kleven (5-3), 5.2-2-1-1-3-8; at one point he had 6 straight strikeouts.  Ulises Joaquin picked up his 7th save setting off a celebration.  Both Daytona and Clearwater finished with identical 37-33 records but the Threshers won the tie-breaker by defeating Daytona in the season series, 8-4.

Clearwater will be in the playoffs for the first time since 2007.

Next: RH David Whitehead (4-6, 6:30 tonight in Dunedin.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (29-45)
Won, 5-4, in Buffalo behind Aaron Nola (2-0), 7.2-6-3-2-1-7; SV: Adam Loewen (1), 3 SO, 1.1 hitless innings. 1B Russ Cansler, double, triple, 3 RBI and a steal of home on a double steal.
Next: LH Anthony Vasquez (3-2), 1:05 this afternoon in Buffalo.

Reading Fightin Phils (37-34)
Lost, 4-0, to Akron. LP: Mark Leiter (0-2), 6.2-3-1-1-3-6. SS J.P. Crawford’s 9-game hitting streak ended.
Next: RH Ben Lively (5-5), 7:05 tonight vs. Akron.

Lakewood BlueClaws (33-35)
Resume schedule tonight in Hickory after the All-Star Game break.

Williamsport Crosscutters (6-0)
RF Jose Pujols hit a walk-off single with two out in the 15th inning to give Williamsport a 2-1 win over West Virginia, which sent the game into extra innings with a two-out run in the top of the 9th.  Denton Keys was the first of six Williamsport pitchers who held WV to 5 hits; Keys: 5-1-0-0-0-6.  WP: Skylar Hunter (1-0), 3-2-0-0-0-0;
Next: Alejandro Arteaga (1-0), 7:05 tonight vs. Batavia.

Gulf Coast League Phillies (1-0)
Rained out vs. Pirates.
Next: 11 a.m. double-header today at Pirates (Bradenton).

Reading: signed CF Ethan Chapman.

Lakewood: added OF Gustavo Martinez from Williamsport

Today In Phillies History
1971: Pittsburgh’s LF Willie Stargell hits tape-measure home run off RHP Jim Bunning.  The ball lands in the exit of Section 601.


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