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Three Whiz Kids remain from 1950 pennant-winners. Find out about them by going to http://www.phillies.com/alumni.
After playing 16 straight games against teams with winning records and postseason ambitions, the next seven Phillies games are against the Brewers and Braves. Four-game series with Milwaukee starts tonight, the final home games until after the All-Star Game break (July 17). Xfinity post-game fireworks will take place on Wednesday and Thursday nights.
Gaining a split on Sunday, the Phillies halted Washington’s eight-game winning streak. Batting around twice, the Phillies put up two four-run innings in winning the second game. It was their fifth win out of 16 against the contenders.
Hernandez had a big day, 6-for-8 in the DH. 4 hits came in the 16-hit attack in the second game.
Sunday was the Phillies first regular DH (two games, one price) at home since September 3, 2006, a split with the Braves. Howard homered three times in the first game. Two other current players were in that DH, Ruiz and Francoeur, Atlanta’s right fielder.
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RHP Ricardo Pinto, a 21-year-old from Venezuela. 2-0 in 1st 2 starts at Clearwater after beginning the season 6-2 at Lakewood. Combined, 8-2, 2.93 ERA for 13 starts. Only RHP Aaron Nola has more wins (9-3) in the Phillies minor league system. Was 1-5 last year at Williamsport with a 2.11 ERA, his first season in the states. Signed as an amateur free agent, 12/28/11.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (30-48)
Dropped 2 of 3 to Louisville. Win came in Sunday’s 2nd game of a DH, 8-3. WP: Chris Leroux (1-2), 5-2-0-0-2. LF Aaron Altherr homered in each game, 1st 2 AAA homers; drove in 4 runs . . . No decision for RH Chad Billingsley on Friday, 5-5-1-1-1-4; 79 pitches/56 strikes.
Next: Aaron Nola (2-0), 7:05 tonight vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Reading Fightin Phils (39-35)
Split a pair on Friday, won 8-5 Saturday and rained out yesterday in Portland. 4-3 win Friday came on a walk-off single by C Andrew Knapp, his first AA hit since promotion from Clearwater. RF Kelly Dugan, 4-8 in the 2 wins . . . RF Brian Pointer hit 3 home runs and drove in 5 on Saturday. Relievers Joely Rodriguez (1-0) and Ethan Martin (1-0) picked up the wins.
Next: Zach Elfin 5-4 and Mark Leiter 0-2), 5:00 p.m. doubleheader today in Portland.
Clearwater Threshers (3-1)
8-game winning streak ended Sunday, 7-4, in Charlotte after winning previous 2 games. WPs: Victor Arano (1-7) and Ricardo Pinto (2-0). 1B Rhys Hoskins homered in each game; combined with Lakewood, he has organization-high 12 homers; last 4 games, 5 hits, 4 runs, 3 homers, 6 RBI. Grady Sizemore played for Charlotte on Saturday night and was brought up by the Rays.
Next: Hoby Milner (0-0), 7:05 tonight in Charlotte.
Lakewood BlueClaws (3-1)
Swept 3 weekend games in Hickory. LF Cord Sandberg had a double and grand slam on Friday; in last 12 games, hitting .450. DH-1B Kyle Martin, 1st pro HR on Saturday; in 1st 4 pro games, 5 RBI. 2B Scott Kingery, 4-9 in last 2 games. WPs: Ranfi Casimiro (3-5), Manny Martinez (2-1) and Elniery Garcia (5-6).
Next: Yoel Mecias (0-1), 7:00 tonight in Hickory, the last of a 5-game series.
Williamsport Crosscutters (9-0)
8-1 win (Batavia) on Friday, rain out (at Mahoning Valley) Saturday and 5-3, 10-inning win on Sunday (MV). WP on Friday, Franklyn Kilome (1-0), 6-2-0-0-2-6. DH Jesus Posso, 1st HR, 2 RBI . . . 3B Jan Hernandez HR (#2). CF Zach Cappola, 3 hits Sunday, 3rd steal. RF Jose Pujols’ .459 leads the league.
Next: Mitch Gueller (1-0), 7:05 tonight in Mahoning Valley.
Gulf Coast League Phillies (4-1)
Lost Friday, 6-2, to Tigers and beat them Saturday, 8-1. (no games are scheduled on Sundays). WP: David Buchanan (1-0), 5-5-1-1-0-3 in 2nd rehab start. CF Juan Luis, 4-5, stolen base on Saturday. DH Cornelius Randolph, 1-5, 1st pro HR, 2 RBI.
Next: Shane Watson, 12 noon today at Astros.
Lehigh Valley: RHR Nefi Ogonda from Reading; RHP Paul Clemens, released.
Clearwater: C Wilson Garcia from Williamsport.
Today In Phillies History
1987: RHP Steve Bedrosian sets a major league record with his 12th consecutive save in a 6-5 decision over Pittsburgh at the Vet. He extends the record to 13 the next day but sees the streak end on July 2.