June 2015

Hard To Believe

A missed catch by an inexperienced left fielder led to one run and a missed call on strike three that would have ended an inning was followed by a three-run homer. So, the Phillies road trip fell to 0-7 last night in Baltimore, 4-0. They’ve never had an 0-8 trip.

A lead-off double by Hernandez in the seventh was followed by three strikeouts, including a questionable strike three on Franco which led to his ejection by home plate umpire Eric Cooper.  When things go bad, they go bad.

In their last four losses, the Phillies are 1-for30 with RISP.

Last time the Phillies scored was the eighth inning on Saturday; 21 scoreless since.

Last time the Phillies scored more than one run in an inning, fourth inning, Monday, June 8, in Cincinnati, two runs.

Last win by a Phillies starting pitcher, May 23, Hamels over the Nationals.

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (23-42)
Game was suspended after 4 innings with LV leading over Buffalo, 2-0.  It will be completed prior to tonight’s game.  Chad Billingsley will start the regular game on a rehab assignment.

Reading Fightin Phils (33-29)
Were not scheduled.
Next: LH Jessie Biddle (5-1), 7:00 tonight in Trenton.

Clearwater Threshers (33-32)
The Threshers scored a run in their 9th but wound up losing, 3-2, in 13 innings to St. Lucie.  It is the 12th extra inning game in the Phillies organization in the last week and 3rd for Clearwater.
Next: LH Matt Imhoff (2-1), 7:00 tonight vs. St. Lucie.

Lakewood BlueClaws (32-29)
Split a pair in Hagerstown . . . Won, 5-1, behind RH Ricardo Pinto (6-2), 6-7-1-1-2-2 . . . Lost, 4-3 . . . 1B Rhys Hoskins, 3-5, 3 RBI; 49 RBI matches Reading’s Brock Stassi for most in the Phillies minor leagues. RF Herlis Rodriquez, 3-5, triple, HR (5), 3 RBI . . . First 4 batters in the BlueClaws lineup: SS Malquin Canelo (.314), Rodriguez (.301), Carlos Tocci (.321), Hoskins (.335).
Next: 5:05 DH this evening vs. Delmarva.
All-Stars: Canelo, Tocci, Hoskins, RHR Alexis Rivero, LHR Joey DeNato.

Williamsport Crosscutters
Team under manager Pat Borders arrived in Williamsport yesterday.  Workouts the next few days with the season opener Friday night in State College.

Gulf Coast League Phillies
Continue mini-camp at Carpenter Complex until the season opener June 22 vs. Yankees in Tampa.

Today In Phillies History
1998: PH Mike Lieberthal hits a 3-run, game-winning home run to cap a 7-run ninth inning that gives the Phillies an electrifying 8-7 win over the Pirates at Veterans Stadium.

Think Again

If three Phillies starting pitchers give up four runs and the bullpen allows two runs (one earned) in a three-game series, you would think you would win all three games.  Think again. Unfortunately, their offense blew some golden opportunities, had numerous periods of hibernation, went 1-25 RISP and the enemy’s defense was brilliant.

Result: Pirates swept three from the Phillies who scored single runs in just three of 33 weekend innings. Six-game road trip: six losses, 11 runs scored, no home runs. Baltimore next for two night games starting tonight.

Hamels was dominating on Sunday, allowing four hits and striking out 12 in seven scoreless innings. You’ve experienced, witnessed, heard or read this before. Often.

Extra Innings Epidemic
Don’t remember a week like this, a week that started on Tuesday and ended Sunday.  From the top of the Phillies organization to Class A Lakewood, there were 11 extra-inning games.  140 innings total. 4-7 record.

Phillies, 13, 11 innings
Lehigh Valley, 12, 14, 10
Reading, 18-12-15; first time in franchise history they played three consecutive extra-inning games.
Clearwater, 13, 11
Lakewood, 11

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (23-42)
Won 2 of 3 in Norfolk, both wins being shutouts.  1-0 on Friday inn 14 innings which ended a 7-game losing streak. WP: Seth Rosin (2-1). 2-0 on Sunday; WP: Phillippe Aumont (3-4), 5.2-4-0-0-5-9.  LH Jake Diekman saved both wins; need just 7 pitches in a 1 inning save on Sunday, 6 strikes.
Next: LH Anthony Vasquez (3-1), 7:05 tonight vs. Buffalo.

Reading Fightin Phils (33-29)
After playing a franchise-first 3 straight extra-inning games (45 innings), Reading lost in 9 yesterday afternoon, 5-1, as Akron swept all 3 weekend games. Manager Dusty Wathan: “We played (Sunday) like we have played 45 innings in the last 3 days. No energy and flat.” Pitcher of record in all 3 extra-inning games was a position player, 1B Brock Stassi (W), C Rene Garcia (L), INF Devin Lohman (L). SS J.P. Crawford is hitting .294 in 15 AA games. CF Aaron Altherr, .325 in last 10 games. RF Brian Pointer was 5-7 in Friday night’s 12-inning loss.

CF Roman Quinn placed on DL Saturday (left quad strain). Leading EL with 44 runs, 6 triples, 29 stolen bases. Pulled up lame running to first in 2nd AB on Friday night.
Next: Just what the doctor ordered today, no game. Resume play 7 p.m. Tuesday in Trenton.

Clearwater Threshers (33-31)
Won 2 of 3 against Brevard County.  WPs: David Whitehead (4-6) and Miguel Nunez (1-2). SV: Edubray Ramos (5), 3 hitless inning, 6 strikeouts. RF Dylan Cozens, 4-4, 2 runs, 3 doubles, 9th steal on Sunday. 1B Willians Astudillo, 4 RBI in same game. 3B Mitch Walding, 5-10 weekend, 4 runs, 4 RBI.
Next: RH Colin Kleven (4-3) , 6:30 tonight vs. Brevard County.

Lakewood BlueClaws (31-28)
Won 2 games in Hagerstown before Sunday’s rain out. WPs: Manny Martinez (1-1); Elniery Garcia (4-5); SV: Joey DeNato (3). Home runs: SS Malquin Canelo (4), 1B Rhys Hoskins (9) and RF Herlis Rodriguez (4).  Hoskins leads organization on home runs.
Next: RH Ricardo Pinto (5-2) and LH Josh Taylor (3-4), in 4:05 DH this evening in Hagerstown.


Aaron to AAA
Young Aaron Nola has been promoted to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. He’ll make his AAA debut sometime this week.  Teammate Zach Eflin’s tweet: “Congrats to my brother Aaron Nola on his promotion to AAA! Couldn’t be a better person. Extremely proud! Love ya man!!” Eflin is probably the next Reading hurler to move up to AAA.

Reading added RHR Tyler Knigge from AAA, OF Kelly Dugan and RHS Mark Leiter from Clearwater. RHR Reiner Roibal placed on DL (right groin strain).

Special Date In Phillies History
June 14, 2004

PHILADELPHIA - JUNE 14:  Jim Thome #25 of the Philadelphia Phillies watches his 400th career homerun leave the park on a two out, full count pitch from Jose Acevedo of the Cincinnati Reds which tied the score 2-2 in the first inning before rain delayed the game after 2 1/2 innings with the Reds winning 4-3 during MLB action at the Citizens Bank Park on June 14, 2004 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)


1B Jim Thome homers off RHP Juan Acevedo in the first inning at Citizens Bank Park for his historic 400th career HR.  Phillies win, 10-7, over Cincinnati.

June 14, 2014
SS Jimmy Rollins singles in the fifth inning against the Cubs’ Edwin Jackson at Citizens Bank Park for his 2,235th career hit, breaking the club record held by Mike Schmidt. Phillies win by 3 again, 7-4.

June 14, 2024
What historic will happen?


What’s Next For Draftees

The summer draft is over.  The Phillies selected 40 players from the high school and college levels. Ages 18 to 24. Next phase is signing the youngsters.  Under MLB rules clubs have until July 17 to sign their selections. After that date, the unsigned go back in the pot for next year.

Today is the last day for the 50-plus players in the extended spring training program at Carpenter Field.  Some will remain there as members of the Gulf Coast League that begins play on June 22.  Others will be assigned to the Williamsport Crosscutters in the New York-Penn League.  Their season begins a week from today (June 19).

Signed players from this draft will report to Clearwater and the start of a mini-camp on Monday, the same day the Crosscutters fly to Philadelphia for a bus ride to Williamsport.  Any 2015 signees who will be assigned to Williamsport, will fly there on June 20. The others will continue mini-camp until the GCL opener.  All new players also have to undergo a complete physical either in Philadelphia or Clearwater before then can put on a uniform.

The GCL season ends August 29.  Williamsport and the Phillies other four minor league clubs, September 7.

Phillies fans in the tri-state area can see the players of tomorrow at Lehigh Valley, Reading, Lakewood and Williamsport.  Or, you can vacation in Clearwater and see two games some days, the GCL and Threshers.  There is no admission to the GCL games at Carpenter Complex.  You will be joined by seagulls.  GCL games are played at 12 noon, Monday through Friday and 10 on Saturday morning.  No games on Sunday.

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (21-40)
7th straight loss came in Norfolk, 4-3.  C Gabriel Lino had 2 of LV’s 6 singles.  LP: RH Severino Gonzalez (1-3), 4.1-5-2-2-3-3.
Next: LH Adam Morgan (0-6), 7:05 tonight in Norfolk.

Reading Fightin Phils (33-26)
Brock Stassi did it all as Reading edged Altoona, 8-7, in 18 innings.  The 25-year-old first baseman was 4-8 with 2 RBI and a stolen base; lifted his average to .347. On top of that he was the winning pitcher, 3-0-0-0-1-3; 33 pitches, 20 for strikes.  While at the University of Nevada, Stassi was the Western Athletic Conference pitcher of the year in 2010.  It was the fourth time he’s pitched in a game in his 5-year pro career.  He was a 33-round selection by the Phillies in 2011.

Altoona scored 5 in the 6th and 2 in the 7th but was held scoreless over the last 11 innings. Reading used 9 pitchers, Altoona, 7. RH Zach Elfin started, 5-4-0-0-0-6. Following a walk and hit batter, PH Art Charles hit a 3-run homer in the bottom of the 9th to send the game into extra innings.

Reading’s 18th inning against Edward Salcedo, an infielder: Roman Quinn walked, J. P. Crawford bunt base hit, sacrifice bunt by Aaron Altherr, intentional walk to Stassi and a walk-off walk to Cam Perkins.  Time of game: 5:07. Altoona left after the game for a bus ride home.
Next: LH Tom Windle (2-3), 7:05 tonight vs. Akron.

Clearwater Threshers (30-30)
Won 3rd in last 4 games, 4-2, at Bradenton. WP: LH Matt Imhoff (2-1), 5-5-2-1-2-4; picked off a runner at 1st; activated from the DL before the game; last pitched on April 14; has allowed 3 ER in 15 IP over 3 starts. SV: Yacksel Rios (1), 4-3-0-0-1-1. CF Aaron Brown, 2-run HR (3rd).
Next: RH Victor Arano (0-7), 6:30 tonight vs. Brevard County.

Lakewood BlueClaws (29-28)
CF Carlos Tocci’s 3rd hit was a game-winning homer in the 11th inning, 7-6, in Lexington. It was his 2nd HR; other was on April 14. Lakewood scored twice in the 10th only to see a pinch-hit, two-out, two-run homer tie it again in the bottom of the inning. SS Malquin Canelo, 3-6, including 3rd HR, 2 RBI. RH Alexis Rivero, blown save #2, wound up the winner (3-0). RH Manny Martinez, 1st save, striking out the side.
Next: RH Chris Oliver (3-4), 7:05 tonight in Hagerstown, MD.

Reading: RH Ryan O’Sullivan, activated from the DL . . . Clearwater: LH Matt Imhoff, activated from the DL; C Jose Mayorga, placed on DL.

Quote of the Day
“Jacob (Diekman) was very good and the one slider he threw to a right handed hitter was a Packman slider that ate up the hitter’s bat, shoe, ankle, hands and personality for a strike out,” Lehigh Valley pitching coach Ray Burris.

Phillies Last Batting Champion?

The photo gives it away, Richie Ashburn.  But when and how did he win it.  The story is posted at http://www.phillies.com/alumni.


After being swept in three games in Cincinnati, today is a day off. Right now, that’s good news.

This weekend, the Phillies play three in PNC Park where they are only 16-28. Yikes. After the Phillies won the last two in Citizens Bank Park to earn a split against the Pirates last month, Pittsburgh was 17-18. Since, 15-9. Yikes. Lefty Locke pitches tonight.  He’s 4-0 with a 1.35 ERA against the Phillies. Yikes.  Then Cole and Burnett Saturday and Sunday.  They are a combined 15-4. Yikes.

The Phillies 7-22 road start this season is the worst for the club since 6-24 in 1941. Yikes.

No time to feel sorry.  No time to pout. Time to turn it around!

Draft History
Baseball just celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first summer draft.  I was fortunate to be there along with Paul Owens, then our director of scouting and player development and John Quinn, general manager.  Don’t recall who else was with us.

The draft was held in the ballroom of the Commodore Hotel in New York.  Each team was assigned to a table.  Each team’s selection was written on a special form for an announcement. It seemed as if every time a selection was made, a buzz arose in the room. We quickly learned players were being drafted for which other clubs, including us, had no reports. Today, players are registered in advance and assigned a draft number.

Newspaper reporters covered the event using manual typewriters.  No TV cameras, talking heads, internet or iPhones.

Rick Monday was the very first player selected.  The college outfielder went to the Oakland A’s. We had the 18th pick in the first round and chose a San Diego high school pitcher, Mike Adamson.  We couldn’t sign him. He went to USC and was drafted by Baltimore two years later but never really made it big in the big leagues.

Three of the 33 selections we made did make it to the major leagues, OF Larry Hisle (2nd round), RHP Billy Champion (3rd) and INF Terry Harmon (5th).

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (21-40)
LF Russ Canzler hit a 3-run homer in the top of the 9th to tie the game, 8-8, but host Durham pulled out a 9-8, 12-inning win, the 6th straight loss for the IronPigs.  RF Domonic Brown, 4-6, 3 runs, 12th double, 2nd HR, 2 RBI. C Blake Forsythe, 1st HR, 2 RBI.
Next: RH Severino Gonzalez (1-2), 7:05 tonight in Norfolk.

Reading Fightin Phils (32-26)
Won 3rd in last 4, 5-3, over Altoona.  LF Aaron Altherr, 4-4, 2 runs, 13th-14th doubles, 6th HR, 2 RBI. CF Roman Quinn, 4th HR, RBI; threw a runner out at home plate. C Logan Moore, 1st HR, RBI. WP: Jesse Biddle (5-1), 6-7-2-2-0-4. SV: Stephen Shackleford (13).
Reading is in 3rd place 3 games out.
Next: RH Zach Elfin (4-4), 7:05 tonight vs. Altoona.

Clearwater Threshers (28-30)
After a 5-2 loss in 13 innings to Bradenton the night before, the Threshers won, 2-1, in 11 last night in Bradenton on C Chace Namata’s RBI single. No decision: Colin Kleven, 7-6-1-0-2-4; has allowed 2 runs in last 2 starts, 14 innings. 2B Drew Stankiewicz, 2-4, double and 3rd stolen base.
Next: RH Yacksel Rios (1-12), 6:30 tonight in Bradenton.

Lakewood BlueClaws (28-27)
Host Lexington scored 4 times in the bottom of the ninth to pull out a 5-4 win over Lakewood.  Closer Matt Hockenberry was charged with his first blown save (7 chances) by giving up 3 singles, a hit batter, walk and double. SS Malquin Canelo, 2-4, 18th double, 9th stolen base. No decision: Tyler Viz, 7-4-1-1-0-7; has allowed 2 earned runs in last 21 innings.
Next: RH Ranfi Casimiro (2-4), 7:05 tonight in Lexington, KY.

Today In Phillies History

1985: Phillies’ greatest offensive game ever…26-7 win over New York begins with a nine-run first inning, highlighted by LF Von Hayes’ two home runs, a solo shot and a grand slam.  No other Phillies player ever hit two homers in the first inning.


Meet Scott Kingery

The long ball did the Phillies in last night in Cincinnati, another road loss, 11-2.  Votto hit three of the Reds’ five home runs.  Four (including two of Votto’s) came off starter and loser Harang, who had given up a total of four in 77 innings prior to last night.

After the night game, its rise and shine early today for a 12:35 game this afternoon.  In baseball, you need to sleep fast.

Offensively, the Phillies had 11 hits, one double and 10 singles, two by Harang. The Phillies have hit 12 homers on the road this season. 100 years ago the Phillies also hit 12 home runs on the road, but that was in 77 games. With 52 road games left this season, they will pass 12 homers. Book it.

So the Phillies road record sinks to 7-22.  Dating back to the 1925 season, the Phillies worst road record is 16-62 in 1939.  As a baby less than a year old, I wasn’t aware of that.  Mom and dad wouldn’t let me listen to the games.

Getting To Know You

Scott Kingery, University of Arizona second baseman, was drafted by the Phillies in the second round on Monday.  He was the PAC-12 Player of the Year after leading the conference with a .392 average and 53 runs scored.  OF Terry Francona won the same award for the same school in 1980.

The Phoenix, AZ, native was also selected to the PAC-12 All-Defensive team this year, and the PAC-12 academic honor roll. In his first two college seasons, he played shortstop and centerfield. Three-year totals: .352.

Last summer Scott was selected to the Cape Cod Summer League All-Star Team.

He has an identical twin brother, Sam; the two played in the 2006 Little League World Series on the Arizona team that went 2-1. Hobbies: snowboarding, reading and playing Super Smash Brothers on Nintendo 64.

Phillies two most notable second-round selections: Mike Schmidt (1971) and Jimmy Rollins (1996).

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (21-39)
Lost their 5th straight, 7-4, in Durham. CF Brian Bogusevic, 2-4, 9th double, 5th HR.  RF Domonic Brown, 2-4, 11th double. LP: Phillippe Aumont (2-4), 5-7-6-3-3-7-, BK, HB, E.
Jake Diekman, 1-1-0-0-0-2.
Next: LH Anthony Vasquez (3-1), 1:05 this afternoon in Durham.

Reading Fightin Phils (31-26)
Lost, 6-2, to Altoona. 1B Brock Stassi, 2-4, 7th HR, 2 RBI (45). SS J.P. Crawford, 1-4. CF Roman Quinn, 1-4, 28th stolen base, picked off first, caught stealing, 2 assists.  LP: Ben Lively (4-4), 5-8-3-2-2-4.
Next: LH Jesse Biddle (4-1), 7:05 tonight vs. Altoona.

Clearwater Threshers (28-30)
C Chace Namata had a two-out single to tie the game, 2-2, in the 9th but Bradenton won with 3 in the 13th, 5-2.  5 Threshers had 2 hits each; 13 total hits, 10 LOB. No decision: RH Mark Leiter, 7-5-1-1-3-5.
All-Stars: Selected to the North Division squad for the FSL All-Star game, June 20, in St. Lucie, Leiter, LH Brandon Leibrandt, C Andrew Knapp and 2B-SS Angelo Mora.
Next: RH Colin Kleven (4-3), 6:30 tonight in Bradenton.

Lakewood BlueClaws (28-27)
A solo home run by DH Herlis Rodriquez (3) in the third inning and a 2-run dinger by 1B Rhys Hoskins (7) in the 6th gave Lakewood a 3-2 win in Lexington. WP: LH Zach Taylor (3-4), 7-4-0-0-0-6. SV: Alexis Rivero (6).
Next: RH Tyler Viza (4-1), 1:35 this afternoon in Lexington, KY.

Today In Phillies History
1972: To change their luck, Phillies wear blue road uniforms at home only to lose to Atlanta, 15-3.  The blue road uniforms never appeared again at the Vet.

1975: 3B Mike Schmidt hits a ball off a public address speaker hanging from the Astrodome roof, 117 feet up and 300 feet from home plate.  Schmidt settles for a single off LHP Claude Osteen in the Phillies’ 12-0 win.

1981: Another great moment in Vet history.  1B Pete Rose needs two hits to surpass Stan Musial as the all-time NL hit leader.  Rose singles in his first at-bat against Houston RHP Nolan Ryan, who then strikes out Pete the next three at-bats.  Phils win, 5-4, before 57,386.  Two days later, players go on strike until August, eliminating 55 games.





Two New Hitters

C Randolph (2)
Going for offensive players, the Phillies selected a high school shortstop as the 10th pick in the first round and a college second baseman as the 48th selection second round. Rounds 3-10 begin at 12:30 p.m. today on MLB.com.

The high school shortstop is 18-year-old Cornelius Randolph, a left-handed hitter who is graded as a 55 for hitting, power and arm. (50 is an average grade). The Phillies are looking to move him to the outfield. From the college ranks they chose Scott Kingery who hit .392 for the University of Arizona.  A right-handed hitter, Kingery graded a 60 for hitting and speed.  The 21-year-old is projected for a quick path for the majors.

Todd Zolecki has separate stories on both on phillies.com.

Loss in Cincy
Turning point: 3-3 game, sixth inning, Phillies have runners on second and third with no out. Strikeout, intentional walk, strikeout, grounder to first.  Three at-bats, contact on one pitch.  Result: 0 runs.  Bottom of the same inning, Ivan DeJesus Jr., hits his first major league home run to give the Reds a 5-3 lead and an eventual 6-4 win.  Phillies RISP: 4-15.

Cole’s undefeated streak against Cincinnati (10 wins) ended.  Overall, the Phillies were 14-0 in his starts vs. the Reds. Cole’s streak of not allowing more than two earned runs in six straight starts also ended. Guess the law of averages got Cole.  Two defensive misplays did, too.

The Phillies road record fell to 7-28.  Where are the law of averages?

Minor Leagues
Players of the Week (June 1-7)
OF Cam Perkins, Reading.  7 games, .367, 9 runs, 6 doubles, 3 homers, 6 RBI and a .867 slugging percentage. His power surge gave him 6 in his last 14 games. Also named Eastern League Player of the Week and by MilB.com. The 24-year-old was selected in the 6th round in 2012 out of Purdue University and signed by Nate Dion.

RHP Reinier Roibal, Reading. The 26-year-old Cuban native struck out 6 in 7 innings over two appearances, one as a starter. In five AA games, he has a 1.20 ERA over 15 innings with 12 strikeouts.  He was signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent in January.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (21-38)
Dropped an 11-4 decision at Durham, LV’s 4th straight loss. LP: Joely Rodriguez (2-6). RF Domonic Brown, 1st HR. LF Brian Bogusevic’s 10-game hitting streak ended.
Next: RH Phillippe Amont (2-3), 7:05 tonight in Durham.

Reading Fightin Phils (31-25)
Next: Day off yesterday; RH Ben Lively (4-3), 7:05 tonight vs. Altoona.

Clearwater Threshers (28-29)
After being shutout in their previous 2 games, the Threshers scored 5 the first inning and a 6-0 win over Bradenton.  WP: David Whitehead (3-6), 6-4-0-0-1-6. RF Dylan Cozens HR (#3). 5 different Clearwater players had 2 hits each. Threshers are 5-games out of first with 13 games left in the 1st half.
Next: RH Mark Leiter (3-1), 7:00 tonight vs. Bradenton.

Lakewood BlueClaws (27-27)
Next: LH Josh Taylor (2-4), 7:05 tonight in Lexington, KY.

Today In Phillies History
1982: Steve Carlton (7-6) sets a club record for most strikeouts by a LHP in a nine-inning game, by fanning 16 Cubs in a 4-2 win at the Vet.  Lefty fanned Ryne Sandberg four times.

Phun Fact
RHP Bill Duggleby has the distinction of hitting a grand slam in his first major league at-bat (1898) and giving up the most runs in a Phillies game, 17 (1903). He’s one of three to play for the Phillies three different times.




Who Will Phillies Pick?

Who’ll be the Phillies selection in the first round of the amateur draft? They have the 10th selection in that round which will begin at 7 p.m. today on the MLB Network and also MLB.com.  You can follow every selection on MLB.com, including the rounds that are scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday.

All the mock drafts have been completed.  A high school catcher, a college pitcher, a college second baseman, a college pitcher and college shortstop will be the Phillies selection according to five different mock drafts.  Obviously, it all depends upon the first nine picks.  Some years the early picks are sure things; other years there are surprises which create a dominos effect.

Sitting at the Phillies table will be Mike Schmidt and Dan Goroff, a long-time employee who retired in March.

SF Weekend
When it comes to the world of allowing inherited base runners to score, the Giants pen is the stingiest (15% before Sunday) while the Phillies are the most generous (47.5% (before Sunday). The table was turned Sunday as the Phillies closed out the homestand with a 6-4 win over SF.

On Giles T-Shirt Day, the Phillies reliever greeted some young fans when the gates opened. He came in the seventh inning with two runners on base in a 3-3 game.  He shut the door and wound up the winner when the Phillies scored two in their turn at-bat, thanks to a two-run double by pinch-hitter Francoeur.  In that role, he has 5 hits and 5 RBI.


Franco belted another homer to give the Phillies and extra run in the eighth.  It was his sixth in 22 games.  He’s second on the club to Howard’s 11.

For the first time in 18 days, Papelbon got a chance for a save.  He gave up a run but recorded his 12th consecutive save out of 22 Phillies wins.

This game can bring glee and it can bring you to your knees.  Howard entered the series 3-for-32 but busted out.  Garcia started the seventh-inning Sunday rally with a single after going 0-for-31.  It was his first hit since May 26.

Phillies left after the game for an eight-game, three-city trip. They are 23-18 in Cincinnati’s Great American Ballpark, 16-28 in Pittsburgh’s PNC Park and 14-13 in Baltimore’s Camden Yards.  Cole takes his 9-0 career record against the Reds to the mound tonight.

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (21-37)
We swept in three games by Indianapolis, scoring a total of 4 runs. OF Brian Bogusevic had a pinch-hit single Sunday, extending his hitting streak to 10 games, a .395 average during the streak.  Jake Diekman made his first AAA appearance since June 11, 2013, 1-1-0-0-1-1.
Next: LH Joely Rodriguez (2-5), 7:05 in Durham.

Reading Fightin Phils (31-25)
Took 2 of 3 in Binghamton, winning 3-0 on Saturday and 14-5 on Sunday.  Loss was 8-7 when Binghamton scored 2 in the bottom of the 9th on Friday. WP on Saturday: RH Reinier Roibal (2-1), 5-3-0-0-1-4. WP on Sunday: LH Tom Windle (2-3), 5-7-5-5-1-1. SS J.P. Crawford had 4 hits, including 1st AA double and home run; drove in 3 and stole a base.  CF Roman Quinn, 6th triple and26th-27th steals.  C Rene Garcia, also had 4 hits. LF Cam Perkins has hit in 10 straight after 5-13 weekend that included 3 doubles and his 8th home run, tops in the Phillies minor league system.
Next: Day off today; Altoona begins 3-game series on Tuesday night.

Clearwater Threshers (27-29)
Blanked in 2 games in Tampa, 1-0 and 3-0, getting a total of 7 hits. Not scheduled on Sunday.
Next: RH David Whitehead (2-6, 7:00 tonight vs. Bradenton.

Lakewood BlueClaws (27-27)
Won, 4-2 and 3-2 before losing, 5-3, Sunday to Hickory.  WPs: LH Scott Harris (1-1) and LH Elniery Garcia (3-5). SVs: Alexis Rivero (5) and Joey DeNato (2). RF Heris Rodriguez, 4-10 weekend; hitting .433 in last 10 games. 1B Rhys Hoskins, 4-9, 4 RBI; hitting .410 in last 10.
Next: Bus ride today to Lexington and the start of a 3-game series tomorrow night.

Lakewood: RHP Nick Rodesky activated from DL.
Reading sent 3B Harold Martinez to Clearwater.
Clearwater sent IF Devin Lohman to Reading.

Today In Phillies History
1989: SS Steve Jeltz becomes the first Phillie to homer from each side of the plate in a game, a 15-11 win over Pittsburgh, one of the wildest games in Vet history.  The Pirates score 10 runs in the first inning but the Phillies battle back to win on a five-run eighth inning.  Pittsburgh broadcaster Jim Rooker boasts early in the game, “If the Pirates lose this game, I’ll walk from here to Pittsburgh.”  Rooker kept his word, walking from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh in the fall and raising money for charity.

Rico Returns
Rico Brogna, former Phillies first baseman, returned to the Angels staff (player information coach) on Saturday.  He underwent surgery on May 13 for testicular cancer.  Rico said doctors told him the cancer was encapsulated, his lymph nodes are clean and his prognosis is good. He is not slated to undergo radiation, and he anticipates having CT scans every three months.

Good guys is an overused cliché but Rico is just that, a solid human being.  He was a very popular player among the fans.



SF Weekend

No third straight walk-off win as the Reds hung on, 6-4.  Since the start of the 2007 season, the Reds are 9-23 at Citizens Bank Park.  Guess they were due. Following this weekend, the Reds and Phillies meet three times again starting Monday in Great American Ballpark.

Fresh from a visit to the White House, the Giants began a three-game weekend series tonight. Their .271 team batting average is the best in the National League while their 3.78 ERA ranks sixth.  But, their staff leads the NL with nine shutouts, seven last month. They come to town riding a five-game losing streak.

Who Are They?

1915 infield

This vintage photo of the 1915 pennant-winning Phillies infielders is courtesy of Rich Westcott, noted baseball author and historian.  Who are they and what did they do 100 years ago? Visit http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (21-34)
LH Anthony Vasquez not only pitched shutout ball for 7.2 innings (3 hits, 3 walks, 4 strikeouts), he was 2-for-2 as a hitter with 2 RBI in the 8-0 win over Indianapolis.  The win improved his record to 3-1. He hasn’t given up a run in two straight wins, 15.2 innings.  RF Domonic Brown, 1-4, 8th double, 10th stolen base.
Next: RH Jason Berken (3-2), 7:05 tonight vs. Indianapolis.

Reading Fightin Phils (29-24)
Pitching on his 22nd birthday, RH Aaron Nola improved his record to 7-3 with a 4-2 win in Erie, 7-5-1-1-1-4; he retired the first 10 hitters. He’s won 6 of his last 7 decisions and lowered his ERA to 1.76.  LF KC Serna, 2-5, 1st HR, 2 RBI, stolen base. RF Cam Perkins, career-high 7th HR. SV: Stephen Shackleford (11).
Next: LH Jesse Biddle (4-1), 7:05 in Binghamton.

Clearwater Threshers (27-27)
Tampa LF Ericson Leonora hit a 2-run, walk-off homer off Edubray Ramos, pinning a 3-2 loss on the visiting Threshers. Their 2 runs came on a HR (4) by LF Andrew Pullin in the 2nd inning.  ND: Colin Kleven, 7-5-1-1-1-3.
Next: RH Yacksel Rios (1-1), 7:00 tonight in Tampa.

Lakewood BlueClaws (25-26)
Hickory began a 4-game series with an 8-3 loss.  LP: RH Ranfi Casimiro (2-4), 5.1-8-4-3-1-3. 2 hits each for SS Malquin Canelo (.305) and 1B Rhys Hoskins (.332).
Next: RH Chris Oliver (3-4), 7:05 tonight vs. Hickory.


RHR Matt Hockenberry, activated from Lakewood DL . . . RR Jason Zgardowski, Lakewood to extended.

Today In Phillies History
1915: RHP Grover Cleveland Alexander threw a one-hitter in a 3-0 victory against St. Louis. Artie Butler’s bloop single with two out in the ninth inning was the only hit. (Courtesy broadandpattison.com).  It was one of four one-hitters Alexander tossed that year.

1948, 1st game: CF Richie Ashburn ties the modern NL rookie record by hitting safely in 23 straight games in a 6-5 win at Chicago.  The record was set in 1921 by another Phillie, 3B Goldie Rapp.

Phun Fact
Revere leads the National League with five triples, two shy of his total a year ago when he finished tied for ninth.



Franco Delivers Again


For the second straight night, Franco delivered a late-game booming home run, a three-run blast in the last of the ninth last night to tie the game.  Two innings later, the Phillies had a second straight walk-off win against the Reds, this time on an error.  Considering the Phillies were hitless until two out in the seventh, they’ll take the improbable win. Franco singled to break up the no-hit bid and went deep in his next at-bat.

Cincinnati was 17-0 when leading after eight innings while the Phillies were 0-29 when trailing after eight.

When Hamels pitches, it has been customary that the offense doesn’t put up many runs.  The last two times out, they were not only scoreless while he was on the mound but hitless in 16 of 18 innings.  The Reds had multiple base-runners but Hamels kept them to two fourth-inning runs in his seven innings. He’s made six straight starts without allowing more than two earned runs in each. That translates into a 1.83 ERA. While he didn’t get the win his 9-0 career record against the Reds remains intact.

Phillies go for a sweep tonight.  Harang, once the Reds opening day starter, will start.

Elias Sports Bureau
Franco launched a game-tying homer on Tuesday night in the eighth inning of the Phillies win. He is the first rookie with a game-tying or go-ahead home run in the eighth inning or later of back-to-back games since the Twins’ Bobby Kielty in 2002.

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (20-34)
Lost twice to Rochester, 7-4 and 3-2. CF-LF Brian Bogusevic, 4-8 for the night.  RF Domonic Brown, 3-8, 2 RBI.  LPs: Joely Rodriguez (2-5) and Phillippe Aumont (2-3).
Next: LH Adam Morgan (0-5), 7:05 tonight vs. Indianapolis.

Reading Fightin Phils (28-24)
Lost, 2-1, at Erie despite 11 hits; left 11 on base. 1B Art Charles, 3-4, RBI. SS J.P. Crawford, 2-5, including a double.  LP: RH Ben Lively (4-3), 5-6-2-2-1-2.
Next: RH Aaron Nola (6-3), 11:05 this morning in Erie, followed by a bus ride to Binghamton.

Clearwater Threshers (27-26)
Scored 4 in the ninth for a 6-5 win in Dunedin.  First run scored on a wild pitch, 3B Mitch Walding drove in 2 with a double and scored the lead run on an error on a bunt. SV: Ulises Joaquin (5). WP: Jesen Therrien (1-0).
Next: RH Colin Kleven (4-3), 7:00 tonight in Tampa.

Lakewood BlueClaws (25-25)
Rained out for the second straight day in Delmarva, this time a double-header.
Next: RH Ranfi Casmiro (2-3), 7:05 tonight vs. Hickory.

OF Jiandiano Tromp activated from DL at Lakeland . . . INF William Cuicas from extended roster to Clearwater’s roster.

Today In Phillies History
2013: John Mayberry Jr. becomes the first player in MLB history to hit two extra-inning homers, a game-tying solo homer in the 10th and a walk-off grand slam in the 11th.  Phillies beat Marlins, 7-3.

Happy Birthday: RHP Art Mahaffey (77), LHP J. C. Romero (39).

Phun Fact
Over the last 11 seasons, including this year, the Phillies are 8-0-1 in series against the Reds at Citizens Bank Park.


Law Of Averages




The law of averages is a layman’s term for a belief that the statistical distribution of outcomes among members of a small sample must reflect the distribution of outcomes across the population as a whole.

Found that explanation on Wikipedia.com and it is more confusing than clear to my ancient mind.

Anyway, the law of averages showed up last night in the rain:

**the Phillies’ seven-game losing streak ended on Ruf’s walk-off single.

**Chase had three hits, including a home run, and got his average over .200. The homer was his first at home since 8/10/14.

**Franco hit a game-tying two-run homer in the eighth.  Up until then Phillies hitters were 1-33 with runners in scoring position recently and that one hit didn’t produce a run.

**the bullpen gave up one hit, one walk and no runs in 3.1 innings.

**the win was their second on a Tuesday this season; the other came on April 21, also a walk off.

**Papelbon picked up the win, his first since 6/11/14 vs. San Diego.

Minor Leagues
Players of the Month (May)

Aaron Nola 6

RHP Aaron Nola, Reading.  The 23-year-old was 4-1 with a 1.35 ERA.  Struck out 32 and walked 2 in 40 innings.  He allowed only 2 home runs and held opponents to a .210 average. He was selected by the Phillies in the first round (seventh overall) in the 2014 draft out of Louisiana State University and was signed by Mike Stauffer.

1B Rhys Hoskins, Lakewood. The 22-year-old hit .342 in 29 games, 38 hits, 18 runs, 6 doubles, 2 triples, 2 homers and 23 RBI. Ended the month with a 7-game hitting streak (.434). Hoskins was selected in the fifth round of last year’s amateur draft out of Cal State Sacramento and signed by Joey Davis.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (20-32)
Rained out at home.  LH Joely Rodriguez (2-4) and RH Phillippe Aumont (2-2), 6:05 DH tonight vs. Rochester.

Reading Fightin Phils (28-23)
Scoring 2 in the 8th and 7 in the 9th, Reading won, 10-2, at Erie. LF Cam Perkins, 2 doubles, 6th HR, RBI; has 4 HR in last 9 games. C Logan Moore, 3-5. 1B Brock Stassi, 2-5, 2 RBI (43). DH Art Charles, 2-5, 3 RBI. No decision: LH Tom Windle, 5-3-2-2-4-2. WP: Reinier Roibal (1-1).
Next: RH Ben Lively (4-2), 7:05 tonight in Erie.

Clearwater Threshers (26-26)
3 walks and a walk-off single by RF Dylan Cozens in the 10th inning gave the Threshers a 4-3 win over Dunedin. No decision: RH Mark Leiter, 8-5-3-3-1-4. WP Edubray Ramos (2-3).
Next: LH Brandon Leibrandt (5-2), 6:30 tonight in Dunedin.

Lakewood BlueClaws (25-25)
Rained out in Delmarva. RH Ranfi Casmiro (2-3) and RH Chris Oliver (3-4), in 5:05 DH tonight in Delmarva.

Today In Phillies History
1972: Paul Owens, a member of the Phillies organization since 1956 and the club’s farm director since 1965, is promoted to General Manager, replacing John Quinn. Owens becomes the architect of the Phillies greatest era to that point: one world championship, two NL pennant-winners and five division titles.

1978: Reserve IF Dave Johnson blasts a game-winning, pinch-hit grand slam in the ninth inning to lift the Phillies to a 5-1 win over Los Angeles at the Vet. It is Johnson’s second pinch-hit grand slam of the season, a major league first.

2007: CF Shane Victorino hits a walk-off home run on Shane Victorino Hula Figurine Day, 9-8 over the Giants at Citizens Bank Park.

Catchers on the move: John Hester (released); Logan Moore from AAA to AA; Gabe Lino from AA to AAA.

Phun Fact
Cole starts tonight.  In 12 career games against the Reds, he’s 9-9 with a 1.51 ERA.