J-Roll Mr. Clutch
J-Roll never batted ninth for the Phillies but he came through with so many clutch hits with the game on the line. He did both last night in the Dodges’ 10-7 win. With the game tied in the seventh, he delivered a two-run single pinning the loss on Gomez, who has a streak of 13 consecutive scoreless innings snapped.
Pace of game took a backward step as the nine-inning game lasted 4 hours 13 minutes. Combined there were 367 pitches thrown. Difference in the outcome? RISP, 1-12 for the Phillies, 6-17 for the Dodgers.
Hernandez extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a pair of hits and another stolen base. He, Asche, Franco, Glavis and Herrera combined for seven of the Phillies 11 hits and scored six runs.
Starter O’Sullivan gave up seven runs in 5.1 innings (123 pitches) and was outrighted to the minor leagues after the game
Papelbon is an All-Star for the second time with the Phillies (2012 was the other). Other Phillies relievers chosen for the ASG this decade include Brad Lidge (2008), Tom Gordon (2006) and Billy Wagner (2005). First Phillies reliever to be an All-Star was Jim Konstanty in 1950.
Players of the Week (June 29-July 5)
INF/OF Tyler Henson, Lehigh Valley…Henson, 27, batted .444 with a home run, 10 RBI, 6 runs scored, 5 doubles, 4 stolen bases and a triple. Raised his batting average 31 points. Henson was signed by the Phillies as a minor league free agent in 2011. He was originally drafted by the Orioles in the 5th round in 2006.
LHP Adam Loewen, Lehigh Valley…The 31-year-old was named Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Week for the second time in three weeks after 4 dominant relief appearances: 6.0 innings, 1 hit and no runs or walks while striking out 9 and collecting 2 saves. Loewen was signed by the Phillies in April of 2014 as a minor league free agent and was originally selected in the 1st round by Baltimore in the 2002 draft.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (36-50 5th place)
RF Oswaldo Arcia hit a 3-run, walk-off home run to give Rochester a 10-8 win. LV had scored 4 I the top of the 9th inning to take an 8-6 lead. LH Adam Loewen was tagged for 4 runs on 4 hits in the bottom of the 9th, ending a string of 16.2 consecutive scoreless innings. Last time he gave up a run was on June 9. 3B Chase d’Arnaud, 4 hits, 2 runs, RBI and 2 stolen bases. CF Aaron Altherr, HR (3), 3 RBI.
Next: David Buchanan (2-0), 7:05 tonight vs. Pawtucket.
Reading Fightin Phils (44-39, 2nd place)
Pulled to within 2 games of 1st-place Trenton with a 6-4 morning win over the Thunder. WP: Ben Lively (6-5), 6-5-4-4-4-5; picked a runner off 1st base. SV: Stephen Shackleford (17). SS J.P. Crawford, single, triple (3rd), RBI. DH Harold Martinez, 3 hits including 2 doubles, 2 runs, 2 RBI.
Next: Jerome Williams, 1st rehab start, 7:05 tonight vs. Portland.
Clearwater Threshers (9-3, 1st place)
RH Victor Arano won his 3rd straight after losing his 1st 7, 3-0, at Brevard County in a game stopped after 7 innings by rain. Arano: 7-3-0-0-1-3; has given up just 2 runs in last 24 innings. 3B Mitch Walding drove in 2 of the 3 3rd-inning runs.
Next: Ricardo Pinto (2-0), 7:05 tonight vs. Lakeland.
Lakewood BlueClaws (6-6, 4th place)
Scored 2 in the last of the 8th for a 5-3 win over Hagerstown. RF Herlis Rodriguez broke a 1-15 slump with 3 hits and an RBI. DH Kyle Martin, 2 hits, 3 runs; hitting .362. BS and W: Matt Hockenberry.
Next: Tyler Viza (4-3), 7:05 tonight vs. Hagerstown.
Williamsport Crosscutters (13-4, 1st place)
Lost their 3rd in a row as Brooklyn scored a run in the bottom of the ninth for a 2-1 decision. ND: Tyler Gilbert, 3-1-0-0-0-4. LP: Anthony Sequeira’s throwing error to 3rd base allowed the winning run to score.
Next: Not scheduled today.
Gulf Coast League Phillies (9-3, tied 1st place)
Toronto scored 4 runs in the top of the 9th for a 5-4 win over the Phillies. 1B Luis Encarnacion, 2 hits, RBI; the 17-year-old has hit in 8 straight. LF Cornelius Randolph, 1-4, extending his hitting streak to 6 games.
Next: Blue Jays, 12 noon today.
Lakewood: activate catcher Jose Mayorga; RHP Will Morris from Williamsport
Today In Phillies History
1964: A two-out, three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning by RF Johnny Callison gives the NL a dramatic 7-4 victory in the All-Star Game at Shea Stadium. Callison’s blast to the right field seats comes off the Boston Red Sox’ fireballing RHP Dick Radatz. He becomes the first Phillie to win the ASG MVP Award.
1979: 3B Mike Schmidt homers in four consecutive at-bats for the second time in his career. Schmidt homers in his final at-bat on July 6 and connects in his first three at-bats on this date against San Francisco. Giants win, 8-6.
1993: SS Kevin Stocker makes his major league debut in one of the Vet’s longest games. Los Angeles scores twice in the ninth to send the game into extra innings. It all ends with CF Lenny Dykstra’s two-run double in the bottom of the 20th inning, a 7-6 win. It matches the longest game in Vet history, May 4, 1973 vs. Atlanta.
2009: Streak of 257 consecutive sellouts at Citizens Bank Park begins on this date. It becomes the longest streak in National League history.
“Nineteen Reading shortstops have gone on to play in the big leagues since the Philadelphia Phillies brought their Double-A club here, but it’s quite possible that the best to ever man that position is playing there right now (Crawford),” Mike Drago, Reading Eagle Times