The tables were reversed in game two of this four-game series last night. J-Roll got the game-winning hit against his former team on Monday night. Last night, Billingsley, who won 81 games in Dodgers blue, picked up his first win in two years, 7-2. He had John surgery then and has battled other injuries. His six innings gave the bullpen some breathing room at a time when the team was desperate for a starter to go at least six innings.
Francoeur, another veteran, backed Billingsley with a two-run double and solo home run. The two kids in the middle of the infield, Hernandez and Galvis, contributed as they’ve been doing. Hernandez extended his hitting streak (.451 average) to a club-high 12 games. He leads the majors with 28 hits since June 21. Galvis has hit in nine straight.
Another kid, Morgan, takes the mound tonight against Kershaw who has 14 straight scoreless innings against the Phillies dating back to last year. But, the Phillies are 4-2 against the great lefthander.
Monday night’s 10-7 loss in 4 hours, 13 minutes is the longest 9-inning game in Phillies history.
Starting tonight, the next three starters against the Phillies are Kershaw, Greinke and Baumgarner. That’s three easy wins.
Baseball America revealed its top 50 prospects at midseason. SS J.P. Crawford is ranked #5 and RHP Aaron Nola, #12.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (37-50, 5th place)
8th win in last 10 games, 9-6, over Pawtucket. DH Russ Canzler, single, double, 6th HR, 3 RBI. SS Edgar Duran, 3 hits, RBI. WP: Dustin McGowan (2-1). Starter David Buchanan, 3-2-2-2-1-1; left game after 40 pitches as he will start Saturday night in San Francisco.
Next: Jesse Biddle makes AAA debut, 7:05 tonight vs. Pawtucket.
Reading Fightin Phils (45-39, 2nd place)
Defeated Portland, 8-6. RF Kelly Dugan, 2 doubles, 2 runs, stolen base. SS J.P. Crawford, 2 hits. LF Cam Perkins, HR (9), 3 RBI. Starter Jerome Williams, 3.2-3-2-2-0-3.
WP: Hoby Milner (2-1); SV: Stephen Shackleford (18).
Next: TBD, 7:05 tonight vs. Portland.
Clearwater Threshers (10-3, 1st place)
1B Rhys Hoskins delivered a sacrifice fly, walk-off RBI in the 12th inning, 3-2 over Lakeland. CF Carlos Tocci, 3-6. RF Chase Harris, 3-5; scored winning run. Starter: Brandon Leibrandt, 1st start off DL, 4-3-1-1-0-1. WP: Ethan Stewart (1-0).
Next: Ricardo Pinto (2-1), 12 noon today vs. Lakeland.
Lakewood BlueClaws (6-7, tied 4th place)
Dropped 6-3 decision to Hagerstown, getting six singles and a double. LP: Tyler Viza (4-4), 7-8-4-3-1-1.
Next: Ranfi Casimiro (3-5), 7:05 tonight vs. Hickory.
Williamsport Crosscutters (13-4, 1st place)
Tries to break a 3-game losing streak tonight vs. Tri-City. Denton Keyes will start the 7:05 game.
Gulf Coast League Phillies (10-3, tied 1st place)
Edged the Blue Jays, 5-4, in 11 innings on a throwing error by the shortstop. LF Cornelius Randolph, single, double, 2 RBI, lifting average to .317. 2B Jonathan Arauz, 4 hits, including 2 doubles. Starter: Felix Paulino, 5-3-1-1-0-9. WP: Sutter McLoughlin (1-0), 3-1-0-0-0-3.
Next: Yankees, 12 noon today.
Reading: RHR Tyler Knigge, activated from DL.
Clearwater: INF Angelo Mora on T.I. list, participating in Pan-Am Games . . . INF Derek Campbell from Lakewood.
Today In Phillies History
1898: RHP Red Donahue, Villanova University product, pitches 5-0 no-hitter against visiting Boston. Donahue walked two and two others reached base on errors.
1992: Jeff Grotewold ties a club record with his third consecutive pinch-hit home run during a 4-3 loss at San Francisco. All three homers come in Candlestick Park over a four-game, three-day series.
2011: LHP Juan Perez strikes out the side on 9 pitches in the 10th inning of the Phils’ 3-2 victory over Atlanta, picking up the win. He is the first pitcher to record a 9-pitch, 3-K inning in extra innings since 1923.
In response to a question by ringo74, assistant coach Jorge Valendia is wearing #61.