Sandy Koufax’ #32 was retired by the Dodgers after his Hall of Fame career. Some year, Kershaw’s #22 will receive the same honor. Riding a pair of home runs, Kershaw won last night, 5-0, increasing his consecutive scoreless inning streak against the Phillies to 27. Rollins’s three-run homer made it 5-0. When Kershaw has a lead of five or more runs, he’s 47-0.
Morgan struggled with his command and was tagged for both homers behind in the count. He had seven three-ball counts.
Phillies did have nine hits but left nine on base as the result of 0-12 with RISP. Hernandez had his 12-game hitting streak stopped while Galvis extended his to 10 games.
Greinke tonight to close out the four-game series. He only has a 1.48 ERA, lowest in the league, and a scoreless streak of 27.2 going into the start. Last run he gave up was June 13. Ouch.
C-1B-DH Willians Astudillo, a 23-year-old from Venezuela playing in Clearwater. Leads club with a .308 average, 3 homers, 32 RBI. In 67 games, he has 5 walks and 9 strikeouts. Hitting .324 in last 10 games, 7 RBI. For his 6-year minor league career, which included first three seasons in Venezuela Summer League, the right-handed hitter has a .317 average, 61 walks and 50 strikeouts.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (38-50, tie 4th place, North Division)
Trailing 8-1 after four innings, LV rallied for a 9-8 win in 11 innings. The winning run scored on a throwing error by the Pawtucket catcher. LV is 9-2 in the last 11 games. LF Jordan Danks, single, 3 doubles, 3 RBI. 4 other teammates had 2 hits apiece. ND: Jesse Biddle in AAA debut, plagued by wildness, 2.1-5-7-7-6-1. WP: Nefi Ogando (1-0).
Next: Aaron Nola (3-0) 7:05 tonight vs. Pawtucket.
Reading Fightin Phils (45-39, 2nd place, 1 GB, Eastern Division)
Edged Portland, 2-1, on a run-scoring double by LF Cam Perkins (#18, most on club) and a 7th-inning sac. fly by 2B KC Serna. Starter: Reinier Roibal, 4-5-0-0-0-1. WP: Tom Windle (3-5), his first as a reliever in pro ball. SV: Ryan O’Sullivan (2).
Next: Mark Leiter 1-3 7:05 tonight vs. Portland.
Clearwater Threshers (11-3, 1st place, North Division)
1B Willians Astudillo had a walk-off single as Clearwater edged Lakeland, 5-4, in extra innings for the second straight night. This one was in 10, improving the Threshers’ extra-inning record to 11-3. RF Chase Harris ad his second straight 3-hits game; 2 RBI. LF Andrew Pullin, 2 RBI. ND: Ricardo Pinto, 7-6-4-4-1-2. WP: Miguel Nunez (2-2), 3-0-0-0-0-2
Next: Matt Imhoff (3-3) 7:00 tonight vs. Lakeland.
Lakewood BlueClaws (7-7, tied 2nd place, Northern Division)
Won, 6-3, over Hickory. BlueClaws had only 6 hits, 3 by 3B Drew Stankiecwiz, single, double, triple, 2 RBI. He’s 9-19 in last 4 games. WP: Ranfi Casimiro (4-5), 6-6-1-1-3-1. SV: Joey DeNato (4).
Next: Austin Davis (0-2) 7:05 tonight vs. Hickory.
Williamsport Crosscutters (13-5, 1st place, Pinckney Division)
Lost 4th in a row, 10-6, to Tri-City which had 11 hits and 12 walks. LF Venn Biter, single, double, 2 RBI. 1B Brendon Hayden, 2 hits, RBI; RF Jose Pujols, 1-1, 3 runs, 3 walks. LP: Denton Keys (0-1).
Next: Alejandro Arteaga (3-0) 7:05 tonight vs. Tri-Citi 7:05.
Gulf Coast League Phillies (12-3,1st place, Northwest Division)
Defeated Yankees, 13-7, in a suspended game and 1-0 in the regular game. 1st game: RF Bryan Martelo, 2 singles, 2 doubles, 3 runs. C Edgar Cabral, 3-3, 2 R, 2 RBI. 3B Jose Antequera, 2 hits, 2 Rm 2 RBI, 2 SB. WP Bailey Falter (1-0) first pro appearance, 3-1-0-0-1-3.
Next: At Yankees, 12 noon today.
Today In Phillies History
1953: RHP Robin Roberts’ streak of 28 consecutive games ends when RHP Bob Miller relieves him in two-run eighth inning of a 6-5 victory over Brooklyn Dodgers at Connie Mack Stadium. Streak began August 28, 1952.
1957: LHP Curt Simmons is the starting hurler in the All-Star Game at St. Louis, the seventh straight year in which a Phillies pitcher has started the game (Robin Roberts 5, Simmons 2).
1967: 3B Dick Allen becomes the first player to hit a home run over the center field fence between stands and flag pole at Connie Mack Stadium since the fence was raised to 32 feet in 1934. Blow comes off RHP Nelson Briles in the eighth inning of a 4-3 win over the Cardinals.