Weekend in SF
Things get easier tonight in San Francisco when the Phillies face a third straight Cy Young Award winner. Kershaw and Greinke didn’t give up a run the last two nights for the first-place Dodgers. Baumgarner is next but he’s more human. He gave up five runs in his last outing (July 4). He’s 1-0 against the Phillies this season but gave up five runs back on June 6. Hamels usually doesn’t get much run support but the Phillies are due to break out.
The second-place Giants are 2-8 in their last 10 games, 21-21 at home and 43-43 for the season. They are struggling right now but the Phillies are only 21-30 in AT&T Park.
Comparison note: Phillies pitchers have issued 284 walks, second most in the NL while the Giants have issued the fewest (179). Walks lead to a lot of runs.
The SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game will be played on Sunday afternoon, 3 o’clock in Cincinnati’s Great American Ballpark. The game will be televised by the MLB Network. SS J. P. Crawford and RHP Aaron Nola are on the US Team. Coaching for the World Team is Reading manager Dusty Wathan.
In a USA Today story earlier this week, Crawford was listed as one of the top seven players to watch. At 20 years of age, Crawford is the youngest player on the US Team.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (38-50, tie 4th place, North Division)
Rained out at home vs. Pawtucket. No date has been set for the rescheduling of the game. After two games at home vs. the Red Sox, the two teams meet in a three-game series starting tonight in Pawtucket . . . Aaron Nola (3-0) 7:05 tonight.
OF Aaron Altherr has hit in 14 of his 16 games in AAA, 3 homers and 14 RBI. Going back to Reading, he’s hit in 23 of his last 25.
Reading Fightin Phils (45-40, 2nd place, 1 GB, Eastern Division)
Portland salvaged the last game of the 3-game series with a 9-1 win. Reading was held to 4 singles and a double. C Rene Garcia had 2 of the hits. LP: Mark Leiter (1-4).
After the game it was climb aboard a bus for each team, Reading headed for Akron and Portland headed home. Each has a game tonight which will come around very quickly.
Next: Colin Kleven (1-1) 7:05 tonight at Akron.
Clearwater Threshers (11-4, 1st place, North Division)
For the 3rd straight game in a 3-game series, Clearwater and Lakeland played extra innings. This time Lakeland won, 4-3, in 13. Clearwater has played 85 games, 15 going extra innings. The Threshers are 11-4 in those games. SS Malquin Canelo, 2 singles, double, RBI, SB. No decision: Matt Imhoff, 6.1-2-3-1-4-4.
Next: David Whitehead (5-7) 7:05 tonight in Ft. Myers.
Lakewood BlueClaws (8-7, tied 2nd place, Northern Division)
Won game 2 of a 5-game series against Hickory, 5-2. 2B Scott Kingery, single, 1st pro homer, 2 RBI. WP: Austin Davis (1-2), 5-6-2-2-1-4.
Next: Elniery Garcia (6-6) 7:05 tonight vs. Hickory.
Williamsport Crosscutters (13-5, 1st place, Pinckney)
Rained out at home vs. Tri-City.
Next: Alejandro Arteaga (3-0) and Jose Taveras (1-1) in 5:05 doubleheader tonight vs. Tri-City.
Gulf Coast League Phillies (13-3, 1st place, Northwest Division)
Won 6th in last 7 games, 3-1, at the Yankees despite getting only 4 singles. WP: Ranger Suarez (2-0), 6-3-0-0-1-3; SV: Zach Morris (1).
Next: 2nd place Pirates 12 noon today at Carpenter Complex.
Lehigh Valley: RHP Chris Leroux, on T.I. list as he is participating in the Pan Am games; RHR Tyler Knigge, added from Reading.
Reading: LHR Ethan Stewart, added from Clearwater, RHR Edubray Ramos, added from Clearwater, 2B KC Serna on DL (left oblique strain), RHS Mark Leiter, T. I. list as Reading needs to add another pitcher with a DH tomorrow night, INF Devin Lohman, added from Clearwater.
Clearwater: RHR Jario Munoz, added from Gulf Coast, INF Luis Espiritu, added from GC.
Lakewood: RHR Jason Zgardowski, added from Williamsport.
Today In Phillies History
1936: Following two-plus seasons with the Cubs, the Phillies reacquire OF Chuck Klein in a May 21 trade. Weeks later Klein becomes only the third player in the NL to hit four home runs in a game, a 9-6, 10-inning win for the Phillies in Pittsburgh.
1972: GM Paul Owens puts himself in the dugout as a replacement for manager Frank Lucchesi in an effort to learn more about the players and their future.
1979: PH Del Unser sets a major league record with his third consecutive pinch-hit home run, this one a three-run game-winner in the bottom of the ninth which lifts the Phillies to a 6-5 win over San Diego at the Vet. 3B Mike Schmidt’s hottest home run streak includes his seventh home run in his last 15 at bats (5 games), which ties an NL record.
For great moments in Phillies history for July 11 and 12, click on http://www.phillies.com/alumni.