Alumni Night Aug. 1

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From California to Florida.  Final seven games for the Phillies before the All-Star Game break were in California.  Back home after the break, the first six games are against the two Florida teams, Miami Marlins and Tampa Bay Rays.  Phillies will work out at 2 this afternoon; Marlins at 3 followed by normal batting practice schedule.

Saw a note the other day that 8.2 runs per game is the lowest in the majors since 1981. The Phillies aren’t helping as they scored the fewest runs in the NL.  MLB ERA is 3.82.  Phillies, 4:83. Ouch.

Toyota Alumni Night
Annual parade of former Phillies will take place on Saturday, August 1, at Citizens Bank Park.  Included in the pre-game festivities will be the recognition of the Phillies Franchise Four.  Throwing out the first balls will be Mike Schmidt, Steve Carlton, Robin Roberts Jr. and Jack Ashburn, grandson of Richie Ashburn.

As Jim Peyton pointed out in a comment Thursday, the four fields at Carpenter Complex are named Schmidt, Carlton, Roberts and Ashburn.

Minor Leagues 
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (40-52, 4th place, North Division)
Aaron Nola had his shortest outing and lost his first AAA game (3-1 record), 6-0 at Rochester.  LV had 5 singles.  Nola: 3-7-6-5-2-3-2 HR
Next: Jesse Biddle (0-0) 7:05 tonight in Rochester.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (48-42, 2nd place, Eastern Division)
Won their third in a row, 3-1, vs. New Britain; held to 5 hits, including 2 triples.  WP: Colton Murray (2-1); SV: Stephen Shackleford (20).
Next: Jerome Williams 7:05 tonight vs. New Britain.

Clearwater Threshers (15-5, 1st place, North Division)
3-game winning streak ended with a 3-0 loss to Palm Beach.  CF Carlos Toci had 2 of Clearwater’s 6 singled. LP: David Whitehead (6-8), 6.1-8-3-2-2-5.
Next: Victor Arano (3-8) 6:30 tonight vs. Palm Beach.

Lakewood BlueClaws (12-9, 2nd place, Northern Division)
Won 9th in last 13 games, 3-1, at Kannapolis.  WP: Austin Davis (2-2), 6-2-1-1-3-4. SV: Joey DeNato (5). RF Herlis Rodriguez led off the game with a HR (7). 2B Scott Kingery, 2-4; 4-9 in last 2 games.
Next: Elniery Garcia (6-7) 7:00 tonight in Rome, GA

Williamsport Crosscutters (18-7, 1st place, Pinckney Division)
Dropped 4-2 decision in Batavia. ND: Alejandro Arteaga, 6-5-1-1-1-8; lowered ERA to 1.24. 1B Br2ndon Hayden, 2-3; hitting .352. RF Jose Pujols, single, double (10), RBI; hitting .321.
Next: Jose Taveras (2-1) and Mitch Gueller (3-1) in 5:05 DH in Batavia.

Gulf Coast League Phillies (17-5, 1st place, Northwest Division)
C Rodolfo Duran singled in 2 runs in the top of the 9th to lift the Phillies to a 3-2 win at the Astros. 18-year old LHP, 31st round draft pick out of high school, picked up the win in his first pro game, 1.1-1-0-0-0-3; SV: Sutter McLoughlin (3).
Next: Sam McWilliams vs. Braves at 12 noon today.

All-Star Hero
Reading RF Brian Pointer hit a home run in the 11th inning to give the Eastern Division a 5-4 win over the Western Division in the Eastern League All-Star Game last night in Portland.  The game ended in a 4-4 tie.  The two teams engaged in a home run derby to decide the outcome.

Baseball America
Publication released its new mid-season top prospect list on the Phillies.

SS J.P. Crawford
RHP Aaron Nola
RHP Franklyn Kilome
RHP Zach Elfin
RHP Ben Lively
CF Roman Quinn
CF Carlos Tocci
LHR Tom Windle
RHP Ricardo Pinto
SS Malquin Canelo

Today In Phillies History
1918: Chicago wins at home, 2-1, in 21 innings, longest game in Phillies history.  Both pitchers go the distance, winner George Tyler (21 IP, 13 H, 1 BB, 8 SO) and loser Milt (Mule) Watson (20 IP, 19 H, 4 BB, 5 SO).



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