Buchanan was the first Phillies right-handed starting pitcher to last 6.1 innings since May 14, won his first game since last August and was sent to AAA after the game. Phillies have three days off in the next 12 and will go with a four-man rotation. This way Buchanan can pitch in Lehigh Valley’s rotation regularly.
Papelbon threw 14 pitches—all strikes—in recording his 341st career save, matching Hall of Famer Rollie Fingers for 12th place on the all-time list.
Largest crowd of this series is expected tonight for the debut of Aaron Nola. He, himself, will have 20 family and friends in the stands.
4-0 start after the All-Star Game break is Phillies best since 5-0 in 2009. As everyone knows, they lost the World Series that year. Would be glad to settle for another WS loss this year.
Elias Sports Bureau
The Phillies were the 35th team since 1933 (the year of the first All-Star Game) to be at least 30 games below .500 at the break, but Monday night’s victory made them the first of those 35 clubs to win each of its first four games after the break.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (42-54, 4th place, North Division)
Lost 5-1, vs. Toledo. RF Tyler Henson, 3-5, including 17th 2B . . . LP: Jason Berken (5-7), 6-6-4-2-1-3 . . . Neifi Ogando, 1 scoreless IP; since 6/25 promotion to AAA, 0 R, 4 H, 8.2 IP, 4 BB, 9 SO.
Next: Anthony Vasquez (5-3), 11:35 this morning vs. Toledo.
Jesse Biddle, who threw 7 shutout innings (3 hits, 1 BB, 7 SO) on Friday 17 for his first AAA win, is the MilB.com pitcher of the week in the International League. Combined with his Reading record, he is 8-2 for the season, 5-1 in his last 10 starts.
Reading Fightin’ Phils (52-43, 1st place, Eastern Division)
Won 6th in last 7 games, 8-5, in Bowie . . . 4 hitters had multi-hit games . . . C Andrew Knapp led the way, 3-5, 4 RBI; has a 19-game hitting streak, the last 16 since he joined Reading; hitting .338 in AA . . . WP: Mark Leiter (2-4), 5-9-3-3-0-4. SV: Stephen Shackleford (21).
Next: Ethan Martin (1-0) 7:05 tonight in Bowie.
Clearwater Threshers (17-9, 1st place, North Division)
Won, 5-3, at Lakeland . . . RF Chase Harris, 3 hits, 15th stolen base . . . DH Willians Astudillo, 2-4, 16th 2B, 2 RBI; hitting .311 . . . WP: Cody Forsythe (3-2); SV: Miguel Nunez (2); allowed only 3 runs since June 14.
Next: David Whitehead (6-8) 6:30 tonight in Lakeland.
Lakewood BlueClaws (15-10, 2nd place, Northern Division)
2B Scott Kingery hit a 3-run HR and 1B Kyle Martin followed with a solo HR in a 4-run 11th inning that gave the BlueClaws a 4-0 win in Rome. It was #2 HR for each; Kingery was the 3rd round selection last month; Martin, 4th . . . Until the homers, the lone Lakewood hit was a single by LF Cord Sandberg with one out in the 7th . . . ND: Tyler Viza, 7-6-0-0-1-3. WP: Matt Hockenberry (4-3) . . . Happy long bus ride home after the game from Georgia to New Jersey.
Next: day off today.
Williamsport Crosscutters (12-9, 1st place, Pinckney Division)
Pounding 19 hits, Mahoning Valley coasted over Williamsport, 12-4 . . . 2B Josh Tobias, single, 2 2B; hitting .296 . . . CF Zach Coppola, 1-3, 11th stolen base; hitting .321.
Next: Alejandro Arteaga (3-0) 7:05 in Hudson Valley.
Gulf Coast League Phillies (18-5, 1st place, Northwest Division)
Defeated Yankees2, 7-5 . . . CF Juan Luis, single, 2B, HR (2nd), 3 RBI, 8th SB . . . 2B Jonathan Arauz, 3 singles . . . WP: Zach Morris (2-0); SV: Sutter McLoughlin (4), 0 R n 9.1 IP as a pro, 0 BB, 12 SO, 2 H.
Next: 12 noon today at Yankees2.
Lehigh Valley: OF Ethan Chapman, released; OF Brian Bogusevic, returned from Pan Am Games; signed C Erik Kratz.
Reading: RHP Reinier Roibal, placed on DL (right groin strain); C Logan Moore, from Lehigh Valley.
Today in Phillies History
1973: RF Hank Aaron hits his 700th home run off LHP Ken Brett during the Braves’ 8-4 loss to the Phillies at Atlanta.
1997: RHP Curt Schilling strikes out 15, the most by a Phillies pitcher since Steve Carlton’s 16 in 1982, but loses, 3-2, to Pittsburgh. After 17 years with the organization, C Darren Daulton is traded to the Florida Marlins for Billy McMillon.
One of the neat things about the Toyota Alumni Night pre-game introductions is a chance for the former players to mingle with the current ones, such as Charlie Manual and Carlos Ruiz. Nearly 50 Alumni will be at Citizens Bank Park on August 1. With the trading deadline at 4 p.m. the day before, there might be some new alumni.