Night of Firsts
There were a lot of firsts last night at Citizens Bank Park: first start for young Nola, who lost his first game, 1-0, on a home run by the visiting pitcher, the first such outcome in interleague play history and the first time the Phillies have ever lost a 1-0 game on a home by the enemy pitcher. The Phillies has just four hits, one being Nola’s first.
Nola was impressive on a night there was some buzz in the park. The 28,703 crowd was the largest for the Phillies since May 14. His name drew a big cheer when the starting lineup was announced. He got a standing-O after the first and fifth innings when he left runners on base with a strikeout each time.
Going into the game, the Phillies had scored 22 runs, most in the league since the All-Star Game break. They wind up being shut out for the 11th time. Crazy game.
Players of the Week (July 13-19)
OF Cord Sandberg, Lakewood…Sandberg, 20, hit .435 (10-23) with a double, triple, five RBI and 5 runs scored in 6 games for the BlueClaws. He extended his hitting streak to eight games with a 4-4, 3 -run game on July 19 against Rome. Sandberg was selected by the Phillies in the third round of the 2013 draft and was signed by Alan Marr. He turned down a football scholarship to Mississippi State University to play baseball.
LHP Jesse Biddle, Lehigh Valley…Biddle, a 23-year-old southpaw, dominated in his July 17th start, 3 H, 1 BB, 7 SO in 7.0 scoreless innings. It was his first win in 2 AAA starts. Biddle was the Phillies’ first-round selection in the 2010 draft, and was signed by Eric Valent.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (43-54, 4th place, North Division)
Won, 5-1, vs. Toledo behind Anthony Vasquez (6-3), 6-5-1-1-1-2. SS Chase d’Arnaud, 2B, HR (3), 3 RBI. C Erik Kratz, single, 2 2B, RBI. CF Aaron Nola, 2-4, RBI, 5th SB.
Next: Jesse Biddle (1-0), 7:05 tonight vs. Toledo.
Reading Fightin’ Phils (52-43, 1st place, Eastern Division)
Won 3rd in a row, 7th in last 8 games, 6-4, in Bowie. 2 Bowie errors and an RBI single by Brian Pointer accounted for 2 game-deciding runs in the 9th inning. C Andrew Knapp extended his hitting streak to 20 games (Clearwater 3 and all 17 games since promotion to AA: single, 2B, RBI. SS J.P. Crawford, 11th 2B, 4th HR, RBI. DH Art Charles, 7th HR, RBI. WP: Colton Murray (4-1).
Next: TBD 11:05 this morning in Bowie.
Clearwater Threshers (17-9, 1st place, North Division)
Won 3rd in a row, 10-5, at Lakeland, pounding out 15 hits. 3 hits each for CF Carlos Tocci, LF Andrew Pullin (including 10th HR), SS Angelo Mora. C Chase Numata, 3-run triple. WP: David Whitehead (7-8).
Next: Victor Arano (3-9) 7:00 tonight vs. Jupiter.
Lakewood BlueClaws (15-10, 2nd place, Northern Division)
BlueClaws were idle.
Next: Ranfi Carimiro (5-5), 11:05 this morning vs. West Virginia.
Williamsport Crosscutters (21-10, 1st place, Pinckney Division)
Lost, 7-6, in 12 innings in Hudson Valley on a walk-off HR. 3B Jan Hernandez, 4 hits, including 6th HR, 3 RBI. 1B Brendon Hayden, 2 R, 2 2B, RBI.
Next: Franklyn Kilome (2-0) 7:05 in Hudson Valley.
Gulf Coast League Phillies (18-5, 1st place, Northwest Division)
Won 3rd in a row, 3-0, at Yankees2. WP: Ranger Suarez (3-0), 6-2-0-0-1-5; SV: Horace Stubblefield (4). 3B Lucas Williams, 2-3. RF Dylan Cozens, RBI 2B.
Next: 12 noon today at Blue Jays.
Clearwater: INF Angelo Mora, returned from Pan Am Games.
Williamsport: RHP Sutter McLoughlin and RHP Jacob Waguespack, from Gulf Coast League; LHP Juan Figueroa, released.
Gulf Coast League: RHP Lewis Alezones, from Williamsport; INF Luis Espiritu, from Clearwater.
Bobby Abreu, selected to the All-Vet team in 2003, will be making his first appearance during the Toyota Alumni Weekend, July 31-August 1-2.
The former right fielder ranks second on the team’s all-time list in doubles (348); third in walks (947) and intentional walks (94); fifth in slugging percentage (.513); seventh in stolen bases (254); eighth in extra-base hits (585) and RBI (814); ninth in average (.303); and 10th in total bases (2,491) and runs (891).