Allen Returns for Alumni Weekend

This time it was Herrera who delivered the walk-off hit that gave the Phillies their first-ever series win over the Tampa Bay Rays in Philadelphia.  Until yesterday, the Rays had won their last six series in Philly, dating back to Veterans Stadium.

For the first time since 2011, the Phillies won back-to-back interleague series.  That year they were 2-1 over Oakland, Boston and Toronto. If they are to make it three straight, the Phillies will have to sweep two games in Toronto next Tuesday and Wednesday.  Before that, three day games in Wrigley Field starting at 4:05 Friday.

The win was the Phillies 24th at home this season, six via walk-off fashion.

Toyota Alumni Weekend

Dick Allen
A week from Friday, Pat Burrell will be inducted into the Toyota Wall of Fame.  Charlie Manuel will do the honors. Returning to participate in the traditional pre-game festivities that begin at 7 p.m. is the popular Dick Allen.  He was inducted in 1994.

Nola Fever
Not only was Tuesday’s crowd the Phillies largest non-fireworks crowd since May 14, Comcast SportsNet’s rating was a 4.9, highest since June of a year ago.  Top selling jersey on Tuesday night was #27, Nola.

Elias Sports Bureau pointed out Nola was one of 13 pitchers born in the 1990s to start Tuesday night. Seven more did it Wedneday.

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (44-54, 4th place, North Division)
Jesse Biddle picked up his second straight win, 7-4, over Toledo: 5.2-4-1-1-4-5. SV: Adam Loewen (8), 1-0-0-0-0-1. CF Brian Bogusevic, 3 H, 2 SB. RF Aaron Altherr, 2 H, 2 RBI, SB. 3B Russ Canzler, 2 H, 2 RBI.
Next: Sean O’Sullivan (0-0) 7:05 tonight vs. Toledo.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (52-44, 2nd place, Eastern Division)
Lost, 6-4, at Bowa.  Zach Eflin, making his first start since June 29 because of participating in the Pan Am Games, was the lower, evening his record at 5-5; 4.1-9-6-4-0-3. RF Kelly Dugan, 2 H, 2 R. CF Destin Hood, 2 H.  1B Brock Stassi, 2 RBI. Andrew Knapp was hitless in 1 AB as a pinch-hitter, ending his hitting streak at 20 games (17 with Reading). After the 11:35 morning game, a bus ride to New Britain, CT.
Next: Coln Kleven (1-2) 7:05 tonight in New Britain.

Clearwater Threshers (17-9, 1st place, North Division)
Won their 4th in a row, 5-4, in 11-innings on a walk-off single by 3B Mitch Walding.  It was their 10th WO win and 12th extra inning win.  2 hits each: SS Malquin Canelo, CF Carlos Tocci, 1B Rhys Hoskins, RF Aaron Brown and Walding.  DH Dylan Cozens, in 1st game off the DL, homered.  ND:  Victor Arano, 6.1-7-2-2-1-2. WP: Miguel Nunez (3-2).
Next: Brandon Leibrandt (6-2) 7:00 tonight vs. Jupiter.

Lakewood BlueClaws (16-10, 2nd place, Northern Division)
Won 6th in last 7 to pull within 2 games of first place, 4-0, vs. West Virginia.  It was their 2nd straight shutout extending the streak to 24 scoreless innings. WP: Ranfi Casimiro (6-5), 7.2-3-0-0-2-6; SV: Joey DeNato (6). LF Cord Sandberg extended hitting streak to 10 games; 1B Kyle Martin’s streak ended at 10 games.
Next: Austin Davis (2-2) 7:05 tonight vs. West Virginia.

Williamsport Crosscutters (21-11, 1st place, Pinckney Division)
Dropped 3rd straight, 5-3, in Hudson Valley. RF Jose Pujols, 2 H, 2 R.  CF Mark Laird, 2 H, RBI. ND Franklyn Kilome, 3-4-0-0-0-3.
Next: Jose Taveras (3-1) 7:05 in Hudson Valley.

Gulf Coast League Phillies (18-5, 1st place, Northwest Division)
Game was suspended by rain after 1 inning with the Phillies winning, 1-0, in Dunedin.  Game will be completed prior to regular game at 12 noon today.

Today in Phillies History
1978: LHP Steve Carlton becomes the 78th pitcher to win 200 games with a 13-2 decision over Houston.

Milestone
You have just read the 1,800th Phillies Insider blog, a meaningful or meaningless milestone.  First one was March 30, 2006.  Thanks for reading. Now, be honest, how many times did you fall asleep?

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