Beat Goes On
The beat goes on. For the first time since 1970, the Phillies are 9-1 after the All-Star break thanks to a solid starting pitching job by Morgan, 3-2. It is the third straight game in which a Phillies starting pitcher has picked up a win. Five of the nine post-All-Star Game wins are by starters. In 46 games prior to the ASG, starters won three times in 46 games. In his first appearance as the Phillies new closer, Giles picked up a save.
Morgan gave up a home run to the first batter and a run in the next inning but really settled down giving up two runs in six innings, throwing just 79 pitches. Another building block for the future?
The win ended an eight-game Phillies losing streak to the Blue Jays, including six in Toronto. When scoring three or less runs, the Phillies are 7-45; scoring four or more, 31-18.
Elias Sports Bureau
No team that had been at least 25 games under .500 at the All-Star break won nine of its first 10 games after the break. In case you forgot, the Phillies were 33 below.
Players of the Week (July 20-26)
1B Brock Stassi, Reading…Stassi, 25, hit .444 (12-27) in seven games with three doubles, two home runs and eight RBI. His 66 RBI are most in the league, and he also ranks among the top four in average (.315), on-base percentage (.406), total bases (156) and walks (54). His home run on July 23 was his ninth of the season, which is a new career high. Stassi was selected by the Phillies in the 33rd round of the 2011 draft out of the University of Nevada-Reno and was signed by Joey Davis.
LHP Ranger Suarez, GCL Phillies…Suarez, a 20-year-old lefthander, started one game, tossing 6.0 scoreless innings while allowing only two hits and a walk against the GCL Yankees. He struck out five batters. He has allowed only two earned runs in 27.2 innings pitched while allowing 15 hits and four walks. Suarez was signed as an amateur free agent in April of 2012 by the Phillies and Jesus Mendez.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (47-57, 4th place, North Division)
Dropped 5-3 decision at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. ND: Jesse Biddle, 5-1-2-1-5-4. LP: Cesar Jimenez (2-4). RF Brian Bogusevic, 2-4. CF Aaron Altherr, 2-3, RBI.
Next: Sean O’Sullivan (0-0) 7:05 tonight vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Reading Fightin’ Phils (55-48, 3rd place, Eastern Division)
Kelly Dugan’s 2-out walk-off single capped a 4-run 9th inning as Reading ended a 3-game losing streak, 4-3, over Erie. C Andrew Knapp doubled in 2 runs and 3B Harold Martinez followed with an RBI double to set up Dugan’s heroics. WP: Colton Murray (6-1; ND: Chris Leroux, 7-6-2-2-1-5. 1B Brock Stassi, 22nd-23rd doubles; previous career high was 12 a year ago.
Next: Ben Lively (7-7) 12:05 this afternoon vs. Erie.
Clearwater Threshers (21-12, 1st place, North Division)
Split a pair vs. Bradenton, 4-1 W and 2-1 L. WP: Victor Arano (4-9), 6-5-1-0-3-3. Started season 0-7 but is 4-2 in last 9 starts. SV: Ulises Joaquin (13). ND in 2-1 loss: Yacksel Rios, 5-3-1-1-0-5. LP: Alexis Rivero (0-2). CF Carlos Tocci, 3-7 and SS Malquin Canelo, 3-5, in the DH.
Next: Brandon Leibrandt (6-2) 10:30 this morning at Bradenton.
Lakewood BlueClaws (19-13, 2nd place, Northern Division)
Lost, 3-1, to Kannapolis. LP: Ranfi Casimiro (6-6) had his 4-game win streak end, 6.2-7-3-2-3-5.
Next: Day off for a bus ride to West Virginia.
Williamsport Crosscutters (25-12, 1st place, Pinckney Division)
Won, 6-5, vs. Lowell. C Gregori Rivero, HR (3), 2 RBI. LF Vinn Biter, 2-run double. WP: Sutter McLoughlin (1-0), 4 SO in 1.1 IP. SV: Robert Tasin (7).
Next: Franklyn Kilome (2-0) 7:05 tonight vs. Lowell.
Gulf Coast League Phillies (20-10, 1st place, Northwest Division)
Finally got to play and lost two to the Pirates by the same 4-3 score. Pittsburgh won the second game (7 innings) with 4 runs in their last at-bat, the final two on a walk-off HR off Horace Stubblefield, his first HR and blown save as a pro. Phillies 3 runs came on a 2-run HR by C Edgar Cabral (2) and 1st pro HR by RF Bryan Martelo.
Next: 12 noon today at Tigers.
RHP Nick Pivetta . . . 22 years of age . . . 6-foot-5, 220 . . . Former Canadian Junior National Team star . . . 4th round selection by Washington in 2013 . . . 10th best Washington prospect by Baseball America; 13th by MLB.com . . . Began season at Potomac (Class A Carolina League), 7-4, 3.02 ERA, and promoted to Harrisburg (Class AA Eastern League) on July 5, 0-2, 7.20 . . . Selected to Carolina League All-Star team . . . 21-15, 3.60 ERA, in two pro seasons, 201 strikeouts in 267.2 innings . . . In MLB.com’s new listing of Phillies minor league prospects, Pivetta has moved into the 10th spot . . . He’ll join the Reading Fightin’ Phils.
Today in Phillies History
1983: Phillies purchase contract of RHP Larry Andersen from Seattle Mariners.
1984: 2B Juan Samuel and CF Von Hayes are the first Phillies to hit back-to-back home runs to lead off a game, a 6-4 win over Montreal at the Vet.
1989: Phillies retire LHP Steve Carlton’s #32 in pre-game ceremony before 47,277 at the Vet.
Tweet of the Day
Yesterday from Jerry Crasnick, ESPN.com:
“There’s no better place for Jonathan Papelbon than Washington, D.C. He can moonlight as a diplomat in his spare time.”