July 2015

California Week

A week in California.  Fine, if you are a tourist.  Not so fine if you are the Phillies as the week includes four games against the first-place Dodgers and three against the second-place Giants. It all starts tonight in Dodger Stadium, the first time the Phillies and Rollins meet.

In Atlanta over the weekend the Phillies got two great performances from starters but only won one of the two, including Sunday’s 10-inning, 4-0 decision.  Morgan (Friday) and Hamels (Sunday) each turned in the best outings for a starter in weeks.

Offensively, the Phillies out-hit the Braves in the series, 32-24 but with RISP only 6-28. Hernandez was 6-12 in the three games, two RBI and two steals.  He’s hit in 10 straight games, which include six multi-hit games.  Galvis was also 6-12; he has five multi-hit games in his seven-game hitting streak.  Two more building blocks for the future.

The Braves hit three homers which is newsworthy in that they are last in the NL with 50.  On the other hand, the Dodgers lead with 104.  The Phillies and Brewers have given up the most, 94.

Elias Sports Bureau
It’s the third time the Phillies played a game that was scoreless through nine innings this season, the most such games they have played in a single season since 1980. The Phillies and Braves have played 703 games against each other since the Braves began playing in Atlanta in 1966 and it’s only the third of those games that was scoreless through nine innings. The other such games between those two teams occurred on May 29, 1974 and on April 17, 2005.

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (36-49, 5th place)
Won 2 of 3 in Rochester, giving them 7 wins in their last 8 games.  Loss was 6-5 in 16 innings on Friday night.  At one point the LV staff didn’t allow a base runner for 9.2 innings and a hit for 10.2 innings.  LV batters struck out 23 times and left 27 on base.  C Logan Moore’s RBI single in the 8th gave the IronPigs a 4-3 Saturday win. WP: Seth Rosin (3-1); SV: Adam Loewen (3). ND: Aaron Nola, 6-9-4-4-0-6, 1 HR. Jason Berken (5-5) won on Sunday, 8.2-5-2-2-2-2; SV: Dustin McGowan (5).  Tyler Henson was 7-17 over the weekend, 4 RBI. He’s hit in eight straight.
Next: Anthony Vasquez (4-3), 7:05 tonight in Rochester.

Reading Fightin Phils (43-39, 2nd place)
Friday win in New Britain, 12-7, was followed by 2 losses to 1st-place Trenton, 9-2 and 14-2. WP: Colton Murray (1-0); LPs: Mark Leiter (1-3); Colin Kleven (1-1); he retired the first 11 hitters before allowing six runs in the 4th and 5th innings.
Next: Ben Lively (6-6), 9:35 a.m. today vs. Trenton.

Clearwater Threshers (8-3, 1st place)
Won 2 of 3.  First was 3-0 vs. Tampa on Friday; WP: Matt Imhoff (3-3), 6-1-0-0-4-3; SV: Edubray Ramos (8). Fireworks drew 9,966, largest Threshers crowd ever. Split next 2 in Brevard County.  C Chace Numata, 3-4, in 7-6 win for Yacksel Rios (4-2); SV: Ulises Joaquin (9). DH Namata, 3-5 in Sunday’s 5-4 loss; LP: David Whitehead (5-7). 1B Rhys Hoskins, 4-10, 2 RBI weekend. 12 homers and 60 RBI lead all Phillies minor leaguers.
Next: Victor Arano (2-7), 6:35 tonight in Brevard County.  He’s allowed 2 runs in last 17 innings.

Lakewood BlueClaws (5-6, tied 4th place)
6-2 win in Delmarva on Friday was followed by 6-0 win and 7-5 loss to Hagerstown. Saturday’s WP: Elniery Garcia (6-6), 7-5-0-0-2-2; 14 scoreless innings over last 2 starts. SS Drew Stankiewicz, 4-8 in last 2 games, 3 RBI.
Next: TBA, 7:05 tonight in Delmarva.

Williamsport Crosscutters (13-3, 1st place)
Defeated Auburn, 6-1, Friday before losing, 2-0 and 9-2 in Brooklyn. WP: Franklyn Kilome (2-0), 5-3-1-0-2-4. LPs: Jose Taveras (0-1) and Mitch Gueller (2-1). 2B Josh Tobias, 4-7, in 1st 2 games.
Next: Tyler Gilbert makes 1st pro start, 7:00 tonight in Brooklyn.

Gulf Coast League Phillies (9-2, 1st place)
Defeated the Yankees twice, 7-2 in 10 innings on Friday and 8-4 the next day. LF Cornelius Randolph, 3-7, 2 doubles, 5 RBI.  ND on Saturday, Ismael Cabrera, 3-1-0-0-1-6; struck out the 1st 5 batters.
Next: 6:30 tonight at the Blue Jays.

The Phillies acquired the #1 overall international signing slot for 2015-16 from Arizona for two Lakewood pitchers, Chris Oliver and Josh Taylor, and the #9 overall signing slot. The trade will allow the Phillies to sign 16-year-old outfielder Jhailyn Ortiz and avoid penalties that would prohibit them from signing international players for more than $300,000 until the 2018-19 signing period. Ortiz reportedly will get $4 million.

Lehigh Valley: OF Brian Bogusevic, temporary inactive list as he is participating in Pan-Am Games. OF Ethan Chapman, added from Reading.

Reading: OF Cam Perkins, activated from DL.

Lakewood: released LHP Yoel Mecias; activated RHP Shane Watson from DL.

GCL Phillies: RHP Jairo Munoz, added from Dominican Summer League.

Today In Phillies History
1950: RHP Bob Miller beats New York Giants, 9-6, at Shibe Park, becoming first Phillies rookie to start season 8-0.

1980: LHP Steve Carlton strikes out St. Louis OF Tony Scott in the fourth inning for his 2,833rd strikeout, becoming the all-time leader for left-handers.  Phillies win, 8-3, at St. Louis.

2009: Phillies tie club record for most runs scored in the first inning (10) in 22-1 win over Cincinnati Reds at Citizens Bank Park. Shane Victorino ties club record by scoring five times.

Phun Fact
Phillies have had two third basemen win National League Rookie Of The Year Awards, Dick Allen in 1964 and Scott Rolen in 1997.  Each was 22 years of age, same age as Franco.


Tough 10-Game Trip

2015 Franco award

Franco is the first Phillies player to win the rookie of the month award since Ryan Howard in September 2005. On June 22-23 in Yankee Stadium Franco became the first Phillies player ever and third rookie in Major League history to get back-to-back five RBI games.

The Brewers swept their first-ever four-game series from the Phillies, who were 1-7 on the homestand after an 8-7, 11-inning loss last night. Offense battled back to tie in the seventh inning after trailing, 4-0, after one and a-half inning.

Since June 21, Hernandez leads all National League players with 20 hits.  He has hit safely in 10 of his 11 games over that stretch with a .426 average and .481 OBP and six stolen bases.

United charter flight took the Phillies to Atlanta after the game. Three games with the Braves this weekend starts a very tough 10-game trip that includes Los Angeles (J-Roll reunion) and San Francisco. Doesn’t bode well for a team with the poorest road record, 9-29.

LA’s Solution
In the last 16 games, the Phillies had only three starting pitchers throw at least six innings. Since June 16, starters have worked 78.1 innings, fewest in the NL.  Relievers have 65.2 innings, most in the NL.

During last night’s radio broadcast, Larry Andersen quipped, “We need to go to a two-man rotation and a 14-man bullpen.”

Minor Leagues
Players of the Month (June).

2015 Altherr
OF Aaron Altherr, 24, split time last month between Reading and Lehigh Valley, combining to hit .355 (38-107) with 9 doubles, a triple, 4 home runs and 15 RBI. He was promoted to Lehigh Valley on June 23 following a 9-game hit streak during which he batted .405 with 6 multi-hit games. The 6-foot-5, 215-pound right-handed hitter was selected by the Phillies in the 9th round of the 2009 draft and was signed by Brad Holland.

9 March 2015- Phillies minor league headshots, Clearwater, FL

9 March 2015- Phillies minor league headshots, Clearwater, FL

RHP Colin Kleven, a 24-year-old native of British Columbia, Canada, also split his month between two different teams, starting 4 games at Clearwater before being promoted for one final June start in Reading. He combined to go 2-0 with a 1.42 ERA, allowing 21 hits and 8 walks in 31.2 innings (0.92 WHIP). He surrendered just 5 earned during runs the whole month and struck out 23 batters. Kleven, 6-foot-5, 200 pounder, was selected by the Phillies in the 33rd round of the 2009 draft and was signed Tim Kissner.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (34-48)
Won 5th in a row, 7-1, over Rochester.  WP: David Buchanan (2-0), 6.1-7-1-1-3-4. SV: Nefi Ogando (1), 2.2-2-0-0-1-2; hit 101 on the radar gun and averaged 98 mph. SS-2B Chase d’Arnaud, 2 hits, 3 RBI. CF Aaron Altherr is hitting .361 in last 10 games, going hitless only once during that time.

All-Star: INF-OF Tyler Henson has been named to the IL All-Star team for the July 15 game against the PCL in Omaha.
Next: Severino Gonzalez (1-4), 7:05 tonight vs. Rochester.

Reading Fightin Phils (42-37)
Blanked in New Britain on 3 singles, 10-0. RF Kelly Dugan extended hitting streak to 7 games; C Andrew Knapp, 6 games.  LP: Jesse Biddle (7-2), 5-9-6-6-1-7, 2 HR in the 1st inning.
Next: Hoby Milner, 7:05 tonight in New Britain, end of a 7-game New England road trip.

Clearwater Threshers (6-2)
Lost, 4-1, to Tampa, getting only 5 singles.  1B Rhys Hoskins, 2 hits, lone RBI. LP: Ricardo Pinto (2-1).
Next: Matt Imhoff (2-3), 6:30 tonight vs. Tampa.

Lakewood BlueClaws (3-5)
Dropped 4th in a row, 7-5, at Delmarva. 2 hits: 1B Kyle Martin, RF Cord Sandberg, SS Emmanuel Marrero.  LP: Matt Hockenberry (1-3).
Next: Chris Oliver (3-5), 6:35 tonight in Delmarva.

Williamsport Crosscutters (12-1)
5 different players had 2 hits each as Williamsport won, 6-1, over Auburn. 3B Jan Hernandez, HR (3), 2 RBI. C Gregori Rivero, HR (1). WP: Alejandro Arteaga (3-0), 5-2-1-1-3-6.
Next: Franklyn Kilome (1-0), 7:05 tonight vs. Auburn.

Gulf Coast League Phillies (7-2)
Shut out the Braves, 4-0, after losing to them the day before, 5-0. Brandon Leibrandt, in his 1st rehab start, 4-4-0-0-0-5.  WP: Seranthony Dominguez (1-1). 1B Luis Encarnacion, 3 hits, RBI. RF Yunior Reyes, 3 hits, 2 RBI.
Next: Ranger Suarez, 12 noon today at Yankees.

Reading, LHP Hoby Milner from Clearwater. RHS Zach Eflin to Pan Am Games.

Today In Phillies History
1917: RHP Grover Cleveland Alexander pitches 5-0 and 9-3 complete-game wins in a doubleheader at Brooklyn, walking only one batter.

1983: LHP Willie Hernandez ties club record for relief pitchers by striking out the first six batters he faces as Phillies beat New York Mets, 6-4, at Veterans Stadium.

For July 4 and 5 great moments, click on http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

Brewers Hit Parade

The Brewers hit parade continued as they pounded out 17 hits in a 9-4 win.  Harang gave up 14 hits, matching the most he’s allowed in a game.  The other time happened 10 years ago and in Milwaukee.   He’s lost eight in a row, the longest losing streak for the Phillies since Jim Nash dropped eight in 1972.

Franco was again the Phillies offensive star, hitting three doubles.  Last time a Phillies rookie had that many doubles in a game was 1965, outfielder Adolfo Phillips.

Series finale at 6:35 tonight with another Xfinity fireworks show post-game.

Minor Leagues
Prospect Spotlight

2015 Tomscha
3B-DH Damek Tomscha, Lakewood.  In last 4 games, 10-16 with 5 RBI, boosting his average from .266 to .292.  He’s had multi-hit games in six of his last 8 games.  The 23-year-old was selected in the 17th round in 2014 out of Auburn University.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (33-48)
1B Russ Canzler delivered a walk-off single in the 10th inning giving LV a 3-2 win over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. IronPigs have won 4 in a row. Single and triple for LF Tyler Henson and 2B Cord Phelps. WP: Juan Gutierrez (2-1)
Next: David Buchanan (1-0), 7:05 tonight vs. Rochester.

Reading Fightin Phils (42-36)
3-1 win in New Britain moved the Phillies into a tie for first with the host team.  WP: Ben Lively (6-6), 5-6-1-1-2-2.  Was ejected by home plate umpire in the bottom of the 6th.  RF Kelly Dugan extended his hitting streak (14-24) to 6 games with a 3-hit night; batting .413 on the season. C Andres Knapp, 2 RBI, giving him 7 in his last 3 games. SV: Stephen Shackleford (16).
Next: Jesse Biddle (7-1), 7:05 tonight in New Britain.

All-Stars: CF Roman Quinn, SS J.P. Crawford, LF Cam Perkins, 1B Brock Stassi and RH Zach Eflin have been named to the North Division All-Star squad for the July 15  ASG. Eflin will be in the Pan Am Games and Quinn is on the DL with a torn hip flexor.

Clearwater Threshers (6-1)
Third straight win was 5-1 vs. Tampa, behind Victor Arano (2-7), 6-4-1-1-0-4; has allowed 2 runs in last 17 IP. Game was decided in the first inning when LF Andrew Pullin, hit a 3-run HR, #8 for the season. Has 13 RBI in last 5 games.  49 RBI lead the FSL.
Next: Ricardo Pinto (2-0), 7:00 tonight vs. Tampa.

Lakewood BlueClaws (3-4)
Held to 4 singles, BlueClaws were blanked, 2-0, at Delmarva. Damek Tomscha had 2 of the 4 hits. LP: Tyler Viza (4-3), 7.2-7-2-2-1-7.
Next: Ranfo Casimiro (3-5), 7:05 tonight in Delmarva.

Williamsport Crosscutters (11-1)
CF Carlos Duran hit a walk-off home runs leading off the 11th inning to give Williamsport a 5-4 win over Auburn. It was Duran’s 1st HR in the states. RF Zach Coppola, single, walk, 3 stolen bases. WP: Anthony Sequeira (1-0).
Next: Alejandro Arteaga (2-0), 7:05 tonight vs. Auburn.

Gulf Coast League Phillies (6-2)
Were blanked on 4 hits, 5-0, vs. Braves. CF Juan Luis, a single and double.
Next: 12 noon today at Braves.

Lehigh Valley, RHP David Buchanan, activated from DL.

Alumni Notes
Steve Carlton, Jim Bunning and Pat Gillick will be in Cooperstown for the Hall of Fame weekend, July 24-27.  They are among the 47 Hall of Famers who will return for the festivities.

The following weekend is the Phillies annual Alumni Weekend.  Pat Burrell is being inducted into the Toyota Wall of Fame on Friday, July 31, with former players on hand on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.  All living Wall of Famers, except Curt Schilling, will be there for the WOF ceremonies.  Curt has ESPN committments.

Today In Phillies History
1993: In a memorable 12-hour, five-minute doubleheader against San Diego, LHP Mitch Williams’ RBI single in the 10th inning gives the Phillies a 6-5 2nd-game victory in a game that ended at 4:40 a.m.  No big league game ever finished that late before.  With three rain delays totaling nearly six hours, the first game ends at 1 a.m. with the Padres winning, 5-2.

2004: Phillies set club record for most walks drawn in a game with 18, but lose, 7-6, in 16 innings to Baltimore Orioles in Citizens Bank Park.


Flat June Tune

2015 fireworks

Hard to believe but July 1 is here which means July 4 is not far away (shocking, I know) which means fireworks shows.  Next two nights at Citizens Bank Park: Xfinity post-game fireworks shows.

Flat June Tune
22-0 . . . 12 . . . 1-14 sent the Phillies to their fifth straight home loss to the Brewers.  Hamels gave up two first-inning runs and closed the door, leaving and leading, 3-2, after seven innings.  Until last night, the Phillies were 22-0 when leading after seven.  Giles saw his scoreless inning streak end at 12 innings when Milwaukee scored twice in the eighth after there were two out and no one on base.  The Phillies loaded the bases in their eighth with one out and had the first two runners reach base to start the ninth but they finished the night 1-14 with runners in scoring position.  The one hit didn’t score a run. Mercy.

So, June ends 8-19 with starting pitchers going 2-15 something they haven’t done in that month since 1997, also 2-15. The two wins for the starters: Morgan and Gonzalez. Schilling had both 1997 wins.

Now, the good news.  Club record for fewest wins in June is 4-22 in 1997 and 4-19 in 1936.  Most losses: 8-24 in 1945.

Minor Leagues
Prospect Spotlight

2015 Pullin
Andrew Pullin, outfielder with the Clearwater Threshers. Hit his second grand slam of the season last night and also had an RBI single. 46 RBI are tied for the Florida State League lead. 7 homers lead Clearwater. In the 4-game series at Charlotte, the 21-year-old left-handed hitter hit .444 (8-18) with 2 homers and 10 RBI.  He was drafted in the 5th round in 2012 out of Centralia, WA, High School.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (32-48)
Won 3rd in a row, 12-8, over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.  17-hit attack with 7 different players having multiple hits.  DH Tyler Henson, double, 1st HR, 4 RBI, 17th steal. RF Aaron Altherr, 3 hits, 2 RBI, stolen base.   WP:  Anthony Vasquez (4-3); SV: Adam Loewen (2), 4 strikeouts in 2 innings.
Next: Dustin McGowan (1-1), 7:05 tonight vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Reading Fightin Phils (41-36)
Colin Kleven won his AA debut, 6-1, at New Britain, 6-3-1-1-0-4. The right-hander began the season at Clearwater and was promoted last week after a 5-3 start in Class A. RF Kelly Dugan, 4 hits, extending his hitting streak to 5 games (11-19). C Andrew Knapp, 2 hits, 2 RBI.
Next: Ben Lively (5-6), 7:05 tonight in New Britain.

Clearwater Threshers (5-1)
Andrew Pullin’s grand slam keyed an 11-run 6th inning in Clearwater’s 12-2 win in Charlotte. WP David Whitehead (5-6), 7-3-0-0-1-2. Threshers finished with a 17-9 June, winning 10 of their last 11 games.
Next: Victor Arano (1-7), 7:00 tonight vs. Tampa.

Lakewood BlueClaws (3-3)
Lost, 4-3, at Delmarva.  Left the tying run on 3rd with 1 out in the 9th. 1B Damek Tomscha, 2 doubles, HR (4), 3 RBI.  DH Kyle Martin, single, 2 doubles.
Next: Tyler Viza (4-2), 7:05 tonight in Delmarva.

Williamsport Crosscutters (10-1)
10-game winning streak ended, 2-1 in Mahoning Valley. Crosscutters had 4 hits, including 2 doubles by C Gregori Rivero.
Next: Denton Keys, 7:05 tonight vs. Auburn.

Gulf Coast League Phillies (6-1)
Beat the Tigers twice, 2-1 and 1-0 . . . 1B Luis Encarnacion, 3 hits, including a 2-run homer (3rd) in the opener. WP: Adonis Medina (1-0); SV: Sutter McLoughlin (2) . . . LF Cornelius Randolph, walk-off single in the 8th inning in the second game.  WP: Ismael Cabrera (1-0). No decision: Sam McWillaims, 6-2-0-0-0-5.

USA Team
RHP Zach Eflin (Reading) and OF Brian Bogusevic (Lehigh Valley) have been named to the USA baseball team for July’s Pan American Games. The competition runs from July 10 to July 19 in Toronto. Roly deArmas (Gulf Coast League Manager) will be a coach.

Today In Phillies History
1931: Chuck Klein is fourth Phillies player to hit for the cycle in 11-6 victory over Chicago Cubs at Baker Bowl. Right fielder tripled in the first, singled in the fifth, doubled in the sixth and led off the eighth with his 21st home run.