Morgan tossed a career-high seven innings, the Phillies took a page from the Blue Jays by hitting three home runs and Giles got his eighth straight save in winning, 7-4. The rookie lefty allowed two runs in seven innings in beating Toronto for the second time this season. In his other win, he gave up two runs in six innings.
Frency, Altherr and Blanco provided the long balls that staked Morgan to a 7-2 lead. Five of Frenchy’s last nine home runs have come at home. Altherr got his first major league hit with an RBI double in the first inning and homered in the fifth. He’s the first Phillies player to have his first career hit, home run, RBI, run, double and walk in the same game since Denny Southern on September 10, 1926 versus the Chicago Cubs.
Blanco, who had four major league home runs in 638 at-bats before this season, lined a homer into the right field seats in the fifth. It is the first time he has hit homers in back-to-back games.
In a season in which the Phillies are looking for building blocks, Morgan and Altherr show more hope for the future. Granted, one game by Altherr doesn’t equate to a successful career but it is a start.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (55-70), 5th place, North Division)
Lost, 2-1, at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. LP: Anthony Vasquez (7-6), 6.2-5-2-1-3-0. LF Brian Bogusevic, 2-4, 11th HR. SS Chase d’Arnaud, 3-5. C Erik Kratz, 2-3.
Next: Jesse Biddle (2-3) 7:05 tonight in SWB.
Reading Fightin’ Phils (72-51), 1st place, Eastern Division)
The beat goes on. Reading pounded 17 hits in winning its 15th in the last 16 games, 12-6, over New Hampshire who hit 4 homers among its 8 hits. CF Nick Williams,, 3-5, 3 R. 3B Angelo Mora, 3-5, 2 R. SS J.P. Crawford, 3-5, RBI, SB. RF Destin Hood, 3-5, 3 R, 7th-8th HRs, 6 RBI. C Rene Garcia, 3-5, 2 RBI. Andrew Knapp did not play. WP: Zach Elfin (7-6), 6-6-4-4-1-3-3 HR.
Next: Jake Thomplearwater Threshers son (3-0) 7:05 tonight vs. New Hampshire.
Clearwater Threshers (33-20, 2nd place, North Division)
Won third in a row, 6-2, in Dunedin. 2 hits each: RF Dylan Cozens, LF Andrew Pullin, C Chace Numata, CF Aaron Brown, 3B Mitch Walding. WP: Mark Leiter (5-1), 6-6-2-2-2-5. SV: Alexis Rivero (2), 3-0-0-0-1-5.
Next: Yacksel Rios (5-3) 7:00 tonight vs. Brevard County.
Lakewood BlueClaws (29-23, tie 2nd place, Northern Division)
Ended a 3-game losing streak with a 6-1 win over Delmarva. CF Jiandido Tromp, 3-3. 3B Damek Tomscha, 1-3, 3 RBI. 1B Kyle Martin, 2-4. SS Drew Stankiewicz, 2-3, SB. WP: Elniery Garcia (8-9), 6-5-1-1-2-3. SV: Joey DeNato (9), 3-1-0-0-0-4.
Next: Jario Munoz (1-0) 7:05 tonight in West Virginia.
Williamsport Crosscutters (35-22) 1st place, Pinckney Division)
Lost, 5-0, at State College. CF Carlos Duran had 2 of Williamsport’s 4 singles.
Next: Jose Taveras (5-2) 7:05 tonight in State College.
Gulf Coast League Phillies (30-19, 2nd place, Northwest Division)
Dopped 3-2 decision at Braves. LF Cornelius Randolph, 2-3, boosting average to .308; hitting .364 in last 10 games.
Next: 12 noon today vs. Braves.
Jim posted the following question the other day: “Two of the Phillies’ 2015 draft signees, Ben Pelletier and Reggie Wilson, are in Clearwater but are not on the GCL or any roster. Why? Are they eligible this season? Have they signed a different type of contract?”
Jim, OF Ben Pelletier, selected in the 34th round and OF Reggie Wilson two rounds earlier, were signed to 2016 contracts, a common practice for late-round selections.
This Date In Phillies History
August 20, 1961
Scoring four times in the top of the eighth inning, the Phillies end an NL-record 23-game losing streak behind RHP John Buzhardt, 7-4, at the Milwaukee Braves. The streak began with a 4-3 loss to San Francisco on July 29. Seventeen of the losses came on the road.
August 20, 1986
LHP Don Carman loses bid for perfect game when San Francisco’s Bob Brenly doubles
to start last of the ninth. Phillies win 10, on 2B Juan Samuel’s homer in 10th, the
second time in club history they win a 1-0 extra-inning game on a home run, Ron
Northey in 1944.
August 20, 1991
SS Dickie Thon hits twoout, tworun homer in the bottom of the ninth to beat
Pittsburgh, 6-5. It is the first time since June 28, 1987, that the Phillies come from
behind in the ninth inning to win, a stretch of 346 games.