Rallies Fall Short

When the enemy bats around in each of the first two innings, it’s going to be a long night.  The Marlins did that, plating four in each of their first two at-bats against Williams.  In his two previous starts, Williams gave up three runs over 13 innings with no walks. Thursday night, he walked four.  The Phillies battled back with three late-inning rallies but fell short, 9-7.

The loss dropped the Phillies Thursday record to 3-10, worst day of the week. Phillies should ask MLB not to schedule games on Thursday next year.

Facing the Marlins tonight, Eickhoff will be the fourth rookie to start this season for the Phillies and their 13th overall.

Scouting Chase
Phillies scout Paul Scott saw Utley play three games and filed the following on May 31 just before the 2000 draft: “Live, athletic body.  Long arms, small waist.  Quiet, but aggressive.  Quick bat.  Sneaky power.  Good, soft hands.  Good instincts and good baserunner.  Active, moves around a lot.  Can drive the ball the other way.  Hitch in swing, but hands and bat are in good position at trigger.  He will be a starting second baseman on a pennant winner.  Top of the order hitter.  Should move through the system quickly.”

Kudos to Paul for hitting the nail on the head.

Alumni Notes
Randy Wolf had his contract purchased by the Tigers from Buffalo (Toronto) where he was 9-2, 2.58 ERA.  He’ll start Saturday on his 39th birthday . . . Marlon Byrd was traded to the Giants to replace Hunter Pence who went on the DL.

Minor Leagues
Prospect Spotlight

2015 H Rodriguez
Lakewood RF Herlis Rodriguez has hit in 20 of last 21 games started, .300 on the season with 17 doubles, club-high 10 homers in 103 games.  A left-handed hitter, he’s hitting .319 vs. LHP. Batting .325 this month. MiLB.com South Atlantic League Player of the month for June when he hit .373. The 21-year-old was signed in 1/29/2011 out of Venezuela.  Twin brother, Helmis, is a pitcher in the same league.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (55-70), tie 4th place, North Division)
Rained out in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Next: Jesse Biddle (2-3) 7:05 tonight in Pawtucket.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (72-51), 1st place, Eastern Division)
Rained out at home vs. New Hampshire.
Next: Jake Thompson (3-0) 7:05 tonight vs. New Britain.

Clearwater Threshers (34-20, 2nd place, North Division)
Scoring 7 in the seventh, Clearwater downed Brevard County, 11-1. C Chace Numata led the 16-hit attack, 3-4, 2 R, 4 RBI. 3B Mitch Walding, 3-4. CF Aaron Brown, 2 doubles, 2 R. 1B Rhys Hoskins, double, triple, 3 R, RBI. WP: Yacksel Rios (6-3), 6-3-0-0-0-5.  Threshers have won 4 in a row.
Next: David Whitehead (7-10), 6:30 tonight vs. Brevard County.

Lakewood BlueClaws (30-23, 2nd place, Northern Division)
11-hit attack carried Lakewood to a 6-4 win in West Virginia. RF Herlis Rodriguez, 2-5, 16th-17th doubles, 2 R. 2B Scott Kingery, double, 2 RBI. 3B Damek Tomscha, 2-4, RBI, R. LF Cord Sandberg, 2-4. CF Jiandido Tromp, 2-4, R, SB. C Deivi Grullon, HR (5), 3 RBI. WP: Manny Martinez (3-1). 4-out save for Matt Hockenberry (14).
Next: Will Morris (5-0) 7:05 tonight in West Virginia.

Williamsport Crosscutters (36-22) 1st place, Pinckney Division)
14-hit attack sank State College, 9-4. 2B Josh Tobias, 3-5, 2 R, RBI. 3B Jan Hernandez, HR (10, 4 RBI. DH Mark Laird, 2-4.  WP: Jose Taveras (6-2), 6.2-4-3-2-1-7.
Next: Franklyn Kilome (2-2) 7:05 tonight vs. Auburn.

Gulf Coast League Phillies (31-19, 2nd place, Northwest Division)
7-2 win on 10 hits vs. Braves.  SS Arquimedes Gamboa, 2-5, 2 RBI, R. 1B Scott Tomassetti, 2-4, RBI. CF Juan Luis, 2-3, R.
Next: 12 noon today vs. Braves.

This Date In Phillies History
August 21, 1949, 2nd game
Fans litter the Shibe Park field after umpire George Barr rules a line drive to CF Richie Ashburn was trapped and not caught.  Umpires forfeit the game to the New York Giants.

August 21, 1972
Steve Carlton’s club-record 15-game winning streak ends by the Atlanta Braves, 2-1, in 11 innings at Veterans Stadium.

August 21, 1990
Phillies tie club record with nine runs in the top of the ninth for a 1211
comefrombehind (trailed 111 at one point) win in Los Angeles.  Carmelo Martinez’
double is the gamewinner.

August 21, 1991
1B John Kruk is hit by pitch for first time in his career, 2,681 plate appearances. Phillies
win, 43, in 11 innings vs. Pittsburgh.


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