Home Run Derby

There’s something about Citizens Bank Park that brings out the best in the Mets.  Cheese steaks, crab fries, super pretzels, water ice, pizza, south Jersey tomatoes?

Trailing, 7-2 after three innings, the Mets powered their way to a 16-7 win as the first seven hitters in their lineup went deep. Hard to believe they came into the game with the worst batting average in the league (.240). Since the start of the 2012 season, the Mets are 24-8 at CBP.

Wright, playing his first game since April 14, hit the third pitch he saw for a home run, his 20th at CBP, most for any enemy player. It started a home run derby in which the Mets set club records by clubbing eight homers and 15 extra-base hits. The Phillies hit three homers.  Combined total is a new record for Citizens Bank Park. The 11 tied the National League record, only the second time in a nine-inning game.

All seven Phillies runs and three homers came off deGrom, who entered the game with a 1.98 ERA. It is the most runs he’s allowed in any big league game and his earliest exit, 2.2 innings.  Gilmartin relieved and held the Phillies scoreless for 3.1 innings.

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (58-71), 4th place, North Division)
Won third in a row, 7-4, vs. Buffalo. DH Eric Kratz, 2 H, 3 RBI. RF Tyler Henson, 2 H, 2 RBI. WP: David Buchanan (4-1), 5-4-1-1-5-1. SV: Dustin McGowan (13).
Next: Sean O’Sullivan (2-2) 7:05 tonight vs. Buffalo.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (73-54), 1st place, Eastern Division)
Ended a 4-game losing streak with a 17-hit attack, 11-5, at Altoona. CF Nick Williams led off the game with a home run.  He finished with 4 H, 4 R, RBI, boosting average to .357. SS J. P. Crawford, 3 H, 2 R, 2 RBI. C Andres Knapp, HR (10), 5 RBI; hitting .381.
WP: Nick Pivetta (2-3), 7-7-4-3-3-5; allowed a 3-run HR in the first inning.
Next: Zach Eflin (7-6) 7:00 tonight in Altoona.

Clearwater Threshers (36-22, 1st place, North Division)
Blanked Daytona, 2-0, on 4 hits.  FSL player of the week, 1B Rhys Hoskins, 2B, 2 RBI. Combined with Lakewood: 34 doubles, 16 HR, 83 RBI, .314. LF Andrew Pullin, 2-4. C Willians Astudillo, 2-4; league-leading average at .332. WP: Mark Leiter (6-1), 6-4-0-0-1-3.  SV: Ulises Joaquin (16). Clearwater’s overall record of 73-55 is the best in the FSL.
Next: John Richy, who came from the Dodgers in the Utley trade, makes his Phillies debut 7:00 tonight vs. Daytona.

Lakewood BlueClaws (30-26, tie 2nd place, Northern Division)
Back in action tonight, Austin Davis (3-5) 7:05 vs. Hagerstown.

Williamsport Crosscutters (40-22) 1st place, Pinckney Division)
Won fifth in a row, 4-1 over State College despite getting only 4 hits. DH Jose Pujols, HR (2), 2 RBI. 2B Josh Tobias, single, 2 R, RBI. WP: Luke Leftwich (2-1), 6-5-1-1-0-6. SV: Robert Tasin (14); only blown save came on 7/21. Win improved home record to 23-10.
Next: Tyler Gilbert (3-3) 7:05 tonight vs. State College.

Gulf Coast League Phillies (33-21), 2nd place, Northwest Division)
Split a pair of 7-inning games at Yankees1, 5-0 W and 11-1 L. WP: Luis Morales (2-0), 6-3-0-0-1-2. LF Cornelius Randolph, 2-2 in second game; hitting .306.
Next: 11 a.m. DH today vs. Yankees1.  It is their third straight DH.

Gulf Coast League Phillies: released P Tanner Kiest.

Updated Prospects List
MLB.com has updated the top 30 Phillies prospects following the Utley trade.  Check it out at http://www.mlb.com/prospects,

This Date In Phillies History
August 25, 1955
Before a double header with St. Louis, the Phillies honor Del Ennis for driving in more runs than any player in team history. Ennis is presented with gifts including a Cadillac, TV, air conditioner, freezer, diamond ring, and fishing outfit. The Phils win both games, with Ennis adding 4 RBI to his record total.

August 25, 1995
LF Gregg Jefferies hits for the cycle, the first Phillie since Johnny Callison did it on June 27, 1963, 5,107 games ago. Phillies bury visiting Los Angeles, 17-4.


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