Phils, Jays Now At CBP
It took Zach Eflin two minutes to strike out the first hitter he faced in the majors. Apparently the baseball Gods weren’t too happy with that strikeout. “Kid, it ain’t gonna be that easy up here.” Less than an hour later, he left the mound after just 2.2 innings, allowing nine runs, eight earned. He was tagged for three home runs, one more than he yielded in 68.1 AAA innings.
Toronto’s lineup puts a hurt on a lot of pitchers, rookies or grizzled veterans. The Jays’ 89 home runs rank fourth highest in the majors.
When the 22-year-old rookie left the game, he sat alone in the Phillies dugout for a while before Carlos Ruiz moved in and chatted. Chooch mentor. Not surprising.
The eight earned runs allowed are the most by a Phillies pitcher in his major league debut since Russ Miller in 1927. The following season, the 28-year-old Miller set a club record by going winless for the entire season, 0-12, in 34 games, 12 starts. No one will ever break that dubious record.
Elias Sports Bureau: Eflin is the third player in modern major-league history to allow nine or more runs in less than three innings pitched in his major league debut. The other two are Stefan Wever for the Yankees in 1982 and A. J. Cole for the Nationals in 2015.
Last Phillies rookie hurler to give up eight earned runs in a game, Gavin Floyd in 2005.
Eflin was the 14th player to make his major league debut for the Phillies since the beginning of the 2015 season. 10 of the 14 are pitchers . . . Phillies pitchers retired the Blue Jays 1-2-3 in just one inning during the two games, the second inning on Monday . . . The same teams play at Citizens Bank Park tonight and tomorrow night. They had a similar series at CBP a year ago. Each team won one, scored 11 runs and hit four homers. The Blue Jays hold a 15-10 edge at CBP . . . Arizona follows for four games.
Minor League Report
Players of the Week (June 6-12)
Reading 1B Rhys Hoskins is the Phillies minor league player of the week. MiLB.com also selected him as the player of the week in the Eastern League. 14 hits included 3 doubles and 4 home runs. He had multiple hits in 5 straight games, homering in 4 of the 5. Hoskins was selected by the Phillies in the fifth round of the June 2014 draft out of California State University, Sacramento.
Lehigh Valley RHS Ben Lively is the Phillies minor league pitcher of the week for the third time this season. He won the International League Award as well as the MiLB.com award for the IL. His 1 win last week improved his season record to 10-0, 3 in AAA and 7 with Reading. Lively was acquired from Cincinnati in exchange for outfielder Marlon Byrd and cash considerations on December 31, 2014.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (35-29), 3rd place, International League North Division.
Scored 5 runs on just 2 hits in the 9th inning for an improbable 7-6 win over Gwinnett. Darin Ruf drove in the 1st 2 runs and Brock Stassic hit a 3-run, walk-off 2B. The winning inning included a hit batter and 3 walks . . . Anthony Vasquez (0-0), 7:05 tonight vs. Gwinnett.
Reading Fightin’ Phils (46-19), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
Won, 8-6, in Hartford, the 8th straight victory and 13th in the last 14, 1B Rhys Hoskins, 14th-15th doubles, 17th HR, career-high 6 RBI; In his last 11 games, he has gone 21-for-47 (.447) with 8 home runs and 19 RBIs. He’s second in the EL in home runs and third in RBI (52). WP: Ricardo Pinto (2-2), 6-7-4-4-1-8. SV: Miguel Nunez (8).
Clearwater Threshers (37-26), 2nd place, Florida State League North Division.
Won 3rd in a row, 2-1, over Bradenton. Threshers trail 1st-place Tampa by 2.5 games with 5 left in the 1st half. WP: Ranfi Casimiro (6-4), 7-4-0-0-0-1. SV: Ulises Joaquin (5). C Chase Numata, 3 H. LF Andrew Pullin doubled in a 1st-inning run and 3B Mitch Walding drove in the 2nd run with a SF in the 3rd inning . . . Shane Watson (1-2), 12 noon today vs. Bradenton.
Lakewood BlueClaws (26-38), 6th place, South Atlantic League North Division.
15-hit attack led the BlueClaws to a 9-3 win over Hagerstown. 6 different hitters had 2 hits each. CF Carlos Duran 3 RBI, RF Zach Coppola, 2 RBI. WP: Harold Arauz (3-4), 5-4-2-2-3-4. SV: Jacob Waguespack (4) . . . Franklyn Kilome (1-5), 7:05 tonight vs. Hagerstown.
Williamsport Crosscutters, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
76-game season opens on Friday night, State College visiting Williamsport. Season ends September 5. Home games played in Bowman Field, which opened in 1923.
Lehigh Valley, LHS Anthony Vasquez transferred from Reading.
June 15, 1949–1B Eddie Waitkus, in his first year with the Phillies, is shot by 19-year-old Ruth Steinhagen in a Chicago hotel room. Critically injured, Waitkus misses the rest of the season, but recovers in time to help the Whiz Kids in 1950.
June 15, 1991–RHP Andy Ashby becomes the first and only Phillies pitcher of the century to strike out the side on nine pitches when he whiffs 1B Hal Morris, LF Todd Benzinger and C Jeff Reed in the fourth inning of a 3-1 loss to Cincinnati at the Vet.
The Fightin’ Phillies is the title of my new book published by Triumph Books. Larry Andersen wrote a hilarious foreword. I’ll be signing:
**This Thursday, June 16, Myerstown (PA) Community Library, 199 N. College Street, 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
**This Saturday, June 18, Barnes & Noble, 4801 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE; 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m.