D-Backs For 4

Best thing about the Blue Jays?  Phillies won’t see them again until spring training.
In taking the last three games in four against the Phillies, Toronto out-scored them, 31-7. Over their last six games, the Blue Jays scored 52 runs. Their one loss was a 7-0 shutout by the Phillies on Monday night.

In addition to giving up the most runs in a game (13) and hits (17), the Phillies committed four errors including one of Odubel Herrera who caught a ball and then threw it in the stands thinking it was the third out.  But, it was the second out.

Phillies pitchers wind up throwing a lot of pitches because the enemy batters work the count while their hitters swing at the first pitch too often.  Freddy Galvis and Maikel Franco each were 0-4 last night.  Each saw a total of nine pitches.  Six Toronto batters saw 20 or more pitches.  Experience vs. youth.

In losing seven of their last eight games, the Phillies have been out-scored, 61-19 . . . The fourth-place Diamondbacks (29-39) begin a four-game series tonight that includes day games the next three days . . . Phillies have won four in a row vs. Arizona at Citizens Bank Park. Since the park opened in 2004, Phillies have a 26-11 edge.  Over-all against the Diamondbacks, Phillies lead 65-57.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (37-29), 3rd place, International League North Division.

00 Knapp

C Andrew Knapp (photo) delivered a walk-off single in the 11th inning as LV swept a 3-game series from Gwinnett. 5th win in last 6 games. ND: Jake Thompson, 8-5-1-1-2-4. WP: Frank Herrmann (3-1). Thompson drove in the 1st run in the 4th inning . . . Ben Lively (3-0), 7:05 tonight vs. Buffalo.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (48-19), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
Won 10th straight, 5-3, at Hartford, sweeping a 3-game series.  Last time Reading won 10 in a row, August 2-13 last season.  June record: 14-2. WP: Mark Leiter (3-0), 6-5-3-3-1-5. SV: Joely Rodriquez (1). 2B Jesmuel Valentin, 3 H, including HR (4), 2 R, 2 RBI. RF Dylan Cozens drove in the go-ahead run with a single in the 5th inning . . . Nick Pivetta (6-4), 7:00 tonight in Harrisburg.

Clearwater Threshers (37-28), 2nd place, Florida State League North Division.
Blanked on 4 hits by Dunedin, 4-0. LP: John Richy (1-2), 5-3-2-1-3-6. LF Andrew Pullin, 2 of the 4 hits, extending his hitting streak to 13 games, .385 (20-52) . . . Tonight begins 3-day All-Star Game break. Clearwater has 9 players on the North squad.

Lakewood BlueClaws (27-39), 6th place, South Atlantic League North Division.
Won, 5-4, over Kannapolis on a 2-run, walk-off single by 2B Josh Tobias after the Intimidators scored 2 in the top of the 9th to take the lead. ND: Drew Anderson, 6-6-2-2-0-2. Blown SV/WP: Edgar Garica (1-0) . . . Jose Taveras (2-5), 7:05 tonight vs. Kannapolis.

Williamsport Crosscutters, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
Adonis Medina gets the start, 7:05 tonight, in the season opener vs. State College.

Reading, OF Roman Quinn placed on DL (left oblique strain); RHP Will Morris transferred from Clearwater.

This Date
June 17, 1930–RF Chuck Klein sets a club record with a 26-game hitting streak (May 18-June 17, .482) and duplicates it (July 12-August 3, 1st game, .434).  In between, he hit in 16 of 19 games, .359.  Overall, he hit safely in 68 of 71 games, May 18-August 3, 1st game.

June 17, 2012–Playing in Toronto, Jim Thome leads off the second inning with a home run, his 100th as a Phillie. Thome becomes the 4th player in major league history with at least 100 home runs for three different teams, following Reggie Jackson, Darrell Evans, and Alex Rodriguez.

June 18, 1948–After a 9-1 record with the Wilmington Blue Rocks, RHP Robin Roberts makes his major league debut, a 2-0 loss to Pittsburgh at Shibe Park.

June 18, 1989–Following the Phillies’ 6-5 win over New York, GM Lee Thomas pulls off two major trades, sending 2B Juan Samuel to the Mets for CF Lenny Dykstra, RHP Roger McDowell and a minor leaguer and sending RHP Steve Bedrosian to San Francisco for LHP Terry Mulholland, LHP Dennis Cook and 3B Charlie Hayes.

June 19 1927 –RHP Jack Scott is last Phillies pitcher to pitch two complete games on same day. Scott wins first game, 3-1, and loses nightcap 3-0, at Cincinnati.

Book Signings
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 Saturday, June 18, Barnes & Noble, 4801 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE; 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m.

Yep, I can be followed @ShenkLarry

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