Snowballing Losses

Game time temperature was 85 degrees.  A snowball has no chance to exist when it’s that hot.  Well, the Phillies losses continued to snowball downhill as the Diamondbacks beat them three games this weekend. The series finale is this afternoon.

Sunday’s loss was the sixth straight at home, the longest streak since 0-7 in 2012.
It marks the first time the Diamondbacks have won a series at Citizens Bank Park since 2007. And, it is the first time since 2012 that they lost back-to-back games to Arizona.

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22-year-old Zach Eflin rebounded from his rough debut in Toronto last week but suffered his second loss.  He left down 2-0 after 5.2 innings having allowed just four hits.  The Phillies had a chance to take him off the hook when they loaded the bases with no out in the sixth. Tommy Joseph grounded into a double play which allowed the Phillies lone run.  They finished the game with three singles.

After today’s game the Phillies fly to Minneapolis where they face the Twins in three games before going to San Francisco for three and Phoenix for three.

For the first time in franchise history, the Phillies are wearing five different uniforms
in a span of five days (6/17-21) … On Friday, the Phillies wore their traditional white uniforms with red pinstripes … Saturday, they wore alternate cream colored uni’s … All Major League clubs wore special Father’s Day uniforms Sunday with blue accents … This afternoon, the Phillies will break out their alternate day game red jerseys … And on Tuesday night in Minnesota, their traditional road gray uniforms. So far, the Phillies have multi-colored losses.

Minor League Weekend Report
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (39-31), 3rd place, International League North Division.
Split a 4-game series with Buffalo to end a 10-game homestand. Cedric Hunter’s walk-off double in the 11th inning won Friday night’s game, 5-4. It was the 3rd WO win in 4 days. Teams split a day-night DH on Saturday, 3-1 L followed by 10-4 win in which LV had 16 hits; 6 different players had multi-hit games. Buffalo won Sunday, 5-3, in 11 innings. Weekend: RF Nick Williams, 7-17, 4 R; hitting .342 in last 10. 1B-DH Darin Ruf, 6-17, 3 R, 3 RBI; .361 in last 10 games . . . Anthony Vasquez (0-0) 7:05 tonight in Norfolk.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (49-21), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
Won 4-0 Friday but lost 2-0 and 4-1 the next 2 days in Harrisburg, the 1st back-to-back losses for Reading since May 29-30. Nick Pivetta (7-4) tossed a 9-inning shutout on Friday for Reading’s 11th straight win. He gave up 7 hits, walked 3 and struck out 5. As a hitter, 2-2, RBI. 2B Jesmuel Valentin had 4 hits over the weekend, stretching his hitting streak to 8 games, 7 R, 9 RBI . . . Not scheduled today.

Clearwater Threshers (37-28), 2nd place, Florida State League North Division.
3B Nick Walding won the Home Run Hitting contest on Friday night with 6. Event led the 3-day FSL All-Star Game weekend in Fort Myers. North won the game on Saturday, 1-0. Thomas Eshelman was the North’s starting pitcher. Teammates Elniery Garcia and Alexis Rivero also pitched in the game . . . Season resumes tonight vs. Lakeland, 7:05

Lakewood BlueClaws (29-40), 6th place, South Atlantic League North Division.
Won 2 of 3 vs. Kannapolis.  RF Jose Pujols homered in each game, #11-12-13, including a grand slam on Saturday. Drove in 8 runs in the series. It is the 2nd time he’s homered in 3 straight games this season. Leads SAL in home runs. Luke Leftwich (7-3) won Saturday, 5-2-0-0-1-8. Leads SAL with 88 SO. LF-CF Jiandido Tromp, 7-13 weekend extending his hitting streak to 14 games, hiking his average from .230 to .274. Weekend ended the 1st half of the SAL season.  3-day All-Star Game break starting today in Lexington, KY.  Leftwich, Pujols and 2B Josh Tobias are on the North squad.

Williamsport Crosscutters (1-2), New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
Opened season with a 4-1 win on Friday night and the lost next two, 6-3, 8-1. Adonis Medina (1-0), 6-3-0-0-2-1. Weekend: 3B Lucas Williams, 5-12, .471, LF Emanuel Garcia, 5-11, .455 . . . Felix Paulino, 7:05 tonight in Lowell.

Lehigh Valley, RHP Reinier Roibal assigned from Reading, RHS Yacksel Rios assigned from Clearwater.
Reading, RHR Gregory Infante assigned from LV.
Clearwater, RHP Will Morris assigned from Reading.

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RHP Phil Klein was claimed by waivers from the Texas Rangers on Sunday.  The Phillies assigned the 6-foot-7, 27-year old to Lehigh Valley.  Over the past three seasons with Texas, he was 2-3, 4.80 ERA in 36 games (2 starts). This season: 8 G, 8.2 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 12 SO.  In six minor league seasons: 18-4, 2.24 ERA, 146 G (12 GS), 1.199 WHIP, 227 IP, 323 SO.

This Date
June 20, 1883–Boston wins, 29-4, the most runs scored against the Phillies.  It happens again, June 15, 1887, a 29-1 loss to New York.

June 20, 1952—RHP Robin Roberts beats Cincinnati, 3-1, at Shibe Park.  It begins a stretch in which he goes 21-2 the rest of the season to finish 28-7.

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