“It doesn’t work that way”
Four batters into the game, the D-Backs scored three runs on four hits off Jeremy Hellickson, who used to pitch for them. He then retired 20 of the next 22 hitters but to no avail as the Phillies anemic offense produced one run….again. They had two on and no out in the ninth but a ground ball double play and strikeout ended a winless homestand (0-6).
It marks the first time the Phillies had a winless homestand (minimum six games) since 0-7 in 1964, September 21-27, the start of a 10-game losing streak that cost them the pennant. Overall they’ve lost seven in a row at home matching a 2012 drought.
In doing a wrap late in the game, Larry Andersen: “The Diamondbacks scored four in the first inning and after that the Phillies won, 1-0.” Scott Franzke chuckled, “Larry, it doesn’t work that way.”
Elias Sports Bureau
During the winless homestand, the Phillies did not score more than two runs in any game. They are one of three teams to do that. The Montreal Expos on a seven-game homestand in June/July 1991 and the Blue Jays in June 1994, when they were the two-time defending champion.
Well, let’s look ahead. Tonight starts three games against the Twins who have the worst record in the majors and then three weekend games in San Francisco, the hottest team currently (8-2) . . . Phils are 3-3 in Target Field and 21-33 in AT&T Park . . . Overall against the Twins, 7-8. Over-all against the Giants, 918-1,254 . . . Nine games left this month. Phillies worst June ever: 4-22 set in 1997. Current record is 4-15.
Minor League Report
Players of the Week (June 13-19)
OF Jiandido Tromp, Lakewood… The 22-year-old batted .467 (13-40) with five doubles, a home run, four RBI, a .733 slugging percentage and 1.248 OPS in seven games. He hit safely in all seven of those games, bringing his hitting streak to 14. The Aruba native has multiple hits in five of his last seven contests. He is second in the South Atlantic League in extra-base hits (33), third in total bases (122) and tied for third in doubles (20). Tromp was signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent on August 8, 2011.
RHP Luke Leftwich, Lakewood… The 22-year-old made two starts, combining to go 2-0 with 12.0 scoreless innings pitched, a 0.58 WHIP (1 BB, 6 H) and 19 strikeouts. He tied a career high with 11 strikeouts in his 7.0-inning start on June 13, and then struck out eight more in 5.0 innings of two-hit ball on June 18. Leftwich has not allowed a run in his last 20.0 innings and a home run this season. His 88 strikeouts and 11.70 strikeouts per nine innings pitched ratio (67.2 IP) both rank first in the South Atlantic League, while his 2.00 ERA ranks third. He was selected by the Phillies in the seventh round of the 2015 draft out of Wofford College. He was also chosen the SAL Pitcher of the Week by MiLB.com.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (40-31), 3rd place, International League North Division.
C Andrew Knapp’s RBI single gave the IronPigs a 5-4, 10-inning win at Norfolk. 6th W in last 8 G. WP: Frank Herrmann (4-1); SV: Edward Mujica (16). 1B Darin Ruf, 3 H, including HR (8), 2 RBI. CF Cam Perkins, 3 H, SB. SS J.P. Crawford, 2 H, 2 R. DH Darnell Sweeney, HR (4) . . . Jake Thompson (5-5), 7:05 tonight in Norfolk.
Reading Fightin’ Phils (49-21), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
Tyler Viza (1-0), 7:05 tonight vs. Akron . . . RHS Vince Velasquez will make a rehab start on Wednesday.
Clearwater Threshers (37-29), 2nd place, Florida State League North Division.
Lost, 8-2, to Lakeland. LP: Ranfi Casimiro (6-5), 1.1-7-7-7-2-1. CF Carlos Tocci, 3 H.
RHR Dalier Hinojosa began rehab assignment, 1-1-0-0-0-1 . . . Shane Watson (1-3), 7:00 tonight vs. Lakeland.
Lakewood BlueClaws (29-40), 6th place, South Atlantic League North Division.
On 3-day All-Star Game break.
Williamsport Crosscutters (1-3), tie 4th, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
Lowell scored 2 in the last of the 9th to tie and won it in the 10th, 3-2, over Williamsport. Winning run was unearned. ND: Felix Paulino, 6-2-0-0-1-5. 2B Luis Espiritu, 2 H, RBI. SS William Cuicas, 2 hits . . . Bailey Falter, 7:05 tonight in Lowell.
June 21, 1964, 1st game–RHP Jim Bunning (7-2) pitches the first perfect game in Phillies history when he blanked the Mets, 6-0, on Father’s Day at New York. Bunning struck out pinch-hitter John Stephenson (photo) on a curve ball for the final out. The slender right-hander threw only 90 pitches (69 strikes). Gus Triandos becomes the first catcher ever to be behind the plate for no-hitters in each league, catching Bunning’s 1958 no-hitter vs. Boston. 18-year-old rookie RHP Rick Wise wins his first major league game in the second game, 8-2.
June 21, 1986–St. Louis scores twice in the ninth against LH reliever Don Carman for an 8-6 win. Steve Carlton starts but leaves after allowing six hits, six walks and six runs in five innings, his last appearance for the Phillies. Four days later, he is released.
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