Go Figure

Going into last night’s interleague game the Phillies were last in runs scored in the National League and the Twins held the same distinction in the American League. So, what happens? Twins win, 14-10.  Go figure.

The Phillies had a season-high 14 hits, including a season-high four homers. In their six previous games, they scored a total of nine runs. On a night the offense came alive, they lost their eighth in a row as three pitchers gave up a season-high 14 runs on 14 hits. For the Twins, their first game of double figure runs.

For the third straight start, Aaron Nola didn’t make to the fourth inning. He’s been rocked for 22 hits and 17 earned runs in those three starts.  In three innings last night, he threw 71 pitches while giving up eight runs (seven earned). Poor defense didn’t help. Command of his pitches, considered his strongest point, has gone haywire.

Maikel Franco broke a 0-17 spin with a third-inning single, his first hit since June 12 when he homered off Papelbon in Washington. Franco hit his 12th homer in the eighth; ninth on the road . . . Odubel Herrera drew his first walk since June 10 . . . Phillies pitchers have given up 100 home runs; same for the Twins . . . Both starters tonight have ERAs over 6.00.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (41-31), 3rd place, International League North Division.
Won 7th in last 9, 3-2, at Norfolk. WP: Jake Thompson (6-5), 8-7-2-2-1-2; induced 5 DPs; 3rd straight win; SV: Edubray Ramos (3). In 23.2 LV innings, 1 R, 3 BB, 23 SO, 0.76 WHIP. CF Cedric Hunter, 2 2B, 1B, 2 BB, RBI . . . Ben Lively (3-0), 7:05 tonight in Norfolk.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (49-22), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
Lost 3rd in a row, 5-2, to Akron. LP: Tyler Viza (1-1), 7-7-4-4-1-5. C Jorge Alfaro, HR (7), 2 RBI . . . Vince Velasquez, 7:05 tonight vs. Akron.

Clearwater Threshers (38-29), 2nd place, Florida State League North Division.
Ended 3-game losing streak with 14-0 win over Lakeland. WP: Shane Watson (2-3), 6-4-0-0-3-6. RF Andrew Pullin, 3 H, 2 RBI. 3B Zach Green, 3 H, RBI. SS Malquin Canelo, 2 H, 4 R, 3 RBI, 2 BB . . . John Richy (1-2), 12 noon today vs. Lakeland.

Lakewood BlueClaws (29-40), 6th place, South Atlantic League North Division.
On 3-day All-Star Game break.

Williamsport Crosscutters (1-4), tie 4th, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
Swept in 3-game series in Lowell, 6-4. 1B Darick Hall, 3 H, HR (1), RBI . . . Adonis Medina, 7:05 tonight vs, Mahoning Valley.

Mickey Time
Mickey Moniak, the Phillies 1st-round selection, left Philly last night for his first trip to Clearwater. Today he’ll walk into the Carpenter Complex large clubhouse for the first time. Hanging in a locker will be his first uniform, #15. A lot more “firsts” will be forthcoming and someday, he’ll make his first at-bat in the majors.  In between, a lot of hard work.

Baseball America named Moniak the High School Player of the Year for 2016.

Gulf Coast League Phillies
Moniak will be assigned to the Gulf Coast League Phillies roster.  That season opens Friday in Tampa against the Yankees West squad. (The Yankees and Tigers each have two teams).  The Phillies are in the Northwest Division with the Blue Jays, Tigers West and Yankees West.  Games Monday through Friday begin at 12 noon; Saturdays, 10 a.m. No games are scheduled for Sundays. Phillies first home game is Saturday vs. Yankees West.  Admission is free at Carpenter Complex. Season ends September 1.

Reading: RHS Thomas Eshelman and RHR Alexis Rivero promoted from Clearwater; RHP Reinier Roibal released; CF Roman Quinn sent to rehab at Carpenter Complex.

This Date
June 22, 1977–Phillies (5) and Cincinnati (3) combine for a Vet-record eight home runs in a wild 15-9 win over the Reds.  One of the eight is a grand slam by SS Larry Bowa.

Alumni Note

Robert John Miller Position: Pitcher Bats: Right, Throws: Right Height: 6' 3", Weight: 190 lb. Born: June 16, 1926 in Detroit, MI (Age 89.253) High School: St. Mary's HS (Detroit, MI) School: University of Detroit Mercy (Detroit, MI) Signed by the Philadelphia Phillies as an amateur free agent in 1948. (All Transactions) Debut: September 16, 1949 (Age 23.092, 8,220th in MLB history)   vs. CIN 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 SO, 0 BB, 0 ER Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1950 season [*] Team: Phillies 1949-1958 Last Game: August 10, 1958 (Age 32.055)   vs. MLN 3.0 IP, 7 H, 3 SO, 1 BB, 6 ER


Right-hander Bob Miller, one of three remaining Whiz Kids from 1950, turned 90 last week in Detroit.  He reflects on the game of baseball from his day and today at http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

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