Snowball Streak Ends

The snowballing losing streak ended at nine yesterday against the Twins, 7-3. The bats came alive in the series–22 total runs on 38 hits–but the Phillies lost the first two games by the margin of 20-15.

Jared Eickhoff did a job in holding the Twins to two runs through his six innings.  Over the last 17 games, the Phillies have three wins and Eickhoff has all of them.  One of the two runs he gave up was unearned.  He threw 107 pitches and 21 times to first base. One of the pick-off throws was wild setting up the unearned run.  The run scored when Odubel Herrera misjudged a fly ball that fell in for a run-scoring single.

The Phillies pounded 15 hits and got a career-high five RBI game from Freddy Galvis (squeeze bunt, triple, three-run homer).  Cesar Hernandez, in the lineup because Tommy Joseph was ill, had four hits, a walk and three runs scored.

Ryan Howard homered to dead centerfield. Read where his trot around the bases took 26.6 seconds, the 87th slowest home run trot this season. Everything seems to be measured these days. Somebody must be extremely bored.

Against the Diamondbacks and Twins, two teams with losing records, the Phillies finished only 1-6. Now, the Giants this weekend. SF has won 11 of their last 12 games.

5 Things
Five things to know about the Giants:
**They have 20 come-from-behind wins and are 17-8 in one-run games.
**Their six complete games lead all major league staffs; 10 teams have 0.
**RF Hunter Pence, 3B Matt Duffy, RHS Matt Cain, RHR Sergio Romo are on the DL.
**World Series champions in 2010-2012-2014.
**They have won their last three games (2015) against the Phillies at AT&T Park.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (42-32), 3rd place, International League North Division.
Blanked on 4 singles, 6-0, in Norfolk. RHR Phil Klein made his LV debut, 1.2-1-0-0-1-1 . . . David Buchan (3-4), 7:05 tonight in Durham.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (51-22), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
Walk-off, 6-5 win over Akron in a most unusual finish.  Dylan Cozens scored from third base on an intentional walk wild pitch to Jake Fox. Reading pulled off its 1st triple play since 2005, 1-5-6-3. ND Thomas Eshelman, 5-7-1-1-1-5, in AA debut. WP: Joely Rodriquez (4-0). 1B Rhys Hoskins, HR (19), matching Cozens for most in the minor leagues. LF Andrew Pullin, in AA debut, 3 hits, extending hitting streak to 17 games (final 16 in Clearwater). Following the noon game, Reading left for a long trip to Portland, ME; after Sunday’s game there, bus back to Reading . . . Nick Pivetta (7-4), 7:00 tonight in Portland.

Clearwater Threshers (1-0), 2nd half, Florida State League North Division.
After finishing the first half with a 39-29 record, second place, they opened with 7-4 2nd-half win in Brevard County. WP: Yacksel Rios (2-1), 6-7-4-2-2-6. SV: Victor Arano (2), 2-0-0-0-0-3. C Chace Numata led a 14-hit attack with 3 1B, RBI. DH Zach Green, HR (9), 3 RBI. CF Carlos Tocci, 2 H, extending hitting streak to 7 games (14 hits) . . . Elneiry Garcia6:35 tonight in Brevard County.

Lakewood BlueClaws (1-0), 2nd half, South Atlantic League North Division.
DH Wilson Garcia’s 1st HR came in the top of the 10th gave Lakewood an 8-7 win in Greenville. He, 1B Damek Tomscha and 2B Josh Tobias, 3 hits each. Hitters collected 17 hits; pitchers recorded 14 strikeouts . . . Franklyn Kilome (1-6), 7:05 tonight in Greenville.

Williamsport Crosscutters (3-4), 4th, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
RF Jesus Alastre’s walk-off single in the 10th inning gave Williamsport a 2-1 win over Mahoning Valley.  The single was his 3rd hit of the game.  LF Emmanuel Garcia has hit in all 7 games, .348 . . . Seranthony Dominguez (0-1), 7:05 tonight vs. Mahoning Valley.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, Northwest Division
Open season at 12 noon today at Yankees west.

Lehigh Valley: activated RHR Phil Klein; sent LHS Anthony Vasquez to Reading.

Reading: added RHS Thomas Eshelman, RHR Alexis Rivero, LF Andrew Pullin, C Gabriel Lino from Clearwater; placed C Joel Fisher on DL.

Clearwater: added RHS Mark Leiter from Reading, C Austin Bosssart from Lakewood; activated INF Drew Stankieqicz and OF Herlis Rodriguez from DL; released OF Sam Hiciano.

Vintage Photo Gems

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June 23, 1971–RHP Rick Wise becomes the first pitcher ever to fire a no-hitter and hit two home runs in the game as he blanks Cincinnati, 4-0, at Riverfront Stadium. 3B John Vukovich snares Pete Rose’s hard liner to end the game.


June 23, 2012–Jim Thome hits his 609th home run and last with the Phillies, a walk-off blast to give the Phillies a 7-6 win over the Rays.  It is his 13th career walk-off HR, breaking the major league record shared by Babe Ruth and Jimmie Foxx.


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