Trip Ends in Phoenix
The Phillies’ nine-game road trip ends in Phoenix starting tonight. After a Wednesday afternoon game, it’s back home for three each with Kansas City and Atlanta.
The diamondback is a venomous rattlesnake. Well, the Diamondback baseball team has been poisonous to the Phillies. Arizona is 6-1 against the Phillies dating back to last August, including four in a row in Philly in the last 10 days. The Phillies are 27-33 at Chase Field and 65-61 overall over Arizona.
Five things to know about the Diamondbacks:
**They are fresh from splitting a four-game series at the Rockies; collected 56 hits, a club-record for a four-game series.
**Tied for fourth in runs scored, third in runs allowed.
**Lead league with 28 triples.
**Have only a 13-25 record at home; out-scored 208-172.
**1B Paul Goldschmidt has hit in 18 of last 19 games; .371 in June.
By The Bay
Phillies won one of three in SF over the weekend, beating Madison Bumgarner and scoring six off Johnny Cueto, their two best pitchers. Bats have done well on this 2-4 trip. Starting pitching has been the issue. Only one starter has worked seven innings this month, Jared Eickhoff back on June 7 vs. the Cubs.
Team left SF last night after a 75 degree day by the bay. Today in Phoenix the high is listed as 109 but only 20 percent humidity. Still 109 is 109. That’s why they’ll be playing the next three games with the roof closed at Chase Field.
Minor League Weekend Report
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (45-32), tie 1st place, International League North Division.
Swept a 3-game series in Durham, 4-1, 7-1, 3-2 in 10 innings. Ended road trip, 6-1. WPs: David Buchanan (4-4), 6-5-1-1-1-5; Anthony Vasquez (1-0), 6.1-7-1-1-2-7; Luis Garcia (6-1). SV: Edward Mujica (18-19). Tied Sunday’s game on a 2-out single in the 9th, scored 2 in the 10th and ended the game by turning a double play with the bases loaded. LF Cedric Hunter, 5-9 weekend, 2 R; RF Nick Williams, 4-13, 4 RBI; 1b-DH Brock Stassi, 3-6, plus 6 walks . . . Ben Lively (3-0) 7:05 tonight vs. Columbus.
Reading Fightin’ Phils (53-23), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
Won 2 of 3 in Portland. LF Andrew Pullin extended his hitting streak to 19 games (final 16 in Clearwater). Left Saturday’s game with a leg injury and DNP on Sunday. Winner that night: Ricardo Pinto (3-3), 6.2-9-4-4-2-4. SV: Alexis Rivero, 1st in AA; 2.1-2-0-0-0-2. 1B Rhys Hoskins, 5-13 weekend, 20th HR, 5 RBI, 5 R; C Jorge Alfaro, 5-15, HR, 3 RBI, 4 R . . . Mark Leiter (3-0) 7:05 tonight vs. Erie.
Clearwater Threshers (4-0), 1st place, 2nd half, Florida State League North Division.
Won all 3, 2 in Brevard County and 1 vs. Daytona. Luke Leftwich won his Clearwater debut on Saturday, 5-4, 5.1-6-2-2-0-5. SV: Ulises Joaquin (6). CF Carlos Tocci, 8-16 weekend, including a club-record 5 hits Sunday (6 AB); hitting .367 in June; 3B Mitch Walding, 5-14, R, 3 RBI, including a walk-off SF on Sunday; 2B Scott Kingery, 7-11, 4 R, RBI, 3 SB . . . Shane Watson (2-3) 7:00 tonight vs. Daytona.
Lakewood BlueClaws (2-2), tie 4th place, 2nd half, South Atlantic League North Division.
Won 1 of 3 in Greenville. WP Saturday, 22-year-old Jose Taveras (photo) (3-6), 8-2-1-1-0-15; set a club strikeout record and most in the minor leagues this season. RF Jose Pujols, HR (14); leads league . . . Tyler Gilbert (4-6) 7:05 tonight in Hagerstown.
Williamsport Crosscutters (4-6), 4th, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
Won 1 of 3. Win was 2-1 on Friday vs. Mahoning Valley, Seranthony Dominguez (1-1), 6-2-1-1-1-4; only 76 pitches . . . Adonis Medina (1-0) 7:05 tonight in Auburn.
Gulf Coast League Phillies, (1-0), Northwest Division
Opened season Friday with 7-0 win in Tampa against the Yankees West. WP: 17-year-old Sixto Sanchez in his 1st start in the states, 5-3-0-0-2-4. Sixto appropriately wears #66. 2B Dan Brito, 3 H. C Nerlius Martinez, 3 RBI. Saturday’s game was suspended after 5.1 innings, 2-2, at Carpenter Complex. It will be completed on July 11. ND: Nicholas Fanti, 3.2-2-1-0-1-8 . . . Tigers West in Lakeland, 12 noon, today.
Lehigh Valley: added LHP Anthony Vasquez from Reading. He’s been on a shuttle between Reading and LV, June 14 Reading to LV, June 17 back to Reading, June 20 back to LV, June 22 back to Reading, June 24 back to LV.
Clearwater: added RHP Luke Leftwich and OF Jiandido Tromp from Lakewood; LHR Daniel Stumpf rehab assignment.
Lakewood: added RHR Alberto Tirado from Gulf Coast League.
June 27, 1931—3B Pinky Whitney sets club record for most consecutive games driving in a run, 10, in a game against the Pirate at Baker Bowl. Steak was stopped in the second game of the Saturday DH. (Record was tied by Bobby Abreu in 2005).
June 27, 1980
LHP Steve Carlton fans the Mets’ Elliott Maddox in the fifth inning, his 1,872nd strike out as a Phillie, establishing a new team record. He also gets the win in a 3-2 victory.
June 27, 2010
LHP Jamie Moyer is the 40th pitcher to reach 4,000 strikeouts during an 11-2 win in Toronto. The Blue Jays runs come on a 2-run homer by Vernon Wells, the 506th career round-tripper given up by Moyer, making him the all-time leader in that category. RHP Robin Roberts held the record.
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