9th Inning Win

Arizona closer Brad Ziegler and Ryan Howard were college teammates at Missouri State University.  Last night Ryan drew a one-out, bases-loaded walk in the ninth inning against Ziegler to give the Phillies a 4-3 win.  The Phillies were 0-41 when trailing after eight innings.

After four pitches from Ziegler, the Phillies had tied the game in the ninth on two hits. Three batters later, Howard walked forcing in the winning run. Jeanmar Gomez retired three batters, the Phillies lone 1-2-3 inning of the night, for his 21st save.

It marked the first time they’ve won a series since taking two of three from the Marlins, May 16-17-18. The Phillies hadn’t won consecutive games since the last two of that series.

Jared Eickhoff wasn’t at his best but he battled, pitching in and out of trouble. In five-plus innings he threw 105 pitches and had the lead-off hitter reach base in every inning, walk, walk, single, triple, hit batter and home run.  Through it all Eickhoff gave up only two runs. His single drove in the first run.

Maikel Franco homered for the second run in the fifth inning, his 10th on the road. He has three at home.

Since winning the series from the Marlins, the Phillies were 0-10-2 . . . A chance for a sweep in the series and road trip finale this afternoon . . .  After losing the first two games in Milwaukee, the Phillies are 4-4 on the trip . . . In their last 20 games, the Phillies have had one starting pitcher go seven innings . . . Monday’s shutout was the Phillies’ ninth, most in the majors.

Minor League Report
Futures Game
Reading OF Dylan Cozens (Team USA) and Reading RHP Ricardo Pinto (Team World) have been chosen to play in the Futures Game on July 10 in San Diego.  Cozens leads all Class AA hitters in runs (63), is tied in home runs (20) and third in RBI (60). Jim Thome will be the hitting coach for Team USA.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (45-34), tie 3rd place, International League North Division.
Blanked on 4 hits by Columbus, 1-0. LP: James Russell (2-4), 7-5-1-0-0-3 . . . David Buchanan (4-4) 7:05 tonight vs. Columbus.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (55-23), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
Defeated Erie, 7-2. Game included a 1 hour, 46-minute rain delay. WP: Thomas Eshelman (1-0), 5-5-0-0-0-2. 1B Rhys Hoskins, 4-4, 2 R. DH Jake (Fox Trot) Fox, HR (14), 3 RBI. C Jorge Alfaro, HR (9). Reading has hit 97 homers, three shy of last season’s total. They lead all the minors in home runs and wins . . . Nick Pivetta (7-4) 7:05 tonight vs. Erie.

Clearwater Threshers (4-2), 2nd place, 2nd half, Florida State League North Division.
Lost, 3-0, to Daytona. LP: John Richy (2-3), 6.1-7-3-3-1-4. 2B Scott Kingery had 3 of Clearwater’s 4 singles. He also stole his 20th base . . . Yacksel Rios (2-1) 12 noon today vs. 1st-place Dunedin.

Lakewood BlueClaws (4-2), tie 2nd place, 2nd half, South Atlantic League North Division.
Coasted to 12-5 win in Hagerstown.  Collected 16 hits, 2 2B and 14 1B.  RF Zachary Coppola, 4 H, 3 R, BB; C Deivi Grullon and CF Carlos Duran, 3 hits each. 3 RBI: 2B Josh Tobias.  WP: Edgar Garcia (2-0), 4-1-1-0-0-2; 2nd of 4 pitchers . . . Harold Arauz (3-4) 7:05 tonight in Hagerstown. After losing their first 11 games to the Suns, Lakewood has won 5 of their last 6 over them.

Williamsport Crosscutters (5-6), 4th, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
Rained out in Auburn . . . Ranger Suarez (0-0) and Seranthony Dominiquez (0-1) 4:30 DH this evening in Tri-City.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (2-1), Northwest Division.
Lost when Tigers West scored 6 in the top of the ninth, 6-2 final.  Only 2 runs were earned. ND: Will Stewart, 5-2-0-0-2-4. CF Malvin Matos, 3 H, including 1st HR. Jim Salisbury of CSNphilly.com reports that Cornelius Randolph, last year’s #1 selection who’s been on the DL and Mickey Moniak, this year’s #1, will play today in Tampa against the Yankees East, 12 noon.

Reading: LHR Mario Hollands transferred from Lehigh Valley; LHR Tom Windle placed on DL; C Joel Fisher, activated from DL.

Clearwater: RHR Jesen Therrien reinstated from DL.

Lakewood: 3B Jan Hernandez, placed on the DL; INF Luis Espiritu, transferred from Williamsport.

This Date
June 29, 1961, 1st game—Phillies manager Gene Mauch, in an effort to hide the identity
of his starting pitcher, listed three of his pitchers in his starting lineup vs. the Giants,
Don Ferrarese leading off in CF, Jim Owens batting third in RF and Chris Short batting
seventh and catching.  LH Ken Lehman started and was replaced by RH Dallas Green
after one batter. With CF Willie Mays hitting three home runs, the Giants won, 8-7, at
Connie Mack Stadium. Second game lineup contained no surprises.

June 29, 1987–RHP Steve Bedrosian sets a major league record with his 12th consecutive save in a 6-5 decision over Pittsburgh at the Vet.  He extends the record to 13 the next day but sees the streak end on July 2.

Alumni Note

00 Morgan
Happy 90th birthday to INF Bobby Morgan who played for the Phillies 1954-57. Morgan also managed in the Phillies minor leagues (1964-66).

He’s the ninth Phillies Alumnus 90 years of age or older, joining OF Wally Westlake (95), INF Solly Hemus (93), LHP Bob Kuzava (93), OF Chuck Harmon (92), CH Billy DeMars (90), LHP Bobby Shantz (90), LHP Dick Koecher (90) and Bob Miller (90).

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