Burn The Bats
Time to roast marsh mellows over a bonfire of burning bats. Those bats need to be replaced. Another solid outing by a starting pitcher ends up with another one-run, extra-inning loss to the Marlins. Last night, 2-1.
In their last game before the All-Star break, the Phillies scored 10 runs on 13 hits, a 10-3 win in Denver. In five games since the break, the Phillies offense has produced 10 runs on 25 hits. RISP during this time 4-25. Take away the hyphen and you have Phillie Phanatic’s weight.
Tommy Joseph supplied the Phillies lone run with a blast into third row of the upper deck in left field, his second homer in two games. While playing first base he and Ryan Howard have combined for 23 homers. Only the Cubs have more (24) at that position this season. Ryan and Tommy each has hit 13 you say. True. But Ryan has two as a DH and Tommy, one as a PH.
Jim Bunning, Steve Carlton, Pat Gillick and Mike Schmidt will be in Cooperstown, NY, this weekend for the annual Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies. Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza will be enshrined on Saturday afternoon.
Exactly five years ago on Saturday, Gillick was inducted. (Getty Images photo).
Thome Phun Fact
(Jim will become the 38th Phillies legend to be inducted into the Toyota Wall of Fame on Friday night, August 12. Ceremonies begin at 7 p.m.)
During a November 7, 2002, tour of the under-construction Citizens Bank Park
a group of Local 98 IBEW workers on the site carried signs and wore hats that read PHILADELPHIA WANTS JIM THOME. Thome stopped and walked over to shake hands with the workers. “That caught me off guard,” said Thome. Later that night while attending a Flyers game Thome received a standing ovation when introduced.
Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (57-40), 3rd place, International League North Division.
Won 5th in last 6 games, 4-1, in Indianapolis. WP: David Buchanan (6-5), 8.2-5-1-1-2-6. SV: Luis Garcia (3). RF Nick Williams, 1B, 2B (25), RBI, R. CF Cam Perkins, 3-4, R . . . Jake Thompson (8-5), 1:35 this afternoon in Indianapolis . . . Since June 1, LV is 31-15.
Reading Fightin’ Phils (66-30), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
Held to 8 singles, Reading lost, 7-5, in New Hampshire. RF Dylan Cozens, 2 H, 2 RBI, R, BB . . . Tyler Viza (3-2), 12:05 this afternoon in New Hampshire.
Clearwater Threshers (16-10), 2nd, 2nd half, Florida State League North Division.
Getting 11 singles, Clearwater had a walk-off, 6-5 loss in Bradenton. 3B Mitch Walding, 3 H, 3 RBI. RF Aaron Altherr, 2-4, 2 RBI . . . Luke Leftwich (1-2), 10:30 this morning in Bradenton.
Lakewood BlueClaws (14-11), 5th place, 2nd half, South Atlantic League North Division.
Had a day off . . . Franklyn Kilome (2-7), 11:05 today vs. Kannapolis.
Williamsport Crosscutters (18-14), 2nd, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
Lost, 6-4, to West Virginia. 2B Chandler Hall, 1B, 2B, 3 R, BB; extended hitting streak to 8 games . . . Day off today, or, as some people claim, an off day.
Gulf Coast League Phillies, (15-7), 2nd place, Northwest Division.
Won 2 vs. Braves. 10-1 in the completion of Monday’s suspended game. RF Jhailyn Ortiz, 3H, 3 R, 3 RBI; included was a HR (5). 3B Jose Anteguera, 3 H, 2 R, RBI, BB, SB. Starter Sixto Sanchez, 3-0-0-0-1-2 when the rains came, creating the suspension. WP was Nick Fanti (2-0), 5-0-0-0-0-10. Despite having only 6 singles, Phillies won the second game, 5-4. Braves committed 5 errors which contributed to 4 unearned runs. 2, one-out singles and consecutive errors allowed the Phillies to score twice in the bottom of the 9th for the win. ND: Harold Arauz, 4-5-1-0-0-3 . . . Pirates at 12 noon today in Bradenton.
July 20, 1969–During the second game of a double header against Chicago, Connie Mack Stadium PA announcer Eddie Ferenz announces to the crowd that the U.S. had just landed men on the moon. Players from both teams lined up along the foul lines and there was a moment of silent prayer for the astronauts, followed by the playing of Kate Smith’s rendition of “God Bless America.”
(According to NASA.gov, the lunar module landed at 4:18 p.m. EDT. At 10:56 p.m. EDT Neil Armstrong is ready to plant the first human foot on another world. With more than half a billion people watching on television, he climbs down the ladder and proclaims: “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” Photo: NASA).