Jeremy Hellickson was outstanding last night and the bats got a Phillies starting pitcher some runs, 4-1. Allowing only one run in eight innings, Hellickson evened his record at 7-7. It was his longest outing since last August 11 when he also went eight innings in defeating the Phillies.
Phillies starters have tossed at least 6.0 innings in each of their last seven starts, their longest streak since May 2-8, 2014. Hellickson has done it eight straight starts, a career high.
Offensive star was Tyler Goeddel who started in left. The rookie had a two-run homer to right field in the first and a run-scoring single in the next inning. He had only three RBI in his previous 43 plate appearances, dating back to June 10. Before the homer he was 0-16. He has seven RBI in six games vs. the Marlins.
Eight wins for Velasquez and seven for Hellickson are more than any Phillies starter a year ago: Aaron Harang (6-15), Cole Hamels (6-7) and Aaron Nola (6-2) . . . While the offense did produce four run they are a chilly 1-17 RISP in the three games . . . 2-4 series and homestand ends tonight . . . Then a short flight to Pittsburgh for a three-game weekend series.
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.)
December 6, 2002: Phillies sign free agent first baseman Jim Thome to a six-year, $85 million contract, signaling the start of a new era in franchise history. When he took the podium Thome broke down and cried, returning after a short break to say, “I hate it when my allergies kick in.”
Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (58-40), 3rd place, International League North Division.
Won 2-0 in Indianapolis to sweep the series. WP: Jake Thompson (9-5), 6-3-0-0-4-5, stretching scoreless innings streak to 22; backed by 3 GBDPs; 6-0, 0.58 ERA in last 9 starts. SV: Luis Garcia (4). LF Nick Williams, 2-run HR in top of 1st, #9 . . . Adam Morgan (2-1), 7:05 tonight in Louisville.
Reading Fightin’ Phils (66-31), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
Lost, 4-2, in New Hampshire; 0-10 RISP. LP: Tyler Viza (3-3), 5-6-3-3-3-2. 1B Rhys Hoskins, HR (26), RBI (84), SB. OF Andrew Pullin, last 4 games, 8-17 . . . Tom Eshelman (2-0), 7:05 tonight vs. Hartford.
Clearwater Threshers (17-10), 2nd, 2nd half, Florida State League North Division.
Won, 5-1, in Bradenton. WP: Luke Leftwich (2-2), 5.2-7-2-2-1-4. SV: Victor Arano (3). RF Jiandido Tromp, 2 HR (3-4); combined with Lakewood, he has 14 for the season. 1B Kyle Martin, HR (13), 2 RBI . . . Will Morris (5-2), 7:00 tonight vs. Ft. Myers.
Lakewood BlueClaws (15-11), 5th place, 2nd half, South Atlantic League North Division.
Won 4th in a row, 2-1 vs. Kannapolis. WP: Franklyn Kilome (3-7), 6.2-7-1-1-1-9, matching career-high in SO. SV: Zach Morris (5) . . . Jose Taveras (3-7), 7:05 tonight vs. Kannapolis.
Williamsport Crosscutters (18-14), 2nd, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
Season resumes, 7:05 tonight in Batavia, Falter Bailey (1-3).
Gulf Coast League Phillies, (16-7), 2nd place, Northwest Division.
Defeated Pirates, 10-6, in Bradenton; fifth straight win. DH Mickey Moniak, 2 H, 2 R, 3 RBI, BB, 2 SB; 8-21 in last 5 games, 6 R, 5 RBI. CF Malvin Matos, 2 H, 2 RBI, BB; his last 3 games, 6-10 . . . 12 noon today vs. Pirates at Carpenter Complex.
July 21, 1973–RF Hank Aaron hits his 700th home run off LHP Ken Brett during the Braves’ 8-4 loss to the Phillies at Atlanta.
July 21, 1997–RHP Curt Schilling strikes out 15, the most by a Phillies pitcher since Steve Carlton’s 16 in 1982, but loses, 3-2, to Pittsburgh. After 17 years with the organization, C Darren Daulton is traded to the Florida Marlins for Billy McMillon.