Good-bye Marlins but not for long. After losing three of four to the Marlins the Phillies are in Pittsburgh this weekend and then in Marlins Park for three games starting Monday.
Jerad Eickhoff, who got roughed up by Miami last night, gets another chance next week. Phils also get another crack at Tom Koehler who dominated them last night. Going into the game he had allowed 108 hits and 52 walks in 100 innings. Last night, two runs, two hits, one walk in season-high eight innings.
It doesn’t get any easier against the Pirates where the Phillies have lost their last six games in PNC Park, scoring just nine runs.
Good news, on the road the Phillies are hitting .260 and are fifth in the NL in runs scored (196). They are last with a .218 average and 149 runs at home.
Five facts to know about the Pirates:
**Since PNC Park opened in 2001, they are 31-16 against the Phillies. Last Phils win, July 4, 2013, 6-4.
**They have scored 443 runs and allowed 437.
**After a dismal June (9-19), they are rebounding in July (11-5).
**They have nearly twice as many doubles (173) as home runs (90).
**Led by five by manager Hurdle, Pirates have 11 ejections this season.
Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (59-40), 2nd place, International League North Division.
Won 4th in a row, 7-3 in Louisville. WP: Adam Morgan (3-1), 7-6-3-3-0-5. 1B Brock Stassi led a 14-hit attack with 3 hits, including 7th HR. 3B Darnell Sweeney (6) and PH Darin Ruf (10) also homered . . . Ben Lively (4-3), 7:05 tonight in Louisville.
Reading Fightin’ Phils (66-32), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
Lost 3rd in a row, 9-5, to Hartford. RF-CF Aaron Altherr, 1-3, RBI & HBP. 1B Rhys Hoskins, HR (27), 2 RBI (86) . . . Ricardo Pinto (3-4), 7:05 tonight vs. Hartford.
Clearwater Threshers (18-10), tie 1st, 2nd half, Florida State League North Division.
Edged Ft. Myers, 3-2. WP: Will Morris (6-2), 7-1-1-1-2-5; retired 1st 17 before issuing a walk; lost no-hitter on a 1-out HR in the 7th. SV: Jimmy Cordero (1). 2B Scott Kingery, 29th 2B, R. C Chace Numata, 2 H,RBI . . . Drew Anderson (0-0), 6:15 tonight vs. Ft. Myers.
Lakewood BlueClaws (16-11), 3rd place, 2nd half, South Atlantic League North Division.
Won 5th in a row, 4-2, over Kannapolis. WP: Jose Taveras (4-7), 8-4-2-2-0-10. SV: Sutter McLoughlin (4). 2B Josh Tobias, 2 H, 2 R, BB. 3B Damek Tomscha, 2-run 2B
. . . Edgar Garcia (2-1), 7:05 tonight vs. Kannapolis.
Williamsport Crosscutters (19-14), 2nd, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
Won, 1-0, in 10 innings at Batavia, scoring without a hit: HBP, BB, SO, SO, BB, WP. ND: Bailey Falter, 6-3-0-0-1-10; had 25 strikeouts in 28.1 IP last summer in GCL. WP: Will Hibbs (1-1). CF Mark Laird, 2 of Williamsport’s 3 hits . . . Julian Garcia (0-2), 7:05 tonight in Batavia.
Gulf Coast League Phillies, (17-7), 2nd place, Northwest Division.
Sixth straight win, 8-3, over Pirates at Carpenter Complex. DH Jhailyn Ortiz, 1B, HR(6), RBI, 2 BB, SB; leads league in HR. CF Mickey Moniak, 2 H, R, RBI; last 6 games, 10-26, 7 R, 6 RBI. 1B Edwin Rodriguez, 1B, HR (1), 2 RBI . . . 12 noon today in Lakeland vs. Tigers East; 10 a.m. Saturday, same 2 teams at Carpenter Complex.
OF Aaron Altherr, rehab assignment transferred from Clearwater to Reading.
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.)
August 22, 2003: Thome hits 35th and 36th homers in 9-4 win in St. Louis to break the
Phillies club record for homers by a first baseman, 34, set by Deron Johnson in 1971.
Thome’s record lasted just three years.
For a terrific story about Thome’s Phillies career, check out Paul Hagen’s feature at