When the Marlins won three of four at Citizens Bank Park last week, their bullpen was the difference: 12.1 combined innings, no runs on five hits and four walks. Meanwhile the Phillies pen: seven runs on 13 hits and four walks in 13 innings.
The worm turned in last night’s Phillies 4-0 shutout win in Marlins Park. Miami’s pen: four innings, three hits, four runs (two earned), six walks, 10 strikeouts. Phillies: three innings, one hit, two strikeouts.
Jeremy Hellickson was brilliant, two hits in six innings on 70 pitches. In last two starts, both against the Marlins, he’s given up one run in 14 innings. He’s certainly impressed other teams who have been scouting him as the trade deadline nears (next Monday).
Once again, it appeared that a solid start by one of the Phillies pitchers would go down the drain. Finally in the eighth Maikel Franco walked and scored on Tommy Joseph’s double. Three runs in the ninth iced the game, although the Phillies didn’t exactly mash the ball: one hit, HBP, two walks and two errors.
“Phillies and Marlins are pretty even. They went into tonight, 5-5, this season. In their last 40 games, 20-20. In those games, Marlins have scored 3.7 runs per game; Phils, 3.6. Phillies have an edge in home runs, 30-28. Each team has committed 29 errors,” Phillies radio voice Scott Franzke.
Shutout was the 11th for the Phillies, tops in the majors. And, it was their second combined two-hit gem, Nationals back in late April . . . In case you are wondering, the Phillies record for most shutouts in a season is 26 set 100 years ago, 16 by Grover Cleveland Alexander, an MLB record that still stands . . . 7:10 game tonight requires a “sleep fast night” with a 12:10 p.m. day game tomorrow.
Minor League Report
Players of the Week (July 18-24)
OF Jiandido Tromp, Clearwater… The 22-year-old right-handed hitter batted .471 (8-17) with a double, 3 home runs, 5 RBI, 2 walks, a stolen base and a 1.059 slugging percentage in 7 games. The Aruba native has 15 home runs between Clearwater and Lakewood this season, good for the fifth-most among all Phillies minor leaguers. Tromp, 5-foot-11, 175-pounds was signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent on August 8, 2011. Also named MiLB.com player of the week for the FSL.
RHP Sixto Sanchez, GCL Phillies… The 17-year-old made 2 starts combining to throw 9.0 scoreless innings with 1 hit and 1 walk allowed and 6 strikeouts. He tossed 3.0 scoreless, hitless frames on July 18 and followed that with 6.0 innings of shutout, one-hit ball on July 23. The right-hander ranks 2nd in the Gulf Coast League with a 0.67 ERA (2 ER, 27.0 IP) and 3rd in WHIP (6 BB, 14 H). Sanchez, 5-foot-10, 160-pounds, was signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent on February 20, 2015, out of San Cristobal, DR.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (61-41), 2nd place, International League North Division.
Rained out . . . Jake Thompson and Adam Morgan in DH tonight vs. Syracuse.
RHS David Buchanan was named International League Pitcher of the Week, 2-0, 1 ER, 9 H, 15 IP. Riding a 3-game winning streak.
Reading Fightin’ Phils (69-33), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
Because of a storm, the start of their 7:05 game was delayed until 8:37 p.m. Tyler Viza (4-3) was brilliant, not allowing a hit until the fifth and tossing 7 innings of a 1-0 shutout win. He gave up 2 hits, walked 2 and struck out 5. He began the season 6-2 at Clearwater. The 21-year-old right-hander was a 32nd round selection in 2013. SV: Miguel Nunez (12). 1B Rhys Hoskins had 1 of 2 Reading hits, his 29th HR in the 2nd inning; he’s hit 4 in his last 6 games . . . Tom Eshelman, 7:05 tonight vs. Binghamton.
Clearwater Threshers (20-11), 1st, 2nd half, Florida State League North Division.
Were not scheduled . . . Elniery Garcia, 7:05 tonight in Daytona.
Lakewood BlueClaws (17-13), 3rd place, 2nd half, South Atlantic League North Division.
Rained out . . . Seranthony Dominquez, 11:05 this morning vs. Hickory.
Williamsport Crosscutters (22-14), 2nd, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
Rained out . . . Ranger Suarez and Felix Paulino in DH tonight vs. Auburn.
Gulf Coast League Phillies, (20-7), 2nd place, Northwest Division.
Won 9th straight game, 7-6, vs. Tigers West at Carpenter Complex. DH Mickey Moniak’s 3-run 3B capped a 4-run 7th inning that tied the score, 7-7. C Daniel Garner’s 2B drove in the winning run in the 8th. CF Roman Quinn had 1st rehab assignment, 1-3, 1 R. He last played 6/14 for Reading. WP: Nick Fanti (3-0), 2nd of 4 pitchers. SV: Tyler Frohwirth (5). Moniak, hitting .312, leads the club with 19 RBI . . . 12 noon today vs. Tigers West in Tigertown, Lakeland.
LHR Daniel Stompf cleared waivers, was offered back to Royals who accepted and assigned him to AAA roster.
Lehigh Valley, OF Aaron Altherr, rehab assignment transferred to LV; 2B Jesmuel Valentin, added to roster from Reading.
Reading: 2B Scott Kingery and RHR Jimmy Cordero added to roster from Clearwater.
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.)
Jim finished his first season in a Phillies uniform leading the National League in home runs with 47. He was the Phillies first first baseman to do so.
July 26, 2008–PH Greg Dobbs hits a 3-run homer vs. Atlanta at Citizens Bank Park giving the Phillies a 10-9 win. It was his 20th pinch hit of the season, matching the club record set by Doc Miller in 1913.