No Hitter In Minors
It is all a too familiar story this season for the Phillies. A well-pitched game by a starter without any run support.
Last night Jerad Eickhoff was the victim. He allowed just one run on five hits in seven innings with eight strikeouts but received a big L on his record, his 12th, most in the NL. In five of those loses, the Phillies scored one run or less. Miami put the game away with four runs off two relievers in the eighth inning, 5-0. It was the fifth time the Phillies have been shut out.
For the second time in a week, Tom Koehler silenced the Phillies bats. He’s held them to three runs over 14 total innings in two starts. Before that he was ripped for 14 runs while pitching only 16 innings over four starts.
Ichiro Suzuki had one hit, his 2,997th. Will he get to 3,000 this afternoon? Since he started last night it is unlikely he’ll be in today’s lineup.
Hall of Famer Honus Wagner got his 3,000th hit against the Phillies, June 9, 1914, in Baker Bowl off Erskine Mayer. He was the second player to reach that figure.
Hank Aaron hit his 700th home run off LHP Ken Brett during the Braves’ 8-4 loss to the Phillies at Atlanta on July 21, 1973.
For the fourth time on this road trip a Phillies starter left the game because of an injury. This time it was Peter Bourjos. He injured his right shoulder while crashing into the wall on yet another outstanding catch, robbing Ichiro of a first-inning hit . . . Phillies fly to Atlanta after today’s game for four games with the Braves which ends a 10-game road trip . . . Home Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with the Giants and right back out on the road to San Diego and Los Angeles (Dodgers) for six. 16 road games out of 19 means a lot of packing and unpacking suite cases.
Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (62-41), 2nd place, International League North Division.
Swept a 7-inning DH from Syracuse, stretching winning streak to 4 games. 1st game WP: Jake Thompson (10-5), 5-7-5-5-1-3; 7th straight W; gave up a 3-run HR in 1st inning; LV came back with 7 in the 2nd, started by back-to-back HR from RF Cedric Hunter and 1B Brock Stassi (8); Hunter added his 8th HR later. LF Nick Williams, 3-run 2B (26th). SV: Luis Garcia (5).
4-2 in 2nd game. WP: Adam Morgan (4-1), 5-4-2-2-3-6. SV: Dalier Hinojosa (1). 1B Darin Ruf, R (13). RF Aaron Altherr, 1-3, a double . . . Ben Lively (4-4), 11:35 this morning vs. Syracuse.
Reading Fightin’ Phils (69-34), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
Lost, 5-2, to Binghamton. Lone runs were back-to-back homers in the 8th inning by Jorge Alfaro (12) and Dylan Cozens (26). 1B Rhys Hoskins, 1B, 3 BB. LP: Tom Eshelman (2-2), 4-3-3-3-2-2. Reading is 6-7 since the All-Star Game break . . . Ricardo Pinto (3-4), 7:05 tonight vs. Binghamton followed by a bus trip to Erie. Ah, life in the minors.
Clearwater Threshers (21-11), 1st, 2nd half, Florida State League North Division.
Won, 5-4, in Jackie Robinson Stadium in Daytona. WP: Elniery Garcia (9-2), 6-6-3-3-1-2. SV: Victor Arano (4). RF Jiandido Tromp, HR (6), RBI; 4th HR in last 6 games (hit 10 at Lakewood before promotion). CF Carlos Tocci, HR (3), RBI. 1B Zach Green, 3 2B, R, RBI. C Chace Numata, 2 H, 2 RBI . . . Luke Leftwich (2-2), 7:05 tonight in Daytona.
Lakewood BlueClaws (18-13), tie 2nd place, 2nd half, South Atlantic League North Division.
Scoring 3 unearned runs without a hit in the 7th inning, Lakewood rallied to defeat Hickory, 6-3. 3 relieves tossed 5 scoreless innings with Zach Morris (5-1) getting the win, Ismael Cabrera (2) the save. RF Jose Pujols, HR (19), 2 RBI; leads all Class A players in HRs. 1B Wilson Garcia, 2 2B, R, RBI. 2B Josh Tobias, 2 H, R . . . No game today. Instead a bus ride south to Augusta, GA, baseball, not golf.
Williamsport Crosscutters (24-14), 2nd, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
20-year-old LH Ranger Suarez tossed a 7-inning no-hitter against Auburn in the 1st game of DH, 4-0. He walked the 1st batter, started a 1-6-3 DP on the next batter and didn’t allow a base runner the rest of the way; struck out 5. He has yet to lose in the states, 4-0 this season and 3-0 a year ago in the Gulf Coast League.
Scoring 4 runs in the 6th inning Williamsport extended its winning streak to 6 games, 6-2, in the 2nd game. WP: reliever Scott Harris (2-0). 4 different players had 2 hits each. CF David Martinelli drove in 2 runs . . . Day off today.
Gulf Coast League Phillies, (21-7), 2nd place, Northwest Division.
Mauricio Llovera, Kyle Young and Jordan Kurokawa combined for a 5-0, 2-hit shutout of the Tigers West at Tigertown in Lakeland. WP: Llovera (3-1), 5-1-0-0-1-8. 1B Edwin Rodriguez, HR (3), 3 RBI. CF Ramon Quinn, 1-3, R, SB. DH Mickey Moniak, 2-4, including a 2B . . . 12 noon today vs. Yankees West in Tampa.
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.)
April 14, 2004: In typical Thome fashion, he didn’t waste any time. In the first inning, he fell behind 0-2 to Cincinnati right-hander Jose Acevedo. After working the count full, and with a myriad of flashbulbs going off around him, he launched the next pitch into the left-center field seats for his 400th home run. A few days later bronze plaque was placed at the exact location of the historic blast, Section 147, Row 4, Seat 6.
July 27, 1935–2B Jose “Chile” Gomez, a native of Mexico, becomes the first Hispanic player to appear in a Phillies uniform. He is hitless in four at-bats in a 5-0 win over the Braves in Boston.
July 27, 1966–Pitching classic in Dodger Stadium as Dodgers edge Phillies, 2-1, in 12 innings. Winner LHP Sandy Koufax strikes out 16 in 11 innings while loser RHP Jim Bunning fans 12 in his 11-inning outing.