Atlanta For 4

The Phillies were playing good baseball when the All-Star Game arrived.  While definitely a long shot, they were six games out of a wild card berth.  Staring at them out of the second-half gate were 13 straight games against four teams in the races.

That 13-game span ended unceremoniously yesterday in Miami, an 11-1 licking. It was loss #nine.  The young arms held their own but the young bats disappeared. Offensively, they averaged 2.6 runs per game while striking out 9.2 times per game.

Only Atlanta has scored fewer runs (346) than the Phillies (362) in the majors.  Atlanta is where the Phillies are starting a four-game series tonight against the Braves.

Phil-Ins
The Phillies, with a day game yesterday, got to Atlanta before the Braves who had a night game in Minnesota . . . Aaron Altherrr’s 20-day rehab assignment has ended. He played for the Gulf Coast League Phillies, Clearwater, Reading and Lehigh Valley.

5 Things
Five things to know about the Braves:
**Phillies lead this year’s series, 6-3, but the Braves have won the last four season series.
**They are 14-36 at home, poorest record in the majors.
**4-8 since the All-Star Game.
**Williams Perez who allowed one run in beating the Phillies twice this season is on the DL.
**This is the last season for Turner Field.

Minor League Report

Transaction
Clearwater: 2B Josh Tobias, transferred from Lakewood.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (63-41), 2nd place, International League North Division.
Swept a 3-game series from Syracuse, 6-4. Luis Garcia picked up 6th save, retiring last 2 batters with the bases loaded.  WP: Ben Lively (5-4), 6.2-8-3-3-0-5. LF Nick Williams, 27th 2B, RBI. RF Aaron Altherr, 1-4 RBI . . . . . . Day off today.  Season resumes at 7:05 Friday night in Rochester for 3 weekend games and then back home again on Monday night.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (70-34), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
Scoring in every inning but the second, Reading coasted to an 11-3 win over Binghamton. 3B Jake Fox, 2 HR (18-19); C Jorge Alfaro, 4 1B, 3 RBI; 2B Scott Kingery, 2 1B, 1st AA HR, RBI, 3 R. RF Dylan Cozens, 2 2b (30-31), 3 RBI, BB, threw a runner out at home plate for 11th assist, tops in EL; LF Christian Marrero, 2B, 3 BB, 4 R, RBI. WP: Ricardo Pinto (4-4), 5-5-0-0-3-2 . . . Long post-game bus ride to Erie, 7:05 tonight,
Nick Pivetta (9-5).

Pre-game, Pat Burrell, Nick Punto, Jason Michaels, Eric Valent, Gary Burnham and former broadcaster Steve Degler were inducted into the Reading Baseball Hall of Fame.

Clearwater Threshers (21-12), 1st, 2nd half, Florida State League North Division.
Lost, 2-0, in Daytona. 2B Josh Tobias, 1B, BB; CF Carlos Tocci, 2 H. LP: Luke Leftwich (2-3), 6-4-2-2-3-7 . . . 7:05 tonight in Daytona.

Lakewood BlueClaws (18-13), tie 2nd place, 2nd half, South Atlantic League North Division.
Season resumes at 7:05 tonight in Augusta, Franklyn Kilome (3-7).

Williamsport Crosscutters (24-14), 2nd, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
Season resumes at 7:05 tonight vs. State College, Bailey Falter (1-3). State College leads Williamsport by one game.  Same two teams meet in Williamsport on Friday and Saturday nights.  The Crosscutters are 16-3 at home.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (21-8), 2nd place, Northwest Division.
10-game winning streak ended, 9-3, to Yankees West at the Yankee Complex in Tampa.
2B Dan Brito, 2 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 2 SB. CF Mickey Moniak, H, RBI, SB. SS Jose Antequera, 2 H, RBI, SB . . . 12 noon today vs. Yankees West at Carpenter Complex.

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.)

June 17, 2012–Playing in Toronto, Thome leads off the second inning with a home run, his 100th as a Phillie. Thome becomes the 4th player in major league history with at least 100 home runs for three different teams, following Reggie Jackson, Darrell Evans, and Alex Rodriguez.

Where Is He?

1988_01AT Elia
Paul Hagen’s story about Philadelphia native Lee Elia–where is he and what is he doing—is posted in http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

This Date
July 28, 2002–Phillies’ broadcaster Harry Kalas enters the broadcasters’ wing of baseball’s Hall of Fame as a Ford C. Frick Award winner.

July 28, 2007–Tadihiro Iguchi starts at second base for the Phillies — making him the first player born in Japan to play for the team. (broad&pattison.com)

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