Offense Breaks Out

After scoring just five runs in three games in Miami (two losses) guess what happened last night in Atlanta.  The Phillies had their biggest first inning of the season scoring five times.  It paved the way for a 7-5, the third straight time they’ve won the first game of a series on this 10-game trip.  Problem after that was winning another game.

00 Franco

Maikel Franco’s three-run homer followed by a solo blast by Tommy Joseph got the game started for the Phillies.  Franco’s homer was his 19th, five against the Braves who have lost five straight to the Phillies.

Aaron Altherr had three hits in his first game off the disabled list.  Included was a two-run homer in the fifth that gave the Phillies a 7-0 lead and turned out to be the margin of victory.  Aaron Nola won for the first time since June 5 but lasted only five innings (95 pitches), giving up three runs in his last inning. That inning began when Odubel Herrera lost a ball in the lights for a triple.

Franco, Joseph and Alterr, the 3-4-5 hitters, each homered, the second time this month that happened: Cody Asche, Franco and Cameron Rupp on July 3 vs. KC. Before that, Chase Utley, Darin Ruf and Delmon Young against the Braves, August 2, 2014. (Elias Sports Bureau).

Minor League Report

Transactions
Clearwater: RHS Shane Watson, activated from the DL; RHS Ranfi Casimiro, placed on DL.

Lakewood: 3B Jan Hernandez, activated from the DL; RHR Grant Dyer, added to roster from Williamsport. Dyer was an 8th-round selection this summer out of UCLA.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (63-41), 2nd place, International League North Division.
Season resumes at 7:05 tonight in Rochester, Phil Klein (1-0).

Reading Fightin’ Phils (70-35), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.

00 Hoskins
Six-game winning streak vs. Erie ended with a 5-3 loss that started a 4-game series. LP: Nick Pivetta (9-6), 5-5-4-4-3-4. 1B Rhys Hoskins, 2-run HR (30).  Only other player in Reading history to have 30 before August 1 was Ryan Howard in 2004 when he finished with 37.  CF Osmel Aguila, HR (4) . . . Anthony Vasquez (8-3), 7:05 tonight in Erie.

Clearwater Threshers (21-14), 1st, 2nd half, Florida State League North Division.
Lost, 13-5, in Daytona.  LP: Shane Watson (3-4), .2, 5-6-0-1-0. The 6 unearned runs came in the 1st inning. Josh Tobias, who played 2B and then 4 innings in LF, 4-4 in his 2nd game with the Threshers, including 2 doubles, BB, 2 R.  His error paved the way for the big 1st inning . . . Drew Anderson (1-0), 7:05 tonight in Ft. Myers.

Lakewood BlueClaws (19-13), tie 2nd place, 2nd half, South Atlantic League North Division.
Won, 3-2, in 10 innings in Augusta on 2B Grenny Cumana’s RBI-1B, his 2nd hit. Win was the 8th in last 10 games and moved them to within ½ game of 1st-place Hagerstown. LF Zach Coppola, 4-4, 2 R. WP: Austin Davis (1-0); SV: Sutter McLoughlin (5) . . . Jose Taveras (4-7), 7:05 tonight in Augusta.

Williamsport Crosscutters (24-15), 2nd, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
Lost just their 4th home game in 20, 2-1, to 1st-place State College, falling 2 games behind. LF Mark Laird, 2 of the Cutters’ 4 hits, lone RBI. 1B Darick Hall, 10th HBP, most in the league . . . Adonis Medina (4-0), 7:05 tonight in State College.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (21-9), 2nd place, Northwest Division.
2-1 loss to Yankees West at Carpenter Complex. ND: Brandon Leibrandt, 6-4-0-0-1-6; 1 PO. LF Ramon Quinn, 2-4, SB, CS, PO. CF Mickey Moniak, 1-3, BB; has hit safely in 8 of last 9 games, .389 . . . 12 noon today vs. 1st-place Blue Jays at Carpenter Complex.

Top 100
Five Phillies prospects are among the top 100 by MLBPipeline.com:
#3, SS J.P. Crawford
#34, CF Mickey Moniak
#62, LF Nick Williams
#72, C Jorge Alfaro
#73, RHS Jake Thompson

This Date
July 29, 1983
Phillies purchase contract of RHP Larry Andersen from Seattle Mariners.

July 29, 1984
2B Juan Samuel and CF Von Hayes are the first Phillies to hit back-to-back home runs to lead off a game, a 6-4 win over Montreal at the Vet.

July 29, 1989

59D*
Phillies retire LHP Steve Carlton’s #32 in pre-game ceremony before 47,277 at the Vet.

July 31, 1994
LHP Steve Carlton, the winningest pitcher in Phillies history, is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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