Giants In Town

All the hype, hysteria and hoopla this baseball season is about the Cubs winning the World Series for the first time since 1908.  Being overlooked is a team that starts a three-game series tonight against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, the San Francisco Giants. Being an even year, are the Giants posed to continue their streak of World Championships, 2010, 2012, 2014?

Since CBP opened in 2004, the Phillies and Giants are even, 19-19, although SF holds an 11-5 edge over the past five seasons. Phillies will face the Giants’ three best starters, who are a combined 32-16.  Great way to start the dog days of August.

Five things to know about the Giants:
**Fresh from splitting a 4-game series with the Nationals at home.
**Sunday’s sellout was their 461st consecutive.
**Since the All-Star Game break, they are 4-11, committing 14 errors.
**Their pitching staff leads the majors with eight complete games; seven teams have 0.
**Hitters have a .333 on-base percentage, third best in the majors.

Phillies are 9-9 vs. the western division.  Next 15 games are against teams from that division . . . Phillies OBP (.295) is last in the majors; their 261 walks ranks second from last; only KC has fewer walks (242).

Deadline Passed
Baseball’s trade deadline passed yesterday with no deals for the Phillies.  Over the next week teams will place players on waivers.  Players who clear waivers can then be moved.

As Ryan Lawrence wrote yesterday at  “The Phillies traded Chase Utley after the deadline last August, traded Joe Blanton in August of 2012, traded Roberto Hernandez (for two useful prospects in Jesmuel Valentin and Victor Arano) two years ago in August, and acquired the likes of Jamie Moyer, Scott Eyre, Mike Sweeney and Matt Stairs after the July 31 deadline in the last 10 years.”

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (66-42), International League North Division.
Moved into a tie for 1st by beating 2nd-place Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 7-1.
WP: reliever Adam Morgan (5-1), 6-3-0-0-1-6. CF Nick Williams, 2 R, HR (11), 2 RBI.  1B Darin Ruf, 2 R, HR (15), RBI. RF Cedric Hunter, 2B, 3 RBI . . . Ben Lively (5-4), 7:05 tonight vs. SWB.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (70-36), Eastern League Eastern Division. Hold a 3-game lead over Trenton.
Lost, 5-2, to Bowie; 10-18 since the All-Star Game break. ND Ricardo Pinto, 6-1-2-2-2-15; gave up a 2-out, 2-run HR in the 1st inning and then didn’t allow a hit through 6. 2B Scott Kingery, 2 H, RBI; hitting .345 since promotion to AA on July 25. CF KC Serna, 2 H, 2 R. SS Angelo Mora, 2 H, RBI . . . Nick Pivetta (9-6), 7:05 tonight vs. Bowie.

Clearwater Threshers (24-14), Florida State League North Division. Tied for 1st with Dunedin, 2nd half.
3-game winning streak ended, 11-6, in Ft. Myers; 6 unearned runs allowed. LP: Elniery Garcia (9-3), 4-6-5-2-3-2. 2B-LF Josh Tobias, 3 H, 2 RBI; hitting .478 since July 26 promotion from Lakewood. 1B Zach Green, 3 H, R. SS Malquin Canelo, 2 H, 2 R, RBI, BB. DH Nerlis Rodriquez, 2 H, 2 R. CF Carlos Tocci, 2 H, RBI, BB . . . Not scheduled today.

Lakewood BlueClaws (21-15), South Atlantic League North Division. Lead Hagerstown by ½ game, 2nd half.
Edged Greensboro, 2-1, behind 3 pitchers: WP Alberto Tirado (3-1), 5-5-1-1-1-9; Jeff Singer, 3-1-0-0-1-5; SV (6) Sutter McLoughlin, 1-0-0-0-0-1. 3B Damek Tomscha, HR (5), 2-run blast in 3rd inning . . . Seranthony Dominiquez (2-1), 7:00 in Greensboro.

Williamsport Crosscutters (27-16), New York-Penn League Pinckney Division. 2nd place, 2 games behind State College.
Scored 3 unearned runs in the 1st inning (0 hits, 5 errors) and hung on for 3rd straight win, 3-2, in Mahoning Valley. WP: Ranger Suarez (5-0), 6-4-2-1-2-6; tied for the league-lead in wins . . . Felix Paulino (0-3), 7:05 tonight in Mahoning Valley.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (22-10), 2nd place, Northwest Division. 2nd place, 4 games behind Blue Jays.
Ended a 3-game losing streak by defeating the Yankees East in Tampa, 5-0. WP: Nick Fanti (4-0), 5-2-0-0-1-8. DH Jhailyn Ortiz, 2B, 2 RBI. CF Mickey Moniak, 1-3, 2 R, RBI, BB, 3 SB . . . 12 noon vs. Yankees East 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.)


Home run #609 was another historic one in a Phillies uniform, a pinch-hit, walk-off homer on June 23, 2012. It was his 13th walk-off homer, a new major league record.  Babe Ruth and Jimmie Foxx shared the previous record. It was Jim’s last home run as a Phillie.

This Date
August 2, 1894–CF Billy Hamilton sets major league record for most consecutive games scoring a run when he crosses plate in 24th consecutive game as Phillies beat Brooklyn Dodgers, 9-8, at Baker Bowl.

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August 2, 1919–1B Fred Luderus plays in his 479th consecutive game for the Phillies, breaking the Major League Baseball record held by Eddie Collins of the Chicago White Sox.  The streak began on June 2, 1916 and ended after 533 games with the 1920 season opener.

August 2, 1970–2B Tony Taylor hits an ultimate grand slam (trailing by three runs in the last inning) to give the Phillies a 7-6 win over San Francisco at Connie Mack Stadium.

August 2, 1984–Phillies beat Cardinals, 3-2, in St. Louis. Larry Andersen’s club record for relief pitchers of 32 2/3rds straight scoreless innings ends when Cardinals score in bottom of the eighth inning with two out.

August 2, 1986–Phillies set a club record with five triples in beating the Chicago Cubs
at the Vet, 12-2, on a Saturday afternoon NBC telecast.  LF Gary Redus has two; one
each for C John Russell, SS Steve Jeltz and 2B Juan Samuel.


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