Utley Goes Deep
Pitching behind the count and elevated pitches are a formula for doom. It happened to 22-year-old Zach Eflin last night as the Dodgers hit three home runs off him in three innings. LA won the series opener, 9-4. Since Eflin’s complete-game shutout in Pittsburgh on July 22, he’s given up 20 runs in 13 innings in three starts.
One of the home runs he allowed was hit by Chase Utley in his second at-bat against his former team. A week from tonight, Chase returns to Citizens Bank Park for the first time since being traded to the Dodgers a year ago.
The Phillies had seven hits, two each by Cameron Rupp and Eflin . . . LA had eight extra-base hits . . . Tommy Joseph’s 15 homers are the most for a Phillies rookie since Ryan Howard hit 22 in 2005. Club rookie record is 30 by Willie Montanez in 1971 . . . The Dodgers are 27-9 at home since the middle of May.
Toyota Alumni Weekend
It all begins with a sold-out Alumni Luncheon honoring Jim Thome on Thursday noon in the Diamond Club at Citizens Bank Park. Friday night Thome becomes the 38th inductee in the Toyota Wall of Fame.
The annual Alumni Night takes place on Saturday with several autograph stations and intros of former Phillies starting with the 1940 decade. Pre-game festivities include the presentation of the John Vukovich Award to Larry Bowa. And, Randy Wolf will symbolically retire as a Phillie and throw out the first ball. Placido Polanco will do the same before Sunday’s game. Randy and Polly join Doug Glanville, Mike Lieberthal and Pat Burrell to retire as a Phillie.
Minor League Report
Reading: OF Aaron Brown, activated from DL; assigned to Clearwater.
Players of the Week (August 1-7)
OF Dylan Cozens, Reading… The 22-year-old Cozens batted .367 (11-30) with a double, two triples, five home runs, 14 RBI, three walks, a stolen base and a 1.033 slugging percentage in seven games. In two games from August 3-4, he combined to go 7-for-9 with two triples, five home runs, 12 RBI, a stolen base and seven runs scored. Cozens leads all of professional baseball with 103 RBI and ranks second with 32 home runs. He leads the Eastern League in slugging (.611), extra-base hits (67), total bases (253) and runs scored (90). Cozens, who was also named Player of the Week in the Eastern League and by MiLB.com and right-fielder on the milbpipeline.com Prospect Team of the Week. He was selected by the Phillies in the second round of the June 2012 draft.
LHP Adam Morgan, Lehigh Valley… Morgan, 26, was named the Pitcher of the Week in the Phillies minor leagues, International League and MiLB.com after going 2-0 with a 1.23 ERA (2 ER, 14.2 IP), 0.55 WHIP (2 BB, 6 H) and 17 strikeouts in his two outings. He tossed 6.0 shutout innings on August 1, and then struck out 11 batters in a career-high 8.2 innings on August 6. He has allowed three earned runs or fewer in seven of his eight outings and is averaging just over one strikeout per inning pitched (52 SO, 50.1 IP). Morgan was selected by the Phillies in the third round of the June 2011 draft.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (70-45), International League North Division. 2nd place, 2 games behind Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Phil Klein (1-1), 7:05 tonight in SWB.
Reading Fightin’ Phils (76-38), Eastern League Eastern Division. 3.5-game lead over Trenton.
Tom Eshelman (3-2), 6:35 tonight in Binghamton.
Clearwater Threshers (28-15), Florida State League North Division. 2nd place, ½ game lead over Dunedin, 2nd half.
Threshers jumped out to an 11-0 lead after 5 innings and then hung on for an 11-9 win over Tampa. WP: John Richy (4-4), 6-6-2-2-1-6. SV: Matt Hockenberry (4).
CF Carlos Tocci, 4 H, R. LF Aaron Brown, 2 H, 2 R, HR (1), 3 RBI, BB. SS Malquin Canelo, 2 H, R, 2 RBI, BB, SB. 3B Derek Campbell, 2 HR (10-11), 5 RBI, including a 4th-inning grand slam.
Will Morris (7-2), 7:00 tonight in Tampa.
Lakewood BlueClaws (24-19), South Atlantic League North Division. Tied for 2nd place, .5 game out of 1st, 2nd half.
Won, 7-5, in 10 innings in Delmarva. Broke a 3-3 tie with 2 runs T9. Delmarva tied it with 2 B9. BlueClaws added 2 more in the 10th for the win. ND: Seranthony Dominquez, 6-2-1-1-4-7.
2B Grenny Cumana, 3 H, 2 R, RBI, SB. DH Cornelius Randolph, 2 H, RBI. 2B Damek Tomscha, 2b (25), 2 RBI.
Franklyn Kilome (3-8), 7:05 tonight in Delmarva.
Williamsport Crosscutters (29-21), New York-Penn League Pinckney Division. 2nd place, 6 games behind State College. Tied for wildcard berth.
Won, 3-0, in West Virginia. WP: Felix Paulino (1-3), 7-5-0-0-0-4. SV: Carlos Indriago (1).
1B Darick Hall, 2B, HR (4), RBI. SS Chandler Hall, 2 H, BB. LF Jesus Alastre, 2 H, R, SB.
Bailey Falter (1-5), 7:05 vs. Hudson Valley.
All-Stars: RHP Adonis Medina, LHP Ranger Suarez and OF Jesus Alastre have named to the South roster to oppose the North in the NYP League All-Star Game, August 16, in Hudson Valley.
Gulf Coast League Phillies, (26-11), Northwest Division. 2nd place, 3 games behind Blue Jays.
Rained out at home vs. Tigers East . . . 12 noon today vs. Tigers East in Lakeland.
August 9, 1965–RHP Robin Roberts (6-7), pitching for Houston, blanks the Phillies on
four hits, 8-0, at the Astrodome, his first start in the NL since September 10, 1961,
when he was with the Phils.
August 9, 1976–RHP Robin Roberts is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, NY. Because of rain, induction ceremonies take place in the Otesaga Hotel small ballroom.