Franco Comes Through

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Jared Eickhoff settled in after a rough start to keep the Phillies in the game and Maikel Franco delivered a two-run, game-winning homer in the seventh for a 5-4 come-from-behind Phillies win.

Nine pitches into the game, Eickhoff trailed 3-0, as he gave up two singles and a homer.  He allowed only one more run in his six innings, ending the streak of eight straight starts in which a Phillies starter didn’t get to the sixth. He now leads the staff with 149.2 innings.

The bullpen of Michael Mariot, Hector Neris and Jeanmar Gomez retired all nine Dodgers, throwing a total of 35 pitches.

Franco’s homer (#22) landed in the shrubbery behind the center field fence.  Ryan Howard earlier sent one into the same area, his 19th.

Phillies finished with an 18-15 record vs. the NL west . . . Howard’s homer was career #376, matching Carlton Fisk for 75th place on the all-time list . . . Ryan and Tommy Joseph have combined for 32 home runs, most in the majors at first base. . . Mariot has two wins in the majors, one over the Angels (with Royals in 2014) and last night against the Dodgers.  He was born in the Los Angeles area . . . St. Louis, riding a four-game winning streak, follows for three weekend games.  Cardinals took three of four from Phillies in their own yard back in early May . . . Fans will receive a replica Harry Kalas statue tomorrow night, courtesy of Toyota.

5 Things
Five things to know about the Cardinals
**Road record (36-23) superior to home (28-33).
**NL leader in home runs (166); 91 on the road.
**Have used the DL 11 times since July 1.
**18-21 at Citizens Bank Park.
**Once won 20 in a row from Phillies, 7/15/27-7/20/28.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (74-51), International League North Division. 2nd place, 3.5 games behind Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Season ends September 5.

Lost, 2-1, in 12 innings in Syracuse. ND: Nick Pivetta, 6-3-0-0-2-9; S0 are a season high. LP: Dalier Hinojosa (1-2). Cody Asche, playing 3B for the 2nd straight game, 2 of LV’s 5 H, including a HR (3) . . . Phil Klein (2-1) and James Russell (3-5), 5:05 DH tonight in Syracuse

Postseason: South winner meets West winner; wildcard (non-division winner with best winning percentage) meets North, best-of-5. Winners advance to the Governor Cup Championship, best-of-5.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (79-43), Eastern League Eastern Division. 4-game lead over Trenton. Season ends September 5.

Defeated Richmond, 6-3, and boarded a bus for a trip across the state for a weekend series in Erie. WP: Mark Leiter (6-2), 6-8-1-1-0-8. SV: Jimmy Cordero (1). CF Roman Quinn, 3 H, including 2b (11), R, RBI, BB. RF Dylan Cozens, 2B (35), RBI (108) . . . Ricardo Pinto (4-4), 4:35 this evening in Erie.

Postseason: Top two teams in each division, best-of-5. Winners advance to championship round, best-of-5.

Clearwater Threshers (33-21), Florida State League North Division. 3rd place, 2 games behind, 2nd half. Season ends September 4.

Won, 3-2, in Tampa. WP: Luke Leftwich (3-3), 6.1-5-1-1-1-4; including Lakewood, he’s 10-6.  SV: Matt Hockenberry (6). DH Jiandido Tromp, 1B, 3B, 2 RBI . . . Elneiry Garcia (10-3), 6:15 tonight vs. Daytona.

Postseason: 1st and 2nd half division winners, best-of-3. Winners advance to championship, best-of-5.

Lakewood BlueClaws (30-23), South Atlantic League North Division.  1st place, 1 game lead, 2nd half. Season ends September 5.

Lost, 4-2, to Hickory. Out-hit Hickory, 12-5, but were 1-15 RISP. ND: Tyler Gilbert, 5-4-2-2-1-4. 3B Damek Tomscha, 1B, 2 2B (27-28) . . . Alberto Tirado (4-1), 7:05 tonight in Delmarva.

Postseason: 1st and 2nd half division winners, best-of-3. Winners advance to championship, best-of-5.

Williamsport Crosscutters (30-27), New York-Penn League Pinckney Division. 2nd place, 8.5 games behind State College. Season ends September 5.

5th straight loss was 5-4 to State College. ND: Adonis Medina, 4-5-2-2-1-1. Cutters had 8 H but struck out 12 times . . . 1B Darick Hall, 2 H, including 12th 2B . . . Cole Irvin (3-1), 7:05 tonight vs. State College.

Postseason: Three Division winners and one wildcard team, best-of-3. Winners advance to championship, best-of-3.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (34-14), Northwest Division. 2nd place, 1 game behind Blue Jays.  Season ends September 1.

Lost, 4-1, when Yankees East scored 3 B8 in Tampa. ND: Sixto Sanchez, 5-4-1-1-0-6; 29 consecutive scoreless inning streak ended in the 1st inning. LF Josh Stephen, 4-12, in last 3 games, 2 RBI, 5th SB. CF Mickey Moniak, 9th 2B; leads club with .302 average. Sanchez, Stephen and Moniak are all 18 years of age . . . 12 noon vs. Braves in Orlando. Saturday, 10 a.m. vs. Braves at Carpenter Complex.

Postseason: Division winner with best record meets division winner with the lowest record and the other two division winners meet in a 1-game playoff.  Winners advance to championship, best-of-3.

This Date
August 19, 1903
Phillies have 10 consecutive postponements, August 10-19.

August 19, 1978

Happy Days
54,288 are on hand when Phillies blank San Francisco, 3-0, at the Vet.  Happy Days softball team, featuring Henry Winkler, plays before the Saturday night game.

August 20, 1961
Scoring four times in the top of the eighth inning, the Phillies end an NL-record 23-game losing streak behind RHP John Buzhardt, 7-4, at the Milwaukee Braves.  The streak began with a 4-3 loss to San Francisco on July 29.  Seventeen of the losses came on the road.

August 21, 1972
Steve Carlton’s club-record 15-game winning streak ends by the Atlanta Braves, 2-1, in 11 innings at Veterans Stadium.

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