5-4 Homestand

After the Cardinals powered their way to two wins over the weekend, it’s sort of hard to believe the Phillies finished the nine-game homestand with a 5-4 record.

The Phillies came close to winning two weekend games but Jeanmar Gomez gave up a two-run homer to Jedd Gyorko with one out in the ninth to tie the game on Friday night. St. Louis won in 11 innings.  Ironically, the same scenario came up Saturday night…a two-run lead in the 9th facing the same St. Louis hitters.  This time Gomez got Gyorko to bounce into a game-ending double play.

St. Louis hit seven home runs in the three games to pad their National League lead. Over the nine games, the enemy went deep 24 times, the Phillies 13. The Phillies’ streak of homering in 14 straight games ended Sunday.

Phil-Ins
Jeremy Hellickson became the Phillies first 10-game winner on Saturday night since Kyle Kendrick was 10-13 in 2014 . . . The Phillies are 10-8 in August with eight games remaining . . . Phillies flew to Chicago after the game and have a day off in the windy city today. Two-game series against the White Sox starts Tuesday night . . . Phillies are 8-8 in interleague play  . . .  Another day off Thursday is followed by a weekend series against the Mets in New York.

Minor League Report
With two weeks left in their respective seasons all 6 Phillies minor league teams are in the running for postseason play.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (76-54), International League North Division. 2nd place, 4 games behind Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Season ends September 5.

Won a DH on Friday, lost Saturday and rained out on Sunday in Syracuse.  That game was canceled as it was the last meeting of the two clubs . . . 4-3 W, Friday, 1st game-Phil Klein (3-1), 6.1-5-3-2-1-9; runs came in B7, snapping a scoreless streak of 18 innings . . . 3-2, 8-inning W, Friday, 2nd game-WP: Elvis Araujo (1-0) . . . Luis Garcia saved both games, #9-10 . . . 6-5 L on Saturday; Syracuse WP: Justin DeFratus (1-1).

OF Cam Perkins, 5-13 weekend, 2B, RBI, SB . . . 1B/DH Brock Stassi, 3-8, HR (11), 3 RBI . . . 1B-DH-LF Darin Ruf, 5-9, 2B, HR (18), 4 RBI.

Anthony Vasquez (3-0), 7:05 tonight vs, 1st-place Scranton.

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 . . . IronPigs have the best record for a non-division winner.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (82-44), Eastern League Eastern Division. 4.5-game lead over Trenton. Season ends September 5.

Took 3 of 4 in Erie . . . Friday night, 9-1 W in July 31 suspended game (Reading led 2-0 after 1.5 Innings). WP: Ricardo Pinto (5-4), 8-5-1-1-3-4 . . . 10-6 in regularly scheduled game, WP: Alexis Rivero (1-1) . . . 5-2 on Saturday, WP: John Richy (3-3), 6-6-1-1-2-4. SV: Miguel Nunez (16) . . . 12-4 L Sunday, LP: Tom Eshelman (4-4), 3-10-8-6-1-4.

RF/CF Dylan Cozens in DH Friday, 5-9, 2B (26), 2 HR (36-37), 6 RBI (114), SB (20); rest of weekend, 0-8, SB (21) . . . CF/RF Ramon Quinn, 4-14, in 3 games, 3B (6), HR (4), 2 RBI, 2 SB (28-29), 2 assists . . . C Jorge Alfaro, 4-9, in 2 games, 2 2B, HR (13), 4 RBI . . . LF Andrew Pullin on Sunday, 2B (9), 2 HR (9-10), 2 RBI.

Tyler Viza (4-4), 7:05 tonight in Akron.

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

Clearwater Threshers (35-22), Florida State League North Division. 2nd place, 2 games behind, 2nd half. Season ends September 4.

Won 2 of 3 vs. Daytona . . . 8-3 L Friday: Elniery Garcia (10-4), 5-9-5-5-1-1 . . . 5-1 W Saturday: Will Morris (8-3), 5.2-4-1-1-2-4 . . . 15-0, 19-hit romp Sunday: Drew Anderson (2-1), 5-3-0-0-1-4.

OF Zach Coppola, 8-13, weekend, 3 R, 2B, 3 RBI, 2 SB . . . OF Aaron Brown, 4-19, R, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 2 SB, 2 BB . . . C Chace Numata, had a 16-game hitting streak end Saturday night; was 5-6, 3 R, 2 RBI on Sunday . . . OF Jiandido Tromp, 4-4, 3 R, 2 2B, RBI on Saturday.

Day off today.

Postseason: 1st and 2nd half division winners, best-of-3. Winners advance to championship, best-of-5. To qualify, Clearwater needs to win the 2nd half.

Lakewood BlueClaws (32-23), South Atlantic League North Division.  1st place, 2 game lead, 2nd half. Season ends September 5.

2 wins and a suspended game on Sunday. Have won 5 of last 6, 11 of 15 . . . 8-2 Friday W: Alberto Tirado (5-1), 5-3-0-0-2-9; in last 4 starts, 35 SO in 21 IP . . . 4-2 Saturday W: Seranthony Dominquez (3-2), 6-2-1-1-1-9, career high SO; SV: Sutter McLoughlin (9).

OF Mark Laird, 5-10, R, 2 RBI, SB . . . C-1B Wilson Garcia, 4-9 . . . 2B Grenny Cumana, 3-7, 3 R . . . SS Emanuel Marrero, 3-7, 2 R, 2 HR (3-4), 2 RBI . . . RF Jose Pujols, 23rd HR, new cub record; Jim Murray (2011) and Juan Richardson (2001) shared the old record.

Bullpen in 5:05 tonight, complete the suspended game to be followed by the regularly-scheduled game in Delmarva, Jose Taveras.

Postseason: 1st and 2nd half division winners, best-of-3. Winners advance to championship, best-of-5. Lakewood needs to win the 2nd half to qualify for the postseason.

Williamsport Crosscutters (32-27), New York-Penn League Pinckney Division. 2nd place, 8 games behind State College. Season ends September 5.

2 wins and a Sunday rain out . . . 3-2 Friday W vs. State College, Cole Irvin (4-1), 5-3-2-2-1-4. SV: Blake Quinn (2), 4-1-0-0-2-7 . . . 4-3 Saturday W vs. Auburn, JoJo Romero (2-1), 6-8-2-2-0-5. SV: Will Hibbs (3).

Weekend HR: 1B Brett Barbier (2), 2B Evan Rogers (1).

Ranger Suarez (5-2) and Felix Paulino (1-3), 5:05 DH tonight vs. Auburn.

Postseason: Three Division winners and one wildcard team, best-of-3. Winners advance to championship, best-of-3. In the wildcard race, Cutters are in 3rd place, 2 games behind.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (36-14), Northwest Division. 2nd place, 1 game behind Blue Jays.  Season ends September 1.

6-3 Friday W at Braves, Nick Fanti (7-0), 5-4-1-0-0-6. SS Cole Stobbe, 2 H, 2 R, HR (2), 2 RBI. DH Lenin Rodriquez, 2 H, R, RBI. 3B Raul Rivas, 2 H, R, RBI . . . 3-0 Saturday W vs. Braves, Mauricio Llovera (7-1), 5th straight W, 19 consecutive scoreless inning streak, 5-3-0-0-0-3. SV: Tyler Frohwirth (8) . . . 2B Dan Brito, 2B (9), HR (2), RBI.

12 noon today vs. Pirates in Bradenton.

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. Phillies need to win the division to quality for the postseason.

This Date
August 22, 2003
1B Jim Thome hits 35th and 36th homers in 9-4 win in St. Louis to break Phillies club record for homers by a first baseman (34, Deron Johnson, 1971).

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