Cellular Park Woes

If the Phillies don’t return to U.S. Cellular Field for another 12 years, that’ll suite them just fine. The only other time they played there was 2004.  The Phillies lost 14-10, won 13-11 and lost 9-8. Last night, 9-1 defeat. The White Sox entered last night’s game with the fewest runs scored in the American League.

Now, the good news.  Tonight is the last game in the White Sox yard, hopefully for 12 years.

Young Jake Thompson was roughed up again, seven runs in five innings.  Pitching behind in the count, he allowed eight hits, including two triples and two home runs.

Phillies pitchers have given up 38 doubles and 41 home runs this month.  Their ERA is over 6.00.  Yet the Phillies are 10-9 in August . . . Freddy Galvis’ home run in the seventh ended a 17-inning scoreless streak.

Minor League Report

Players of the Week (August 15-21)

00 Ruf
1B/OF, Darin Ruf, Lehigh Valley… Ruf, 30, batted .400 (10-25) with 2 doubles, 3 home runs, 8 RBI, an .840 slugging percentage and a 1.284 OPS in 7 games. Ruf is leading the International League with a .524 slugging percentage. For the AAA season, .288, 18 HR, 59 RBI in 87 games. Hitting .361 in last 10 games. He was selected by the Phillies in the 20th round of the June 2009 draft out of Creighton University.

00 D Anderson

RHP Drew Anderson, Clearwater… The 22-year-old started 2 games, combining to throw 10.0 scoreless innings with just 6 hits allowed. He struck out 12 and walked 2. He has a 1.69 ERA (6 ER, 32.0 IP) and 36 strikeouts with the Threshers. He began the season on May 22 at Lakewood (1-3, 3.38) and was promoted to Clearwater on July 2. Anderson was selected by the Phillies in the 21st round of the June 2012 draft out of Galena (NV) High School. Missed entire 2015 season and part of this season with an elbow injury.

Reading: LHP Mario Hollands placed on DL.
Clearwater: INF Derek Campbell placed on DL; INF Raul Rivas added from GCL
Lakewood: LHP Zach Morris placed on DL; RHP Blake Quinn added from Williamsport

Lehigh Valley lronPigs (77-53), International League North Division. 2nd place, 4 games behind Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Season ends September 5.

Blanked Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 8-0. WP: Ben Lively (9-5), 6-1-0-0-0-1. Cody Asche started at 1B, 1-4, 2 RBI, extending hitting streak to 11 games. LF Darin Ruf, 1-3; hitting streak at 9 games. 2B Jesmuel Valentin, 1B, HR (2), 2 R, 2 RBI. DH Brock Stassi, 1B, 2B (24), R, RBI, BB. CF Nick Williams, 1B, 2B (31), R . . . Nick Pivetta (0-0), 7:05 tonight in Pawtucket.

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 4.5 game lead over Rochester for the wildcard berth.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (82-46), Eastern League Eastern Division. 2.5-game lead over Trenton. Season ends September 5.

Lost 3rd in a row, 4-1, in Akron getting 8 singles. LP: Mark Leiter (6-3), 5.2-8-4-3-1-5. LF Andrew Pullin, 2 H, BB. 2B Scott Kingery, 2 H, RBI . . . Ricardo Pinto (5-5), 7:05 tonight in Akron, end of 6-game road trip.

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

Clearwater  Threshers (36-22), Florida State League North Division. 2nd place, 2 games
behind, 2nd half. Season ends September 4.

Blanked Brevard County, 3-0; each team had 4 hits.  2nd straight shutout, extending scoreless streak to 24 innings. WP: Brandon Leibrandt (3-1), 5-2-0-0-3-6; walked 1st batter and picked him off 1st base. SV: Matt Hockenberry (7). 1B Kyle Martin, HR (18), 2 RBI . . . Shane Watson (4-5), 7:00 tonight vs. Brevard County.

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. They finished 2nd in the 1st half.

Lakewood BlueClaws (35-23), South Atlantic League North Division.  1st place, 3 game lead; 12-games remain in 2nd half. Season ends September 5.

Won 14th in last 18 games, 6-1, vs. Greensboro, WP: Harold Arauz (4-6), 6-4-1-1-0-7. SV: Edgar Garcia (2). LF Cornelius Randolph, 2 H, RBI, R; 3rd straight 2-hit-game. 2B Grenny Cumana, 2 H, R, SB (16) . . . Tyler Gilbert (6-8), 7:05 tonight vs. Greensboro.

Postseason: 1st and 2nd half division winners, best-of-3. Winners advance to championship, best-of-5. Lakewood, which finished in 6th place in 1st half, needs to win the 2nd half to qualify for the postseason.

Williamsport Crosscutters (33-29), New York-Penn League Pinckney Division. 2nd place, 8.5 games behind State College. Season ends September 5.

Won, 4-3, at West Virginia, scoring 2 in the 1st and 9th innings. ND: Bailey Falter, 5-6-0-0-1-4. 1B Darick Hall, 3 H, including 2 2B, RBI. LF Juan Luis, 3 H, including 3B, SB. LF Jesus Alstare, 2 H, 2 R, RBI, SB . . . Adonis Medina (4-2), 7:05 tonight in West Virginia.
Lost DH to Auburn, 1-0 and 3-1.  Cutters had 7 hits for the night, 3 by SS Chandler Hall
. . . Bailey Falter (1-6), 7:05 tonight in West Virginia.

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, (38-14), Northwest Division. 2nd place, .009 behind Blue Jays.  Season ends September 1.

Won 4th straight, 7-4, over Pirates. Alec Asher, started, 1-1-1-0-0-1; WP: Luis Carrasco (6-2), 4.2-3-2-2-7. SV: Tyler Frohwirth (9). LF Josh Stephen, 2 H, R, RBI. C Lenin Rodriguez, 2 H, including HR (1), R, RBI. 3B Danny Zardon, 3B, 3 RBI . . . 12 noon today vs. Blue Jays at Carpenter Field. Same two teams at Carpenter Field on Thursday in battle for 1st place. Teams meet again in final 2 games of the season.

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 24, 1922
CF Cy Williams hit for the cycle, but the Phils lost to Pittsburgh 10-4 at Forbes Field.
Williams earned $100 for his home run, courtesy of a Pirate sponsor, after his smash
almost broke a clock outside the right field wall. (broad&pattison.com)

August 24, 1979
Richie Ashburn’s uniform number (1) is retired before a game against Houston. The
Phillies win 5-3 behind a complete game by Steve Carlton. (broad&pattison.com)


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