Eickhoff’s Impressive Outing
Given a little run support, Jared Eickhoff was able to make it through his biggest obstacle, the sixth inning. Entering last night’s game in Chicago, he had given up 22 runs in 18 six innings. After allowing one hit through five innings, the White Sox sixth began with a single, home run and single. Eickhoff settled in and retired the next three. He’s emerging as a solid building block in the future rotation.
The right-hander left after that inning up 4-2, throwing a very economical 71 pitches. The seventh-eighth and ninth-inning specialists, Edubray Ramos, Hector Neris and Jeanmar Gomez, closed it out although the White Sox scored one in the ninth off the Phillies closer.
Cesar Hernandez and Tommy Joseph each had a double and a home run. Joseph has 23 homers this season, 17 with the Phillies and six at Lehigh Valley. That’s career high. Playing at San Jose in 2011, his second pro year, he hit 22.
Phillies flew to New York after the game and will have a day off today in the Big Apple. Three-game series with the Mets starts on Friday night . . . Larry Andersen will have the weekend off. Working with Scott Franzke on radio will be Kevin Stocker, one of the “sane” members of the wild 1993 Phillies. Stocker has been broadcasting college baseball the last two years on the Pac-12 Network after 12 years on the CBS Sports Networks.
Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (77-54), International League North Division. 2nd place, 5 games behind Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Season ends September 5.
Lost, 10-4, at Pawtucket. LP: Nick Pivetta (0-1), 4-4-2-2-1-6. 2B Taylor Featherston, HR (13). LF Darin Ruf, HR (19), 2 RBI, 10-game hitting streak . . . Phil Klein (3-1), 7:05 series finale 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 (82-47), Eastern League Eastern Division. 1.5-game lead over Trenton. Season ends September 5.
Lost 4th in a row, 4-3, at Akron, getting just 4 hits. 1st time they have been swept in a series. Meanwhile, 2nd-place Trenton has won 4 in a row. LP: Ricardo Pinto (5-6), 4.2-4-4-4-4-1. C Gabriel Lino, HR (2). CF Roman Quinn, HR (5) . . . John Richy (3-3), 7:05 tonight vs. New Hampshire. 1st game of final homestand (8 games).
Postseason: Even though their lead is down to 1.5 games, the top two teams in each division, best-of-5. Winners advance to championship round, best-of-5.
Clearwater Threshers (36-23), Florida State League North Division. 3rd place, 2 games
behind, 2nd half. Season ends September 4.
Lost, 5-3, to Brevard County. ND: Shane Watson, 5-5-2-1-2-4. CF Carlos Tocci, 3-4, R, 2B, RBI. SS Malquin Canelo, 2-4, 2 R, HR (4), RBI . . . Elniery Garcia (10-4), 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.
Banging out 16 hits, Lakewood squashed Greensboro, 13-0, 6th straight win and 15th in last 19 games. WP: Tyler Gilbert (7-8), 5-3-0-0-0-6. 2B Grenny Cumata, 4-5, 3 R, 2B (21), RBI; his 4th 4-hit game of the season. SS Emmanuel Marrero, 3-4, 2 R, 2B, 2 RBI. CF Mark Laird, 2-3, R, 2B, 2 RBI, BB. RF Jose Pujols, 2-5, R, 2B (21), RBI . . . Alberto Tirado (5-1), 6:35 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 (33-30), New York-Penn League Pinckney Division. 2nd place, 8.5 games behind State College. Season ends September 5.
Lost, 6-2, at West Virginia. LP: Adonis Medina (4-3), 5-5-5-5-3-4. 1B Darick Hall, 2-3, R, 2B. C Gregori Rivero, 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI . . . JoJo Romero (2-1), 7:05 tonight in West Virginia, final game of the series and short road trip.
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, 3 games behind.
Gulf Coast League Phillies, (39-14), Northwest Division. 1st place, 1 game ahead of the behind Blue Jays. Season ends September 1.
Move into 1st place over the Blue Jays by beating them, 9-4, in Dunedin; 5th straight win and 8th in last 10 games. WP: Sixto Sanchez (5-0), 6-2-0-0-0-5, 0.50 ERA, lowest in league. 3B Danny Zardon, 3 H, 2 2B, 2 R. SS Cole Stobbe, HR (4), 2 RBI; all 4 HR in last 8 G. C Rodolfo Duran, 2 H, HR (3), 4 RBI . . . Same two teams meet again at 12 noon today 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. Phillies need to win the division to quality for the postseason.
August 25, 1922
After scoring 10 runs in the second inning and 14 in the fourth, Chicago hangs on to beat the visiting Phillies, 26-23, in baseball’s highest-scoring game ever. The Phillies rally with eight in the eighth and six in the ninth. 13 different Phillies score a run, a club record.
August 25, 1955
Before a double header with St. Louis, the Phillies honor Del Ennis for driving in more runs than any player in team history. Ennis is presented with gifts including a Cadillac, TV, air conditioner, freezer, diamond ring, and fishing outfit. The Phils win both games, with Ennis adding 4 to his record total.
August 25, 1995
LF Gregg Jefferies hits for the cycle, the first Phillie since Johnny Callison did it on June 27, 1963, 5,107 games ago. Phillies bury visiting Los Angeles, 17-4.