August 2016

Franco Heroics

00 Game winner

Maikel Franco’s bat was in a funk, now it’s on fire.  His 2-run single tied the game in the eighth inning. Four innings later he drove in the winning run as the Phillies beat SF, 5-4, their first back-to-back wins since July 5-6 (Atlanta).  Franco has six hits and seven RBI in the two wins.

Johnny Cueto was cruising along with a 4-0 lead until Ryan Howard (left field corner) and Cameron Rupp (dead centerfield) hit back-to-back homers in the seventh to start the comeback.

Credit for the win really goes to the bullpen. Six relievers combined to pitch seven shutout innings and allowed just two hits and one walk. Phillies pitchers retired 19 consecutive batters from the fourth through the 10th.

Phil Klein was scheduled to start for Lehigh Valley in Allenton and Michael Mariot was the IronPigs new closer. When Aaron Nola, the Phillies scheduled starter, went on the disabled list and Jeanmar Gomez was placed on the paternity leave list (1-3 days), Klein and Mariot quickly headed for Citizens Bank Park.  Instead of facing second-place Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Klein was on the emergency starter against the first-place Giants. He allowed four runs in five innings. After the game, Klein was optioned back to LV.

Elias Sports Bureau
The Phillies were just 2-99 when trailing by four-or-more runs since the start of the 2015 season entering Wednesday, which was the worst record for any major-league team over that span.

Klein became the 1,998th player to appear in a game for the Phillies and was followed by Mariot, the 1,999th.  Who will be #2,000? . . . The walk-off win was the Phillies fourth.  The other three came in April . . . First series win at home vs. SF since August 17-19, 2010 (2-1) . . . The Phillies faced Cueto and Madison Bumgarner twice each this season. In 25 innings, the Phillies scored 17 earned runs off the prize pair . . . Phillies fly to San Diego after today’s game, three games there and then three against the Dodgers in LA . . . Happy 82nd birthday to Dallas Green today.

Minor League Report
Players of the Week (July 25-31)

00 Coppola
OF Zach Coppola, Lakewood… Coppola, 22, batted .421 (8-19) with two doubles, three RBI, three walks, three runs scored and a .525 on-base percentage in five games. He posted three multi-hit games, tying a career high with four hits on July 28, and now has multiple hits in nine of his last 16 games overall. Coppola was selected by the Phillies in the 13th round in 2015 out of South Dakota State University and signed by Brian Kohlscheen.

00 Suarez
LHP Ranger Suarez, Williamsport… The 20-year-old Suarez tossed a 7.0-inning no-hitter in the first game of Williamsport’s doubleheader on July 26. He allowed a leadoff walk, erased it with a double play and then did not allow another baserunner for the remainder of the game. He struck out five batters, matching a season high. The southpaw is 4-0 with a 2.09 ERA (9 ER, 38.1 IP) this season. Suarez was signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent on April 1, 2012 out of Pie de Cuesta, VN and signed by Jesus Mendez.

Lehigh Valley: RHP Gregory Infante, transferred from Reading.

Reading: CF Ramon Quinn, reinstated from DL.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (68-43), International League North Division. Tied for 1st with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Lost, 7-0, to Scranton/Wilke-Barre, getting 2 singles.  LP: Gregory Infante (2-1), 2.2-4-4-4-2-4. When scheduled starter Phil Klein was sent to Philadelphia Infante was dispatched from Reading to make his first start since 2009 at Winston-Salem . . . David Buchanan (8-5), 7:05 tonight vs. SWB.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (73-37), Eastern League Eastern Division. 4-game lead over Trenton.

00  Cozens
RF Dylan Cozens (photo) put on some kind of power show with 3 HRs (28-29-30), 3B, 7 RBI (96), 15 total bases as Reading blanked Bowie, 13-0. Oh, he had a SB (18); he’s been caught just once. 1B Rhys Hoskins, HR (31), RBI (96). DH Jake Fox, HR (20). 2nd time Reading hit 5 blasts in a game vs. Bowie. WP: Tom Eshelman (3-2), 6-3-0-0-0-5 . . . Tyler Viza (4-3), 7:05 tonight vs. Altoona.

Clearwater Threshers (24-15), Florida State League North Division. 3rd place, 1 game behind, 2nd half.
Lost, 7-2, in Dunedin. LP: Brandon Leibrandt (0-1), 5-7-4-4-2-2; 1st appearance since coming off the DL. 2 hits each for 3B Mitch Walding, LF Jiandido Tromp, SS Malquin Canelo . . . Luke Leftwich (2-3), 6:15 tonight vs. Lakeland.

Lakewood BlueClaws (21-17), South Atlantic League North Division. Tied for 3rd place 1 ½ games back, 2nd half.
Dropped a DH in Greensboro, 4-1 and 3-1. Combined 1-16 with RISP. SS Grenny Cumana, 3-7 . . . Jose Taveras (4-8), 7:05 tonight vs. Hagerstown, first of a 4-game series.

Williamsport Crosscutters (27-18), New York-Penn League Pinckney Division. 2nd place, 4 games behind State College.
Lost, 4-1, to Staten Island, getting 5 hits.  SS Chandler Hall, 1st pro HR . . . Adonis Medina (4-1), 7:05 tonight vs. Staten Island.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (24-10), Northwest Division. 2nd place, 4 games behind Blue Jays.
Edged Braves, 4-3, in a game called after 6 innings by rain. 2B Dan Brito, H, R, RBI, 2 BB. CF Mickey Moniak, 2B, RBI; has 7-game hitting streak. DH Ben Pelletier, 1B, 2B, 2 R. 3B Paul Rivas, 2 H, RBI . . . 12 noon today, Pirates at Carpenter Complex.

This Date
August 4, 1934, 2nd game–RHP Reggie Grabowski gave up a club-record 11 hits (10 singles) in one inning, an 11-run ninth in beating the Phillies, 21-4, at Baker Bowl.  He also hit two batters.

August 4, 2006–2B Chase Utley’s 35-game hitting streak (.405, 62-153) ends in 5-3 win
against the Mets in Shea Stadium.


Bats Explode

It was feast or famine for the Phillies offense during a four-game weekend series in Atlanta, 7-1-9-1.  With Madison Bumgarner (10-6, 2.09 ERA) on the mound last night one would imagine runs would be hard to come by.

Guess again, the Phillies jumped on him for six runs in the first two innings, got tied, fell behind, rallied and in the end scored the most runs in a game this season, a 13-8 win over the struggling Giants (4-12 since the All-Star Game).

The Phillies’ first three hitters (Cesar Hernandez, Aaron Altherr, Maikel Franco) combined to go 11-for-14 (.786) with two doubles, two home runs, nine RBI, nine runs, a walk and a stolen base. Their 12 times reaching base and 11 hits are tied for the most in a game by the 1-through-3 hitters of any team in MLB this season.

Last time the first three Phillies batters produced similar numbers was August 24, 1999 at the Vet, 18-2, over the Padres. Rob Ducey, Ron Gant and Bobby Abreu went 11-for-16 with 10 runs scored and nine RBIs. (Elias Sports Bureau).


00 Franco
Franco’s homer was his 20th, the first Phillies third baseman to reach that figure since Scott Rolen hit 25 in 2001 . . . Altherr is the first Phillie to have a home run, five RBI and a stolen base in a game since Chase Utley on May 26, 2008 . . . Hernandez recorded his MLB leading 10th bunt base hit. It was also his 23rd infield hit, which is tied for most in the National League . . . Phillies try to win consecutive games for the first time since July 5-6.  SF is sending Johnny Cueto (13-3, 2.63) to the mound tonight, another toughie. What will the offense produce?

You Are The Man

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 29:  Chase Utley #26 of the Philadelphia Phillies follows watches the flight of his seventh inning grand slam against the New York Mets at Citi Field on July 29, 2014 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
The annual Toyota Alumni Weekend is coming up soon at Citizens Bank Park, August 12-13-14. Well, might as well extend Alumni Weekend to include August 16-17-18 as one of the most popular Phillies players ever returns to Citizens Bank Park.  Welcome back Chase Utley.  Check for a feature on the team’s greatest second baseman. (Photo: Getty Images)

Minor League Report

Lehigh Valley–INF Carlos Alonso & LHR Joely Rodriguez assigned to roster from Reading.

Reading–RHR Victor Arano assigned to roster from Clearwater.

Clearwater–RHP Yacksel Rios placed on DL; RHP Jario Munoz & LHS Brandon Leibrandt activated from the DL.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (68-42), International League North Division. Lead Scranton/Wilkes-Barre by 1 game.
Edged SWB, 2-1, for 4th straight win. WP: Ben Lively (6-4), 8-3-2-0-1-8. SV: Michael Mariot (1). Winning run came in the B7 when DH Brock Stassi doubled and scored on RF Cedric Hunter’s 1B. Stassi and Hunter each had 2 hits . . . Phil Klein (1-1), 7:05 tonight vs. SWB.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (70-36), Eastern League Eastern Division. Hold a 3-game lead over Trenton.
KC Serna’s 2-run HR (4) in the B7 lifted Reading to a 4-2 win over Bowie. WP: Nick Pivetta (10-6), 7.2-5-2-2-0-6; retired final 19 of 23 hitters he faced; tied for EL lead in W. SV: Hoby Milner (5), 1.1-0-0-0-0-2. LF Andrew Pullin, 2-4, boosting average to .373. 3B Harold Martinez, 2-3, including 2B, R, RBI . . . Tom Eshelman (2-2), 7:05 tonight vs. Bowie.

Clearwater Threshers (24-14), Florida State League North Division. Tied for 1st with Dunedin, 2nd half.
Following a day off season resumes at 6:30 tonight in Dunedin, Brandon Leibrandt (0-0).

Lakewood BlueClaws (21-15), South Atlantic League North Division. Lead Hagerstown by .004 percentage points, 2nd half.
Rained out in Greensboro.  Two teams play a 7-innning DH starting at 11 this morning. Seranthony Dominiquez (2-1) and Franklyn Kilome (3-7).

Williamsport Crosscutters (27-17), New York-Penn League Pinckney Division. 2nd place, 3 games behind State College.
3-game winning streak ended in Mahoning Valley, 2-1.  All runs were unearned. ND: Felix Paulino, 6-4-1-0-1-6 . . . Bailey Falter (1-4), 7:05 tonight vs. Staten Island.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (23-10), 2nd place, Northwest Division. 2nd place, 4 games behind Blue Jays.
Big numbers: 11 R, 18 H, 5 E in 11-7 win over Yankees East.  LF Roman Quinn, 3-4, 2 R, 2B, SB (6). 2B Dan Brito, 3-4, 2 R, 3B, 3 RBI. 3B Danny Zardon, 2 2B, R, 3 RBI. DH Mickey Moniak, 2B, 3B, 2 R, hitting .326. RF Ben Pellitier, 2 H, 2 R, SB (home)
. . . 12 noon today vs. Braves at Carpenter Complex.

Thome Phun Fact
(Jim will become the 38th Phillies legend to be inducted into the Toyota Wall of Fame on Friday night, August 12. Ceremonies begin at 7 p.m.)

Career home run numbers: 612 total to rank seventh all-time, 101 hit with Phillies, 1 against them, 28 at Veterans Stadium and 27 at Citizens Bank Park.

This Date

Philadelphia Phillies Chuck Klein holding bats,1944
August 3, 1980–OF Chuck Klein, one of the greatest sluggers in Phillies history, is
inducted posthumously into the Baseball Hall of Fame.


Giants In Town

All the hype, hysteria and hoopla this baseball season is about the Cubs winning the World Series for the first time since 1908.  Being overlooked is a team that starts a three-game series tonight against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, the San Francisco Giants. Being an even year, are the Giants posed to continue their streak of World Championships, 2010, 2012, 2014?

Since CBP opened in 2004, the Phillies and Giants are even, 19-19, although SF holds an 11-5 edge over the past five seasons. Phillies will face the Giants’ three best starters, who are a combined 32-16.  Great way to start the dog days of August.

Five things to know about the Giants:
**Fresh from splitting a 4-game series with the Nationals at home.
**Sunday’s sellout was their 461st consecutive.
**Since the All-Star Game break, they are 4-11, committing 14 errors.
**Their pitching staff leads the majors with eight complete games; seven teams have 0.
**Hitters have a .333 on-base percentage, third best in the majors.

Phillies are 9-9 vs. the western division.  Next 15 games are against teams from that division . . . Phillies OBP (.295) is last in the majors; their 261 walks ranks second from last; only KC has fewer walks (242).

Deadline Passed
Baseball’s trade deadline passed yesterday with no deals for the Phillies.  Over the next week teams will place players on waivers.  Players who clear waivers can then be moved.

As Ryan Lawrence wrote yesterday at  “The Phillies traded Chase Utley after the deadline last August, traded Joe Blanton in August of 2012, traded Roberto Hernandez (for two useful prospects in Jesmuel Valentin and Victor Arano) two years ago in August, and acquired the likes of Jamie Moyer, Scott Eyre, Mike Sweeney and Matt Stairs after the July 31 deadline in the last 10 years.”

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (66-42), International League North Division.
Moved into a tie for 1st by beating 2nd-place Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 7-1.
WP: reliever Adam Morgan (5-1), 6-3-0-0-1-6. CF Nick Williams, 2 R, HR (11), 2 RBI.  1B Darin Ruf, 2 R, HR (15), RBI. RF Cedric Hunter, 2B, 3 RBI . . . Ben Lively (5-4), 7:05 tonight vs. SWB.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (70-36), Eastern League Eastern Division. Hold a 3-game lead over Trenton.
Lost, 5-2, to Bowie; 10-18 since the All-Star Game break. ND Ricardo Pinto, 6-1-2-2-2-15; gave up a 2-out, 2-run HR in the 1st inning and then didn’t allow a hit through 6. 2B Scott Kingery, 2 H, RBI; hitting .345 since promotion to AA on July 25. CF KC Serna, 2 H, 2 R. SS Angelo Mora, 2 H, RBI . . . Nick Pivetta (9-6), 7:05 tonight vs. Bowie.

Clearwater Threshers (24-14), Florida State League North Division. Tied for 1st with Dunedin, 2nd half.
3-game winning streak ended, 11-6, in Ft. Myers; 6 unearned runs allowed. LP: Elniery Garcia (9-3), 4-6-5-2-3-2. 2B-LF Josh Tobias, 3 H, 2 RBI; hitting .478 since July 26 promotion from Lakewood. 1B Zach Green, 3 H, R. SS Malquin Canelo, 2 H, 2 R, RBI, BB. DH Nerlis Rodriquez, 2 H, 2 R. CF Carlos Tocci, 2 H, RBI, BB . . . Not scheduled today.

Lakewood BlueClaws (21-15), South Atlantic League North Division. Lead Hagerstown by ½ game, 2nd half.
Edged Greensboro, 2-1, behind 3 pitchers: WP Alberto Tirado (3-1), 5-5-1-1-1-9; Jeff Singer, 3-1-0-0-1-5; SV (6) Sutter McLoughlin, 1-0-0-0-0-1. 3B Damek Tomscha, HR (5), 2-run blast in 3rd inning . . . Seranthony Dominiquez (2-1), 7:00 in Greensboro.

Williamsport Crosscutters (27-16), New York-Penn League Pinckney Division. 2nd place, 2 games behind State College.
Scored 3 unearned runs in the 1st inning (0 hits, 5 errors) and hung on for 3rd straight win, 3-2, in Mahoning Valley. WP: Ranger Suarez (5-0), 6-4-2-1-2-6; tied for the league-lead in wins . . . Felix Paulino (0-3), 7:05 tonight in Mahoning Valley.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (22-10), 2nd place, Northwest Division. 2nd place, 4 games behind Blue Jays.
Ended a 3-game losing streak by defeating the Yankees East in Tampa, 5-0. WP: Nick Fanti (4-0), 5-2-0-0-1-8. DH Jhailyn Ortiz, 2B, 2 RBI. CF Mickey Moniak, 1-3, 2 R, RBI, BB, 3 SB . . . 12 noon vs. Yankees East at Carpenter Complex.

Thome Phun Fact
(Jim will become the 38th Phillies legend to be inducted into the Toyota Wall of Fame on Friday night, August 12. Ceremonies begin at 7 p.m.)


Home run #609 was another historic one in a Phillies uniform, a pinch-hit, walk-off homer on June 23, 2012. It was his 13th walk-off homer, a new major league record.  Babe Ruth and Jimmie Foxx shared the previous record. It was Jim’s last home run as a Phillie.

This Date
August 2, 1894–CF Billy Hamilton sets major league record for most consecutive games scoring a run when he crosses plate in 24th consecutive game as Phillies beat Brooklyn Dodgers, 9-8, at Baker Bowl.

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August 2, 1919–1B Fred Luderus plays in his 479th consecutive game for the Phillies, breaking the Major League Baseball record held by Eddie Collins of the Chicago White Sox.  The streak began on June 2, 1916 and ended after 533 games with the 1920 season opener.

August 2, 1970–2B Tony Taylor hits an ultimate grand slam (trailing by three runs in the last inning) to give the Phillies a 7-6 win over San Francisco at Connie Mack Stadium.

August 2, 1984–Phillies beat Cardinals, 3-2, in St. Louis. Larry Andersen’s club record for relief pitchers of 32 2/3rds straight scoreless innings ends when Cardinals score in bottom of the eighth inning with two out.

August 2, 1986–Phillies set a club record with five triples in beating the Chicago Cubs
at the Vet, 12-2, on a Saturday afternoon NBC telecast.  LF Gary Redus has two; one
each for C John Russell, SS Steve Jeltz and 2B Juan Samuel.


4-6 Trip Ends

While it’s a day off for the players it is a work day in the Phillies baseball operations department. Baseball’s trading deadline is 4 o’clock this afternoon, EDT. GM Matt Klentak and his staff will continue to make calls and take calls about possible deals.

After today players can be moved but they need to go through waivers.  Last August 19, the Phillies sent Chase Utley to the Dodgers after he cleared waivers. Chase, by the way, will make his first return visit to Citizens Bank Park on August 16-17-18.

Following the 10-game road trip, the players got to unpack and relax. Following Wednesday’s night game, its packing again as the Phillies hit the road again.  This time, three games each in San Diego and Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium.

First-place Giants start three-game series Tuesday night.  Their three best starting pitchers are lined up to face the Phils.

Road trip ended 4-6. Phillies batted .151 with RISP, just two extra-base hits . . . July also ended, 13-14; month started 7-3 and then came the All-Star Game four-day break . . . Happy Birthday today, Pete Mackanin (65) . . . According to the Phillies have a 63-42 record on August 1. Somebody notify MLB the Phillies MUST play on this date next season!

Minor League Report

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (66-42), 2nd place, International League North Division.
Won 2 of 3 in Rochester to finish July 20-7.
3-0 W Saturday, David Buchanan, 7-4-0-0-0-6; SV: Luis Garcia (7). Buchanan in July: 4-0, 0.63 ERA, 0.83 WHIP.  Shutout was LV’s 13th, new single-season record.

00 Thompson
5-1 W Sunday, Jake Thompson (photo) (11-5), 7-4-1-1-0-2. Club-record 5th straight W, 1.69 ERA in those wins, 6 ER in 32 IP.
Weekend bats: C Andrew Knapp, 5-10, 2 2B, 2 R, 2 BB . . . DH-1B Darin Ruf, 4-11, 2 R, HR (14), RBI, BB . . . 2B Jesmuel Valentin, 4-8, 2 R, RBI.
Adam Morgan (4-1), 7:05 tonight vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the start of a 4-game series. SWB leads LV by 1 game.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (70-35), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
Wet weekend in Erie. 4-3, 10-inning loss on Friday night . . . Leading 4-3 after 8 1/2 innings Saturday, game was suspended after a 38-minute rain delay.  Game was completed Sunday and score stood . . . Leading 2-0 after 1 ½ innings, Sunday’s regularly-scheduled game was suspended.  It will resume August 20.
Weekend bats: 2B Scott Kingery, 4-9, R, RBI . . . LF Andrew Pullin, 4-9, 2B, R . . . RF Dylan Cozens, 3-8, R, HR (27), RBI, BB.
Ricardo Pinto (4-4), 7:05 tonight vs. Bowie. Reading has a 3 ½-game lead over Trenton.

Clearwater Threshers (24-13), 1st, 2nd half, Florida State League North Division.
Wet weekend in Ft. Myers, winning all 3 . . . C Chace Numata’s RBI 1B in T9 won Friday night’s game, 7-6 . . . RF Cord Sandberg’s RBI 1B T8 was game winner on Saturday, 3-2. The night featured two rain delays totaling 3:50 . . . Won, 8-6, on Sunday in a game called after 5 ½ innings by rain after 1:06 delay . . . Winning pitchers: Victor Arano (4-1), Matt Hockenberry (2-1), Will Morris (7-2).
Weekend bats: Numata, 4-8, HR (2), 3 RBI, 2 R, 2 BB in 3 games; Sandberg, 5-6, 2B, 3 R, 2 RBI in last 2 games.
Elniery Garcia (9-2), 7:05 tonight in Ft. Myers. Clearwater has a 1-game lead over Dunedin.

Lakewood BlueClaws (20-15), 2nd place, 2nd half, South Atlantic League North Division.
Lost 2 of 3 in Augusta . . . 4-1 and 3-2 losses in 1st 2 games . . . Won, 12-7, on Sunday, scoring 10 runs in the 7th inning, 13 batters, 3 1B, 3 2B, 4 BB; 10 runs matched franchise record. WP: reliever Zach Morris (6-1), 3 scoreless IP; has allowed 1 run in last 36 IP.
Weekend bats: OF Zach Coppola, 4-11, R, 2B, 3 RBI in 3 games; 3B Damek Tomscha, 6-12, 2B, 2 R,2 RBI in 3 games.
Alberto Tirado (2-1), 7:00 tonight in Greensboro. Lakewood trails Hagerstown by ½ game. Greensboro is ½ game behind Lakewood.

Williamsport Crosscutters (26-16), 2nd, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
Won 2 of 3 . . . 9-2 L on Friday night in State College, Adonis Medina (4-1) getting 1st loss, 4-6-7-3-2-3 . . . 5-1 W on Saturday in State College, Cole Irvin (2-1), 5-3-1-1-1-5 . . . 1-0 W on Sunday in Mahoning Valley; game called after 5 innings because of rain, a 39 minute delay; JoJo Romero, 1st pro win, 5-2-0-0-3-4
Weekend bats: CF David Martinelli, 4-9 in 2 games, R, RBI; LH-PH Mark Laird, 5-6 in 2 games, R, SB.
Ranger Suarez (4-0), 7:05 tonight in Mahoning Valley.  Williamsport trails State College by 2 games.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (21-10), 2nd place, Northwest Division.
4-2 loss on Friday to Blue Jays, ND: Sixto Sanchez, 6-5-0-0-1-2, lowered ERA to 0.55 . . . Winning 5-2 on Saturday vs. Blue Jays, the rains came and the game was suspended; will be resumed later this month . . . 12 noon today vs. Yankees East in Tampa. Phillies trail Blue Jays by 4 games.

This Date

August 1, 1971–St. Louis scores three in the top of the 12th at Veterans Stadium when it the game is halted by rain.  The Zamboni machine, used to vacuum the water from the artificial playing surface, breaks down.  Cardinals file a protest and the NL rules a 3-3 suspended game, to be completed prior to the regular game on September 7.  When the game resumed, Phillies score three in their 12th to tie before St. Louis wins in 13, 9-6.