News and Notes

A couple of items over the last several days.  Andy Tracy and Sergio Escalona were both called up by the Phils to fill in some of the voids left by injury and lack of production.  Tracy, a 35 year old power hitting first baseman, was among the IL league leaders in several categories, including HR, RBI, R and BB. Escalona, has been used as a situational lefty in both Reading and Lehigh Valley and will be picking up some of the innings left out there by the injury depleted Phillies bullpen. 

To make room on the 40 man roster, Lehigh Valley starter Rodrigo Lopez was released.  Lopez, 34, was fairly effective this year in Lehigh Valley and provided the Phils with a couple of decent starts.  Just not enough room for the veteran righty.

Lakewood won Game One of their series behind a very nice outing from Matthew Way. Way went 7 innings and gave up just a run on 7 hits, while striking out 7.  Anthony Gose had a big day offensively with 3 hits, while Travis D’Arnaud, Travis Mattair and Brian Gump had two hits apiece.  Lakewood did leave 13 men on base, but still managed the victory with Santo Hernandez earning the save. Look for Trevor May on the hill tomorrow night as Lakewood attempts to close out the series.

A rough outing for Mike Stues in Game One of the Reading series, as the RPHILS lost 9-4 in Game One of their Best of Five tilt against Akron.  Stutes went 5.1 innings, giving up 6 runs (3 earned) on 9 hits.  AFter the Phils scored two early runs, Akron starter Josh Tomlin retired 17 straight batters as the Aeroes built their lead. This game also featured the return of Michael Taylor who has missed several weeks with an oblique injury.  Taylor was 0-4 with 3 strikeouts.  Yohan Flande gets the call tonight for Reading.

12 thoughts on “News and Notes

  1. I have tix to the Reading games tonight and Sat (if needed) and am hoping to try and make it to a Blueclwas game, if possible. With the bad weather in Reading and Lakewood, how will games be rescheduled for rainouts and is there a chance the games get cancelled all togehter. This is the first year I have really followed minor league ball so I’m not sure how serious the leagues are about the playoffs or if they are more interested in getting the season over with. Thanks for any insight.

  2. See Tim Kennelly, playing right field for the Aussie national team, just hit a three-run homer against Chinese Taipei in first round action of World Cup play in Prague. Tim now has hit a three run homer in each of the first two games of the tournament. He is 4 for 9 with three homers and 7 rbi’s as the Aussies are undefeated after two games with only Mexico remaining in first round action.

  3. Ken –

    You might already have this information by now, but the game tonight has been rained out. Per the website, your ticket for tonight’s game is good for tomorrow’s. Your ticket for tomorrow’s is good for Sunday. Both games start at 7:05.

  4. http://www.mlb.com has the world cup blog for anybody interested in reading it first hand. As was alluded to above, Tim Kennelly hit the 2 HR’s against the Czech Republic, and one against Chinese Taipei. He did not catch because his brother Matt (Atlanta) was the catcher. So, maybe, there’s another guy many would rate higher as a defensive catcher. I’ll have to read up on his brother , see if he also plays the OF and all that. Then maybe the Phillies can trade for him, play him at C, and Tim in OF, and they can switch them off twice a week. That could be another alternative future catching plan, in case some other things don’t work out. Blog also has today, blurbs and snippets about other Phillies properties participating in the tournament. Naylor won a game in relief for Australia.

  5. I hope this thread is dead enough that no one minds an off topic, major league topic – but very exciting news!!! Utley now has the record – though he could lose it before the season is over.

    I’m not watching/listeniong to the game – did the announcers mention the record?

  6. So Utley could guarentee keeping the record, but he is still taking chances & risking losing it. Gotta respect that.

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