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July 28, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
1. Following a slow start after being promoted from Lakewood to high-A Clearwater on June 19, shortstop J.P. Crawford is beginning to heat up. Last year's first-round pick and The Inquirer's No. 1 Phillies prospect, Crawford was hitting .387 (12 for 31) with two RBIs and an .879 OPS in his previous nine games heading into the weekend. Overall Crawford was hitting .276 with four home runs and 10 RBIs in 116 at-bats for Clearwater. If the 19-year-old continues improving, could he begin next season at double-A Reading?
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June 22, 2011
Lehigh Valley defeated Burlington County, 5-3, yesterday in the Carpenter Cup championship game at Citizens Bank Park. It was the third title for Lehigh Valley, which also won in 2001 and 1998. More than 400 high school students participated in the 26th annual Phillies Baseball Carpenter Cup, a 15-game tournament that included play at FDR Park and, for the first time, Coca-Cola Park, home of the Triple A Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
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June 24, 1998 | By Marc Narducci, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Lehigh Valley won the most lopsided championship game in the 13-year history of the Carpenter Cup baseball tournament yesterday. Lehigh Valley got 17 hits, Berks County made seven errors, and the final at Veterans Stadium was 14-1. The previous largest margin in a title game was the Catholic League's 14-4 triumph over the South Jersey South in 1987. This was only the third time in tournament history that both finalists were from Pennsylvania. Berks was making its second championship appearance, having lost to Ocean-Monmouth, 10-5, in the 1994 final.
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June 18, 2011 | By Evan Burgos, For The Inquirer
ALLENTOWN - Olympic Colonial bowed out of the Carpenter Cup with an 8-4 loss to Lehigh Valley in the quarterfinals Friday at Coca-Cola Park. The game was to be the first of a quarterfinal doubleheader at the home of the Phillies' triple-A affiliate, but when heavy rains and wind rolled through at 1:07 p.m., umpires ushered players off the field in the middle of the eighth inning. The game was called, and the result was final, per tournament rules. Lehigh Valley advanced to Monday's semifinals at Citizens Bank Park.
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May 11, 2012 | STAFF REPORTS
TYLER CLOYD had another strong outing Thursday and improved to 3-0 at Triple A Lehigh Valley and 6-0 overall on the season. Cloyd went six innings, allowing one run on three hits with six strikeouts and one walk in the IronPigs' 5-1 win at Indianapolis. He was an emergency starter on Opening Day for Lehigh Valley and pitched six perfect innings. He then returned to Double A Reading. Thursday's outing was his second since being promoted. In the three starts overall for Lehigh Valley, he has a 0.90 ERA, allowing two runs in 20 innings.
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April 23, 2008 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Jeremy Sladen drove in five runs to lead the Reading Phillies past the New Britain Rock Cats, 11-9, last night in the Eastern League. Former Philadelphia Phillie Fabio Castro (3-0) allowed five runs in five innings but got the win. Reading206200100 - 11150 New Britain203002002 - 9140 WP: Fabio Castro (3-0). LP: Jay Rainville (1-2). S: Pat Overholt (4). HR: R-Greg Golson (2), John Suomi (2); NB-Luke Hughes (4). A: 2,819. Lehigh Valley000114000 - 6130 Syracuse60200050x -13140 WP: John Parrish (2-0)
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October 14, 1986 | By Joyce Gemperlein, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eighteen hard hats and a sign reading "This office belongs to the people of the Lehigh Valley" decorate the Capitol Hill office in Washington of Rep. Don Ritter, the Lehigh University metallurgy professor who became a Republican congressman in 1978 and has held the job ever since. The scene is more philosophical in the workplace of Joseph Simonetta in Bethlehem, Pa. There, index cards bearing quotes about peace, fairness and justice - from the likes of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Thomas Jefferson, Albert Camus, Thomas Edison and Victor Hugo - are taped to the basement walls of Simonetta's parents' home.
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September 10, 2011 | The Inquirer Staff
ALLENTOWN - The IronPigs took a commanding lead over the visiting Pawtucket Red Sox with 3-2, extra-inning win in Game 2 of their best-of-five International League Division Series. Lehigh Valley rightfielder Brandon Moss was the difference, driving all three of the IronPigs' runs on three hits, including the game-winner in the bottom of the 10th inning. He also had a homer in the second for the IronPigs' first run. Lehigh Valley won Thursday's Game 1, 4-2, in Coca-Cola Park.
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July 28, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
1. Following a slow start after being promoted from Lakewood to high-A Clearwater on June 19, shortstop J.P. Crawford is beginning to heat up. Last year's first-round pick and The Inquirer's No. 1 Phillies prospect, Crawford was hitting .387 (12 for 31) with two RBIs and an .879 OPS in his previous nine games heading into the weekend. Overall Crawford was hitting .276 with four home runs and 10 RBIs in 116 at-bats for Clearwater. If the 19-year-old continues improving, could he begin next season at double-A Reading?
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July 28, 2014 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
ALLENTOWN - Like the Phillies, Freddy Galvis has had a rough year. The 24-year-old infielder found misfortune even before the season started, and it has not gotten much better since. In late March, Glavis contracted MRSA, a staph infection that can easily lead to other infections, and had to be hospitalized. The Phillies made the decision that he would start the season on the disabled list, putting him behind right from the get-go. "It was really tough because I didn't get to do a spring training," Galvis said.
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July 18, 2014 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
ALLENTOWN - Sean O'Sullivan grew up in what he called a baseball-oriented family. His family would schedule vacations throughout the year to visit new ballparks or for O'Sullivan to play in baseball tournaments. In his travels, he has seen almost all of the American League ballparks and most of the National League parks, too. But Philadelphia was one place he had never visited. He got a chance to experience Philadelphia baseball first-hand on June 28, when he made his first start as a member of the Phillies.
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July 14, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and director of player development Joe Jordan couldn't have been more frank when assessing the minor-league system. "There are not enough offensive players in our system," Amaro said last week. "We feel we need to do better than that, and it certainly is something that is a priority for us. " Jordan went further. "We need more of everything," he said. "We are like 29 other teams. " In fairness, the system has helped the team in a few spots this year.
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July 11, 2014 | By the Inquirer Staff
Albert Cartwright had three hits Wednesday night as the Reading Fightin Phils thumped the visiting Trenton Thunder, 10-1. Aaron Altherr hit two doubles and knocked in two runs for the Phils. Adam Loewen (1-2) went seven innings, yielding six hits and one run.   Lehigh Valley wins The IronPigs bounced back from a 3-0 deficit to beat the host Indianapolis Indians, 7-4. Third baseman Maikel Franco hit two doubles and Grady Sizemore had a hit for Lehigh Valley. Sizemore is batting .289.
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July 9, 2014 | By RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
MILWAUKEE - At some point in the next week, Grady Sizemore could get a chance to win regular at-bats in the Phillies outfield. At some point this month, Darin Ruf could do the same. Carlos Ruiz could return from the disabled list, too, and even Freddy Galvis and third-base prospect Maikel Franco could receive consideration in the major league lineup, too. Those were the words general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. spoke yesterday afternoon in Milwaukee, a day removed from watching his underachieving, last-place team get swept in Pittsburgh over the holiday weekend.
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July 7, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
PITTSBURGH - Phillies rightfielder Marlon Byrd was dealt Aug. 27 last year by the New York Mets to the Pittsburgh Pirates, and he could be part of another deal this summer. Byrd is among the rumored players on the block by the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. He is batting .264 with 17 home runs and 50 RBIs after his solo blast in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Pirates at PNC Park. Byrd said he wasn't thinking about getting traded this time around. "You think about it a little bit the first time you go through it, but the second time now, you keep playing and are trying to win games for the Phillies," he said.
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June 28, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Ryne Sandberg knows he has some issues with his outfield. The Phillies manager is trying to address the one in left field right now. Domonic Brown entered play Thursday with the lowest batting average (.217), slugging percentage (.322), and OPS (.593) among all leftfielders in baseball who have enough at-bats to qualify for a batting title. Brown also had a spot on Sandberg's bench Thursday for the second time in three games after misjudging a fourth-inning fly ball that led to three Miami runs in a 3-2 loss Wednesday at Citizens Bank Park.
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June 26, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
WITH A SHORT supply of outfield production at the big-league level and a dearth of outfield depth in the minor leagues, the Phillies took a flyer yesterday on a former three-time All-Star. The Phillies signed Grady Sizemore to a minor league deal. He'll report to Triple A Lehigh Valley tomorrow. "I'd like to have more production in the outfield," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "It's pretty simple. If we think [he can provide it] after watching him play in Lehigh Valley, then we'll bring him. " Sizemore, who turns 32 in August, made three straight American League All-Star teams from 2006-08 while with the Cleveland Indians.
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June 24, 2014 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
ST. LOUIS - One of the most disappointing prospects in recent Phillies history departed the organization yesterday as the club announced it had released 25-year-old centerfielder Tyson Gillies. One of three players acquired from the Mariners in the trade that sent Cliff Lee to the Mariners in December 2009, Gillies played in just 265 games in his 4 1/2 years in the Phillies, all in the minor leagues. He spent most of that stretch hampered by hamstring injuries and off-the-field issues, including a 2010 arrest for cocaine possession.
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