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Tommy Joseph continues to impress the Phillies with his bat, but Nats come from behind to win

Tommy Joseph is making the most of his playing time in Philadelphia, hitting two home runs against the Washington Nationals Friday night. Elsewhere, Tyler Viza had an impressive Double-A debut and the IronPigs turned into cheesesteaks for a night.

With the Phillies giving first baseman Tommy Joseph a look, the 24-year old hit his sixth and seventh home runs against the Nationals in Friday night's 9-6 loss. Joseph's first home run came off Stephen Strasburg, a two-run shot in the third inning that gave the Phillies an early 4-0 lead. Joseph would hit another two-run homer off Felipe Rivero in the eighth inning. 

In 21 games with the Phillies, Joseph is hitting .323 with seven home runs and 12 RBI.

The Phillies scored their first two runs off Strasburg (10-0) in the top of the second on RBI singles from Cody Asche and Tyler Goeddel. Joseph's blast put them up 4-0, but the Nationals came right back with two runs in the bottom of the ninth against Jeremy Hellickson (4-4), who gave up a two-run double to former Phillie Jayson Werth. The Nationals would tie the game in the fourth on home runs from Wilson Ramos and Stephen Drew.

"The guys spot me a 4-0 lead in the third inning, and I have to make that stand. This loss is definitely on me," Hellickson told reporters after the game.

Washington made it 5-4 in the fifth on an RBI double from Daniel Murphy and pushed it to 6-4 when Danny Espinosa homered off of Hellickson in the sixth.The Nationals scored for the fifth straight inning in the seventh on a pair of RBI doubles from Murphy and Drew, both coming off reliever Luis Garcia, who was recalled from Lehigh Valley earlier in the day.

Joseph's home run in the eighth made it a 9-6 game, but to add insult to injury, Jonathan Papelbon would come in and shut down his former teammates in the ninth to record his 16th save.


Lehigh Valley 4
Durham 0
WP: Jake Thompson (5-5) LP: Blake Snell (3-5) SV: Edubray Ramos (2)
HR: none
Darin Ruf 3-for-3 with a double and a triple.
The IronPigs switched their name to the Cheesesteaks for Salute to Philadelphia night.

Altoona 2
Reading 9
WP: Tyler Viza (1-0), LP: Alex McRae (0-1), SV: none
HR: ALT - none; RDG - Dylan Cozens (17), Rhys Hoskins (15), Aaron Brown (3), Jorge Alfaro (6)
Cozens and Hoskins each had three hits. Cozens is tied for the most HR by any player in Minor League Baseball with 17.

Clearwater at Charlotte postponed by rain. DH on Saturday.

Lakewood 6
Delmarva 3
WP: Drew Anderson (1-1), LP: Brian Gonzalez (5-3), SV: Jacob Waguespack (3)
HR: none
Lakewood has now won four of their last five games.

Friday's Transactions

Philadelphia - Placed RHP Vincent Velasquez on the 15 day DL retroactive to June 9 (right biceps strain)

Philadelphia - Recalled RHP Luis Garcia from Lehigh Valley

Lehigh Valley - Granted OF Will Venable his outright release.

Lehigh Valley - Released INF Angelys Nina.

Lehigh Valley - OF David Lough accepted his assignment to AAA and was added to the roster.

Reading - INF Carlos Alonso was reassigned to Lehigh Valley.

Clearwater - RHP Tyler Viza was reassigned to Reading.

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