Phillies take Rookie Gulf Coast League title
Gump paces bats with four RBIs; Brown's stellar start earns win
DENVER -- The Rookie Gulf Coast League Phillies beat the GCL Rays, 10-4, in the rubber match of the three-game series Thursday to claim the championship.
Tim Brown got the win for the Phillies, throwing 7 2/3 innings of one-run, two-hit ball to secure the series comeback after falling behind when the Rays took the opener.
Right fielder Brian Gump went 3-for-5 and knocked in four runs to pace the offense. Five other Phillies had multihit games, including first baseman Christopher Duffy, who was also 3-for-5.
Schneider starts as Ruiz gets breather
DENVER -- With a one-game layover in Denver on their way home from Los Angeles, and with the team in the midst of playing 24 games in 23 days, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel elected to give starting catcher Carlos Ruiz a day off.
Ruiz was on the bench for much of the Phils' 12-11 victory Thursday, though he entered as a defensive replacement behind the plate in the bottom of the eighth inning.
"I just gave Chooch a day," Manuel said. "I kind of have to watch him, because we still got 29 games to play. I definitely don't want to wear him down. [Rockies starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin] gets righties out pretty good. Figure a left-hander won't hurt tonight."
Brian Schneider has given Manuel much of what he hoped for when the Phillies signed the veteran over the off-season. He has hit .214 in 40 games, adding four home runs and 13 RBIs. His previous start was Tuesday against the Dodgers, and he knocked a three-run homer to put the Phillies ahead for good in the second inning.
"I think if he played a little more, he might contribute to the team even more," Manuel said. "One reason we brought him over here is the fact he's been a good backup catcher in the past, but him being a left-handed hitter, that plays into when you want to rest Ruiz, with a right-handed pitcher that Chooch might have trouble with."
With catcher Paul Hoover back on the Major League roster as a September callup, Manuel also has the flexibility to use Ruiz as a pinch-hitter earlier in the game, knowing he's still got a catcher on the bench if he needs one.
"Schneider's an upgrade from what we had last year," Manuel said. "Schneider's getting used to our [pitchers] now too. He's learned to catch them. That's a big difference. Pitchers go through what I call an accepting period, where you've got to spend time with them and you've got to communicate with them. Schneider did a good job at that. Things are working out pretty good for him."
Manuel unsure of Monday's second starter
DENVER -- After wrapping up an extended three-game set from May with Thursday's rubber match against the Rockies, the Phillies will take care of the last of their unfinished business by making up a June rainout with the Marlins. The makeup game was rescheduled as the second game of Monday's doubleheader.
Manager Charlie Manuel has not yet decided on a starter for the nightcap.
"We're still thinking about it," Manuel said, noting he is making the decision with pitching coach Rich Dubee. "We haven't decided yet."
As the Phillies go through a 23-day stretch without an off-day, the double-header almost certainly means calling up a Minor League pitcher for the spot start. Though Antonio Bastardo and Jose Contreras have both started in the past, no pitcher currently on the Phillies' roster has started a game for the club this year -- other than the five starters in the rotation.
Gillies' lawyer enters 'not guilty' plea
PHILADELPHIA -- The lawyer for Phillies prospect Tyson Gillies entered a written plea of not guilty this week in the Sixth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida.
Officers for the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office arrested Gillies on Aug. 20 in Clearwater, Fla., on a felony charge of cocaine possession.
He is free on $2,000 bond.
The Phillies previously said in a statement, "Because this is an open case, we will not comment further at this time."
Gillies' lawyer, J. Kevin Hayslett, could not be reached for comment. Hayslett has represented high-profile clients inclding Hulk Hogan's son, Nick Bollela.
Phillies outfielder Ross Gload made a rehab start for Class A Clearwater on Wednesday night, going 0-for-3 as the designated hitter. Gload is scheduled to start Thursday night's game against Daytona at first base, and if all goes well, he could return to the team when they begin their homestand in Philadelphia. ... During batting practice in Denver on Thursday, manager Charlie Manuel was presented with an American flag that was flown in his honor in Iraq. Marc Gahagen, a member of the U.S. Special Forces in Iraq, made the presentation. Gahagen hails from Levittown, Pa., and now resides in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Owen Perkins is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.