St. Louis For 4

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The Big Piece has homered in three of his last five games . . . Ben has three triples in his last six games . . . Galvis was 6-10 as the Phillies won two of three from the Braves over the weekend. And, Freddy may have turned in the fielding gem of the season on Saturday . . . Pap gave up a base runner on Sunday for the first time this season but recorded another save . . . After the game the Phillies took a United charter for a flight to St. Louis and four games with the Central Division-leading Cardinals starting tonight.

While taking the series against the Braves the Phillies offense didn’t exactly light up the world. Eight total runs gives the Phillies 49 total, last in the league.  Conversely, the Cardinals pitching staff has given up 41, fewest in the league.

The Phillies were 4-3 vs. St. Louis a year ago, 2-2 in Busch Stadium.  Since that stadium opened in 2006, Phillies are 20-17.

The Big Piece has feasted on Atlanta pitching, 49 homers, 139 RBI in 159 games.  He’s done the same against his hometown Cardinals, .362, 19 homers, 60 RBI in 56 games.  At Busch, .360, 10 homers, 38 RBI in 30 games.

Minor Leagues (Weekend Report)
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (5-13)
3-1 win over Buffalo Sunday ended a 4-game losing streak and a 7-game losing streak to the Bisons . . . RHP Phillippe Aumont, making his first start since 9/2/10 at Clearwater (a span of 1,697 days), was the winner, 5-3-0-0-0-2. 1st save for Seth Rosin.
Next: LHP Adam Morgan, 7:05 tonight vs. Durham.

Reading Fightin Phils (9-7)
Won 2 of 3 at Harrisburg . . . LHP Jesse Biddle (2-0) was Friday’s winner, 5.1-4-3-3-3-4. 1B Art Charles, 4-4 (2 doubles, 2 triples), 5 RBI . . . Harrisburg scored 4 in the eighth to win Saturday, 7-4.  Starter Zach Elfin was ejected in the second inning for throwing behind SS Stephen Perez. Elvis Araujo was ejected in the ninth for hitting Perez . . . 3B Gustavo Pierre hit a ninth-inning home run for a 4-3 Sunday win.  No decision for LHP Tom Windle, 7-2-1-1-0-9; retired 21 of the 24 batters he faced . . . RHP Stephen Shackleford picked up a save, blown save and win in 2 appearances.
Next: RHP Ben Lively (0-0), 6:35 tonight at Richmond.

Clearwater Threshers (9-9)
Lost 2 of 3 at Lakeland . . . 8-4 win on Friday featured 7, 2-out runs. CF Aaron Brown, double, triple, 3 runs, 2 RBI. WP Colin Kleven (1-1), 6-8-3-2-1-3 . . . Offense produced only 8 hits in losing next two games, 4-1, 3-2.  LHP Brandon Leibrant (1-1) was Sunday’s loser, 6-2-3-3-1-4,
Next: RHP Victor Arano (0-1), 7:00 tonight in Tampa.

Lakewood BlueClaws (8-10)
9 singles produced 2-1 win on Friday for RHP Ranfi Casimiro (1-2), 7-7-1-1-0-6. RHP Matt Hockenberry, third SV . . . 20-year-old SS Malquin Canelo, 6-12 weekend; has had 4 straight multi-hit games.
Next: RHP Ricardo Pinto (1-0), 7:05 Tuesday night in Augusta.

Extended Spring Training
SS J.P. Crawford (oblique injury during minor league spring training camp) saw his first game action on Saturday morning, 3-4, as a DH.  LHP Hoby Milner, also in the rehab program (shoulder), pitched 1 inning, his first game action.

Transactions
2B Carlos Alonso on Reading DL; 2B Brodie Greene, moved up from Clearwater . . . Clearwater LHP Lino Martinez on DL; promoted to Threshers staff from extended spring training, LHP Harold Guerrero and RHP Will Morris.

Today in Phillies History

MILLWOOD
2003: RHP Kevin Millwood pitches ninth no-hitter in Phillies history, 1-0, over the Giants at Veterans Stadium.  CF Ricky Ledee homers in the first inning and catches the final out.

2014: SS Jimmy Rollins and 2B Chase Utley play in their 1,090th game, the most for any SS-2B combo in major league history.

Phun Fact
In 33 years at Veterans Stadium, Phillies pitchers tossed two no-hitters, both against the San Francisco Giants. Terry Mulholland (1990) and Millwood.

 

 

Braves In Town

 

Baseball is pitching, hitting and defense.  Right now the Phillies are struggling in all three.  Their pitchers have walked 66, most in the league; offense has scored 41 runs, fewest in the league and defense has committed 17 errors, again the league leader.
When things are going bad they are going bad. Got to battle and hang in.

In yesterday’s loss to the Marlins, their first series win at Citizens Bank Park since 2012, the Phillies lineup did not include one member of the 2008 World Champions.  That was a first.

Home stand ends with a weekend series against Atlanta.  The Braves held the upper edge in the season series a year ago, 11-8, including 8-2 in Philly.  Time to reverse that trend.

Oh, My
Phillies are on pace to make 162 errors.  Relax that isn’t even close to the club record for most errors in a season, 403, set in 1904 when they played 155 games.  Record for fewest errors, 74, in 162 games in 2011.

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (4-10)
Fell, 11-1, to Buffalo. 3B Maikel Franco, 2-4; he’s hit in 12 of last 13 (22-59) . . . LP: Paul Clemens (0-1), 5.2-8-5-5-3-6.
Next: LHP Joely Rodriguez (0-1, 4.30), 7:05 tonight vs. Buffalo.
Roster Move: LHP Nick Hill was reinstated from the DL.

Reading Fightin Phils (7-6)
Shut out for the second straight game stretching their streak to 19 innings without scoring.  This time 3-0 at Harrisburg, Reading’s third straight loss . . . LP: Aaron Nola (1-2), 7-6-2-2-0-6. Nola gave up both runs in the first inning. Retired 14 in a row at one point and 18 of the final 21 batters he faced . . . Held to one hit on Wednesday, Reading had only six last night, two each by 2B Carlos Alonso and C Gabriel Lino.
Next: LHP Jesse Biddle (1-0, 1.64), 6:30 tonight at Harrisburg.

Clearwater Threshers (8-7)
Dropped their second in a row, 5-2, at Lakeland . . . 2 hits each for 2B Brodie Greene, RF Dylan Cozens and SS Drew Stankiewicz . . . C-1B-D Willians Astudillo extended his hitting streak to 12 games  . . . LP: Miguel Nunez (0-1), 4-8-5-4-2-0 . . . Mark Leiter followed, 4-2-0-0-1-8.
Next: RHP Colin Kleven (0-1, 8.18), 6:30 tonight at Lakeland.

Lakewood BlueClaws (7-8)
Club returned home and blanked Hagerstown, 4-0, as RHP Tyler Viza became the Phillies first 3-game winner. Now 3-0, he matched last season’s total when he was 3-17 for Lakewood.  His line last night: 7.1-3-0-0-2-6 . . . 1st SV: Jesent Therrien . . . SS Malquin Canelo, 3 hits, including first home run . . . C Deive Grullon, 3 hits, including first home run.
Next: RHP Ranfi Casimiro (0-2, 8.38), 6:35 tonight against Hagerstown.

Extended Spring Training
RHP Adam Reifer was released.

Today in Phillies History
2003: 2B Chase Utley gets first hit in the majors, a third-inning grand slam during a 9-1 win over the Rockies at Veterans Stadium.

Where Is He?
Paul Hagen’s written another “Where Are They Now?” feature.  Check it out at http://www.phillies.com/alumni.  More historic moments can also be found there.

Phun Fact
OF John Manning is the first Phillies player to hit three home runs in a game, 10/9/1884, at Chicago. In 103 other games that season, he hit two.  His five led the club.

 

Not A Good Night

 

 

Cole once again didn’t get a win and didn’t get any offensive support. Two infield hits and a balk by Luis set up the lead run in the seventh and the Marlins took advantage of two errors to bust it open with four unearned runs in the eighth.  A close game wound up as a 6-1 loss. So, the rubber game of the series will take place this afternoon.

Cole is now 0-4 over his last six starts.  Offense has produced four runs.

Cody’s homer accounted for the lone run.  He’s hitting .375 over last 12 games.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (4-10)
The offense produced eight singles and nine left on base in a 3-2 loss at Scranton/Wilkes Barre. LP: Adam Morgan (0-2), 7-7-3-3-0-3.
Next: RHP Paul Clemens (0-0, 3.00), 7:05 tonight vs. Buffalo.

Reading Fightin Phils (7-5)
Three Akron pitchers held Reading to one hit, a one-out, pinch-double by Brock Stassi in the ninth inning.  Final score: 2-0. ND Ben Lively, 6-3-0-0-3-5.
Next: RHP Aaron Nola (1-1, 3.38), 6:35 tonight at Harrisburg.

Clearwater Threshers (8-6)
Tampa handed the Threshers a 9-4 loss.  Clearwater bats produced eight singles, a triple and five walks but left 11 runners on base. LP: Victor Arano (0-1), 5-5-3-3-1-1.
Next: RHP Miguel Nunez (0-0, 6.48), 6:30 tonight at Lakeland.

Lakewood BlueClaws (6-8)
Four-game series in Greensboro ended with a 6-0 loss as Lakewood was held to three singles.  One of the hits was a ninth-inning single by CF Carlos Tocci, extending his hitting streak to nine games (14-36). LP: Josh Taylor, 5-10-5-5-1-7.
Next: RHP Tyler Viza (2-0, 4.09), 6:35 tonight against Hagerstown.

Today in Phillies History
1961: RHP Art Mahaffey sets a Phillies record with 17 strikeouts in a 6-0 win over the Cubs in the second game of a doubleheader at Connie Mack Stadium.  RHP Frank Sullivan blanks the Cubs, 1-0, in the first game.  Phillies haven’t had a doubleheader shutout since.

Happy Birthday: OF Chuck Harmon (91); LHP Rheal Cormier (48).

Phun Fact
1915 Phillies won their eighth straight game at the start of the season, out-scoring their opponents 41-10.

Bats Come Alive

The bats came alive, the long ball appeared and the Phillies scored a season-high runs in the 7-3 win over the Marlins last night.

Freddy and Ryan each hit two-run homers.  Freddy’s gave them a lead and Ryan’s regained the lead.  Since 2006, Ryan has 259 go-ahead RBI, second only to Miguel Cabrera’s 270.  Freddy has driven in a run in five straight games; last Phillie to do that was Chase two years ago.

Ben got knocked down by Mike Dunn and hit the next pitch for a two-run triple that put the game away.

Jerome got the win, Ken and Pap finished it with a perfect inning each.  When Ken and Pap  pitch in a game, the Phillies have won 14 in a row and are 26-4.  That’s a pretty potent back end.

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (4-9)
With six different batters getting two hits each, Lehigh Valley ended a five-game losing streak, 6-1, at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre . . . DH Chris Nelson had a pair of doubles and an RBI; he also stole a base . . . 3B Maikel Franco added two hits to boost his season average to .352 . . . RF Domonic Brown, 1-4, and threw a runner out at home plate . . . RHP Severino Gonzalez (1-1) allowed one run in his last inning (sixth).  He gave up six hits (five singles and a triple), walked one and struck out three.
Next: LHP Adam Morgan (0-1, 5.00), 6:35 tonight at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Reading Fightin Phils (7-4)
Pounding out 14 hits and taking advantage of five errors, Akron put an end to Reading’s five-game winning streak, 12-4 . . . CF Roman Quinn, two hits, three strikeouts. 2-4 night improved average to .422 . . . RF Brian Pointer, 1st home run . . . LP: Tom Windle (0-1), 5-9-9-8-3-3, including a fifth-inning grand slam to RF Jordan Smith.
Next: RHP Ben Lively (0-0, 4.50), 6:35 tonight vs. Akron.

Clearwater Threshers (8-5)

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LHP Brandon Leibrandt (1-0) threw seven shutout innings in a 3-0 win over Tampa, which scored 12 runs the night before.  Leibrandt, 22, allowed five singles, walked none and struck out seven. He had one three-ball count. He picked off three runners at first base, including back-to-back outs in the sixth inning. Two other runners were caught stealing by C Andrew Knapp . . . Edubray Ramos, with two scoreless innings, recorded his first save . . . CF Aaron Brown drove in two of the three runs.
Next: Undecided, 7:00 tonight at Tampa.
Like Father: Brandon’s dad, Charlie, pitched 14 years in the majors, 140-119 record.
Roster moves: Add RHP Victor Arano from extended spring training; RHP Yacksel Rios on DL as of April 21.

Lakewood BlueClaws (5-7)
1B Rhys Hoskins continued to swing a hot bat helping the BlueClaws end a three-game losing streak, 8-5, in Greensboro.  The 22-year old had a walk, solo home run, solo home run, single, single. In his last seven plate appearances over two games, two singles, a double and three homers . . . SS Malquin Canelo and 3B Derek Campbell also hit solo homers . . . CF Carlos Tocci was 1-4, lowering his average to .375 . . . RHP Ricardo Pinto (1-0) was the winner, 6-7-5-4-0-6 . . . RHP Matt Hockenberry, 2nd save.
Next: LHP Josh Taylor (0-0, 2.70), 10:45 this morning at Greensboro.

Phun Fact
There were plenty of nicknames on the 1915 Phillies: Clifford (Gavvy) Cravath, George (Possum) Whitney, George (Dode) Paskert, George (Dut) Chalmers, Joe (Bareback) Oeschger, Grover Cleveland (Old Pete) Alexander, Dave (Beauty) Bancroft, Eppa (Eppa Jephtha) Rixey, Milt (Handle Hit) Stock, Bill (Paw Paw or Reindeer) Killefer and Pat (Whiskey Face) Moran.

 

Picking Your Phillies Franchise Four

Franchise FourWho are the four most impactful players in Phillies history?

There’s a poll going on right now on Phillies.com for fans to make their selections.

There are eight names from which to choose plus an area for a write-in.  Poll ends May 8.  The eight: Ashburn, Bunning, Carlton, Klein, Roberts, Rollins, Schmidt, Utley.

Drum roll……my final four:

Michael Jack Schmidt is obviously my first pick.  He’s the greatest player ever to wear the Phillies uniform.  No brainer.

Steven Norman Carlton.  He’s the greatest pitcher. Again a no brainer.  He simply dominated and was durable.

James Calvin Rollins re-wrote many Phillies career hitting categories in his 14 year years. He and Chase are the only players of the eight not enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame.  They both have a chance.

Robin Evan Roberts was the work horse of the 1950s decade.  He never missed a turn and won 20 or more games six consecutive seasons.  Don’t know if we will ever see that from another Phillies pitcher.

My write-in candidate would have been Phillie Phanatic, the biggest, greenest and most popular Phillie.

Share your four.  Or if you prefer privacy, that’s OK. Make sure you vote.

Each team has the same contest so you can vote for more than one team.

Minor Leagues
Players of the Week (April 9-19)
Player – CF Carlos Tocci, Lakewood…Tocci, 19, earned Phillies Minor League Player of the Week honors after hitting .400 (16-40) with a HR, 5 2B, 5 BB, 9 RBI, a 1.067 OPS and 4 SB in 4 attempts for the Blue Claws… Has six multi-hit games (four two-hit games and two-three hit games)…Signed on August 23, 2011 by Jesus Mendez as an amateur free agent.

Pitcher – RHP Zach Eflin, Reading…Eflin jumped out to a hot start in the Phillies’ farm system, tossing 14 scoreless innings and allowing just seven hits and two walks while striking out seven over his first two starts with the Fightin’ Phils…The 21-year old Eflin was acquired by the Phillies in a trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers on December 19, 2014, and was originally selected by the Padres 33rd overall in the 2012 draft.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (3-9)
Lost their fifth straight, 4-3, on a pair of walks and a one-out single in the 15th inning at at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre . . . 3B Maikel Franco, 0-5 with 3 strikeouts, ending a 9-game hitting streak; hitting .347 . . . Starter Jason Berken, 5-4-2-2-2-6 . . . Hector Neris, 3-4-0-0-0-4 . . . LP: Adam Loewen (0-1), 2.1-2-1-1-5-1.
Next: RHP Severino Gonzalez (0-0, 4.63), 6:35 tonight at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Reading Fightin Phils (7-3)
Won, 9-4, over Akron. 5-run 6th inning lifted the Fightin Phils to their fifth straight win . . . CF Ramon Quin, 3-3 with 3 runs scored; included were his fifth double and eighth stolen base; hitting .425 . . . SS KC Serna, hitting second behind Quinn, 3-3 with an RBI . . . RF Aaron Altherr, a 3-run homer in the first, his first and an RBI single in the third . . .  Starter: LHP Anthony Vasquez, 5-8-4-3-1-5 . . . LHP Elvis Araujo (1-1) picked up the win with 2 scoreless relief innings.
Next: LHP Tom Windle (0-0, 1.50), 6:35 tonight vs. Akron.

Clearwater Threshers (7-5)
Got pounded by Tampa, 12-1.  4 errors contributed to 5 unearned runs out of the 12 allowed by 5 Clearwater pitchers.  INF Angelo Mora pitched the ninth inning for the losers, allowing two walks . . . DH Willians Astudillo, 3 hits, including 2 doubles . . . LP David Whitehead (1-1), 5-6-4-3-2-6, plus a WP.
Injury report: LHP Matt Imhoff placed on DL with a strained left shoulder: RHP Reinier Roibal activated.
Next: LHP Brandon Leibrandt (0-0, 2.25), 7:00 tonight vs. Tampa.
Happy Birthday: Manager Greg Legg (55).

Lakewood  (5-7)

Lost its third in a row, 8-3, at Greensboro . . . 1B Rhys Hoskins, a double and first home run . . . CF Carlos Tocci extended hitting streak to 7 games, 1-4, with 1 RBI; has 10 RBI for the season, 9 coming in his hitting streak . . . LP Elniery Garcia (1-1), 3.1-9-5-4-3-1.
Next: RHP Ricardo Pinto (0-0, 1.28), 7:00 tonight at Greensboro.

Phun Fact
The pitching staff on the 1915 NL Champion Phillies included a Cherokee Indian (Ben Tincup), one of the era’s rare Jewish players (Erskine Mayer), an off-season cartoonist (Al Demaree) and native of Scotland (George Chalmers).

 

Tough Trip

Phillies avoided their sixth ever 0-7 trip with Saturday’s win in Nationals Park.  Pap got a save in that one, #109 with the Phillies, four shy of Jose Mesa’s club record.  Pap already owns the Red Sox record (219).

Only offensive bright spot on the trip against the Mets and Nationals was Odubel.  The rookie batted .345.

Most losses ever by the Phillies on the road? 2-17 in 1928.  There were eight teams in the league then and the Phillies visited all of them…..by train.

Next
The struggling Marlins come to Citizens Bank Park for a three-game series starting Tuesday night.  A year ago, Phillies held a 10-9 edge thanks to a 7-3 mark at home,

Minor Leagues (weekend edition)
Lehigh Valley (3-8) lost all 4 in Buffalo, including 3 over the weekend. Friday’s loss came at the hands of Randy Wolf. Domnonic Brown began his rehab on Saturday. 3B-1B Maikel Franco, 7-13, including 3 doubles; hitting .386. Jason Berken tonight at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Reading (6-3) swept a 3-game series at home against Richmond and drew 24,558, the largest 3-game series to start a home schedule in franchise history. CF Roman Quinn had a 6-game hitting streak end on Saturday. Friday he had a bunt single and a suicide bunt single and 3 steals. He’s hitting .378 in 9 games.  1B Brock Stassi, 5 hits, 6 RBI in the 3 games, including a walk-off single in Saturday’s 10-inning win. OF Aaron Altherr returned from the DL on Friday. Tom Windle tonight at home vs. Akron.
Pitching lines:
WP Aaron Nola (1-1), 6-4-0-0-1-5 on Friday.
ND Jesse Biddle, 6-5-2-2-1-8 on Saturday.
WP Zach Elfin (2-0), 8-3-0-0-1-5 on Sunday; 71 strikes out of 94 pitches. Named Eastern League Pitcher of the Week.

Clearwater (7-4) had a 4-game winning streak halted on Sunday after winning first two game against Lakeland. David Whitehead tonight vs. Tampa.
Marathon:
Following an 11-inning win in Jupiter on Thursday night, the bus returned to Clearwater at 3 a.m. Friday, only to play a 17-inning game that night. RF Dylan Cozens had the walk-off hit for the second straight game.   Bullpen tossed 13 scoreless innings, including the closer Cody Forsythe who threw 53 pitches in 4 shutout innings. Combined totals: 9 pitchers, 17 hits, 12 walks, 2 intentional, 35 strikeouts, 2 wild pitches, 3 balks, 29 LOB, 2-17 RISP.

Lakewood (5-6) dropped 2 of 3 in Hagerstown.  Win went to Tyler Viza (2-0), 5-4-2-2-5.  A year ago he was 3-17 at Lakewood. 19-year-old CF Carlos Tocci, 5-13; hitting .400.

Today in Phillies History
1920: Manager Gavvy Cravath hit a three-run homer as a pinch hitter for a 3-0 win over the Giants.  It was the last home run of his career, giving him 119, the most in baseball history. That distinction lasted only one season as Babe Ruth finished 1921 with 120.

Happy birthday: Tom Hutton (69).  He’s a TV broadcaster for the Marlins.

Happy Anniversary: Terry and Don Hasenmayer who celebrated their 68th on Sunday.  Don was an infielder on the Phillies in 1945-46 and who also served his country in the military during World War II.

Phun Fact
65 years ago Sunday a young announcer named Vince Scully broadcast his first major league game at Shibe Park, the Dodgers against the Phillies.  Now 88, he continues to broadcast some Dodger home games and selected road games on radio. His signature introduction: “It’s time for Dodger baseball! Hi, everybody, and a very pleasant good (day/evening) to you, wherever you may be.”

Weekend in DC

The long ball got to Cole and the offense continued its woes as the Nationals opened a four-game series with a 5-2 win last night.  They hit two homers off Cole.  A year ago, he allowed 14. So far this young season, seven.  He had gone 21 straight road starts without allowing more than three runs.

Phillies hitters were 0-5 with RISP. For the season, they are just 11-74 in this category.

Tonight, Saturday and Sunday afternoon wraps up the series.  Phillies return home Tuesday to host the Marlins in a three-game series.

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley (3-5) lost, 5-1, at Buffalo.  LP Severino Gonzalez, 5-10-5-5-1-2. 3B Maikel Franco, single, double; hitting .323. LHP Adam Morgan (0-0) tonight.

Reading was idle. RHP Aaron Nola (0-1) tonight as Fightin Phils open their home schedule against Richmond.

Clearwater (5-3) won, 3-2, in 11 innings at Jupiter on a 3B by Andrew Knapp and a game-winning single by RF Dylan Cozens.  DH Andrew Pullin, 2 hits; batting .417.  ND: Brandon Leibrandt, 6-5-2-2-1-6. WP: Mark Leiter (1-0). SV: Ulises Joaquin (3). RHP Miguel Nunez (0-0) tonight against Lakeland at Bright House Field.

Lakewood (4-4) dropped a 7-3 decision at Hagerstown. LP: Jason Taylor, 5-6-2-2-1-1. CF Carlos Tocci, 1-4, 4th steal. RHP Tyler Viza (1-0) tonight.

Today in Phillies History
1976: 3B Mike Schmidt ties major league record by hitting four consecutive home runs in defeating the Cubs in Wrigley Field, 18-16, in 10 innings.  The Phillies rallied from trailing 12-1 and 13-2, tying the NL record for the biggest comeback.  Schmidt’s homers came in the 5th, 7th, 8th and 10th innings (game winner).

Be sure to check out Alumni news, notes and photos at http://www.phillies.com/alumni. Peek at the Past vintage photo is a classic from spring training 100 years ago.

Phun Fact
Reliever Rheal Cormier picked up the last Phillies win at Veterans Stadium and the first win at Citizens Bank Park. Starter Claude Passeau has the distinction of getting the Phillies final win in Baker Bowl and their first win after the Phillies permanently moved to Shibe Park, both in 1938.

 

Nats Next

The good news after last night’s loss to the Mets: the Phillies don’t see them for another 22 days.  New York has won 15 of the last 19 games, including a three-game sweep.

Phillies leadoff hitters went into the game with a total of four hits for the season.  Odubel had two doubles and triple.  Cody also had three hits. That’s the good news.  The Phillies left 11 runners on base. 2-16 with RISP. That’s not so good news.

Cole gets the nod as the Phillies tonight, the first of a four-game series against the Nationals. He had a no-decision against them last week, allowing just one run in seven innings. He’s pitched well against them in his career.  That’s the good news. The not so good news, the Nats will start four tough right-handers in the series.

Since Nationals Park opened in 2008, the Phillies re 32-32 there.

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley (3-4) won its 3rd game in the last 4, 8-5, over Syracuse.  No decision for Chad Billingsley, 5-2-0-0-2-3; 73 pitches.  3B Maikel Franco, 2 hits, including a two-run triple; extended hitting streak to 5 games.  Severino Gonzalez starts tonight in Buffalo, the start of a 7-game road trip.

Reading (3-3) ended a 2-game losing streak in New Hampshire with a 4-1 in the series and road trip finale.  LHP Anthony Vasquez, in his first start, was the winner, 5-3-0-0-1-4.  1st save for Stephen Shackleford.  CF Ramon Quinn, 2 hits, RBI, SB; leads league in hitting (.478), runs (9), triples (2), steals (4) in 6 games.  Day off today.  First home game on Friday night; Aaron Nola will start.

Clearwater (4-3) erupted for 7 runs in the top of the ninth and pulled out a 7-4 win in Jupiter. The big inning featured 6 singles, a double, hit batter, balk and sacrifice fly.  CF Aaron Brown started the inning with a single and ended it with a 2-out, 2-run double.  He was out trying to score on a weird 9-4-2-1-2 play.  LF Andrew Pullin had 3 hits; batting .421. No decision: David Whitehead, 6-7-1-1-2-4. SV: Ulises Joaquin (2). Brandon Leibrandt starts tonight, the series and road trip finale in Jupiter.

Lakewood (4-3) had a 2-game winning streak end when Greensboro scored 5 in the ninth, 7-2, in the final game of a 7-game homestand. No decision: Ricardo Pinto, 7-9-2-2-1-10.  CF Carlos Tocci, 3rd straight 2-hit game; leads league in hits (11), RBI (8); .407 average is 4th.  First road trip begins tonight in Hagerstown.  Josh Taylor starts.

Today in Phillies History
1972: RHP Burt Hotton of the Cubs pitches a no-hitter against the Phillies in Wrigley Field. Six years later on the same date, RHP Bob Forsch of the Cardinals no-hits the Phillies in St. Louis.

For more great moments in Phillies history, visit http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

Happy birthday: RHP Jim Lonborg (73).

Phun Fact
Chase has hit two home runs in a game 21 times.  He’s tied with Joe Gordon for second place among all second basemen.  The leader? Ryne Sandberg, 24.

In the 2009 World Series, Chase hit two homers in a game, twice, a record for a second baseman.

4 HR, But A Loss

Philadelphia Phillies v New York Mets
Electricity filled the City Field air as Harvey made his first start at home following Tommy John surgery.  First pitch was a strike and the crowd roared.  Two strikeouts and a two-strike count on Chase had the fans in a tizzy.  Chase hit the next pitch for a home run.  Total silence.

Harvey hadn’t allowed a home run in 61 innings, the longest running streak in the majors.  Utley hadn’t homered in 197 plate appearances, his longest dry spell. Later Chase hit his second homer (8th inning), the 21st time he’s done that. He was on base four times.

After hitting two homers in their first seven games, the Phillies unloaded for four only to suffer a 6-5 loss to the Mets, who have won 15 of the last 21 meetings between the two clubs. Frenchy hit the Phillies fourth in the top of the ninth.

The game featured two homers (Chase/Cody) off Harvey for only the second time in his career, a double off him by Buchanan, four hit batters (two for each team), a warning for both teams, a challenge that wasn’t allowed, a challenge that was and the ejection of the Mets manager when Howard was given first base because his bat hit the catcher’s mitt.

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley (2-4) edged Pawtucket, 6-5, scoring the winning run in the last of the eighth when Brian Bogusevic scored on a catcher’s throwing error while stealing third base.  WP: Hector Neris (1-1). SV: Colton Murray (1). 3B Maikel Franco, 1st HR. 1B Russ Canzler, 3 hits.  Starter Joely Rodriguez:  5-6-4-4-3-1.  Chad Billingsley in 10:35 a.m. game today.  IronPigs leave for Buffalo after the game.

Reading (2-3) lost when C Jack Murphy hit a two-run homer off Nefi Ogando in the bottom of the ninth, 5-4, at New Hampshire. CF Roman Quinn, 3 hits, 2 steals; batting .450. 3B Gustavo Pierre, 1st HR.  Starter Ben Lively: 6-5-3-3-2-3; all runs in first two innings.  Anthony Vasquez in 10:35 a.m. game today.  Fightin Phils return home after the game for their home opener on Friday.

Clearwater (3-3) won, 6-1, at Jupiter.  Matt Imhoff (1-1) picked up the win, 5-4-1-0-3-2. C Willians Astudillo, 1st HR.  DH Andrew Knapp, 2 his; .346 average. David Whitehead tonight in Jupiter.

Lakewood (4-2) coasted to a 9-1 win over Greensboro.  WP Elniery Garcia (1-0): 6-4-1-0-1-4. CF Carlos Tocci, 2B, grand slam HR; hitting .391.  Richard Pinto in 11:05 a.m. game today vs. Greensboro, last game of the homestand.

Today in Phillies History
1985: Mike Schmidt plays in his 1,795th game to break the club record held by Richie Ashburn.

2004: Four-run eighth inning lifts the Phillies to a 6-4 win over the Reds, their first victory in Citizens Bank Park.  LHP Rheal Cormier is the winner; save for LHP Billy Wagner.  Homers by 3B David Bell and C Mike Lieberthal.

Phun Fact
Rookie manager Pat Moran brought in eight new players including starters at second base, shortstop and left field prior to the 1915 season.  Bobby Byrne, the incumbent second baseman, moved to third base giving the team different players at three infield positions.

Hard-throwing Harvey Next

 

Shut out twice in seven games, including 2-0 yesterday in New York. So, what is next for the Phillies?  Only Matt Harvey tonight, a flame-throwing righty who is 4-0 with a skimpy 1.08 ERA against the Phillies.  Well, time for the bats to come alive.

Ben’s turning into a quality left fielder.  Dynamic throw on Sunday to cut down a runner at home plate and a flat out sensational catcher yesterday when he laid flat out to rob Ganderson of a hit.

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley (1-4) lost, 5-4, to Syracuse on a 2-run 9th off Cesar Jimenez.  Starter Paul Clemens: 6-4-3-2-1-2.  1B Russ Canzler, 1st HR. LH Joely Rodriquez tonight vs. Syracuse.

Reading (2-2) also lost by one run, 4-3, at New Hampshire. Reliever Elvis Araujo was tagged for 3 runs in the 8th.  Starter Tom Windle: 6-9-1-1-1-4. CF Roman Quinn, 1B, 2B, 3B.  RF Brian Pointer, 1st HR.  Ben Lively tonight in NH.

Clearwater (2-3) dropped an 8-1 decision at Jupiter.  RF Domonic Brown, 2-3, RBI. Matt Imhoff tonight in Jupiter.

Lakewood (3-2) defeated Greensboro, 4-1. WP Chris Oliver (1-0), 5-5-1-1-2-5. CF Carlos Tocci, 2 hits, 3 RBI; hitting .389.  Elniery Garcia tonight vs. Greensboro.

Today in Phillies History

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1915: Phillies open season with win over defending World Series champion Braves in Boston. 28-year-old RH Grover Cleveland Alexander was the winner, first of 31 league-leading wins that season. Details of the victory will be posted on http://www.phillies.com/alumni later today.

2013: RHP Roy Halladay earns his 200th career win, 2-1, over the Marlins in Miami.

Peter Edward Rose turns 74 today.

Phun Fact

Chris Short
LHP Chris Short was the winning pitcher in the last game at the Polo Grounds against the New York Mets in 1963.  Two years later he won the first game in the Astrodome.

 

 

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