First Road Trip
Doc was his usual stingy self and the offense was relentless as the Phillies closed out their first home stand with an 11-0 romp over the Mets yesterday afternoon.
Phillies had the lead-off man on base in each of their eight innings, a first in the majors since the Pirates did it in 2007.
Polly drove in four runs, giving him eight for the series, a high water mark for a three-game series in his 14-year career. Wilson had his first 4-hit game in the bigs.
The Mets had their lead-off man on base in each of the first four innings, but Doc held them scoreless.
Phillies biggest shutout margin? 18-0, done three times, 1910, 1930 and 1934.
First road trip starts with a series this weekend in Atlanta. In another scheduling quirk, the Phillies face the Braves nine times in their first 39 games, including six in Atlanta (May 13-14-15 again). The Phillies don’t return to Atlanta until the last three games of the season in September.
Phillies hitters lead the league with a .353 average and .407 on-base percentage. Atlanta has the lowest team ERA, 2.75. So, a real test for Phillies hitters fresh from back-to-back 16-hit games.
Minor League Openers
RHP Vance Worley fanned nine in six shutout innings as Lehigh Valley opened with a 7-2 win over state rival Scranton Wilkes-Barre last night. RHP Michael Stutes fanned three of the four hitters he faced . . . Playing in 40 degrees, Reading lost its opener in Portland, ME, 4-3 . . . Playing in 82 degrees, Clearwater unleashed a 15-hit attack in winning easily, 10-1, at Dunedin. Joe Savery, making a career change from a pitcher to a hitter, was 4-4 with a walk as the DH. RHP Jarred Cosart tossed six scoreless innings to pick up the win . . . Lakewood began defense of its SAL championship with a 2-0 win over visiting Kannapolis . 1B Jim Murphy homered in his first at-bat. Win went to LHP Mario Hollands.
MiLB.com listed the top 10 prospects in the Florida State League and Clearwater has four: #1 RHP Brody Colvin, #2 Cosart; #8, RHP Trevor May and #10, LF Jonathan Singleton.
Phillies are listed as a FOX telecast on Saturday but that game will take the back seat to the Yankees and Red Sox national telecast. So, the Phillies won’t really won’t be seen too much on a national basis . . . Sunday’s game is on TBS in addition to MyPhil in Philly . . . MLB.com has complete audio and TV coverage of every game every day.