Lose, Pack and Travel

Roy-O had allowed just five runs in running up a 3-0 record in his first four starts.  Tuesday night, he was tagged for five runs in three innings as the Phillies lost a second straight night and dropped into second place behind the red-hot Marlins.

It was his first loss since his first outing with the Phillies last July 30.  It was also the first time since April 8 that the starter pitched less than six innings.

The Phillies out-hit the Diamondbacks, 12-7, but left more men on base, 10-2. 

So, it was back to the hotel, pack, get up early for an afternoon game Wednesday and fly home.

A First
Elias Sports Bureau:  When Doc fanned 14 on Sunday and Cliff followed with 12 on Monday, it marked the first time for the Phillies dating back to 1900 that their starters had 12 or more strikeouts in consecutive games.

Charity Event
Jen and Chase Utley will be hosting their Utley All-Star Animals fourth-annual Casino Night on Thursday at the Electric Factory. The event benefits the PSPCA through the newly-formed Utley Foundation.  Among the auction prizes is a trip for two to spring training next March.

Down On The Farm
Lehigh Valley was held to two hits in a 7-2 loss to Pawtucket . . . Reading lost a pair at Erie, two hits in a 4-0 first-game shutout and 4-3 in the second game . . . 1B Darin Ruf hit two homers (including a slam) and drove in five runs as Clearwater coasted in Tampa, 10-0, before behind shut out on three hits in the second game, 4-0 . . . 1B Jim Murphy hit two homers (#5-6) and drove in six as Lakewood crushed Charleston, 11-1 . . . RHP Brody Colvin, on the DL at Clearwater with a lower back problem, pitched three innings in an extended spring training game.  RF Domonic Brown was 5-for-5 with two homers and will begin a rehab assignment with Clearwater today.

What Would You Have Done?
What profession or occupation might you have chosen if you didn’t play baseball? The question has been posed to Phillies Alumni.

“If I hadn’t played baseball I really couldn’t say what life would have led me to, but I enjoyed sales. Being around people most of the time made me comfortable. I also enjoyed the subjects I took in college for becoming a doctor, but that was cut real short,”  reliever Jack Baldschun (1961-65).

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