Romp, Squeaker, Marathon
Formula for getting to postseason baseball is winning the series. This weekend, the Phillies took two of three from the Mets, although it doesn’t taste that good considering last night’s marathon loss which kept the Phils from a sweep. It marked the first time the Phillies have lost the series finale this season.
Friday night was a Ryan romp, Saturday afternoon a squeaker and last night seemed to be endless. A total of 440 pitches were thrown in 14 innings. The two teams combined for 21 hits (16 singles), 13 walks and 30 runners left on base.
After scoring 10 runs over four innings on Friday, the Phillies scored in just two innings over the next 23 innings.
The common thread in each weekend game was quality starting pitching, beginning with rookie Vance on Friday. Doc said he didn’t feel sharp warming up in the pen on Saturday and then threw strikes on his first 18 pitches of the game. Cliff wound up with 113 pitches in seven innings last night, almost one-third coming in a 34-pitch first inning. Combined the three starters gave up two runs in their 22 innings on the mound. That formula will also work.
Elias Sports Bureau
The Phillies scored the first 10 runs in their 10-3 win over the Mets on Friday night. Between the bottom of the fifth inning of the teams’ April 6 game and the seventh inning on Friday, the Phils scored 24 unanswered runs over a three-game span against New York. That’s the longest unanswered-run streak for Philadelphia against any opponent since it scored 25 straight against Pittsburgh from October 1907 to May 1908.
Phillies ESPN Sunday Night record fell to 24-16, ending a three-game winning streak against the Mets. Phils are on Sunday night again this week (Atlanta) . . . Sunday record in Citizens Bank Park history is now 72-27 . . . Phillies were in first place on May 1 for the 10th time in their history, dating back to 1900. Last season they were in the top perch was 2008.
**Phillies finished the month with an 18-8 record, the most wins in team history for the first month. Old mark was 17-5 by the 1993 wild bunch. Percentage of .692 doesn’t crack the top five in Phillies history because fewer April games were played in distant seasons. The top percentage is .875, 1897 (7-1-1). Second, .818, 1964 (9-2).
**Ryan’s 27 RBI is another club record, breaking Pat Burrell’s 2008 record (24).
**Polly’s 41 hits are the most in the first month (records available through 1970). Chase held the old mark, 38, in 2008. It is also a personal high for Polly for any month as are 19 RBI.
Down On The Farm (Weekend)
Lehigh Valley was 3-0; 2B-SS-3B Kevin Fransden is hitting .393 in his last 18 games . . . Reading won all three, stretching its winning streak to five in a row; they lead their division . . . Clearwater took two of three . . . Lakewood lost two of three; OF Anthony Hewitt has hit in 12 straight games.
Phillies minor league teams compiled a 51-39 April record.