Cole Does It All

Little did we know Cole’s pinch-hit appearance on Sunday night was just a warm-up for his next start.

Oh, he threw a five-hit, complete game win last night against the Nationals, the fourth straight start a Phillies starting pitcher has gone six innings and allowed no more than one run.  But, the big news was his bat, a career first triple and a single.  It was the first triple by a Phillies pitcher since Cory Lidle in 2006.

Raul broke out of his slump with a pair of doubles which was a good sign.  The revised top of the batting order triggered a 12-hit attack.  But, clutch hitting was still on the slim side as the Phillies stranded 12 runners.

For the Nationals, it was their 1,000th game since the Expos were moved to DC.  Their first game was April 4, 2005, also in Citizens Bank Park.  Their starting pitcher for game #1 and #1,000 was the same, Livan Hernandez.

Jim Eisenreich will be in the Hall of Fame Club pre-game tomorrow night for a Meet & Greet . . . Shane will autograph his new book, The Flyin’ Hawaiian, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday in the Majestic Clubhouse store . . . J-Roll picked up his 99th triple.  Only three players in Phillies history have reached the 100 mark . . . With the Flyers in the Stanley Cup playoffs, Friday night’s Phillies telecast has been moved from Comcast SportsNet to The Comcast Network.

Draft Preparation
Scouting director Marti Wolever and assistant Rob Holliday will meet have regional meetings later this month.  The draft starts on June 6. The “war room” will begin operation in the Draft Room at Citizens Bank Park on May 30.

Down On The Farm
RF Domonic Brown was 1-for-4 as Lehigh Valley edged Buffalo . . . Reading bowed, 7-2, to New Hampshire, only the second time this season they have had consecutive losses . . . RF Brian Gump had a triple and homer to raise his average to .333 as Clearwater won its fourth straight, 3-1, over Lakeland behind RHS Jarred Cosart (3-3), 1 run in 6 innings . . . RF Anthony Hewitt’s 13-game hitting streak ended in a 4-3 Lakewood win over Savannah.

Player of the Week: OF Anthony Hewitt, Lakewood.  Hit .333 in 7 games, leading his club with 10 hits. Included were 3 doubles, 1 triple and 2 homers.  He ended the week riding a 12-game hitting streak that has seen his average rise from .074 to .253.  The 22-year-old was selected by the Phillies in the 1st round (24th overall) in 2008 and signed by Gene Schall. He was a player of the week at Williamsport, July 6-12, 2009

Pitcher of the Week: RHR Justin Friend, Clearwater. Hurled 4 scoreless innings and recorded 2 saves in 2 appearances; 2 hits, 0 walks and 4 strikeouts.  For the season, the 24-year-old has 8 saves in 8 opportunities with a 0.77 ERA.  Opponents are hitting .111.  Selected by the Phillies in the minor league Rule 5 draft last December.  He was originally drafted by Oakland in the 13th round in 2007.

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