How do you sum up the weekend?
Well, the Phillies put more players on the DL (2) than wins (1). Roy-O and Chooch joined Chase, Brad, Jose and Joe on the DL.
Cliff fanned a career-high 16 on Friday and became the first Phillies pitcher to do that in a loss. Zero runs, two hits for the Phils . . . Kyle replaced Roy-O in the rotation and threw five scores innings in a shutout win on Saturday, 3-0 . . . Cole struck out a season-high nine on Sunday night, gave up two homers (had allowed only two in first six starts) and left the game, down 3-1. Bullpen couldn’t keep it close and the Braves won the rubber match. Offense had more hits, 12-8 and left on base, 10-5. So, the Phillies scored five runs over three games and won a game.
Now, a three-game series against the second-place Marlins, starting Monday night in Miami. Phillies are 0-2 on Mondays, 1-4 on Tuesdays and 5-0 on Wednesdays. Joe returns from the DL to start on Monday night.
Big matchup Tuesday night, Doc against JJ (Jason Johnson). If I were a hitter, I would call in sick.
Phillies starters have 17 wins, most in the majors . . . Phillies are 4-7 in the first game of a series, 18-4 after that . . . On the road, Phillies are 9-4, fewest losses in the majors.
Chase played in his first extended spring training game on Saturday, 5-7 with 2 homers and six innings in the field in Dunedin against the Blue Jays extended crew.
No game was played on Sunday and the team travels to Tampa to play the Yankees on Monday afternoon.
If everything goes right, Chase’s first “home game” will be Tuesday at Carpenter Complex against the same Yankees. Game time is 1 p.m.
Down On The Farm
RF Domonic Brown extended his AAA hitting streak to 13 games (dating back to 2010) as Lehigh Valley won two of three in Columbus. Brown was 3-9 with two homers over the weekend . . . Reading completed a three-game sweep in Harrisburg, banging out 43 hits and out-scoring the Senators, 35-16. CF Derrick Mitchell had a pair of homers and six RBI . . . RHP Julio Rodriguez improved to 5-0 on Saturday as Clearwater split a pair of games (not scheduled on Sunday) . . . RHP David Buchanan (4-1) tossed a nine-inning complete game as Lakewood won on Saturday, 5-1. BlueClaws took two of three in Charleston.