J-Roll Gets It Started

(This just in…Chase Utley will begin a rehab assignment tonight at Bright House Field as the Clearwater Threshers host the Palm Beach Cardinals, 7 p.m. Tickets are available.), 1:18 p., Tuesday, May 10

Joe shook off the rust in the early innings and then settled in, J-Roll triggered the  offense, Vance was solid in relief and Ryan closed with a save as the Phillies emerged a winner Monday night in Miami.

J-Roll got it started with his 36th career leadoff home run, moving into fifth place on baseball’s all-time list ahead of Bobby Bonds.  The NL record holder is Craig Biggio, 53, according to Elias Sports Bureau.  Since returning to the leadoff spot seven games ago, J-Roll is hitting .357.

Classic Duel
Doc vs. JJ (Josh Johnson) on Tuesday night, the Phillies worst day of the week (1-4).
Both are No. 1 aces, both are Cy Young candidates, both are All-Stars and both can be dominating.

Combining both: 8-2, 1.95 ERA, 14 games started, 101.2 innings, 22 earned runs, 22 walks, 113 strikeouts and two home runs allowed (one each).

18th win for a Phillies starting pitcher, most in the majors . . . 7th straight Phillies win at Sun Life Stadium where they are 18-3 in the last 21 games . . . Phillies continue to lead the majors with the fewest errors, 12 . . . Second to J-Roll on the Phillies all-time list for leadoff homers is Juan Samuel, 14; Jimmy also holds the club record for most in a season, 9, 2007 . . . Phillies turned four double plays and narrowly missed a fifth.

This Date in Phillies History
1959—RHP Jim Hearn allowed two earned runs before the game is suspended with the Pirates leading the Phillies, 6-4.  Hearn was released before the game was completed in July and was charged with the loss.

1967—Braves RF Hank Aaron hit his only inside-the-park home run among his 755, against the Phillies RHP Jim Bunning in the eighth inning.

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.

“I would probably be in education if I didn’t play baseball,” 2B Mickey Morandini (1990-97; 2000).

Down On The Farm
RF Domonic Brown extended his AAA hitting streak (including 2010) to 14 games and drove in the lone run on a sacrifice fly as Lehigh Valley won, 1-0, in Toledo behind three pitchers.  LHS Ryan Feierabend (1-2) was the winner, 5 scoreless innings . . . Reading was held to 4 hits in losing, 2-0, at Trenton . . . 1B Darin Ruf drove in 3 runs on 2 doubles, C Sebastian Valle had three hits including his 2nd homer as Clearwater improved to 7-1 this month with an 8-5 win in Dunedin.  DH Joe Savery was hitless and fell under .400 for the first time . . . Lakewood lost in 10 innings at Greensboro, 4-3. 3B Geancarla Mendez, double, homer, 3 RBI.

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