Florida Focus

Points of interest for Phillies fans were on the east and west coasts of Florida on Tuesday night.

In Miami
Doc and JJ hooked up in a pitcher’s duel.  Doc came out on the short end.  Uncharacteristically a walk to his opposing pittcher, an error (MLB low 13th) and a wild pitch led to two runs and a 2-1 defeat.  Meanwhile, Ryan’s homer was the lone run for the Phillies, who had more hits (6-5) and runners left (10-5). Phillies couldn’t get the clutch hit, twice leaving the bases loaded.

According to Elias Sports Bureau: The loss snapped Halladay’s streak of 16 consecutive wins in games in which he was staked to a lead, dating back to last July. Halladay has a 25-2 record in 28 starts in which the Phillies gave him a lead.

In Clearwater
Chase was playing his first game on a rehab assignment at Bright House Field on $1 Tuesday Night (berm ticket, hot dogs, ice cream sandwiches, soda and beer a buck each).

He finished the game 1-4 (two ground outs and a strike out) as the Threshers’ DH, the hit a single to center in the eighth inning.  All at-bats came against left-handed pitchers.  The Palm Beach Cardinals, managed by former Phillie infielder Luis Aguayo, won that game, too, 5-1.

Chase was batting third in the lineup, wearing a red Threshers jersey with #29 on the back (no names on the jerseys). In keeping with the dress code for Phillies minor leaguers, his pants were knee high with the full red stirrups showing. He looked different but his mannerisms at the plate left no doubt it was Chase.  He got the loudest cheer from the 2,647 crowd every time he was introduced. 

Earlier in the day, Chooch saw his first action in an extended spring training game at Carpenter Complex.  

This Date in Phillies History
1980—39-year-old Pete Rose stole second, third and home in one inning for the Phillies.  The last National Leaguer to pull off this feat was Jackie Robinson with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1954.

Down On The Farm
RF Domonic Brown extended his AAA hitting streak to 15 games with a double in four at-bats as Lehigh Valley won, 3-1, in Toledo . . . RHS J. C. Ramirez (4-2) dropped his second straight decision, a 4-2 Reading loss at Trenton . . . RHS Jonathan Pettibone (3-2) lost his second straight, allowing only one earned run (two unearned) in 6.2 innings, lowering his ERA to 1.18, in Clearwater’s loss . . . Lakewood lost its second straight in Greensboro, 9-2.

Players of the Week (May 2-8)
Player of the Week: RF Domonic Brown, Lehigh Valley.  Hit .409 in 6 games with 7 runs, 9 hits, 2 homers, 5 RBI and a stolen base. Extended his AAA hitting streak to 13 games (.373), dating back to 2010.  Joined LV on Monday after hitting .368 in 5 games at Clearwater in a rehab assignment.  The 23-year-old was signed by Chip Lawrence after being selected in the 20th round in 2006 out of Redan High School (GA).

Pitcher of the Week: RHS Julio Rodriguez, Clearwater. 2-0 for 2 starts, 13.2 innings, 6 hits, 0 runs, 5 walks, 13 strikeouts.  Extended his scoreless streak to 16 innings. Dating back to Lakewood in 2010, he has won 7 in a row.  Leads the FSL with a 5-0 record and is third with a 1.67 ERA. The 20-year-old was signed by Chip Lawrence after being selected in the 8th round in 2008 out of the Puerto Rican Baseball Academy.  He has a 13-6 record in 3-plus pro seasons.

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