It must be contagious, hitting that is. For four games, the hitting was non-existence. Last night, five straight hits in the third inning helped produce five runs, more than the Phillies had scored in any previous game this season. Yoo-hoo, everybody hits.
From eight runs on 26 hits in four games, the Phillies piled up seven runs on 14 hits last night.
Meanwhile, Doc continued his brilliant early-season pitching (one run in 15 innings). In 31 starts after a Phillies loss, he’s 20-7. That’s an ace.
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Win boosted Doc’s career won-lost record to 190-92 (.674). He became only the 10th pitcher in major-league history to reach the 190-wins mark with 92-or-fewer losses. The only other pitchers to do that in the post-World War II era were Whitey Ford in 1963 (who was 190-74), Juan Marichal in 1969 (190-87) and Pedro Martinez in 2005 (190-78).
**Mike Schmidt reflects on his historic four home run game in 1976 and his 500th homer 11 years later in the Alumni Views section.
**Pat Burrell is following the footsteps of Doug Glanville (2005) and Mike Lieberthal (2008) by officially retiring as a Phillie.
Who got the last hit in both Jack Russell Stadium and Veterans Stadium?
Burrell: 9th inning single on 3/28/03 (JR Stadium) and 9th inning single on 9/28/03 (Vet).
Down On The Farm
**Lehigh Valley (5-2) edged Syracuse, 7-6. C Eric Kratz, 2 doubles, 2 RBI; CF Scott Podsednik, 2 hits, 2 runs, 2 steals. RHS Austin Hyatt (1-0); RHR Phillippe Aumont (2nd save).
**Reading (6-1) ended the homestand with a 4-2 win over New Hampshire. 2 hits each for 1B Darrin Ruf (.458) and RF Jiwan James (.417). RHS Tyler Cloyd (1-0), 2 runs, 6 innings; RHR Justin Friend (3rd save).
**Clearwater (2-4) lost to Tampa by one run for the second straight game, 2-1, in 12 innings. CF Peter Lavin, 3rd double, 1st HR. No decision for LHS Adam Morgan, 1 run, 6 innings, 9 strikeouts.
**Lakewood (2-5) ended a season-opening road trip with a 5-1 loss in Greensboro. BlueClaws open home schedule this evening.
April 12, 1965—Phillies win first NL game played in Houston’s Astrodome, 2-0, over the Colt 45s. LHP Chris Short tosses four-hitter and 3B Dick Allen homers.
April 12, 2004—Cincinnati Reds spoil inaugural opener at Citizens Bank Park with 4-1 win. RF Bobby Abreu hits first homer in new park.