Doc vs. Tim Tonight

There’s nothing like flying from the east coast to the west coast after a victory.  It certainly makes the long trip much more pleasant, even shorter although that’s not possible.

The Phillies avoided a sweep of the Mets by scoring late, with new extra men, Nix and Wigginton coming up with the big hits.  Key hits have been missing.

Cole gave up a two-run homer in the first inning and that was it.  It was his first win over the Mets at home since 2009.  10 strikeouts marked his 19th double-digit game.  Only three other Phillies hurlers have more: Steve Carlton (70), Curt Schilling (45) and Jim Bunning (25).

Circling the Bases
Galvis was given the day off on Sunday.  His defense has been sparkling.  After an 0-12 start, he’s 6-15 . . . 10-game trip begins tonight in SF in a pitching matchup classic, Doc vs. Lincecum.  Doc’s ERA is 0.60, Tim’s an unearthly 12.91 . . . Phillies face the Giants top three hurlers . . . Phillies are 17-25 at ATT&T Park, winning three of four last season . . . Four games in Petco Park starting Thursday night.

Down On The Farm
**Lehigh Valley ended a homestand 5-0 with a 3-1 decision over Rochester.  Ironpigs are 9-2, topped only by the Lansing Lugnuts (9-1) in the Midwest League.  LF Domonic Brown is hitting .367 in his last eight games.  He has two hits in each of his last three games.  RHR Phillippe Aumont picked up his organization-high fourth save on Sunday.

**Reading split four games at Harrisburg in a series that started on Thursday.  Phillies are 8-3.

**Clearwater was 1-2 over the weekend.  Threshers are 4-6. CF Peter Lavin leads the organization with 15 hits.  Andy Pettite started against them Sunday for the second time during the week.

**Lakewood returned home on Thursday and won three of four from Hagerstown.  CF Gauntlett Eldemire leads the organization with 11 runs scored and eight steals.

Phlashback
April 16, 1953—2B Connie Ryan goes 6-for-6 (four singles, two doubles) in 14-12 loss in Pittsburgh.

April 16, 1959—Dave Philley gets major-league record ninth straight hit as a pinch-hitter (eight in 1958) as Phillies drop 7-3 decision in Milwaukee.  Philley died last month ( March 15) at age 91 in Paris, TX.  A switch-hitter, he had 93 career pinch hits.

April 16—Oh, no: Burt Hotton of the Cubs pitches a no-hitter against the Phillies in Wrigley Field in 1972 and six years later, Bob Forsch of the Cardinals no-hits the Phillies in St. Louis.

More Phlashback moments can be found at www.phillies.com/alumni.

 

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