Sometimes it is hard to figure out this game. Take the four-game, weekend series in Petro Park that ended yesterday.
**On Thursday night in the first inning, the Phillies had three hits, a walk and a SD error. They scored one run.
**Vance won that game and fanned a career-high 11, working seven innings. Two years ago, his first taste of the majors, he struck out 12 in 13 total innings.
**Cole was called for two balks in Friday’s game. A first for him. In his career, minors and majors, he had four before Friday.
**Friday night Shane was hit by a pitch, the ump said he didn’t get out of the way, the next pitch was at Shane’s feet and he briefly acted as if he was hit again but to no avail. Shane then homered.
**Doc walked three consecutive batters in the second inning on Saturday, first time he’s ever walked three in a row in 2,555 innings.
**For the game, he wound up walking four. That snapped a streak of 117 consecutive starts in which he walked that many without an unintentional walk included. The loss was Doc’s first ever to SD.
**A two-out run in the top of the ninth on Saturday helped the Phillies escape a shutout for the second straight Saturday and third in a week.
**In five games started by LHP, the Phillies have scored six runs.
**Saturday’s loss was the Phillies first at Petco Park since August 19, 2008. It ended a club-record streak of 13 straight wins there. George W. Bush was President the last time the Phillies lost at Petco.
**Two Phillies errors paved the way for two unearned runs in the first inning on Sunday. Going into the game, the Phillies had the NL’s fewest, six.
Thanks to faithful reader Dennis Orlandini, we learned the sad news that former Phillies SS John O’Neil died on April 18, one day before his 92nd birthday. I had offered birthday wishes on the 19th, not aware. Mr. O’Neil played 46 games for the 1946 Phillies, his lone major league season.
Two years ago for his 90th birthday, we sent him a Phillies jersey with his name and number (27) on the back. A daughter responded that he was touched by the gesture.
Our thoughts and prayers are extended to Mr. O’Neil’s family.
Down On the Farm
**Lehigh Valley had two losses and one postponement.
**Reading was 1-1 and a postponement. Down 3-1 on Friday night with two out in the last of the ninth, they tied the game and won it in the 10th.
**Clearwater won on Sunday after being rained out Friday and Saturday. RHS Justin DeFratis made a rehab start on Sunday, one scoreless inning. LH Austin Wright (3-0) followed Justin and improved to 3-0, fanning 10 in five innings.
**Lakewood lost 15-2 at Hagerstown on Friday night and then got rained out Saturday night and a double-header on Sunday.
April 23, 1961—RHP Art Mahaffey sets a Phillies record with 17 strikeouts in a 6-0 win over the Cubs in the second game of a doubleheader at Connie Mack Stadium. RHP Frank Sullivan blanks the Cubs, 1-0, in the first game. Phillies haven’t had a doubleheader shutout since.
April 23, 1991—Jim Fregosi replaces Nick Leyva as Phillies manager.
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