Late Runs Fall Short
On the verge of being shut out, the hits came, including back-to-back dingers. It added up to five runs but the ninth-inning rally was way short on a night the pitching couldn’t keep the Diamondbacks off the scoreboard.
Phillies have dropped six of their last eight at Chase Field and 19-26 in the history of the park.
Let’s hope the offense has awoken. Up until last night, the starters have been carrying their load.
A couple of wins in the final two games would produce a 5-5 road trip, which would be great considering. The trip has been a pain as Cliff went on the DL, Chooch missed a couple of games and Hunter was out of last night’s lineup with a shoulder ailment. As Charlie would say, no one is feeling sorry for us.
Circling the Bases
Chase took BP before the game and ground balls at second base but will remain in Phoenix to continue his therapy. Todd Zolecki has the complete story in this site . . . Phoenix resident Pat Burrell, wearing an MLB scout credential, was among the scouts sitting behind home plate. He’s scouting for the Giants . . . Phillies are 3-0 on Thursdays but don’t play this Thursday . . . Larry Bowa will be signing autographs at Lehigh Valley’s game on Wednesday night. Visit www.ironpigs.com for details and tickets . . . Happy Birthday to OF-3B-1B Chuck Harmon, who turned 88 yesterday. He’s the 11th oldest living Phillies Alumnus and the oldest African-American player. He was traded to the Phillies in the 1957 season, OF Glen Gorbous going to the Cardinals.
Down On The Farm
**Lehigh Valley lost its third in a row, 5-1, to Buffalo. 2B Mike Fontenot, in his debut, 2-4, including a double. To make room for Mike, 2B Joe Thurston was released.
**Reading and Lakewood were idle.
**Clearwater won, 8-7, in 12 innings against Brevard County. RF Anthony Hewitt, 2B, HR, 3 RBI. 1B Jim Murphy, GW-RBI single; leads organization with 13 RBI.
April 24, 1894—INF Lave Cross hits for the cycle in 22-5 Phillies win over Brooklyn, the first cycle in team history.
April 24, 1933—SS Dick Bartell becomes the first major league player to get four consecutive doubles in a nine-inning game, a 7-1 win over Boston at Baker Bowl.
April 24, 2003—2B Chase Utley gets first hit in the majors, a third-inning grand slam during a 9-1 win over the Rockies at Veterans Stadium.
Visit www.phillies.com/alumni for more great moments in team history.