Blooper Leads to Win

Line drive caught by the shortstop.  Right-fielder makes a great catch against the wall. 

Later, blooper turns into a double and two batters later, winning run scores on a strikeout-wild pitch.

Sometimes luck plays a big role.  That was the story of the trip opener in Atlanta last night.  Late-inning clutch hitting for the second straight game has produced consecutive wins.

Mayberry, struggling big time, began with a blooper he hustled into a double.  J-Roll singled to put Mayberry on third from where he scored on the strikeout-wild pitch sending the Phillies to their eighth straight win over the Braves, dating back to last season.

Game was the first of nine straight against the NL East, a real chance to move up in the standings. 

Papelbon certainly has lived up to his hype.  Phillies are 12-12 and he has saved nine. Give Ruben credit, he was aggressive in signing the closer.  Critics said the Phillies overpaid.  Well, quality is quality and if Ruben had waited, the supply on the market would have diminished.

Down On The Farm
**Lehigh Valley ended a 3-game losing streak, 4-1, over Charlotte.  3B Mike Fontenot, 3-4, 2 RBI; hitting .407; C Erik Kratz, 3rd homer and was told after the game he was joining the Phillies to replace the injured Jim Thome.  RHS Scott Elarton (2-1), 1 run, 6 innings for the win.  LHR Jacob Diekman, 4th save, striking out the side on 14 pitches (10 strikes).  Third time in 10 appearances he has struck out the side.

**Reading lost, 8-4, at New Hampshire.  2B Cesar Hernandez, 2-4, 2nd triple; hitting .289.  RHS David Buchanan (1-2) was the loser, 5 runs (2 earned) in 4 innings.

**Clearwater scored 4 in the top of the 10th for a 7-3 win in Daytona.  LF Brandon Tripp tripled in the first 2 runs.  LHS Jesse Biddle left after .1 inning when he was hit on his left forearm by a line drive.  Further evaluation will take place today.

**Lakewood was blanked, 7-0, by Greenville.  DH Aaron Altherr, single, double, 9th steal, hitting .314.

Phlashback
May 2, 1970–In a real rarity, both Phillies catchers, Tim McCarver and Mike Ryan, suffer broken bones in their hands in the sixth inning of a 7-1 loss at San Francisco.  Utility player Jim Hutto finishes the game behind the plate.

Phillies first game ever took place May 1, 1883.  Read about the game and some of the baseball rules from that era on www.phillies.com/alumni.

 

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