Home for 6
After unloading 19 hits over the first two games of the season against the Phillies, Cliff and Pap silenced the Braves bats, allowing two hits in winning, 2-0, on Wednesday night.
While the Braves have handled Cole and Doc recently, it is a different story with Cliff. In his last 23 innings against the Braves, covering three starts, he’s allowed one run.
A year ago, Cliff’s first win came in his 13th start, which was on July 4. Guess he’s ahead of that pace.
The Royals are one of six American League clubs on the Phillies schedule, created by the new 15-teams in each league. This means the Phillies will play 20 different teams, the most ever.
The Phillies have played the fewest interleague games against the Royals and Angels, six games each. Phillies and Royals are 3-3, 1-2 in KC.
Modell’s Sports Goods home opener is 4:05 on Friday afternoon. Following the weekend set with the Royals, the Mets come to town for three night games starting on Monday.
J-Roll played in his 1,795th game, moving ahead of Richie Ashburn into second place on the Phillies all-time list. He’s 609 games behind the leader, Mike Schmidt . . . Phillies took a Delta charter back home . . . Royals played an afternoon game in Chicago and were in bed before the Phillies charter left Atlanta . . . Bruce Chen is the lone Phillies Alumnus on the Royals . . . Kids Opening Night on Saturday, with a Turkey Hill Replica Gold Glove Trophy for all children 14 and under. J-Roll will receive his Gold Glove pre-game Saturday . . . Sunday afternoon is Ryan Howard IBEW Whiffle Bat and Ball Set for kids, again 14 and under . . . Tickets are available for all six home games, standing room only for Friday’s opener.
Minor League Report
**Lehigh Valley was thumped by Syracuse, 11-2. Tyler Cloyd started, 7 runs (6 earned) in 3 innings. He allowed 5 runs once out of 22 AAA starts a year ago. IronPigs had 6 hits, 3 coming in the 9th . . . Jonathan Pettibone starts Friday night.
**Reading was held to 3 hits in losing, 9-0, at New Hampshire. Dave Buchanan gave up 6 runs in 4.2 innings . . . Jesse Biddle starts Friday night.
**Clearwater lost, 4-2, at Dunedin, getting 5 hits. Hoby Milner was charged with 3 runs in 4.1 innings . . . Perci Garner in Clearwater’s home opener Friday vs. Dunedin.
**Lakewood was defeated by Kannapolis, 9-2. Jordan Guth, 6 runs (3 earned) in 3 innings. Attendance was 6,585 . . . Joshua Warner starts game 2 Friday.
April 5, 1957
Phillies trade five players and $75,000 to acquire SS Chico Fernandez from Brooklyn Dodgers.
April 5, 2012
Phillies beat the Pirates, 1-0, in Pittsburgh. Roy Halladay is first Phillies pitcher to win back-to-back season openers since Art Mahaffey (1962-63). It was the third 1-0 opening day win in franchise history.
More daily historic moments can be found on http://www.phillies.com/alumni. Check ‘em out.