On The Road
Phillies left for their road trip to Miami and Cincinnati around 5:30 p.m. Thursday on a Delta charter flight to Florida.
Lannin, Cole and Doc are lined up for the weekend series against the Marlins.
The Phillies bats heated up in the last two games against the Mets, both wins. They have six homers in the last two games after hitting only four in the first seven games. In the last decade, they hit three homers in 169 games (133-36).
Pitching has been the issue for the Phillies. They’ve allowed nine total runs in winning four games and have given up 45 in the five defeats.
The Marlins, on the other hand, haven’t hit in their 1-8 start. They are last with 16 runs scored and third from the bottom in the NL with a .217 average.
Doc, who is scheduled for Sunday’s afternoon game, has struggled in his first two starts. A year ago, he allowed no homers in his first 40 innings. This year, three homers in first 7.1 innings. He’s allowed 12 hits, 12 runs and struck out 12, a strange string of numbers. Career-wise, he’s 7-3 against Florida, 3-1 a year ago.
Marlins Park, which opened a year ago, didn’t welcome the Phillies warmly. They are 4-5 in the new place.
Phillies Alumni on the Marlins include Qualls, Dobbs, Polanco and Pierre.
Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley (2-4) and Reading (4-3) were not scheduled.
Clearwater (3-3) blasted Daytona, 12-2. 3B Maikel Franco headed a four-home run outing by the Threshers with 2 doubles, 1st homer and 3 RBI. Leads club with 10 RBI. RH Perci Garner (1-0) coasted to his first win. The night before, the Threshers scored 14 runs in an 11-inning win at Daytona.
Lakewood (1-7) lost, 6-4, at Greensboro. RF Brian Pointer and 1B Art Charles hit 1st homers. No decision for RH Shane Watson, 3 runs, 6 innings.
April 12, 1965—Phillies win first NL game played in Houston’s Astrodome, 2-0, over the Colt 45s. LHP Chris Short tosses four-hitter and 3B Dick Allen homers.
April 12, 2004—Cincinnati Reds spoil inaugural opener at Citizens Bank Park with 4-1 win. RF Bobby Abreu hits first homer in new park.
April 13, 1955
Robin Roberts losses no-hitter at Connie Mack Stadium when Alvin Dark singles with one out in the ninth inning. Robbie prevails, 4-2, over the Giants. Richie Ashburn, injured late in spring training, sees club record consecutive game playing streak end at 730 games.
April 13, 1983—Trailing, 9-5, C Bo Diaz hits game-winning grand slam with two out in the last of the ninth off RHP Neil Allen to defeat the Mets, 10-9.
April 13, 2003—Phillies score club-record 13 runs in one inning (4th) en route to a 13-1 romp in Cincinnati.
April 14, 1960—34-year-old Gene Mauch replaces manager Eddie Sawyer, who resigned after 9-4 opening day loss in Cincinnati two days earlier.
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