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Winning two of three games in a series is a formula for getting to the postseason. The Phillies won their second straight series on Sunday in Miami.
It wasn’t pretty or dominating but it was two of three. They could have won all three and could have lost all three.
After the offense exploded against the Mets in the previous series, the offense fell into a familiar pattern….struggling to score runs. In the Marlins series, the Phillies were a combined 6-30 with runners in scoring position. Two of the hits, at least that’s what I recall, didn’t score a base runner, which makes RISP a little sketchy. Take away those two hits and they were 4-30. Either way, not good.
200 For Doc
Doc certainly seemed to be more like the old Doc on Sunday. Thanks to Lance’s pinch-hit homer in the top of the ninth, Doc picked up the win, the 200th of his career. Only 108 other pitchers have gotten there.
The last pitcher to get his 200th in a Phillies uniform was Steve Carlton, July 23, 1978, a 13-2 decision over the Astros at the Vet. He was the 78th pitcher to reach 200. That win evened his record at 9-9.
Phillies arrived in Cincinnati after Sunday’s afternoon game for three night games against the Reds, who have lost five in a row. Don’t like that.
Phillies have had success at Great American Ballpark. Since it opened in 2003, the Phillies are 22-13. The Reds have no former Phillies on their roster.
Eyes Of The Nation
Along with their normal local and MLB.com coverage, the Phillies will be seen on national television in six of their seven games this week.
The Phillies-Reds series will be covered by ESPN on Monday, MLB Network on Tuesday and ESPN2 on Wednesday. The Phillies-Cardinals series will be aired on MLB Network on Thursday and Saturday, and on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball to close out the week.
Speaking of ESPN
Paul Hagen has a new “Where are they now?” feature on John Kruk in http://www.phillies.com/alumni. Krukker is now part of ESPN’s Sunday Night broadcasting team which means he’ll be at the Citizens Bank Park on Sunday night. Great photo of the ESPN SNB crew accompanies Hagen’s story.
Birthday wishes go to Pete Rose, 72, on Sunday and Ted Sizemore, 68, today. Sizemore can always remember his birth date since he has to file his income taxes by that date.
Minor League Report
**Lehigh Valley (4-5) won 2 of 3 at Syracuse. LH Adam Morgan picked up his first AAA win on Saturday, 0 runs, 3 this, 1-3 as a hitter with an RBI; faced 28 batters, 22 four-pitch outs . . . RH Ethan Martin got his first AAA win on Sunday.
**Reading (6-4) also won 2 of 3 in first home series (Erie). RH Brody Colvin, first AA win on Sunday. 1B Jim Murphy, hitting .381, belted second home run in that game.
**Clearwater (5-5) lost 2 of 3 at Brevard County.
**Lakewood (2-9) ended a 7-game losing streak with an 8-3 win at Greensboro on Sunday. 1B Art Charles, 3 hits, 3 RBI.
April 15, 1985
Mike Schmidt plays in his 1,795th game to break the club record held by Richie Ashburn.
April 15, 2004
Four-run eighth inning lifts the Phillies to a 6-4 win over the Reds, their first victory in Citizens Bank Park. LHP Rheal Cormier is the winner; save for Billy Wagner. Homers by 3B David Bell and C Mike Lieberthal.