Prayers for Boston

Pinch hitters have been more productive than the starting nine. That will change….trust me.

Yet, a baseball game and a few hits isn’t all that important in the aftermatch of the tragedy in Boston. Our prayers and thoughts go to the people in that fine American city.

Catching the Reds when they were riding a five-game losing streak wasn’t good. Cliff pitched great but the offense was perplexing.

Chase came off the bench to tie the game in the top of the eighth, his fifth career home run out of 16 pinch-hits. He’s drive in 17 runs in that role. He’s the third Phillie with five career pinch dingers, joining Gene Freese and Bill Nicholson. I case you are wondering, five have hit six and three have hit seven. Cy Williams’ 9 is the club record.

With three pinch-hit homers so far, the Phillies have a ways to go to match the club record of 11 set in 1958.

Minor League Report
**Lehigh Valley won, 8-3, at Pawtucket, scoring 5 in the 8th and 2 in the 9th. 1B Josh Fields, 4-4, 2 homers, 4 RBI, boosting average to .526.

**Reading was blanked on 3 singles and a double, 4-0, by three Harrisburg pitchers.

**Clearwater lost, 8-1, to Daytona Beach. RF Aaron Altherr, 1-4; leads club with .357 average.

**Lakewood won 2nd in a row after losing 7 straight, 5-1, at Hagerstown. 1B Art Charles, 2nd homer, a 2-trip blast that broke a 1-1 tie in the 7th inning.

This Date
1942–Happy Birthday Jim Lonborg.

April 16, 1953—2B Connie Ryan goes 6-for-6 (four singles, two doubles) in 14-12 loss in Pittsburgh.

April 16, 1959—Dave Philley gets major-league record ninth straight hit as a pinch-hitter (eight in 1958) as Phillies drop 7-3 decision in Milwaukee.

April 16—Oh, no: Burt Hotton of the Cubs pitches a no-hitter against the Phillies in Wrigley Field in 1972 and six years later, Bob Forsch of the Cardinals no-hits the Phillies in St. Louis.

Visit http://www.phillies.com/alumni for more phlashback moments and a feature on John Kruk.

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