Burn The Bats
Here’s an idea. Weather is chilly enough to fire up the fireplace. Need some wood? Let’s burn the Phillies bats and get all new ones.
For the third time in the last eight games, they were shut out. For the fifth time in Cole’s five starts, they have lost. Never has Cole started a season 0-3 until Tuesday night.
A lead-off triple in the fourth and the Phillies don’t score. Hard to believe, Harry.
Jeff Locke is the Pirates’ fifth starter and he entered Tuesday’s game with a 5.17. He gave up two hits in six innings. Wednesday night, their ace, Wandy Rodriguez who has a 0.56 ERA, faces the Phillies. Both are left-handed and lefties are giving the Phillies fits. Then again, so are right-handers.
From Elias: Michael Young extended his hitting streak to 14 games. The odd thing about Young’s streak: in each of the last 12 games he’s had only one hit, and a single in each case. No other player in baseball’s modern era (1900 to date) has had a streak of 12 games with exactly one hit, a single, in each game.
Minor League Report
**Lehigh Valley was rained out at Indianapolis.
**Reading scored 4 in the ninth, 3 on Zach Collier’s 2nd homer of the season, to win, 7-5, at Harrisburg.
**Clearwater pounded out 15 hits but lost, 13-2, at Lakeland before a crowd of 514. Threshers were 4-14 RISP.
**Lakewood was 4-0 winner at Greenville as three BlueClaw hurlers combined on a 2-hitter. 2B Angel Mora had one-third of Lakewood’s 9 hits. RH Kevin Brady (1-2) was the winner, 5 no-hit innings that included 5 walks and 5 strikeouts.
Kevin Millwood tossed the last no-hitter at the Vet 10 years ago come April 27. Paul Hagen has a feature on Kevin and his historic moment on http://www.phillies.com/alumni. Check it out.
Phlashback moments can also be found on the Alumni page. For today:
April 24, 1894—INF Lave Cross hits for the cycle in 22-5 Phillies win over Brooklyn, the first cycle in team history.
April 24, 1933—SS Dick Bartell becomes the first major league player to get four consecutive doubles in a nine-inning game, a 7-1 win over Boston at Baker Bowl.
April 24, 2003—2B Chase Utley gets first hit in the majors, a third-inning grand slam during a 9-1 win over the Rockies at Veterans Stadium.
For the third straight day, a comment updates us on the first Phillie on a Sports Illustrated cover. Check out Dennis Orlandini’s comment.