Adams is one of the best eighth-inning relievers in the game and that’s why the Phillies signed him. Wednesday night, he couldn’t hold the lead. A walk started the fateful eighth, which mirrored last year’s nightmares in the same inning. A year ago, Phillies relievers walked 133 in that inning.
Up until Wednesday, the bullpen had done its job. But, Bustardo allowed a homer to a left-handed hitter in the seventh cutting the pad to 3-2 before Adams took over in the eighth.
Doc turned in another strong outing, Utley and Howard went deep but the offense couldn’t produce more than three runs. Pitchers don’t have any room for error with the low-scoring offense. For the second straight game they had a runner on third with no out but didn’t score. Both times that runner was thrown out on a ground ball.
Phillies have given up nine home runs in seven games on this homestand. All nine have been solo . . . Chase’s homer was the Phillies first off a lefty . . . Phillies have grounded into 23 double plays in 22 games . . . Series wraps up with a day game on Thursday . . . Then, a pair of buses will carry the team to New York for a weekend series with the Mets.
Minor League Report
Players of the Week
Pitcher- LHP, Nick Hernandez, Clearwater… 1 start- 1-0, 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, BB, 7 SO vs Brevard County… After missing the last two years with a shoulder injury, Hernandez picked up where he left off prior to injury; in 2010 he allowed 1 ER or less in six of his eight starts for Lakewood… On the year Hernandez is 2-0 in 3 starts with a sparkling 2.12 ERA (4 ER, 17.0 IP)… The young lefty has baseball in his blood; his father, Nicolas Hernandez, a catcher, was selected by the Brewers with the 8th overall pick in the 1978 draft… Furthermore, his Uncle is current MLB umpire Angel Hernandez… The 24-year-old Hernandez was selected in the 12th round of the 2009 draft out of the University of Tennessee.
Player- 1B, Art Charles, Lakewood… Batted .423 (11-for-26) in 7 G with 5 R, 3 2B, HR, SB, 6 RBI and 2 BB… After beginning the season in a 2-for-24 (.083) funk, Charles has gone 16-for-41 (.390) to raise his average to .277 for the season… Charles has been a force with runners on in front of him hitting .375 (6-16, 10 RBI) with RISP and .500 (1-2, 4 RBI) with the bases loaded. The 22-year-old Charles was originally selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 20th round of the 2010 draft out of Bakersfield College… The Phillies acquired Charles via trade on 2/23/13 for RHP Michael Schwimer.
**Lehigh Valley split a pair in Indianapolis. LH Adam Morgan lost the opener, 4-1, allowing all 4 runs in 5.2 innings. 1B Cody Overbeck hit his 5th home in the 6-3 second game win.
**Reading edged Harrisburg, 6-5. RH Hector Neris (2-0) won, 8 strikeouts, 5 innings, allowing two solo homers in the fourth for the only runs while he was in the game.
**Clearwater won, 9-7, at Tampa. RF Aaron Altherr, 4-5, boosting average to .372; 5th stolen base. C Carlos Ruiz hit a three-run homer in the 1st inning and caught all 9 innings. He’ll come north today and play in Reading Friday and Saturday nights and then join the Phillies on Sunday in NY.
**Lakewood also won, 7-5, at Greenville. Every starter but SS Ramon Quinn had one hit. 3B Mitch Walding’s hit was a 3-run double, his 5th. RH Miguel Nunez (2-0) won, 1 run in 5 innings.
April 25, 1972—LHP Steve Carlton ties the club record for a LHP with 14 strikeouts in pitching a one-hit, 3-0, shutout in San Francisco. Lone hit was by SS Chris Speier, the Giants’ first batter.
April 25, 1978—A big green thing makes its debut….Phillie Phanatic.
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