Shocking Numbers

There are a lot of numbers that stand out as the Phillies continue to struggle scoring runs and win games. Thursday, the Pirates rallied against Cliff and the bullpen for another late win. In the Phillies last 14 games, they have scored three or fewer runs 11 times. Phillies were 2-16 with RISP in the loss.

But, to me, the biggest shocking numbers are 4-11. That’s their record when Cole, Cliff and Doc start. Don’t believe anyone could ever expect that. The good news, the big three are pitching well. The bad news, well, you saw the numbers.

For the third straight game, the Phillies had a runner on third with no out. For the third straight game, the next hitter grounded to an infielder and the runner on third was thrown out at home plate. Don’t believe I ever saw that happen before in three consecutive games.

Baron’s Corner
Weekend series at Citi Field in New York starts on Friday night . . . Then, on to Cleveland next week . . . Chooch is scheduled to play in Reading 7:05 Friday night and 6:05 Saturday night and then join the big club in the big apple on Sunday. With the Phillies out of town, fans can journey to Reading to see Chooch in action. Tickets are available. Jesse Biddle, Reading’s ace, is listed as the starter for Sunday’s 1:35 p.m. game.

Minor League Report
**Lehigh Valley lost, 5-1, at Indianapolis, Ethan Martin (1-2). RF Delmon Young, 2-4, in 1st rehab assignment. 3B Cody Asce, 2-4, including 5th double.

**Reading was idle.

**Clearwater was idle.

**Lakewood lost, 12-1, at Greenville. 1B Art Charles hit 3rd homer, one of 2 hits for the BlueClaws.

This Date
April 26, 1980—LHP Steve Carlton sets modern NL record with sixth one-hitter, 7-0, over St. Louis. Lone hit was by Ted Simmons, a lead-off single in the second inning.

April 27, 2003—RHP Kevin Millwood pitches ninth no-hitter in Phillies history, 1-0, over the Giants at Veterans Stadium. CF Ricky Ledee homers in the first inning and catches the final out. Kevin talks about the no-hitter in a feature written by Paul Hagen at http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

Trivia Time
Who is the only Phillies player ever to get six hits in six at-bats in a game?

Answer is on the Phillies alumni web page.

1 Comment

Date of the Ashburn sketches Sports Illustrated cover was May 19, 1958.

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