Home Run Derby
Best thing about the first game of this series in Cleveland? It is over and it only counts as one loss.
The Indians played a night game in Kansas City on Monday night. The Phillies were nestled in their Cleveland hotel beds by the time the Tribe landed. So, the Indians didn’t take batting practice on the field on Tuesday night. Instead, they took BP during the game, smashing seven homers in romping. With the Phillies belting two, the night turned into Home Run Derby. The Indians have won three in a row, out-scoring their opponents, 33-5.
Cleveland didn’t waste any time with a pair of two-run homers in the first inning. Doc hadn’t given up two homers in the first inning ever.
The seven homers fell two shy of the most hit against the Phillies, September 4, 1999, by the Cincinnati Reds before 16,357 fans at Veterans Stadium. Score? 22-3.
From Elias Sports Bureau
**A total of 50 home runs were hit in the 15 big-league games on Tuesday night, the highest on one day in the majors in more than five years, since 51 homers were hit in the 16 games played on Sept. 11, 2007.
**April ended Tuesday with a whiff, a lot of them. In the majors, there were 5,992 strikeouts, the highest April total in any season in major-league history. Plus, the average of 15.29 strikeouts per major-league game during April was the second-highest average in a full month in major-league history. Last September, the average was 15.47.
**During the course of major league baseball’s 138 seasons, the top eight strikeout months for average are now April 2013, September 2012, 14.63 in April 2012, followed by 14.93 last May, 15.01 last June, 15.07 in July, 14.68 in August.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will unveil its new Diamond Mines exhibit dedicated to the labor of scouts on Saturday, May 4. Among the guests is Pat Gillick, who began his career as a baseball scout and farm director before becoming a highly-successful General Manager.
Through Diamond Mines, fans will be able to enter the name of a big league player and search for scouting reports filed on them throughout the years. Nearly 12,000 scouting reports covering 400 scouts and 4,000 players – about 42 percent of all big leaguers since 1952 – will be available through an internet database at http://www.baseballhall.org.
Diamond Mines will also feature three-dimensional artifacts such as radar guns and stopwatches that have served as scouts’ tools of the trade for decades. A hat worn by the late Tony Lucadello, a long-time Phillies scout, is among the artifacts.
Minor League Report
**Lehigh Valley lost, 9-5, at Louisville. LF Darin Ruf, single, 4th HR, 3 RBI. 2B Cesar Hernandez, 1-4, average dropped to .375.
**Reading dropped 5-3 decision to Portland. 2B Albert Cartwright, 2-4, RBI; hitting .326.
**Clearwater out-hit Ft. Myers, 11-6, but lost, 5-2. LF Aaron Altherr, 3rd HR; hitting .348.
**Lakewood was not scheduled.
May 1, 1883–In Phillies first game, Providence Grays pull out a 4-3 victory in Philadelphia’s Recreation Park. Estimated attendance was 1,200.
May 1, 1906–20-year-old LHP John Lush tosses a no-hitter, 6-0, at Brooklyn. A graduate of Philadelphia’s Girard Preparatory, Lush finished 18-12 that season.
May 1, 1983–Phillies observe 100th anniversary of their first game and 40-year-old 1B Tony Perez steals the show. Perez collects three hits and drives in five runs in an 11-3 romp over Houston. RHP John Enzmann, 93, the oldest living former Phillie, throws out the ceremonial first pitch.
It’s a new month which means new Phillies phlashback moments at http://www.phillies.com/alumni.