On To Phoenix
Sweeping a three-game series on the road is difficult. Yes, the Phillies did it in New York during the last weekend in April. Not to pick on the Mets, but the Giants are a different story.
The Phillies fought back to tie with two in the ninth and then lost in the 10th. For the Giants, it was their fifth walk-off win out of 12 wins at AT&T Park. A win would have given the Phils their first three-game sweep in SF since May 18-20, 1984, at Candlestick Park.
Scene shifts to Chase Field in Phoenix for four games that will end this current western trip. Overall, the Phillies are 53-50 vs. the Diamondbacks. Arizona has a 28-22 edge at home. The Diamondbacks are the best defensive team in the NL, seven errors in their first 33 games.
Thursday night’s game will be Charlie’s, 1,332nd as Phillies manager, putting him ahead of Gene Mauch. Between the two, the Phillies have had 15 different managers, including those with the interim tag.
A week from tonight is the annual Phillies Phestival that benefits ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease. Tickets are still available.
Stop by every rolls a winner and saw hello. That’s my duty that night.
Minor League Report
*Players of the Week…….
Pitcher- RHP, Tyler Cloyd, Lehigh Valley… 1 start, 1-0, 8.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 10 SO… Cloyd’s 10 SO tied a career-high… Over his last two starts Cloyd is 1-0, 2.40 ERA (4 ER, 15.0 IP) after starting the year 0-3, 7.65 ERA (17 ER, 20.0 IP) through his first four… The 25-year-old right-hander was an 18th round selection in the 2008 draft out of The University of Nebraska at Omaha… Cloyd was signed by Jerry Lafferty.
Player- OF, Cameron Perkins, Clearwater… Batted .360 (9-25) in 6 G, 7 R, 2 RBI, 4 2B, 1 HR… As of print, riding a 12-game hitting streak where he is hitting .422 (19-for-45), 7 2B, 3B, HR … Perkins has hit safely in 21 of his last 22 games and is batting .355 (43-for-121) on the year which ranks 6th in the FSL… His 43 hits are good for the organizational lead and are T-1st in the FSL… The 22-year-old Perkins was selected in the 6th round of the 2012 draft out of Purdue University… Perkins was signed by Nate Dion.
**Lehigh Valley lost, 6-3, to Louisville. HR: 3B Cody Asche (#2), LF Darin Ruf (5). LP: Zach Minor (1-2).
**Reading lost, 10-4, at Portland. 1B Jim Murphy, 7th double, 2 RBI (21). LP: David Buchanan (1-4).
**Clearwater swept a four-game series in Palm Beach, 5-4. RF Cameron Perkins extended his hitting streak to 13 games with 2 hits, boosting season average to .357. LF Aaron Altherr, 2-4, 2 RBI (22), 8th steal; hitting .336. WP: Perci Garner (3-0). SV: Luis Garcia (3).
**Lakewood did not play.