Strange But True
Pettibone’s streak of three wins and not allowing more than three earned runs a game in his first seven starts came crashing down when the Red Sox scored four to start the game. The rookie righty settled down and didn’t allow another run through five innings. He wasn’t sharp and bent but didn’t break, keeping the Phillies in the game.
Only trouble….the offense had another flat night. Delmon cut the deficit in half with a two-run homer in the Phillies first. In the fourth, they had the bases loaded with one out but couldn’t score. This season, they are 4-29 with the bases loaded, a .138 average.
The good news? Interleague play is over for the time being. Next 10 Phillies games are against the Brewers and Marlins. Milwaukee comes to town for the weekend riding a six-game losing streak. This month, they are 5-22, losing 13 of their last 16 road games. The first four batters in the Brewers lineup are all hitting over .300. Their team ERA of 4.55 is highest in the NL.
Phillies have won at least 15 games in May for nine straight years. Going into the month’s final game tonight, they are 14-13.
Strange But True
Ellsbury stole three bases last night but didn’t score a run after any of the steals.
Domonic has 10 homes this month and no walks.
Minor League Report
**Lehigh Valley was swept in a 4-game series in Rochester, 13-10. LF Leandro Castro, 2-5, 5th HR, 3 RBI. LP: Greg Smith (1-1). Phillippe Aumont, .2 IP, 1 R, 4 BB. IronPigs return home for weekend series with Gwinnett, managed by Randy Ready.
**Reading lost, 7-6, at Bowie. 1B Jim Murphy, 12th double, 11th HR, 2 RBI (36). LP: Jay Johnson (0-2). Zach Collier’s pinch double tied the game in the top of the ninth but Bowie pushed across the winning run in their at-bat.
**Clearwater won its 4th in a row, 4-1, over Brevard County. RF Kelly Dugan, 2B, 5th HR, 3 RBI. WP: Hoby Milner (5-2), 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 7 SO. SV: Ryan O’Sullivan (3).
**Lakewood’s 3-game winning streak ended, 8-3, to West Virginia. SS Roman Quinn, 2-3, 5th HR, 2 RBI. LP: Felix Santos (1-2).
May 31, 1994–Phillies rally for 8-7 win in Wrigley Field, ending May with a 15-13 record despite losing three starting pitchers (Curt Schilling, Tommy Greene, Ben Rivera) and three regulars (John Kruk, Kevin Stocker and Dave Hollins) to the disabled list during the month.
June 1, 1969–1B Dick Allen slams five home runs in five consecutive games to set a club record. The fifth homer comes in a 12-4 loss to Los Angeles at Connie Mack Stadium. The five homers were part of a streak in which he hit nine in 14 games.
June 1, 1939–Phillies play first night game at home and lose, 5-2, to Pittsburgh at Shibe Park before 8,000. Time of game: 1:55.
June 2, 1949–Phillies hit five home runs in the eighth inning of a 12-3 win over Cincinnati at Shibe Park. C Andy Seminick hits two (three for the game), while LF Del Ennis, 3B Willie Jones and RHP Schoolboy Rowe each add one.
June 2, 2002
In an 18-3 win over the Florida Marlins, the Phillies score 10 runs in the first inning (first time since 8/7/75), led by Pat Burrell and 2B Marlon Anderson who had two hits apiece. RHP Robert Person launched a grand slam and three-run home run to become just the sixth Phillies pitcher to hit two home runs in a game. His seven RBI was the most by a major league pitcher since Tony Cloninger had nine RBI for Atlanta in 1966.
New Alumni Feature
Von Hayes takes about his two most memorable games, one at the Vet and one on the road. Check out Paul Hagen’s story on http://www.phillies.com/alumni.