May 2013

KK Leads Staff

Getting out of Ohio did wonders for the Phillies.

Back home in Citizens Bank Park, they got a couple of long balls, scored a couple of unearned runs and tacked on three more in the eighth to win the first game against the Marlins.

KK, who struggled a bit with his control, picked up his third win (tops on the staff) and ninth straight against Miami. He’s allowed two or fewer runs in each of his last five starts.

In games started by KK, Lannan and Pettibone, the Phillies are 8-3. When Cole, Doc and Cliff start, their record is 5-13. Hard to believe, Harry.

The real good news: the Phillies don’t go back to Ohio until next season. This year they were 0-5 scoring a total of six runs in that state.

Draft Notes
The first-year player draft begins June 6.

A regional pre-draft meeting will take place in Scottsdale, AZ, on May 6-7. It will include the west and central scouting staffs. Then, May 14-15 in Clearwater, another meeting which will focus on the northeast and southeast territories.

Marti Wolever and his staff will gather at Citizens Bank Park on May 30 and meet daily leading up to the draft.

Minor League Report
**Lehigh Valley dropped its 3rd straight, 9-6, to Indianapolis. LP: B. J. Rosenberg (0-3). CF Leandro Castro, 3rd HR.

**Reading lost its 3rd straight, 7-4, to Portland. SS Edgar Duran, 3-4, 4th steal. LP: Hector Neris (2-1).

**Clearwater ended a 3-game losing streak, 8-0, at Tampa. Hoby Milner (3-2), 0 runs, 3 hits, 8 strikeouts, 6 innings. OF Aaron Altherr, 11th double, 3 RBI. SS Jose Mojica, 4-4.

**Lakewood won its 2nd in a row, 6-0, over Charleston. Nicholas Hanson, 1st of 4 pitchers, got the win (1-0). SS Ramon Quinn, hitting .200, stole 12th-13th bases, scored 2 and drove in 1.

This Date
When the Phillies celebrated their 100th anniversary on May 1, 1983, which player had a big day in a romp over Houston?

Answer can be found in a new feature at http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

May 3, 1947–OF Ron Northey, along with $50,000, is traded to the St. Louis Cardinals for CF Harry Walker and RHP Fred Schmidt. Walker wound up leading the league in hitting (.363) for the Phillies.

May 3, 1992–2B Mariano Duncan ties club record by scoring five runs in 12-3 win at San Francisco. Duncan is a perfect 5-for-5, three singles, a triple and home run.

May 4, 1973–PH Jose Pagan’s sacrifice fly gives the Phillies a 5-4, 20-inning win over Atlanta at Veterans Stadium, the Phillies’ longest game since April 30, 1919. Game lasted 5:16.

May 5, 1938–RHP Hal Kelleher allows a major league record 12 runs (10 hits, 3 walks) in the eighth inning of a 21-2 loss at Wrigley Field. Loser was Wayne LaMaster, who left the game with an injury and a 3-1 count on the Cubs’ leadoff hitter. The Cubs scored four times in the first inning, pinning the loss on LaMaster.

Offense is flat

The Indians did it two different ways in sweeping the two-game series in Cleveland. On Tuesday night, they hit seven home runs in coasting to a 14-2 win. On Wednesday night, they got seven infield singles in the 6-0 victory.

Meanwhile, the Phillies offense which was potent in New York over the weekend, went flat, scoring just two runs in the series. Last night was the fourth time the Phillies have been blanked in their last 15 games.

Cliff walked two and both scored. The Phillies received seven walks and nobody scored. Their RISP was 0-10, getting only three singles.

Baron’s Corner
Since Terry Francona left the Phillies, he’s 21-9 against them . . . Phillies took a Delta charter flight home after the game and open a four-game homestand against the Marlins tonight . . . Phillies are 7-2 against the Marlins and Mets . . . Happy Birthday, Keith Moreland, 59, currently a broadcaster with the Cubs.

Minor League Report
**Players of the week
Pitcher- LHP, Jesse Biddle, Reading… 2 starts … 1-0, 13.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 26 SO… Honored as the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week, 4/22-28… At the time of print, Biddle is top-5 in the EL in the following categories… 1st in strikeouts (40) & batting average against (.114), 2nd in WHIP (0.77), 3rd in innings pitched (31.0) and 4th in ERA (1.74)… The 21-year-old lefty was a 1st round (27th overall) selection out of Germantown Friends School and signed by Eric Valent.
               
Player- 2B, Cesar Hernandez, Lehigh Valley… Batted .423 (11-26) in 7 G, 5 R, 3 RBI, 2 3B, 1 HR, 3 SB and 4 BB (currently riding a 10-game hitting streak)… Hernandez is batting .364 (32-88) on the year… His 32 hits rank T-1st in the organization as well as the International League… The 22-year-old Hernandez was signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent on July 2, 2006 by Sal Agostinelli and Jesus Mendez.

**Lehigh Valley was not scheduled.

**Reading lost, 2-1, to Portland. 1B Jim Murphy, 4th HR for the lone run.

**Clearwater was rained out at home.

**Lakeland ended a 4-game losing streak, 4-3, over Charleston. C Chace Numata, 3-3, 1st HR. Winner in relief, Miguel Nunez (2-0). 2nd save for Steven Inch.

This Date
May 2, 1970–In a real rarity, both Phillies catchers, Tim McCarver and Mike Ryan, suffer broken bones in their hands in the sixth inning of a 7-1 loss at San Francisco. Utility player Jim Hutto finishes the game behind the plate.

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.

Cooperstown Event
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.

This Date
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.

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