Cole had a 3-run lead on Friday night and wound up losing (shockingly his 11th), Pap blew a save on Saturday afternoon (third of the week) but Fransden hit his first walk-off homer (against a pitcher he faced as long ago as high school) to salvage a win and Sunday, Wright/Harvey combined to send the Phillies to another weekend rerun.
On May 17-18-19, the Phillies took two of three from Cincinnati in a weekend series Since they have lost five straight weekend series, 1-2, 1-2, 0-3, 1-2 and 1-2. That’s consistent but not the consistency the club is looking for. Last win by a Phillies starter on a weekend game, May 11, Cliff.
After Sunday’s shutout, the Phillies boarded a Delta charter flight to the other end of the country. A 10-game, 3-city trip begins tonight in San Diego.
Good news: Phillies are 246-199 overall against SD and 24-6 at Petco Park.
Bad news: Padres are 24-15 at home, 23-8 in their last 31 games and 9-4 against the East, including a three-game sweep of Atlanta at home June 10-12.
The Mets’ Harvey is 7-1, 3-0 against the Phillies . . . Wright’s Sunday homer was his 17th at Citizens Bank Park, most among the enemy . . . Cliff goes for his eighth straight win tonight . . . Utley and Rollins, providing they start tonight, will play in the 1,000th game as the Phillies double play combination. Only the Yankees’ Jeter/Cano combo has more games, 1,036 . . . Stutes went on the DL Sunday, marking the second straight day a reliever was DLd . . . Aumont is back, giving the Phillies five relievers who have pitched in AAA this year. Pap and Antonio are the only ones in the pen that haven’t.
Minor League Report (Weekend Edition)
**Lehigh Valley dropped 2 of 3 in Columbus, including an 8-7 decision on Sunday when the Clippers scored 1 in the 8th and 2 in the 9th.
**Reading took 2 of 3 from Richmond. RF Anthony Hewitt, hit 3 homers (8 season). 3B Maikel Franco, .471, (8-17), triple, 2 HR, 5 RBI in 4 games since promotion to AA.
**Clearwater had a postponement, a loss and 1-0 win on Sunday, a combined 4-hitter by Mario Hollands and Juan Sosa. Peter Lavin’s SF won the game in the 9th.
**Lakewood was swept in West Virginia, 11-7, 8-2 and 8-0. BlueClaws have lost 7 straight in WV.
**Williamsport won 2 of 3, including 7-1 decision over Batavia, a combined 1-hitter by Drew Anderson, Lee Ridenhour and Rob Marcello, who gave up the 1 hit, a lead-off homer in the 9th. 3B Zach Green, 3rd HR, 5 RBI over the weekend. SS Angel Mora, grand slam, 2 steals and 5 RBI in Saturday’s win behind Mitch Gueller (2-0).
Gulf Coast League Phillies: Rained out Friday and lost, 6-5, in 13 innings to the Blue Jays in the season opener on Saturday morning.