Marlins Weekend

Baseball’s hottest team is leaving town. Milwaukee extended its winning streak to 6 games last night, longest current streak in the majors. The Brewers have defeated the Phillies 6 straight times, going back to last season. It is Milwaukee’s first sweep ever in Philadelphia.

In each game of the series, the Phillies lead after 1 inning. The Brewers followed a pattern, scoring heavily over the last three innings: 4 runs on Tuesday, 5 on Wednesday and 3 last night. Their bats are smoking, out-scoring their opponents, 42-18 while batting .320 in the streak. Only twice in 3 games against the Phillies, did Milwaukee hitters go 1-2-3 in an inning.

Coming to town for the weekend is Miami, the opposite of Milwaukee (6-0 on the road). The Marlins are 0-3 on the road, after a 5-2 start at home.

Citizens Bank Park Saturdays
Phillies are saluting Alumni who had key moments in the 10-year history of Citizens Bank Park on Saturdays.

Rheal Cormier, who recorded the Phillies first CBP win on April 15, will be here tomorrow night to throw out the first ball. Rheal has the distinction of picking up the Phillies last win in both Jack Russell Memorial Stadium and Veterans Stadium.

Ballgirls from each of the 10 years will be returning and signing autographs inside the Left Field Gate.

Tomorrow is also the 10th anniversary of the first regular season game at CBP. Visit http://www.phillies.com/alumni to learn about that game and other “firsts”. The Alumni page also contains a feature about CBP Phun Phacts, including video of the first home run by Bobby Abreu.

Today’s Number
241,904—The number of $1 hot dogs consumed last year at CBP. This year’s first Hatfield Phillies Franks Dollar Dog Night is Monday (Atlanta).

Minor League Report
Transactions—Brian Bixler (LV) was released . . . RHR Justin Friend, AA to AAA; RHR Hector Neris, AAA to AA.

Lehigh Valley lost its 3rd straight, 4-2, to Rochester. 1B Jim Murphy, 2 of LV’s 5 hits, including only extra-base hit, a double . . . LP: Barry Enright (0-1) . . . RHR Mike Adams is scheduled to pitch against Rochester tomorrow night.

Reading stretched its winning streak to 5 games, 2-1, at Harrisburg. LF Cam Perkins, 2-4; hitting .360 . . . RF Kelly Dugan, 1st HR . . . 1B Brock Stassi, RBI single in 6th plated 2nd run . . . WP: Austin Wright (1-0) . . . SV: Jay Johnson (1) . . . ND: LHP Hoby Milner, 0 R, 1 H. 4.2 IP; left game after being hit on his pitching hand by a line drive.

Clearwater lost its 5th in a row, 7-3, at Tampa . . . 2B Freddy Galvis, 1-4, a triple; played all 9 innings . . . DH KC Serna, 2-4 . . . LP: Jon Prosinski (0-2)

Lakewood lost its 4th in a row, 6-0, to Hagerstown before 7,006 in home opener. . . Blue Claws limited to 3 doubles . . . LP: Tyler Viza (0-2).

Behavior Change
With MLB’s new instant replay system, the behavior of managers has drastically changed. Managers used to sprint to the umpire in question and begin arguing. Now, they walk slowly while looking back at the dugout for a signal. Once they reach that umpire, they peek again at the dugout for a signal to challenge the call or walk back to the dugout.

It will be interesting to see if there are fewer ejections this season.

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