Tweet of the Day
Yesterday, from Todd Kalas: “Can’t believe it’s been 5 years since we lost one of the greatest people I’ve known. I was so lucky to call him dad!”
Weekend Notes & Numbers
**Jose Fernandez had been lights out against the Phillies, 1 run in 18 innings a year ago. Friday night, Phillies scored 2 in the first inning; a bit later, he struck out 6 in a row. In the fifth, Phillies got 5 straight hits, pinning a noteworthy loss on him.
**J-Roll delivered a walk-off homer Saturday. His other WO HR came June 23, 2010, a 2-run job off Cleveland’s Kerry Wood. So, now he has one from each side of the plate, a Phillies first. In case you are wondering, the club record for most WO HR is held by that Michael Jack Schmidt, 10.
J-Roll’s teammates from that June 23, 2010 game, who are no longer teammates: Polanco, Werth, Ibanez, Victorino, Schneider, Valdez, Herndon, Zagurski, Baez, Gload, Durbin, Romano, Francisco.
**Phillies catchers were without an RBI until Nieves’ 2-run double in the 5th inning on Sunday. Chooch is 0-9 with RISP. That’ll change.
**LA said it best on radio Sunday, “Chase is on fire” after Chase’s 8th-inning homer gave the Phillies a sweep. Chase is riding a 10-game hitting streak (.500) with 10 RBI, leads the NL in on-base percentage and slugging percentage. And, he missed 2 games with the flu. If he isn’t the NL Player of the Week, they need instant replay.
A week that started out glumly ended with glee. That’s Baseball.
Minor League Weekend Report
Lehigh Valley won on Sunday after losing the previous 2 games. RH David Buchanan pitched 1 inning (12 pitches) on Sunday and was lifted. RH Brad Lincoln (1-0) picked up the W, 4 IP, 3 H, 4 SO. CF Clete Thomas, 4-9 weekend, 2 RBI.
Reading’s 7-game winning streak ended on Sunday, 9-3 loss at Harrisburg. RH Ken Giles picked up 4th save on Friday. He’s fanned the last batter in each of the 4 saves. Cesar Hernandez played 3B for the weekend, 7-13, .538. LF Cam Perkins, 9-12, 3 doubles, 4 RBI; hitting .432.
Clearwater was swept in Lakeland, stretching the losing streak to 8 games. Lost Saturday night, 5-4, on a 2-out, 3-run homer in the last of the ninth. Cole started that game, 1 R, 6 IP, 6 SO, 67 pitches, 48 for strikes. Offense: 2 total runs in the 3 losses, 17 hits.
Lakewood was swept (3 games) at home by Hagerstown, scoring 4 total runs on 15 hits. 1B-DH Williams Astudillo, 4-10; hitting .391.
Today: C Paul Hoover (38), 1B Pete Rose (73) . . . Tuesday: OF Ricky Otero (42), 2B Ted Sizemore (69) . . . Wednesday: RHP Antonio Alfonseca (42), RHP Jim Lonborg (72) . . . Thursday: C Gary Bennett (42), INF Solly Hemus (91) . . . Friday: 1B Rico Brogna (44), RHP Alex Madrid (51), Jim Eisenreich (55) . . . Sunday: 1B Tommy Hutton (68).
Number of the Day
Phillies Insider ranking in March. Up from 20th the previous month among MLB Pro blogs. Thanks go to you.