Finally, Some Runs

“Move watches back 2 hours to Mountain Daylight Time.”

That reminder was included in the itinerary when the Phillies left Philly Thursday for Denver. Well, it took 2 days for the offense to kick in. Going into yesterday’s series finale against the Rockies, the Phillies had 1 win in their last 4 games and no (as in zero) extra-base hits, a franchise first since 1968.

Sometimes this game can drive you crazy. Yesterday, the Phillies pounded out 15 hits and a 10-9 win in Coors Field, banging out 7 extra-base hits. Leading the way were the Big Three, J-Roll, Chase and Ryan. Combined, 8-13, 6 R, 7 RBI, 5 extra-base hits.

Ryan had 4 of the hits and should have had a cycle. Official scorer ruled a single and an error on the righfielder who tried to make a diving catch of a liner. It should have been a double which would have completed a cycle. Phillies are hoping it will be reviewed.

The Phillies also had a 2-1 edge in replay reviews, including a game-ending play on a great scoop at first base by John Jr. Game over. Oops, Rockies want a review. Umpires got on the head sets and shortly signaled, “OUT.” Now, the game was over. Imagine if that had been the last out of game 7 of the World Series and the celebration had to be delayed until the umps checked with replay central. Being a purist, I’m not sure I like all these reviews and the home plate collision rule change.

Team left for LA after the game. Itinerary: “move watched back 1 hour to Pacific Daylight Time.” Four days in Dodger Stadium and the Phillies head for Phoenix. Then back home and another time change.

Minor League Review (Weekend Edition)
Lehigh Valley took 2 of 3 in Scranton, Luis Garcia and Cesar Jimenez getting the wins. Maikel Franco, mired in a 7-game spin in which had a total of 2 hits, was 3-5, 2 RBI.
OF Clete Thomas, 5-13 in the series.

Reading spilt a pair against Harrisburg. Jesse Biddle fanned 11 in 7 innings of 2-hit, 1-run ball, winning on Friday night. 3B Cesar Hernandez, 5-9, and saw his average drop to .500.

Clearwater dropped a pair of games vs. Lakeland, 13 and 11 innings respectively.

Lakewood lost 10-8 and 11-6 at Hagerstown.

Alumni Birthdays
Today: INF Greg Legg (54), C Mack Burk (78) . . . Tuesday: 2B Mickey Morandini (48), OF Terry Francona (55) . . . Wednesday: RHP Carlos Silva (35), LHP Rheal Cormier (47), SS Chico Hernandez (75), OF Chuck Harmon (90). . . Thursday: RHP Todd Jones (46), RHP Pat Zachry (62), RHP Joe Verbanic (71) . . . Sunday: 3B Pedro Feliz (39), RHP Bob Ayrault.

Tweet Time
From Mark Victoria: Eating 4 cans of alphabet soup will give you a giant vowel movement.

Book Talk
If These Walls Could Talk, my new book published by Triumph Books, will be available soon, as in May 1, book stores and on-line. Sneak preview: Chapter 7: Scouts, the unsung members of the Phillies. Included are scouting reports of Rollins, Utley and Howard.

Will be on radio tonight, 7:05, on Blog TalkRadio, iTunes, RadioRSQ, Sarasota, FL. Don Henderson and Doug Miles are the hosts.

Again, tomorrow afternoon, 1:35, on NBC Sports Radio’s “Voices of the Game with Newy Scruggs” out of Dallas, TX.

Hope you can tune in.

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