Phillies Reach .500

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Former second baseman Marlon Anderson is now with MLB.com. What’s his role? Check out Paul Hagen’s “Where Are They Now” feature on Marlon at http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

Back At .500
For the second straight night in Dodger Stadium, the Phillies got stellar starting pitching which resulted in a second straight win. For the first time since April 13, the Phillies are at .500, 10-10.

A.J. still hasn’t won on that mound (0-4) but he was outstanding, giving up just 2 runs in 6.2 innings. When a starter can get to the seventh inning, it sets up the bullpen to do its thing and Jake, Mike, Antonio and Pap shut the door.

Ruiz, who earlier had his first triple since 2010, began the 10th with a pop fly to short left. Instead of just jogging assuming the ball would be caught, he busted it. The ball wasn’t caught and he was on second base from where he scored on Domonic’s single. The error was the 22nd for the Dodgers in 21 games.

Phillies had 11 hits, 3 from A.J. (career-high) in the 9 hole and 4 from Ben in the lead-off spot.

Cole makes his first start tonight, meaning the Phillies have their rotation in order for the first time this season. He’s bidding to become the seventh pitcher in Phillies history to win 100 games.

Minor League Report

Players of the Week (April 14-20)
Pitcher: Jesse Biddle, Reading . . . 1-0, 1 G, 1.29 REA, 7 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 11 SO . . . Won POTW for the fifth time in his career . . . Selected in 1st round, 2010, out of Germantown Friends School; signed by Eric Valent.

Player: OF Carlos Tocci, Lakewood . . . 5 G, .500 (11-22), 5 R, 4 RBI . . . 18-year-old is one of the youngest players in the South Atlantic League . . . Signed as an amateur free agent, 8/23/11, by Jesus Mendez.

Lehigh Valley won 3rd in a row, 6-3, over Norfolk. DH Leandro Castro, 3-run HR (1st) . . . C Koyie Hill, 2-run HR, 1st . . . WP: Greg Smith (2-0) . . . SV: Justin DeFratus (1).

Reading lost, 11-5, as Richmond scored 6 in the 8th and 2 in the 9th. 6 Reading pitchers walked 9. C Tommy Joseph, 3-run HR, 3rd. All 3 HR have come in last 10 games.

Clearwater lost 5th in a row, 18-5, to Daytona. Cubs pounded out 17 hits, 12 for extra-bases.

Lakewood ended a 4-game losing streak, 7-5, over Charleston. RF Dylan Cozens, 3B, HR (2nd), 2 RBI . . . SS J. P. Crawford, 2-4, 2 R . . . 1B Willians Astudillo stretched hitting streak to 9 games, .485 . . . WP: Cody Forsythe (1-0)

Special Birthday
OF-1B-3B Chuck Harmon becomes the eighth Phillies Alumnus 90 years of age today. He closed out a four-year big league career with the Phillies in 1957, .256 in 57 games. Harmon also played for the Reds and Cardinals.

Other former Phillies in the Nonagenarian Club include SS Alex Monchak (97), P Lou Lucier (96), OF Wally Westlake (93), INF Alvin Dark (92), INF Solly Hemus (91), P Bob Kuzava (90) and P Don Grate (90).

Harmon was sent a Phillies jersey with his name and number (50) on the back as a special birthday gift, a club tradition for Alumni who reach 90.

New Book
Coming May 1, If These Walls Could Talk, my new book. Larry Bowa wrote the foreword. Chapter 9: A Rough Rookie Season. Yep, my first year with the Phillies was 1964, a season to forget.

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