Sweep Slips Away

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Eight years ago yesterday Aaron Rowan emerged with a broken nose after crashing into centerfield fence at Citizens Bank Park while making spectacular first-inning catch of a Xavier Nady drive with three on and two out. Phillies beat New York Mets, 2-0, in a game halted in the bottom of the fifth by rain.

Weekend Review
Let’s see, a 3-2 win that featured a ton of pitches and LOB in 4 hours, 39 minutes, a second 1-run win the next night and a gutty performance by Cole yesterday before a 9th-inning bullpen implosion turned a sweep into an 11-inning 1-run loss. So went the Phillies-Mets weekend series.

The 3-2 win was an 11-inning job on Friday night in which the teams combined to throw 420 pitches, 196 out of the strike zone. Combined, they left 32 men on base. Credit the bullpen for the win, 1 run in 6 innings.

0 runs in 3.2 innings by the bullpen saved a 5-4 Saturday win. KK didn’t get the win, leaving him winless since last August. J-Roll, Chase and Ryan had multiple hit games, the 36th time, according to Elias Sports Bureau. Record in those 36: 32-4.

Throwing a career-high 133 pitches, Cole appeared to be on his way to his 100th win, finally, as the Phillies led, 4-1, with 3 outs to go. Without the overworked trio of Jake, Mike and Pap not available, the bullpen imploded and Cole didn’t win. Of the 5 runs the bullpen gave up over the weekend, Antonio was charged with 4, including 3 yesterday. Roberto, Friday’s starter who threw 99 pitches, came on in the 9th and was technically charged with a blown save by allowing the tying run.

Number of the Day
8–Phillies bullpen has blown 8 saves in 5 weeks of baseball. Not a good ratio.

Minor League Report (weekend edition)
Lehigh Valley won yesterday after losing previous 2 to Gwinnett. Derrick Mitchell, former Phillies farmhand now with Gwinnett, hit 3 homers Friday night in 9-8 win. C Sebastian Valle drove in 5 of LV’s runs. Ken Giles gave up a run in AAA debut . . . Seth Rosin lost that game and Saturday’s 11-inning 10-7 setback . . . OF Steve Susdorf, 5-9 weekend with 3 doubles; hitting .348 in last 10 . . . 3B-1B Maikel Franco, 5-13, 3rd HR, 3 RBI; .310 in his last 10-games.

Reading lost 2 of 3 in Trenton . . . Win came Saturday night but wasn’t won until Sunday afternoon. Confused? Two teams were tied, 3-3, in the last of the 13th when the rains came Saturday. Game was finished yesterday, Reading’s winning run scored on a passed ball in the 14th . . . Cesar Hernandez, 5-13, stretching his hitting streak to 10 games (.447); also committed 9th error, this time while playing 3B yesterday.

Clearwater split a pair against Dunedin, 2-1 W, 11-3 L . . . CF Peter Lavin, 7-9, 5th HR, RBI . . . LF Darin Ruf 2-4 Friday night.

Lakewood split a pair at Delmarva and was rained out Friday night . . . SS J.P. Crawford, 4-7, 10th 2B.

Alumni Birthdays
Wednesday: OF Braulio Castillo (46) . . . Thursday: RHP Roy Halladay (37), LHP Shawn Barton (51), 1B Tony Perez (72) . . . Friday: C A.J. Hinch (40) . . . Saturday: RHP Porfi Altamirano (62) . . . Sunday: RHP Nelson Figueroa (40)

Father’s Day Gift
If These Walls Could Talk, my new book from Triumph Books, is the perfect gift for dad. Or, a late Mother’s Day gift. Book is available online, in bookstores and the Majestic Clubhouse Store at Citizens Bank Park.

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