Struggling

Things aren’t going well. 6 wins at home, 1-8 in interleague play and 1-10 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Solution? Play all road games, only National League teams and skip Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Well, we all know that can’t happen.

But, we do get back to the NL tomorrow night as the Reds come to town following a 2-game sweep by the Angels who have won the last 7 meetings against the Phils. 11 interleague game left on the schedule (August and September) including two in Anaheim.

Number of the Day
17: league-leading doubles for Chase. Phillies have had 2 second basemen lead the NL in this category, Nap Lajoie (56, 1899) and Bert Niehoff (42, 1916).

Minor League Report
Players of the week (May 5-11)
Pitcher: LHP Cesar Jimenez, Lehigh Valley, 4 G, 1-0, 1 SV, 4.1 IP, 0 R, 4 SO. 29-year-old was signed as a minor league free agent, 12/5/12.
Player: CF Peter Lavin, Clearwater, 6 G, .500, 12 H, 4 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 4 SB. Also named Florida State League POTW. 26-year-old was drafted in the 20th round in 2011 out of the University of San Francisco and signed by scout Joey Davis.

Lehigh Valley won its 4th in a row, 3-2, over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre . . . CF Tyson Gillies, 1B, 2B, 2 RBI . . . OF Steve Susdorf, hitting .387 in last 10 games . . . WP: Greg Smith (4-0) . . . SV: Justin DeFratus (3) . . . OF Clete Thomas (fractured wrist) and INF Freddy Galvis (fractured clavicle) placed on DL.

Reading won its 3rd straight, 5-4, in 10 innings in New Hampshire . . . LF Cameron Perkins, GW RBI 2B . . . HR: 3B Carlos Alonso (3), RF Anthony Hewitt (1) . . . WP: Hector Neris . . . SV: Tyler Kmigge (1) . . . C Tommy Joseph (sprained left wrist) placed on DL.

Clearwater lost its 4th in a row, 5-1, to Jupiter . . . RF Nick Ferdinand, 3-3, including 2nd HR . . . RHP Miguel Gonzalez will begin rehab assignment tonight.

Lakewood dropped its 3rd straight, 4-2, at Hagerstown . . . RF Dylan Cozens, 10th 2B, 4th HR, 2 RBI.

This Date
May 15, 1989: One of the most exciting finishes in Vet history. After 11 scoreless innings, San Francisco scores two in the top of the 12th. With two out and two runners on base in the bottom of the 12th, RF Bob Dernier hits a three-run, game-winning, inside-the-park home run to left field, 3-2.

Book Signings
Will be signing my book, If These Walls Could Talk, tomorrow at my high school (Myerstown, PA) reunion. Hope I remember people’s faces and names.

New book signing additions: Barnes and Noble, Valley Forge, June 5, 6-8 p.m. . . . B&N, Plymouth Meeting Mall, June 8, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. . . . Reading Fightin Phils, June 12, 5-7 p.m.

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