Rookie Saves Weekend

A rookie wins his major league debut for the Phillies who are shutout twice in the other 3 weekend games, getting just 3 hits on Friday night and being no-hit yesterday by Beckett.

In all, the Phillies had 10 hits for the weekend, 7 coming Saturday afternoon when David Buchanan won. #55 was 5-1 in 9 AAA starts this year before going to the bigs. A year ago at AA Reading, he was 1-5 in 10 starts.

Beckett threw 128 pitches, 80 for strikes. He threw a first-pitch strike to 23 of the 30 batters he faced. It was the fifth no-hitter by a Dodgers pitcher against the Phillies: Dazzy Vance (1925), Sal Maglie (1956), Sandy Koufax (1964) and Bill Singer (1970). Josh and Sandy did it in Philadelpia.

JR/MS Countdown
Career hits for the Phillies:
Mike Schmidt (2,234)
J-Roll (2,220)

Number of the Day
7—times the Phillies have been shutout this season, 5 in the last 10 home games.

Rockies Next
The team that leads the NL in hitting, runs, doubles, home runs, on-pace percentage nd slugging percentages is next on the home schedule, 3-game series starting tonight. Rockies are 16-7 Coors Field, 11-16 on the road.

Minor League Report (weekend edition)
Lehigh Valley lost 2 of 3 to Toledo . . . Win 1-0 on Saturday–WP: Chris Bootcheck (1-0), first start off the DL; SV: Ken Giles (2) . . . C Cameron Rupp (5) and OF Leandro Castro (3) homered in 7-3 Friday loss.

Reading swept 3-game series in Akron, allowing a total of 3 runs . . . WPs: Tyler Knigge (2-0), Hector Neris (2-0) and Ryan Demmin (1-0) . . . Nefi Ogando, 2 saves, giving him 6 in his last 7 games . . . SS Edgar Duran 6-16, including 1st HR.

Clearwater lost 4 of 5 on the road . . . Win came Sunday, Adam Loewen (1-0); 3rd save for Jordon Guth, snapping a 9-game losing streak . . . INF KC Serna, 9-17.

Lakewood dropped 2 of 3 in West Virginia . . . WP on Saturday, Drew Anderson (3-4) . . . OF Sam Hiciano, 6-12; hitting .361 in last 10 games . . . 1B-C Willians Astudillo extended his hitting streak to 9 games.

Alumni Birthdays
Today: 1B Travis Lee (39), 1B Ricky Jordan (49) . . . Tuesday: Jim Vatcher (49) . . . Wednesday: SS Steve Jeltz (55), LHP Bob Kuzava (91) . . . Thursday: LHP Trevor Miller (41), RHP Toby Borland (45), 3B Charlie Hayes (49) . . . Friday: LHP Scott Eyre (42), MGR John Felske (72) . . . Saturday: OF Kenny Lofton (47).

This Date
May 26, 1990: Mike Schmidt’s #20 is retired in pre-game ceremonies as Phillies lose, 12-3, to Atlanta before 56,789.

May 26, 2008: Phillies set a Citizens Bank Park record for runs in a game, blasting Colorado, 20-5. 2B Chase Utley drives in six runs.

Book Signings
Will be signing my new book (If These Walls Could Talk) next month at the following locations:
June 1: Citizens Bank Park, 12:30 p.m., Section 111.
June 2: Forwood Elementary School, Wilmington, 6 p.m.
June 5: Barnes & Noble, Valley Forge, PA, 6 p.m.
June 7: Costco, Glen Mills, PA, 11:30 a.m.
June 8: Barnes & Noble, Plymouth Meeting, 12 noon.
June 10: Maris Grove, Glen Mills, PA, 2:30 p.m.
June 12: Reading Fightin Phils, 5:30 p.m.
June 13: Citizens Bank Park, 6 p.m.
June 16: All-Star Home Run Hitting Contest, Wilmington Blue Rocks, 4 p.m.

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