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Offensive Woes

The Phillies formula of strong pitching, timely hitting and solid defense has sprung a leak. Monday night’s second straight loss came as he result of the spotty pitching and an unproductive offense. Getting base hits hasn’t been the problem. Getting them home is another story.

After leaving 16 runners on base and 3-18 RISP on Sunday, last night produced 10 LOB and just 1-13 RISP.

Jared Eickhoff is credited with a quality star (3 runs or less in 6 inning), an unofficial stat that is meaningless, in my humble opinion.  Unfortunately Eickhoff was saddled with his loss, his sixth to go with that one win on April 13.

Phil-Ins
Odubel Herrera has reached base in 35 of his last 36 games. Since moving to the leadoff spot on April 20, he’s hitting .387 . . . After one hit in his first 16 AB in the majors, Tyler Goeddel is hitting .320 over his last 14 games; had first three-hit game last night . . . Tommy Joseph got his first big league hit and a big ovation from the fans . . . Phillies have yet to score four runs in an inning.

Minor League Report
Players of the Week (May 9-15)

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OF Dylan Cozens, Reading… The 21-year-old Cozens batted .385 (10-26) with six runs scored, two doubles, three home runs, four RBI, three walks and two stolen bases in seven games. He slugged .808 for the week with a 1.256 OPS. Cozens’ three home runs came in consecutive games, which finished off a six-game span during which he hit five home runs. He currently ranks first in the Eastern League in home runs, extra-base hits (20), slugging percentage (.581) and total bases (79), is tied for fourth in hits (39) and RBI (26) and ranks 10th in average (.287). Cozens was selected by the Phillies in the second round of the June 2012 draft.

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RHP Ben Lively, Reading…Lively, 24, was named Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Week and Eastern League Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season after going 2-0 with 13.0 scoreless innings pitched, 14 strikeouts and a 1.00 WHIP (5 BB, 8 H) in his two starts last week. He scattered four hits in 6.0 shutout innings against Binghamton on May 10, and followed that by striking out a career-high 12 batters in 7.0 scoreless innings on May 15 against Trenton. Four of Lively’s eight starts have been scoreless and he has not allowed more than three earned runs in any of them. His 1.53 ERA (8 ER, 47.0 IP) and 46 strikeouts lead the Eastern League, and he ranks third in innings pitched and fifth in opponents’ batting average (.185). Lively was acquired from Cincinnati in exchange for outfielder Marlon Byrd and cash considerations on December 31, 2014, and was originally selected by the Reds in the fourth round of the June 2013 Draft. (Photo: Tug Haines).

Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (19-18), 4th place, International League North Division.
Saw their 4-game winning streak end as Syracuse rallied for a 5-4 win. LV out-hit the Chiefs, 14-7, but left 10 runners on base. ND: Mark Appel held Syracuse scoreless on 1 hit and 1 walk through 5 innings, 5.2-3-3-3-4-6. LP: Edward Mujica (0-3). LF Darin Ruf homered in his first AB in the second inning.  5 LV batters had 2 hits each . . . Alec Asher (3-0), 7:05 tonight vs. Syracuse.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (24-12), 1st place, Eastern League East Division.
Return to action tonight in Bowie, 6:35 start, Nick Pivetta (3-2), who is second in the EL in strikeouts to teammate Lively.

Clearwater Threshers (25-13), 1st place, Florida State League North Division.
Opened road trip with an 8-5 win in St. Lucie. WP: Victor Arano (1-0), 3-1-0-0-0-0. SV: Ulises Joaquin, 1st of season. ND: Tom Eshelman, 4-8-5-4-0-5. 3B Zack Green, 4-4, including 8th double, 5th HR. C Gabriel Lino, 3 RBI. CF Carlos Tocci, 3 hits, including 1st HR, 2 RBI.  LF Cody Asche, 0-5, playing the entire game . . . Matt Imhof (4-1), 6:30 tonight in St. Lucie.

Lakewood BlueClaws (15-21), 6th place, South Atlantic League North Division.
Fell to 0-7 against Hagerstown with a 12-9 loss which ended a 6-game winning streak. 2 hits: LF Damek Tomscha (3 RBI); 2B Josh Tobias (4th HR); SS Emmanuel Marrero; 1B Wilson Garcia . . . Tyler Gilbert (1-3), 7:05 tonight vs. Hagerstown.

Honors: RHP Jose Taveras was named the MiLB.com Pitcher of the Week in the SAL. The 22-year old was 1-0 for 1 start, 7 IP, 2 H, 5 SO. It was his second start of the season. He was signed as an amateur free agent out of Santo Domingo, DR, in 2013.

Transactions
Lehigh Valley: released OF Alfredo Marte and C J.P. Arenciba. Added C Logan Moore from Reading.
Reading: added LHR Joely Rodriguez from Clearwater and C Joel Fisher from extended spring training.
Clearwater: added RHR Yacksel Rios from Reading.

This Date
May 17, 1979–A 10-inning classic in Wrigley Field: Phillies 23, Cubs 22.  Teams combine for 11 home runs.  LF Dave Kingman hits three; 3B Mike Schmidt, two, including a two-out, game-winner off Bruce Sutter in the 10th.  Game time: 4:03; attendance, 14,952.

May 17, 1991–Phillies edge the Chicago Cubs, 1-0, in 16 innings, the longest shutout game in Phillies and Vet history.

Book Signing
The Fightin’ Phillies is the title of my new book published by Triumph Books.  Larry Andersen wrote a hilarious foreword. I’ll be signing:

**Thus Sunday, May 22, Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia; 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

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Lifetime Web Gem

It was the most dramatic, game-ending double play to save a win for the Phillies in a long, long time.  LF Tyler Goeddel threw out the game-tying run with a perfect throw to C Cameron Rupp who held on to the ball despite being flattened by the Reds runner, Eugenio Suarez.

Oh, games have ended on double plays but not like this.  It is a web gem that will remain in our memory bank forever.

From Elias Sports Bureau: On May 13, 2015 the Phillies were clinging to a one-run lead when Jeff Francoeur threw out Pittsburgh’s Steve Lombardozzi at the plate to end the game and preserve the 3-2 victory. That was a great play but the impact of Saturday night’s collision and Rupp holding on to the ball was far more dramatic.

It is said a picture is worth a thousand words.  Inquirer/Daily News photographer Yong Kim captured THE play.  Four images means 4,000 words.

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Tweets
Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN: “Hard to beat this as the best finish for a game so far this season.”

Cameron RuppVerified account @CameronRupp: “I apologize to all the Phillies fans I blinded last night from the bald spot on my head that I had no idea I had.”

Phil-Ins
Friday’s winning run (3-2) came on a squeeze bunt.  Last time a Phillies pitcher won the game on a bunt was 1987, Shane Rawley at Dodger Stadium.  (Elias Sports Bureau) . . . Sunday’s dud saw the Phillies leave 16 runners on base, the most for a home game since 1995 against the Padres (16 also).  Phillies pitchers walked a season high seven batters . . . Odubel Herrera has more walks this season (29) than in 537 plate appearances last season (28) . . . Phillies are 10-6 at home but have been out-scored by 20 runs.

Marlins Next
Phillies won two of three in Miami on the last road trip. Two teams begin a three-game series at CBP tonight.  Phils had a 5-4 edge at home a year ago.

Minor League Report (Weekend Edition)
Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (19-17), 4th place, International League North Division.
Stretched winning streak to 4 straight by sweeping 3 in Toledo, holding the Mudhens to 2 total runs.  WPs: Zach Elfin (4-0), 7-4-1-1-1-5; David Buchanan (2-2), 8-6-1-1-0-1; retired last 10; Jake Thompson (2-4), 7-2-0-0-2-4; retired 11 in a row at one point. C Andrew Knapp, 2-run HR (5) on Sunday; has hit in 6 straight, 2 HR, 4 RBI. 2B Darnell Sweeney, 5-12 weekend, 3 RBI. RHR Edubray Ramos since promotion to AAA: 4 G, 6.1 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 SO . . . Mark Appel (3-2), 7:05 tonight vs. Syracuse.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (24-12), 1st place, Eastern League East Division.
Sunday win followed 2 weekend losses in Trenton. WP: Ben Lively (6-0), 7-4-0-0-4-career-high 12 SO; lowered ERA to 1.53, lowest in the league. RF Dylan Cozens has a 9-game hitting streak, 12 H, 6 R, 5 HR, 7 RBI. CF Ramon Quinn stole 3 bases on the weekend, 16 for the season; also had 2 assists Saturday . . . Not scheduled today. 6:35 game tomorrow in Bowie.

Clearwater Threshers (24-13), 1st place, Florida State League North Division.
Split 4 game vs. Tampa. WPs: Elniery Garcia (3-1), 6-5-2-2-2-5; Tyler Viza (5-1), 7-7-1-1-1-3; lowered ERA to 1.77, 6th best in the league. LF Cody Asche, 2 rehab games, 2-7, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI; DNP in Sunday DH.  OF Andrew Pullin, 5 hits on the weekend, HR, 4 RBI, 3 R . . . Tom Eshelman (2-1), 6:35 tonight in St. Lucie.

Lakewood BlueClaws (15-20), 6th place, South Atlantic League North Division.
Swept 3-game series at home vs. West Virginia, stretching winning streak to 6 games.
Friday WP: Luke Leftwich (3-1), 6-3-1-1-0-5. Saturday ND: Harold Arauz, 7-4-0-0-1-8.
Sunday ND: Franklyn Kilome, 5.2-4-1-1-1-7. Sunday’s 2-1 win came on HRs by Jiandido Tromp (4), RF Jose Pujols (8).  RHR Robert Tasin, 3 G, W, BS, SV . . . Jose Taveras (1-2), 7:05 tonight vs. Hagerstown.

HR leaders
Eastern League–21-year old Reading RF Dylan Cozens, 10.
South Atlantic League–20-year-old Lakewood RF Jose Pujols, career-hi 8.

Transactions
Lehigh Valley: INF Carlos Alonso activated from DL.
Lakewood: returned OF Venn Biter to extended spring training. Added OF Carlos Duran from extended ST.

This Date
May 16, 1972–LF Greg Luzinski hits a 500-foot homer off the Liberty Bell (mounted on 400 level facade in center field) at the Vet in an 8-1 loss to Chicago RHP Burt Hooton.

May 16, 1987–LHP Don Carman blanks San Diego on three hits, 9-0, but the big news…he gets his first major league hit after going 0-for-48.

Book Signing
The Fightin’ Phillies is the title of my new book published by Triumph Books.  Larry Andersen wrote a hilarious foreword. I’ll be signing:

**Thus Sunday, May 22, Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia; 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

Follow me at twitter: @ShenkLarry

Home…finally

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Cameron Rupp was just 3 for 22 on the 10-game road trip but he came up with a clutch, two-out, bases-clearing double lifting the Phillies over Atlanta in 10, 7-4, last night. Six of his last 11 hits have been doubles.

Geez a win that wasn’t a one-run decision. Their last seven wins had been by one run.

Odubel Herrera had a classic game for a lead-off hitter, four hits, a walk, stolen base and two runs scored. On the 10-game road trip he had 17 hits and a .339 average.

Vince Velasquez was cruising, 4-0, through six innings.  But, Atlanta plated four in the seventh on a walk and four hits. He left the game with a no decision.

Road Show
It’s over.  16 road games out of 19.  Actually, it was like a six city trip: Milwaukee (3) to Washington (3) to Philadelphia (3) to St. Louis (4) to Miami (3) to Atlanta (3). Final tally, 13 wins, 6 losses.

Phillies have a 10-game road trip July 22-31 (Pittsburgh, Miami, Atlanta) because of the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia, July 25-28.

Phi-Ins
Cincinnati begins a nine-game homestand tonight, the start of a three-game weekend series. Reds opened the season with a three-game sweep of the Phillies, out-scoring them 19-10 . . . Reds have played the fewest road games (2-10); Phillies the most (12-10) . . . 22 of next 27 games are at Citizens Bank Park.

Minor League Report
Prospect Watch

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Reading RF Dylan Cozens homered for the third straight game, giving him 5 in the last 6 games and 8 this month. The 21-year-old left-handed hitter leads all Class AA hitters and the Phillies organization with 10 homers. Between Clearwater and Reading a year ago, he hit 8 but missed nearly a month because of a right foot strain.  His career high is 16 at Lakewood in 2014. Dylan’s dad, Randy, was a defensive tackle at Pitt and drafted by the Denver Broncos in 1976.  His career was cut short by an injury.  Dylan was an outstanding football player who was headed for the University of Arizona until the Phillies drafted him in the second round in 2012.

Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (16-17), 5th place, International League North Division.
Ended 3-game losing streak with 2-1 win in Columbus. WP: Alec Asher (3-0), 6.2-6-1-1-1-5. SV: Edward Mujica (9), striking out the last batter with the bases loaded. CF Nick Williams in a 2-run home run (#3) over the center field wall . . . Zach Elfin (3-0), 7:05 in Toledo.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (23-11), 2nd place, Eastern League East Division.
Won 4th in a row, 3-0, in Trenton. WP: Ricardo Pinto (1-1), 7-2-0-0-2-5; lost a no-hitter with a lead-off hit in the 7th. It was his 1st AA win. SV: Hoby Milner, 1st of his pro career, 3 SO, 2 IP . . . Anthony Vasquez (5-1), 7:05 tonight in Trenton.

Clearwater Threshers (23-11), 1st place Florida State League North Division.
Won 3rd in a row, 5-2, vs. Dunedin. WP: Matt Imhoff (4-1), 5-3-2-1-4-4. SV: Alexis Rivero (3). 2 hits: 2B Scott Kingery, LF Andrew Pullin, C Gabriel Lino. RF Cord Sandberg, 2-run 3B . . . Ranfi Casimiro (4-1), 7:05 tonight in Tampa.

Lakewood BlueClaws (12-20), 6th place, South Atlantic League North Division.
Won 3rd in a row, 6-4, over West Virginia.  ND: Steve Watson, 4.1-2-3-2-3-2; 3 HB. WP: Jacob Waguespack (3-0). SV: Luis Morales (1). Lakewood has 4 .300 hitters in the lineup, including the 1st 3: SS Emmanuel Marrero (.320), 2B Josh Tobias (.325) and 1B Wilson Garcia (.324). 4th: C Deivy Grullon (.306) . . . Luke Leftwich (2-1), 7:05 tonight vs. West Virginia.

Transactions
Clearwater: Added OF Samuel Hiciano from extended spring training; returned INF Jose Antequera to EST.

This Date

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May 13, 1954–RHP Robin Roberts allows a lead-off home run to Bobby Adams and then retires next 27 Cincinnati hitters in order as the Phillies beat the Reds, 8-1, at Connie Mack Stadium.

May 13, 1958–RHP Robin Roberts sets club record with his 191st win, 5-2, over Milwaukee at Connie Mack Stadium.  RHP Grover Cleveland Alexander, previous record holder, won his 190th game in 1917.

Book Signings
The Fightin’ Phillies is the title of my new book published by Triumph Books.  Larry Andersen wrote a hilarious foreword. I’ll be signing:

**This Saturday, May 14, Barnes & Noble, 1805 Walnut Street, Philadelphia; 12 noon-2 p.m. (215 665 9958).
**Sunday, May 22, Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia; 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

Follow me at twitter: @ShenkLarry

Too Much Perez

 

Williams Perez was called up from the minors to face the Phillies last night. First time they saw him was last July at Citizens Bank Park.  They scored nine runs off him in 4.1 innings.  This time fresh from a one-hitter in his last minor league start last week, Perez almost duplicated that effort in beating the Phillies, 5-1.

Ryan Howard’s home run in the fifth inning was the first hit off Perez.  It was Howard’s 51st career home run off Atlanta pitching.  Freddy Galvis’ single in the eighth was the only other hit off Perez who left after that inning. He threw only 85 pitches and got 13 ground ball outs.

Jared Eickhoff dropped to 1-4, allowing four runs in 4.1 innings. Threw 76 pitches, fewest of any start this year. He struck out 28 in his first four starts but has only 10 over last four starts.  His lone win was April 13.

Phi-Ins
Howard’s HR was his 22nd at Turner Field, most among visiting players.  David Wright is second with 19 . . . 4-5 road trip ends tonight in Atlanta. Phillies have only  played three home games since April 20. It all changes as the now Reds, Marlins and Braves come to town during a nine-game homestand that starts on Friday night . . . Cody Asche is scheduled to play a game today in extended spring training.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (15-17), 5th place, International League North Division.
Lost 3rd in a row in Columbus, 10-2. LP: Mark Appel (3-2), 5-7-6-3-1-5. C Andrew Knapp, 1B, HR (4), 2 RBI . . . Alec Asher (2-0), 11:05 this morning in Columbus

Reading Fightin’ Phils (22-11), 2nd place, Eastern League East Division.
Won 3rd in a row, 9-6, over Binghamton. WP: Nick Pivetta (3-2), 6-3-1-1-3-7; chipped in with a 2-run single. SV: Miguel Nunez (2). RF Dylan Cozens, HR (9); 4th in last 5 games.
. . . Ricardo Pinto (0-1), 7 tonight in Trenton.

Clearwater Threshers (21-11), 1st place, Florida State League North Division.
9-7 winners in Dunedin.  WP: Thomas Eshelman (2-1), 5-7-6-6-1-8. 2B Derek Campbell, 2 2B, 1B, 2 RBI. CF Carlos Tocci, 2 H, 2 RBI, 2 SB. C Gabriel Lino, 1st HR
. . . Matt Imhof (3-1), 7 tonight vs. Dunedin.

Lakewood BlueClaws (11-20), 6th place, South Atlantic League North Division.
Not scheduled yesterday . . . Shane Watson (2-1), 6:35 tonight vs. West Virginia.

Transactions
Reading: OF Christian Marrero, placed on DL (lower back strain).
Clearwater: Added OF Andrew Pullin from extended spring training.
Lakewood: Released RHR Mitch Gueller and RHR Anthony Sequeira; added RHR Sutter McLoughlin and RHR Edgar Garcia from extended ST.
Extended ST: Added OF Samuel Hiciano from Clearwater.

This Date
May 12, 1987–3B Mike Schmidt scores his 1,366th run to break Ed Delahanty’s club record. Phillies drop 5-2 decision at the Astrodome.

May 12, 2009–RF Jayson Werth steals second, third and home in the seventh inning vs. the Dodgers.  A fourth stolen base ties the club record. Phillies win, 5-3, at Citizens Bank Park.

Book Signings
The Fightin’ Phillies is the title of my new book published by Triumph Books.  Larry Andersen wrote a hilarious foreword. I’ll be signing:

**This Saturday, May 14, Barnes & Noble, 1805 Walnut Street, Philadelphia; 12 noon-2 p.m. (215 665 9958).
**Sunday, May 22, Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia; 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

Follow me at twitter: @ShenkLarry

Franco Breaks Out

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Adam Morgan grew up in Marietta, GA, and rooted for the Braves.  Last night he beat them for the first time, working seven strong innings and allowing one run.  Same Phillies formula: strong starting pitching, timely hitting and a bullpen save. Phillies are 15-2 when leading after the eighth inning.

Oh, the score? It was by one run, 3-2.  What else is new?  It was the Phillies seventh straight one-run win, the most since the 1942 team ran off a string of 10. How did that team finish? 42-109.

The shortstop (Freddy Galvis), second baseman (Cesar Hernandez) and third baseman (Maikel Franco) drove in a run each for the Phillies. Franco took extra hitting in the afternoon and responded with three hits, including his seventh home run which turned out to be the decisive run. Prior to last night he had four hits on this road trip (six games).

Phi-Ins
Morgan threw 90 pitches in seven innings, 60 strikes.  He topped out at 94 mph on his fast ball, up from his best velocity a year ago . . . Win ended a four-game losing streak in Atlanta . . . Peter Bourjos leads the Phillies with eight doubles . . . Galvis turned in this game’s web gem, a brilliant backhand pickup to start a double play . . . Scott Franzke note: “When the last game is played in Turner Field, Citizens Bank Park will become the oldest park in the NL East.”

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (15-16), tie 4th place, International League North Division.
Lost, 7-1, at Columbus. LP: Jake Thompson (1-4), 6-7-4-0-0-1; 1B Tommy Joseph error opened the doors for the 4 unearned runs. 3B Taylor Featherston, 2 hits, including 3rd HR. LF Nick Williams, 2 hits. Home plate umpire was John Bacon.  Imagine if he had ejected an LV player, “Bacon ejects IronPig” . . . Mark Appel (3-1), 6:35 tonight in Columbus.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (21-11), 2nd place, Eastern League East Division.
Pounded out 17 hits in blanking Binghamton, 9-0.  WP: Ben Lively (5-0), 6-4-0-0-1-2. 3B Harold Martinez, 4-4, 3 RBI; hitting .326. C Logan Moore, 3 H, RBI. RF Dylan Cozens, organization-high 8th HR . . . Nick Pivetta (2-2), 11:35 this morning vs. Binghamton.

Clearwater Threshers (20-11), 1st place, Florida State League North Division.
Scored 2 in the last of the 9th to tie and then won it in 13, 4-3, over Dunedin. WP: Alexis Rivero (2-0), 3 SO, 2 IP. SS Malquin Canelo, 2 H, 3 R, 3 BB. 3B Mitch Walding had a game-tying hit in the 9th and the game-winning hit in the 13th . . . Tom Eshelman (1-1), 6:30 tonight vs. Dunedin.

Lakewood BlueClaws (11-20), 6th place, South Atlantic League North Division.
Ended 4-3 road trip with a 5-3 win in Kannapolis.  WP: Tyler Gilbert (2-3), 7-4-2-2-2-4. SV: Robert Tasin (5). 2B Josh Tobias HR (#3) in 1st inning. 1B Wilson Garcia, 2 hits, extending hitting streak to 11 games . . . Day off today. Shane Watson (2-1) tomorrow night vs. West Virginia.

This Date

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May 11, 2006–CF Aaron Rowand breaks his nose crashing into centerfield fence at Citizens Bank Park after 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.

Book Signings
The Fightin’ Phillies is the title of my new book published by Triumph Books.  Larry Andersen wrote a hilarious foreword. I’ll be signing:

**This Saturday, May 14, Barnes & Noble, 1805 Walnut Street, Philadelphia; 12 noon-2 p.m. (215 665 9958).
**Sunday, May 22, Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia; 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

Follow me at twitter: @ShenkLarry

Surprise Kids?

Let’s see, we’ve had the Whiz Kids (1950), Cardiac Kids (1980), Wheeze Kids (1983), Misfits (1993) and Manuel’s Maulers (2008-09).  So, what do we call the 2016 Phillies?
Surprise Kids?

Atlanta Now
This three-game series features the two lowest-scoring teams in the NL, Phillies (104 runs) and Braves (90). Atlanta has hit the fewest homers (seven) in the majors and is the only team without a triple. Their run differential is -63; Phillies -27.

This is the last season for Turner Field which opened in 1997. The Braves hold an 85-78 edge over the Phillies, including 7-2 last year, winning the last four games.  Ryan Howard has hit 21 homers there, most for any enemy yard. In 82 games, 82 hits, 76 RBI. Overall against the Braves he has 50 home runs, 147 RBI in 165 game while batting .284.

The Phillies have played more games against the Braves than any team in their history, 2,379 times.  For the Braves it includes three cities, Boston-Milwaukee and Atlanta.

Phi-Ins
Cesar Hernandez leads the club with nine-multi-hit games.  All have come on the road . . . Phillies are 10-9 on the road; Atlanta 1-15 at home, the worst MLB mark since the 1913 Yankees were 0-16 . . . Larry Andersen has off this series.  Ben Davis will work with Scott Franzke on radio.

Minor League Players of Week (May 2-8)

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INF Emmanuel Marrero, Lakewood… Marrero, 22, raised his batting average by 38 points after batting .500 (12-24) with three doubles, four RBI, seven runs scored and a 1.144 OPS in six games last week. Marrero was selected by the Phillies in the seventh round of the 2014 draft out of Alabama State University.

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RHP Luke Leftwich, Lakewood… The 21-year-old Leftwich struck out 10 batters and scattered seven hits during a 6.0-inning, scoreless start against Asheville on May 6. It was his second straight double-digit strikeout performance, and he now has struck out 21 batters in his last 12.0 innings pitched. He leads the league in strikeouts (39). Leftwich was selected by the Phillies in the seventh round of the 2015 draft out of Wofford College.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (15-15), tie 3rd place, International League North Division.
Held to 4 singles in losing, 2-0, in Columbus in 1 hour, 56 minutes. 1B Tommy Joseph, 1-4. Reliever James Russell started, no decision: 4-2-0-0-0-0 . . . Mark Appel (3-1), 6:35 tonight in Columbus.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (20-11), 2nd place, Eastern League East Division.
5-3 winners over Binghamton. ND: John Richy, 5-4-3-3-2-2. WP: Gregory Infante (1-0). C Jorge Alfaro, 3-4, 2B, RBI. KC Serna inserted in RF for first time in his career, hit a game-decisive, 2-run HR in the 8th. LHR Hoby Milner, 2 scoreless innings, extending his scoreless streak to 10.1 innings with 10 strikeouts . . . Ben Lively (4-0), 11:35 this morning vs. Binghamton.

Clearwater Threshers (19-11), 1st place, Florida State League North Division.
Held to 3 hits in losing, 6-2, in Dunedin. LHR Mario Hollands, 1st rehab appearance, 1-1-1-1-0-2. He underwent Tommy John surgery a year ago in April and didn’t pitch last season . . . Will Morris (2-1), 7:00 tonight vs. Dunedin.

Lakewood BlueClaws (10-20), 6th place, South Atlantic League North Division.
Won, 4-1, in Kannapolis. WP: Jose Taveras (1-2), 7-2-0-0-0-5; retired 20 of last 21 batters he faced.  8 different Lakewood hitters had a hit with RF Jose Pujols and CF Jiandido Tromp, 2 each . . . Tyler Gilbert (0-3), 7:05 tonight in Kannapolis, final game off a 7-game road trip.

Transactions
Reading: RHR Mark Leiter off Clearwater DL.
Clearwater: INF Drew Stankiewicz on DL (right oblique strain); RHR Matt Hockenberry, returned from Reading, INF Jose Antequera from extended spring training.

Rehab assignments: RHR Michael Mariot from Clearwater to Reading; LHR Mario Hollands, to Clearwater.

Book Signings
The Fightin’ Phillies is the title of my new book published by Triumph Books.  Larry Andersen wrote a hilarious foreword. I’ll be signing:

**This Saturday, May 14, Barnes & Noble, 1805 Walnut Street, Philadelphia; 12 noon-2 p.m. (215 665 9958).
**Sunday, May 22, Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia; 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

Follow me at twitter: @ShenkLarry

 

2 Games Out

Don’t look now but the Phillies are in third place in the NL East two games out.
Eighth-inning rallies lifted the Phillies to Saturday and Sunday wins in Marlins Park against a red-hot Miami club.  It was the sixth straight series win vs. the Marlins.

Prior to those two wins, the Phillies were 0-10 when trailing after seven innings.

Rookie Tyler Goeddel turned in the daily web gem by a Phillies outfielder with a diving catch in the first inning Sunday.  Struggling at the plate (.147), he came through with a game-tying double in the eighth, his first major league extra-base hit.  Deluxe pinch-hitter Andres Blanco scored Goeddel with the winning run with another double.

Phil-Ins
Six runs Sunday ended 12 straight games in which the Phillies scored four runs or less. Will TV sponsor Toyota change the name of Rav4 to Rav6? . . . 11-3 record in one-run decisions leads the majors; Seattle is second in such wins, 7-5 . . . Jeanmar Gomez has 11 saves, tied for most in the majors . . . Since Odubel Herrera moved into the lead-off spot, the Phillies are 12-5 . . . Day off today . . . 3-4 road trip ends in Atlanta starting Tuesday night . . . Back home Friday for a weekend series with Cincinnati.

Players of Month (April)
Traditionally, the Phillies honor the player and pitcher of the month in their minor league system.  This year, they’ve added a third category, defensive player of the month.

Player: Josh Tobias, 23, batted .347 (26-75) with eight doubles, a triple, two home runs, 19 RBI, 12 walks, a .462 on-base percentage and a 1.022 OPS in 20 games. He hit safely in 15 of those 20 games. The switch-hitting second baseman was selected by the Phillies in the 10th round of the June 2015 draft out of the University of Florida.

Pitcher: Ben Lively. The 24-year-old right-hander started five games in April, going 3-0 with a 1.55 ERA (5 ER, 29.0 IP), 30 strikeouts, a 0.90 WHIP (20 H, 6 BB) and .189 opponents’ batting average. Lively was acquired from Cincinnati for outfielder Marlon Byrd and cash considerations on December 31, 2014, and was originally selected by the Reds in the fourth round of the June 2013 draft.

Defense: 2B Scott Kingery, a 22-year-old in his second professional season, played 180.0 innings at second base over 20 games in April and handled all 94 of his chances (39 PO, 55 A) for a 1.000 fielding percentage. He was also part of nine defensive double plays. A right-handed hitter, Kingery was selected by the Phillies in the second round of the June 2015 draft out of the University of Arizona.

Minor League Report, Weekend Edition
Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (15-14), 2nd place, International League North Division.
Won 2 of 3 vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre . . . WPs: (Friday) Alec Asher (2-0), 7-3-1-0-2-5; (Sunday) David Buchanan (1-2), 5-4-4-4-2-5. SV: (Sunday) Edward Mujica, IL-leading 8th . . . 1B Tommy Joseph, 7-11 weekend, 6th HR, 3 RBI; leads IL in hitting (.392) and slugging (.709) . . . Jake Thompson (1-3), 6:35 tonight in Columbus.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (19-11), 2nd place, Eastern League East Division.
Won 2 of 3 vs. Portland, having a 4-game winning streak end on Sunday. 3B Angelo Mora had the game-winning hit in Friday’s 1st game and 3B Harold Martinez followed with the same in 2nd game. Pinch-runner KC Serna scored the winning run in each game . . . C Jorge Alfaro returned from the DL in the 1st game and doubled in the game-tying run . . . RF Dylan Cozens hit 6th and 7th HRs over the weekend . . . John Richy (0-0), 6:35 tonight vs. Binghamton.

Clearwater Threshers (19-10), 1st place, Florida State League North Division.
Split two games in Tampa.  WP: Ranfi Casimiro (4-1) on Friday, 6-5-2-2-0-5; SV: Joely Rodriguez (1) . . . 2B Scott Kingery committed his first errors of the season on Saturday on back-to-back plays . . . Tyler Viza (4-1), 6:30 tonight in Dunedin.

Lakewood BlueClaws (9-20), 7th place, South Atlantic League North Division.
2 losses in 3 games.  Win came on Friday in Asheville; 2 losses in Kannapolis. WP: Luke Leftwich (2-1), 6-7-0-0-2-10; took over SAL lead in strikeouts (39) . . . SS Emmanuel Marrero, 9-12 weekend, 4 R, 3 RBI . . . RF Jose Pujols, 6-17, 3 HR, 10 RBI in last 4 games.  7 HR tied for SAL lead . . . Jose Taveras (0-2), 7:05 tonight in Kannapolis.

Transactions
Lehigh Valley: RHR Edubray from Reading; RHR Gregory Infante to Reading.
Reading: C Jorge Alfaro activated from DL; RHR Matt Hockenberry, from Clearwater.
Lakewood: C Deivy Grullon activated from DL.
Extended spring training: C Joel Fisher, from Lakewood.

This Date
May 9, 2013–Charlie Manuel manages his 1,332nd game at the helm of the Phillies, passing Gene Mauch for most games managed in team history. Unfortunately, it was a 2-1 loss to Arizona. (broadandpattison.com).

Book Signings
The Fightin’ Phillies is the title of my new book published by Triumph Books.  Larry Andersen wrote a hilarious foreword. I’ll be signing:

**This Saturday, May 14, Barnes & Noble, 1805 Walnut Street, Philadelphia; 12 noon-2 p.m. (215 665 9958).
**Sunday, May 22, Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia; 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

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Marlins Park Next

Phillies pitchers have tossed an NL high six shutouts.  Phillies hitters were blanked for the first time yesterday as, for the second straight season, they lost three of a four-game series in St. Louis.

Next stop on the Phillies road show is Miami, a three-game weekend series starting tonight. So far in five games this month, the Phils have scored 10 runs not leaving much margin of error for their pitchers.

Offensively, the Phillies are struggling against left-handed pitchers, .166, a major league low.  This weekend they face two Marlin lefty starters.

Phil-Ins
Marlins are the hottest team in baseball, 10 wins in last 11 games. Lost first five home games but just finished three-game sweep of Arizona to bring their record at home to 5-7; on road, 10-5, including a recent four-game sweep of the Dodgers in LA . . . Phillies are 17-20 at Marlins Park, which opened in 2012.  Last season, clubs split 10 games there . . . Ryan Howard has 90 at-bats in Marlins Park and no home runs . . . Giancarlo Stanton has 17 homers off Phillies pitching, 10 at Citizens Bank Park.

Happy Birthday

Andersen wig
Motto of Larry Andersen, 63 today: “You’re only young once, but you can be immature forever.”

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (13-13), tie 3rd place, International League North Division.
Lost, 10-1, to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. LP: Mark Appel (3-1), 5-6-5-5-4-6. 2B Darnell Sweeney, 4-7 in last 2 games.  DH-1B Tommy Joseph, 2-4, RBI. Hitting .317 in last 10 games, 3 HR, 10 RBI . . . Alec Asher (1-0), 7:05 tonight vs. SWB.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (17-10), 2nd place, Eastern League East Division.
4-2 winners at New Hampshire.  WP: Nick Pivetta (2-2), 5.1-8-2-2-2-6. SV: Miguel Nunez, 1st AA save. 2 hits: 1B Rhys Hoskins, RF Dylan Cozens, LF KC Serna. 3B Angelo Mora, 16th RBI . . . Ricardo Pinto (0-1), 7:05 tonight vs. Portland.

Clearwater Threshers (18-9), 1st place, Florida State League North Division.
Won, 7-5, at Tampa. WP: Matt Imhof (3-1), 5-6-2-2-4-4. SV: Jesen Therrien (2). 3 hits: SS Malquin Canelo, C Chace Numata. 2 hits: 2B Scott Kingery (2B, HR, SB), LF Cord Sandberg, 2B Mitch Walding. 1B Kyle Martin, 2 RBI, boosting season total to 23 . . . Ranfi Casimiro (3-1), 7:00 in Tampa.

Lakewood BlueClaws (8-18), tie 6th place, South Atlantic League North Division.
Pounding out 19 hits, Lakewood won 13-6 Asheville. WP: Shane Watson (2-1), 5-10-6-3-0-7. 4 hits: Brendon Hayden, C Austin Bossart. RF Jose Pujols, 2B, HR (5), 5 RBI. 2B Josh Tobias, 3-5 . . . Luke Leftwich (1-1), 7:05 in Asheville.

This Date
May 6, 2011–LHP Cliff Lee matches club record for a left-hander with 16 strikeouts in a 16-10 win vs. Atlanta at Citizens Bank Park.

Jamie Moyer (twitter: @jmo50Moyer) Position: Pitcher Bats: Left, Throws: Left Height: 6' 0", Weight: 170 lb. Born: November 18, 1962 in Sellersville, PA (Age 53.099) High School: Souderton HS (Souderton, PA) School: St. Joseph's University (Philadelphia, PA) Drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 6th round of the 1984 amateur draft. Signed June 7, 1984. (All Transactions) Debut: June 16, 1986 (Age 23.210, 12,789th in MLB history)   vs. PHI 6.1 IP, 8 H, 2 SO, 3 BB, 4 ER, W Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1986 season [*] Teams (by GP): Mariners/Phillies/Cubs/Orioles/Rangers/... 1986-2012 Agents: Jamie Moyer, previously: Jim Bronner, Bob Gilhooley [*] Last Game: May 27, 2012 (Age 49.191)   vs. CIN 2 AB, 0 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB

May 7, 2010 –LHP Jamie Moyer becomes the oldest pitcher to toss a shutout, 47 years, 170 days, 7-0 over the Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park.  Moyer gave up two hits, walked none and struck out five.

Book Signings
The Fightin’ Phillies is the title of my new book published by Triumph Books.  Larry Andersen wrote a hilarious foreword. I’ll be signing:

**Saturday, May 14, Barnes & Noble, 1805 Walnut Street, Philadelphia; 12 noon-2 p.m.
(215 665 9958).
**Sunday, May 22, Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia; 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
**Thursday, May 26, Maris Grove Theatre, 200 Maris Grove Way, Glen Mills, PA, 19342; 2-3 p.m.
**Sunday, August 14, Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia; 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

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First Blown Save

All streaks end.  For first-year closer, Jeanmar Gomez, his 9-for-9 saves streak is gone as the Cardinals scored twice in the last of the ninth for a 5-4 win.  The Phillies had been 12-2 when leading after seven innings with the two losses coming in the first two games of the season.

00 Howard HR

After five straight solo home runs, Ryan Howard delivered a 421-foot blast over the centerfield wall with two mates on base in the fourth. Five of his seven homers have given the Phillies the lead this season.  Odubel Herrera’s line driver homer into the Cardinals bullpen made it 4-0 the next inning. The Phillies offense could muster only four other hits and in five innings, they went down 1-2-3.

The Cardinals got back in the game scoring three in their fifth on a walk, four hits and two favorable replay reviews.

Once again a Phillies outfielder turned in a brilliant catch.  This time 6-foot-4 Tyler Goeddel used every inch in robbing Jedd Gyorko of a game-tying home run in the eighth inning.

Phil Ins
Herrera has reached base in 24 of his lasts 25 games. That’s the blue print of a lead-off hitter . . . Starting this afternoon the Phillies face a lefty starter in three of the next four games.  Does Ryan sit? . . . Phillies are 4-1 vs. LH starters.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (13-12), 2nd place, International League North Division.
Leading 2-0 after 7, the IronPigs saw Pawtucket score two in the eighth to tie and then five in ninth for a 7-2 win.  Bobby LaFromboise and James Russell were tagged with the five runs. 2B Darnell Sweeney had 2 of LV’s 3 hits. CF Cameron Perkins’ 15-game hitting streak ended.  Zach Eflin was scheduled to start but didn’t following a 1-hour, 20-minute rain delay at the start of the game . . . Mark Appel (3-0) 7:05 tonight vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (16-10), 2nd place, Eastern League East Division.
3B Angelo Mora drove in all 4 runs in Reading’s 4-3 win in New Hampshire.  He had a 1B, 2B and bases-clearing 3B.  WP: Ben Lively (4-0), 5-3-3-3-3-2. SV: Edubray Ramos (7) . . . Nick Pivetta (1-2) 11:35 this morning in New Hampshire and back home Friday vs. Portland.

Clearwater Threshers (17-9), 1st place, Florida State League North Division.
Rained out at home against Tampa . . . 10:30 this morning in Tampa.

Lakewood BlueClaws (7-18), 7th place, South Atlantic League North Division.
Were blanked, 2-0, in Asheville.  3B Jan Hernandez had 3 of Lakewood’s 6 hits.  LP: Tyler Gilbert (0-3), 7-7-2-2-0-3 . . . Shane Watson (1-1) 7:05 tonight in Asheville.

This Date
May 5, 1938
RHP Hal Kelleher allows a major league record 12 runs (10 hits, 3 walks) in the eighth inning of a 21-2 loss at Wrigley Field.  Loser was Wayne LaMaster, who left the game with an injury and a 3-1 count on the Cubs’ leadoff hitter. The Cubs scored four times in the first inning, pinning the loss on LaMaster.  It was the last game in the majors for Kelleher, a Philadelphia native.

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The kid & the vet

The kid and the vet.

00 Nola StL

22-year-old Aaron Nolan pitched brilliantly, blanking the Cardinals on two hits in seven innings, stretching his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 20.  For the second straight start, he allowed only two hits, a lead-off double and a replay infield single. He retired 21 of the last 23 St. Louis hitters.

Finishing off the shutout were Hector Neris and Jeanmar Gomez, one base runner (single) out of seven hitters.  Neris struck out the side in the eighth giving him 27 punch outs in 16.1 innings.  Gomez tied for the NL lead with his ninth save.

00 Howard

36-year-old Ryan Howard delivered the lone run with a long home run over the St. Louis bullpen.  Over his previous four games, he was 0-12 with nine strikeouts.  But, the St. Louis native loves home cooking.  It was his 12th homer in 36 games at Busch Stadium.

Elias Sports Bureau
This is the third time in Howard’s major-league career that he homered in a 1-0 game. He also did that in April 2006 at Coors Field and earlier this season on April 9 against the Mets at Citi Field. Howard is the first player in Phillies history to homer in multiple 1-0 games within a single season.

Phil Ins
Peter Bourjos made another web gem defensive play in right field.  He’s not hitting but saving a lot of runs with his glove . . . Series ends at 1:45 (CDT) Thursday afternoon . . . Cardinals come to Philly in mid-August . . . Weekend in Miami where the weather will be more baseball-like but the games are played indoor.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (12-11), 2nd place, International League North Division.
LF Nick Williams hit a 2-run, walk-off HR as LV beat Pawtucket, 6-4, in 10 innings. 1B Tommy Joseph HR (5).  CF Cameron Perkins, 2-5, extending hitting streak to 15 games.
ND: Jake Thompson, 7-2-1-1-2-4; 10 ground-ball outs. WP: Gregory Infante (2-0) . . . Zach Eflin (3-0), 10:35 this morning vs. Pawtucket.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (15-10), 2nd place, Eastern League East Division
4-3, 10-inning, walk-off loss in New Hampshire.  ND: John Richy, 4.1-6-3-3-2-4. SS J.P. Crawford, 2nd HR. CF Ramon Quinn, 12-27 in last 6 games; SB (10).  1B Rhys Hoskins’ 19-game hitting streak ends with an 0-5 . . . Ben Lively (3-0), 6:35 tonight in NH.

Clearwater Threshers (17-9), 1st place, Florida State League North Division.
Lost, 6-5, to Tampa in 10 innings. DH Zach Green, HR (4) started a 3-run 9th that tied the game.  ND: Tom Eshelman, 5.2-8-4-3-2-4 . . . Matt Imhof (2-1), 10:30 this morning vs. Tampa.

Lakewood BlueClaws (7-17), 7th place, South Atlantic League North Division.
Not scheduled on Tuesday. 7-game road trip begins tonight in Asheville, 7:05, Tyler Gilbert (0-2).

Transactions
Lehigh Valley: RHR Reiner Roibal from Reading.

Clearwater: RF Herlis Roriguez on DL (right wrist sprain); OF Samuel Hiciano from Lakewood.

Lakewood: activated 1B Brendon Hayden from DL.

This Date
May 4, 1973–PH Jose Pagan’s sacrifice fly gives the Phillies a 5-4, 20-inning win over Atlanta at Veterans Stadium, the Phillies’ longest game since April 30, 1919.  Game lasted 5:16.

May 4, 1975—In a very unpopular trade, Phillies sent OF-1B Willie Montanez to San Francisco for CF Garry Maddox. (broadandpattison.com).

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