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On To DC

Howard and Utley, two veterans, continued swinging the bat but the Rockies won yesterday to earn a split.  Howard hit another homer, his first to left field.  In his last 28 games, he’s 29-100 with nine homers and 19 RBI.  Utley has 9 hits in last 6 games, including four doubles.

After four days of damp, cold, cloudy days in Denver, the Phillies flew east to Washington for some sunshine and warmth this weekend.  Three-game series starts tonight and then it’s on to New York for three starting Monday afternoon, Memorial Day.

With the split, the Phillies record against NL West teams slipped to 5-2.  Now, the dreaded NL East where the Phillies have a dismal 9-16 record (3-4 vs. the Nationals; 1-5 vs. the Mets).

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (16-26)
LV won its fourth in a row, 3-1, against Charlotte.  WP: LH Joely Rodriguez (2-3), 7-4-0-0-3-2. SV: Dustin McGowan (2). LF Cody Asche, 2 doubles, 4 at-bats. CF Brian Bogusevic, 2 hits including a HR (3) and 2 RBI.
Next: RH Jason Berken (2-2), 7:05 tonight vs. Charlotte.

Reading Fightin Phils (20-18)
Traveled to Portland, ME, for a 4-game series that starts at 6 tonight, RH Zach Elfin (3-3).

Clearwater Threshers (20-21)
RH Mark Leiter (3-0) dominated in a 7-0 win at Palm Beach: 8-6-0-0-1-6; lowered ERA to 1.30.  Has allowed 1 run in last 21.2 innings over 3 starts, 17 strikeouts. SS J.P Crawford, 3-5, boosting average to .389. C Andrew Knapp, 2 hits including a HR (4) and 4 RBI. DH Dylan Cozens, 3-4. 2B Angelo Mora, 2-4, hiking average to .354.
Next: RH David Whitehead (2-5), 10:35 this morning in Palm Beach.
Alarm clocks needed: Last night’s game started at 6:35; today, 10:35, followed by 5:35 Saturday, 1 Sunday, no game Monday, 7 Tuesday and 6 Wednesday.

Lakewood BlueClaws (18-20)
Were rained out. RH Ranfi Casimiro (1-3) and RH Chris Oliver (2-3) in 5:05 double-header this evening.

Lehigh Valley: RH David Buchanan, DL (right ankle sprain), LHP Adam Loewen, assigned to Reading; C Blake Forsythe assigned to AAA from AA.

Reading: C Rene Garcia reinstated from DL.

Extended: RHP Luis Benitez, released.

Alumni Web Page
Paul Hagen’s latest Where Are They Now feature has been posted.  Hint, he’s in the Nationals dugout this weekend.

Historic moments for today, tomorrow and Sunday can also be found at



Howard Hits Bomb


The Big Piece fell a triple shy of the cycle, Utley added a couple of hits, Gonzalez turned in another stingy start, Papelbon remained perfect and Glavis was a web gem star on defense.  For the seventh straight game, the Phillies scored four or more runs in beating the Rockies, 4-2, last night.

Howard’s homer was a 454-foot blast to centerfield, his longest since 465 in August 2011, according to Elias Sports Bureau.  He has eight homers in last 27 games.  Utley is hitting .438 in his last five games.

Gonzalez allowed one run in five innings (65 pitches) in his third big league start. He faced 18 batters and threw a first-pitch strike 11 times. Papelbon had a 1-2-3 ninth with two strikeouts.  He’s 11-for-11 in saves.

Williams faces the Rockies for the first time in 10 years in the series finale this afternoon.

Coach Juan Samuel will not be with the team Thursday and Friday while he attends the graduation of his daughter Noemi Samuel Del Rosario from law school at Barry University in Orlando, Florida.

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (15-26)
Swept 3-game series in Syracuse, 2-1. WP: Anthony Vasquez (1-0), 5.1-3-1-1-2-6. SV: Cesar Jimenez (3). Hold: Seth Rosin (4); 0 runs in last 7 innings over 5 games.  RF Domonic Brown, 1-4 with sixth steal; hitting .364 in last 10 games. Vasquez singled in the sixth for his first hit in pro ball.
Next: LH Joely Rodriguez (1-3), 7:05 tonight vs. Charlotte which will start Kyle Drabek.

Reading Fightin Phils (20-18)

Aaron Nola 6
With Pat Gillick and Ruben Amaro sitting in the stands behind home plate RH Aaron Nola won his fifth in a row (6-2), 4-0, over New Hampshire.  His line: 7-4-0-0-1-7; walk was his sixth in 52.2 innings.  Nola is 4-0, 0.64 this month. 1B Brock Stassi, HR (5), RBI, giving him 32; he’s hitting .319. CF Roman Quinn, 1-4, sixth double; hitting .333.
Next: Travel day today to Portland, ME.

Clearwater Threshers (19-21)
Dropped 8-4 decision in Brevard County after winning first 2 games of the series.  SS J.P. Crawford, 2-5; hitting .367.  C Chace Numata, 2-5, 2 RBI. 3B Willians Astudillo, 2-3.
Next: RH Mark Leiter (2-0), 6:35 tonight in Palm Beach.

Lakewood BlueClaws (18-20)
Scoring 3 in the eighth, Lakewood came away a 6-5 winner in Delmarva.  Decisive run came on a sac fly by C Jose Mayorga. DH Damek Tomscha, 2-3, 2 RBI. CF Carlos Tocci, 2-5, 10th steal. 1B Rhys Hoskins, 2-3, third triple, RBI. WP: Joey DeNato (1-1); SV: Alexis Rivero (2) . . . RF Herlis Rodriguez was named SAL Hitter of the Week by; .474 in 5 games, 9 hits, 6 runs, 3 RBI. Had multiple hits in 3 games.
Next: RH Ranfi Casimiro (1-3), 6:35 tonight vs. Greensboro.

Today In Phillies History
1950: Phillies are caught in a triple-play without making contact with the ball. With Richie Ashburn and Granny Hamner on base, Eddie Waitkus looks at a called third strike for the first out. Cardinals’ catcher Joe Garagiola then threw to third, where Ashburn was caught in a rundown. The ball was relayed to Stan Musial at first, who caught Hamner off the bag.

Phun Fact
Dick Allen is the only player to hit a home run over the 447-foot sign in dead centerfield at Connie Mack Stadium.

Three Stars
Three members of Cincinnati’s Big Red Machine of the 1970s helped the Phillies win the pennant in 1983.  Check out the vintage photo at


Streak Halted

Harang turned in another stellar performance by a Phillies starting pitcher but the bullpen couldn’t match that thus the Phillies six-game winning streak ended last night in Denver, 6-5. All Denver runs came with two out.  The Phillies out-hit the Rockies, 11-7, but were 4-12 with runners in scoring position.

Harang allowed three unearned runs in the first inning and then shut down the Rockies through six. His season ERA: 1.82.  Franco’s error led to the three unearned runs but offensively, he had three hits and three RBI, including a clutch two-run single that tied the game at five. Diekman gave up two in the seventh, the Phillies tied it in the eight and DeFratus was touched for a game-winning home run in the Rockies eighth.  In the last seven games, Phillies starters have a 1.39 ERA.

When leading after eight innings, the Phillies are 15-0.  When trailing after eight, now 0-22.

Utley had one of five Phillies doubles. The Phillies all-time top five in that category:
Jimmy Rollins (479)
Ed Delahanty (432)
Mike Schmidt (408)
Bobby Abreu (348)
Chase Utley (339)

Minor Leagues
Players of the Week (May 11-17)
1B-DH Brock Stassi, Reading.  Hit .435 in 7 games, 3 doubles, 7 RBI, .565 slugging percentage, .988 OPS. Hit in all 7 games with multiple hits 3 times. The 25-year-old was a 33rd-round selection in 2011 and signed by Joey Davis.

RHP Phillippe Aumont, Lehigh Valley. 1-0 for 1 start, 7 innings, 5 hits, 0 runs, 7 strikeouts in his fifth start after beginning the season in the bullpen. 1.38 ERA ranks third in the league. 3 of his 5 starts have been scoreless outings.  He’s allowed 1 run in his last 21 innings and has a 1.33 ERA as a starter. The 26-year-old was part of the 2009 trade with Seattle for Cliff Lee.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (14-26)
Won the suspended game (2-1) on a 10th-inning RBI single by PH Russ Canzler and also won the regular game (5-4) on an eight-inning double by 2B Tyler Henson in Syracuse. Bullpen picked up the wins, RH Seth Rosin (1-1) and RH Colton Murray (2-2).  LF Cody Asche, single-double and RF Domonic Brown, single-double, RBI in regular game
Next: LH Anthony Vasquez (1-0), 1:05 this afternoon in Syracuse.

Reading Fightin Phils (19-18)
Lost, 6-4, to New Hampshire despite 3 home runs: 3B Gustavo Pierre (3), CF Roman Quinn (3) and DH Brock Stassi (4). Stassi leads league with 31 RBI.  LP: Ben Lively (3-1), 8.1-7-5-5-2-2; 3 of the runs came in the ninth.
Next: RH Aaron Nola (5-2), 11:35 this morning vs. New Hampshire.

Clearwater Threshers (19-20)
Won fourth in last 5 games, 6-2, at Brevard County behind RH Colin Kleven (3-2), 6-6-1-1-1-5. DH Andrew Pullin, HR (3), 2 RBI. 2B Angelo Mora, 2-4, extending his hitting streak to 5 games (9-19). SS J.P. Crawford, 1-5; hitting .364.
Next: RH Victor Arano (0-4), 10:35 this morning in Brevard County.

Lakewood BlueClaws (17-20)
Held to 2 singles, the BlueClaws dropped an 8-2 decision in Delmarva. CF Carlos Tocci, 0-4, ending a 6-game hitting streak.
Next: RH Tyler Viza (3-1), 10:35 this morning in Delmarva.

Today In Phillies History
1983: LHP Steve Carlton moves into second place on the all-time strikeout list ahead of RHP Walter Johnson when he fans San Diego SS Garry Templeton (#3,509) in the second inning of a 5-0 Padres win.

Phun Fact
Harang and Williams are two of 14 active pitchers that have played at Veterans Stadium and Citizens Bank Park.


Hamels, Phillies On A roll


Since last season, Hamels is perfect when the Phillies score three or more runs when he’s in the game.   That perfection was increased to 11-0 with last night’s 4-3 win in Denver.  Hamels was outstanding, giving up one run in 7.1 innings.  Garcia gave up a run in the eighth and Papelbon did the same in the ninth but struck out Arenado to improve his perfect save record, 10 for 10.

Big hit was a two-run double by Herrera in the sixth inning. So, for the first time since September 5-12, 2012, the Phillies have won six in a row. The starting pitching has a 1.60 ERA in the streak. Hamels has now won three straight, allowing a total of three runs.

The win was only the fifth for the Phillies in 18 road games.  The Rockies fell to 4-10 at home.

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (12-26)
Game suspended by rain after 9 innings, 1-1.  RF Domonic Brown, 3-4, with first-inning RBI.  RHS Phillippe Aumont, 6-4-1-1-3-4.
Next: LH Adam Morgan (0-4), 7:05 tonight in Syracuse.

Reading Fightin Phils (19-17)
Lost, 4-1, to New Hampshire getting 6 singles.  Game included a 1:07 rain delay. LP: LH Tom Windle (0-3), 5-5-4-4-3-3.
Next: RH Ben Lively (3-0), 6:35 tonight vs. New Hampshire.

Clearwater Threshers (17-20)
Won, 2-1, at Brevard County behind LH Brandon Leibrandt (4-2), 9-5-1-1-0-5.  Game took 1 hour, 56 minutes.  Winning run came in the eighth on a triple by SS Angelo Moran and an RBI single by LF Andrew Pullin.
Next: H Colin Klevin (2-2), 6:35 tonight in Brevard County.

Lakewood BlueClaws (17-19)
A 4-3 walk-off loss at Delmarva who scored the winning run on a single and 3 walks. CF Carlos Tocci, 2-4, extending his hitting streak to 6 games and his average to a league-leading .366. C Deivi Grullon, 2 RBI; pick off a runner at first base . . . No decision for starter Ricardo Pinto, 6-7-2-2-3-5.
Next: LH Josh Taylor (2-2), 7:05 tonight in Delmarva.

LHP Nick Hill moved from Reading to Lehigh Valley.  RHS Chris Leroux was purchased from the Brewers AAA club for cash considerations and will join LV.  RH David Buchanan sustained a severe right ankle sprain and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks.

Today In Phillies History
1979: The idea of Phillies wearing all-burgundy uniforms on Saturdays starts and ends on this date, a 10-5 loss to Montreal.  RHP Jim Lonborg kidded LF Greg Luzinski, “Bull, you look like a big grape.”

Happy Birthday to one of the three remaining Whiz Kids, Curt Simmons, 86.

Phun Fact
Pat Burrell, the Wall of Fame inductee this year (July 31), will be the guest of honor at the Phillies Alumni Luncheon. Tickets go on sale tomorrow.  For more information visit


Lots of Firsts

Hard to believe that Phillies games #37-38-39 this weekend produced a ton of firsts: series sweep since last August stretching a winning streak to five games, longest since last July . . . Garcia (save) . . . Araujo (win) . . . Sizemore (4-hit game), something he hadn’t done since 2008 . . . team’s multi-home run game, something that hadn’t been done since April . . . Rupp (RBI) . . . Franco (home run) . . . O’Sullivan (win).

Garcia’s save on Friday was a two-inning save and that hadn’t been done by a Phillies pitcher since Ryan Madson in 2009. O’Sullivan had the game’s longest losing streak (nine games).  His last win came 1,466 days ago, May 11, 2011, to be specific.  His win was the first with the Phillies and his first over the Diamondbacks.

Giles gave up a home run on Saturday to Yasmany Tomas, the first for the Cuban rookie and first allowed this season by the Phillies reliever.  Giles first home run was 237 batters ago, the very first batter he faced the majors.  It was hit by Yasmani Grandall, another rookie from Cuba.  Hope there are no more players named Yasmani.

One other notable from the weekend: Francoeur had his third pinch-hit and third pinch-RBI this season.  Going into the season, he was a 4-30 pinch-hitter with two RBI.

Go West
That’s what the Phillies did after the game, taking a United charter flight to Denver.  Four-game series with the Rockies starts tonight.  The trip also includes three games in Washington and three in New York against the dreaded Mets.  The Phillies had a 10-road trip, 10-game homestand and now another 10-gamer.

Phillies are 36-34 in Coors Field.  Hamels is 3-3 vs. Rockies.

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (12-26)
Lost 2 of 3 in Rochester, losing 5-4 Friday by allowing 3 runs in the last of the ninth on 2 walks, a wild pitch and 3 singles.  It was the fifth time they’ve lost a lead after 8 innings.  No decision: RH Severino Gonzalez, 6-4-1-1-1-4 . . . RH David Buchanan had to be carted off the field Sunday in the third inning when his right ankle buckled while fielding a ground ball near the first base foul line . . . Cody Asche is hitting .264; Domonic Brown, .250.
Next: RH Phillippe Aumont (1-1, 1.36), 7:05 tonight in Syracuse.

Reading Fightin Phils (19-16)
Won 2 of 3 from Erie.  RH Aaron Nola (5-2) won his fourth in a row on Friday, 6-4-0-0-1-3. SV: LH Anthony Vazquez (1) . . . RH Zach Elfin (3-3) won on Sunday, 8-4-1-1-1-2.  SV: LH Nick Hill (1) . . . CF Roman Quinn, 3-7 in 2 games, 3 steals (19 for season) . . . RF Aaron Altherr had a 12-game hitting streak stopped on Sunday.
Next: LH Tom Wendle (0-2), 6:35 tonight vs. New Hampshire.

Clearwater Threshers (17-20)
Won 2 of 3 vs. Daytona, including a 4-3, 10-inning win on Saturday on C Andrew Knapp’s walk-off single.  Clearwater is 5-0 in extra-inning games.  No decision: RH Mark Leiter, 7-5-1-1-1-7 . . . 6-2 W on Friday, which included a 2:15 rain delay after 2 batters
. . . SS J.P. Crawford, 6-14, 3 RBI, with 3 straight 2-hit games . . . 2B Angelo Mora, 6-10, 3 RBI . . . 2B-SS-3B Drew Stankiewicz made his first start at first base on Saturday.
Next: LH Brandon Leibrandt (3-2), 6:35 tonight in Brevard County.

Lakewood BlueClaws (17-18)
Lost 2 of 3 in Kannapolis . . . Losses were 1-0 (6 hits) and 4-1 (4 hits) . . . 9-7 win on Saturday came when BlueClaws scored 2 in top of the ninth . . . RF Ranfi Casimiro (1-3) lost the 1-0 game, 8-5-1-1-0-6; 91 pitches, 69 for strikes . . . CF Carlos Tocci, 6-12, 2 RBI in the 3 games; leads league with 50 hits and .362 average.
Next: RH Ricardo Pinto (3-1), 7:05 tonight in Delmarva.

Acquired: INF Jayson Nix from Orioles AAA for cash considerations; assigned to Lehigh Valley.

DL: SS Edgar Duran (Lehigh Valley, hamstring strain); INF Devin Lohman (Clearwater, appendicitis);  RHR Matt Hockenberry (Lakewood, right elbow strain)

Moving: RHR Reinier Robal, Clearwater to Reading; RHR Jesen Therrien, Lakewood to Clearwater; RHR Manaure Martinez, Extended to Lakewood; LHP Yoel Mecias, DL to Clearwater; RHP Will Morris, Extended to Lakewood; RHR Tyler Knigge, LV to Reading; LHR Anthony Vasquez, Reading to LV.

Today In Phillies History
2005: RF Bobby Abreu caps a 10-game span in which he hits nine homers, five coming at Citizens Bank Park.

2014: SS Jimmy Rollins and C Wil Nieves hit back to back homers to start the game, the fifth such occurrence in Phillies history. Rollins’ leadoff HR was his 46th (4th most in MLB history). Phillies beat the Res, 8-3.

Phun Fact
There were seven shutouts in the majors yesterday, one shy of the record set June 4, 1972, according to Elias Sports Bureau.


D-Backs for Weekend


Good pitching and timely hitting.  Phillies got that the last two days and picked up two wins to earn a split in the four-game set against the Pirates.

Once again Harang was masterful, 112 pitches, 80 for strikes.  Simple formula. Throw strikes. His ERA at Citizens Bank Park shrank to 0.61.  That’s stingy.  He also continued his master of the Pirates, approving to 17-8.

Galvis shares Harang’s success at home.  He had three hits to lift his average at CBP to .406.  Howard also had three hits and another homer.

Saves Leaders
Papelbon took over the top spot in career saves for the Phillies on Wednesday. Here are the top five:
Papelbon, 114
Jose Mesa, 112
Steve Bedrosian, 103
Mitch Williams, 102
Brad Lidge, 100

D-Backs Next
The Western Division Arizona Diamondbacks close out the homestand with a weekend series.  Phillies were 4-2 over them a year ago, 2-1 at home. The D-Backs have scored 161 runs and given up 148.  Their staff has the fewest saves, 2.

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (11-24)
SS Chase d’Arnaud’s third hit drove in the winning run in the 11th inning, 6-5, in Rochester.  2 hits each for LF Cody Asche, 3B Maikel Franco and CF Jordan Danks, who drive in 2 runs.  WP: Adam Loewen (1-1); SV: Seth Rosin (2).  Bullpen had 6.2 scoreless innings.
Next: RH Severino Gonzalez (1-2), 7:05 tonight in Rochester.

Reading Fightin Phils (17-15)
Ended a 3-game losing streak, 2-0, vs. Ernie. WP: Ben Lively (3-0), 7-3-0-0-1-5. SV: Stephen Shackelford (7). CF Roman Quinn, 2-4, 16th steal; hitting .328. 1B Brock Stassi, 2 hits, RBI; hitting .330. LF Cam Perkins HR (#2).
Next: RH Aaron Nola (4-2), 7:05 tonight vs. Erie.

Clearwater Threshers (15-19)
Lost fourth in a row, 5-1, to Port Charlotte.  After being held to one hit in a double-header on Wednesday, the Threshers were held to 6 singles and 1 run, which came in the ninth. LF Andrew Pullin and 2B Drew Stankiewicz, 2 hits each. Pullin threw out a runner at home plate.
Next: RH Colin Kleven (2-2), 6:30 tonight vs. Daytona.

Lakewood BlueClaws (16-16)
Won third in a row, 5-4, in Kannapolis, 10 innings. WP: Matt Hockenberry (1-0); SV: Alexia Eivweo (1), striking out the side. SS Malquin Caneo, 3-5; hitting .322.  CF Carlos Tocci, 2-5, 2 RBI; game-winning RBI triple; hitting .349. LF Jiandido Tromp, double, 2 triples. ND: Tyler Viza, 6-3-4-3-3-9.  Bullpen, 4 scoreless innings.
Next: RH Ranfi Casimiro (1-2), 7:05 tonight in Kannapolis.

Reading: Released C Cory Bass and RHR Mike Nesseth . . . Added C Blake Forsythe, acquired from the A’s in a cash transaction.

Clearwater: C Jose Mayorga moved to Lakewood.

Lakewood: C Chace Numata moved to Clearwater.

Today In Phillies History
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.

For more great moments the next two dates, see

Phun Fact
When Giles and Papelbon are in a game, the Phillies are 33-5.



BIG Assist


Save: Papelbon.  Assist: Francoeur.

That’s how the Phillies 3-2 win ended last night.  Papelbon is now the Phillies all-time leader in saves thanks to a Francoeur-Ruiz double play. In his 12th big league seasons, Francoeur has 121 assists and 24 double plays as a right fielder.

With the tying run on third base and one out in the ninth, Mercer hit a foul fly ball to right. Francoeur caught it and fired a no-hop strike to Ruiz to nail Lombardozzi and give Papelbon his 113 save with the Phillies.  According to Elias Sports Bureau: It was the first of those 113 that ended with an assist from an outfielder. Papelbon had one save for the Red Sox that was secured with a final out on an assist from an outfielder.

So, Jose Mesa is now #2 in saves.  He got his 112 in four Phillies seasons (2001-03; 2007).  Papelbon’s in his fourth season. Mesa still has the single-season record, 45, in 2002.

Hamels evened his record at 3-3.  Since the start of last season, he’s 10-0 when the Phillies score three or more runs while he’s in the game.  In 282 career starts, 98-14 under the same circumstances. Stunning.

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (12-24)
Lost, 3-2, in 12 innings to Columbus, getting only 6 singles in a 10:35 morning game. LF Cody Asche, 1-5. 3B Maikel Franco, 2-4, RBI; hitting .350.  CF Brian Bogusevic, 2-6, .339.  No decision: RH Phillippe Aumont, 7-5-0-0-0-7; his longest outing in pro ball.
Next: LH Adam Morgan (0-4), 7:05 tonight in Rochester.

Reading Fightin Phils (16-15)
Were swept for the first time this season, 4-3, in Harrisburg. LP: Tom Windle (0-2), 5-4-2-2-4-5; left after allowing a single and walk to start the sixth inning.  RF Brian Pointer, HR (4). Game was also a 10:30 morning contest.
Next: RH Ben Lively (2-0), 6:35 tonight vs. Erie.

Clearwater Threshers (15-18)
Must have left their bats in Lenny’s Restaurant after breakfast as they lost a 10:30 morning double-header to Port Charlotte, 5-0, 1-0.  Buddy Borden (4-1) pitched a 7-inning no-hitter in the first game.  Three Port Charlotte pitchers combined to hold Clearwater to 1 hit in the second, 7-inning game. Winning run scored in the top of the seventh on a throwing error by SS J. P. Crawford.  Lone hit was a second-inning single by CF Aaron brown.
Next: RH Victor Arano (0-3), 7 tonight vs. Port Charlotte.

Lakewood BlueClaws
Open a four-game series in Kannapolis, 7:05 tonight with RH Tyler Viza (3-1) on the mound.

Today In Phillies History
1927: Section of Baker Bowl stands collapses during seventh-inning stretch, a game the Phillies won, 12-4, over St. Louis.  Game is called and Phillies play next 12 home games at Shibe Park.

1975: 1B Dick Allen, acquired in a trade a few days earlier, singles in his first at-bat and draws a standing ovation from the Vet crowed of 30,908.  LHP Steve Carlton (2-4) blanks Cincinnati, 4-0.

1982: San Francisco C Bob Brenly singles with two out in the eighth to break up LHP Steve Carlton’s no-hit bid.  Lefty blanks San Francisco, 2-0, on two hits.

2012:  3B Placido Polanco hits a two-run homer for his 2,000th career base hit as Phillies beat Astros, 5-1, at Citizens Bank Park.

Phun Fact
Papelbon has saved 113 games in 128 chances with the Phillies, 88.3 percent, best figure for a Phillies reliever with 100 or more saves.  Mesa is second, 86.8%.


Unpleasant Pattern

An unpleasant pattern continues. For the fourth straight game, the Phillies offense clawed its way back in the game and the very next inning, the bullpen let the enemy score.  The result: two losses to the Mets followed by two losses to the Pirates. A big culprit in each case are walks issued by the Phillies.

Pittsburgh has now won eight of its last nine games at Citizens Bank Park.  The Mets are riding the same bus, winning at Citizens Bank Park.

Hamels takes the hill tonight in game three of the four-game series.  He’s 2-2 in his career against the Pirates.  Last time he started against the Pirates was July 4, 2013. He won.

Minor Leagues
Players of the Week (May 4-10)
1B-DH Art Charles, Reading. Hit .632 (12-19), 2 doubles, 4 home runs, 8 RBI, 1.474 slugging percentage.

RHP Aaron Nola, 2 games started, 2-0, 15 innings, 9 hits, 2 runs, 2 walks, 11 strikeouts.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (10-23)
3B Maikel Franco delivered a 2-run walk-off single as LV rallied for a 6-5 win over Columbus. He also had RBI.  LF Cody Asche, batting second, 2 singles, 2 walks, 1 run.  RF Domonic Brown, single, triple, 2 RBI. No decision: David Buchanan, 6.2-10-5-3-0-4. WP: Cesar Jimenez (1-2).
Next: RH Phillippe Aumont (1-1), 10:35 this morning vs. Columbus.  LV leaves after the game for New York, four games in Rochester and three in Syracuse.

Reading Fightin Phils (16-14)
CF Roman Quinn singled, stole a base (#15) and scored a first-inning run. But, that was it for Reading’s offense resulting in a 4-1 loss in Harrisburg. LP: Zach Elfin (2-3), 6-9-4-4-2-2.
Next: LH Tom Windle (0-1), 10:30 this morning in Harrisburg.

Clearwater Threshers (15-16)
Collected 11 hits (10 singles) and left 10 runners on base in losing, 8-2, to
Port Charlotte.  Second game was postponed. SS J. P. Crawford, 1-3; has hit in all 5 games since coming off the DL. LP: David Whitehead (2-4), 5-8-7-4-2-3.
Next: RH Yacksel Rios (0-1) and LH Brandon Leibrandt (3-1), in 10:30 doubleheader this morning vs. Port Charlotte.

Lakewood BlueClaws (15-16)
1B Rhys Hoskins was double shy of the cycle in a 9-5 win vs. Asheville. Homer was his fifth. 3 RBI boosted season total to 23. LH Herlis Rodriguez, 2-4, leading off the first inning with a home run, his second. WP Josh Taylor (2-2), 5-4-2-2-3-4.
Next: Bus ride to Kannapolis where the BlueClaws open a series on Thursday night, RH Tyler Viza (3-1).

Lehigh Valley: C Tommy Joseph placed on DL (concussion). LHR Nick Hill assigned to Reading.

Reading: C Gabriel Lino activated from the DL. C Logan Moore moved to LV. LHR Ethan Stewart placed on DL (left bicep strain).

Clearwater: CF Aaron Brown activated from DL.  OF Carlos Duran returned to extended spring training.

Today in Phillies History

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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.

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.

Phun Fact
Johnny Callison is the lone Phillies player to hit a walk-off home run in an All-Star Game, 9th inning, 1964, at Shea Stadium.




Change For The Future



The Phillies future took a turn after last night’s game.  Asche was optioned to Lehigh Valley to play left field on a daily basis.  Maikel Franco is expected to join the Phillies this weekend and play third base. Asche’s departure cleared a roster spot for O’Sullivan, who will start tonight’s game against Pittsburgh.

By keeping Franco at LV for 40 days, it delays his free agency a year until from 2020 to 2021. Under baseball rules, an optioned player (Asche) must remain in the minor leagues for 10 days unless there is an injury on the big club.

1-Run Loss
Control usually isn’t an issue with Williams but last night two walks cost him as the Pirates hung on for a 4-3 win.  Marte followed the two, third-inning walks with his seventh homer in the last 24 games. A walk and an error accounted for the Pirates fourth run, an unearned run off Diekman.

The win went to Cole, who is now 9-1 in his last 12 starts.  He gave up single runs in the first and sixth.  The Phillies third run was a ninth-inning homer by Herrera, his first in the majors.  But, the Phillies fell short and are now 0-20 when trailing after eight innings.

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (9-23)
Columbus won its seventh in a row, 6-2, at LV. 3B Maikel Franco extended his hitting streak to 7 games with 2 of LV’s 5 hits; included was his fourth HR.  2 RBI gives him 19.  No decision for Joely Rodriguez, 7-7-2-2-0-3 . . . OF Brian Bogusevic (.423, 4 doubles, 6 RBI, 9 runs) was named the IL Player of the week by
Next: RH David Buchanan (1-0), 7:05 tonight vs. Columbus.

Reading Fightin Phils (16-13)
Lost, 6-3, at Harrisburg. LP: Jesse Biddle, 6-7-4-3-3-3. CF Roman Quinn, 2 hits, 13th and 14th steals.  RF Aaron Altherr, HR (4) . . . 1B-DH Art Charles (.632, 4 doubles, 4 HR, 8 RBI, 7 runs) was named EL Player of the Week by
Next: RH Zach Elfin (2-2), 6:30 tonight in Harrisburg.

Clearwater Threshers (15-15)
Game was postponed because of illness to multiple Clearwater players.
Next: Doubleheader tonight vs. Port Charlotte, RH Yacksel Rios (0-1) and RH David Whitehead (2-3).

Lakewood BlueClaws (14-16)
Ended a 5-game losing streak, 8-2, over Asheville. 3 hits each for 1B Rhys Hoskins and RF Herlis Rodriguez. 20-year-old SS Malquin Canelo, 2 hits, boosting May average to .342. WP: Ricardo Pinto (3-1), 7-4-2-2-2-8.
Next: LH Josh Taylor (1-2), 6:35 tonight vs. Asheville.

Clearwater: INF Zach Green, DL, left wrist sprain

Extended: INF Emmanuel Marrero moved to Threshers . . . C Lenin Rodriguez, INF Joseph Miranda and OF Luis Mendoza were assigned to the Venezuela Summer League.

Today in Phillies History
1987: 3B Mike Schmidt scores his 1,366th run to break Ed Delahanty’s club record. Phillies drop 5-2 decision at the Astrodome.

Phun Fact
Pinch-hitter George Vukovich is the only Phillies player to hit a walk-off homer in the postseason, 10th inning, 1981 Division Series against Montreal at the Vet.

Just Wondering
The NFL (National Football League) appears to be turning into the National Felon League.



Pirates In Town


Hamels picked up a win over the Mets, pinning the first Phillies loss on Harvey . . . Harang fell to 1-2 on his birthday as Niese moved to 5-0 against the Phillies in his last seven starts . . . 41-year-old Colon improved to 6-1 and extended his streak of not walking a batter to 40.1 consecutive innings. The Mets have won five straight series from the Phillies in Citizens Bank Park. That’s a quick weekend wrap.

Hamels’ start was his 281st, putting him fourth place on the Phillies all-time list ahead of Grover Cleveland Alexander.  Only Chris Short (301), Robin Roberts (472) and Steve Carlton (499) have started more games.

Pirates Next
Pittsburgh comes to Citizens Bank Park for a four-game series that starts tonight and ends Thursday afternoon.  Phillies were 1-6 against the Bucs a year ago, 1-3 at home.

Pirates ERA is 3.12, third best in the NL.  They’ve scored 113 runs, matching the Mets for 11th. Phillies are last, 87.

Minor Leagues
Players of the Month (April)
Lakewood’s 19-year-old OF Carlos Tocci hit in 17 of 20 games last month, .359, with 8 doubles, 1 home run, 11 RBI and 7 steals in 7 tries.

Clearwater’s 22-year-old LP Brandon Leibrandt was 1-1, 1.80 ERA for 4 starts.  25 innings, 5 earned runs, 4 walks, 18 strikeouts.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (9-21)
LF Brian Bogusevic’s 2-run, walk-off double gave LV a 4-3 win on Friday.  Gwinnett won the next 2, 5-1 and 9-1.  RH Phillippe Aumont, no decision in his third start (Friday), 6-2-0-0-3-1 . . . LH Adam Morgan (0-4) lost on Saturday; RH Severino Gonzalez (1-2) on Sunday . . . 3-hit games: 3B Maikel Franco on Friday; 1B Russ Canzler on Saturday
Next: LH Joely Rodriguez (0-3), 7:05 tonight vs. Columbus.

Reading Fightin Phils (16-12)
After 2 losses, RH Aaron Nola (4-2) won on Sunday at Ernie, 8-4-1-1-0-8. SV: Stephen Shackelford (6) . . . 1B-DH Art Charlies, 9-13 series, including 3 HR and 5 RBI. Hitting .400 . . . RF Aaron Altherr, 6 hits, including a double, triple, 3rd HR
Next: LH Jesse Biddle (3-0), 6:30 tonight in Harrisburg.

Clearwater Threshers (15-15)
Not scheduled Sunday after splitting previous 2 games in Daytona.  7-0 win Saturday night behind RH Mark Leiter (2-0), 6.2-4-0-0-2-4. SS J. P. Crawford, 4-8, 2 RBI.  LF Andrew Pullin 5-10.
Next: Season resumes, 7 tonight vs. Port Charlotte.

Lakewood BlueClaws (13-16)
Shut out Saturday and Sunday by Asheville, stretching losing streak to 5 games and scoreless streak to 26 innings. On Sunday, RH Helmis Rodriguez (Asheville) faced his twin brother, Herlis (Lakewood), and retired him 3 times, once on strikes.

Friday night was a classic: 2-2 tie, stopped after the top of the 17th inning because of fog. After a 30-minute wait, game was called and officially suspended.  Since it was the last game against Augusta for the season, the stats won’t count until the end of the first half of the season. Augusta scored in the third and fifth innings; Lakewood, fifth and eighth. 4 Lakewood relievers pitched 11 scoreless innings.  CF Carlos Tocci, 4-7.  Lakewood had 11 hits, all singles and struck out 17 times.  5 Lakewood pitchers didn’t issue one walk.
Next: RH Ricardo Pinto (2-1), 6:35 tonight vs. Asheville, the last game of the homestand.

Lehigh Valley: infielder Chris Nelson, released; catcher Rene Garcia sent to Reading; C John Hester moved from Reading to AAA . . . Reading: Placed C Rene Garcia on the DL; C Cory Bass activated from DL . . . Lakewood: C Chace Numata activated from DL; 2B Timothy Zier on the DL . . . Extended: P Alejandro Garcia released.

Tallest Phillie?
Reader Bill Loos posted a question: wasn’t RHP Jeff Juden 6-8 or 6-9?

Well, conflicting information. lists him at 6-7. and, each has him at 6-8. Next time I’m in the office I’ll check Phillies Media Guides.  In the meantime, more fan feedback is welcomed.

Today in Phillies History
1947: Largest Philadelphia major league baseball crowd, 40,720, watches the Phillies sweep a pair from Brooklyn, 7-3 and 5-4, at Shibe Park.

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.

Phun Fact
RHP Robin Roberts was acclaimed as the workhorse of the 1950s decade.  No wonder, he completed 272 of his 472 starts with the Phillies, including 28 in a row at one time.  He also started five All-Star Games for the National League.

Through yesterday, there have been five complete games in the National League, one each for the Dodgers, Rockies, Diamondbacks, Braves and Reds.  How the game has changed.



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