Weekend in Cincy

After being swept in Washington, scoring just six runs off three of the Nationals’ best pitchers, the Phillies jump out of the frying pan and into the fire tonight.

First weekend game in Cincinnati and they face Johnny Cueto. He’s only 5-4 you say. Well, he leads the league with a stingy 1.68 ERA, 92 strikeouts (91 innings) rank second and opposing hitters are batting .151 against him. Grab a bat.

Hey, it’s not all troubling news.

Cole is going for the Phillies. He’s 8-0 lifetime against the Reds, including a 12-1 pasting a Citizens Bank Park on May 17, the Phillies biggest outburst of the month.

JR/MS Countdown
Career hits for the Phillies:
Mike Schmidt (2,234)
J-Roll (2,227)

Will J-Roll pass Michael Jack in Cincinnati? Three of his milestone hits have come against the Reds:
1,500—7th inning RBI single, 5/21/09, off Jared Burton at Cincinnati.
2,000—5th inning double, 9/4/12, off Matt Latos at Cincinnati.
2,212—1st inning single, 5/17/14, off Homer Bailey at Citizens Bank Park, passing Ed Delahanty for third place on the Phillies all-time list.

Number of the Day
5: Consecutive series the Phillies have lost in Nationals Park.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley lost, 10-9, to Louisville. HR: 3B Maikel Franco (5), P-PH Greg Smith (1).

Reading coughed up a 3-run lead in the ninth and a two-run lead in the 12th, losing on a two-out, three-run homer at Harrisburg, 8-7. 3 hits: 3B Carlos Alonso, CF Aaron Altherr, C Logan Moore.

Clearwater lost its fifth in a row, 9-2, at Palm Beach before a crowd of 322. SS Roman Quinn had three of Clearwater’s eight hits.

Lakewood was blanked on five hits, 4-0, at Delmarva.

Williamsport begins its season on June 13.

Gulf Coast League Phillies start their season June 20.

This Date
June 6, 1972: In the midst of a streak of 18 losses in 19 games, the Phillies tried to change their luck with “Turn it Around Day” at the Vet. The lineup was announced in reverse order, last names first. The seventh inning stretch took place in the third inning. The scoreboard welcomed groups not in attendance. Ushers wore their hats backwards with their nametags on their backs. It didn’t help, as the team dropped a 4-3 decision to Houston. Courtesy broadandpattison.com.

Draft Notes
Excerpts from my book, If These Walls Could Talk.

“The first ever summer draft took place in 1965 and Bowa, a skinny shortstop from Sacramento, CA, wasn’t selected. 824 amateur players were.”

“We had Luzinski number one on our list of prospects. Paul Owens had seen him play and wanted him badly. In the 1968 draft, we had the 11th selection in the first round. We’re in the Commodore Hotel in New York, seated at a round table. Sweating out the first 10 selections was surreal. The A’s, Astros, Yankees, Dodgers, Indians, Braves and Senators all made their selections and Luzinski was still on the board. The Orioles selected 10th and chose shortstop Junior Kennedy. We could breathe again.”

(1971 draft) “In the second round, the Phillies had the 30th pick. The White Sox had the 25th to start the round. Owens held his breath. Kansas City was 29th and when their turn came, they grabbed a third baseman who would become a Hall of Famer, George Brett. With the 30th pick, Owens was glad to announce Mike Schmidt’s name.”

I’ll be signing my book:

Tomorrow: Costco, 700 Evergreen Drive, Glen Mills, PA, 11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, June 10: Maris Grove, Glen Mills, PA, 2:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 12: Reading Fightin Phils, FirstEnergy Stadium, Route 61, South, 5:30 p.m.
Friday, June 13: Citizens Bank Park, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
June 16: All-Star Home Run Hitting Contest, Blue Rocks, Frawley Stadium, 801 Shipyard Drive, Wilmington, DE, 4 p.m.
June 26, Lehigh Valley IronPigs, 5 p.m.

Spin Continues

The spin continues. On May 4, the Phillies were 15-14. Since then, 9-19. Stopping the snow ball from getting bigger is difficult. Got to grind it out every day and keep battling.

AJ carried a four-game winning streak over the Nationals into last night’s game but saw that streak end and his career record fall to 9-4 against them.

Mayberry Jr. hit his third pinch-homer this season, the 13th player in club history. Previous one was Russ Gload in 2010. On the Phillies all-time list, John’s tied for third place with Gavvy Cravath, Ryan Howard, Kevin Jordan, Rick Joseph and Del Unser with six.

JR/MS Countdown
Career hits for the Phillies:
Mike Schmidt (2,234)
J-Roll (2,226)

Number of the Day
5: Phillies record for most pinch-hit home runs in a season, set in 1959 by Gene Freese and matched 50 years later by Matt Stairs.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley lost, 4-2, to Louisville. 2B Tyler Henson, fifth HR.

Reading dropped a 5-4 decision at Harrisburg as the Senators scored a single run in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings. 2 hits, RB: RF Peter Lavin, CF Aaron Altherr.

Clearwater lost, 4-3, at Palm Beach, giving up three runs in the bottom of the ninth with two out–walk, two wild pitches, passed ball, three singles.

Lakewood and Greensboro traded shutouts, 1-0 and 2-0. Julio Reyes (1-2) and Ulises Joaquin (3rd save) combined on the 2-0 win. 1B Willians Astudillo’s 18-game hitting streak ended in the first game.

Williamsport begins its season on June 13.

Gulf Coast League Phillies start their season June 20.

Alumni Notes
Reading Fightin Phils will retire Jim Bunning’s uniform number (14) prior to the 7:05 p.m. Thursday, June 12, game against New Britain. Bunning wore that number when he managed Reading in 1972.

Charlie Manuel will be roasted at the annual Alumni Luncheon For Senior Citizens, Friday noon, August 8, in the Diamond Club at Citizens Bank Park. Tickets can be purchased on Phillies.com. Charlie will be inducted into the Toyota Phillies Wall of Fame the next night.

Cam Bedrosian, son of Steve Bedrosian, former Phillies pitcher, has been recalled by the Angels. Like dad, Cam is a relief pitcher.

This Date
June 5, 1948, 1st game: CF Richie Ashburn ties the modern NL rookie record by hitting safely in 23 straight games in a 6-5 win at Chicago. The record was set in 1921 by another Phillie, 3B Goldie Rapp.

Book Signings
I’ll be signing my book (If These Walls Could Talk) six more times this month:

Tonight: Barnes & Noble, 150 W. Swedesford Road, Devon, PA, starting at 6 o’clock.
Saturday: Costco, 700 Evergreen Drive, Glen Mills, PA, 11:30 a.m.
CANCELED: Sunday, June 8: Barnes & Noble, Plymouth Meeting, 12 noon.
June 10: Maris Grove, Glen Mills, PA, 2:30 p.m.
June 12: Reading Fightin Phils, FirstEnergy Stadium, Route 61, South, 5:30 p.m.
June 13: Citizens Bank Park, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
June 16: All-Star Home Run Hitting Contest, Blue Rocks, Frawley Stadium, 801 Shipyard Drive, Wilmington, DE, 4 p.m.

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Blanked In DC

J. Zimmermann tossed eight shutout innings and R. Zimmerman returned from the DL, moved from 3B to LF and collected two doubles. They led the host Nationals to an easy 7-0 win last night.

Meanwhile, the Phillies offense went zzzzzzz, shutout for the eighth time, seven in the last 27 games. One double was included among their six hits.

It doesn’t get any easier tonight with Strasburg, Washington’s ace, on the mound.

JR/MS Countdown
Career hits for the Phillies:
Mike Schmidt (2,234)
J-Roll (2,226)

Number of the Day
2: Teammates still playing from Rollins’ September 2000 debut, Bobby Abreu and Randy Wolf.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley lost, 6-3, to Louisville, collecting 11 hits, all singles, three by SS Tyler Henson.
Notes: LF Darin Ruf (0-3) left the game after sliding into the LF wall, left wrist sprain and right knee laceration . . . OF Cameron Perkins was promoted from Reading (1-4) . . . RHP Shawn Camp has rejoined LV from Clearwater.

Reading ended a four-game losing streak, 5-1, at Harrisburg. 2B Carlos Alonzo, single, two doubles, 5th HR, 2 RBI. WP: Hoby Milner (4-2).
Notes: OF Anthony Hewitt and Clearwater OF Peter Lavin switched teams.

Clearwater was held to four hits in bowing to Bradenton, 7-1.

Lakewood ended a five-game losing streak by downing Greensboro, 8-4. 2B Andrew Pullin, 2 doubles, 4 RBI. DH Andrew Knapp, single, triple, 3 RBI. 1B Willians Astudillo stretched hitting streak to 18 games. WP: Drew Anderson (4-4).

Williamsport begins its season on June 13.

Gulf Coast League Phillies start their season June 20.

This Date
June 4, 2013: John Mayberry Jr. becomes the first player in MLB history to hit two extra-inning homers, a game-tying solo homer in the 10th and a walk-off grand slam in the 11th. Phillies beat Marlins, 7-3.

Book Signings
I’ll be signing my book (If These Walls Could Talk) six more times this month:
Tomorrow: Barnes & Noble, 150 W. Swedesford Road, Devon, PA, 6 p.m.
Saturday: Costco, 700 Evergreen Drive, Glen Mills, PA, 11:30 a.m.
CANCELED: Sunday, 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. to 7 p.m.
June 16: All-Star Home Run Hitting Contest, Wilmington Blue Rocks, 4 p.m.

57-Inning Series is History

The marathon Mets series is over…finally. The five-game series literally turned into six games when you take into account back-to-back 14-innng games and one that took 11 innings.

Here’s a statistical summary:
20 hours, 36 minutes: how long it took to play five games.
45: total number of runs
45: appearances by relievers
52: walks, 33 by Phillies pitchers
57: innings
113: strikeouts
1,856: pitches thrown

Each team used roster moves to bring two fresh pitchers to the series.

Mets won the series, 4-1, despite hitting .219 with runners in scoring position while the Phillies batted .281 in that area and out-homered NY, 5-4.

Mets return for their last four games at Citizens Bank Park this season, August 8-11, Alumni Weekend.

JR/MS Countdown
Career hits for the Phillies:
Mike Schmidt (2,234)
J-Roll (2,225)

Number of the Day
12 Wins the Phillies have on the road in 24 games. At home, 12-19.

Minor League Report
Players of the Week (May 26-31)
Pitcher – RHP, Tyler Knigge, Reading … 1 G, 1-0, 0.00 ERA (0 ER, 3.0 IP), 0 BB, 1 H, 4 SO … Has not allowed an earned run in his last 21 innings pitched.  During that span Knigge has allowed just 14 H and 4 BB while striking out 14.  Knigge’s streak earned him a promotion to Lehigh Valley on Sunday … The 6-foot-4 Oregon native was signed in the 12th round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of Lewis & Clark State College.
Player – OF, Leandro Castro, Lehigh Valley … 8 G … Batted .345 (10-29), .387 OBP, .448 SLG %, 4 R, 3 2B, 2 BB, 2 SB … Having hit safely in 16 of his last 20 games played going into tonight, Castro is batting .298 (20-67) in that span … The Dominican Republic native was signed as a non-drafted free agent on March 7, 2007.

Lehigh Valley won, 3-0, at Durham, a combined four-hitter by Brad Lincoln (2-3), BJ Rosenberg and Ken Giles (5th save). Ronny Cedeno, 2 RBI.

Reading was not scheduled.

Clearwater lost, 5-0, to Bradenton, getting three hits.

Lakewood lost, 10-6, to Greensboro, allowing five runs over final two innings. 1B Willians Astudillo extended his hitting streak to 17 games with a 2-run double, his 14th. RF Dylan Cozens, 2 doubles, giving him 14.

Williamsport begins its season on June 13.

Gulf Coast League Phillies start their season June 20.

This Date
June 3, 1972: Paul Owens, a member of the Phillies organization since 1956 and the club’s farm director since 1965, is promoted to General Manager, replacing John Quinn. Owens becomes the architect of the Phillies greatest era to that point: one world championship, two NL pennant-winners and five division titles.

June 3, 1978: Reserve IF Dave Johnson blasts a game-winning, pinch-hit grand slam in the ninth inning to lift the Phillies to a 5-1 win over Los Angeles before an NBC national TV audience at the Vet. It is Johnson’s second pinch-hit grand slam of the season, a major league first.

June 3, 2007: CF Shane Victorino hits a walk-off home run on Shane Victorino Hula Figurine Day, 9-8 over the Giants at Citizens Bank Park.

Book Signings
Enjoyed meeting and chatting with Phillies fans last night at the Forwood Elementary School in Wilmington.

Other signings this month for my book If These Walls Could Talk include:
Thursday: Barnes & Noble, 150 W. Swedesford Road, Devon, PA, 6 p.m.
Saturday: Costco, 700 Evergreen Drive, Glen Mills, PA, 11:30 a.m.
CANCELED: Sunday, 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.

Marathon Finale

Will this Mets-Phillies marathon series ever end?

Five games in five days turned into a marathon and there’s still tonight to go. Will statistically wrap up the marathon tomorrow.

We do know the back-to-back 14-inning games on Friday and Saturday were the first in Phillies history for consecutive games of that length or longer. Never before in over 20,100 games had they done that. See, history was made.

We also know the Phillies won a Wednesday game despite their pitchers issuing nine walks in nine innings. Two days later, they won again with pitchers giving up 10 walks in 14 innings. Wonder how often that has happened.

We also know Cole pitched well again yesterday and came up empty again; moved into fourth place on the team’s all-time strikeout list, passing Curt Schilling. Want to know what is hard to believe? He is 2-12 over the last two years for April and May.

After tonight’s game the Phillies head for the 30th Street AMTRAK station to board a charter train for a ride south to Washington and a three-game series against the Nationals. Then a weekend of three games in Cincinnati.

JR/MS Countdown
Career hits for the Phillies:
Mike Schmidt (2,234)
J-Roll (2,225)

Number of the Day
1,230: That’s how many games Ryan needed to reach 1,000 RBI, a milestone he achieved Saturday. 17 other active players have that many RBI but he’s the fastest to get there.

Minor League Report (weekend report)
Lehigh Valley lost 3 in Durham, getting 18 total hits, 16 singles. LF Leandro Castro had 2 doubles yesterday.

Reading lost 3 at Erie, 16 total hits, including solo homers from 2B Carlos Alonso, LF Albert Cartwright and SS Edgar Duran.

Clearwater won 1 of 3, a 1-0 Saturday decision over Bradenton with Miguel Nunez (2-3) tossing 6 shutout innings; 3 others followed up and completed the shutout. Art Charles RBI single in the first was one of 4 singles for the Threshers.

Lakewood was swept in a 3-game set with Delmarva; outscored, 31-3. C-1B-DH Willians Astudillo hit safely in all 3 games, extending his hitting streak to 16 games.

Alumni Birthdays
Today: OF Raul Ibanez (42) . . . Wednesday: INF Phil Linz (75), RHP Art Mahaffey (76) . . . Thursday: 1B Gene Schall (44) . . . Friday: RHP Steve Fireovid (57), INF Bud Harrelson (70) . . . Saturday: RHP Heathcliff Slocumb (48), 3B Don Money (67) . . . Sunday: RHP Kevin Gross (53), RHP Don Robinson (57), RHP Larry Colton (72).

This Date
June 2, 1949: Phillies hit five home runs in the eighth inning of a 12-3 win over Cincinnati at Shibe Park. C Andy Seminick hits two (three for the game), while LF Del Ennis, 3B Willie Jones and RHP Schoolboy Rowe hit one each.

June 2, 1998: Choosing first for the first time in club history, the Phillies select 3B Pat Burrell in the amateur free agent draft. The University of Miami slugger was later signed to a five-year, $8 million contract, highest amount ever given to an amateur player.

June 2, 2002: In an 18-3 win over the Florida Marlins, the Phillies score 10 runs in the first inning (first time since 8/7/75), led by Pat Burrell and 2B Marlon Anderson who had two hits apiece. RHP Robert Person launches a grand slam and three-run home run to become just the sixth Phillies pitcher to hit two home runs in a game.

New Alumni Feature
Take a look back at some of the memorable moments of Citizens Bank Park’s fourth season, 2008. Feature appears at http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

Book Signings
Thanks to all of you who showed up for yesterday’s book (If These Walls Could Talk) signing at Citizens Bank Park. I felt Phillies passion from each one of you. Smiles were abundant.

Other signings this month:
Tonight: Forwood Elementary School, 1900 Westminster Drive, Wilmington, 6 p.m.
Thursday: Barnes & Noble, 150 W. Swedesford Road, Devon, PA, 6 p.m.
Saturday: Costco, 700 Evergreen Drive, Glen Mills, PA, 11:30 a.m.
CANCELED: Sunday, 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.

Pattern Continues

The pattern continues. Offensively, the Phillies have scored 2 or fewer runs in every other day losses over the last 6 games, including last night’s 4-1 setback.

The Mets stretched their winning streak at Citizens Back Park to 6, matching a similar streak in 1971, then at the Vet. Longest streak for the Mets is 7, 1969-70. During the current 6-game losing streak, the Phillies have been outscored, 33-12.

Mets pitchers entered the game leading the league with 188 walks and ranked 11th in strikeouts with 405. Last night, 0 walks, 15 strikeouts.

JR/MS Countdown
Career hits for the Phillies:
Mike Schmidt (2,234)
J-Roll (2,221)

Number of the Day
299: career saves for Papelbon.

Draft Time
The war room is set up on the Hall of Fame Club level at Citizens Bank Park in preparation for the annual summer draft that begins at 7 p.m., Thursday, June 5.

Meetings began yesterday as the Phillies zero in on their first-round pick, the seventh overall selection: Marti Wolever (assistant GM, Scouting), Mike Ledna and Bill Moore Scouting Coordinators), Darrell Conner (West Regional Supervisor), Scott Trcka (Central Regional Supervisor), Gene Schall (Mid-Atlantic Regional Supervisor), Eric Valent (Southeast Regional Supervisor), Joey Davis (Area Supervisor, Northern California), Sal Agostinelli (International Supervisor), Charley Kerfeld. Bart Braun and Charlie Manuel (Special Assistants to the GM), Ruben Amaro Jr, Pat Gillick and Dallas Green.

Representing the Phillies at the draft taking place in the MLB Network are Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley won, 4-3, in Norfolk. WP: Chris Bootcheck (2-0); SV: Ken Giles (4), although he gave up 2 runs in the ninth. 3B Maikel Franco, 2B, 3B. HR: 1B Jim Murphy (8).

Reading was pounded, 12-2, by Trenton. RF Cameron Perkins, league-leading 19th double, RBI. .342 average ranks fourth in the EL.

Clearwater was blanked on 2 singles, 3-0, by Fort Myers.

Lakewood returned home and lost, 4-3, to Delmarva. 1B Willians Astudillo extended his hitting streak to 13 games with his 10th 1-hit game. Average has gone from .342 to .339 during the streak.

This Date
May 30, 1935: LF Babe Ruth goes hitless (one at-bat) in his final game as the Boston Braves beat the Phillies, 11-6, in the second game of a Baker Bowl doubleheader. Attendance: 18,000.

May 30, 1982: LHP Steve Carlton wins his 191st game with Phillies, 6-2, over Atlanta. Victory moves Lefty into second place on the Phillies’ all-time list ahead of Grover Alexander. Robin Roberts leads with 234.

May 30, 1989: Veterans Stadium is empty except for a handful of media who were there for 3B Mike Schmidt’s retirement press conference. He had announced his retirement the day before in San Diego and returned home to meet the Philadelphia media. His last game was May 28 at San Francisco.

May 30, 2009: Ryan Howard hits his eighth career grand slam to set a new club record. Phillies beat Washington, 9-6.

New Alumni Feature
Where are you Chuck Essegian? Learn about the former Phillies outfielder who entered the record book with the Dodgers. Feature appears at http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

Book Signings
Will be signing my new book (If These Walls Could Talk) next month at the following locations:
Sunday: 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.
CANCELED: 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.

Wednesday Win…Finally

Docperfect
Four years ago Roy Halladay pitched a perfect game against the Marlins in Miami. He threw 115 pitches, 72 for strikes in winning, 1-0.

Walk-Off Wednesday
Taking advantage of a costly error, The Big Piece ended the night with a 3-run, walk-off home run last night against the Rockies, who were on the verge of winning their first series in Philly since August 2004, the first year of Citizens Bank Park.

Ryan ended an o-fer on Monday night and drove in 5 runs. The Phillies ended two last night. They were 0-21 when trailing after 8 innings. And, they had lost their last 9 games on a Wednesday, including 0-7 this year. Previous win was 9/11/13.

It was Ryan’s fifth WO-HR, moving him into third place on the Phillies all-time list with Dick Allen, Johnny Callison, Gavvy Cravath, Del Ennis and Von Hayes. Cy Williams had 6 and Mike Schmidt leads with 10.

Mets begin a rare 5-game series at CBP tonight, the fifth game scheduled on Monday night as the result of an April 30 rain out. Tickets dated April 30 can be used Monday. Plenty of tickets are available.

JR/MS Countdown
Career hits for the Phillies:
Mike Schmidt (2,234)
J-Roll (2,221)

Number of the Day
2000: Games Rollins has played with the Phillies, second to Schmidt’s 2,404.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley lost, 12-4, at Norfolk. HR: CF Tyler Gillies (2), C Cameron Rupp (6).

Reading was 9-6 winner over Trenton in 13 innings. LF Cameron Perkins, 3-7, including a 3-run, walk-off HR with 2 out. WP: Tyler Knigge (3-0); in May, 3-0, 3 SV, 21 IP, 0 R.

Clearwater defeated Fort Myers, 5-4, in 11 innings. 1B Art Charles hit a 3-run HR with 2 out in the ninth to tie the game. C Logan Moore, walk-off RBI single. Jordan Guth gave up 3 singles in a scoreless 11th and picked up the win.

Lakewood was a 2-1 winner at Greensboro. RF Dylan Cozens, 2 doubles. 1B Willians Astudillo extended his hitting streak to 12 games. During the streak, his average went from .342 to .341 as 9 times he had 1 hit, including last night.

This Date
May 29, 1985: Mike Schmidt switches to first base as rookie Rick Schu is brought up from Portland to play third base. Phillies lose, 6-1, at Los Angeles.

Book Signings
Will be signing my new book (If These Walls Could Talk) next month at the following locations:
Sunday: 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.
CANCELED–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.

Feast Or Famine

Cole was awesome but two walks and 1 mistake pitch—fastball out over the plate—that landed in the right field seats broke a 1-1 tie in the 7th inning, a game the Phillies lost, 6-2, to the Rockies last night. Cole gave up 4 runs on 3 hits in 7 innings.

Phillies out-hit the Rockies, 8-6.

The homer that pinned the loss on Cole was hit by Rosario. He has 12 career hits against the Phillies, 6 being home runs.

Game was actually lost in the third inning when the 7-8-9 hitters loaded the bases with no out but the 1-2-3 hitters couldn’t put the Phillies on the scoreboard during a scoreless game.

Offense continues a feast or famine outcome in the last 9 games at Citizens Bank Park. They’ve lost 5 of those games, scoring 2 total runs. In 4 wins, 34 runs.

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

Number of the Day
1,465—at-bats in the majors before Revere hit his first home run last night. Upon returning to the bench, he initially got the silent treatment from his teammates.

Minor League Report
Players of the week (May 19-25)
Pitcher – RHP, Yacksel Rios, Lakewood … 3 G, 1-0, 1.13 ERA (1 ER, 8.0 IP), 3 BB, 4 H, 8 SO … Made 3 relief appearances and picked up his 1st win of the season, 5/22 at West Virginia … A 2011 graduate of Dra Conchita Cuevas High School in Puerto Rico, the 6-foot-3 right hander was selected by the Phillies in the 12th round of the June 2011 draft and signed by Alan Marr.
Player – 2B, Albert Cartwright, Reading … 7 G … Batted .379 (11-29), .471 OBP, .517 SLG %, 7 R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, 4 BB … On 5/21 vs New Hampshire, he reached safely in each of his 5 plate appearances (2 H, 3 BB, 3 R) … Originally selected by Houston in the 36th round of the June 2007 draft, the 26-year-old was acquired on 1/10/11 for LHP Sergio Escalona.

Lehigh Valley won 2 over Norfolk, including a rescheduled game of April 25. SS Andres Blanco drove in 5 runs . . . WP: Sean O’Sullivan (3-4) and Phillippe Aumont (1-1).

Reading lost, 3-1, at Trenton, getting 6 singles and 1 double.

Clearwater lost 16th game in last 18, 11-0, to Fort Myers, getting 3 hits.

Lakewood lost, 6-3, at Greensboro. LF Sam Hiciano hit 6th HR, 5th this month.

This Date
Today is the 25th anniversary of Mike Schmidt’s last game after going hitless in 3 at-bats in San Francisco. Vince Nauss, PR assistant, was on the road trip, and recalled, “After the game, Mike told me he had just played his last game and I needed to work on a press conference for the following day (Memorial Day) in San Francisco. Two days I’ll never forget.”

On May 30, Schmidt held a second press conference, this one at home plate at Veterans Stadium for the Philadelphia media.

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.

Zeros End

A lot of zeros were broken a day after the Phillies had zero hits.

KK, dating back to last August 6, was 0-10 as a starter. The Big Piece entered last evening’s game 0-17, Chooch, 0-14. KK picked up the 9-0 win after a 6-0 loss Sunday afternoon.

The Pig Piece broke out with 3 hits and 5 RBI, the most for him since 2012. When he’s driving in runs, the offense has a much different look. He was scuffling but he keeps on battling.

Chase Climbing
Everybody is focused on J-Roll’s chase for the franchise’s all-time record for hits, but Chase is climbing on such lists, too.

He reached 585 extra-base hits yesterday, tying former teammate, Bobby Abreu, for sixth place. Del Ennis is fifth, 634.

He also moved into seventh place on the all-time list for total bases, 2,542, passing Cy Williams. Richie Ashburn is sixth, 2,764.

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

Number of the Day
5—career pinch-hit home runs for Mayberry Jr., moving into a tie for fourth place on the Phillies all-time list with Gene Freese, Bill Nicholson and Chase Utley. Five are tied for third place with six. Cy Williams’ 9 leads.

Tweet of the day yesterday
From Mario Hollands: “Thanks to the men and women that protect our country. Happy Memorial Day.”

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley won, 5-4 at Norfolk . . . RF Tyler Henson, 4th HR; SS Ronny Cedeno, 1st, a 3-run blast . . . WP: Barry Enright (3-2) . . . SV: Ken Giles (3).

Reading lost, 9-0, at Akron, getting only 3 hits . . . LF Cameron Perkins, league-leading 18th double was 1 of the hits.

Clearwater was not scheduled.

Lakewood lost, 4-0, at Greensboro . . . 1B Willians Astudillo, extended hitting streak to 10 games . . . SS J. P. Crawford, club-high 14th double.

This Date
May 27, 1986: LHP Steve Carlton makes his 666th start to break LHP Warren Spahn’s NL record in a 6-2 win over San Francisco.

Check out http://www.phillies.com for more flashback moments and a photo of Jim Thome hitting his 400th HR.

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.

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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