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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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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Homers Snap Streak

Riding five home runs, the Cardinals ended a four-game losing streak by beating the Phillies for the fourth straight time at Busch Stadium, 9-3. Jeremy Hellickson served up the first three; Brett Oberholtzer the other two. Going into the game, Hellickson was 2-0 with a 0.96 ERA for three starts on the road.

Biggest blow was a three-run homer by winner Adam Wainwright. He went into the game having allowed 22 runs in 27.2 innings and three innings later the Phillies scored three.  Wainwright evened the score two innings later with an upper deck bomb, his seventh career homer.  In his previous game, he had a three-run triple. He has three hits on the season, double, triple, HR.

Wainwright settled down on the mound keeping the Phillies off the scoreboard through six innings.  So, their six-game winning streak ended.

The Phillies are 7-6 on the road, St. Louis 6-7 at home.

Minor League Report
Players of the Week (April 22-May 1)

00 Martin
1B Kyle Martin, Clearwater…Martin, 23, batted .375 (9-24) with a pair of doubles, a home run, five RBI and three multi-hit games. He is leading the Florida State League with 21 RBI, is second in total bases (49) and is tied for second in extra-base hits (11). Martin is batting .301 with a .527 slugging percentage this season. The left-handed-hitting first baseman was selected by the Phillies in the fourth round of the June 2015 draft out of South Carolina University.

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RHP Alec Asher, Lehigh Valley…The 24-year-old Asher was promoted to Triple-A, and promptly tossed a career-high 8.2 innings while allowing two unearned runs on just two hits in his start on April 30. He struck out five and did not walk a batter. In his last two starts between Reading and Lehigh Valley, Asher has not allowed an earned run and has posted a 0.43 WHIP (6 H, BB) in 16.1 innings pitched. Asher was acquired from Texas in the Cole Hamels trade July 31, 2015. He was originally selected by the Rangers in the fourth round of the June 2012 draft.

Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (12-11), 2nd place, International League North Division.
Lost, 8-3, to Pawtucket. LP: David Buchanan (0-2), 6-10-6-4-0-3. DH Cedric Hunter, 1B, 2B, 1st HR, 3 RBI; hitting .367. CF Cameron Perkins, 14-game hitting streak . . . Jake Thompson (1-3), 7:05 tonight vs. Pawtucket.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (15-9), 3rd place, Eastern League East Division.
Edged host New Hampshire, 2-1, behind Anthony Vasquez (5-0), 7.1-2-2-0-2-9; leads all AA pitchers in wins.  SV: Edubray Ramos (6). CF Ramon Quinn, 2-4; 10-22 in last 5 games. 1B Rhys Hoskins, 19-game hit streak . . . John Richy makes first AA start, 5:35 tonight in New Hampshire.

Clearwater Threshers (17-8), 1st place, Florida State League North Division.
Won, 6-2, in Tampa.  WP: Will Morris (2-1), 5.2-7-2-2-2-3. 3B Mitch Walding, 3-4, 2 R, 2 RBI. DH Zach Green, 2B, 3 RBI . . . Tom Eshelman (1-1), 7 tonight vs. Tampa.

Lakewood BlueClaws (7-17), 7th place, South Atlantic League North Division.
Split a pair vs. Greenville, 5-3 L, 2-1 W. WP: Zach Morris (1-1). SV: Robert Tasin (3) . . . Not scheduled today as they travel to Asheville.

This Date
May 3, 1947–OF Ron Northey, along with $50,000, is traded to the St. Louis Cardinals for CF Harry Walker and RHP Fred Schmidt.  Walker winds up leading the league in hitting (.363) for the Phillies.

May 3, 1992–2B Mariano Duncan ties club record by scoring five runs in 12-3 win at San Francisco.  Duncan is a perfect 5-for-5, three singles, a triple and home run. Where is Duncan these days: coach with the Cubs’ Myrtle Beach Pelicans of the Class A Carolina League.

Shortstop History 101
Jimmy Rollins and Larry Bowa are 1-2 in the most games played in Phillies shortstop history.  That’s easy. So, who are 3-4-5?  Check out the story at http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

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Another Sweep

Solid pitching from the starters, a brilliant bullpen, timely hitting and air tight defense produced a weekend sweep of the Indians, who finished a 4-5 road trip losing all five games by one run.  Three of the losses were walk-offs.

00 Howard WO HR

One of those walk-off losses was delivered by Ryan Howard in the 10th inning on Friday.  His sixth WO HR left him tied with Cy Williams behind Mike Schmidt’s 10 for the most in team history.  Five of Ryan’s heroic blasts have come in extra innings, a club record.

Freddy Galvis delivered a two-run blast and RBI bloop on Saturday, a game that featured web gems from LF Darin Ruf, 2B Cesar Hernandez and a game-ending catch by RF Peter Bourjos that saved the win.

Ruf and his defensive replacement David Lough turned in two more web gems in left field on Sunday, a game in which the decisive run was balked home. Vincent Velasquez struggled with his command early, settled in an tossed six, two-hit shutout innings for the win.

00 Neris

Hector Neris earned his first big league save on Sunday despite giving up a home run. It snapped the bullpen’s scoreless streak at 20.0 innings. According to Elias Sports Bureau, the last time Phillies relievers had a scoreless streak of 20.0 or more innings was September 1-11, 2004 (28.0 innings).  Hector had one save in AAA a year ago and two there two years ago.

Phil-Ins
Odubel Herrera’s on-base streak (21) and hitting streak (11) ended Sunday . . . Galvis has 11 RBI, second on the club to Maikel Franco’s 14 and his 10 runs scored are second to Herrera’s 15 . . . Phillies are 8-8 in games when they score three or fewer runs, a real tribute to the pitching staff . . . 14-10 was Phillies best April since 18-8 in 2011 . . . Phillies pitchers continue to lead the majors in strikeouts, 245.

St. Louis Next
The Phillies swept three from the Nationals who went to St. Louis and swept a three-game series there . . . Cardinals lead the NL in runs scored, 143, but have the most errors, 24. Their ERA is 4.03 . . . Phillies are 21-20 at Busch Stadium that opened in 2006 . . . Howard is hitting .341 in 34 games there, 11 homers and 39 RBI.  Overall against his home town team, .342, 64 games, 21 homers, 65 RBI.

Minor League Weekend Report
Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (12-10), 2nd place, International League North Division.
Rain out on Sunday followed loss and win vs. visiting Buffalo.  3-2 win was Saturday, a brilliant LV debut by Alec Asher, 8.2-2-2-0-0-5; last batter he faced hit a 2-run homer. Edward Mujica recorded his 7th save by retiring Dominic Brown to end the game. ND in 2-1 Friday loss for Mark Appel, 5.1, 4-1-1-4-3. LF Cameron Perkins has been on-base in 13 of 15 games and leads the club with a .396 average.  1B Tommy Joseph had an 8-game hitting streak end on Saturday; hitting .406 in his last 10 games. LF-RF Nick Williams is hitting .366 in last 10 games . . . David Buchanan (0-1), 7:055 tonight vs. Pawtucket.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (14-9), 3rd place, Eastern League East Division.
Dropped 2 of 3 in Portland. Win was 14-3 Friday night, Ben Lively (3-0), 5-4-1-1-4-3. 1B Rhys Hoskins, 5-14, 2 HR, 6 RBI weekend; riding an 18-game hitting streak. RF Dylan Cozens, 6-15 in last 4 games, HR, 6 RBI, 2 SB; hitting .333 in last 10. CF Roman Quinn, last 4 games, 8-18, 3 SB . . . Anthony Vasquez (4-0), 5:35 tonight in New Hampshire.

Clearwater Threshers (16-8), 1st place, Florida State League North Division.
Win Sunday ended 2-game losing streak to Lakeland.  WP: Tyler Viza (4-0), 6.1-4-1-1-2-11 (career-high); lowered ERA to 1.14. SV: Alexis Rivero (#2), allowed 1st run 11.2 innings; has 15 strikeouts.  1B Kyle Martin had an on-base streak end at 15 games on Saturday . . . Will Morris (1-1), 7 tonight in Tampa.

Lakewood BlueClaws (6-16), 7th place, South Atlantic League North Division.
Two wins and a Sunday rain out vs. Greenville. Friday WP: Luke Lefwich (1-1), 6-3-1-1-3-11 (career-high). 2B Josh Tobias, 3-8; hitting .351 in last 10. C-1B Wilson Garcia, 5-10, 4 RBI . . . Jose Taveras (0-1) and Franklyn Kilome (0-3), 4:35 DH this evening vs. Greenville.

Roster Additions
Lehigh Valley: RHR Luis Garcia (from Philly), RHR Severino Gonzalez (Reading), RHS Alec Asher (Reading).

Reading: LHR Hoby Milner (LV), RHR Reiner Roibal (LV), RHS John Richy (Clearwater).

Clearwater: LHP Joely Rodriquez (Reading).

Lakewood: RHP Anthony Sequiera (extended).

This Date
May 2, 1970–In a real rarity, both Phillies catchers, Tim McCarver and Mike Ryan, suffer broken bones in their hands in the sixth inning of a 7-1 loss at San Francisco.  Utility player Jim Hutto finishes the game behind the plate.

May 2, 1989
Mike Schmidt hits his 548th, and final, home run vs. Houston’s Jim Deshaies, but the Phillies lose, 12-4. (broadandpattison.com)

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