SF Weekend

No third straight walk-off win as the Reds hung on, 6-4.  Since the start of the 2007 season, the Reds are 9-23 at Citizens Bank Park.  Guess they were due. Following this weekend, the Reds and Phillies meet three times again starting Monday in Great American Ballpark.

Fresh from a visit to the White House, the Giants began a three-game weekend series tonight. Their .271 team batting average is the best in the National League while their 3.78 ERA ranks sixth.  But, their staff leads the NL with nine shutouts, seven last month. They come to town riding a five-game losing streak.

Who Are They?

1915 infield

This vintage photo of the 1915 pennant-winning Phillies infielders is courtesy of Rich Westcott, noted baseball author and historian.  Who are they and what did they do 100 years ago? Visit http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (21-34)
LH Anthony Vasquez not only pitched shutout ball for 7.2 innings (3 hits, 3 walks, 4 strikeouts), he was 2-for-2 as a hitter with 2 RBI in the 8-0 win over Indianapolis.  The win improved his record to 3-1. He hasn’t given up a run in two straight wins, 15.2 innings.  RF Domonic Brown, 1-4, 8th double, 10th stolen base.
Next: RH Jason Berken (3-2), 7:05 tonight vs. Indianapolis.

Reading Fightin Phils (29-24)
Pitching on his 22nd birthday, RH Aaron Nola improved his record to 7-3 with a 4-2 win in Erie, 7-5-1-1-1-4; he retired the first 10 hitters. He’s won 6 of his last 7 decisions and lowered his ERA to 1.76.  LF KC Serna, 2-5, 1st HR, 2 RBI, stolen base. RF Cam Perkins, career-high 7th HR. SV: Stephen Shackleford (11).
Next: LH Jesse Biddle (4-1), 7:05 in Binghamton.

Clearwater Threshers (27-27)
Tampa LF Ericson Leonora hit a 2-run, walk-off homer off Edubray Ramos, pinning a 3-2 loss on the visiting Threshers. Their 2 runs came on a HR (4) by LF Andrew Pullin in the 2nd inning.  ND: Colin Kleven, 7-5-1-1-1-3.
Next: RH Yacksel Rios (1-1), 7:00 tonight in Tampa.

Lakewood BlueClaws (25-26)
Hickory began a 4-game series with an 8-3 loss.  LP: RH Ranfi Casimiro (2-4), 5.1-8-4-3-1-3. 2 hits each for SS Malquin Canelo (.305) and 1B Rhys Hoskins (.332).
Next: RH Chris Oliver (3-4), 7:05 tonight vs. Hickory.


RHR Matt Hockenberry, activated from Lakewood DL . . . RR Jason Zgardowski, Lakewood to extended.

Today In Phillies History
1915: RHP Grover Cleveland Alexander threw a one-hitter in a 3-0 victory against St. Louis. Artie Butler’s bloop single with two out in the ninth inning was the only hit. (Courtesy broadandpattison.com).  It was one of four one-hitters Alexander tossed that year.

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.

Phun Fact
Revere leads the National League with five triples, two shy of his total a year ago when he finished tied for ninth.



Franco Delivers Again


For the second straight night, Franco delivered a late-game booming home run, a three-run blast in the last of the ninth last night to tie the game.  Two innings later, the Phillies had a second straight walk-off win against the Reds, this time on an error.  Considering the Phillies were hitless until two out in the seventh, they’ll take the improbable win. Franco singled to break up the no-hit bid and went deep in his next at-bat.

Cincinnati was 17-0 when leading after eight innings while the Phillies were 0-29 when trailing after eight.

When Hamels pitches, it has been customary that the offense doesn’t put up many runs.  The last two times out, they were not only scoreless while he was on the mound but hitless in 16 of 18 innings.  The Reds had multiple base-runners but Hamels kept them to two fourth-inning runs in his seven innings. He’s made six straight starts without allowing more than two earned runs in each. That translates into a 1.83 ERA. While he didn’t get the win his 9-0 career record against the Reds remains intact.

Phillies go for a sweep tonight.  Harang, once the Reds opening day starter, will start.

Elias Sports Bureau
Franco launched a game-tying homer on Tuesday night in the eighth inning of the Phillies win. He is the first rookie with a game-tying or go-ahead home run in the eighth inning or later of back-to-back games since the Twins’ Bobby Kielty in 2002.

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (20-34)
Lost twice to Rochester, 7-4 and 3-2. CF-LF Brian Bogusevic, 4-8 for the night.  RF Domonic Brown, 3-8, 2 RBI.  LPs: Joely Rodriguez (2-5) and Phillippe Aumont (2-3).
Next: LH Adam Morgan (0-5), 7:05 tonight vs. Indianapolis.

Reading Fightin Phils (28-24)
Lost, 2-1, at Erie despite 11 hits; left 11 on base. 1B Art Charles, 3-4, RBI. SS J.P. Crawford, 2-5, including a double.  LP: RH Ben Lively (4-3), 5-6-2-2-1-2.
Next: RH Aaron Nola (6-3), 11:05 this morning in Erie, followed by a bus ride to Binghamton.

Clearwater Threshers (27-26)
Scored 4 in the ninth for a 6-5 win in Dunedin.  First run scored on a wild pitch, 3B Mitch Walding drove in 2 with a double and scored the lead run on an error on a bunt. SV: Ulises Joaquin (5). WP: Jesen Therrien (1-0).
Next: RH Colin Kleven (4-3), 7:00 tonight in Tampa.

Lakewood BlueClaws (25-25)
Rained out for the second straight day in Delmarva, this time a double-header.
Next: RH Ranfi Casmiro (2-3), 7:05 tonight vs. Hickory.

OF Jiandiano Tromp activated from DL at Lakeland . . . INF William Cuicas from extended roster to Clearwater’s roster.

Today In Phillies History
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.

Happy Birthday: RHP Art Mahaffey (77), LHP J. C. Romero (39).

Phun Fact
Over the last 11 seasons, including this year, the Phillies are 8-0-1 in series against the Reds at Citizens Bank Park.


Law Of Averages




The law of averages is a layman’s term for a belief that the statistical distribution of outcomes among members of a small sample must reflect the distribution of outcomes across the population as a whole.

Found that explanation on Wikipedia.com and it is more confusing than clear to my ancient mind.

Anyway, the law of averages showed up last night in the rain:

**the Phillies’ seven-game losing streak ended on Ruf’s walk-off single.

**Chase had three hits, including a home run, and got his average over .200. The homer was his first at home since 8/10/14.

**Franco hit a game-tying two-run homer in the eighth.  Up until then Phillies hitters were 1-33 with runners in scoring position recently and that one hit didn’t produce a run.

**the bullpen gave up one hit, one walk and no runs in 3.1 innings.

**the win was their second on a Tuesday this season; the other came on April 21, also a walk off.

**Papelbon picked up the win, his first since 6/11/14 vs. San Diego.

Minor Leagues
Players of the Month (May)

Aaron Nola 6

RHP Aaron Nola, Reading.  The 23-year-old was 4-1 with a 1.35 ERA.  Struck out 32 and walked 2 in 40 innings.  He allowed only 2 home runs and held opponents to a .210 average. He was selected by the Phillies in the first round (seventh overall) in the 2014 draft out of Louisiana State University and was signed by Mike Stauffer.

1B Rhys Hoskins, Lakewood. The 22-year-old hit .342 in 29 games, 38 hits, 18 runs, 6 doubles, 2 triples, 2 homers and 23 RBI. Ended the month with a 7-game hitting streak (.434). Hoskins was selected in the fifth round of last year’s amateur draft out of Cal State Sacramento and signed by Joey Davis.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (20-32)
Rained out at home.  LH Joely Rodriguez (2-4) and RH Phillippe Aumont (2-2), 6:05 DH tonight vs. Rochester.

Reading Fightin Phils (28-23)
Scoring 2 in the 8th and 7 in the 9th, Reading won, 10-2, at Erie. LF Cam Perkins, 2 doubles, 6th HR, RBI; has 4 HR in last 9 games. C Logan Moore, 3-5. 1B Brock Stassi, 2-5, 2 RBI (43). DH Art Charles, 2-5, 3 RBI. No decision: LH Tom Windle, 5-3-2-2-4-2. WP: Reinier Roibal (1-1).
Next: RH Ben Lively (4-2), 7:05 tonight in Erie.

Clearwater Threshers (26-26)
3 walks and a walk-off single by RF Dylan Cozens in the 10th inning gave the Threshers a 4-3 win over Dunedin. No decision: RH Mark Leiter, 8-5-3-3-1-4. WP Edubray Ramos (2-3).
Next: LH Brandon Leibrandt (5-2), 6:30 tonight in Dunedin.

Lakewood BlueClaws (25-25)
Rained out in Delmarva. RH Ranfi Casmiro (2-3) and RH Chris Oliver (3-4), in 5:05 DH tonight in Delmarva.

Today In Phillies History
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.

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 at the Vet. It is Johnson’s second pinch-hit grand slam of the season, a major league first.

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.

Catchers on the move: John Hester (released); Logan Moore from AAA to AA; Gabe Lino from AA to AAA.

Phun Fact
Cole starts tonight.  In 12 career games against the Reds, he’s 9-9 with a 1.51 ERA.


Thank, Fans


Thanks to all the fans who attended last night’s Phillies Phestival.  A total of $786,146 was raised for ALS patient care and services in the greater Philadelphia area. Since the first event to fight Lou Gehrig’s disease in 1984, a total of over $16 million has been raised.

It’s been a tough season so far but the faithful fans were there.  There’s nothing like the passion of Phillies fans.

Reds In Town
Fresh from a three-game sweep of the Nationals at home, the Reds headed for Citizens Bank Park and a three-game series that starts tonight.  Johnny Cueto, who missed two starts with an elbow issue since May 19, is back on the mound tonight.

The Reds are 14th in the league in scoring runs with 191; the Phillies are 15th, 157.  Two teams split six games a year ago, 2-1 edge for the Phillies at home. Reds have the most road losses in the NL Central, 9-16.

Hello June
Phillies finished seven under .500 in both April (8-15) and May (11-18).  The May loss total was far short of the club record, (7-23) in 1923.

Centerfielder Cy Williams had some kind of a month of May that season: 30 games, 29 runs scored, 44 hits, 15 homers, 44 RBI, 17 walks, 9 strikeouts. 15 homers and 44 RBI are club records that still stand for that month.  He finished the season with 41 home runs, the first Phillies player to top 40.

This season as a team, the Phillies hit 13 homers last month. Ouch.

Minor Leagues
Players of the Week (May 25-31)
OF Cameron Perkins, Reading. 24-year-old hit .333 in 7 games, 3 homers, 10 RBI, 6 runs, .778 slugging percentage. He was drafted in the sixth round of the 2012 amateur draft out of Purdue University and signed by Nate Dion.

RHP Ricardo Pinto, Lakewood. The 21-year-old lowered his ERA to 2.86 when he held Greensboro to one unearned run in 7 innings on May 30, a 2-1 win that boosted his record to 5-1. He was signed by Jesus Mendez as an amateur free agent in 2011.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (20-32)
Not scheduled yesterday.  LH Joely Rodriguez (2-4), 7:05 tonight vs. Rochester.

Reading Fightin Phils (27-23)
RH Zach Elfin retired 17 of the first 21 batters he faced but was tagged with a two-run, two-out homer in the top if the seventh inning.  Richmond won, 5-3, and Elfin was tagged with the loss (4-4), 7-2-2-2-4-3. CF Ramon Quinn, 2-4, but a tough day on the bases with two caught stealing and two pickoffs.  SS J.P. Crawford, 2-5.
Next: LH Tom Windle (1-3), 7:05 tonight in Erie.

Clearwater Threshers (25-26)
Dropped a 7-4 decision in Daytona; LP: RH Victor Arano (0-6). SS Angelo Mora, 3-5, extending hitting streak to 6 games (13-24); .368 average leads club.  Began season at second base and moved  to shortstop when J.P. Crawford was promoted to AA.
Next: RH Mark Leiter (3-1), 7:00 tonight vs. Dunedin.

Lakewood BlueClaws (25-25)
RH Tyler Viza improved his record to 4-1 with a 4-2 win in Delmarva in a game halted after seven innings by rain. Start was also delayed by rain for 30 minutes.  Viza: 6-3-2-1-3-5.  The 20-year-old led the organization in losses a year ago at Lakewood, 3-17. SS Malquin Canelo, 2-4, 15th double, 1st triple, RBI. RF Herlis Rodriguez, 1-3
Next: RH Ranfi Casimiro (2-32), 7:05 tonight in Delmarva.

Today In Phillies History
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.

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.

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.  His seven RBI was the most by a major league pitcher since Tony Cloninger had nine RBI for Atlanta in 1966.

Happy Birthday: OF Raul Ibanez (43).

Phun Fact
On his 37th birthday, Ibanez hit 2 home runs and drove in 5. The first dinger was the 200th of his career, pacing a 10-5 Phillies win over San Diego.


Oh, My


It’s been said, no two snowflakes are the same.  Not sure who said that. Perhaps Frostie. Well, no two baseball game are the same.  Not sure who said that. Perhaps Yogi Berra.

The Rockies swept three games from the Phillies over the weekend, the first they’ve done that in Philly ever and first time since 2007 in Denver.  Using homers, they jumped out to 4-1 leads in all three games.  During Hamels’ four-game winning streak, he didn’t give up a home run.  He was tagged for two Friday and a loss.  Harang had given up two long balls in 65.1 innings this season before Saturday when he was tagged for two and a loss.  Despite the long balls, the Phillies were trailing 2-1 until the bullpen gave up more runs.

Sunday, Williams gave up a first-inning home run and left down 4-1.  This time the bullpen kept it 4-1 but the offense couldn’t score.  For the three games, the offense had 16 total hits and four runs and drew just three walks.  That against a Colorado pitching staff that has a 4.72 ERA, highest in the major leagues.

Phillies Phestival which raises funds for to help strike out ALS is on the schedule for tonight and then the Reds come to town for three night games starting Tuesday.

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (20-32)
Stopped a 4-game losing streak on Saturday with a 1-0 win in Charlotte but dropped a 7-5 decision on Friday and a 2-0 decision on Sunday, getting only 3 singles. WP: LH
Anthony Vasquez (2-1), 8-3-0-0-0-5. SV: Dustin McGowan (4). 2B Jayson Nix HR in 7th inning.
Next: Day off today.

Reading Fightin Phils (27-22)
Won 2 of 3 from Richmond.  RH Stephen Shackleford (SV, 9-10). No decision on Saturday, RH Aaron Nola, 7-5-1-1-0-7. SS J.P. Crawford made his AA debut that night, 1-4, RBI, E, picked off first; 0-2 with 3 walks on Sunday. CF Roman Quinn, 5-12 weekend, 22nd and 23rd stolen bases.
Next: RH Zach Elfin (4-3), 11:35 this morning vs. Richmond followed by a long bus ride to Erie.

Clearwater Threshers (25-25)
Won 2 of 3 in Daytona, including a game on Sunday when they only scored in 3 innings: 4-8-6.  Pounded 22 hits and drew 9 walks in an 18-5 romp.  SS Angelo Mora, 4-5; with Crawford gone, Mora’s .358 average leads club on the strength of a 7-12 weekend. RF Dylan Cozens, 4-5, 4 RBI. CF Aaron Brown, 3-5, HR (#2), 2 RBI.
Next: RH Victor Arano (0-5), 7:05 tonight in Daytona.

Lakewood BlueClaws (24-25)
Dropped 2 of 3 in Greensboro.  Win was 2-1 on Saturday behind RH Ricardo Pinto (5-1), 7-7-1-0-1-7. 1B Rhys Hoskins, 5-12 weekend, 3 RBI (33). RF Herlis Rodriguez, 5-8 in last 2 games; hitting .429 in last 10 games.
Next: RH Tyler Viza (3-1), 7:05 tonight in Delmarva.

Reading: INF Tony Thomas, released on Friday.
Clearwater: SS J.P.  Crawford, promoted to Reading; INF Devin Lohman, reinstated from DL on Saturday.

Today In Phillies History
1969: 1B Dick Allen slams five home runs in five consecutive games to set a club record. The fifth homer comes in a 12-4 loss to Los Angeles at Connie Mack Stadium.  The five homers were part of a streak in which he hit nine in 14 games.

1939: Phillies play first night game at home and lose, 5-2, to Pittsburgh at Shibe Park before 8,000.  Time of game: 1:55.



Draft Time



As we all know, the focus of the Phillies this season is transitioning to the future.  Three “kids” are getting a chance to play every day now, SS Freddy Galvis, CF Odubel Herrera and 3B Maikel Franco.  The Phillies minor league system is improving and will be turning out more big leaguers in the next year or two.

Part of the future is taking place today in the Phillies offices as Johnny Almaraz, the new Director of Amateur Scouting, oversees the first of many meetings in preparation for the annual first-year player draft which begins 7 o’clock Monday night, June 8, on the MLB Network.  The Phillies will have the 10th, 48th, 83rd and 114th selections in the first four rounds.  After that, every 30th pick will be the Phillies.

Joining Almaraz are Mike Ledna and Billy Moore (scouting coordinators), supervisors Darrell Conner (west), Gene Schall (mid-Atlantic), Scott Trcka (central) and Eric Valent (southeast), Shane Bowers (southern and central California), Sal Agostinelli (director, international scouting), Bart Braun (special assistant to the GM) and Rob Holiday (director, amateur scouting administration). Pat Gillick, Ruben Amaro, Charlie Manuel and Dallas Green will also participate. Representing the Phillies in the MLB Network Studio on June 8 will be Mike Schmidt and Dan Goroff, long-time director of ticket sales who retired this March.

Since the draft began in 1965, the Phillies have had the 10th selection one other time, RHP Tyler Green out of Wichita State University in 1991.

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (19-30)
Split a pair in Gwinnett, 3-0 loss in opener, 6-4 win in nightcap, tying the game with 2 in the seventh and winning with 2 in the eighth. Night included a 1:41 rain delay before the first game.  LP: RH Phillippe Aumont (2-2), 3.2-1-3-3-6-2, 2 HB. RF Dominic Brown, 2-5, ninth steal in the DH. WP: Dustin McGowan (1-0); SV: Nick Hill (1). 2B Tyler Henson, 3-4, including 2 doubles. C Logan Moore, 2-4, 2 RBI.
Next: LH Adam Morgan (0-4), 7:05 in Charlotte.

Reading Fightin Phils (25-21)
Scored 1 in the ninth to take 3-2 lead but gave up 2 in the last of the ninth and a tough 4-3 loss in New Hampshire. 1B Brock Stassi, 1-2, HR (6), 2 RBI (39) which leads the EL; .351 average also is tops.  His fielding error allowed the winning run to score. RF Aaron Altherr, 3-4, 11th-12th doubles, 2 runs. No decision: LH Tom Windle, 5.1-4-2-2-3-6.
Next: RH Ben Lively (4-1), 7:05 tonight vs. Richmond.

Clearwater Threshers (23-24)
Split a pair with Ft. Myers, 2-1 loss and 8-3 win. RH Mark Leiter (3-1) lost, 7-5-2-2-0-5. SS J.P. Crawford, 3-6 for the night; hitting .392.  Second on the club with 14 walks even though he didn’t begin playing until May 6. RF Dylan Cozens, double, triple, 2 RBI in the win.  WP: RH Yacksel Rios (1-1); SV: Edubray Ramos (4), 2 hitless innings.
Next: LH Brandon Leibrandt (5-2), 6:30 tonight vs. Ft. Myers.

Lakewood BlueClaws (23-23)
Began a 7-game road trip with a 10-2 romp in Greensboro. 1B Rhys Hoskins, 3-4, 3 runs, HR (6), 3 RBI; 9-16 in last 4 games, lifting average to .331. C Deivi Grullon, 3-5, double, 3 RBI. CF Herlis Rodriguez, 1-6, extending hitting streak to 6 games. WP: RH Chris Oliver (3-4), 6-4-2-1-3-1, and a pick-off at first.
Next:  LH Elniery Garcia (2-4), 7:00 tonight in Greensboro.

Today In Phillies History
1965: 3B Dick Allen hits measured 529-foot home run completely over the Coca-Cola billboard atop Connie Mack Stadium’s left-center field roof off RHP Larry Jackson.  First-inning blast sends Phillies to a 4-2 win over Chicago.

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.

1986: Greg Gross collects his 100th career pinch-hit in a 5-4 win over San Francisco.

2010: RHP Roy Halladay tosses perfect game, 1-0, over the Marlins in Miami.  He throws 115 pitches (72 for strikes) and fans 11.

More historic moments for the last two days of May can be found at http://www.phillies.coom/alumni. Among the names that were involved are Babe Ruth, Steve Carlton, Mike Schmidt, Ryan Howard and Jamie Moyer.

Phun Fact
Two best second-round selections for the Phillies in the annual summer draft are Mike Schmidt, 1971 (30th overall) and Jimmy Rollins, 1996 (46th overall).


Not Pretty Numbers






In baseball, numbers tell the story probably better than any other pro sport. Right now, the Phillies numbers are in a category that aren’t pretty:

3-7 road trip; scored 16 runs in the three wins; 17 in the seven losses.

153 runs for the season are at the bottom of the NL.

161 walks given up by the staff, most in the NL.  Starters have given up 88 walks in 280.1 innings.  Relievers, 75 in 144.1 innings.

2, number of three-game sweeps by the Mets over the Phillies at Citi Field….this season.

Now, for a pretty number: 75.  That’s how many games the Phillies will play until they see the Mets again.

No game today.  Rockies begin a three-game series at Citizens Bank Park starting Friday night; Hamels will be on the mound.  Reds and Giants follow for three-games each.

Minor Leagues
Players of the Week (May 18-24)
C Gabriel Lino, Reading.  22-year-old hit .412, 7 hits, 5 RBI, 7 games.  Was acquired from Orioles in Jim Thome trade three years ago.

LHS Brandon Leibrandt, Clearwater. 22-year-old was 1-0 for 2 starts, 2 ER, 15 IP, 10 SO, 0 BB. Second pitcher of the week winner this season as well as the pitcher of the month for April.  Selected in the sixth round a year ago out of Florida State University; signed by Aaron Jersild.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (18-29)
Lost a suspended game, 8-2, in 9 innings and a 4-1, 7-inning game in Gwinnett on a 3-run double by C Wil Nieves. LPs: LH Anthony Vasquez (1-1) and LH Joely Rodriguez (2-4).  LF Cody Asche, 4-6 with first AAA HR. RF Domonic Brown, 3-7, double, stolen base, RBI.
Next: RH Phillippe Aumont (2-1) and RH Jason Berken (3-2) in 5:05 DH this evening in Gwinnett.

Reading Fightin Phils (24-20)
Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in New Hampshire was the scene of a slug fest last evening.  Reading won, 12-10; had more hits, 21-14. 3-hit games: SS KC Serna, 1B Brock Stassi, DH Brodie Greene, 2B Tony Thomas, 1st HR, 4 RBI. Stassi drove in 2, giving him 37 RBI, tops in the EL. CF Roman Quinn was one of 4 with 2 hits; 2 stolen bases, 21-22. WP: RHR Nefi Ogando (1-0). Rough outing for RH Zach Elfin, 3-12-8-8-1-1.
Next: LH Tom Windle (1-3), 7:05 tonight in New Hampshire.

Clearwater Threshers (22-23)
Lost 6-5, to Ft. Myers in 10 innings despite getting more hits, 13-9.  3-15 RISP, 12 LOB. 6 different Threshers had 2 hits each, including SS J.P. Crawford; .382 for the season.  No decision: RH Victor Arano, 5-2-2-2-3-3.
Next: RH Mark Leiter (3-0) and RH David Whitehead (2-6), 5:05 DH this evening vs. Ft. Myers.

Lakewood BlueClaws (22-23)
C Joel Fisher’s third hit was a walk-off single in a 7-6, 11-inning win over West Virginia in an 11:05 a.m. game. 5 other teammates had 2 hits each, including RF Herlis Rodriguez; has 5-game hitting streak, 9-20. WP: Joey DeNato (2-1).
Next: Left after the game for a bus ride south to Greensboro. RH Chris Oliver, 2-4), 7:05 tonight.

Today In Phillies History
1983: Entering the game hitless in his last 22 at-bats, 3B Mike Schmidt strikes out his first four at-bats on 12 pitches.  The 13th pitch he sees is a two-run, game-winning homer in the last of the ninth off Jeff Reardon to give the Phillies a 5-3 win over Montreal.

Happy Birthday: LHP Bob Kuzava (92), SS Steve Jeltz (57).

Phun Fact
Check http://www.phillies.com/alumni for little-known connections the Phillies had with Babe Ruth. One anniversary is coming up Saturday.

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Thanks to the National Baseball Hall of Fame for lending a vintage photo of the Babe.


Bullpen Falters

A quiet offense came up with four runs in the eighth, matching the Phillies biggest inning of the season, but the bullpen couldn’t produce a shutdown inning and the Mets wound up winning, 5-4, in 10 innings last night.

A walk by Giles led to the tying run in the eighth after the Phillies had taken a 4-3 lead in the top of the inning.  Going in to their eighth, the Phillies were 1-25 when trailing after seven.

The Mets have won seven straight series over the Phillies and 19 of the last 24 meetings between the two NL East clubs.  Series and road trip ends this afternoon.

No game on Thursday followed by a three-game weekend series vs. the Rockies at Citizens Bank Park.

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (18-27)
Were rained out in Gwinnett.  Anthony Vasquez (1-0) and LH Joely Rodriguez (2-3) in 2 games this evening.

Reading Fightin Phils (24-20)
LH Jesse Biddle (4-1) picked up the win in a 10-1 decision in New Hampshire.  Biddle: 5-5-1-1-1-2. 1B Brock Stassi, 4-5, 2 doubles (11). LF Cameron Perkins, 3-5, including HR (4), 4 RBI. 2B Brodie Green, 3-5, RBI.
Next: RH Zach Elfin (4-3), 7:05 tonight in New Hampshire.

Clearwater Threshers (22-22)
Were rained out at home vs. Ft. Myers.

Lakewood BlueClaws (21-23)
Out-hit West Virginia, 14-7, but lost, 5-2, in 14 innings at home. No decision, RH Tyler Viza, 8-5-2-0-1-4. SS Malquin Canelo, 2-7. 1B Rhys Hoskins, 3-6.
Next: R Ranfi Casimiro (2-3), 11:05 this morning vs. West Virginia.

Today In Phillies History
1986: Steve Carlton makes his 666th start to break Warren Spahn’s NL record for most starts by a left-handed pitcher in a 6-2 win over San Francisco.

Phun Fact
Ben Revere hit a home run in the 7th inning of a 6-2 loss to Colorado a year ago today. It was the first of his 1,566 at-bat career.


Another NY Loss

When the Phillies began the season, the bullpen of Diekman-DeFratus-Giles-Papelbon appeared to be the strongest part of the club, coming off a terrific year.  Diekman and DeFratus have been inconsistent and it has cost the Phillies, including yesterday’s 6-3 defeat at the hands of the Mets.  Both have great arms and are durable but throwing strikes has been a consistent problem.

Overall, the bullpen has allowed 21 of 41 inherited runners to score.  Shut down innings are too infrequent.

New York came into the series riding a three-game losing streak.  The Mets continued their mastery of the Phillies, 4-0 at home this season.  Going back to last year, they’ve won seven of nine in Citi Field.

Utley (2-for-3, 2 RBI) continued to swing the bat with his fifth multi-hit game since May 16.  Over the last 10 games, he’s hitting .406.  Howard, over his last 11 games, .409 with nine RBI.

Cooperstown Note
The Baseball Hall of Fame held its annual HOF Classic game of former players on Saturday.  If you haven’t been to Cooperstown, put it on your bucket list.

Phillies Alumni were well represented, Aaron Rowand, Jim Eisenreich, Roy Oswalt, Dave Dellucci, Bobby Abreu, Tony Perez and Bobby Dernier.

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (18-27)
Game in Gwinnett was called in the bottom of the second inning by rain.  Gwinnett was leading, 1-0.  It will be completed as a nine-inning game starting at 5:05 this evening.  A seven-inning game will follow.

Reading Fightin Phils (23-20)
RH Aaron Nola’s 5-game winning streak came to an end in Portland, 8-2. Nola (6-3), 5-7-3-3-1-4. SS KC Serna had 3 of Reading’s 8 hits.  LF Cameron Perkins, HR (3).
Next: LH Jesse Biddle (3-1) returns to the rotation, 7:05 tonight in New Hampshire. He missed one start to work on mechanics.

Clearwater Threshers (22-22)
Next: Following a day off, Threshers host Ft. Myers, 7:05 tonight.

Lakewood BlueClaws (21-22)
Dropped 4-2 decision to West Virginia.  LP: LH Josh Taylor (2-4), 5.2-5-3-3-3-6. CF Carlos Tocci, 3-4; hitting .351. SS Malquin Canelo, 2-5, 8th SB; hitting .304.  RF Herlis Rodriguez, third straight 2-hit game plus 2 steals (5-6); hitting .324 in last 10 games.
Next: RH Tyler Viza (3-1), 6:35 tonight vs. West Virginia.

LV’s RHR Colton Murray, moved to Reading; Reading RHR Tyler Knigge, moved to LV.

Lakewood OF Jiandido Tromp on DL (left hamstring strain). OF Gustavo Martinez moved from Extended to Lakewood.

OF Kelly Dugan, who has been sidelined all season with a stress fracture in his right foot, will be resume playing in Extended this week.

Today In Phillies History
1990: Mike Schmidt’s #20 is retired in pre-game ceremonies as Phillies lose, 12-3, to Atlanta before 56,789.

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

Birthday boys: 1B Ricky Jordan, 50, 1B Travis Lee, 40

Memorial Day
3B Eddie Grant spent 1907-10 with the Phillies before moving on to two other NL clubs.  Tragically, he was the first major league player killed in World War I, leading his battalion in the Argonne Forest (France) on October 2, 1918.  He had enlisted in April 1917.



DC to NY


The bats exploded on Saturday, 8-2, but produced 2-1 and 4-1 losses, Friday and Sunday, respectively, in Nationals Park. Phillies got solid starting pitching in all three games but Washington’s starters were a tad better in winning twice.

Hamels won is fourth in a row on Saturday.  His ERA in the four wins is 1.53, a very stingy number. In games when the Phillies score three or more runs while he’s in the game, his career record is out of this universe, 99-14.

For the second time in a week, Howard fell a triple shy of the cycle. If he had hit another ball out of the park that day and stopped at third, would that be a triple?

From Elias Sports Bureau: Howard’s homer was the 52nd he has hit in a game that Hamels started. That’s the highest such total relating to two current big-league teammates; second place belongs to Miguel Cabrera, who has homered 43 times in Justin Verlander’s starts.

Day-night-day starting this afternoon in Citi Field where the Phillies are 0-3 this season. Mets are 17-6 at home, best mark in the NL East. Luck against the Mets has to change….doesn’t it?

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (18-27)
Six-game winning streak ended with a 7-5 loss to Charlotte on Sunday. Streak was longest since May 2013.  RH Jason Berken (3-2), 5-3-0-0-3-4 was Friday’s winner; RH Phillipee Aumont (2-1) won the next night, 5-2-3-2-8-3, plus a WP and BK. 8-run inning led LV to a 9-5 decision. LHR Cesar Jimenez had a save (4) and a loss over the weekend.  RHR Dustin McGowan, SV #3.  RF Jordan Danks, 4-12 series, 3 RBI. INF Chase d’Arnaud, 5-11, HR, 5 RBI.
Next: LH Anthony Vasquez (1-0), 6:35 tonight in Gwinnett, first of a 7-game road trip.

Reading Fightin Phils (23-19)
Took 3 of 4 in Portland, 2-1 loss comming in second game on Saturday. RH Zach Elfin (4-3) was winner in 6-2 decision Friday, 8.2-4-2-0-0-5. Carried a 1-hitter into the ninth when an error, HR and two singles chases him from the game. RHR Lee Ridenhour, first SV. LH Tom Windle (1-3) won his first AA game, 3-2, in first game Saturday, 5-2-2-2-0-2. SV: RHR Tyler Knigge (1). RHS Ben Lively (4-1), Sunday’s 3-2 winner, 5.2-5-2-2-2-5. 1B Brock Stassi, 5-13, 3 RBI; .326 leads the club as does 35 RBI. C Gabriel Lino, 5-11, 3 RBI.
Next: Series in Portland ends at 1 this afternoon, RH Aaron Nola (6-2).

Clearwater Threshers (22-22)
Won 2 of 3 in Palm Beach to reach .500 for first time since May 9. Saturday’s 3-1 winner was LH Brandon Leibrandt (5-2), 6-6-1-1-5. SV: Ulises Joaquin (4).  Same score Sunday afternoon behind RH Colin Kleven (4-2), 6-2-1-1-0-8. SS J.P. Crawford’s 8-game hitting streak ended Sunday.
Next: Day off today. Ft. Myers begins a 4-game series at Bright House Field on Tuesday.

Lakewood BlueClaws (21-21)
Won 3 of 4 from Greensboro.  RH Ranfi Casimiro (2-3) won Friday’s first game, 4-0, 7-2-0-0-0-3; had a no-hitter through 4.1 innings. RHR Jason Zgardowski (1-1) was Saturday’s winner in 4-2 decision. RH Ricardo Pinto (4-1), 6-6-2-2-1-5, got the decision in Sunday’s 8-2 win. SS Malquin Canelo, 3-5, 3 RBI, 7th steal in that game. DH Damek Tomscha, 5-8 in last 2 games.
Next: LH Josh Taylor (2-3), 4:05 this evening vs. West Virginia.

Today In Phillies History
2011: Longest game in Citizens Bank Park, Phillies edge Cincinnati, 5-4, in 19 innings. INF Wilson Valdez pitches the 19th inning and gets the win, first position player in Phillies history to record a win.

Happy Birthday: 3B Dave Hollins, 49.



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