Bats Come Alive

The bats came alive, the long ball appeared and the Phillies scored a season-high runs in the 7-3 win over the Marlins last night.

Freddy and Ryan each hit two-run homers.  Freddy’s gave them a lead and Ryan’s regained the lead.  Since 2006, Ryan has 259 go-ahead RBI, second only to Miguel Cabrera’s 270.  Freddy has driven in a run in five straight games; last Phillie to do that was Chase two years ago.

Ben got knocked down by Mike Dunn and hit the next pitch for a two-run triple that put the game away.

Jerome got the win, Ken and Pap finished it with a perfect inning each.  When Ken and Pap  pitch in a game, the Phillies have won 14 in a row and are 26-4.  That’s a pretty potent back end.

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (4-9)
With six different batters getting two hits each, Lehigh Valley ended a five-game losing streak, 6-1, at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre . . . DH Chris Nelson had a pair of doubles and an RBI; he also stole a base . . . 3B Maikel Franco added two hits to boost his season average to .352 . . . RF Domonic Brown, 1-4, and threw a runner out at home plate . . . RHP Severino Gonzalez (1-1) allowed one run in his last inning (sixth).  He gave up six hits (five singles and a triple), walked one and struck out three.
Next: LHP Adam Morgan (0-1, 5.00), 6:35 tonight at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Reading Fightin Phils (7-4)
Pounding out 14 hits and taking advantage of five errors, Akron put an end to Reading’s five-game winning streak, 12-4 . . . CF Roman Quinn, two hits, three strikeouts. 2-4 night improved average to .422 . . . RF Brian Pointer, 1st home run . . . LP: Tom Windle (0-1), 5-9-9-8-3-3, including a fifth-inning grand slam to RF Jordan Smith.
Next: RHP Ben Lively (0-0, 4.50), 6:35 tonight vs. Akron.

Clearwater Threshers (8-5)


LHP Brandon Leibrandt (1-0) threw seven shutout innings in a 3-0 win over Tampa, which scored 12 runs the night before.  Leibrandt, 22, allowed five singles, walked none and struck out seven. He had one three-ball count. He picked off three runners at first base, including back-to-back outs in the sixth inning. Two other runners were caught stealing by C Andrew Knapp . . . Edubray Ramos, with two scoreless innings, recorded his first save . . . CF Aaron Brown drove in two of the three runs.
Next: Undecided, 7:00 tonight at Tampa.
Like Father: Brandon’s dad, Charlie, pitched 14 years in the majors, 140-119 record.
Roster moves: Add RHP Victor Arano from extended spring training; RHP Yacksel Rios on DL as of April 21.

Lakewood BlueClaws (5-7)
1B Rhys Hoskins continued to swing a hot bat helping the BlueClaws end a three-game losing streak, 8-5, in Greensboro.  The 22-year old had a walk, solo home run, solo home run, single, single. In his last seven plate appearances over two games, two singles, a double and three homers . . . SS Malquin Canelo and 3B Derek Campbell also hit solo homers . . . CF Carlos Tocci was 1-4, lowering his average to .375 . . . RHP Ricardo Pinto (1-0) was the winner, 6-7-5-4-0-6 . . . RHP Matt Hockenberry, 2nd save.
Next: LHP Josh Taylor (0-0, 2.70), 10:45 this morning at Greensboro.

Phun Fact
There were plenty of nicknames on the 1915 Phillies: Clifford (Gavvy) Cravath, George (Possum) Whitney, George (Dode) Paskert, George (Dut) Chalmers, Joe (Bareback) Oeschger, Grover Cleveland (Old Pete) Alexander, Dave (Beauty) Bancroft, Eppa (Eppa Jephtha) Rixey, Milt (Handle Hit) Stock, Bill (Paw Paw or Reindeer) Killefer and Pat (Whiskey Face) Moran.


Picking Your Phillies Franchise Four

Franchise FourWho are the four most impactful players in Phillies history?

There’s a poll going on right now on for fans to make their selections.

There are eight names from which to choose plus an area for a write-in.  Poll ends May 8.  The eight: Ashburn, Bunning, Carlton, Klein, Roberts, Rollins, Schmidt, Utley.

Drum roll……my final four:

Michael Jack Schmidt is obviously my first pick.  He’s the greatest player ever to wear the Phillies uniform.  No brainer.

Steven Norman Carlton.  He’s the greatest pitcher. Again a no brainer.  He simply dominated and was durable.

James Calvin Rollins re-wrote many Phillies career hitting categories in his 14 year years. He and Chase are the only players of the eight not enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame.  They both have a chance.

Robin Evan Roberts was the work horse of the 1950s decade.  He never missed a turn and won 20 or more games six consecutive seasons.  Don’t know if we will ever see that from another Phillies pitcher.

My write-in candidate would have been Phillie Phanatic, the biggest, greenest and most popular Phillie.

Share your four.  Or if you prefer privacy, that’s OK. Make sure you vote.

Each team has the same contest so you can vote for more than one team.

Minor Leagues
Players of the Week (April 9-19)
Player – CF Carlos Tocci, Lakewood…Tocci, 19, earned Phillies Minor League Player of the Week honors after hitting .400 (16-40) with a HR, 5 2B, 5 BB, 9 RBI, a 1.067 OPS and 4 SB in 4 attempts for the Blue Claws… Has six multi-hit games (four two-hit games and two-three hit games)…Signed on August 23, 2011 by Jesus Mendez as an amateur free agent.

Pitcher – RHP Zach Eflin, Reading…Eflin jumped out to a hot start in the Phillies’ farm system, tossing 14 scoreless innings and allowing just seven hits and two walks while striking out seven over his first two starts with the Fightin’ Phils…The 21-year old Eflin was acquired by the Phillies in a trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers on December 19, 2014, and was originally selected by the Padres 33rd overall in the 2012 draft.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (3-9)
Lost their fifth straight, 4-3, on a pair of walks and a one-out single in the 15th inning at at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre . . . 3B Maikel Franco, 0-5 with 3 strikeouts, ending a 9-game hitting streak; hitting .347 . . . Starter Jason Berken, 5-4-2-2-2-6 . . . Hector Neris, 3-4-0-0-0-4 . . . LP: Adam Loewen (0-1), 2.1-2-1-1-5-1.
Next: RHP Severino Gonzalez (0-0, 4.63), 6:35 tonight at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Reading Fightin Phils (7-3)
Won, 9-4, over Akron. 5-run 6th inning lifted the Fightin Phils to their fifth straight win . . . CF Ramon Quin, 3-3 with 3 runs scored; included were his fifth double and eighth stolen base; hitting .425 . . . SS KC Serna, hitting second behind Quinn, 3-3 with an RBI . . . RF Aaron Altherr, a 3-run homer in the first, his first and an RBI single in the third . . .  Starter: LHP Anthony Vasquez, 5-8-4-3-1-5 . . . LHP Elvis Araujo (1-1) picked up the win with 2 scoreless relief innings.
Next: LHP Tom Windle (0-0, 1.50), 6:35 tonight vs. Akron.

Clearwater Threshers (7-5)
Got pounded by Tampa, 12-1.  4 errors contributed to 5 unearned runs out of the 12 allowed by 5 Clearwater pitchers.  INF Angelo Mora pitched the ninth inning for the losers, allowing two walks . . . DH Willians Astudillo, 3 hits, including 2 doubles . . . LP David Whitehead (1-1), 5-6-4-3-2-6, plus a WP.
Injury report: LHP Matt Imhoff placed on DL with a strained left shoulder: RHP Reinier Roibal activated.
Next: LHP Brandon Leibrandt (0-0, 2.25), 7:00 tonight vs. Tampa.
Happy Birthday: Manager Greg Legg (55).

Lakewood  (5-7)

Lost its third in a row, 8-3, at Greensboro . . . 1B Rhys Hoskins, a double and first home run . . . CF Carlos Tocci extended hitting streak to 7 games, 1-4, with 1 RBI; has 10 RBI for the season, 9 coming in his hitting streak . . . LP Elniery Garcia (1-1), 3.1-9-5-4-3-1.
Next: RHP Ricardo Pinto (0-0, 1.28), 7:00 tonight at Greensboro.

Phun Fact
The pitching staff on the 1915 NL Champion Phillies included a Cherokee Indian (Ben Tincup), one of the era’s rare Jewish players (Erskine Mayer), an off-season cartoonist (Al Demaree) and native of Scotland (George Chalmers).


Tough Trip

Phillies avoided their sixth ever 0-7 trip with Saturday’s win in Nationals Park.  Pap got a save in that one, #109 with the Phillies, four shy of Jose Mesa’s club record.  Pap already owns the Red Sox record (219).

Only offensive bright spot on the trip against the Mets and Nationals was Odubel.  The rookie batted .345.

Most losses ever by the Phillies on the road? 2-17 in 1928.  There were eight teams in the league then and the Phillies visited all of them… train.

The struggling Marlins come to Citizens Bank Park for a three-game series starting Tuesday night.  A year ago, Phillies held a 10-9 edge thanks to a 7-3 mark at home,

Minor Leagues (weekend edition)
Lehigh Valley (3-8) lost all 4 in Buffalo, including 3 over the weekend. Friday’s loss came at the hands of Randy Wolf. Domnonic Brown began his rehab on Saturday. 3B-1B Maikel Franco, 7-13, including 3 doubles; hitting .386. Jason Berken tonight at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Reading (6-3) swept a 3-game series at home against Richmond and drew 24,558, the largest 3-game series to start a home schedule in franchise history. CF Roman Quinn had a 6-game hitting streak end on Saturday. Friday he had a bunt single and a suicide bunt single and 3 steals. He’s hitting .378 in 9 games.  1B Brock Stassi, 5 hits, 6 RBI in the 3 games, including a walk-off single in Saturday’s 10-inning win. OF Aaron Altherr returned from the DL on Friday. Tom Windle tonight at home vs. Akron.
Pitching lines:
WP Aaron Nola (1-1), 6-4-0-0-1-5 on Friday.
ND Jesse Biddle, 6-5-2-2-1-8 on Saturday.
WP Zach Elfin (2-0), 8-3-0-0-1-5 on Sunday; 71 strikes out of 94 pitches. Named Eastern League Pitcher of the Week.

Clearwater (7-4) had a 4-game winning streak halted on Sunday after winning first two game against Lakeland. David Whitehead tonight vs. Tampa.
Following an 11-inning win in Jupiter on Thursday night, the bus returned to Clearwater at 3 a.m. Friday, only to play a 17-inning game that night. RF Dylan Cozens had the walk-off hit for the second straight game.   Bullpen tossed 13 scoreless innings, including the closer Cody Forsythe who threw 53 pitches in 4 shutout innings. Combined totals: 9 pitchers, 17 hits, 12 walks, 2 intentional, 35 strikeouts, 2 wild pitches, 3 balks, 29 LOB, 2-17 RISP.

Lakewood (5-6) dropped 2 of 3 in Hagerstown.  Win went to Tyler Viza (2-0), 5-4-2-2-5.  A year ago he was 3-17 at Lakewood. 19-year-old CF Carlos Tocci, 5-13; hitting .400.

Today in Phillies History
1920: Manager Gavvy Cravath hit a three-run homer as a pinch hitter for a 3-0 win over the Giants.  It was the last home run of his career, giving him 119, the most in baseball history. That distinction lasted only one season as Babe Ruth finished 1921 with 120.

Happy birthday: Tom Hutton (69).  He’s a TV broadcaster for the Marlins.

Happy Anniversary: Terry and Don Hasenmayer who celebrated their 68th on Sunday.  Don was an infielder on the Phillies in 1945-46 and who also served his country in the military during World War II.

Phun Fact
65 years ago Sunday a young announcer named Vince Scully broadcast his first major league game at Shibe Park, the Dodgers against the Phillies.  Now 88, he continues to broadcast some Dodger home games and selected road games on radio. His signature introduction: “It’s time for Dodger baseball! Hi, everybody, and a very pleasant good (day/evening) to you, wherever you may be.”

Weekend in DC

The long ball got to Cole and the offense continued its woes as the Nationals opened a four-game series with a 5-2 win last night.  They hit two homers off Cole.  A year ago, he allowed 14. So far this young season, seven.  He had gone 21 straight road starts without allowing more than three runs.

Phillies hitters were 0-5 with RISP. For the season, they are just 11-74 in this category.

Tonight, Saturday and Sunday afternoon wraps up the series.  Phillies return home Tuesday to host the Marlins in a three-game series.

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley (3-5) lost, 5-1, at Buffalo.  LP Severino Gonzalez, 5-10-5-5-1-2. 3B Maikel Franco, single, double; hitting .323. LHP Adam Morgan (0-0) tonight.

Reading was idle. RHP Aaron Nola (0-1) tonight as Fightin Phils open their home schedule against Richmond.

Clearwater (5-3) won, 3-2, in 11 innings at Jupiter on a 3B by Andrew Knapp and a game-winning single by RF Dylan Cozens.  DH Andrew Pullin, 2 hits; batting .417.  ND: Brandon Leibrandt, 6-5-2-2-1-6. WP: Mark Leiter (1-0). SV: Ulises Joaquin (3). RHP Miguel Nunez (0-0) tonight against Lakeland at Bright House Field.

Lakewood (4-4) dropped a 7-3 decision at Hagerstown. LP: Jason Taylor, 5-6-2-2-1-1. CF Carlos Tocci, 1-4, 4th steal. RHP Tyler Viza (1-0) tonight.

Today in Phillies History
1976: 3B Mike Schmidt ties major league record by hitting four consecutive home runs in defeating the Cubs in Wrigley Field, 18-16, in 10 innings.  The Phillies rallied from trailing 12-1 and 13-2, tying the NL record for the biggest comeback.  Schmidt’s homers came in the 5th, 7th, 8th and 10th innings (game winner).

Be sure to check out Alumni news, notes and photos at Peek at the Past vintage photo is a classic from spring training 100 years ago.

Phun Fact
Reliever Rheal Cormier picked up the last Phillies win at Veterans Stadium and the first win at Citizens Bank Park. Starter Claude Passeau has the distinction of getting the Phillies final win in Baker Bowl and their first win after the Phillies permanently moved to Shibe Park, both in 1938.


Nats Next

The good news after last night’s loss to the Mets: the Phillies don’t see them for another 22 days.  New York has won 15 of the last 19 games, including a three-game sweep.

Phillies leadoff hitters went into the game with a total of four hits for the season.  Odubel had two doubles and triple.  Cody also had three hits. That’s the good news.  The Phillies left 11 runners on base. 2-16 with RISP. That’s not so good news.

Cole gets the nod as the Phillies tonight, the first of a four-game series against the Nationals. He had a no-decision against them last week, allowing just one run in seven innings. He’s pitched well against them in his career.  That’s the good news. The not so good news, the Nats will start four tough right-handers in the series.

Since Nationals Park opened in 2008, the Phillies re 32-32 there.

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley (3-4) won its 3rd game in the last 4, 8-5, over Syracuse.  No decision for Chad Billingsley, 5-2-0-0-2-3; 73 pitches.  3B Maikel Franco, 2 hits, including a two-run triple; extended hitting streak to 5 games.  Severino Gonzalez starts tonight in Buffalo, the start of a 7-game road trip.

Reading (3-3) ended a 2-game losing streak in New Hampshire with a 4-1 in the series and road trip finale.  LHP Anthony Vasquez, in his first start, was the winner, 5-3-0-0-1-4.  1st save for Stephen Shackleford.  CF Ramon Quinn, 2 hits, RBI, SB; leads league in hitting (.478), runs (9), triples (2), steals (4) in 6 games.  Day off today.  First home game on Friday night; Aaron Nola will start.

Clearwater (4-3) erupted for 7 runs in the top of the ninth and pulled out a 7-4 win in Jupiter. The big inning featured 6 singles, a double, hit batter, balk and sacrifice fly.  CF Aaron Brown started the inning with a single and ended it with a 2-out, 2-run double.  He was out trying to score on a weird 9-4-2-1-2 play.  LF Andrew Pullin had 3 hits; batting .421. No decision: David Whitehead, 6-7-1-1-2-4. SV: Ulises Joaquin (2). Brandon Leibrandt starts tonight, the series and road trip finale in Jupiter.

Lakewood (4-3) had a 2-game winning streak end when Greensboro scored 5 in the ninth, 7-2, in the final game of a 7-game homestand. No decision: Ricardo Pinto, 7-9-2-2-1-10.  CF Carlos Tocci, 3rd straight 2-hit game; leads league in hits (11), RBI (8); .407 average is 4th.  First road trip begins tonight in Hagerstown.  Josh Taylor starts.

Today in Phillies History
1972: RHP Burt Hotton of the Cubs pitches a no-hitter against the Phillies in Wrigley Field. Six years later on the same date, RHP Bob Forsch of the Cardinals no-hits the Phillies in St. Louis.

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Happy birthday: RHP Jim Lonborg (73).

Phun Fact
Chase has hit two home runs in a game 21 times.  He’s tied with Joe Gordon for second place among all second basemen.  The leader? Ryne Sandberg, 24.

In the 2009 World Series, Chase hit two homers in a game, twice, a record for a second baseman.

4 HR, But A Loss

Philadelphia Phillies v New York Mets
Electricity filled the City Field air as Harvey made his first start at home following Tommy John surgery.  First pitch was a strike and the crowd roared.  Two strikeouts and a two-strike count on Chase had the fans in a tizzy.  Chase hit the next pitch for a home run.  Total silence.

Harvey hadn’t allowed a home run in 61 innings, the longest running streak in the majors.  Utley hadn’t homered in 197 plate appearances, his longest dry spell. Later Chase hit his second homer (8th inning), the 21st time he’s done that. He was on base four times.

After hitting two homers in their first seven games, the Phillies unloaded for four only to suffer a 6-5 loss to the Mets, who have won 15 of the last 21 meetings between the two clubs. Frenchy hit the Phillies fourth in the top of the ninth.

The game featured two homers (Chase/Cody) off Harvey for only the second time in his career, a double off him by Buchanan, four hit batters (two for each team), a warning for both teams, a challenge that wasn’t allowed, a challenge that was and the ejection of the Mets manager when Howard was given first base because his bat hit the catcher’s mitt.

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley (2-4) edged Pawtucket, 6-5, scoring the winning run in the last of the eighth when Brian Bogusevic scored on a catcher’s throwing error while stealing third base.  WP: Hector Neris (1-1). SV: Colton Murray (1). 3B Maikel Franco, 1st HR. 1B Russ Canzler, 3 hits.  Starter Joely Rodriguez:  5-6-4-4-3-1.  Chad Billingsley in 10:35 a.m. game today.  IronPigs leave for Buffalo after the game.

Reading (2-3) lost when C Jack Murphy hit a two-run homer off Nefi Ogando in the bottom of the ninth, 5-4, at New Hampshire. CF Roman Quinn, 3 hits, 2 steals; batting .450. 3B Gustavo Pierre, 1st HR.  Starter Ben Lively: 6-5-3-3-2-3; all runs in first two innings.  Anthony Vasquez in 10:35 a.m. game today.  Fightin Phils return home after the game for their home opener on Friday.

Clearwater (3-3) won, 6-1, at Jupiter.  Matt Imhoff (1-1) picked up the win, 5-4-1-0-3-2. C Willians Astudillo, 1st HR.  DH Andrew Knapp, 2 his; .346 average. David Whitehead tonight in Jupiter.

Lakewood (4-2) coasted to a 9-1 win over Greensboro.  WP Elniery Garcia (1-0): 6-4-1-0-1-4. CF Carlos Tocci, 2B, grand slam HR; hitting .391.  Richard Pinto in 11:05 a.m. game today vs. Greensboro, last game of the homestand.

Today in Phillies History
1985: Mike Schmidt plays in his 1,795th game to break the club record held by Richie Ashburn.

2004: Four-run eighth inning lifts the Phillies to a 6-4 win over the Reds, their first victory in Citizens Bank Park.  LHP Rheal Cormier is the winner; save for LHP Billy Wagner.  Homers by 3B David Bell and C Mike Lieberthal.

Phun Fact
Rookie manager Pat Moran brought in eight new players including starters at second base, shortstop and left field prior to the 1915 season.  Bobby Byrne, the incumbent second baseman, moved to third base giving the team different players at three infield positions.

Hard-throwing Harvey Next


Shut out twice in seven games, including 2-0 yesterday in New York. So, what is next for the Phillies?  Only Matt Harvey tonight, a flame-throwing righty who is 4-0 with a skimpy 1.08 ERA against the Phillies.  Well, time for the bats to come alive.

Ben’s turning into a quality left fielder.  Dynamic throw on Sunday to cut down a runner at home plate and a flat out sensational catcher yesterday when he laid flat out to rob Ganderson of a hit.

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley (1-4) lost, 5-4, to Syracuse on a 2-run 9th off Cesar Jimenez.  Starter Paul Clemens: 6-4-3-2-1-2.  1B Russ Canzler, 1st HR. LH Joely Rodriquez tonight vs. Syracuse.

Reading (2-2) also lost by one run, 4-3, at New Hampshire. Reliever Elvis Araujo was tagged for 3 runs in the 8th.  Starter Tom Windle: 6-9-1-1-1-4. CF Roman Quinn, 1B, 2B, 3B.  RF Brian Pointer, 1st HR.  Ben Lively tonight in NH.

Clearwater (2-3) dropped an 8-1 decision at Jupiter.  RF Domonic Brown, 2-3, RBI. Matt Imhoff tonight in Jupiter.

Lakewood (3-2) defeated Greensboro, 4-1. WP Chris Oliver (1-0), 5-5-1-1-2-5. CF Carlos Tocci, 2 hits, 3 RBI; hitting .389.  Elniery Garcia tonight vs. Greensboro.

Today in Phillies History

1915: Phillies open season with win over defending World Series champion Braves in Boston. 28-year-old RH Grover Cleveland Alexander was the winner, first of 31 league-leading wins that season. Details of the victory will be posted on later today.

2013: RHP Roy Halladay earns his 200th career win, 2-1, over the Marlins in Miami.

Peter Edward Rose turns 74 today.

Phun Fact

Chris Short
LHP Chris Short was the winning pitcher in the last game at the Polo Grounds against the New York Mets in 1963.  Two years later he won the first game in the Astrodome.



Weekend Review


Pap’s save on Friday night was his 55th at Citizens Bank Park, one more than Brad Lidge.  There should be a * attached to the 55 as four came when he was pitching for the Red Sox.

Cole had a no-decision on Saturday; had a career-high 12 a year ago.

Herrera’s first major league hit was a walk-off double on Saturday. He is the first Phillie to have a walk-off as his first ML hit since 1B John Bolling on June 10, 1939 (GM 1) versus the St. Louis Cardinals (RBI double in bottom of the 9th)

Two wild pitches led to two Nationals runs in the 4-3, 10-inning loss on Sunday.  A win would have the Phillies two over .500 for the first time since October 1, 2012. Ruf had tied the game at 2-all with his first career pinch-hit home run.

By Land
Phillies bussed to New York after yesterday’s game, will take AMTRAK on Wednesday night to Washington, DC, and the train again in returning home on Sunday.

Vs. Mets
Of all NL teams, New York had the best record against the Phillies a year ago, 13-6, including 5-4 at Citi Field where the Phillies hold a 30-25 edge.

Minor Leagues (weekend report)
*Lehigh Valley ended a 3-game losing streak to Pawtucket with a wild, 7-6, 16-inning win on Sunday. Red Sox scored 1 in the top of the 9th to tie; each team scored a run in the 13th; Red Sox went ahead in the 16th with a run off LF-1B-3B-DH Russ Canzler making his second minor league appearance as a pitcher; LV won with 2 in their at-bat on five walks and a wild pitch by OF Quintin Berry, a former Phillies farmhand. Canzler got the win; a position player picked up LV’s first win.  He gave up a go-ahead hit to Berry in the 16th and drew the walk-off bases-loaded walk off Berry in the bottom of the inning.
Pitching lines:
Friday: Chad Billingsley, 3.1-4-3-3-2-4; 58 pitchers
Saturday: Severino Gonzalez, 6.2-4-3-1-1-4; no decision in a 13-inning loss.
Sunday: Adam Morgan, 4-6-2-2-3-4, his first start in a year.
Next: RHP Paul Clemens vs. Syracuse, 7:05 tonight.

*Reading won last 2 after a loss in Portland. 1B Brock Stassi, homered in each win. CF Roman Quinn hit his first AA HR. Thursday and Friday games were postponed; season began with a DH on Saturday.
Pitching lines:
Saturday, Gm 1, LP Aaron Nola (0-1), 4.2-5-4-4-1-2, 3 HBP; gave up a 3-run HR in first inning.
Saturday, Gm 2, WP Jesse Biddle (1-0), 5-2-0-0-2-4.
Sunday, WP Zach Elfin (1-0), 6-4-0-0-1-2; 10 ground ball outs.
Next: LHP Tom Windle at New Hampshire, 6:35 tonight.

*Clearwater won 2 of 3 vs. Dunedin.  RF Domonic Brown had a 2B, HR, on Sunday. C Andrew Knapp hitting .412 in first 4 games with 3 multi-hit games.
Pitching lines:
Friday: WP David Whitehead (1-0), 6-4-0-0-1-8.
Saturday: Brandon Leibrandt (1-0), 6-6-1-1-2-2; 2 pick offs; no decision in a 2-1, 11-inning win.
Next: RHP Kevin Colin at Jupiter, 6:35 tonight.

*Lakewood dropped 2 of 3 against Kannapolis. Homers by DH Damek Tomscha and RF Herlis Rodiguez.
Pitching lines:
Friday, Josh Taylor, 5-7-1-1-0-7; no decision in a 4-3, 12-inning loss.
Saturday, WP Tyler Viza (1-0), 6-7-3-3-1-2.
Next: RHP Chris Oliver vs. Greensboro, 6:35 tonight.

Today in Phillies History
1955: Robin Roberts losses no-hitter on Alvin Dark’s single with one out in the ninth inning in the season opener at Connie Mack Stadium.  Robbie prevails, 4-2, over the Giants. Richie Ashburn, injured late in spring training, sees club record consecutive game playing streak end at 730 games.

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Birthdays: OF Wes Chamberlain (49), RHP Mark Leiter (52), RHP Jeff Bittiger (53).

Phun Fact
Three members of the 1915 Phillies wound up as Hall of Famers, RHP Grover Cleveland Alexander (1938), LHP Eppa Rixey (1963) and SS Davey Bancroft (1971).  Latter two earned their credentials primarily with other teams.


Boston Takes Series

Buchanan walked only two in 21 spring training innings but last night he struggled with his command, walking four in three innings.  With two out and no one on base, Boston scored six times in the third inning (2 walks, 3 hits, 1 error) and coasted to a 6-2 win last night. In the last 13 series at Citizens Bank Park, the Red Sox have won 10.

Buchanan entered the game not allowing more than three runs in 16 consecutive starts.
Five Phillies pitchers threw a total of 203 pitches, 112 for strikeouts. Phillies hitters, seven singles.

Masterson got lit up by the Phillies in spring training but dominated last night and collected a career-high two hits and second RBI of his career.

Nats Next
Washington comes to town for the first weekend series of the season.  Phillies had a 10-9 edge last year, 6-3 at home.  Many experts pick the Nationals to go all the way this season.  Jayson Werth is recuperating from January shoulder surgery and began a minor league rehab last night.

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley lost, 4-0, to Pawtucket, getting 7 singles.  LP Joely Rodriguez, 4-4-2-2-4-3.   Chad Billingsley starts tonight vs. Pawtucket.

Reading was snowed out in Portland, ME.  Aaron Nola scheduled to start tonight.

Clearwater lost to Dunedin, 5-2. Domonic Brown began rehab assignment, 0-2, 2 SO.  LP Matt Imhoff, 5-4-2-2-1-0. C Andrew Knapp, 3 hits.  Clearwater turned a 5-4-3 triple play in the 4th inning. David Whitehead tonight at Dunedin.

Lakewood won, 2-1, over Kannapolis on a walk-off hit by CF Carlos Tocci, who had 3 of the BlueClaws 4 hits.  Starter Ricardo Pinto, 6-3-0-0-2-2.  Josh Taylor tonight vs. Kannapolis.

This Date in Phillies History
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Phun Fact
1915 season included 20 postponements and 22 double-headers (8-5-9).

Our deepest sympathy is extended to Gloria Hochman and her daughter, Andee, on the passing of Stan Hochman yesterday. Mr. Hochman was  one of many great journalists in this city.  He was one of the most dedicated, talented and respected writers I’ve had the pleasure to deal with over 50 years.  Always a gentleman. RIP, Stan.  We will miss you.


Vets Come Through


Veterans came through for the Phillies on a numbing, weather-wise, Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park, a 4-2 win over the Red Sox.

Harang won his first game with the Phillies to improve to 6-1 at Citizens Bank Park with 6.1 shutout innings, Francoeur staked the Phillies to a 3-0 lead with his first home run in the majors since June 16, 2013, Utley climbed in some all-time hitting categories for the Phillies and Papelbon picked up a 4-out save, something he didn’t do a year ago. All were only one inning saves.

Francoeur entered the game with a home run and three RBI against Porcello and he matched that in the sixth inning.

Utley’s sacrifice fly produced the fourth run, giving him 877 career RBI tying him with his long-time partner, Jimmy Rollins, for fifth place on the all-time list.  It was Chase’s 61st SF, second most in Phillies history.  Mike Schmidt has a commanding lead with 108.
And, Chase moved into 9th place in at-bats, 5,506, passing Sherry Magee. Granny Hamner (5,771) and Tony Taylor (5,799) are within Chase’s sight this season. J-Roll leads, 8,626.

Series Finale
David Buchanan is making his first ever start against Boston tonight.  Boston will counter with Justin Masterson, whom the Phillies crushed (6 runs, 3.1 innings) on March 15 in a spring training game at Bright House Field.

Two teams will end interleague play in Fenway Park on a September 4-5-6 weekend.

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley, Reading, Clearwater and Lakewood begin their respective seasons tonight.

Meanwhile at Carpenter Complex, it is day #1 for 55 players in extended spring training, including 22 Hispanic players from the Dominican Republic spring camp.  In addition, injured players remaining in Clearwater on the rehab program continue their daily routines under Joe Rauch, minor league athletic training and rehabilitation coordinator and Jason Meredith, minor league strength and conditioning coordinator.

Mario Hollands underwent Tommy John surgery Wednesday.  He’ll soon be in Clearwater spending time in the rehab program.  Recovery usually takes a year.

Today in Phillies History
1913: Phillies win first game played in Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field, 1-0, over the Dodgers in 1 hour, 30 minutes.

1915: Phillies lost to the Philadelphia Athletics, 4-2, at Shibe Park in game #3 of a 4-game City Series.

Phun Fact
Tonight the Phillies are saluting the 1915 Phillies who won the franchise’s first pennant and then lost the World Series, 4-1, to the Boston Red Sox.  Instead of baseball numbers here are some other interesting numbers from 100 years ago:

US Population, 100,546,000
Unemployment, 8.5%
Average income, $1,076.00
DOW Average, 99.15
New home (median price), $4,800.00
New Car, $500.00
Gallon gas, 8 cents
First class stamp, 2 cents
Bread, 7 cents
Coffee, pound, 30 cents
Butter, pound, 36 cents
Dozen eggs, 34 cents
Milk, quart, 9 cents




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