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.


On To DC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reading: C Rene Garcia reinstated from DL.

Extended: RHP Luis Benitez, released.

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

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



Howard Hits Bomb


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

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

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

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

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

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

Reading Fightin Phils (20-18)

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

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

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

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

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

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


Streak Halted

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Hamels, Phillies On A roll


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Lots of Firsts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


D-Backs for Weekend


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Clearwater: C Jose Mayorga moved to Lakewood.

Lakewood: C Chace Numata moved to Clearwater.

Today In Phillies History
1989: One of the most exciting finishes in Vet history.  After 11 scoreless innings, San Francisco scores two in the top of the 12th.  With two out and two runners on base in the bottom of the 12th, RF Bob Dernier hits a three-run, game-winning, inside-the-park home run to left field, 3-2.

For more great moments the next two dates, see

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



BIG Assist


Save: Papelbon.  Assist: Francoeur.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Unpleasant Pattern

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Today in Phillies History

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1954: RHP Robin Roberts allows a lead-off home run to Bobby Adams and then retires next 27 Cincinnati hitters in order as the Phillies beat the Reds, 8-1, at Connie Mack Stadium.

1958: RHP Robin Roberts sets club record with his 191st win, 5-2, over Milwaukee at Connie Mack Stadium.  RHP Grover Cleveland Alexander, previous record holder, won his 190th game in 1917.

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





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