Good-bye Nats, memorable HRs in Lehigh Valley

Relax. Take a deep breath. Smile.

After 12 of the Phillies first 35 games were against the Nationals, they won’t see them again until September 7, game #140. The Phillies battled the Nationals in the four series, going 5–7 against the best offensive team in the league. Ten of the games were decided by two runs or less. There were five walk-off wins and a Sunday day-night doubleheader in which each team won a one-run game.

Trailing 3–1 in the top of the ninth inning, the Phillies rallied to win 4–3 on Ty Kelly’s RBI single. According to the Elias Sports Bureau: Philadelphia hadn’t overcome a multi-run final-inning deficit to win a nine-inning road game since April 24, 2009 against the Marlins. The Nats won the second game, 6–5, on a two-run homer in the eighth inning that hit the left field foul pole, the first runs Pat Neshek has given up this season.

The Phillies have lost 21 games, 13 coming from the Nationals, Dodgers and Cubs.

Next is interleague play. Following Sunday’s doubleheader the Phillies flew to Arlington, TX. Three games against the Rangers start Tuesday night. Who’ll be the Phillies DH?

Zeroing In 
Phillies area scouts will begin meeting Tuesday at Citizens Bank Park in preparation for the June 12–13–14 summer draft. Johnny Almaraz, Director of Amateur Scouting, will oversee the three-day meeting in which scouts will present the top players in their areas.

The Phillies will have the eighth selection in the first round. Final preparations will begin June 5, again at CBP.

Down on the farm 
Lehigh Valley, International League North Division, 1st place
IronPigs (23–13) won a double-header from Buffalo, stretching their winning streak to a franchise-high nine games. Perfect homestand, 7–0.

Game 1: RH Tom Eshelman (2–0) had a no-hitter through 5 innings in the 7–2 win, 7–5–2–0–1–2; retired the first 11 batters, 65 strikes, 29 balls, threw 76 fastballs (88–91 on radar) . . . 1B Rhys Hoskins, who lost his mother to breast cancer in 2009, homered in the 1st inning (#9). “I kind of had to chuckle to myself like, ‘Of course, the watchful eye of a mother, she’s watching over her children.’ It’s kind of indescribable but definitely something I’ll always remember.” RF Dylan Cozens (photo above) hit the longest home run in pro ball this season according to ESPN HR Tracker and longest in history of Coca-Cola Park, 469 feet over the batter’s eye in dead centerfield. It came in the 5th inning, also #9. He and Hoskins each have 28 RBI.

Game 2: WP Jake Thompson (2–3), Michael Mariot and Pedro Beato (SV, 9) combined in a 1–0 shutout. Thompson, 5–2–0–0–1–4 . . . After the game, the Pigs bussed to Rochester and the start of a 7-game road trip in western New York . . . Aaron Nola makes his 2nd rehab start, 7:05 tonight.

Reading, Eastern League East Division, tied for 2nd place 
Fightin Phils (19–13) edged Portland, 2–1, as Drew Anderson had a no-hitter for 6.1 innings before yielding a game-tying home run, 7–1–1–1–0–7. At one point, he retired 13 consecutive batters; 67 strikes, 27 balls, 68 fastballs (90–96 on radar). WP: Jesen Therrien (1–1), 2–1–0–0–0–3, stretching his scoreless streak to 14.1 innings; threw 15 sliders, 9 fastballs (90–94 on radar) . . . 2B Scott Kingery hit an opposite field home run on the second pitch in B1. LF Andrew Pullin had 3 hits, including an 8th-inning single to drive in the decisive run . . . No game today as they bus to Erie.

Clearwater, Florida State League North Division, 1st place 
Threshers (22–15) were idle . . . Jose Taveras (4–1), 6:35 tonight in Ft, Myers.

Lakewood, South Atlantic League North Division, tied for 2nd place 
BlueClaws (21–15) lost, 5–3, to Columbia . . . ND: Bailey Falter, 7–6–4–4–0–7; LP: Zach Morris (2–2) . . . 2 hits each for 2B Dan Brito, C Edgar Cabral and 3B. Luke Williams . . . Felix Paulino (1–2) and Nick Fanti (2–0), 5:05 DH tonight vs. Columbia.

This Date 
May 15, 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.

May 15, 2013 — Jimmy Rollins collects his 433rd double to surpass Ed Delahanty for the most in Phillies history.

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