Weekend notes…or a brief record of facts
Quality starting pitching (1.89 ERA) set the tone for the three-game sweep of the Braves that perched the Phillies on the 9–9 rung. The offense produced three come-from-behind wins: seventh, 10th and eighth innings.
Jeremy Hellickson began with a Friday night, 2 runs in 7 innings. His 21 outs: 14 fly balls, 5 strikeouts, 2 ground balls. He leads all NL pitchers with a 0.71 WHIP.
Jerad Eickhoff struggled through five innings Saturday night with command issues but gave up just one run. Trailing by a run in the 10th, Maikel Franco (phooto) came through with a two-run, two-out, walk-off single. It was their first WO hit that turned a deficit into a W in the 10th inning or later since Pat Burrell hit a two-run homer off the Giants’ Brian Wilson, May 2, 2008. (Elias Sports Bureau).
Odubel Herrera made a brilliant running catch in the seventh inning. According to Statcast research, he covered 89 feet from start to finish in 4.6 seconds.
Zach Eflin was outstanding on Sunday, 1 run, 7 innings. Tied, 1–1 in the eighth inning, Cesar Hernandez, Aaron Altherr and Herrera slugged three consecutive home runs for the eighth time in club history. Last was June 13, 2008 in St. Louis, first inning, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Pat Burrell. Other time at Citizens Bank Park, May 18, 2004 vs. LAD, fourth inning, Bobby Abreu, Burrell and Jim Thome.
Aaron Altherr has scored a run in seven straight games. Club record is 15, Lenny Dykstra, 1993.
Minor League Weekend Report
LHR Joey DeNato joined Reading from extended spring training on Friday and wound up as the winning pitcher in a game that included a 1-hour, 50-minute rain delay in Richmond.
RHS Adonis Medina (Lakewood) struck out a career-high 10 in a 7-inning no decision on Friday night in West Virginia. He’s the fourth pitcher in the Phillies minor league system with 10 or more strikeouts this young season. That’s the most in all of the minors.
Eleven starting pitchers over the weekend compiled a 1.65 ERA with 53 strikeouts in 60.1 innings.
Clearwater lost its first series of the season. The Threshers and Florida combine for 35 strikeouts in Saturday’s 11-inning game. Clearwater hitters fanned 20 times.
Clearwater’s pitching staff has a 2.09 ERA, lowest in the minors. Lakewood (2.60) is second in the SAL. Lehigh Valley (3.14) is third in the IL.
Lehigh Valley had a six-run first inning on Saturday that began with four consecutive walks by Toledo’s starter. The six runs came on five total walks, three errors, a sacrifice fly and one single.
Lehigh Valley, International League North Division
IronPigs (9–8) won 2 of 3 from Toledo . . . 1B Rhys Hoskins has reached base in 16 straight games. Only time he didn’t was opening day . . . C Jorge Alfaro, 4–8, weekend with 2nd HR . . . RHS Jake Thompson, who had allowed 16 runs in 16.1 innings in losing his first 3 starts, picked up his 1st W on Sunday, 7–3–0–0–0–7; retired 1st 15 . . . Next game: Tuesday night in Columbus.
Reading, Eastern League East Division
Fightin Phils (2–7) won 2 and had a rain out in Richmond, holding the Flying Squirrels scoreless over the last 15.2 innings . . . 2B Scott Kingery, 3 hits, 4 runs, HR (5), 3 BB, 2 SB weekend; tied for most HR among all double-A players; second in runs (1. LF Andrew Pullin, 6–10, 2 doubles; hitting .362; leads EL with 8 doubles . . . Reading leads EL in HR (18) . . . Brandon Leibrandt (1–0), 6:30 tonight in Harrisburg.
Clearwater, Florida State League North Division
Threshers (12–6) dropped 2 of 3 to the Florida Fire Frogs . . . Threshers lead FSL in home runs (16) . . . Next game: Tuesday in Tampa.
Lakewood, South Atlantic League North Division
BlueClaws (10–8) won 2 of 3 in West Virginia . . . 1–0 W on Friday night on a 1st pitch HR in T9 by 1B Danny Zardon, 1st of season . . . LF Bailey Falter (0–0), 7:05 tonight in Delmarva.
April 24, 2003–2B Chase Utley gets first hit in the majors, a third-inning grand slam during a 9–1 win over the Rockies at Veterans Stadium.
Happy 90th birthday today to former Phillies manager Frank Lucchesi, winner of the final game at Connie Mack Stadium and first game at Veterans Stadium.
ICYMI: Ryan Howard made his debut with the AAA Gwinnett Braves on Saturday night, RBI 1B, 1B, HBP, I-BB. Braves were rained out Sunday.