Nightmare Inning

Everybody has a nightmare from time to time.

Kyle, making his first appearance on the mound after nine days, had one lat night.  It all started with a four-pitch walk and was followed by a Sac-E 1, SF, HB, WP, I-BB, SF, I-BB, 1b.  It ended with a three-run 12th that pinned a loss on the Phillies, the sixth straight series in which they’ve dropped the first game.

The offense had its second straight game of low octane.  The first two runs were error-aided.  From the fifth inning through the 11th, they had just three hits, two by pinch-hitters. Orr had one of the pinch hits, a game-tying single in the last of the ninth. 

Phillies pinch hitters are the hottest commodity in the league, 12-for-22 . . . Phillies have out-scored their enemy, 16-0, in the first inning . . . Friday’s game from San Diego has been moved from Comcast SportsNet to the Comcast Network because of the Flyers playoff game . . . Brewers rookie manager Ron Roenicke played for the Phillies in 1986-87 . . . Art Mahaffey will throw out the first ball on Wednesday.  It was 50 years ago (April 23, 1961) that he struck out 17 Cubs, a Phillies record that still stands.  He threw 146 pitches in that game at Connie Mack Stadium, 98 for strikes. 

Down On The Farm
RF Brandon Moss hit a 3-run homer to give Lehigh Valley a 5-3 win and a split of a DH with second-place SWB.  3B Ronnie Belliard and RF Delwyn Young homered in the opening game loss . . . RHR Phillippe Aumont allowed his first runs of the season, four unearned in the top of the ninth as Reading committed four errors during the inning and lost to Erie, 5-1; SS Freddy Galvis was ejected during the nightmare ninth . . . 3B Travis Mattair had his third 3-RBI game in the last four as Clearwater defeated Daytona, 7-4; RHR Justin Friend recorded his fifth save . . . Lakewood had four hits and struck out 18 times in losing, 1-0, at Hagerstown . . . Domonic Brown went 2-3 with a run scored in an extended spring training game at Carpenter Complex against the Yankees, his first game action. Extended spring training does not count as a rehab assignment, which will come later for the young outfielder.

Player of the Week:  DH-1B Joe Savery, Clearwater. Hit .550 in 11 games (22-for-40), with 4 doubles, 1 homer, 4 RBI and a .725 slugging percentage.  Easily led organization in hits and average.  First 5 games were multi-hit games, 4-2-4-2-2. Added 3 more 2-hits games along the way.  After spending the first four pro seasons as a LHP (28-31, 4.29), the 25-year-old has made the transition to an everyday player.  He was a two-way player at Rice University. In 68 collegiate games, he hit .355.  Last year at AAA, he batted .348 in 23 games.  Savery was the Phillies No. 1 selection in the 2007 draft.

Pitcher of the Week: RHR Phillippe Aumont, Reading, 0-0, 1 save, 4 appearances, 5.1 innings, 1 walk, 8 strikeouts. He faced 18 hitters are retired 17, including the last 14 (7 on strikeouts).  The 22-year-old was a starter/reliever last year at Reading and Clearwater (3-11).  He returned to the bullpen this spring.  He came to the Phillies in
the Cliff Lee trade with Seattle in December 2009.  Aumont was the Mariners No. 1 selection in the 2007 draft.

This Date In Phillies History
1900—Phillies beat Boston, 19-17, in 10 innings, a major league record for most runs by two teams on opening day, a record that still stands.  Boston sent the game into extra innings by scoring nine in the ninth.

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