April 2012

Chooch & Charities

All-Star voting is here.  Fans can vote right here on phillies.com.

You name the position and the Phillies have had someone there over the last 10 years, first base, second base, shortstop, third base, three outfield positions, a closer and plenty of starting pitching.

Doesn’t take a genius to figure out what is missing….a catcher.   Folks, it is time to end that drought.  VOTE for Carlos Ruiz.  Oh, just don’t vote for him because he hasn’t been there.  Vote because he deserves it.  Timely hitting, durability, handling a pitching staff, defense, leadership….each is of All-Star caliber.

Oh, toss in the fact he’s hitting .302 this season.

Is Chooch one of the best catchers in Phillies history?  Don’t believe there’s any doubt.  So, he deserves to join other Phillies catchers who have played in All-Star games:

Jimmy Wilson (1935)
Andy Seminick (1949)
Smoky Burgess (1954)
Stan Lopata (1955-56)
Bob Boone (1976, 1978-79)
Ozzie Virgil (1985)
Lance Parrish (1988)
Darren Daulton (1992-93, 1995)
Mike Lieberthal (1999-2000)

Phillies In the Community
Once again, the players are pitching in in the community. Ten players involved in charitable ticket programs.

Returning programs:
**Chase’s Champs – CHOP and St. Christopher’s Hospital.
**J-Roll’s Aces – disadvantaged students excelling in classroom.
**Doc’s Box — a variety of children’s charities.
**Hamels Heroes – military/veterans.
**Lee’s VIP’s – changed program to cover former Lidge’s Legion’s CHOP ticket donation and a few additional children’s charities.
**Flyin’ Hawaiian All-Stars — a variety of children’s charities.

New programs:
**Chooch’s Chicos — local Latino organizations (former Romero’s Rookies).
**Papelbon’s Pen – foster/orphaned children’s groups.
**Charlie Manuel (name TBA) – homeless teens (Covenant House Pennsylvania).
**Howard (name TBA) – PAL of Philadelphia.

In addition eight players will be hosting charitable events:
April 29–Chooch bowling event – Get in the Game
May 10–Utley All-Stars
May 31–Pence Let’s Go Eat Food and Fun Set
June 18–Victorino Fashion Show
July 19–Howard Celebrity Waiters event
August 9–Rollins Basebowl event
August 27–Hamels Diamonds and Denim event
Sept 6–Halladay Family Foundation Fundraiser

Down On The Farm
**Lehigh Valley was at home but was the visiting team against Scranton Wilkes-Barre.  SWB’s ballpark is under renovation construction.  Every game SWB plays will be on the road.  They will be the home team in five IL cities, including Allentown.  LV won, 6-4, as C Eric Kratz hit his second homer and OF Domonic Brown drove in two runs.  Dave Bush (2-2) was the winner, 1 runs, 6 innings.  Third save for Jacob Diekman but it wasn’t a cake walk: single, double putting the tying run on second base and no out; strikeout, strikeout, grounder to first.

**Reading dropped a 2-1 decision to Richmond.  No decision for David Buchanan, 1 run, 6 innings.

**Clearwater won 5-3 in 10 innings over Daytona on RF Anthony Hewitt’s homer (#2).  RHR Lisalverto Bonilla blew a save by allowing a run on 1 hits 2 innings.  He fanned 5.

**Lakewood lost to Ashville for the second straight night by the same score, 4-3. Stolen bases by CF Gauntlett Eldemire (#12), RF Kyrell Hudson (9) and DH Aaron Altherr (8).

On The Air
Phillies Alumni are sprinkled throughout the baseball universe as broadcasters.  Check it out on www.phillies.com/alumni.

(PLEASE NOTE:  Phillies Insider will take a short break and will return May 2).

Phillies Salvage 5-5 Trip

What seemed like mission impossible at one point, the Phillies salvaged a 5-5 road trip out west, their longest journey of the season.  It was the first series win for them on the road.

Cole did the job yesterday afternoon on the mound and in the batter’s box.  Except for one game on the trip, the starting pitching has been outstanding.  Cole’s walked just three in four starts this season, while piling up 30 strikeouts. 

The five-run ninth inning two games ago seemed to get the offense clicking.   Seven different batters produced a 13-hit attack.  A crooked number (five runs) in the sixth inning put the game away.  J-Roll had a tough trip at bat and didn’t start yesterday.  Some pitchers will pay because you know Jimmy will get rolling.

Day off today and then the Cubs for four days starting Friday night.  Then, back on the road, Atlanta and Washington as the Phillies return to NL east action.

Cubs Report
Two Alumni are with the Cubs, manager Dale Sveum and RHP Lendy Castillo, who was taken by Chicago in the Rule 5 draft last winter.

Sveum, an infielder, played 54 games in the Phillies pinstriped uniform in 1992 and hit .178.  He was acquired from Milwaukee for Bruce Ruffin during the 1991 winter meetings and sent to the White Sox for Keith Shepherd, August 0, 1992.

Hitting: .235 (11th in NL)
Home runs: 7 (16th)
ERA: 4.37 (14th)
Saves: 1 (tied for 15th)
Fielding percentage: .977 (14th)

Down On The Farm
**Lehigh Valley took a 12-1 pounding from Buffalo.  RHS Scott Elarton was tagged for 10 runs in 3.2 innings.

**Reading blanked Richmond, 1-0.  RHS Trevor May (4-0), 1 hit, 6 innings, 2 walks, 7 strikeouts.  RHR Tyson Brummett picked up his first save.

**Clearwater’s three-game winning streak ended, 6-4, by Daytona. RHS Brody Colvin (0-2), 5 runs in 4.1 innings.

**Lakewood was nipped by Asheville, 4-3, in 10 innings, getting only 5 hits.

April 26, 1980—LHP Steve Carlton sets modern NL record with sixth one-hitter, 7-0, over St. Louis.  Lone hit was by Ted Simmons, a lead-off single in the second inning.

Phillies first game was played 129 years ago on May 1.  Read about that first game and how the game was different in 1883.

Crooked Numbers

When an offense is producing the second fewest runs in MLB, a lot of numbers pop up, mostly unattractive.

Well, here’s more.  Crooked-numbered innings.  Or, in other words, scoring more than one run in an inning.  Last night the Phillies had a four-run and three-run inning, crooked numbers.  It marked the second time they’ve done that in a game this season, the other being April 15, a two and five-run inning.  On this 10-game trip, they have 68 innings of zero runs.

It also was the fourth time they’ve scored run in three innings of a game.

Wigginton continues to swing the bat well, Pence got back in the lineup quickly and produced, Nix came out of his early-season spin and Orr drove in three runs, a first in his big league career. 

Now, the rubber game of the series with Cole on the mound.  Then, a flight home and a day off at home.  Last time the Phillies didn’t have a game was April 10.

Down On The Farm
Lehigh Valley won, 4-3, in 11 innings over Buffalo on CF Scott Podsednik’s walk-off single. 

**Reading was a 6-0 winner over Richmond, RHS Tyler Cloyd (3-0), 7 innings, 5 hits, 0 walks, 5 strikeouts.  1B Darin Ruf homered (#2) and boosted average to .400.

**Clearwater was held to no hits through eight innings (perfect game until a led off walk in the 7th) but LF D’Arby Myers doubled in the ninth and scored on CF Peter Lavin’s single for a 1-0 win over Brevard County.  Threshers’ third straight win.

**Lakewood won, 10-9, over Asheville with 3B Maikel Franco’s 8th-inning triple driving in the winning run.

Players of the Week (April 5-15)
**Pitcher:  RH Brody Colvin, Clearwater.  Was 0-0, 0.00 ERA for one start, 6 innings, 2 hits, 0 walks, 6 strikeouts Tuesday at Tampa.  He had two 3-ball accounts and averaged 93 mph.  Pitching coach Dave Lundquist’s post-game remarks: “Best I’ve ever seen him pitch.”  For the season, 0-1, 2.81 ERA, 3 starts.  The 21-year-old was selected in the 7th round in 2009 and signed by Mike Stauffer.

**Player:  1B Darin Ruf, Reading. Hit .429 in 5 games, with organization-high 7 runs and 9 hits, including 3 doubles, giving him a club-high 6 for the season).  He hit safely in 4 of 5 games, including a 5-for-5 night.  For the season, the right-handed hitter is batting .393, second in the EL.  The 25-year-old was a 20th round selection in 2009 out of Creighton University and signed by Dave Seifert.

Alumni Views
A state trooper, basketball coach, forest ranger, teacher.  Just a sampling of careers that might have happened for Phillies Alumni if they hadn’t played pro baseball.  Visit www.phillies.com/alumni for details. 

First, guess who would have been a state trooper.

Late Runs Fall Short

On the verge of being shut out, the hits came, including back-to-back dingers.  It added up to five runs but the ninth-inning rally was way short on a night the pitching couldn’t keep the Diamondbacks off the scoreboard. 

Phillies have dropped six of their last eight at Chase Field and 19-26 in the history of the park.

Let’s hope the offense has awoken. Up until last night, the starters have been carrying their load.

A couple of wins in the final two games would produce a 5-5 road trip, which would be great considering.  The trip has been a pain as Cliff went on the DL, Chooch missed a couple of games and Hunter was out of last night’s lineup with a shoulder ailment.  As Charlie would say, no one is feeling sorry for us.

Circling the Bases
Chase took BP before the game and ground balls at second base but will remain in Phoenix to continue his therapy.  Todd Zolecki has the complete story in this site . . . Phoenix resident Pat Burrell, wearing an MLB scout credential, was among the scouts sitting behind home plate.  He’s scouting for the Giants . . . Phillies are 3-0 on Thursdays but don’t play this Thursday . . .  Larry Bowa will be signing autographs at Lehigh Valley’s game on Wednesday night.  Visit www.ironpigs.com for details and tickets . . . Happy Birthday to OF-3B-1B Chuck Harmon, who turned 88 yesterday.  He’s the 11th oldest living Phillies Alumnus and the oldest African-American player.  He was traded to the Phillies in the 1957 season, OF Glen Gorbous going to the Cardinals.

Down On The Farm
**Lehigh Valley lost its third in a row, 5-1, to Buffalo.  2B Mike Fontenot, in his debut, 2-4, including a double.  To make room for Mike, 2B Joe Thurston was released.

**Reading and Lakewood were idle.

**Clearwater won, 8-7, in 12 innings against Brevard County.  RF Anthony Hewitt, 2B, HR, 3 RBI.  1B Jim Murphy, GW-RBI single; leads organization with 13 RBI.

April 24, 1894—INF Lave Cross hits for the cycle in 22-5 Phillies win over Brooklyn, the first cycle in team history.

April 24, 1933—SS Dick Bartell becomes the first major league player to get four consecutive doubles in a nine-inning game, a 7-1 win over Boston at Baker Bowl.

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.

Visit www.phillies.com/alumni for more great moments in team history.


Weekend Wrap

Sometimes it is hard to figure out this game.  Take the four-game, weekend series in Petro Park that ended yesterday.

**On Thursday night in the first inning, the Phillies had three hits, a walk and a SD error. They scored one run.

**Vance won that game and fanned a career-high 11, working seven innings.  Two years ago, his first taste of the majors, he struck out 12 in 13 total innings.

**Cole was called for two balks in Friday’s game.  A first for him.  In his career, minors and majors, he had four before Friday.

**Friday night Shane was hit by a pitch, the ump said he didn’t get out of the way, the next pitch was at Shane’s feet and he briefly acted as if he was hit again but to no avail.  Shane then homered.

**Doc walked three consecutive batters in the second inning on Saturday, first time he’s ever walked three in a row in 2,555 innings.

**For the game, he wound up walking four.  That snapped a streak of 117 consecutive starts in which he walked that many without an unintentional walk included.  The loss was Doc’s first ever to SD.

**A two-out run in the top of the ninth on Saturday helped the Phillies escape a shutout for the second straight Saturday and third in a week.

**In five games started by LHP, the Phillies have scored six runs.

**Saturday’s loss was the Phillies first at Petco Park since August 19, 2008. It ended a club-record streak of 13 straight wins there.  George W. Bush was President the last time the Phillies lost at Petco.

**Two Phillies errors paved the way for two unearned runs in the first inning on Sunday.  Going into the game, the Phillies had the NL’s fewest, six.

Sad News
Thanks to faithful reader Dennis Orlandini, we learned the sad news that former Phillies SS John O’Neil died on April 18, one day before his 92nd birthday.  I had offered birthday wishes on the 19th, not aware.  Mr. O’Neil played 46 games for the 1946 Phillies, his lone major league season. 

Two years ago for his 90th birthday, we sent him a Phillies jersey with his name and number (27) on the back.  A daughter responded that he was touched by the gesture.

Our thoughts and prayers are extended to Mr. O’Neil’s family.

Down On the Farm
**Lehigh Valley had two losses and one postponement. 

**Reading was 1-1 and a postponement.  Down 3-1 on Friday night with two out in the last of the ninth, they tied the game and won it in the 10th.

**Clearwater won on Sunday after being rained out Friday and Saturday.  RHS Justin DeFratis made a rehab start on Sunday, one scoreless inning.  LH Austin Wright (3-0) followed Justin and improved to 3-0, fanning 10 in five innings.

**Lakewood lost 15-2 at Hagerstown on Friday night and then got rained out Saturday night and a double-header on Sunday.

April 23, 1961—RHP Art Mahaffey sets a Phillies record with 17 strikeouts in a 6-0 win over the Cubs in the second game of a doubleheader at Connie Mack Stadium.  RHP Frank Sullivan blanks the Cubs, 1-0, in the first game.  Phillies haven’t had a doubleheader shutout since.

April 23, 1991—Jim Fregosi replaces Nick Leyva as Phillies manager.

Check www.phillies.com/alumni for more flashback moments.




Gem by Vance

When asked about offense, Charlie responded, “We scored two more runs than we did last night.”  Following the tough 1-0 loss in SF on Wednesday night, the Phillies blanked the Padres, 2-0, on Thursday night.

Once again, the starting pitching was brilliant.  This time it was Vance, fanning a career-high 11 in seven shutout innings.  Phillies starters’ ERA is now 2.32. A year ago they led the majors with a 2.86 figure.

Once again, the offense sputtered.  Right off the bat, Juan walked to start the game and eventually scored. In that first inning they had three hits, a walk and an error but scored just one run.   Turns out it was enough. 

Their second run came on a passed ball in the ninth.

Working pitchers hasn’t been a plus for the hitters.  The Phillies drew two walks giving them 22 for the season.  The Padres, another team that doesn’t score many runs, have 59.

Anyway, the 12th consecutive win at Petco Park, a new Phillies record for one ballpark.  Their old mark was 11 in a row at Pittsburgh’s Forbes Field, 1954-55.  Charlie was 11 years old then.

Down On The Farm
**Lehigh Valley won, 8-4, at Buffalo.  1B Cody Overbeck, 4-4, including two doubles; C Eric Kratz, 3 hits, 2 RBI.  1st save for Joe Savery, 1.2 scoreless innings.

**Reading was idle.

**Clearwater dropped to 0-4 this week with a 7-1 defeat at Lakeland.  LHS Jesse Biddle, 7 runs (4 earned) in 3 innings.

**Lakewood lost its third straight, 11-9, in 10 innings at Hagerstown.  SS Tyler Greene, 3 RBI. 3B Maikel Franco, 2nd HR, 2 RBI; 1B Kelly Dugan, 2nd HR, 2 RBI.

Weekly Honors (April 5-15)
Pitcher:  RHP Tyler Cloyd, Lehigh Valley-Reading.  Started 2 games, 1 at each level and was 2-0, 1.50 ERA.  Scheduled to begin the season at Reading, he was called to start the LV season opener on 4/5 because Dave Bush was suspended for a spring training brawl.  Cloyd threw 6 perfect innings, striking out 8, throwing 73 pitches.  He had 5 3-ball counts. He returned to Reading and won his first start there on 4/12, allowing 2 runs on 6 hits in 6 innings. The 24-year-old was an 18th round selection in 2008 and signed by Jerry Lafferty. It marks the 3rd time in the last 6 awards that Cloyd has been named pitcher of the week.

Player:  OF Jiwan James, Reading.  Starting in all 3 outfield positions, James hit .364 in 11 games, 12 hits and a club-high 7 runs.  Among his dozen hits were a double, 2 triples and 2 homers.  He stole 6 bases in 7 attempts. His .697 slugging percentage was tops in the organization.  He had a 7-game hitting streak (.444) end on 4/14.  The 23-year-old switch-hitter was a 22nd round selection in 2007 and signed by Chip Lawrence.  It is the third time in his 4-year minor league career he was won the weekly honors.

Alumni Notes
**RHPs Tyler Green and Mike Grace, once teammates on the Phillies, have been reunited in business in Phoenix.  Check out Paul Hagen’s story at www.phillies.com/alumni.

**Birthdays: Tommy Hutton (66) today . . . Mickey Morandini (46) and Terry Francona (53) on Sunday.

Tough Loss

Pitching and defense.  That’s the Phillies mantra without Chase and Ryan, their 3-4 hole hitters.  They got the pitching last night, a brilliant effort by Cliff but defense opened the door for SF’s 1-0, 10-inning win.

The Phillies entered the game with the second best batting average in the NL but only two teams had scored fewer runs.  That trend continued.  Defensively, the Phillies had just four errors going into the game but they added two, including one that led to the lone run.

Cliff threw 102 pitches in 10 innings of work.  An amazing number.  What is more amazing, 80 were strikes.  Stop and think about that.  Only 22 pitches weren’t in the strike zone.

Cain, on the other hand, threw 91 pitches in his nine innings.  At home this year, he’s allowed three hits and no runs in 18 innings.  The 0-0 game after nine was played in 1 hour, 50 minutes.

Last Phillies pitcher to work 10 innings was Terry Mulholland in 1993.  The Phillies club record for most innings in a game?  Well, the record won’t ever, I mean ever, be broken: 20. It has been done three times: Tully Sparks, 1905 (2-1 loss at Chicago), Mule Watson, 1912 (2-1 loss to Cubs at Baker Bowl) and Joe Oeschger, 1919 (9-9 tie vs. Dodgers at Baker Bowl).  Guess they didn’t have pitch counts back then.

Loss dropped Phillies into last place in the East for the first time since April 20, 2007.  Remember, they went on to the playoffs that year.  Last night’s game was #12.  That means 150 games remain.

Special Birthday

SS John O’Neill who turns 92 today.  He had one year in the big leagues and that was with the 1946 Phillies, hitting .266 in 46 games.  He was 25 years old and wore #27.  His fondest memory of his brief career, “being called up to the majors.”  John resides in an assisted living apartment in Lakewood, NY. 

Down On The Farm

**Lehigh Valley dropped a 4-1 decision for the second straight day at Buffalo. IronPigs were held to four singles.  LHR Jacob Diekman struck out the side in the 8th inning.

 *Reading’s three-game winning streak ended, 2-1, in Richmond.  RHS David Buchanan (1-1) was the loser.

 **Clearwater was idle.

 **Lakewood lost its second in a row, 9-1, to Greensboro. LF Brian Painter, 2-4 and sixth stolen base.


April 19, 1900—Phillies win in Boston, 19-17, in 10 innings, the highest scoring opener in NL history.  Boston scored nine in the bottom of the ninth to send the game into extra innings.  Wonder what the pitch count was in that game.

112 years later, will we duplicate 19 runs tonight in Petco Park?

Cliff/Cain in Rubber Match

It doesn’t always matter how many hits you get in a game, it’s when you get them.  Last night the Phillies bowed, 4-2, in SF.  Joe-B kept them in the game and was tagged for four runs, although one should go to third base umpire Marty Foster who missed a call.

But, the big story was the offense, or lack of.  In six of the first seven innings, the Phillies had a runner in scoring position.  In the sixth, they had the bases loaded and no outs but only managed one run on a sac fly.  Hitters were 1-11 with runners in scoring position and that told the story.

One thing about baseball, the next game comes quickly, like tonight.  Cliff Lee, 3-0, 0.72 ERA, in his career of regular-season games at ATT&T park faces Matt Cain, fresh from a 1-hit, 11-strikeout outing.

Since 2000, the Phillies have won only four of 13 series in this ballpark.  Rubber game will determine which way those numbers change.

After the game, the Phillies take a Delta charter flight south to San Diego.  In the history of Petco Park, the Phillies have an unearthly 22-4 record.  This next series is four games and then it’s on to Phoenix for three.

Former Phillie Jamie Moyer, who last night became the oldest pitcher ever to win a game.  Some day after he finally takes off a baseball uniform, we’ll bring him back to Citizens Bank Park for Alumni weekend. 

Down On The Farm
**Lehigh Valley lost, 4-1, at Buffalo. LHR Joe Savery made his first appearance, 1 inning, 1 hit, 1 unearned run, 2 strikeouts.

**Reading used a 10-run sixth inning to crush Richmond, 19-6.  2B Cesar Hernandez, 5-6 with 5 runs scored, 1B Darin Ruf, 5-6, 4 runs, LF Leandro Castro, 3-5, 6 RBI.  RHS Trevor May (3-0), 1 run, 5 innings, chipped in with a 2-3 night at bat.  He’s hitting .500 for the season.

**Clearwater dropped a 2-1 decision at Tampa.  LF D’Arby Myers, 2-4, hitting .360.

**Lakewood also lost by one run, 4-3, to Greensboro.  RF Brian Pointer, 1-3, triple, 3 RBI.

One of the truly great moments in Phillies history:
April 18, 1987–3B Mike Schmidt homers at 4:53 p.m. on a 3-0 pitch from Don Robinson in Pittsburgh to become the 14th player in baseball history to reach 500 home runs.  Dramatic three-run, game-winning homer in the ninth beats the Pirates, 8-6.

Mike reflects on that historic homer on www.phillies.com/alumni.

Doc Gets Trip Started

Doc made sure the longest road trip of the season got off to a good start with yet another stellar performance.  If he isn’t the best pitcher in the game, then name one.

Tim has been struggling (12.91 ERA entering last night’s game).  The Phillies took advantage of his struggles by jumping on him for four runs in the first inning.  Doc took it from there.  It was his first win ever over the Giants. JP closed it out.

Both gave examples of pounding the strike zone.  Doc threw 109 pitches, 76 for strikes.  JP, 14 pitches, 12 for strikes. 

Doc’s worked seven innings and has allowed two or fewer runs in all three starts.  According to Elias Sports Bureau, the last Phillie to do that was LHP Dennis Cook in 1990.   He was 8-3 for the Phillies and was traded that September for C Darrin Fletcher.  Don’t think Doc will be traded.

Game #2 is tonight and can be seen nationally on MLB Network.  Pat Burrell, who finished his career with the Giants last season, will throw out the first ball.  He’ll officially retire as a Phillie on May 19 when he does the same thing at Citizens Bank Park.

Down On The Farm
**Lehigh Valley won its sixth straight, 8-2, at Buffalo.  RHS Austin Hyatt (2-0) allowed one unearned run in 5.2 innings.  RF Derrick Mitchell drove in four runs.

**Reading won, 5-3, at Richmond.  RHP Tyler Cloyd (2-0) gave up 10 hits but won his third in a row (including opener at LV).  BJ Rosenberg picked up his 3rd save.  SS Troy Hanzawa, two hits, two RBI.

**Clearwater dropped a 6-2 decision at Tampa.  LHP Adam Moran (0-1) took the loss.  He fanned six in six innings, boosting his organization-high total to 21.

**Lakewood won its third in a row, 5-4, over Greensboro.  DH Aaron Altherr was 3-4.  RHR Colby Shreve (1-0) picked up the win with 3.2 hitless, scoreless relief innings.

April 17, 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).

You can read Chris Wheeler’s account of the wild game and Mike’s memories of the four consecutive homers on www.phillies.com/alumni.

Doc vs. Tim Tonight

There’s nothing like flying from the east coast to the west coast after a victory.  It certainly makes the long trip much more pleasant, even shorter although that’s not possible.

The Phillies avoided a sweep of the Mets by scoring late, with new extra men, Nix and Wigginton coming up with the big hits.  Key hits have been missing.

Cole gave up a two-run homer in the first inning and that was it.  It was his first win over the Mets at home since 2009.  10 strikeouts marked his 19th double-digit game.  Only three other Phillies hurlers have more: Steve Carlton (70), Curt Schilling (45) and Jim Bunning (25).

Circling the Bases
Galvis was given the day off on Sunday.  His defense has been sparkling.  After an 0-12 start, he’s 6-15 . . . 10-game trip begins tonight in SF in a pitching matchup classic, Doc vs. Lincecum.  Doc’s ERA is 0.60, Tim’s an unearthly 12.91 . . . Phillies face the Giants top three hurlers . . . Phillies are 17-25 at ATT&T Park, winning three of four last season . . . Four games in Petco Park starting Thursday night.

Down On The Farm
**Lehigh Valley ended a homestand 5-0 with a 3-1 decision over Rochester.  Ironpigs are 9-2, topped only by the Lansing Lugnuts (9-1) in the Midwest League.  LF Domonic Brown is hitting .367 in his last eight games.  He has two hits in each of his last three games.  RHR Phillippe Aumont picked up his organization-high fourth save on Sunday.

**Reading split four games at Harrisburg in a series that started on Thursday.  Phillies are 8-3.

**Clearwater was 1-2 over the weekend.  Threshers are 4-6. CF Peter Lavin leads the organization with 15 hits.  Andy Pettite started against them Sunday for the second time during the week.

**Lakewood returned home on Thursday and won three of four from Hagerstown.  CF Gauntlett Eldemire leads the organization with 11 runs scored and eight steals.

April 16, 1953—2B Connie Ryan goes 6-for-6 (four singles, two doubles) in 14-12 loss in Pittsburgh.

April 16, 1959—Dave Philley gets major-league record ninth straight hit as a pinch-hitter (eight in 1958) as Phillies drop 7-3 decision in Milwaukee.  Philley died last month ( March 15) at age 91 in Paris, TX.  A switch-hitter, he had 93 career pinch hits.

April 16—Oh, no: Burt Hotton of the Cubs pitches a no-hitter against the Phillies in Wrigley Field in 1972 and six years later, Bob Forsch of the Cardinals no-hits the Phillies in St. Louis.

More Phlashback moments can be found at www.phillies.com/alumni.