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

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