Cole Gets Big W

Play .500 ball on the road and win at home.  It is a formula for winning baseball.

For the second straight road trip, the Phillies pulled out a win in the final game to end a six-game trip at 3-3.  Cole came through big time last night in DC, ending the Nationals’ seven-game winning streak against the Phillies.  Hunter had his second two-home run game, helping put the game out of reach in the big ninth inning.

Amtrak charter train brought the Phillies home after last night’s game. It starts tonight against the Mets, who were at Citizens Bank Park just 20 games ago.   Every year, the schedule has a quirk or two.  So, the Phillies will have played the Mets twice, both at home.  That means they only come back here one more time, the end of August.

NY took two of three last month at Citizens Bank Park, outscoring the Phillies 12-10.  Neise, a lefty they face tonight, tossed 6.2 scoreless innings on April 14.  Phillies have struggled big time against LH starters this year.

Phillies have played the fewest home games (5-5) in the NL.  14 of their next 16 games are a home.  Time to make hay.

Sizing Up The Mets
Average, .264, 3rd in NL
Runs, 103, 9th
Home runs, 18, 14th

ERA, 4.48, 13th
Saves, 7, tied for 6th
Strikeouts, 207, 6th

Percentage, .977, 13th
Errors, 23, 13th

Down On The Farm
**Lehigh Valley won two and was involved in a 3-3 game suspended in the third inning on Friday.  RHP Tyler Cloyd (2-0) was promoted from Reading to LV and won on Saturday.  RHS Scott Elarton (3-1) was Sunday’s winner.

Reading dropped two of three to Erie. 2B Cesar Hernandez, 7-15, four RBI; leads club with 16 RBI. RHP J. C. Ramirez picked up a save on Friday, his first in 141 pro games.

Clearwater took two of three from Port Charlotte. RHP Brody Colvin (2-2) and LHP Jesse Biddle (1-2) were the winners.

Lakewood lost two of three on the road; Sunday’s win ended a five-game losing streak.

Williamsport and Gulf Coast League Phillies begin their seasons in June.

Phillies Phact
60 years ago, the Phillies had 12 minor league affiliates:

Baltimore Orioles, International League (AAA)
Schenectady Blue Jays, Eastern League (A)
Tri-City Braves, Western International League (A)
Terre Haute Phillies, Illinois-Iowa-Illinois League (B)
Wilmington Blue Rocks, Interstate League (B)
Granby Phillies, Provincial League (C)
Grand Forks Chiefs, Northern League (C)
Salina Blue Jays, Western Association (C)
Salt Lake City Bees, Pioneer League (C)
Bradford Phillies, Pennsylvania-Ontario-New York League (D)
Miami Eagles, Kansas-Oklahoma-Missouri League (D)
Pulaski Phillies, Appalachian League (D)


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