Same Old, Same Old
That’s been the story of the offense on this road trip. In the six previous home games, the Phillies scored 33 runs. So far in four road games, eight. Including last night’s 0-0 game suspended in the bottom of the ninth, the offense has yet to score in the first through the fifth innings of any of the five games on this trip.
Starting pitching has been excellent on the trip, including Kyle last night.
Phillies will have the 16th, 53rd, 89th and 96th selections in the first four rounds of the First-Year Player draft that begins on June 6 . . . 14 of the 25 players on the Lehigh Valley roster are home-grown
Minor League Players of the Week
Pitcher– LHP Adam Morgan, Lehigh Valley… In two starts- 1-0, 1.29 ERA (2 ER, 14.0 IP), 9 H, 2 BB, 9 SO for the week… 4/12 vs Syracuse- W, 8 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 4 SO, his first triple-A win in only his eighth start above single-A… 1-for-3 as a hitter, first-career RBI… Morgan faced 28 batters on the night; recording 22 four-pitch outs … Retired the lead-off hitter in all 8 IP, topping out at 93 on the gun… Honored by the International League as the IL Pitcher of the Week for the week of April 8-14… The 23-year-old lefty was a 3rd round selection in the 2011 draft out of the University of Alabama and signed by Mike Stauffer.
Player– 1B Jim Murphy, Reading… Batted .381 (16-for-42) in 10 G with 8 R, 5 2B, 2 HR and 10 RBI… .545 with RISP (6-for-11)… After a hitless, 0-for-4 Opening Day, Murphy roared back with a nine-game hitting streak which is currently tied for the longest active streak in the Eastern League… At time of print, Murphy is in the lead or tied for the organization lead in runs, hits, total bases (27) and multi-hit games with six… The 27-year-old was a 17th round selection in 2006 out of Washington State University and signed by Dave Ryles.
Minor League Report
**Lehigh Valley: Tommy Joseph, Cody Overbeck and Leandro Castro homered in an 8-6 win at Pawtucket, Jacob Diekman (1-0) in relief; 1st save for Michael Stutes.
**Reading: Albert Cartwright was 3-4, boosting his average to .354, as Reading edged Harrisburg, 4-3, in 10 innings.
**Clearwater: Every player in the lineup had at least two hits as the Threshers pounded out 27 hits in a 15-6 romp over Daytona Beach. SS Jose Mojica led the parade, 5-5.
**Lakewood: Two-game winning streak ended in Hagerstown, 11-2. Mitch Walding had 3 of Lakewood’s nine hits.
**Interesting note in Jerry Crasnick’s ESPN.com story about Bobby Abreu: “Abreu needs 13 homers and one stolen base to be a 300-400 man. Barry and Bobby Bonds are the only other players with at least 300 career homers and 400 steals.” The story went on to explain Bobby will play winter ball after the season and then try to hook on with a major league club. Didn’t want to retire right now. Once his career is over, Bobby is a sure bet for the Phillies Wall of Fame.
**Happy Birthday to infielder Solly Hemus, who turns 90 today. Solly played for the Phillies from 1956-58 . . . Birthday wishes, too, to catcher Gary Bennett, 41.
**What happened during the Phillies season 110 years ago? New story appears on http://www.phillies.com/alumni.