May 2013

Strange But True

Pettibone’s streak of three wins and not allowing more than three earned runs a game in his first seven starts came crashing down when the Red Sox scored four to start the game. The rookie righty settled down and didn’t allow another run through five innings. He wasn’t sharp and bent but didn’t break, keeping the Phillies in the game.

Only trouble….the offense had another flat night. Delmon cut the deficit in half with a two-run homer in the Phillies first. In the fourth, they had the bases loaded with one out but couldn’t score. This season, they are 4-29 with the bases loaded, a .138 average.

The good news? Interleague play is over for the time being. Next 10 Phillies games are against the Brewers and Marlins. Milwaukee comes to town for the weekend riding a six-game losing streak. This month, they are 5-22, losing 13 of their last 16 road games. The first four batters in the Brewers lineup are all hitting over .300. Their team ERA of 4.55 is highest in the NL.

Phillies have won at least 15 games in May for nine straight years. Going into the month’s final game tonight, they are 14-13.

Strange But True
Ellsbury stole three bases last night but didn’t score a run after any of the steals.

Domonic has 10 homes this month and no walks.

Minor League Report
**Lehigh Valley was swept in a 4-game series in Rochester, 13-10. LF Leandro Castro, 2-5, 5th HR, 3 RBI. LP: Greg Smith (1-1). Phillippe Aumont, .2 IP, 1 R, 4 BB. IronPigs return home for weekend series with Gwinnett, managed by Randy Ready.

**Reading lost, 7-6, at Bowie. 1B Jim Murphy, 12th double, 11th HR, 2 RBI (36). LP: Jay Johnson (0-2). Zach Collier’s pinch double tied the game in the top of the ninth but Bowie pushed across the winning run in their at-bat.

**Clearwater won its 4th in a row, 4-1, over Brevard County. RF Kelly Dugan, 2B, 5th HR, 3 RBI. WP: Hoby Milner (5-2), 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 7 SO. SV: Ryan O’Sullivan (3).

**Lakewood’s 3-game winning streak ended, 8-3, to West Virginia. SS Roman Quinn, 2-3, 5th HR, 2 RBI. LP: Felix Santos (1-2).

This Date
May 31, 1994–Phillies rally for 8-7 win in Wrigley Field, ending May with a 15-13 record despite losing three starting pitchers (Curt Schilling, Tommy Greene, Ben Rivera) and three regulars (John Kruk, Kevin Stocker and Dave Hollins) to the disabled list during the month.

June 1, 1969–1B Dick Allen slams five home runs in five consecutive games to set a club record. The fifth homer comes in a 12-4 loss to Los Angeles at Connie Mack Stadium. The five homers were part of a streak in which he hit nine in 14 games.

June 1, 1939–Phillies play first night game at home and lose, 5-2, to Pittsburgh at Shibe Park before 8,000. Time of game: 1:55.

June 2, 1949–Phillies hit five home runs in the eighth inning of a 12-3 win over Cincinnati at Shibe Park. C Andy Seminick hits two (three for the game), while LF Del Ennis, 3B Willie Jones and RHP Schoolboy Rowe each add one.

June 2, 2002
In an 18-3 win over the Florida Marlins, the Phillies score 10 runs in the first inning (first time since 8/7/75), led by Pat Burrell and 2B Marlon Anderson who had two hits apiece. RHP Robert Person launched a grand slam and three-run home run to become just the sixth Phillies pitcher to hit two home runs in a game. His seven RBI was the most by a major league pitcher since Tony Cloninger had nine RBI for Atlanta in 1966.

New Alumni Feature
Von Hayes takes about his two most memorable games, one at the Vet and one on the road. Check out Paul Hagen’s story on

Hot Brown

“Hittin’ season.” That’s what Charlie calls it when the weather warms up.

Domonic is more than warm, he’s hot. Two more home runs, the second (eighth inning) proved to be the game-winner when Pap gave up a run in the 9th, the second run he’s allowed this season. The other run came in his first outing, April 4. Save was his 17th in a row, dating back to last season.

This month, Domonic has hit 10 home runs. Phillies record for May is 15 set by CF Cy Williams 90 years ago. Chances are Williams’ record is safe for another season.

Phillies hit season-high four homers (all solo) in the first game of the “hittin’ season.” Of their last 32 home runs, 30 have come with the bases empty.

From Elias Sports Bureau: It was only the second time in Phillies history that they scored at least four runs in a one-run victory in which all of its scoring came via solo home runs. The first came on Sept. 1, 1964, 4-3 home win over the Houston Colt 45s. Dick Allen, Johnny Callison, Wes Covington, and Frank Thomas provided the scoring in that game.

Minor League Report
Players of the week………
                Pitcher – RHP, Seth Rosin, Reading… Two starts… 2-0, 2.28 ERA (2 ER, 14.0 IP), 8 H, 2 BB, 13 SO… Started the week strong setting career highs in both strikeouts and innings pitched on 5/20 vs Altoona… Went 8.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 8 SO in REA’s 6-3 win… Followed up his 8.0 inning gem with 6.0 innings in his next start, allowing 1 unearned run in a 5-1 REA win 5/25 at Harrisburg… Held opponents to a .163 AVG (8-49) this week and has a .230 OPP AVG (50-217) this season… The 6’6 righty has been a model of consistency this year, giving up 3 ER or less in 9 of his 10 starts… Rosin, who is in his first full season as a starter, ranks 6th in the EL with a 1.08 WHIP… Also took home honors from the Eastern League as their Pitcher of the Week for the same time frame… The 24-year-old Rosin was acquired from the San Francisco Giants with Tommy Joseph and Nate Schierholtz for Hunter Pence on 7/31/12… He was originally selected in the 4th round of the 2010 draft by San Francisco.

Player – SS, Roman Quinn, Lakewood… Batted .370 (10-27) in 7 G, 6 R, 3 RBI, 6 BB, 2B, 3B, HR, 5 SB… On May 6, his batting average stood at .196 (22-112), in the 17 games since that point , he’s hit .358 (24-67) with 9 multi-hit games and has raised his batting average 61 points to .257 for the year… Quinn leads the organization in stolen bases with 24 and has been thrown out only five times in 29 chances… In only his second season of professional baseball, Quinn has scored 81 runs in 111 career games between Williamsport and Lakewood… The 20-year-old Quinn was selected by the Phillies in the second round of the 2011 draft out of Port St. Joe High School and signed by Aaron Jersild.

**Lehigh Valley lost two games by the same 8-7 score at Rochester. One was the completion of a suspended game from Tuesday night. Josh Fields, 5-9, 4th HR, 2 RBI; hitting .320.

**Reading won, 6-5, at Bowie. C Cameron Rupp, 3-4, 2B, 8th HR, 3 RBI. 3B Tommy Mendonca, 4-4, 1st HR, 3 RBI. WP: Mauricio Robles (3-1). SV: Kyle Simon (6).

**Clearwater edged Brevard County, 5-4, in 10 innings, scoring the winning run on a bases-loaded walk. LF Aaron Altherr scored the winning run, singling and stealing second before a walk, hit batter and another walk. WP: Ryan O’Sullivan (3-3).

**Lakewood beat Delmarva, 5-3, in a morning game. 1B Art Charles, 2-2, 3 RBI. WP: Jeb Stefan (1-4); SV: Steven Inch (6).

This Date
May 30, 1935–LF Babe Ruth goes hitless (one at-bat) in his final game as the Boston Braves beat the Phillies, 11-6, in the second game of a Baker Bowl doubleheader. Attendance: 18,000.

May 30, 1982–LHP Steve Carlton wins his 191st game with Phillies, 6-2, over Atlanta. Victory moves Lefty into second place on the Phillies’ all-time list ahead of Grover Alexander. Robin Roberts leads with 234.

May 30, 1989–Veterans Stadium is empty except for a handful of media who were there for 3B Mike Schmidt’s retirement press conference. He had announced his retirement the day before in San Diego and returned home to meet the Philadelphia media. His last game was May 28 at San Francisco.

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Cliff Sparkles

Score three runs in a game Cliff starts and it’s a win for the Phillies. It happened last night at Fenway.

Cliff was once again dominating. Gave up a run in the first inning and then retired 22 of next 23 hitters. No walks for the 77th time in 291 career starts.

The offense produced three runs and Papelbon got a save in his first game back in Boston. Phillies are 8-22 when scoring three or fewer runs. Cliff started four of those eight wins.

For Cliff it was his first win at Fenway Park since his first start there on May 12, 2004. He had lost two in between. Out of 291 starts, last night was only his sixth. Hard to believe.

Domonic, the reigning NL Player of the Week, homered for the second time in two games this week. On this trip, he has 10 RBI. The rest of the team, 14.

Both teams flew (separately) out of Boston after the game for Philadelphia where the series resumes the next two nights. Every other series in the majors also switches sites, a real rarity.

Draft Time
Handful of Phillies scouting personnel arrive today at Citizens Bank Park to begin final preparations for the annual first-year player draft. Their first meeting is 10 a.m. tomorrow.

Manning the Draft Room on the Hall of Fame Club level are Marti Wolever (Assistant GM, Amateur Scouting), Mike Ledna (National Scouting Coordinator), Bill Moore (National Scouting Coordinator), Darrell Conner (West Regional Supervisor), Scott Trcka (Central Supervisor), Gene Schall (Northeast Supervisor), Eric Valent (Southeast Supervisor), Sal Agostinelli (Director, International Scouting and Mike Stauffer (Area Supervisor, MS, LA, AL, FL Panhandle).

Draft begins on June 6. Representing the Phillies at the draft that will take place in the MLB Network studios are Jim Bunning and Scott Palmer. Phillies have the 16th selection in the first round that will be televised live.

Minor League Report
**Lehigh Valley was leading, 6-5, at Rochester after 3 ½ innings. Following a 48-minute rain delay, the game was suspended. It will be completed before tonight’s game. Darin Ruf returned to LF after missing four games with a hand injury.

**Reading lost, 1-0, at Bowie. RH David Buchanan allowed a run in the first inning and took the loss (1-6). Reading was held to 4 singles.

**Clearwater blanked Brevard County, 3-0, behind 3 pitchers. Carlos Zambrano started, 4.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 SO. 20-year-old RH Severino Gonzalez won his first game in the states, 3 IP, 1 BB, 5 SO. 7th save for Luis Garcia. LF Aaron Altherr, 1-2, 16th double, 2 RBI (32), 12th stolen base.

**Lakewood won, 7-4, vs. Delmarva. WP: 19-year-old Yoel Mecias (3-2), 6 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 8 SO. DH Willie Carmona, 3-3. SS Ramon Quinn, 6th CS and picked off 1B.

Comment Corner
Thanks to Dennis Orlandini for posting a note that Bob Kuzava celebrated his 90th birthday yesterday. Bob pitched for the Phillies in 1955, one of eight teams during a 12-year career. As Dennis noted, Bob is the sixth nonagenarian among Phillies Alumni. We have no contact information on Bob. If anybody knows his whereabouts, please let us know.

This Date
May 29, 1965–3B Dick Allen hits measured 529-foot home run completely over the Coca-Cola billboard atop Connie Mack Stadium’s left-center field roof off RHP Larry Jackson. First-inning blast sends Phillies to a 4-2 win over Chicago.

May 29, 1978–CF Garry Maddox records four of the Phillies’ seven stolen bases in a 4-3, 14-inning win against Pittsburgh.

May 29, 1985–Mike Schmidt switches to first base as rookie Rick Schu is brought up from Portland to play third base. Phillies lose, 6-1, at Los Angeles.

May 29, 1986–Greg Gross collects his 100th career pinch-hit in a 5-4 win over San Francisco. Greg is first and only Phillies player to reach that 100 pinch-hits.

May 29, 2010–RHP Roy Halladay tosses perfect game, 1-0, over the Marlins in Miami. He throws 115 pitches (72 for strikes) and fans 11.

Another Boston L

Guess you can say things aren’t going well for the Phillies. Facing Aceves, a pitcher who had given up 18 runs in 18.2 innings, they scored just once in six innings against him. Another interleague loss vs. Boston, the 30th, most against AL teams.

Phillies are 2-6 vs. AL enemies this season. For the Red Sox, it was their first interleague game of the year.

Game 2 tonight and then the same two teams play two more in Citizens Bank Park, Wednesday and Thursday.

Loss evened the Phillies May record at 12-12. Last time they were below .500 this month was 2002 (12-14).

Minor League Report
**Lehigh Valley was blanked on 5 singles, 5-0, at Rochester. Darin Ruf missed his 4th straight game with a thumb injury. LP: B. J. Rosenberg (1-4), 1 run in 4 innings. LH Adam Morgan was placed on the DL.

**Reading lost, 3-1, at Harrisburg. Senators scored 2 in the 8th off Juan Sosa (1-1). Reading had 5 hits.

**Clearwater was idle.

**Lakewood defeated Delmarva, 6-1, as 20-year-old Miguel Nunez (5-1) and Jordan Guth (3rd SV) 1-hit Delmarva, a bunt single with one out in the 6th. Nunez had a perfect game until he hit a batter with one out in the 5th.

This Date
May 28, 1983–Entering the game hitless in his last 22 at-bats, 3B Mike Schmidt strikes out his four at-bats on 12 pitches. The 13th pitch he sees, is a two-run, game-winning homer in the last of the ninth off Jeff Reardon to give the Phillies a 5-3 win over Montreal.

On To Boston

=A bases-loaded, broken-bat dribbler of about 40 feet from a .091 hitter turned into a disaster for Cole and the Phillies yesterday in the seventh inning. When the inning ended, Cole was in the dugout and behind 5-0 (two unearned runs).

In losing his career-high fifth straight (all this month), Cole once again got no support from the offense. While he’s in the game this year, they’ve scored 21 times. Phillies lone run came in the eight on a balk.

Team flew to Boston after the game and will face the Red Sox, fresh from sweeping three from Cleveland, for four games. First two are in Fenway Park and the last two at Citizens Bank Park.

It won’t a reunion for Victorino as Shane is on the DL. Boston’s best pitcher, Buchholz (7-0), was scratched from starting tonight with a collarbone injury.

Phillies are 5-10 in interleague play this year, 7-13 in Fenway Park and 20-29 against the Red Sox overall. DH will be in effect the first two games.

Trivia Question
What do the Rangers, Orioles, Rays, Twins, Blue Jays, Astros, Pirates, Braves, Rockies, Marlins, Giants and Padres have in common?

No complete games.

What do all 15 games yesterday have in common?

No complete games.

Minor League Report (weekend edition)
**Lehigh Valley swept 3 from Norfolk to stretch its winning streak to 6. IronPigs stole 13 bases, had four caught stealing and two runners picked off in 3 games. 2B Cesar Hernandez stole 3, giving him 15. Jacob Diekman saved two games, #6-7. Darrin Ruf, mired in a 3-29 spell, missed all three games with a jammed thumb.

**Reading lost 2 of 3 at Harrisburg. Seth Rosin (3-3) was Saturday’s winner, 0 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 5 SO, 6 IP. Jesse Biddle (3-4) lost on Sunday; had 2 of Reading’s 6 hits.

**Clearwater ended a three-game losing streak with a 7-5 win on Sunday at Brevard County. 3B Maikel Franco hit his 10th homer on Saturday.

**Lakewood was swept in West Virginia as losing streak reached 5 games. SS Ramon Quinn, 5-11, with 23rd-24th steals.

This Date
May 27, 1986–LHP Steve Carlton makes his 666th start to break LHP Warren Spahn’s NL record in a 6-2 win over San Francisco.

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Nationals, Finally

With the new 15-per-team leagues, scheduling us a whole different world.

Phillies have played the Marlins 10 times but this weekend will be the first they’ve seen the Nationals.

Washington is 13th in runs scored (159) but sixth in team ERA (3.53). The Phillies are one rung ahead of the Nationals in the runs department (167). In the ERA world, they are 12th (4.14).

Since Nationals Park opened in 2008, the Phillies are 26-19. Friday night’s game will also be on the MLB Network. Saturday’s game is a 7:15 p.m. prime-time FOX telecast.

Minor League Report
Players of the week………..
                Pitcher – RHP, Justin Friend, Lehigh Valley… 3 appearances in relief… 0-0, 0.00 ERA (4.2 IP), H, 2 BB, 8 SO… Friend began 2013 with LHV before being assigned to Reading (AA) on 5/2. Since being transferred back to LHV on 5/9 Friend has appeared in 4 G, 3 H, 3 BB, 9 SO and has an active 6.1 inning scoreless streak, his longest of the season… A non-roster invitee to spring training this season, the 26-year-old Friend was selected by the Phillies in the Rule 5 draft, December 9, 2010 from the Oakland Athletics… Friend was originally drafted by the A’s in the 13th round of the 2007 draft.
Player – 3B, Maikel Franco, Clearwater… Batted .321 (9-28) in 7 G, 2 R, 3 RBI, 3 BB, 2B, 3B, 2 HR… Highlighted by a 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI performance on 5/16 vs Brevard County, Franco continues to swing the bat well for CLR hitting safely in five-straight games and eight of his last nine… Franco is tied with teammate Cameron Perkins for both the Florida State League and organizational lead in doubles… With 32 doubles in 132 games with Lakewood (A) last season, Franco now has 48 two-baggers over his last 173 minor league games… Since making his professional debut with the GCL Phillies in 2010, Franco has 78 career doubles in only 295 minor league games… The 20-year-old Franco was signed by Koby Perez as an amateur free agent, January 13, 2010.

**Lehigh Valley defeated Norfolk, 4-2, behind 4th straight win for RH Ethan Martin (5-2), 2 R, 4 H, 2 BB, 4 SO, 6 IP. 3B Cody Asche, 5th HR. SV: Jacob Diekman (5).

**Reading and Altoona played a 2-2 game that was called after 7 innings by rain. It will be completed on June 4.

**Clearwater lost a heartbreaker, 9-8, in 11 innings at Port Charlotte. The Threshers scored 2 in the 11th only to see PC score three on four singles, a sacrifice and a steal off Colton Murray. RF Kelly Dugan, 4-6, 2 doubles, 2 RBI. 3B Maikel Franco, 2-6, 9th HR, 2 RBI (35). LF Cameron Perkins, 3-6, 3 RBI; hitting .355.

**Lakewood lost, 3-2, in 12 innings a West Virginia, getting only 4 hits. One was a 2-run homer by 1B Art Charles in the 4th inning. Starter Yoel Mecias, 1 R, 7 H, 1 BB, 7 SO, 5 IP.

This Date
May 24, 1935–Phillies lose first night game in major league baseball history, 2-1, at Cincinnati’s Crosley Field. Game takes 1 hour, 35 minutes. Attendance for the historic game, 20,422.

May 24, 1999–For the first time in team history, the Phillies have the same-name battery, RHP Joel Bennett and C Gary Bennett. Phillies win, 5-4, over Montreal.

May 25, 2011–Longest game in Citizens Bank Park history, Phillies edge Cincinnati, 5-4, in 19 innings. Reds use seven pitchers, Phillies nine. INF Wilson Valez pitches the 19th inning and gets the win.

May 26, 1990–Mike Schmidt’s #20 is retired in pre-game ceremonies as Phillies lose, 12-3, to Atlanta before 56,789.

May 26, 2008–Phillies set a Citizens Bank Park record for runs in a game, blasting Colorado, 20-5. 2B Chase Utley drives in six runs.

Vintage Cliff

Cliff was Cliff at his finest and the Phillies won another series last night in Miami. Two out hits accounted for a pair of runs in the sixth after Delmon’s solo homer gave Cliff a 1-0 lead in the fourth. Two-out hits have been missing most of the season.

In their last six series, the Phils have won three and split three.

Cliff threw 115 pitches, 85 for strikes, in tossing his first shutout since September 5, 2011. He also added a pair of hits.

The win moved the Phillies to within one .500, a mark they haven’t seen since they were 6-6 back in April.

Alumni Weekend
Brad Lidge will retire as a Phillie, Curt Schilling is going into the Toyota Wall of Fame and the 1993 Phillies are being saluted during Alumni Weekend, August 1-4.

For details, including the fourth annual Alumni Luncheon for Seniors, check out

Minor League Report
**Lehigh Valley was idle.

**Reading won its 3rd in a row, 7-5, over Altoona on Anthony Hewitt’s 3-run, walk-off HR with 1 out. C Cameron Rupp also hit a 3-run HR, his 7th. WP: Brody Colvin (2-0) in relief.

Clearwater won, 3-2, at Port Charlotte, scoring the winning run in the 5th on a wild pitch. WP: RH Perci Garner (4-0), 2 R, 7 H, 2 BB, 6 SO, 6.2 IP. SV: Colton Murray (4).

Lakewood lost, 8-6, at Delmarva. C Justin Dalles, 3-3, 2 RBI. SS Ramon Quinn, 21st-22nd steals.

This Date
May 23, 1991—Making his 15th major league start, RHP Tommy Greene pitches no-hitter at Montreal, 2-0, before 8,833. He walks seven and strikes out 10.

Big Piece Delivers

The Big Piece returned to the lineup last night and delivered a big hit that broke open a tight game as Tyler picked up his first win. Multiple RBI games came from the middle of the order, Ryan, Delmon and Domonic.

So far this season, Cloyd has pitched better in the big leagues than the minor leagues. His win improved the team’s record to 14-6 when Cole, Cliff and Doc don’t start.

Through the first four games the Phillies played in Marlins Park this year, they were 5-32 with runners in scoring position. Last night, 4-16 RISP. During the four-run seventh inning, they had 3 RISP hits. One of the three didn’t drive in a run, however.

From Elias: Ryan had three hits and knocked in three runs, the 30th time in his major-league career that he had at least three hits and three RBI in one game. Only three players in Phillies history had 30 or more games with at least three hits and three RBI since runs batted in became an official statistic in 1920: Chuck Klein (58), Mike Schmidt (46) and Del Ennis (33).

NL Team Hitting
Going into last night’s game, the bottom five NL teams in batting average all lived in the NL East:
11. Atlanta (.244)
12. Phillies (.244)
13. New York (.229)
14. Washington (.227)
15. Miami (.222)

With 15 hits last night, the Phillies jumped into 9th place, .247, leaving Atlanta, NY, Washington and Miami as the bottom four.

Minor League Report
**Lehigh Valley beat Rochester, 9-2. 1B Cody Overbeck, 3-5, 9th HR, 3 RBI. 3B Cody Asche, 2-5 (9th double; 3rd triple), 2 RBI . . . WP: Greg Smith (1-0) in 1st AAA start, 0 R, 4 H, 2 SO, 5 IP.

**Reading blanked Altoona, 3-0, behind Jesse Biddle (3-3), 0 R, 3 H, 4 BB, 9 SO, 7.2 IP . . . CF Zach Collier, 2-4, including 3rd HR.

**Clearwater dropped a doubleheader at Port Charlotte, 4-2 and 3-1. 3B Maikel Franco, 3-6, 17th double, 33rd RBI.

**Lakewood was a 9-2 winner at Delmarva. WP: Shane Watson (3-3), 0 R, 1 H, 2 BB, 4 SO, 5 IP. RF Brian Pointer, 3-4, 2 RBI, 15th SB. SS Ramon Quinn, 20th SB. 2 RBI also for LF Larry Greene and 3B Mitch Walding.

Alumni Weekend
Plans for this year’s annual weekend will be released today on this website. Keep an eye out for the four-day events in early August.

Pattern Continues

Cole hasn’t been sharp in some of his outings, but last night he was on his game, two runs, no walks and 10 strikeouts in six innings (89 pitches). The offense hasn’t been sharp when he’s pitching and last night that pattern continued against a pitcher who had given up 12 runs in 15 innings this month.

May had been Cole’s month, but this year he’s 0-4. He had entered 2013 with a 22-4 May record. When he’s in the game, the Phillies offense has scored just 20 runs.

The eighth inning, which was a nightmare inning a year ago, reared its ugly head last night as the bullpen turned a 2-1 deficit into a 5-1 loss.

In game two tonight, the Phillies face rookie Jose Fernandez. In 14 innings against him, they have three hits, including a 2-0 loss earlier this month. In Marlins Park this year, the Phillies have scored seven runs in four games, winning 3-1 and 2-1 and losing 2-1 and 5-1.

**’s Jayson Stark’s twitter last night: Cole hasn’t thrown a single pitch with his team in the lead since April 7, 52 innings ago.

**Elias Sports Bureau: Cole became the second pitcher this season to lose a game while issuing no walks and striking out 10. Tommy Milone of the A’s is the other. Over the last six seasons, pitchers with at least 10 strikeouts and no walks have compiled a 114-23 record.

Minor League Report
**Lehigh Valley pounded Rochester, 14-5. Pete Orr, 4-4, 5 RBI. 3B Cody Asche, triple, 4 RBI, boosting his total to 28, tops on the club. WP: Justin Friend (2-1).

**Reading bested Altoona, 6-3, riding home runs by 1B Jim Murphy (10), C Cameron Rupp (6) and SS Edgar Duran (2). WP: Seth Rosin (2-3), 3 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 8 SO, 8 IP.

**Clearwater was rained out at Port Charlotte.

**Lakewood won, 3-1, at Delmarva. SS Ramon Quinn, 4th HR. WP: Jonathan Musser (1-0). SV: Steve Inch (5).

New Alumni Feature
The Phillies have had two University of Pennsylvania products play centerfield for them. One was Doug Glanville. The other is part of a Past Profile feature on

Lighnting Replaces Fizzle

Gloomy and drizzling. That was Sunday’s weather at Citizens Bank Park. For the Phillies offense, it was gloomy and no fizzle. Then, without thunder booming anywhere, lightning struck.

Scoreless for 16 innings, the Phillies pushed across a run in the eighth, cutting the gap to 2-1. Cliff pinch-ran for Delmon who started the ninth with a walk against flame-throwing closer Chapman. Cliff made a mistake and was picked off first. He returned to the dugout, an angry person and sat with his head down muttering to himself.

Eric, who entered the game when Chooch left with an injury, drilled a game-tying home run to left, which could have been the game winner. Up stepped Freddy who delivered the dramatic, game-winning home run. Against lefthanded pitching, he now has three hits this season, two being home runs. Smiles were everywhere, including Cliff.

From Elias Sports Bureau: The Phillies hadn’t hit back-to-back home runs capped by a walk-off shot since they did it against the Cardinals at Baker Bowl on September 15, 1922. Butch Henline’s solo shot, his third home run of the game, tied the score at 9-9 in the bottom of the ninth and Cliff Lee (no, not the pitcher) followed with a game-ending homer.

With the win, the Phillies took the series from the Reds. We’re at May 20 and we will no longer see Cincinnati this season. We’re at May 20 and haven’t seen the Nationals yet.

That all changes soon. After the game, the Phillies took a happy flight to Miami to start of an eight-game, I-95 east coast trip, Miami to Washington to Boston.

Saturday Night Live
The Phillies, Lehigh Valley. Reading and Lakewood were all home this weekend.

On Saturday, the combined attendance was 64,513, a day in which the friendly weather wasn’t ideal.

Minor League Report, Weekend Edition
**Lehigh Valley won 2 of 3, the loss coming Sunday 11-0, getting just 3 hits. 2B Cesar Hernandez was 4-8 in the first two games with steals #11-12.

**Reading was swept in all three games by Harrisburg. 1B Jim Murphy hit his 9th homer on Saturday.

**Clearwater lost 2 of 3 to Tampa, the losses coming in 13 and 10 innings (Friday & Saturday).

**Lakewood won Friday, lost Saturday and was rained out Sunday. 3B Mitch Walding, 4-8, including 9th double.

This Date
May 20, 1983–LHP Steve Carlton moves into second place on the all-time strikeout list ahead of RHP Walter Johnson when he fans San Diego SS Garry Templeton (#3,509) in the second inning of a 5-0 Padres win.