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.

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