Defensive Slump

Bullpens and defense win games. Right now, the Phillies are struggling in each category: 9 errors in 8 games and 10 unearned runs in the last 3 games, all losses. Bullpen gave up 5 runs over last 2 innings in a 9-4 loss last night.

Cliff tries to stop the slide tonight and end Milwaukee’s 5-game winning streak against the Phillies.

Marlins come to town for the weekend. Ace Jose Fernandez (2-0, 0.71 ERA) tomorrow night. A. J. makes his Philly debut.

From Elias Sports Bureau
Brewers are 5-0 on the road. Only other time in team history they won their first 5 was 1987 when they started 7-0 and 13-0 overall.

The Phillies hadn’t lost their first 2 home games, allowing 9 or more runs, since 1929 at Baker Bowl.

This Date
43 years ago today the Phillies beat Montreal, 4-1, in the first game at Veterans Stadium. Jim Bunning was the winner; Larry Bowa got the first hit and Don Money hit the first home run.

Phillies flashback moments are posted daily at

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley split a pair against Buffalo, 5-3 L in 11 innings and 1-0 W in 7-inning game, a combined shutout by LHP Cesar Jimenez and RHP Hector Neris (1-0). CF Clete Thomas, 1st HR in the loss.

Reading won its 4th in a row, 4-1, over New Hampshire. WP: RHP Severino Gonzalez (1-0). SV: RHP Ken Giles (3); struck out the side in the 9th inning for the 3rd time in 3 appearances.

Clearwater lost its 4th straight, 5-3, to Tampa. LHP Ethan Stewart (0-1). SS Freddy Galvis, 0-4. RHP Mike Adams, .2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO. Cole starts tomorrow night at

Lakewood lost, 2-1, in Greensboro. 3B Zack Green, 2-4, 2 doubles. LP: Mark Leiter (0-1).

My Book
If These Walls Could Talk will be available starting May 1 in book stores and online. Chapter 7: General Managers, starting with John Quinn down through the years to Ruben Jr.

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