Home Run Derby Night

The pendulum of emotions swung back and forth late in the game. 12 runs were scored off two bullpens in the last two innings.

Three consecutive homers in the eighth put Atlanta on top, 5-1. Domonic’s three-run homer capped a five-run Phillies eighth putting them on top, 6-5. But, Atlanta came back on Uggla’s grand slam to pull out a wild win, 9-6. With Papelbon and Bastardo unavailable, Jake got a chance for his first major league save. Instead, he was tagged with the loss. Phillies pitchers walked 9, 3 scored. They lost by 3.

Seven home runs were hit in the game that was 2-1 after 7 innings. Out in Cincinnati the Pirates and Red combined for 10 homers in a game suspended in the 6th inning by rain. In 9 major league games last night, there were 25 homers. Must have been Home Run Derby Night.

Four enemy players have had multiple home run games in this homestand, Braun, Stanton, Gattis and Uggla.

Chase extended his season-starting hitting streak to 11 games, longest on the club since Don Demeter began 1963 by hitting in 12 games in a row.

Minor League Report
Players of the Week (April 3-13)
Pitcher: RH Ken Giles, Reading. 4 games, 4-4 in saves, 5 IP, 11 SO, 2 BB, 1 H. Has struck out 11 of the 18 total batters he’s faced. Selected in 7th round in 2011 out of Yavapai College (AZ); signed by Brad Holland.
Player: LF Cam Perkins, Reading . . . Batted .432 in 10 games, 7 R, 7 2B, 4 RBI. Had 7 multi-hit games, including his last 4. Selected in 6th round in 2012 out of Purdue University; signed by Nate Dion.

Lehigh Valley was rained out in Syracuse.

Reading won, 7-4, in Richmond. 2 hits each: CF Zach Collier, LF Cam Perkins, 1B Brock Stassi, 2B Albert Cartwright. WP: Severino Gonzalez (2-0). SV: Ken Giles (5), fanned the side in the 9th for the fourth time this season.

Clearwater lost its 9th in arrow, 6-5, on a run in the last of the 9th in Tampa. Threshers out-hit Tampa, 15-12, but were 3-11 RISP. 3 hits: CF Peter Lavan, 1B Art Charles.

Lakewood was a 7-5 winner of Greensboro. CF Carlos Tocci, 4 hits, SB. SS J.P. Crawford, 2 H, 3 R, SB. WP: Mark Leiter (2-1). SV: Cody Forsythe (1).

Extended Spring Training program continues in week 2. Carpenter Complex games at 1 p.m. today (Yankees), Thursday (Pirates) and Saturday (Blue Jays).

Alumni Note
RHP Joe Blanton, the only Phillies pitcher to hit a World Series home run, has retired from baseball. A member of the 2008 World Champion Phillies, Joe won the NLCS clinching game in Milwaukee and was the winner in WS Game 5, a game in which he hit the home run during a 10-2 romp.

This Date
1985, Mike Schmidt breaks Richie Ashburn’s record for most games in Phillies history.

10 years ago, Mike Lieberthal’s 3-run homer in the 8th inning lifts the Phillies to their first win at Citizens Bank Park, 6-4, over Cincinnati.

For more historic moments, visit http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

Coming May 1
My new book, with a forward written by Larry Bowa, will be making an appearance in book stores and online. Triumph Books is the publisher; paper back and kindle.

Oh, the title, If These Walls Could Talk.

Spring Break
Heading back north the next couple of days so Phillies Insider will take a break until Friday. Is the snow gone?


Larry, don’t joke about snow. We could get flurries mixed in with rain tonight! Uggh. That can’t be good for the tulips and daffodils.

Question for your return. What are the extended spring training games like? Are the remaining Yankees and Phils going to actually play a game? Are there enough guys for two teams? Will it go 9 innings? Who umpires? Do any fans come out to watch? Anything else interesting? I’ve always wondered about these things. A short piece on them would be good to read. Thanks.

Safe travels!

Larry, fact check on the Blanton Alumni Note… We won the WS in 5 games, pretty sure it was Game 4 that was the blow out, not Game 5.

Karl: Thanks for your fact check. My bad. Need to start a new errorless streak!

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