J-Roll Ties Whitey

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If KK was going to break his personal 9-game losing streak, it would come against the Marlins. After all, he’d won 10 in row over Miami, longest streak by any current pitcher against one team. Well, the 10-winning streak ended but the losing streak reached 10 games (16 starts) last night.

Matt Beech lost 11 straight, 8/13/96-8/2/97. Club record for consecutive losses is 12 shared by Russ Miller (1928), Hugh Mulcahy (1940) and Ken Reynolds (1972).

Rubber game of the series, 12:40 this afternoon.

Catching Whitey
J-Roll tied Richie Ashburn (photo above, courtesy National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum) for second place on the club’s all-time list for hits. Whitey broke Ed Delahanty’s 58-year-old record (2,211) on September 19, 1959 with a seventh-inning single off the first base bag in a 9-3 loss to the Milwaukee Braves at Connie Mack Stadium.  At the end of that season, Ashburn’s final one with the Phillies, he had 2,217 hits.  Mike Schmidt broke Ashburn’s record 30 years later.

Tweet of the Day
Jayson Stark, ESPN.com: “Kind of cool that Jimmy Rollins is going to pass Richie Ashburn in Phillies hits & Dick Allen in Phillies HRs in the same week.”

Number of the Day
0—Wins on 7 Wednesdays, including 1 rain out. Only 17 more Wednesdays remain for the season.

Minor League Report
Players of the Week (May 12-18)
Pitcher – RHP Barry Enright, Lehigh Valley … 1 G, CG, 1-0, 1.00 ERA (1 ER, 9.0 IP), BB, 4 H, 2 SO … The complete game, 5/15 vs SWB, was the 4th of his professional career and only the 6th 9.0-inning CG in LV franchise history … Has gone 7.0 innings or more while allowing 2 ER or less in each of his last 2 starts (1.69 ERA) … Originally selected by Arizona in the 2nd round of the June 2007 draft, Enright was signed by the Phillies as a minor league free agent, 1/24/14.

Player – OF Cameron Perkins, Reading … 6 G … Batted .412 (7-17), .583 OBP, .529 SLG %, 3 R, 2 2B, 5 RBI, 7 BB … Perkins is honored as Phillies Minor League Player of the week for the 2nd time this season (other: 5/3-13) and 4th time in his professional career … He ranks 1st in the Eastern League in doubles (15), 3rd in OBP (.419), 4th in batting (.346) and 6th in OPS (.915) … The 23-year-old Perkins was selected in the 6th round of the June 2012 draft out of Purdue University and signed by Nate Dion.

Lehigh Valley was not scheduled.

Reading won sixth in a row, 7-6, over New Hampshire, getting only 7 hits. CF Aaron Altherr, 3rd HR. LF Cameron Perkins, 0-4, but 3 RBI (infield grounders). WP: Mike Nesseth (1-3). SV: Tyler Knigge (3); extended scoreless inning streak to 15 innings . . . Alarm Clocks Needed: Starting May 11, Fightin Phils played seven straight games with seven different starting times.

Clearwater lost its’ fifth in a row, 6-3, at St. Lucie. 2 hits: 1B Art Charles, CF Pete Lavin.

Lakewood was idle.

This Date
Courtesy of broadandpattison.com: May 22, 1952–Pitcher Curt Simmons hits an inside-the-park home run against the Pirates, the last time a Phillies pitcher accomplished that feat.

Cherry Hill Tonight
Will be signing my book, If These Walls Could Talk, tonight at Barnes & Noble at the Cherry Hill Mall. Starting time: 6:30 p.m. (You were expecting 6:30 a.m.?). Hope you have time to stop by.

Next signing date: June 1, Citizens Bank Park, 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

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