Zeros End

A lot of zeros were broken a day after the Phillies had zero hits.

KK, dating back to last August 6, was 0-10 as a starter. The Big Piece entered last evening’s game 0-17, Chooch, 0-14. KK picked up the 9-0 win after a 6-0 loss Sunday afternoon.

The Pig Piece broke out with 3 hits and 5 RBI, the most for him since 2012. When he’s driving in runs, the offense has a much different look. He was scuffling but he keeps on battling.

Chase Climbing
Everybody is focused on J-Roll’s chase for the franchise’s all-time record for hits, but Chase is climbing on such lists, too.

He reached 585 extra-base hits yesterday, tying former teammate, Bobby Abreu, for sixth place. Del Ennis is fifth, 634.

He also moved into seventh place on the all-time list for total bases, 2,542, passing Cy Williams. Richie Ashburn is sixth, 2,764.

JR/MS Countdown
Career hits for the Phillies:
Mike Schmidt (2,234)
J-Roll (2,220)

Number of the Day
5—career pinch-hit home runs for Mayberry Jr., moving into a tie for fourth place on the Phillies all-time list with Gene Freese, Bill Nicholson and Chase Utley. Five are tied for third place with six. Cy Williams’ 9 leads.

Tweet of the day yesterday
From Mario Hollands: “Thanks to the men and women that protect our country. Happy Memorial Day.”

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley won, 5-4 at Norfolk . . . RF Tyler Henson, 4th HR; SS Ronny Cedeno, 1st, a 3-run blast . . . WP: Barry Enright (3-2) . . . SV: Ken Giles (3).

Reading lost, 9-0, at Akron, getting only 3 hits . . . LF Cameron Perkins, league-leading 18th double was 1 of the hits.

Clearwater was not scheduled.

Lakewood lost, 4-0, at Greensboro . . . 1B Willians Astudillo, extended hitting streak to 10 games . . . SS J. P. Crawford, club-high 14th double.

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.

Check out for more flashback moments and a photo of Jim Thome hitting his 400th HR.

Book Signings
Will be signing my new book (If These Walls Could Talk) next month at the following locations:
June 1: Citizens Bank Park, 12:30 p.m., Section 111.
June 2: Forwood Elementary School, Wilmington, 6 p.m.
June 5: Barnes & Noble, Valley Forge, PA, 6 p.m.
June 7: Costco, Glen Mills, PA, 11:30 a.m.
June 8: Barnes & Noble, Plymouth Meeting, 12 noon.
June 10: Maris Grove, Glen Mills, PA, 2:30 p.m.
June 12: Reading Fightin Phils, 5:30 p.m.
June 13: Citizens Bank Park, 6 p.m.
June 16: All-Star Home Run Hitting Contest, Wilmington Blue Rocks, 4 p.m.

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