4 HR, But A Loss

Philadelphia Phillies v New York Mets
Electricity filled the City Field air as Harvey made his first start at home following Tommy John surgery.  First pitch was a strike and the crowd roared.  Two strikeouts and a two-strike count on Chase had the fans in a tizzy.  Chase hit the next pitch for a home run.  Total silence.

Harvey hadn’t allowed a home run in 61 innings, the longest running streak in the majors.  Utley hadn’t homered in 197 plate appearances, his longest dry spell. Later Chase hit his second homer (8th inning), the 21st time he’s done that. He was on base four times.

After hitting two homers in their first seven games, the Phillies unloaded for four only to suffer a 6-5 loss to the Mets, who have won 15 of the last 21 meetings between the two clubs. Frenchy hit the Phillies fourth in the top of the ninth.

The game featured two homers (Chase/Cody) off Harvey for only the second time in his career, a double off him by Buchanan, four hit batters (two for each team), a warning for both teams, a challenge that wasn’t allowed, a challenge that was and the ejection of the Mets manager when Howard was given first base because his bat hit the catcher’s mitt.

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley (2-4) edged Pawtucket, 6-5, scoring the winning run in the last of the eighth when Brian Bogusevic scored on a catcher’s throwing error while stealing third base.  WP: Hector Neris (1-1). SV: Colton Murray (1). 3B Maikel Franco, 1st HR. 1B Russ Canzler, 3 hits.  Starter Joely Rodriguez:  5-6-4-4-3-1.  Chad Billingsley in 10:35 a.m. game today.  IronPigs leave for Buffalo after the game.

Reading (2-3) lost when C Jack Murphy hit a two-run homer off Nefi Ogando in the bottom of the ninth, 5-4, at New Hampshire. CF Roman Quinn, 3 hits, 2 steals; batting .450. 3B Gustavo Pierre, 1st HR.  Starter Ben Lively: 6-5-3-3-2-3; all runs in first two innings.  Anthony Vasquez in 10:35 a.m. game today.  Fightin Phils return home after the game for their home opener on Friday.

Clearwater (3-3) won, 6-1, at Jupiter.  Matt Imhoff (1-1) picked up the win, 5-4-1-0-3-2. C Willians Astudillo, 1st HR.  DH Andrew Knapp, 2 his; .346 average. David Whitehead tonight in Jupiter.

Lakewood (4-2) coasted to a 9-1 win over Greensboro.  WP Elniery Garcia (1-0): 6-4-1-0-1-4. CF Carlos Tocci, 2B, grand slam HR; hitting .391.  Richard Pinto in 11:05 a.m. game today vs. Greensboro, last game of the homestand.

Today in Phillies History
1985: Mike Schmidt plays in his 1,795th game to break the club record held by Richie Ashburn.

2004: Four-run eighth inning lifts the Phillies to a 6-4 win over the Reds, their first victory in Citizens Bank Park.  LHP Rheal Cormier is the winner; save for LHP Billy Wagner.  Homers by 3B David Bell and C Mike Lieberthal.

Phun Fact
Rookie manager Pat Moran brought in eight new players including starters at second base, shortstop and left field prior to the 1915 season.  Bobby Byrne, the incumbent second baseman, moved to third base giving the team different players at three infield positions.


David Whitehead for Clearwater today, not David Whitaker.

Jim: Thanks. Who in the world is David Whitaker then?

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