Nats Next

The good news after last night’s loss to the Mets: the Phillies don’t see them for another 22 days.  New York has won 15 of the last 19 games, including a three-game sweep.

Phillies leadoff hitters went into the game with a total of four hits for the season.  Odubel had two doubles and triple.  Cody also had three hits. That’s the good news.  The Phillies left 11 runners on base. 2-16 with RISP. That’s not so good news.

Cole gets the nod as the Phillies tonight, the first of a four-game series against the Nationals. He had a no-decision against them last week, allowing just one run in seven innings. He’s pitched well against them in his career.  That’s the good news. The not so good news, the Nats will start four tough right-handers in the series.

Since Nationals Park opened in 2008, the Phillies re 32-32 there.

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley (3-4) won its 3rd game in the last 4, 8-5, over Syracuse.  No decision for Chad Billingsley, 5-2-0-0-2-3; 73 pitches.  3B Maikel Franco, 2 hits, including a two-run triple; extended hitting streak to 5 games.  Severino Gonzalez starts tonight in Buffalo, the start of a 7-game road trip.

Reading (3-3) ended a 2-game losing streak in New Hampshire with a 4-1 in the series and road trip finale.  LHP Anthony Vasquez, in his first start, was the winner, 5-3-0-0-1-4.  1st save for Stephen Shackleford.  CF Ramon Quinn, 2 hits, RBI, SB; leads league in hitting (.478), runs (9), triples (2), steals (4) in 6 games.  Day off today.  First home game on Friday night; Aaron Nola will start.

Clearwater (4-3) erupted for 7 runs in the top of the ninth and pulled out a 7-4 win in Jupiter. The big inning featured 6 singles, a double, hit batter, balk and sacrifice fly.  CF Aaron Brown started the inning with a single and ended it with a 2-out, 2-run double.  He was out trying to score on a weird 9-4-2-1-2 play.  LF Andrew Pullin had 3 hits; batting .421. No decision: David Whitehead, 6-7-1-1-2-4. SV: Ulises Joaquin (2). Brandon Leibrandt starts tonight, the series and road trip finale in Jupiter.

Lakewood (4-3) had a 2-game winning streak end when Greensboro scored 5 in the ninth, 7-2, in the final game of a 7-game homestand. No decision: Ricardo Pinto, 7-9-2-2-1-10.  CF Carlos Tocci, 3rd straight 2-hit game; leads league in hits (11), RBI (8); .407 average is 4th.  First road trip begins tonight in Hagerstown.  Josh Taylor starts.

Today in Phillies History
1972: RHP Burt Hotton of the Cubs pitches a no-hitter against the Phillies in Wrigley Field. Six years later on the same date, RHP Bob Forsch of the Cardinals no-hits the Phillies in St. Louis.

For more great moments in Phillies history, visit

Happy birthday: RHP Jim Lonborg (73).

Phun Fact
Chase has hit two home runs in a game 21 times.  He’s tied with Joe Gordon for second place among all second basemen.  The leader? Ryne Sandberg, 24.

In the 2009 World Series, Chase hit two homers in a game, twice, a record for a second baseman.

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