Weekend in DC
The long ball got to Cole and the offense continued its woes as the Nationals opened a four-game series with a 5-2 win last night. They hit two homers off Cole. A year ago, he allowed 14. So far this young season, seven. He had gone 21 straight road starts without allowing more than three runs.
Phillies hitters were 0-5 with RISP. For the season, they are just 11-74 in this category.
Tonight, Saturday and Sunday afternoon wraps up the series. Phillies return home Tuesday to host the Marlins in a three-game series.
Lehigh Valley (3-5) lost, 5-1, at Buffalo. LP Severino Gonzalez, 5-10-5-5-1-2. 3B Maikel Franco, single, double; hitting .323. LHP Adam Morgan (0-0) tonight.
Reading was idle. RHP Aaron Nola (0-1) tonight as Fightin Phils open their home schedule against Richmond.
Clearwater (5-3) won, 3-2, in 11 innings at Jupiter on a 3B by Andrew Knapp and a game-winning single by RF Dylan Cozens. DH Andrew Pullin, 2 hits; batting .417. ND: Brandon Leibrandt, 6-5-2-2-1-6. WP: Mark Leiter (1-0). SV: Ulises Joaquin (3). RHP Miguel Nunez (0-0) tonight against Lakeland at Bright House Field.
Lakewood (4-4) dropped a 7-3 decision at Hagerstown. LP: Jason Taylor, 5-6-2-2-1-1. CF Carlos Tocci, 1-4, 4th steal. RHP Tyler Viza (1-0) tonight.
Today in Phillies History
1976: 3B Mike Schmidt ties major league record by hitting four consecutive home runs in defeating the Cubs in Wrigley Field, 18-16, in 10 innings. The Phillies rallied from trailing 12-1 and 13-2, tying the NL record for the biggest comeback. Schmidt’s homers came in the 5th, 7th, 8th and 10th innings (game winner).
Be sure to check out Alumni news, notes and photos at http://www.phillies.com/alumni. Peek at the Past vintage photo is a classic from spring training 100 years ago.
Reliever Rheal Cormier picked up the last Phillies win at Veterans Stadium and the first win at Citizens Bank Park. Starter Claude Passeau has the distinction of getting the Phillies final win in Baker Bowl and their first win after the Phillies permanently moved to Shibe Park, both in 1938.