Tough Trip

Phillies avoided their sixth ever 0-7 trip with Saturday’s win in Nationals Park.  Pap got a save in that one, #109 with the Phillies, four shy of Jose Mesa’s club record.  Pap already owns the Red Sox record (219).

Only offensive bright spot on the trip against the Mets and Nationals was Odubel.  The rookie batted .345.

Most losses ever by the Phillies on the road? 2-17 in 1928.  There were eight teams in the league then and the Phillies visited all of them… train.

The struggling Marlins come to Citizens Bank Park for a three-game series starting Tuesday night.  A year ago, Phillies held a 10-9 edge thanks to a 7-3 mark at home,

Minor Leagues (weekend edition)
Lehigh Valley (3-8) lost all 4 in Buffalo, including 3 over the weekend. Friday’s loss came at the hands of Randy Wolf. Domnonic Brown began his rehab on Saturday. 3B-1B Maikel Franco, 7-13, including 3 doubles; hitting .386. Jason Berken tonight at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Reading (6-3) swept a 3-game series at home against Richmond and drew 24,558, the largest 3-game series to start a home schedule in franchise history. CF Roman Quinn had a 6-game hitting streak end on Saturday. Friday he had a bunt single and a suicide bunt single and 3 steals. He’s hitting .378 in 9 games.  1B Brock Stassi, 5 hits, 6 RBI in the 3 games, including a walk-off single in Saturday’s 10-inning win. OF Aaron Altherr returned from the DL on Friday. Tom Windle tonight at home vs. Akron.
Pitching lines:
WP Aaron Nola (1-1), 6-4-0-0-1-5 on Friday.
ND Jesse Biddle, 6-5-2-2-1-8 on Saturday.
WP Zach Elfin (2-0), 8-3-0-0-1-5 on Sunday; 71 strikes out of 94 pitches. Named Eastern League Pitcher of the Week.

Clearwater (7-4) had a 4-game winning streak halted on Sunday after winning first two game against Lakeland. David Whitehead tonight vs. Tampa.
Following an 11-inning win in Jupiter on Thursday night, the bus returned to Clearwater at 3 a.m. Friday, only to play a 17-inning game that night. RF Dylan Cozens had the walk-off hit for the second straight game.   Bullpen tossed 13 scoreless innings, including the closer Cody Forsythe who threw 53 pitches in 4 shutout innings. Combined totals: 9 pitchers, 17 hits, 12 walks, 2 intentional, 35 strikeouts, 2 wild pitches, 3 balks, 29 LOB, 2-17 RISP.

Lakewood (5-6) dropped 2 of 3 in Hagerstown.  Win went to Tyler Viza (2-0), 5-4-2-2-5.  A year ago he was 3-17 at Lakewood. 19-year-old CF Carlos Tocci, 5-13; hitting .400.

Today in Phillies History
1920: Manager Gavvy Cravath hit a three-run homer as a pinch hitter for a 3-0 win over the Giants.  It was the last home run of his career, giving him 119, the most in baseball history. That distinction lasted only one season as Babe Ruth finished 1921 with 120.

Happy birthday: Tom Hutton (69).  He’s a TV broadcaster for the Marlins.

Happy Anniversary: Terry and Don Hasenmayer who celebrated their 68th on Sunday.  Don was an infielder on the Phillies in 1945-46 and who also served his country in the military during World War II.

Phun Fact
65 years ago Sunday a young announcer named Vince Scully broadcast his first major league game at Shibe Park, the Dodgers against the Phillies.  Now 88, he continues to broadcast some Dodger home games and selected road games on radio. His signature introduction: “It’s time for Dodger baseball! Hi, everybody, and a very pleasant good (day/evening) to you, wherever you may be.”

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