Bats Come Alive

The bats came alive, the long ball appeared and the Phillies scored a season-high runs in the 7-3 win over the Marlins last night.

Freddy and Ryan each hit two-run homers.  Freddy’s gave them a lead and Ryan’s regained the lead.  Since 2006, Ryan has 259 go-ahead RBI, second only to Miguel Cabrera’s 270.  Freddy has driven in a run in five straight games; last Phillie to do that was Chase two years ago.

Ben got knocked down by Mike Dunn and hit the next pitch for a two-run triple that put the game away.

Jerome got the win, Ken and Pap finished it with a perfect inning each.  When Ken and Pap  pitch in a game, the Phillies have won 14 in a row and are 26-4.  That’s a pretty potent back end.

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (4-9)
With six different batters getting two hits each, Lehigh Valley ended a five-game losing streak, 6-1, at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre . . . DH Chris Nelson had a pair of doubles and an RBI; he also stole a base . . . 3B Maikel Franco added two hits to boost his season average to .352 . . . RF Domonic Brown, 1-4, and threw a runner out at home plate . . . RHP Severino Gonzalez (1-1) allowed one run in his last inning (sixth).  He gave up six hits (five singles and a triple), walked one and struck out three.
Next: LHP Adam Morgan (0-1, 5.00), 6:35 tonight at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Reading Fightin Phils (7-4)
Pounding out 14 hits and taking advantage of five errors, Akron put an end to Reading’s five-game winning streak, 12-4 . . . CF Roman Quinn, two hits, three strikeouts. 2-4 night improved average to .422 . . . RF Brian Pointer, 1st home run . . . LP: Tom Windle (0-1), 5-9-9-8-3-3, including a fifth-inning grand slam to RF Jordan Smith.
Next: RHP Ben Lively (0-0, 4.50), 6:35 tonight vs. Akron.

Clearwater Threshers (8-5)


LHP Brandon Leibrandt (1-0) threw seven shutout innings in a 3-0 win over Tampa, which scored 12 runs the night before.  Leibrandt, 22, allowed five singles, walked none and struck out seven. He had one three-ball count. He picked off three runners at first base, including back-to-back outs in the sixth inning. Two other runners were caught stealing by C Andrew Knapp . . . Edubray Ramos, with two scoreless innings, recorded his first save . . . CF Aaron Brown drove in two of the three runs.
Next: Undecided, 7:00 tonight at Tampa.
Like Father: Brandon’s dad, Charlie, pitched 14 years in the majors, 140-119 record.
Roster moves: Add RHP Victor Arano from extended spring training; RHP Yacksel Rios on DL as of April 21.

Lakewood BlueClaws (5-7)
1B Rhys Hoskins continued to swing a hot bat helping the BlueClaws end a three-game losing streak, 8-5, in Greensboro.  The 22-year old had a walk, solo home run, solo home run, single, single. In his last seven plate appearances over two games, two singles, a double and three homers . . . SS Malquin Canelo and 3B Derek Campbell also hit solo homers . . . CF Carlos Tocci was 1-4, lowering his average to .375 . . . RHP Ricardo Pinto (1-0) was the winner, 6-7-5-4-0-6 . . . RHP Matt Hockenberry, 2nd save.
Next: LHP Josh Taylor (0-0, 2.70), 10:45 this morning at Greensboro.

Phun Fact
There were plenty of nicknames on the 1915 Phillies: Clifford (Gavvy) Cravath, George (Possum) Whitney, George (Dode) Paskert, George (Dut) Chalmers, Joe (Bareback) Oeschger, Grover Cleveland (Old Pete) Alexander, Dave (Beauty) Bancroft, Eppa (Eppa Jephtha) Rixey, Milt (Handle Hit) Stock, Bill (Paw Paw or Reindeer) Killefer and Pat (Whiskey Face) Moran.



Larry, the game information you were provided is incorrect. Knapp did not throw anyone out on a steal attempt. Leibrandt picked three runners off with his slide-step. One was tagged out at first 1-3, the other two were were retired 1-3-6. Since they were tagged out at second, they were credited with a steal attempt, but Knapp was not involved in any put outs on the base paths.

Jim: You are correct. Box score listed 3 pickoffs at first but in looking over the play by play they were as you described. I must have invented Knapp’s caught stealing. Give me a balk on the day!

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