Braves In Town
Baseball is pitching, hitting and defense. Right now the Phillies are struggling in all three. Their pitchers have walked 66, most in the league; offense has scored 41 runs, fewest in the league and defense has committed 17 errors, again the league leader.
When things are going bad they are going bad. Got to battle and hang in.
In yesterday’s loss to the Marlins, their first series win at Citizens Bank Park since 2012, the Phillies lineup did not include one member of the 2008 World Champions. That was a first.
Home stand ends with a weekend series against Atlanta. The Braves held the upper edge in the season series a year ago, 11-8, including 8-2 in Philly. Time to reverse that trend.
Phillies are on pace to make 162 errors. Relax that isn’t even close to the club record for most errors in a season, 403, set in 1904 when they played 155 games. Record for fewest errors, 74, in 162 games in 2011.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (4-10)
Fell, 11-1, to Buffalo. 3B Maikel Franco, 2-4; he’s hit in 12 of last 13 (22-59) . . . LP: Paul Clemens (0-1), 5.2-8-5-5-3-6.
Next: LHP Joely Rodriguez (0-1, 4.30), 7:05 tonight vs. Buffalo.
Roster Move: LHP Nick Hill was reinstated from the DL.
Reading Fightin Phils (7-6)
Shut out for the second straight game stretching their streak to 19 innings without scoring. This time 3-0 at Harrisburg, Reading’s third straight loss . . . LP: Aaron Nola (1-2), 7-6-2-2-0-6. Nola gave up both runs in the first inning. Retired 14 in a row at one point and 18 of the final 21 batters he faced . . . Held to one hit on Wednesday, Reading had only six last night, two each by 2B Carlos Alonso and C Gabriel Lino.
Next: LHP Jesse Biddle (1-0, 1.64), 6:30 tonight at Harrisburg.
Clearwater Threshers (8-7)
Dropped their second in a row, 5-2, at Lakeland . . . 2 hits each for 2B Brodie Greene, RF Dylan Cozens and SS Drew Stankiewicz . . . C-1B-D Willians Astudillo extended his hitting streak to 12 games . . . LP: Miguel Nunez (0-1), 4-8-5-4-2-0 . . . Mark Leiter followed, 4-2-0-0-1-8.
Next: RHP Colin Kleven (0-1, 8.18), 6:30 tonight at Lakeland.
Lakewood BlueClaws (7-8)
Club returned home and blanked Hagerstown, 4-0, as RHP Tyler Viza became the Phillies first 3-game winner. Now 3-0, he matched last season’s total when he was 3-17 for Lakewood. His line last night: 7.1-3-0-0-2-6 . . . 1st SV: Jesent Therrien . . . SS Malquin Canelo, 3 hits, including first home run . . . C Deive Grullon, 3 hits, including first home run.
Next: RHP Ranfi Casimiro (0-2, 8.38), 6:35 tonight against Hagerstown.
Extended Spring Training
RHP Adam Reifer was released.
Today in Phillies History
2003: 2B Chase Utley gets first hit in the majors, a third-inning grand slam during a 9-1 win over the Rockies at Veterans Stadium.
Where Is He?
Paul Hagen’s written another “Where Are They Now?” feature. Check it out at http://www.phillies.com/alumni. More historic moments can also be found there.
OF John Manning is the first Phillies player to hit three home runs in a game, 10/9/1884, at Chicago. In 103 other games that season, he hit two. His five led the club.