St. Louis For 4
The Big Piece has homered in three of his last five games . . . Ben has three triples in his last six games . . . Galvis was 6-10 as the Phillies won two of three from the Braves over the weekend. And, Freddy may have turned in the fielding gem of the season on Saturday . . . Pap gave up a base runner on Sunday for the first time this season but recorded another save . . . After the game the Phillies took a United charter for a flight to St. Louis and four games with the Central Division-leading Cardinals starting tonight.
While taking the series against the Braves the Phillies offense didn’t exactly light up the world. Eight total runs gives the Phillies 49 total, last in the league. Conversely, the Cardinals pitching staff has given up 41, fewest in the league.
The Phillies were 4-3 vs. St. Louis a year ago, 2-2 in Busch Stadium. Since that stadium opened in 2006, Phillies are 20-17.
The Big Piece has feasted on Atlanta pitching, 49 homers, 139 RBI in 159 games. He’s done the same against his hometown Cardinals, .362, 19 homers, 60 RBI in 56 games. At Busch, .360, 10 homers, 38 RBI in 30 games.
Minor Leagues (Weekend Report)
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (5-13)
3-1 win over Buffalo Sunday ended a 4-game losing streak and a 7-game losing streak to the Bisons . . . RHP Phillippe Aumont, making his first start since 9/2/10 at Clearwater (a span of 1,697 days), was the winner, 5-3-0-0-0-2. 1st save for Seth Rosin.
Next: LHP Adam Morgan, 7:05 tonight vs. Durham.
Reading Fightin Phils (9-7)
Won 2 of 3 at Harrisburg . . . LHP Jesse Biddle (2-0) was Friday’s winner, 5.1-4-3-3-3-4. 1B Art Charles, 4-4 (2 doubles, 2 triples), 5 RBI . . . Harrisburg scored 4 in the eighth to win Saturday, 7-4. Starter Zach Elfin was ejected in the second inning for throwing behind SS Stephen Perez. Elvis Araujo was ejected in the ninth for hitting Perez . . . 3B Gustavo Pierre hit a ninth-inning home run for a 4-3 Sunday win. No decision for LHP Tom Windle, 7-2-1-1-0-9; retired 21 of the 24 batters he faced . . . RHP Stephen Shackleford picked up a save, blown save and win in 2 appearances.
Next: RHP Ben Lively (0-0), 6:35 tonight at Richmond.
Clearwater Threshers (9-9)
Lost 2 of 3 at Lakeland . . . 8-4 win on Friday featured 7, 2-out runs. CF Aaron Brown, double, triple, 3 runs, 2 RBI. WP Colin Kleven (1-1), 6-8-3-2-1-3 . . . Offense produced only 8 hits in losing next two games, 4-1, 3-2. LHP Brandon Leibrant (1-1) was Sunday’s loser, 6-2-3-3-1-4,
Next: RHP Victor Arano (0-1), 7:00 tonight in Tampa.
Lakewood BlueClaws (8-10)
9 singles produced 2-1 win on Friday for RHP Ranfi Casimiro (1-2), 7-7-1-1-0-6. RHP Matt Hockenberry, third SV . . . 20-year-old SS Malquin Canelo, 6-12 weekend; has had 4 straight multi-hit games.
Next: RHP Ricardo Pinto (1-0), 7:05 Tuesday night in Augusta.
Extended Spring Training
SS J.P. Crawford (oblique injury during minor league spring training camp) saw his first game action on Saturday morning, 3-4, as a DH. LHP Hoby Milner, also in the rehab program (shoulder), pitched 1 inning, his first game action.
2B Carlos Alonso on Reading DL; 2B Brodie Greene, moved up from Clearwater . . . Clearwater LHP Lino Martinez on DL; promoted to Threshers staff from extended spring training, LHP Harold Guerrero and RHP Will Morris.
Today in Phillies History
2014: SS Jimmy Rollins and 2B Chase Utley play in their 1,090th game, the most for any SS-2B combo in major league history.
In 33 years at Veterans Stadium, Phillies pitchers tossed two no-hitters, both against the San Francisco Giants. Terry Mulholland (1990) and Millwood.