Cards Handle Aaron

Aaron has pitched well this season but the Cardinals have his number and they improved to 16-7 against him, 5-2 last night.  The Big Piece hit his 11th career home run in his hometown ballpark.  It was only the 10th given up by the Cardinals staff this season. Howard’s hit four homers in last eight games.

Four-game series ends this afternoon and then the Phillies take a United charter flight to Miami for a weekend series against the Marlins. Since Marlins Park opened in 2011, Phillies are 12-15 there, including 3-6 a year ago.

Phillies enter the final day of April with an 8-14 record.  Club record for most losses in April is 18 in 2002.  Most wins, 18, 2011.

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (5-16)
Lost third straight, 9-3, to Durham.  LHP Joely Rodriguez (0-3), 4-10-7-7-2-1. 1B Russ Canzler, 3 hits; RF Domonic Brown, 1-4.
Next: RHP Chad Billingsley (0-1), 10:35 this morning vs. Durham.  Team leaves after the game for Indianapolis.

Reading Fightin Phils (12-7)
LHP Jesse Biddle improved to 3-0 as Reading won its fourth in a row, 6-4, at Richmond.
Biddle’s line: 5-6-4-3-1-3. A year ago he was 3-10 in AA. 3 relievers closed out the game, LH Ethan Stewart, LH Elvis Araujo and RH Nefi Ogando: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 SO. 1st save for Ogando. 2B Brodie Greene, single, 2 doubles, 2 runs, 2 RBI.
Next: Day off today with Portland coming to Reading for a weekend series starting tomorrow night.

Clearwater Threshers (10-10)
Not scheduled on Wednesday.
Next: RHP Colin Kleven (1-1), 6:30 tonight at Dunedin.

Lakewood BlueClaws (10-10)
Broke a scoreless tie with 4 runs in the seventh and a 4-1 win at Augusta. WP: LHP Josh Taylor (1-1), 7-3-1-1-2-6. SV: Jesen Therrsen (2). RF Herlis Rodriguez doubled in 2 runs.
Next: RHP Tyler Viza (3-0), 7:05 tonight in Augusta.

Today in Phillies History
1887: Phillies beat New York, 15-9, in the first game played at Broad and Huntington Streets Park, later known as Baker Bowl.

1934: Phillies play their first Sunday game at home.  Because of the Pennsylvania blue laws, organized sports competition on Sundays had been illegal in the state.

Phun Fact
In winning their first pennant 100 years ago, the Phillies pitching staff led the league in earned run average (2.17), complete games (98) and shutouts (20).  Offensively, their 58 home runs were the most.

Not-So-Phun Fact
Of the starting eight from the 2008 World Champion Phillies, Chooch (.228) is the only one above .200; Howard (.180), Utley (.113), Rollins (.185) and Werth (.154).

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