The Phillies chased Malvern Prep’s Cooney in the third inning but five St. Louis relievers closed the door, retiring 19 of 21 to give the Cardinals a 9-3 win yesterday afternoon and a series win, 3-1.
Buchanan fell to 0-5. According to Elias Sports Bureau, he is the first pitcher in team history to suffer five defeats without a win in the month of April. Kyle Abbott, a lefty, was the last Phillies hurler to begin 0-5 (1992).
Herrera reached base for the 15th consecutive game, something no Phillies rookie has done in April since 1900, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
Rupp got his first triple since 2012 at Clearwater.
While they still weren’t as sharp as a year ago, Diekman and DeFratus didn’t allow a run. Got to get them back to where they were in 2014. They are a key component in the future of the club.
Williams, who beat the Marlins, 7-3, on April 21, faces them again tonight in the start of a weekend series in Miami. Then on to Atlanta for three night games starting Monday.
Next weekend, the Phillies are home to the Mets.
Move Over Fred
Assuming Ryan will be back at first base tonight, it will be his 1,299th game at that position. He’ll pass Fred Luderus who held the record for most games by a Phillies first baseman since his last game, June 23, 1920. Luderus was the captain of the 1915 Phillies who won the franchise’s first pennant that year.
From Ernie: Wondering why Scott Rolen is not on the Phillies Wall of Fame. Can anyone explain why not? Thanks for your time and consideration.
“When we established the Wall of Fame in 1978, we decided that a player needed to be retired three years to be eligible. The Baseball Hall of Fame requires five years. We have made exceptions over time, Steve Carlton, Mike Schmidt, John Vukovich, Harry Kalas and Charlie Manuel.
“Scott last played in 2012 which would make him eligible next January when we conduct the fan vote.”
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (6-16)
RH Chad Billingsley picked up his first win since April 10, 2013, with the Dodgers as the IronPigs ended a 3-game losing streak, 4-2, over Durham. Chad: 5.2-5-2-0-1-6, HB, BK, 99 pitches, 66 strikes. 2 runs came in the second inning. RF Domonic Brown, a pair of RBI singles. Crowd of 8,902 was at Coca-Cola Park for the 10:45 a.m. game. Were eggs benedict served at the concession stands?
Next: RH Phillippe Aumont (1-0) makes his second straight start, 7:15 tonight in Indianapolis.
Reading Fightin Phils (12-7)
Resume play at 7:05 tonight vs. the Portland Sea Dogs. RH Zach Elfin (2-0, 0.00) will start. Reading is riding a 4-game winning streak.
Clearwater Threshers (11-10)
Pounding out 18 hits, the Threshers easily defeated host Dunedin, 8-1. C Willians Astudillo, 3 hits, 2 RBI; .309 average leads the club. SS Drew Stankiewicz, 3 hits, RBI. WP: RH Colin Kleven (2-1), 6-3-1-1-4-6.
Next: RH David Whitehead (1-2), 6:30 tonight at Dunedin.
Lakewood BlueClaws (10-10)
3B Jonah Arendado hit a walk-off, 2-run homer in the 10th inning off Austin Davis to lift Augusta to a 7-5 win. Lakewood banged out 15 hits but left 15 runners on base. The BlueClaws scored 2, 2-out runs in the first inning and tied the game with 3, 2-out runs in the top of the ninth. DH Rhys Hoskins’ 2-run homer (#4) capped the 3-run rally. He also had 2 singles and a third RBI. C Deivi Grullon, 3 hits, including a double. CF Carlos Tocci, 2 hits, 2 runs.
Next: RH Ranfi Carimiro (1-2), 7:05 tonight at Savannah.
Extended Spring Training
J. P. Crawford played shortstop for the first time during his rehab from an oblique strain sustained in a minor league spring training game in March.
Today in Phillies History
1883: In Phillies first game ever, Providence Grays pull out a 4-3 victory in Philadelphia’s Recreation Park. Estimated attendance was 1,200.
1906: 20-year-old LHP John Lush tosses a no-hitter, 6-0, at Brooklyn. A graduate of Philadelphia’s Girard Preparatory, Lush finishes 18-12 for the season.
1983: Phillies observe 100th anniversary of their first game and 40-year-old 1B Tony Perez collects three hits and drives in five runs in an 11-3 romp over Houston. RHP John Enzmann, 93, the oldest living former Phillie, throws out the ceremonial first pitch.
Phillies won their first game of the 20th century, 19-17, at Boston and the last game, 6-5, over Montreal at Veterans Stadium. SS Monte Cross hit the Phillies’ first home run of the century; PH Wendell Magee, the last one.