How do you stop a five-game losing streak?
Have a birthday party. Revere turned 27 yesterday and the Phillies partied. The honoree had his first three-hit game of the season, The Big Piece legged out a run-scoring triple, Sizemore singled him in, Herrera got in the game late and singled, stretching his on-base streak to 18 straight games. The Phillies scored in three straight innings, a season first.
Gonzalez rebounded from his rocky debut to win his first major league game and four relievers were lights out, allowing one hit, one walk and five strikeouts in four innings. DeFratus did something no Phillies pitcher had done this season….a one-two-three inning on strikeouts. After the game Gonzalez was optioned to Lehigh Valley to make room for Chad Billingsley who is starting on Tuesday night.
A United charter flight took the Phillies from Miami to Atlanta after the game. A three-game series with the Braves starts tonight. Phillies are 76-78 in Turner Field but 6-3 a year ago. Can Revere have another birthday today?
Games played at first base in Phillies history:
Ryan Howard (2004-current), 1,301
Fred Luderus (1910-20), 1,298
Sid Farrar (1883-89), 816
Don Hurst (1928-34), 815
Kitty Bransfield (1905-11), 781
Utley has now moved into 10th place for games played in Phillies history, 1,502, passing
Granny Hamner (1,501). Willie Jones is ninth, 1,520 and Sherry Magee, eighth, 1,521.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (6-19)
A lost weekend in Indianapolis as the IronPigs were swept in a 3-game series . . . RH Phillippe Aumont, in his second start, got the loss in Friday’s 4-0 decision, 3-6-3-3-2-5. All 3 runs came in the first inning on 3 hits . . . The Indians scored 3 in the last of the ninth off RH Hector Neris to win, 6-5, the next night . . . Sunday produced 8 singles and a 6-2 defeat. Maikel Franco stole home on the back end of a double steal. LV pitchers gave up 9 hits and 7 walks.
Next: LH Joely Rodriguez (0-2), 6:35 tonight in Louisville.
Reading Fightin Phils (13-9)
Held to 1 run on 8 hits in 2 losses to Portland on Friday and Saturday, Reading broke out scoring a run in 6 separate innings in Sunday’s 6-5 win . . . RH Zach Elfin (2-1) lost Friday, 3-0, 8-5-3-3-1-5; allowed a 2-run HR in the second inning and an eighth-inning run; retired 22 of 28 at one point; 93 pitches, 60 for strikes . . . LH Tom Wendle had a strange outing on Saturday, 7 walks, 2 strikeouts, 0 hits and 0 runs in a no decision. He walked 4 in the first inning but was aided by a 9-2 double play and walked 3 more in the next inning . . . RH Ben Lively (2-0) won on Sunday, 6-7-3-3-1-9; 94 pitches, 64 for strikes. RH Stephen Shackleford, 4th save. LF Brian Pointer, 3rd HR, 2 RBI.
Next: RH Aaron Nola (2-2), 6:35 tonight vs. New Hampshire.
Clearwater Threshers (12-12)
Dropped 2 of 3 to Dunedin . . . Out-hit Dunedin, 11-8, but left 10 on base in Friday’s 4-2 loss for RH David Whitehead (1-3), 6-6-3-3-0-7; allowed a 2-run homer in the first . . . RF Dylan Cozens had 2 singles, a double, 2nd HR and drove in 3 with LF Andrew Pullin adding a 2-run homer in Saturday’s 8-2 win. SS Drew Stankiewicz had his third straight multi-hit game. WP: LH Brandon Leibrandt (2-1), 6-1-1-1-2-9; lowered ERA to 1.74. Hit was a fifth-inning triple . . . Threshers were blanked on 7 hits Sunday, 8-0.
Next: RH Mark Leiter (1-0), makes first start of season, 7:00 tonight vs. Brevard County.
Lakewood BlueClaws (13-10)
Began May winning 3 games at Savannah, first 3-game winning streak since July of last season . . . Gigantic series for CF Carlos Tocci, 8-12, 3 stolen bases giving him 9-9 for the season; average jumped to .400; has 12 multi-hit games out of 24 . . . RH Matt Hockenberry, saves #5-6 . . . 1B Rhys Hoskins stretched hitting streak to 9 games; 2 RBI giving him club-high 15 . . . RH Chris Oliver (2-2), won on Saturday, 7-7-0-0-0-6; LH Elniery Garcia (2-2) Sunday; 6-8-3-3-3-6.
Next: RH Roberto Pinto (2-0), 7:05 tonight in Savannah, final game of an 8-game road trip.
Reading: LHP Hoby Milner, a 10-game winner in AA last year, activated from the DL in the rehab program at Carpenter Complex . . . Clearwater: RHR Yacksel Rios activated from DL; RHR Will Morris to the Extended Program . . . CF Aaron Brown on DL backdated to April 29 with a right hip strain; OF Carlos Duran to Clearwater from Extended. When a player goes from Extended to the Threshers, he’s kiddingly referred to as a “fence jumper”, as an outfield fence separates the Complex and Bright House Field.
How many different Phillies sluggers have led the National League in home runs since the franchise was established in 1883? The answer can be found at http://www.phillies.com/alumni.
Next post will be Wednesday. Saying good-bye to Clearwater and heading back home in Glen Mills, PA.