Chad’s Long Wait
Lonely days of lonely rehabilitation for two long years after two surgeries on his right arm. That’s what Billingsley went through until his Phillies debut last night in Atlanta. Taking a major league mound for the first time since April 15, 2013 (750 days), while pitching for the Dodgers, his debut unfortunately didn’t want to go the way he wished. Two home runs handed him a loss.
Offensively, the Phillies were stymied by Miller, who allowed three hits while throwing 99 pitchers, 75 for strikes. It was the fourth time the Phillies have been shutout this young season.
Rubber game of the series is tonight, a chance for the Phillies to end their string of series losses on the road.
Players of the Week (April 27-May 3)
Player – 1B Rhys Hoskins, Lakewood…22-year old first baseman, was the epitome of offensive production. In six games, he hit .480 with two doubles, a triple, a home run, 7 RBI and four runs scored. Hoskins reached base at a .536 clip and slugged .760 for a 1.296 OPS. Hoskins was drafted by the Phillies in the fifth round of the 2014 draft and was signed by Joey Davis.
Pitcher – RHP Ben Lively, Reading…The 23-year old continued to stand out in Reading’s rotation. He was 2-0 in two stars, 13 total innings, 13 hits, three earned runs, two walks, 16 strikeouts. Has a 2.16 ERA for the season and opponents are hitting just .231 against him. Earned Eastern League Pitcher of the Week honors. Lively was acquired by the Phillies this past offseason in the trade that sent Marlon Byrd to the Cincinnati Reds.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (7-20)
Having hit one home run in previous 16 games, LV hit three among a season-high 19 hits, a 12-1 breeze in Louisville. 3B Maikel Franco (#2) and CF Jordan Danks (#1) homered in the first inning while LF Brian Bogusevic ended it with one in the ninth inning (#2). He had four hits and scored four runs. Franco and Danks, three hits each. Win ended a four-game losing streak.
Next: RH David Buchanan gets first AAA start, 6:35 tonight in Louisville, last game of a six-game road trip.
Reading Fightin Phils (15-9)
Scoring crooked numbers in four innings, Reading outlasted New Hampshire, 11-9; third straight win. NH out-hit the winners, 19-15. 1B Art Charles, three hits, three runs, second home run and three RBI. LF Cam Perkins added a double and first home run. WP: Hoby Milner (1-0). SV: Stephen Shackleford (5). No decision: Jesse Biddle, 4-10-5-5-2-6.
Next: RH Zach Elfin (2-1), 11:35 this morning vs. NH.
Clearwater Threshers (12-14)
Lost third in a row, 2-1, to Brevard County, getting only six hits. LP: RH Colin Kleven (2-2), 5-6-2-2-3-3.
Next: RH David Whitehead (1-3), 1 this afternoon vs. BC.
Lakewood BlueClaws (13-10)
Were idle after a 5-2, 2-city trip to Georgia.
Next: LH Josh Taylor (1-1), 6:35 tonight vs. Augusta.
C John Hester activated from rehab program; joined Reading, replacing C Gabriel Lino on DL with left knee strain . . . LHP Scott Harris activated from DL; joined Lakewood. RHP Calvin Rayburn, from Lakewood to extended spring training.
Extended: SS J.P. Crawford played a full nine innings for the second straight afternoon.
Today in Phillies History
2011: LHP Cliff Lee matches club record for a left-hander with 16 strikeouts in a 16-10 win vs. Atlanta at Citizens Bank Park.
Happy Birthday: Reliever and broadcaster Larry Andersen, 62. His last game was in Atlanta on July 31, 1994. He struck out the last hitter, CF Roberto Kelly.
Dick Allen is the only player to hit a home run over the 447-foot sign in dead centerfield at Connie Mack Stadium.