Pirates In Town

 

Hamels picked up a win over the Mets, pinning the first Phillies loss on Harvey . . . Harang fell to 1-2 on his birthday as Niese moved to 5-0 against the Phillies in his last seven starts . . . 41-year-old Colon improved to 6-1 and extended his streak of not walking a batter to 40.1 consecutive innings. The Mets have won five straight series from the Phillies in Citizens Bank Park. That’s a quick weekend wrap.

Hamels’ start was his 281st, putting him fourth place on the Phillies all-time list ahead of Grover Cleveland Alexander.  Only Chris Short (301), Robin Roberts (472) and Steve Carlton (499) have started more games.

Pirates Next
Pittsburgh comes to Citizens Bank Park for a four-game series that starts tonight and ends Thursday afternoon.  Phillies were 1-6 against the Bucs a year ago, 1-3 at home.

Pirates ERA is 3.12, third best in the NL.  They’ve scored 113 runs, matching the Mets for 11th. Phillies are last, 87.

Minor Leagues
Players of the Month (April)
Lakewood’s 19-year-old OF Carlos Tocci hit in 17 of 20 games last month, .359, with 8 doubles, 1 home run, 11 RBI and 7 steals in 7 tries.

Clearwater’s 22-year-old LP Brandon Leibrandt was 1-1, 1.80 ERA for 4 starts.  25 innings, 5 earned runs, 4 walks, 18 strikeouts.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (9-21)
LF Brian Bogusevic’s 2-run, walk-off double gave LV a 4-3 win on Friday.  Gwinnett won the next 2, 5-1 and 9-1.  RH Phillippe Aumont, no decision in his third start (Friday), 6-2-0-0-3-1 . . . LH Adam Morgan (0-4) lost on Saturday; RH Severino Gonzalez (1-2) on Sunday . . . 3-hit games: 3B Maikel Franco on Friday; 1B Russ Canzler on Saturday
Next: LH Joely Rodriguez (0-3), 7:05 tonight vs. Columbus.

Reading Fightin Phils (16-12)
After 2 losses, RH Aaron Nola (4-2) won on Sunday at Ernie, 8-4-1-1-0-8. SV: Stephen Shackelford (6) . . . 1B-DH Art Charlies, 9-13 series, including 3 HR and 5 RBI. Hitting .400 . . . RF Aaron Altherr, 6 hits, including a double, triple, 3rd HR
Next: LH Jesse Biddle (3-0), 6:30 tonight in Harrisburg.

Clearwater Threshers (15-15)
Not scheduled Sunday after splitting previous 2 games in Daytona.  7-0 win Saturday night behind RH Mark Leiter (2-0), 6.2-4-0-0-2-4. SS J. P. Crawford, 4-8, 2 RBI.  LF Andrew Pullin 5-10.
Next: Season resumes, 7 tonight vs. Port Charlotte.

Lakewood BlueClaws (13-16)
Shut out Saturday and Sunday by Asheville, stretching losing streak to 5 games and scoreless streak to 26 innings. On Sunday, RH Helmis Rodriguez (Asheville) faced his twin brother, Herlis (Lakewood), and retired him 3 times, once on strikes.

Friday night was a classic: 2-2 tie, stopped after the top of the 17th inning because of fog. After a 30-minute wait, game was called and officially suspended.  Since it was the last game against Augusta for the season, the stats won’t count until the end of the first half of the season. Augusta scored in the third and fifth innings; Lakewood, fifth and eighth. 4 Lakewood relievers pitched 11 scoreless innings.  CF Carlos Tocci, 4-7.  Lakewood had 11 hits, all singles and struck out 17 times.  5 Lakewood pitchers didn’t issue one walk.
Next: RH Ricardo Pinto (2-1), 6:35 tonight vs. Asheville, the last game of the homestand.

Transactions
Lehigh Valley: infielder Chris Nelson, released; catcher Rene Garcia sent to Reading; C John Hester moved from Reading to AAA . . . Reading: Placed C Rene Garcia on the DL; C Cory Bass activated from DL . . . Lakewood: C Chace Numata activated from DL; 2B Timothy Zier on the DL . . . Extended: P Alejandro Garcia released.

Tallest Phillie?
Reader Bill Loos posted a question: wasn’t RHP Jeff Juden 6-8 or 6-9?

Well, conflicting information. Baseball-Reference.com lists him at 6-7.  BaseballAlmanac.com and TheBaseballCube.com, each has him at 6-8. Next time I’m in the office I’ll check Phillies Media Guides.  In the meantime, more fan feedback is welcomed.

Today in Phillies History
1947: Largest Philadelphia major league baseball crowd, 40,720, watches the Phillies sweep a pair from Brooklyn, 7-3 and 5-4, at Shibe Park.

2006: CF Aaron Rowand breaks his nose crashing into centerfield fence at Citizens Bank
Park after making spectacular first-inning catch of a Xavier Nady drive with three on and two out.  Phillies beat New York Mets, 2-0, in a game halted in the bottom of the fifth by rain.

Phun Fact
RHP Robin Roberts was acclaimed as the workhorse of the 1950s decade.  No wonder, he completed 272 of his 472 starts with the Phillies, including 28 in a row at one time.  He also started five All-Star Games for the National League.

Through yesterday, there have been five complete games in the National League, one each for the Dodgers, Rockies, Diamondbacks, Braves and Reds.  How the game has changed.

 

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