D-Backs for Weekend


Good pitching and timely hitting.  Phillies got that the last two days and picked up two wins to earn a split in the four-game set against the Pirates.

Once again Harang was masterful, 112 pitches, 80 for strikes.  Simple formula. Throw strikes. His ERA at Citizens Bank Park shrank to 0.61.  That’s stingy.  He also continued his master of the Pirates, approving to 17-8.

Galvis shares Harang’s success at home.  He had three hits to lift his average at CBP to .406.  Howard also had three hits and another homer.

Saves Leaders
Papelbon took over the top spot in career saves for the Phillies on Wednesday. Here are the top five:
Papelbon, 114
Jose Mesa, 112
Steve Bedrosian, 103
Mitch Williams, 102
Brad Lidge, 100

D-Backs Next
The Western Division Arizona Diamondbacks close out the homestand with a weekend series.  Phillies were 4-2 over them a year ago, 2-1 at home. The D-Backs have scored 161 runs and given up 148.  Their staff has the fewest saves, 2.

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (11-24)
SS Chase d’Arnaud’s third hit drove in the winning run in the 11th inning, 6-5, in Rochester.  2 hits each for LF Cody Asche, 3B Maikel Franco and CF Jordan Danks, who drive in 2 runs.  WP: Adam Loewen (1-1); SV: Seth Rosin (2).  Bullpen had 6.2 scoreless innings.
Next: RH Severino Gonzalez (1-2), 7:05 tonight in Rochester.

Reading Fightin Phils (17-15)
Ended a 3-game losing streak, 2-0, vs. Ernie. WP: Ben Lively (3-0), 7-3-0-0-1-5. SV: Stephen Shackelford (7). CF Roman Quinn, 2-4, 16th steal; hitting .328. 1B Brock Stassi, 2 hits, RBI; hitting .330. LF Cam Perkins HR (#2).
Next: RH Aaron Nola (4-2), 7:05 tonight vs. Erie.

Clearwater Threshers (15-19)
Lost fourth in a row, 5-1, to Port Charlotte.  After being held to one hit in a double-header on Wednesday, the Threshers were held to 6 singles and 1 run, which came in the ninth. LF Andrew Pullin and 2B Drew Stankiewicz, 2 hits each. Pullin threw out a runner at home plate.
Next: RH Colin Kleven (2-2), 6:30 tonight vs. Daytona.

Lakewood BlueClaws (16-16)
Won third in a row, 5-4, in Kannapolis, 10 innings. WP: Matt Hockenberry (1-0); SV: Alexia Eivweo (1), striking out the side. SS Malquin Caneo, 3-5; hitting .322.  CF Carlos Tocci, 2-5, 2 RBI; game-winning RBI triple; hitting .349. LF Jiandido Tromp, double, 2 triples. ND: Tyler Viza, 6-3-4-3-3-9.  Bullpen, 4 scoreless innings.
Next: RH Ranfi Casimiro (1-2), 7:05 tonight in Kannapolis.

Reading: Released C Cory Bass and RHR Mike Nesseth . . . Added C Blake Forsythe, acquired from the A’s in a cash transaction.

Clearwater: C Jose Mayorga moved to Lakewood.

Lakewood: C Chace Numata moved to Clearwater.

Today In Phillies History
1989: One of the most exciting finishes in Vet history.  After 11 scoreless innings, San Francisco scores two in the top of the 12th.  With two out and two runners on base in the bottom of the 12th, RF Bob Dernier hits a three-run, game-winning, inside-the-park home run to left field, 3-2.

For more great moments the next two dates, see http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

Phun Fact
When Giles and Papelbon are in a game, the Phillies are 33-5.



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