Lots of Firsts

Hard to believe that Phillies games #37-38-39 this weekend produced a ton of firsts: series sweep since last August stretching a winning streak to five games, longest since last July . . . Garcia (save) . . . Araujo (win) . . . Sizemore (4-hit game), something he hadn’t done since 2008 . . . team’s multi-home run game, something that hadn’t been done since April . . . Rupp (RBI) . . . Franco (home run) . . . O’Sullivan (win).

Garcia’s save on Friday was a two-inning save and that hadn’t been done by a Phillies pitcher since Ryan Madson in 2009. O’Sullivan had the game’s longest losing streak (nine games).  His last win came 1,466 days ago, May 11, 2011, to be specific.  His win was the first with the Phillies and his first over the Diamondbacks.

Giles gave up a home run on Saturday to Yasmany Tomas, the first for the Cuban rookie and first allowed this season by the Phillies reliever.  Giles first home run was 237 batters ago, the very first batter he faced the majors.  It was hit by Yasmani Grandall, another rookie from Cuba.  Hope there are no more players named Yasmani.

One other notable from the weekend: Francoeur had his third pinch-hit and third pinch-RBI this season.  Going into the season, he was a 4-30 pinch-hitter with two RBI.

Go West
That’s what the Phillies did after the game, taking a United charter flight to Denver.  Four-game series with the Rockies starts tonight.  The trip also includes three games in Washington and three in New York against the dreaded Mets.  The Phillies had a 10-road trip, 10-game homestand and now another 10-gamer.

Phillies are 36-34 in Coors Field.  Hamels is 3-3 vs. Rockies.

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (12-26)
Lost 2 of 3 in Rochester, losing 5-4 Friday by allowing 3 runs in the last of the ninth on 2 walks, a wild pitch and 3 singles.  It was the fifth time they’ve lost a lead after 8 innings.  No decision: RH Severino Gonzalez, 6-4-1-1-1-4 . . . RH David Buchanan had to be carted off the field Sunday in the third inning when his right ankle buckled while fielding a ground ball near the first base foul line . . . Cody Asche is hitting .264; Domonic Brown, .250.
Next: RH Phillippe Aumont (1-1, 1.36), 7:05 tonight in Syracuse.

Reading Fightin Phils (19-16)
Won 2 of 3 from Erie.  RH Aaron Nola (5-2) won his fourth in a row on Friday, 6-4-0-0-1-3. SV: LH Anthony Vazquez (1) . . . RH Zach Elfin (3-3) won on Sunday, 8-4-1-1-1-2.  SV: LH Nick Hill (1) . . . CF Roman Quinn, 3-7 in 2 games, 3 steals (19 for season) . . . RF Aaron Altherr had a 12-game hitting streak stopped on Sunday.
Next: LH Tom Wendle (0-2), 6:35 tonight vs. New Hampshire.

Clearwater Threshers (17-20)
Won 2 of 3 vs. Daytona, including a 4-3, 10-inning win on Saturday on C Andrew Knapp’s walk-off single.  Clearwater is 5-0 in extra-inning games.  No decision: RH Mark Leiter, 7-5-1-1-1-7 . . . 6-2 W on Friday, which included a 2:15 rain delay after 2 batters
. . . SS J.P. Crawford, 6-14, 3 RBI, with 3 straight 2-hit games . . . 2B Angelo Mora, 6-10, 3 RBI . . . 2B-SS-3B Drew Stankiewicz made his first start at first base on Saturday.
Next: LH Brandon Leibrandt (3-2), 6:35 tonight in Brevard County.

Lakewood BlueClaws (17-18)
Lost 2 of 3 in Kannapolis . . . Losses were 1-0 (6 hits) and 4-1 (4 hits) . . . 9-7 win on Saturday came when BlueClaws scored 2 in top of the ninth . . . RF Ranfi Casimiro (1-3) lost the 1-0 game, 8-5-1-1-0-6; 91 pitches, 69 for strikes . . . CF Carlos Tocci, 6-12, 2 RBI in the 3 games; leads league with 50 hits and .362 average.
Next: RH Ricardo Pinto (3-1), 7:05 tonight in Delmarva.

Acquired: INF Jayson Nix from Orioles AAA for cash considerations; assigned to Lehigh Valley.

DL: SS Edgar Duran (Lehigh Valley, hamstring strain); INF Devin Lohman (Clearwater, appendicitis);  RHR Matt Hockenberry (Lakewood, right elbow strain)

Moving: RHR Reinier Robal, Clearwater to Reading; RHR Jesen Therrien, Lakewood to Clearwater; RHR Manaure Martinez, Extended to Lakewood; LHP Yoel Mecias, DL to Clearwater; RHP Will Morris, Extended to Lakewood; RHR Tyler Knigge, LV to Reading; LHR Anthony Vasquez, Reading to LV.

Today In Phillies History
2005: RF Bobby Abreu caps a 10-game span in which he hits nine homers, five coming at Citizens Bank Park.

2014: SS Jimmy Rollins and C Wil Nieves hit back to back homers to start the game, the fifth such occurrence in Phillies history. Rollins’ leadoff HR was his 46th (4th most in MLB history). Phillies beat the Res, 8-3.

Phun Fact
There were seven shutouts in the majors yesterday, one shy of the record set June 4, 1972, according to Elias Sports Bureau.


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