Harang turned in another stellar performance by a Phillies starting pitcher but the bullpen couldn’t match that thus the Phillies six-game winning streak ended last night in Denver, 6-5. All Denver runs came with two out. The Phillies out-hit the Rockies, 11-7, but were 4-12 with runners in scoring position.
Harang allowed three unearned runs in the first inning and then shut down the Rockies through six. His season ERA: 1.82. Franco’s error led to the three unearned runs but offensively, he had three hits and three RBI, including a clutch two-run single that tied the game at five. Diekman gave up two in the seventh, the Phillies tied it in the eight and DeFratus was touched for a game-winning home run in the Rockies eighth. In the last seven games, Phillies starters have a 1.39 ERA.
When leading after eight innings, the Phillies are 15-0. When trailing after eight, now 0-22.
Utley had one of five Phillies doubles. The Phillies all-time top five in that category:
Jimmy Rollins (479)
Ed Delahanty (432)
Mike Schmidt (408)
Bobby Abreu (348)
Chase Utley (339)
Players of the Week (May 11-17)
1B-DH Brock Stassi, Reading. Hit .435 in 7 games, 3 doubles, 7 RBI, .565 slugging percentage, .988 OPS. Hit in all 7 games with multiple hits 3 times. The 25-year-old was a 33rd-round selection in 2011 and signed by Joey Davis.
RHP Phillippe Aumont, Lehigh Valley. 1-0 for 1 start, 7 innings, 5 hits, 0 runs, 7 strikeouts in his fifth start after beginning the season in the bullpen. 1.38 ERA ranks third in the league. 3 of his 5 starts have been scoreless outings. He’s allowed 1 run in his last 21 innings and has a 1.33 ERA as a starter. The 26-year-old was part of the 2009 trade with Seattle for Cliff Lee.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (14-26)
Won the suspended game (2-1) on a 10th-inning RBI single by PH Russ Canzler and also won the regular game (5-4) on an eight-inning double by 2B Tyler Henson in Syracuse. Bullpen picked up the wins, RH Seth Rosin (1-1) and RH Colton Murray (2-2). LF Cody Asche, single-double and RF Domonic Brown, single-double, RBI in regular game
Next: LH Anthony Vasquez (1-0), 1:05 this afternoon in Syracuse.
Reading Fightin Phils (19-18)
Lost, 6-4, to New Hampshire despite 3 home runs: 3B Gustavo Pierre (3), CF Roman Quinn (3) and DH Brock Stassi (4). Stassi leads league with 31 RBI. LP: Ben Lively (3-1), 8.1-7-5-5-2-2; 3 of the runs came in the ninth.
Next: RH Aaron Nola (5-2), 11:35 this morning vs. New Hampshire.
Clearwater Threshers (19-20)
Won fourth in last 5 games, 6-2, at Brevard County behind RH Colin Kleven (3-2), 6-6-1-1-1-5. DH Andrew Pullin, HR (3), 2 RBI. 2B Angelo Mora, 2-4, extending his hitting streak to 5 games (9-19). SS J.P. Crawford, 1-5; hitting .364.
Next: RH Victor Arano (0-4), 10:35 this morning in Brevard County.
Lakewood BlueClaws (17-20)
Held to 2 singles, the BlueClaws dropped an 8-2 decision in Delmarva. CF Carlos Tocci, 0-4, ending a 6-game hitting streak.
Next: RH Tyler Viza (3-1), 10:35 this morning in Delmarva.
Today In Phillies History
1983: LHP Steve Carlton moves into second place on the all-time strikeout list ahead of RHP Walter Johnson when he fans San Diego SS Garry Templeton (#3,509) in the second inning of a 5-0 Padres win.
Harang and Williams are two of 14 active pitchers that have played at Veterans Stadium and Citizens Bank Park.