Howard Hits Bomb
The Big Piece fell a triple shy of the cycle, Utley added a couple of hits, Gonzalez turned in another stingy start, Papelbon remained perfect and Glavis was a web gem star on defense. For the seventh straight game, the Phillies scored four or more runs in beating the Rockies, 4-2, last night.
Howard’s homer was a 454-foot blast to centerfield, his longest since 465 in August 2011, according to Elias Sports Bureau. He has eight homers in last 27 games. Utley is hitting .438 in his last five games.
Gonzalez allowed one run in five innings (65 pitches) in his third big league start. He faced 18 batters and threw a first-pitch strike 11 times. Papelbon had a 1-2-3 ninth with two strikeouts. He’s 11-for-11 in saves.
Williams faces the Rockies for the first time in 10 years in the series finale this afternoon.
Coach Juan Samuel will not be with the team Thursday and Friday while he attends the graduation of his daughter Noemi Samuel Del Rosario from law school at Barry University in Orlando, Florida.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (15-26)
Swept 3-game series in Syracuse, 2-1. WP: Anthony Vasquez (1-0), 5.1-3-1-1-2-6. SV: Cesar Jimenez (3). Hold: Seth Rosin (4); 0 runs in last 7 innings over 5 games. RF Domonic Brown, 1-4 with sixth steal; hitting .364 in last 10 games. Vasquez singled in the sixth for his first hit in pro ball.
Next: LH Joely Rodriguez (1-3), 7:05 tonight vs. Charlotte which will start Kyle Drabek.
Reading Fightin Phils (20-18)
With Pat Gillick and Ruben Amaro sitting in the stands behind home plate RH Aaron Nola won his fifth in a row (6-2), 4-0, over New Hampshire. His line: 7-4-0-0-1-7; walk was his sixth in 52.2 innings. Nola is 4-0, 0.64 this month. 1B Brock Stassi, HR (5), RBI, giving him 32; he’s hitting .319. CF Roman Quinn, 1-4, sixth double; hitting .333.
Next: Travel day today to Portland, ME.
Clearwater Threshers (19-21)
Dropped 8-4 decision in Brevard County after winning first 2 games of the series. SS J.P. Crawford, 2-5; hitting .367. C Chace Numata, 2-5, 2 RBI. 3B Willians Astudillo, 2-3.
Next: RH Mark Leiter (2-0), 6:35 tonight in Palm Beach.
Lakewood BlueClaws (18-20)
Scoring 3 in the eighth, Lakewood came away a 6-5 winner in Delmarva. Decisive run came on a sac fly by C Jose Mayorga. DH Damek Tomscha, 2-3, 2 RBI. CF Carlos Tocci, 2-5, 10th steal. 1B Rhys Hoskins, 2-3, third triple, RBI. WP: Joey DeNato (1-1); SV: Alexis Rivero (2) . . . RF Herlis Rodriguez was named SAL Hitter of the Week by MiLB.com; .474 in 5 games, 9 hits, 6 runs, 3 RBI. Had multiple hits in 3 games.
Next: RH Ranfi Casimiro (1-3), 6:35 tonight vs. Greensboro.
Today In Phillies History
1950: Phillies are caught in a triple-play without making contact with the ball. With Richie Ashburn and Granny Hamner on base, Eddie Waitkus looks at a called third strike for the first out. Cardinals’ catcher Joe Garagiola then threw to third, where Ashburn was caught in a rundown. The ball was relayed to Stan Musial at first, who caught Hamner off the bag.
Dick Allen is the only player to hit a home run over the 447-foot sign in dead centerfield at Connie Mack Stadium.
Three members of Cincinnati’s Big Red Machine of the 1970s helped the Phillies win the pennant in 1983. Check out the vintage photo at http://www.phillies.com/alsumni.