DC to NY
The bats exploded on Saturday, 8-2, but produced 2-1 and 4-1 losses, Friday and Sunday, respectively, in Nationals Park. Phillies got solid starting pitching in all three games but Washington’s starters were a tad better in winning twice.
Hamels won is fourth in a row on Saturday. His ERA in the four wins is 1.53, a very stingy number. In games when the Phillies score three or more runs while he’s in the game, his career record is out of this universe, 99-14.
For the second time in a week, Howard fell a triple shy of the cycle. If he had hit another ball out of the park that day and stopped at third, would that be a triple?
From Elias Sports Bureau: Howard’s homer was the 52nd he has hit in a game that Hamels started. That’s the highest such total relating to two current big-league teammates; second place belongs to Miguel Cabrera, who has homered 43 times in Justin Verlander’s starts.
Day-night-day starting this afternoon in Citi Field where the Phillies are 0-3 this season. Mets are 17-6 at home, best mark in the NL East. Luck against the Mets has to change….doesn’t it?
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (18-27)
Six-game winning streak ended with a 7-5 loss to Charlotte on Sunday. Streak was longest since May 2013. RH Jason Berken (3-2), 5-3-0-0-3-4 was Friday’s winner; RH Phillipee Aumont (2-1) won the next night, 5-2-3-2-8-3, plus a WP and BK. 8-run inning led LV to a 9-5 decision. LHR Cesar Jimenez had a save (4) and a loss over the weekend. RHR Dustin McGowan, SV #3. RF Jordan Danks, 4-12 series, 3 RBI. INF Chase d’Arnaud, 5-11, HR, 5 RBI.
Next: LH Anthony Vasquez (1-0), 6:35 tonight in Gwinnett, first of a 7-game road trip.
Reading Fightin Phils (23-19)
Took 3 of 4 in Portland, 2-1 loss comming in second game on Saturday. RH Zach Elfin (4-3) was winner in 6-2 decision Friday, 8.2-4-2-0-0-5. Carried a 1-hitter into the ninth when an error, HR and two singles chases him from the game. RHR Lee Ridenhour, first SV. LH Tom Windle (1-3) won his first AA game, 3-2, in first game Saturday, 5-2-2-2-0-2. SV: RHR Tyler Knigge (1). RHS Ben Lively (4-1), Sunday’s 3-2 winner, 5.2-5-2-2-2-5. 1B Brock Stassi, 5-13, 3 RBI; .326 leads the club as does 35 RBI. C Gabriel Lino, 5-11, 3 RBI.
Next: Series in Portland ends at 1 this afternoon, RH Aaron Nola (6-2).
Clearwater Threshers (22-22)
Won 2 of 3 in Palm Beach to reach .500 for first time since May 9. Saturday’s 3-1 winner was LH Brandon Leibrandt (5-2), 6-6-1-1-5. SV: Ulises Joaquin (4). Same score Sunday afternoon behind RH Colin Kleven (4-2), 6-2-1-1-0-8. SS J.P. Crawford’s 8-game hitting streak ended Sunday.
Next: Day off today. Ft. Myers begins a 4-game series at Bright House Field on Tuesday.
Lakewood BlueClaws (21-21)
Won 3 of 4 from Greensboro. RH Ranfi Casimiro (2-3) won Friday’s first game, 4-0, 7-2-0-0-0-3; had a no-hitter through 4.1 innings. RHR Jason Zgardowski (1-1) was Saturday’s winner in 4-2 decision. RH Ricardo Pinto (4-1), 6-6-2-2-1-5, got the decision in Sunday’s 8-2 win. SS Malquin Canelo, 3-5, 3 RBI, 7th steal in that game. DH Damek Tomscha, 5-8 in last 2 games.
Next: LH Josh Taylor (2-3), 4:05 this evening vs. West Virginia.
Today In Phillies History
2011: Longest game in Citizens Bank Park, Phillies edge Cincinnati, 5-4, in 19 innings. INF Wilson Valdez pitches the 19th inning and gets the win, first position player in Phillies history to record a win.
Happy Birthday: 3B Dave Hollins, 49.