Another NY Loss

When the Phillies began the season, the bullpen of Diekman-DeFratus-Giles-Papelbon appeared to be the strongest part of the club, coming off a terrific year.  Diekman and DeFratus have been inconsistent and it has cost the Phillies, including yesterday’s 6-3 defeat at the hands of the Mets.  Both have great arms and are durable but throwing strikes has been a consistent problem.

Overall, the bullpen has allowed 21 of 41 inherited runners to score.  Shut down innings are too infrequent.

New York came into the series riding a three-game losing streak.  The Mets continued their mastery of the Phillies, 4-0 at home this season.  Going back to last year, they’ve won seven of nine in Citi Field.

Utley (2-for-3, 2 RBI) continued to swing the bat with his fifth multi-hit game since May 16.  Over the last 10 games, he’s hitting .406.  Howard, over his last 11 games, .409 with nine RBI.

Cooperstown Note
The Baseball Hall of Fame held its annual HOF Classic game of former players on Saturday.  If you haven’t been to Cooperstown, put it on your bucket list.

Phillies Alumni were well represented, Aaron Rowand, Jim Eisenreich, Roy Oswalt, Dave Dellucci, Bobby Abreu, Tony Perez and Bobby Dernier.

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (18-27)
Game in Gwinnett was called in the bottom of the second inning by rain.  Gwinnett was leading, 1-0.  It will be completed as a nine-inning game starting at 5:05 this evening.  A seven-inning game will follow.

Reading Fightin Phils (23-20)
RH Aaron Nola’s 5-game winning streak came to an end in Portland, 8-2. Nola (6-3), 5-7-3-3-1-4. SS KC Serna had 3 of Reading’s 8 hits.  LF Cameron Perkins, HR (3).
Next: LH Jesse Biddle (3-1) returns to the rotation, 7:05 tonight in New Hampshire. He missed one start to work on mechanics.

Clearwater Threshers (22-22)
Next: Following a day off, Threshers host Ft. Myers, 7:05 tonight.

Lakewood BlueClaws (21-22)
Dropped 4-2 decision to West Virginia.  LP: LH Josh Taylor (2-4), 5.2-5-3-3-3-6. CF Carlos Tocci, 3-4; hitting .351. SS Malquin Canelo, 2-5, 8th SB; hitting .304.  RF Herlis Rodriguez, third straight 2-hit game plus 2 steals (5-6); hitting .324 in last 10 games.
Next: RH Tyler Viza (3-1), 6:35 tonight vs. West Virginia.

LV’s RHR Colton Murray, moved to Reading; Reading RHR Tyler Knigge, moved to LV.

Lakewood OF Jiandido Tromp on DL (left hamstring strain). OF Gustavo Martinez moved from Extended to Lakewood.

OF Kelly Dugan, who has been sidelined all season with a stress fracture in his right foot, will be resume playing in Extended this week.

Today In Phillies History
1990: Mike Schmidt’s #20 is retired in pre-game ceremonies as Phillies lose, 12-3, to Atlanta before 56,789.

2008: Phillies set a Citizens Bank Park record for runs in a game, blasting Colorado, 20-5.  2B Chase Utley drives in six runs.

Birthday boys: 1B Ricky Jordan, 50, 1B Travis Lee, 40

Memorial Day
3B Eddie Grant spent 1907-10 with the Phillies before moving on to two other NL clubs.  Tragically, he was the first major league player killed in World War I, leading his battalion in the Argonne Forest (France) on October 2, 1918.  He had enlisted in April 1917.



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