Not Pretty Numbers






In baseball, numbers tell the story probably better than any other pro sport. Right now, the Phillies numbers are in a category that aren’t pretty:

3-7 road trip; scored 16 runs in the three wins; 17 in the seven losses.

153 runs for the season are at the bottom of the NL.

161 walks given up by the staff, most in the NL.  Starters have given up 88 walks in 280.1 innings.  Relievers, 75 in 144.1 innings.

2, number of three-game sweeps by the Mets over the Phillies at Citi Field….this season.

Now, for a pretty number: 75.  That’s how many games the Phillies will play until they see the Mets again.

No game today.  Rockies begin a three-game series at Citizens Bank Park starting Friday night; Hamels will be on the mound.  Reds and Giants follow for three-games each.

Minor Leagues
Players of the Week (May 18-24)
C Gabriel Lino, Reading.  22-year-old hit .412, 7 hits, 5 RBI, 7 games.  Was acquired from Orioles in Jim Thome trade three years ago.

LHS Brandon Leibrandt, Clearwater. 22-year-old was 1-0 for 2 starts, 2 ER, 15 IP, 10 SO, 0 BB. Second pitcher of the week winner this season as well as the pitcher of the month for April.  Selected in the sixth round a year ago out of Florida State University; signed by Aaron Jersild.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (18-29)
Lost a suspended game, 8-2, in 9 innings and a 4-1, 7-inning game in Gwinnett on a 3-run double by C Wil Nieves. LPs: LH Anthony Vasquez (1-1) and LH Joely Rodriguez (2-4).  LF Cody Asche, 4-6 with first AAA HR. RF Domonic Brown, 3-7, double, stolen base, RBI.
Next: RH Phillippe Aumont (2-1) and RH Jason Berken (3-2) in 5:05 DH this evening in Gwinnett.

Reading Fightin Phils (24-20)
Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in New Hampshire was the scene of a slug fest last evening.  Reading won, 12-10; had more hits, 21-14. 3-hit games: SS KC Serna, 1B Brock Stassi, DH Brodie Greene, 2B Tony Thomas, 1st HR, 4 RBI. Stassi drove in 2, giving him 37 RBI, tops in the EL. CF Roman Quinn was one of 4 with 2 hits; 2 stolen bases, 21-22. WP: RHR Nefi Ogando (1-0). Rough outing for RH Zach Elfin, 3-12-8-8-1-1.
Next: LH Tom Windle (1-3), 7:05 tonight in New Hampshire.

Clearwater Threshers (22-23)
Lost 6-5, to Ft. Myers in 10 innings despite getting more hits, 13-9.  3-15 RISP, 12 LOB. 6 different Threshers had 2 hits each, including SS J.P. Crawford; .382 for the season.  No decision: RH Victor Arano, 5-2-2-2-3-3.
Next: RH Mark Leiter (3-0) and RH David Whitehead (2-6), 5:05 DH this evening vs. Ft. Myers.

Lakewood BlueClaws (22-23)
C Joel Fisher’s third hit was a walk-off single in a 7-6, 11-inning win over West Virginia in an 11:05 a.m. game. 5 other teammates had 2 hits each, including RF Herlis Rodriguez; has 5-game hitting streak, 9-20. WP: Joey DeNato (2-1).
Next: Left after the game for a bus ride south to Greensboro. RH Chris Oliver, 2-4), 7:05 tonight.

Today In Phillies History
1983: Entering the game hitless in his last 22 at-bats, 3B Mike Schmidt strikes out his first four at-bats on 12 pitches.  The 13th pitch he sees is a two-run, game-winning homer in the last of the ninth off Jeff Reardon to give the Phillies a 5-3 win over Montreal.

Happy Birthday: LHP Bob Kuzava (92), SS Steve Jeltz (57).

Phun Fact
Check for little-known connections the Phillies had with Babe Ruth. One anniversary is coming up Saturday.

Ruth Babe 643-46_HS_NBL

Thanks to the National Baseball Hall of Fame for lending a vintage photo of the Babe.


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