Stingy Cardinals Next
Five pitches into the game and the Orioles hit another home run. 1-0 after one-half inning. Oh no, here we go again.
But, O’Sullivan (five innings) and four relievers didn’t allow another run and the nine-game losing streak happily ended. The Phillies won on a two-run home run by Howard in the sixth inning. In the last 10 seasons, he has 269 go-ahead RBI, second in the majors to Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera (276).
RH Phillippe Aumont will start tonight in place of Hamels. He’s the 10th different starter the Phillies have used this season. Aumont will be making his first major league start. He has plus-stuff but struggles with his control. Began the season in the bullpen but has made 10 straight starts, 3-4, 2.55 ERA. Prior to this year, his last start was in Clearwater in 2010.
Next In Town
11 runs in their last five games? Not the Phillies, but team with the best record in baseball, the Cardinals. St. Louis is 26-7 at home, including three of four from the Phillies at the end of April. Road record is a different story, 17-16.
The Phillies have scored the fewest runs (206) in the league and the Cardinals have allowed the fewest (188). Oh brother.
Jayson Stark Note
Phillies have gone 23 games without a win from a starting pitcher which matches the club record set in 1961 when they had a club-record 23-game losing streak.
Phillies have assigned players they’ve signed from the draft earlier this month to three different rosters. 2B Scott Kingery (2nd round) and 1B Kyle Martin (4th) have been sent to Lakewood. Nine are on the Williamsport roster, 16 on the Gulf Coast League team. #1 selection, Cornelius Randolph, reported to GCL yesterday.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (26-43)
RH Aaron Nola won his AAA debut, 3-0, 5-4-0-0-1-7; 98 pitches/66 strikes. Threw a lot of pitches because of a lot of foul balls. LH Adam Loewen, 2-1-0-0-1-6 and RH Juan Guitierrez, 2-3-0-0-1-1 completed the shutout. 1B Darin Ruf, 2-4, RBI. Win was LV’s 3rd in a row.
Next: RH Jason Berken (3-4), 7:05 tonight vs. Scranton.
Reading Fightin Phils (34-31)
Were blanked in Trenton, 5-0. LP: Tom Windle (2-4), 5-6-4-4-3-4. CF Aaron Altherr, 2 of Reading’s 4 hits. LF Cameron Perkin had 17-game hitting streak stopped.
Next: RH Mark Leiter (0-0) makes AA debut, 7:00 tonight vs. Portland.
Clearwater Threshers (34-33)
RF Aaron Brown delivered the game-winning hit for the second straight game, this time a single in the bottom of the 9th, the Threshers final game of the first half. Clearwater trailed, 7-0, after 3 but scored 7 in the 4th, capped by a grand slam by LF Andrew Pullin.
WP: Jesen Therrien (2-0).
Next: 3-day All-Star Game break.
Lakewood BlueClaws (32-33)
A 5-run second inning was the difference in a 6-1 loss to Delmarva. LP: Chris Oliver (3-5). 1B Rhys Hoskins, 50th RBI, first Lakewood player to reach that figure in the first half since 2012, Maikel Franco.
Next: LH Elniery Garcia (4-5), 7:05 tonight vs. Greenville. 3-day All-Star Game break starts Monday.
RH Alejandro Arteaga starts the season opener tonight in State College.
Gulf Coast League Phillies
Season opener is Monday in Tampa against the Yankees. First home game is the next day also against the Yankees.
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