Mets Double HR #

Vincent Velasquez showed he was human last night.  He hung two 0-2 curve balls that turned into two home runs and five runs in his 4.1 innings  Fresh from his 16-strikeout game, he had four punch outs last night, three coming in the first inning.

In extending their Citizens Bank Park record to 20-6 over their last 26 games, the Mets did it with the long ball.  They came to town with nine home runs.  In the first two games of this series, they’ve hit 10.

Meanwhile, the Phillies offense was silent.  In 15 games, they’ve been held to three runs 13 times.

Series ends tonight, a day off tomorrow will include a United Airlines charter flight to Milwaukee for a three-game series with the Brewers.

Want some good news? The Mets don’t return to Citizens Bank Park until July 15.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (5-6) lost, 3-2, to Syracuse. LP: David Buchanan (0-1), 6-4-3-3-3-3. CF Nick Williams, 2-5 . . . C J. P. Arencibia, 3-5 . . . RF Cedric Hunter, 0-2, 2 BB . . .
8-game road trip starts in Syracuse with 4:05 DH, Jake Thompson and Reinier Roibal.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (9-4) edged host Richmond, 5-4, on SF by 1B Rhys Hoskins in the top of the ninth. CF Ramon Quinn, 2-5, R, 2 EBI, SB (5). SS J. P. Crawford, 1-1, 4 BB, R, RBI, SB. ND: Nick Pivetta, 5-5-3-3-2-6) . . . Series ends with a 10:35 game this morning in Richmond, Ricardo Pinto.

Clearwater Threshers (8-5) beat Daytona, 4-2. WP: Tom Eshelman (1-1), 7-2-1-1-0-9. 2B Scott Kingery, 23, R, SB. 1B Zach Green, 1-3, HR(3), RBI . . . Matt Imhoff 12 noon today vs. Daytona.

Lakewood BlueClaws (2-11) lost, 12-6, to Hagerstown.  LF Cornelius Randolph, 4=5, R, HR (1), 3 RBI. 2B Jan Hernandeez, 2-4, RBI, R. CF Zachary Coppola, 1-5; 11-26 in last 6 games . . . Tyler Gilbert starts tonight vs. Hagerstown, 6:35.

Transaction
Reading C Jorge Alfaro was placed on the DL with a right oblique strain. He joins Altherr and Asche with injuries that take time to heal.  Letter A is jinxed.

This Date
April 20, 1920–Phillies manager Gavvy Cravath inserted himself as a pinch-hitter and hits a three-run homer to beat the New York Giants 3-0. It was his 119th and final major-league home run, a major-league record that was broken by Babe Ruth the following season. (Source broadandpattison.com).

April 20, 1989–3B Mike Schmidt’s first-inning double in Pittsburgh off Mike Dunne breaks Richie Ashburn’s club record for career hits (2,217).

Book Signings
I’ll be signing my new book, The Fightin’ Phillies, on the following dates:

**This Saturday, April 23, AB Sports, Concord Mall, 4737 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE 19803; 1-3 p.m. (www.absports.com).
**Saturday, April 30, Main Point Books, 1041 West Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, PA 19010; 1-2 p.m.
**Sunday, May 22, Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA; 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
**May 26, Maris Grove Theatre, 200 Maris Grove Way, Glen Mills, PA, 19342; 2-3 p.m.
**August 14, Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA; 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

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