Bullpen Stars

00 bourjos mobbed

RF Peter Bourjos, batting ninth, turned out to be the hero as his infield single in the last of the 11th beat the Mets, 5-4.  It was the Phillies 10th hit, the first time this season they have reached double figures.

Credit for the win goes to the bullpen of Hector Neris, Dalier Hinojosa and Jeanmar Gomez.  Combined they tossed 6.2 scoreless innings and struck out 11.  Ten Phillies pitchers worked in the series and this trio are the only ones not to give up a home run.

00 Galvis NYHR

Freddy Galvis started the Phillies scoring with a two-run homer in the second, his second.  He, Carlos Ruiz and Maikel Franco trail Ryan Howard’s four homers for the club lead.

Batting 9th
Interesting tweet from the Inquirer/Daily news writer, Matt Gelb: “Last time a Phillies pitcher batted eighth before tonight? Steve Carlton on June 1, 1979.”

Matt was referencing the fact Hellickson was 8th in the order last night.

So, who batted 9th behind Carlton? How about that SS Bud Harrelson.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (7-6) won for the 5th time in last 6 games, sweeping a DH in Syracuse . . . Game #1: 3-2 behind WP Jake Thompson (1-2), 6-6-2-2-3-2 and 3rd save for Edward Mujica . . . Game #2: 5-4, scoring 4 in the top of the 7th for the win.  CF Darnell Sweeney hit a 3-run HR (1st) in that inning.  1B Tommy Joseph’s second double drove in the winning run. WP: Gregory Infante (1-0); SV: Luis Garcia (1) . . . SS Taylor Featherston, 5-6 in the DH . . . Adam Morgan (0-1) in 1:05 p.m. game in Syracuse today.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (9-5) lost, 3-2, in 11 innings in Richmond. C Jake Fox, HR (3), a 2-run blow in the 4th inning. Reading was 1-2 with RISP. ND Ricardo Pinto, 7-4-1-0-0-3 . . . Reading is idle today.

Clearwater Threshers (9-5) won 6th game in last 7, 4-2, vs. Daytona. 2B Scott Kingery, 2-4, 2 R, 3B. LF Cord Sandberg, 3-4, R, 2B, RBI, SB; he’s 7-11 in last 3 games.  WP Matt Imhoff (1-1), 6-1-0-0-2-3, losing a no-hitter on a double starting the 7th . . . Ranfi Casimiro (2-0), 7 this evening vs. Daytona.

Lakewood BlueClaws (2-12) lost, 9-1, to Hagerstown, getting 7 singles. LF Cornelius Randolph, 2-4 and DH Wilson Garcia, 2-4 . . . Shane Watson (0-1) in 7 p.m. game today in Greensboro.

Lehigh Valley
Activated LHP Hoby Milner from the Williamsport Roster (Extended Spring),

Placed 1B Brendon Hayden on the DL with a right hip flexor strain. Activated Catcher Joel Fisher from the Williamsport Roster (Extended Program)

This Date
April 21, 1898–RHP Bill Duggleby hits a grand slam home run in his first major league plate appearance (2nd inning) in a game in New York.

April 21, 2008–Chase Utley’s home run helped lead the Phillies to a 9-5 win over Colorado. It was Utley’s fifth consecutive game with a home run, tying a team record achieved three other times, most recently by Bobby Abreu in 2005.  (source: broadandpattison.com).

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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