3 Weekend Stars

Having lost seven in a row to the Brewers, the Phillies put an end of that nonsense taking two of three in Miller Park over the weekend.

The three stars:

Aaron Nola won his first game of the season on Friday. He allowed a first inning run and fanned seven in seven innings, increasing his season total to 30 strikeouts which matches Clayton Kershaw for third highest in the NL. Phillies staff continues to lead in strikeouts, 185. Mets’ 157 are second.

00 Franco

Maikel Franco broke out with seven hits and eight RBI.  Three of the hits were long home runs, two on Friday night.  He also had two spectacular fielding gems in the game.

Odubel Herrera went 5-12 in the series with six runs scored and three RBI.  On Saturday, he became the first Phillie since 1900 to score at least four runs, hit a home run and steal two bases in a game. He extended his on-base streak to 16 games on Sunday.

After starting the season 0-4 on the road, the Phillies are 4-1 . . . Three-game series in Washington, DC, begins Tuesday night . . . Phillies are 36-38 at Nationals Park since it opened in 2008 . . . Ryan Howard has 13 dingers there, same for Dodger Stadium and second only to Turner Field (21) . . . Bryce Harper has 14 homers against the Phillies, 11 at Citizens Bank Park.

Minor League Weekend Report
Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (10-7), 1st place, International League North Division; first time they’ve been in 1st place since July 9, 2012, 1,375 days ago.
Swept 3 games in Pawtucket. Edward Mujica saved each win. Lone starter to win, Mark Appel (3-0) on Saturday, 5-5-2-2-1-3. ND on Friday for Zach Elfin, 6-6-5-5-0-8.  All 5 runs came in the first inning. After that he allowed one base runner (error) through 6.  Retired last 14 batters. INF Taylor Featherston was hitless in the season’s first game and has hit in next 13 games.  .412 average leads IL. 1B-DH Tommy Joseph, 2 HR, 6 RBI weekend; hitting .438 in last 10 games with 14 hits. OF Nick Williams, 9-17 in last 4 games, boosting average from .184 to .291 . . . Jake Thompson (1-2), 6:35 tonight in Scranton.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (11-6), 2nd place in Eastern League East Division.
Took 2 of 3 from New Hampshire. 6-5 loss came on Sunday when NH scored 5 in the top of the 9th.  Anthony Vasquez (3-0) won on Friday, 6.1-7-2-1-1-2. Edubray Ramos, 4th save. 4-3, 11-inning win Saturday on 1B Rhys Hoskins’ walk-off HR (#3).  ND Alec Asher, 7.2-4-1-0-1-4. ND on Sunday, Ben Lively, 6-4-0-0-0-6 . . . Nick Pivetta (1-1), 6:35 tonight vs. Akron.

Clearwater Threshers (13-5), 1st place in Florida State League North Division.
Swept 3 from Brevard County, stretching winning streak to 6 games and 10 in last 11 games.  Scored 13 runs in the series, 11 with two out.  ND on Friday, Elniery Garcia, 7-3-1-1-0-7, lowered ERA to 0.47, best in the FSL.  WPs: Tyler Viza (3-0), 6-7-0-0-0-5 and Will Morris (1-1), 5-6-2-2-1-1. 1B Kyle Martin, hitting .351 in last 10 games; 16 RBI lead Phillies minor leagues.  Team ERA (1.90) is lowest in the FSL . . . Not scheduled today.

Lakewood BlueClaws (4-14), 7th place, South Atlantic League North Division.
1-2 for the weekend, winning 11-7 in 11 innings on Sunday in Greensboro. C Austin Bossart singled in one run and Samuel Hiciano added a 3-run HR (#1).  SS Emmanuel Marrero tied a club record with 5 hits . . . Not scheduled today.

Lakewood: OF Zach Coppola placed on DL with a left hamstring strain. OF Venn Biter activated from Williamsport roster in extended spring training.

This Date
April 25, 1972–LHP Steve Carlton ties the club record for a LHP with 14 strikeouts in pitching a one-hit, 3-0, shutout in San Francisco.  SS Chris Speier, the Giants’ first batter, singled.

00 Phanatic

April 25, 1978—Without great fanfare, Phillie Phanatic made his debut before 17,227 fans at Veterans Stadium.

Book Review
“What he’s produced in his second compilation — “If These Walls Could Talk” came out in 2014 — is another relaxed stroll down memory lane, a smorgasbord of all things Phillies from an author who has had an inside look at so much of the franchise’s history.”

That’s part of Paul Hagen’s review of my book.  Check it out at http://www.books.mlbogs.com/.

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