Did You Know?

The Phillies have had the starting pitcher bat eighth in the order for the last four games and the offense scored 25 runs.

The Phillies are 9-10, the same record the 2008 team had after 19 games.

Maikel Franco was 15 years of age when the Phillies won the World Championship in 2008.

Freddy Galvis and Cesar Hernandez were both signed out of Venezuela by Sal Agostinelli and Jesus Mendez on July 2, 2006.

Freddy and Cesar became parents of a baby girl in 2014.

Ryan Howard played the trombone in his high school band.

Odubel Herrera was a standout volleyball player as a prep student.

Vincent Velasquez missed his second pro season (2011) recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Cameron Rupp’s dad, Kevin, pitched in the Montreal Expos organization, 1977-79.

Peter Bourjos’ father, Chris, is a scout for the San Diego Padres covering professional teams.

Aaron Nola’s brother, Austin, is an infielder with Miami’s AAA team, New Orleans.

Tyler Goeddel’s brother, Erik, is a pitcher with the Mets’ AAA team, Las Vegas.

Reading catcher Jorge Alfaro’s younger brother, Jhoandro, is catcher with the White Sox AZL rookie team.

Minor League Honors (April 18-24). 

00 Lively
Pitcher – RHP Ben Lively, Reading…Lively, 24, was named the Pitcher of the Week in the Phillies Minor Leagues, Eastern League and MiLB.com combining for 13.0 scoreless innings with 11 strikeouts in his 2 starts. He held Richmond to just 2 hits over 7.0 innings on April 18, and then struck out 6 over 6.0 scoreless frames in his next start against New Hampshire. Lively allowed only 6 total hits and did not walk a batter in either outing. He has struck out 27 batters and walked 2 in his 24.0 innings this season. Lively was acquired from Cincinnati in exchange for outfielder Marlon Byrd and cash considerations on December 31, 2014, and was originally selected by the Reds in the fourth round of the June 2013 Draft.

00 Joseph

Player: 1B Tommy Joseph, Lehigh Valley…The 24-year-old Joseph batted .450 (9-20) for the IronPigs with 3 doubles, 2 home runs, 5 RBI and a .900 slugging percentage over 6 games. He is now batting .385 (15-39) this season with 8 extra-base hits (5 2B, 3 HR), which is tied for third-most in the International League. Joseph was acquired from San Francisco along with 2 other players in the July 31, 2012 trade that sent outfielder Hunter Pence to the Giants. He was originally selected by the Giants in the second round of the June 2009 draft.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (10-8), 2nd place, International League North Division.
Dropped 5-2 decision at Scranton. LP: Jake Thompson (1-3), 5-8-5-5-0-6. DH Tommy Joseph, 2-3, RBI, lifting average to .405. CF Nick Williams extended his hitting streak to 5 games with 1st AAA home run; batting .476 with 5 runs and 6 RBI in the streak . . . Adam Morgan (0-1), 6:35 tonight in Scranton.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (12-6), 2nd place, Eastern League East Division.
Defeated Akron, 7-4. ND: Nick Pivetta, 5-2-2-2-4-4; WP: Severino Gonzalez (2-0); SV: Edubray Ramos (5). DH Jake Fox, 5th HR, 3 RBI. 2B Jesmuel Valentin, 1B, 2B, R, RBI, SB. RF Aaron Brown, 1B, 3B, RBI . . . Ricardo Pinto (0-1), 6:35 tonight vs. Akron.

Clearwater Threshers (13-5), 1st place, Florida State League North Division.
Return to action at 7:05 tonight in Daytona; Tom Eshelman (1-1) to start.

More honors: Eshelman was named the MiLB.com Pitcher of the Week in the Florida State League. In 1 start, 7 innings, 2 hits, 1 run, 0 walks, 9 strikeouts.  His season WHIP of 0.53 is the lowest for any Hi Class A pitchers. Teammate Elniery Garcia is fourth, 0.98.

Lakewood BlueClaws (4-14), 7th place, South Atlantic League North Division.
Back home at 6:35 tonight to take on Charleston, Tyler Gilbert (0-2) to start.

OF Cedric Hunter has been outrighted off the 40-man roster.

This Date
April 26, 1980–LHP Steve Carlton sets modern NL record with sixth one-hitter, 7-0, over St. Louis. C Ted Simmons, a lead-off single in the second inning.

Book Excerpt
The following is taken from the foreword written by Larry Andersen for my book, The  Fightin’ Phillies:
“Although I’m not exactly an astute historian, I do have a memory and cannot figure out why I’m not at least mentioned in the chapter of Unbreakable Records. Consider this, 699 major league games and only one start. Or, my five career hits giving me a lifetime .364 career average, better than even Tony Gwynn. I just make the numbers work for me, for example 11 years in the National League and hits in four of those years. 4 for 11, do the math. And all that with bruised knees from shaking against each other every time I stepped in the box. Or how about the most seasons with one at bat or less? Ineptitude at its best. I often used philosophy to help me get over my nervousness which leads me to one final question… Why are they singing “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” when they’re already there?”

Follow me at twitter: @ShenkLarry

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