After a rough start to the season, the bullpen is settling in. Starter Vince Velasquez allowed three runs in his six innings and then the pen closed the door. David Hernandez, Hector Neris and Jeanmar Gomez combined for three scoreless innings, two hits, two walks and five strikeouts. Bryce Harper, who homered against Gomez nine days ago, ended the game with a weak grounder to Maikel Franco.
Gomez is now five-for-five in save opportunities. He also has two wins so he’s been involved in seven of the Phillies 10 victories.
Andres Blanco, starting at shortstop, had a single, double, homer, two runs scored and two RBI. There isn’t a better extra player in the league. He’s also a mentor to the young Latino players on the club. He’s a plus is so many ways.
Maikel Franco has driven in a run in four straight games . . . Odubel Herrera has reached base in 17 consecutive games. He has 19 walks and 19 hits . . . Cesar Hernandez is 6-12 on the trip . . . Phillies are 4-1 since they moved the pitcher into the eighth spot in the batting order . . . Max Scherzer’s last loss to the Phillies was in 2008.
Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (10-9), tie 2nd place, International League North Division.
Lost, 4-3, to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on a passed ball in the 10th inning by C Andrew Knapp, who hit his 3rd HR earlier in the game. SS Taylor Featherston extended his hitting streak to 14 games with his 1st HR. It tied the game in the top of the 9th. DH Cameron Perkins extended his hitting streak to 11 games . . . Zach Eflin (2-0), 6:35 tonight in Scranton.
Reading Fightin’ Phils (12-7), 2nd place, Eastern League East Division.
Lost, 5-2, to Akron. 2B Jesmuel Valentin, 3-4, RBI; 8-15 in last 4 games. ND: Ricardo Pinto, 6-6-2-2-0-1 . . . Anthony Vasquez (3-0), 6:35 tonight vs. Akron.
Clearwater Threshers (13-6), 1st place, Florida State League North Division.
6-game winning streak ended, 6-3, in Daytona. 2B Scott Kingery, 1B, 6th 2B, R, BB. RF Herlis Rodriquez, 1B, 2B, 2 RBI. ND: Tom Eshelman, 6-8-3-3-3-5 . . . Matt Imhoff (1-1) starts in the 10:35 a.m. today at Daytona.
Lakewood BlueClaws (4-14), 7th place, South Atlantic League North Division.
Lost to Charleston, 7-4, in 11 innings. ND: Tyler Gilbert, 5-6-1-1-2-6. SS Emmanuel Marrero is 7-12 in last 2 games. 1B Wilson Garcia had his 3rd straight 2-hit game . . .
Shane Watson (1-1), 11:05 this morning vs. Charleston
Clearwater: RHR Jario Munoz on DL with right elbow strain . . . RHR Miguel Nunez promoted to Reading . . . RHR Ulises Joaquin, assigned from Reading . . . INF Derek Campbell and RHS John Richy assigned from extended spring training.
Reading: C Greg Brodzinski assigned from extended spring training.
Lakewood: OF Damek Tomscha assigned from Clearwater . . . RHR Luis Morales and RHR Kenny Koplove assigned from extended . . . OF Cornelius Randolph on DL with left shoulder strain.
April 27, 2003–RHP Kevin Millwood pitches ninth no-hitter in Phillies history, 1-0, over the Giants at Veterans Stadium. CF Ricky Ledee homers in the first inning and catches the final out.
April 27, 2014–SS Jimmy Rollins and 2B Chase Utley play in their 1,090th game, the most for any SS-2B combo in major league history.
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