The Phillies and Nationals have played five times. Washington has out-scored the Phillies, 22-12. The Phillies have beaten them three straight times to take a 3-2 series lead.
Jeremy Hellickson was masterful in allowing only two hits to a tough Washington lineup. Seven innings is his longest outing of the season and eight strike outs are a season high. He threw 92 pitches, 50 for strikes.
In three road starts, Hellickson has a sparkling 0.96 ERA and .127 opponent’s batting average allowed. Since the National League started recording earned runs in 1912, only one other Phillies pitcher has had an ERA and opponent’s batting average as low over his first three road starts of a season: Dick Ruthven (0.76 ERA, .127 BA) in 1979. (Elias Sports Bureau).
Hecter Neris and Jeanmar Gomez retired all six Nationals to complete the 3-0 shutout, the Phillies fourth, matching the Cubs for the most in the NL.
A sacrifice fly, throwing error by the third baseman and home run accounted for the Phillies three runs.
Carlos Ruiz hit the homer, his third this season which is one more than he hit all last year. It was his seventh at Nationals Park, tying Turner Field for his favorite enemy park. At 37 years of age, Chooch is the oldest Phillies catcher to hit a home run since Tim McCarver in 1979. Tim was also 37.
With Charlie Morton finished for the season, Hellickson, at age 29, is the oldest starter in the Phillies rotation . . . Herrera had five walks last April and 21 this April. Most he’s had in pro ball is 39, 2009 in the Dominican Summer League for the Rangers . . . Raul Ibanez has joined ESPN TV . . . Phillies return home on an AMTRAK charter train after today’s game. Interleague play begins with a three-game weekend series against the Cleveland Indians tomorrow night at Citizens Bank Park.
Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (11-9), 2nd place, International League North Division.
Blanked Scranton, 2-0, behind Zach Eflin, Colton Murray and Edward Mujica. WP: Eflin (2-0), 6.1-4-0-0-1-6; lowered ERA to 2.05. SV: Mujica (6). DH Tommy Joseph, 4th HR. Hitting streaks: SS Taylor Featherson (15 games); LF Cam Perkins (12) . . . Not scheduled today . . . Mark Appel (3-0, 1.62), 7:05 Friday night vs. Buffalo.
Reading Fightin’ Phils (13-7), 2nd place, Eastern League East Division.
Coasted over Akron, 11-2. WP Anthony Vasquez (4-0), 7-6-2-2-1-4. RF Dylan Cozens, 2 R, 2B (6), HR (5), 3 RBI, 3 BB, SB. Other HR: 3B Harold Martinez (2); C Logan Moore (1). SS J.P. Crawford, 1B, 2 R, 2 BB . . . Not scheduled today.
Clearwater Threshers (14-6), 1st place, Florida State League North Division.
Blasted Daytona, 14-2, scoring 12 runs on 11 hits in the 6th inning. WP: Matt Imhoff (2-1), 6-4-1-1-5-7. DH Scott Kingery, HR (1), 3 R, RBI, BB. 3B Mitch Walding, 2b, HR (6), 3 RBI; tied for the FSL lead in HR. 2B Drew Stankiewicz, 2B, 3B, 3 RBI. 1B Kyle Martin, 3 H, 2 R, 2 RBI; has reached base in 13 straight games . . . John Richy makes his season debut, 7:05 tonight in Daytona.
Lakewood BlueClaws (4-16), 7th place, South Atlantic League North Division.
Lost, 3-2, to Charleston. ND: Steve Watson, 7-3-1-1-1-5. PH Sam Hiciano, HR (2) . . . Luke Leftwich, 6:35 tonight vs. Charleston.
April 28, 1991– Tony Gwynn hits into the first triple play at the Vet. With runners on first and second, Gwynn lined out to Randy Ready at second. Ready stepped on the bag for the second out, but instead of tagging the runner coming from first, he threw to Ricky Jordan who recorded the last out at the bag. (broadandpattison.com)
I’ll be signing my new book, The Fightin’ Phillies, on the following dates:
**This 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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