Weekend at Home
There are fun numbers, crooked numbers, questionable numbers and disturbing numbers.
Thursday’s 3-0 shutout in Washington’s Nationals Park left the Phillies with a lot of fun numbers: 5-1 road trip; first sweep in DC since 2009; first time two over .500 since 81-79, October 1, 2012 and series-ending 22 consecutive scoreless innings by their pitching staff.
The formula once again was outstanding starting pitching and an air-tight bullpen. Aaron Nolan tossed seven scoreless innings, allowing two hits and one walk while fanning seven. Of his 77 pitches, 54 were strikes.
Bullpen this time around included Dalier Hinojosa, Elvis Araujo and Jeanmar Gomez. Three innings, two hits, two walks and two strikeouts. For the series, seven scoreless innings, four hits, four walks and eight strikeouts.
Back home for three weekend interleague games against Cleveland. In interleague history, Phillies are 7-6 over the Tribe, including 4-1 at Citizens Bank Park. Last time they met, Cleveland won, 10-4, at CBP, May 15, 2013, behind Cory Kluber who opens the series tonight.
Three ex-Phillies are with Cleveland, manager Terry Francona, bench coach Brad Mills and outfielder Marlon Byrd. Terry began is major league managerial career with the Phillies 19 years ago . . . Jim Thome hit the most home runs in interleague play, 64 . . .
Gomez, the Phillies closer, was originally signed by the Indians in 2005.
Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (11-9), 2nd place, International League North Division.
Idle Thursday . . . Mark Appel (3-0, 1.62), 7:05 Friday night vs. Buffalo.
Reading Fightin’ Phils (13-7), 2nd place, Eastern League East Division.
Following a 6-3 homestand, Reading begins a 7-game road trip tonight in Portland, 6:00; Alec Asher (2-1).
Clearwater Threshers (15-6), 1st place, Florida State League North Division.
Won 12th game in their last 14, 5-2, at Daytona behind John Richy, Victor Arano and Alexis Rivero. Richy was making his first appearance following a hand injury late in spring training, 5-4-1-1-1-3. LF Cord Sandberg, 2 R, 1st HR, RBI, BB. 3B Mitch Walding, RBI triple, his19th RBI, tops in the league . . . Ranfi Caimiro (3-0), 6:15 tonight vs. Lakeland.
Lakewood BlueClaws (4-16), 7th place, South Atlantic League North Division.
Rained out at home . . . Luke Leftwich, 6:35 tonight vs. Greenville.
April 29, 1954–RHP Robin Roberts pitches one-hitter, 4-0, in Milwaukee, a third-inning double by C Del Crandall.
April 29, 1981–Needing three strikeouts to reach 3,000, LHP Steve Carlton strikes out the side in the first inning against the Expos in FOUR minutes at Veterans Stadium. 3B Tim Wallach as #3,000.
I’ll be signing my new book, The Fightin’ Phillies, tomorrow, Saturday, April 30, Main Point Books, 1041 West Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, PA 19010; 1-2 p.m.
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