Offensive Woes

The Phillies formula of strong pitching, timely hitting and solid defense has sprung a leak. Monday night’s second straight loss came as he result of the spotty pitching and an unproductive offense. Getting base hits hasn’t been the problem. Getting them home is another story.

After leaving 16 runners on base and 3-18 RISP on Sunday, last night produced 10 LOB and just 1-13 RISP.

Jared Eickhoff is credited with a quality star (3 runs or less in 6 inning), an unofficial stat that is meaningless, in my humble opinion.  Unfortunately Eickhoff was saddled with his loss, his sixth to go with that one win on April 13.

Phil-Ins
Odubel Herrera has reached base in 35 of his last 36 games. Since moving to the leadoff spot on April 20, he’s hitting .387 . . . After one hit in his first 16 AB in the majors, Tyler Goeddel is hitting .320 over his last 14 games; had first three-hit game last night . . . Tommy Joseph got his first big league hit and a big ovation from the fans . . . Phillies have yet to score four runs in an inning.

Minor League Report
Players of the Week (May 9-15)

00 cozens
OF Dylan Cozens, Reading… The 21-year-old Cozens batted .385 (10-26) with six runs scored, two doubles, three home runs, four RBI, three walks and two stolen bases in seven games. He slugged .808 for the week with a 1.256 OPS. Cozens’ three home runs came in consecutive games, which finished off a six-game span during which he hit five home runs. He currently ranks first in the Eastern League in home runs, extra-base hits (20), slugging percentage (.581) and total bases (79), is tied for fourth in hits (39) and RBI (26) and ranks 10th in average (.287). Cozens was selected by the Phillies in the second round of the June 2012 draft.

00 Lively action

RHP Ben Lively, Reading…Lively, 24, was named Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Week and Eastern League Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season after going 2-0 with 13.0 scoreless innings pitched, 14 strikeouts and a 1.00 WHIP (5 BB, 8 H) in his two starts last week. He scattered four hits in 6.0 shutout innings against Binghamton on May 10, and followed that by striking out a career-high 12 batters in 7.0 scoreless innings on May 15 against Trenton. Four of Lively’s eight starts have been scoreless and he has not allowed more than three earned runs in any of them. His 1.53 ERA (8 ER, 47.0 IP) and 46 strikeouts lead the Eastern League, and he ranks third in innings pitched and fifth in opponents’ batting average (.185). 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. (Photo: Tug Haines).

Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (19-18), 4th place, International League North Division.
Saw their 4-game winning streak end as Syracuse rallied for a 5-4 win. LV out-hit the Chiefs, 14-7, but left 10 runners on base. ND: Mark Appel held Syracuse scoreless on 1 hit and 1 walk through 5 innings, 5.2-3-3-3-4-6. LP: Edward Mujica (0-3). LF Darin Ruf homered in his first AB in the second inning.  5 LV batters had 2 hits each . . . Alec Asher (3-0), 7:05 tonight vs. Syracuse.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (24-12), 1st place, Eastern League East Division.
Return to action tonight in Bowie, 6:35 start, Nick Pivetta (3-2), who is second in the EL in strikeouts to teammate Lively.

Clearwater Threshers (25-13), 1st place, Florida State League North Division.
Opened road trip with an 8-5 win in St. Lucie. WP: Victor Arano (1-0), 3-1-0-0-0-0. SV: Ulises Joaquin, 1st of season. ND: Tom Eshelman, 4-8-5-4-0-5. 3B Zack Green, 4-4, including 8th double, 5th HR. C Gabriel Lino, 3 RBI. CF Carlos Tocci, 3 hits, including 1st HR, 2 RBI.  LF Cody Asche, 0-5, playing the entire game . . . Matt Imhof (4-1), 6:30 tonight in St. Lucie.

Lakewood BlueClaws (15-21), 6th place, South Atlantic League North Division.
Fell to 0-7 against Hagerstown with a 12-9 loss which ended a 6-game winning streak. 2 hits: LF Damek Tomscha (3 RBI); 2B Josh Tobias (4th HR); SS Emmanuel Marrero; 1B Wilson Garcia . . . Tyler Gilbert (1-3), 7:05 tonight vs. Hagerstown.

Honors: RHP Jose Taveras was named the MiLB.com Pitcher of the Week in the SAL. The 22-year old was 1-0 for 1 start, 7 IP, 2 H, 5 SO. It was his second start of the season. He was signed as an amateur free agent out of Santo Domingo, DR, in 2013.

Transactions
Lehigh Valley: released OF Alfredo Marte and C J.P. Arenciba. Added C Logan Moore from Reading.
Reading: added LHR Joely Rodriguez from Clearwater and C Joel Fisher from extended spring training.
Clearwater: added RHR Yacksel Rios from Reading.

This Date
May 17, 1979–A 10-inning classic in Wrigley Field: Phillies 23, Cubs 22.  Teams combine for 11 home runs.  LF Dave Kingman hits three; 3B Mike Schmidt, two, including a two-out, game-winner off Bruce Sutter in the 10th.  Game time: 4:03; attendance, 14,952.

May 17, 1991–Phillies edge the Chicago Cubs, 1-0, in 16 innings, the longest shutout game in Phillies and Vet history.

Book Signing
The Fightin’ Phillies is the title of my new book published by Triumph Books.  Larry Andersen wrote a hilarious foreword. I’ll be signing:

**Thus Sunday, May 22, Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia; 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

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