Another Tight Win

Let’s see.  Another nail-biting win that produced a seventh series win in the last eight.  Once again, strong starting pitching, stellar bullpen work, clutch hitting and defense.

Jeremy Hellickson gave up two runs in the first inning and then kept Miami off the scoreboard through five more innings.  Relievers David Hernandez-Hector Neris-Jeanmar Gomez each tossed a scoreless inning. Andres Blanco doubled in the Phillies first run in a three-run third and Cameron Rupp, playing for the first time since the home plate collision, came through with a two-run single after Maikel Franco was intentionally walked.

00 Goeddel

The insurance run came on Tyler Goeddel’s first major league home run in the eighth.  The Phillies infield defense turned three double plays.

After the 0-4 start the Phillies are 24-13 . . . The Phillies are 15-7 over their last 22 games.  Only once did they score more than four runs in those wins. All 15 wins are by three or fewer runs, last done by the Phillies in 1979 . . . Gomez is the first Phillies reliever to record 16 saves in the team’s first 41 games . . . Goeddel is hitting .327 over last 16 games after starting the season 1-16 . . . Phillies have yet to score four runs in one inning . . . Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton was 0-10 in the series with nine strikeouts . . . Phillies pitchers lead the league in strikeouts, 374-372 over Washington.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (21-18), 3rd place, International League North Division.
Won 6th in last 7, 3-0 vs. Syracuse.  WP: Zach Elfin (5-0), 7-2-0-0-1-6; 11 ground ball outs. Going back to last season at Reading, he’s won 8 in a row. SV: Edward Mujica (10). 3B Carlos Alonso, 2B, 1st HR . . . David Buchanan (2-2), 7:05 tonight vs. Toledo.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (25-14), 1st place, Eastern League East Division.
Lost, 7-6, at Bowie on a walk-off error by 2B Angelo Mora. DH Jake Fox, HR (8), 2 RBI. CF Ramon Quinn, 1B, BB, 2 R, SB (18, out of 21 attempts) . . . Anthony Vasquez (4-2), 11:05 this morning at Bowie.

Clearwater Threshers (26-14), 1st place, Florida State League North Division.
Split a DH in St. Lucie, 3-0 L and 4-2 W. LP: Matt Imhof (4-2), 6-4-2-2-3-2. 3B Zach Green 2 of Reading’s 3 hits. WP: Ranfi Casimiro (5-2), 6-3-1-1-1-7. SV: Jesen Therrien (3). LF Andrew Pullin, 1st HR, 2 RBI . . . Elniery Garcia (3-1), 6:30 tonight in St. Lucie.

Lakewood BlueClaws (15-23), 6th place, South Atlantic League North Division.
Lost 2-1, falling to 0-9 vs. Hagerstown. CF Carlos Duran, 3 H . . . Luke Leftwich (3-1), 6:35 tonight vs. Delmarva.

Lehigh Valley: RHR Michael Mariot joined the club on a rehab assignment.
Reading: LHR Mario Hollands joined the club on a rehab assignment.

This Date

Larry Richard 'L.C.' Christenson (November 10, 1953 in Everett, Washington), is a former professional baseball pitcher who played his entire career for the Philadelphia Phillies from 1973-1983. Christenson made his major-league debut on April 13, 1973, and beat the New York Mets 7-1, pitching a complete game. At the time, he was the youngest player in the Major Leagues at 19; he would remain so until 18-year-old David Clyde debuted for the Texas Rangers on June 27 of that same season. He would bounce back and forth from the majors to the minor leagues until 1975, when the Phillies called him up to stay. Christenson went 11-6 that season and would become a key cog on the Phillies' teams that would win three straight National League Eastern Division titles from 1976 to 1978. He would have his best seasons those three years, going 13-8 with a 3.68 earned run average in 1976. His best season was 1977, when he went 19-6 with a 4.06 ERA, winning 15 of his last 16 decisions. He slipped to 13-14 in 1978, despite posting a career-best ERA of 3.24, and started Game 1 of the 1978 National League Championship Series. Then, injuries would begin to plague Christenson's career. He began the 1979 season on the disabled list with elbow problems and missed the first month. Then, in June of that season, he broke his collarbone during a charity bicycle ride and missed several weeks. He ended up with a 5-10 record that season. In 1980, he started 3-0, but went on the disabled list again and had elbow surgery. He recovered to finish the season 5-1 and start Game 4 of the 1980 World Series, but was knocked in the first inning. In 1981, Christenson posted a less-than-stellar 4-7 record, but posted a win in the 1981 National League Division Series against the Montreal Expos. His last injury-free season was 1982, when he made 32 starts and went 9-10. In 1983, Christenson went under the knife for elbow surgery for the final time after a 2-4 start. He failed to make the postseason roster a
May 19, 1979–The idea of Phillies wearing all-burgundy uniforms on Saturdays starts and ends on this date, a 10-5 loss to Montreal. RHP Larry Christenson (photo) was the starting pitcher for the Phillies. RHP Jim Lonborg kidded LF Greg Luzinski, “Bull, you look like a big grape.”

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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