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.
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.
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.”
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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