No More Cupcakes

Yep, no more cupcakes.  19 of next 23 games are against the Tigers (3), Cubs (6), Nationals (6) and Blue Jays (4). It is the toughest stretch on the schedule.

Lowly Braves left town with two weekend wins. Phillies left town for Detroit after Sunday’s much-needed win. Starting pitching was solid in all three but the offense didn’t show any life until yesterday’s 13 hits, matching the season-high.

Jared Eickhoff ended a five-game slide with seven shutout innings.  Hector Neris and Jeanmar Gomez finished the team’s MLB-high seventh shutout which equaled last year’s total.  In winning for the first time since April 13, Eickhoff helped his own cause with an RBI, his fifth in 16 big league games.

Tyler Goeddel began his career with no extra-base hits in 28 games. Since then, .340 in 14 starts with five extra-base hits . . . Cameron Rupp had career-high three hits yesterday, including an opposite-field homer . . . Maikel Franco has seven home runs, six on the road . . . Happy 26th birthday to Cesar Hernandez.

Tiger Territory
After losing 11 of 12, the Tigers have won six of seven.

Phillies are 6-9 against the Tigers, 3-3 in Comerica Park.  It has been feast or famine in the Tigers’ den.  Phillies swept three games in 2002, out-scoring Detroit, 20-7. Tigers returned the favor in 2013, 24-5 margin in their three wins.

Being an interleague series in an American League park, the Phillies get to use the designated hitter.  Three former Phillies coaches have similar positions with the Tigers, Rich Dubee (pitching), Mick Billmeyer (bullpen) and Wally Joyner (hitting).

Minor League Report (Weekend Edition)
Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (24-19), 3rd place, International League North Division.
Won 2 of 3 from Toledo, including a Sunday DH split. Have won 9 of last 11. Won 4-3 Friday night on a walk-off dropped fly ball. ND Jake Thompson, 8-5-3-3-1-8, 3 solo HR; 1.33 ERA over last 4 starts. HR: C Andrew Knapp (6), 2B Taylor Featherston (5). Mark Appel (3-3) lost Sunday, 1st game, .2-4-4-4-2-0. CF Nick Williams (4) and 1B Darin Ruf (2) hit back-to-back homers in the 6th inning of the 3-0 win. 4 relievers pitched with Luis Garcia (2-1) getting the win and Edward Mujica, SV (11) . . . Not scheduled today.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (29-14), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
Swept 3 from Trenton; 6 wins in last 7. WP: John Richy (1-1), 5.2-6-3-3-5-5. SV: Miguel Nunez (3), struck out 4 on 17 pitches. HR: RF Dylan Cozens (11), 1B Rhys Hoskins (7).
Won Sunday DH after Saturday wash out. 1st game: WP: Ben Lively (7-0), 6-4-3-3-1-3. Jorge Alfaro, 2 H, 3 RBI. LF Cody Asche in 1st game with Reading, 0-4, 2 SO. 2md game: 2B Angelo Mora’s SF won game in 9th inning (DH are 7-inning games); tied game with 3 in 7th. ND: Mark Leiter, 1st start, 4-2-0-0-0-5 . . . Nick Pivetta (4-2), 6:35 tonight vs. Erie.

Clearwater Threshers (26-17), 2nd place, Florida State League North Division.
Were swept by visiting Palm Beach to fall out of 1st place.  Longest losing streak of the season. LF Andrew Pullin, 3rd HR; 10 RBI in 12 games. 2B Scott Kingery, 4-13 weekend; leads FSL with 14 doubles . . . Matt Imhof (4-2), 7 tonight vs. Palm Beach.

Lakewood BlueClaws (16-26), 7th place, South Atlantic League North Division.
Won 1 of 3 vs. Delmarva. 2-1 win Friday on a walk-off HR by 3B Jan Hernandez (5). DH: Harold Arauz, 6-3-1-0-4-7. WP: Zach Morris (3-1). Lost 2-1 and 6-1 the next two days. ND Saturday, Franklyn Kilome, 6-5-1-1-1-2. DH Sunday, Drew Anderson, 5-2-1-1-1-5; made his first appearance since 6/8/14; out with right elbow sprain since then . . . Jose Taveras (1-2), 6:35 tonight vs. Hagerstown who is 9-0 vs. Lakewood.

Lehigh Valley: RHS Alec Asher placed on DL (right calf contusion); RHR Michael Mariot, returned from rehab, activated from DL and optioned to LV; added SS J.P. Crawford from Reading; sent INF Ryan Jackson to Salt Lake City for cash consideration; activated RHR Frank Herrman from DL.

Reading: added OF Cody Asche on rehab assignment; added RHR Reiner Roibal from LV.

Lakewood: released RHP Alejandro Arteaga; activated RHS Drew Anderson from DL; added RHR Kenny Koplove from extended spring training.

Extended ST: added RHS Shane Watson from Lakewood.

This Date
May 23, 1991–RHP Tommy Greene pitches no-hitter at Montreal, 2-0, before 8,833.  He walks seven and strikes out 10. Check out Tommy’s account of the game at


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