Mondays Not Good
Let’s not play on Mondays. Riding four home runs, the Tigers beat the Phillies last night, 5-4. Phillies record on Mondays is now 0-6. Detroit has homered in nine straight games, 21 total. Seven wins in the streak.
The Phillies went yard twice, Maikel Franco (seventh out of eight on the road) and Tommy Joseph, his second. Five Phillies had multiple hits but RISP was only 1-7. Starter Vincent Velasquez gave up three homers and exited after four innings with a 95-pitch count.
Pete Mackanin sent a message to his team by yanking Odubel Herrera for not running out a ground ball in the seventh inning.
Phillies are 5-1 on Tuesdays. Welcome, Tuesday.
Phillies one-run record fell to 14-4. Their last such loss came May 4, 5-4, in St. Louis . . . Velasquez had allowed three home runs all season until Detroit doubled that number . . . Seems as if Phillies turn in a web gem on defense every game. Last night a great relay from Herrera to Galvis to Rupp gunned down a runner at home plate in the third inning. . . . Web gem #2: Franco’s diving back-handed grab in the sixth inning.
Minor League Report
Players of the Week (May 16-22)
1B Rhys Hoskins, Reading… The 23-year-old Hoskins batted .450 (9-20) with two doubles, a home run, four RBI, four walks, seven runs scored and a .560 on-base percentage in six games. He drove in a run in each of his last four games and recorded three multi-hit games. Hoskins was selected by the Phillies in the fifth round of the June 2014 draft out of California State University, Sacramento.
RHP Zach Eflin, Lehigh Valley and RHP Nick Pivetta, Reading… Co-Pitchers of the Week. Eflin, 22, made one start, shutting out Syracuse for 7.0 innings on May 18 while allowing only two hits, a walk and striking out six batters. He has allowed one earned run or none in five of his seven starts. The 6-foot-6 right-hander is tied for first in the International League with a 0.81 WHIP (7 BB, 30 H, 45.2 IP), third in opponent’s batting average (.185) and ninth in ERA (2.36). Eflin was acquired from Los Angeles along with left-hander Tom Windle on December 19, 2014 in the trade that sent Jimmy Rollins to the Dodgers. He was originally selected by the Padres between the first and second rounds (33rd overall) of the June 2012 draft.
Pivetta, 23, also made one start, allowing only two hits while walking one and striking out six batters in 7.0 shutout innings on May 17 against Bowie. He has allowed two earned runs or fewer in six of his eight starts. He is averaging 9.0 strikeouts per nine innings pitched (44 SO, 44.0 IP), which is the third-best ratio in the Eastern League. Pivetta was acquired from Washington for Jonathan Papelbon on July 28, 2015, and was originally selected by the Nationals in the fourth round of the June 2013 draft.
Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (24-19), 3rd place, International League North Division.
Did not play . . . David Buchanan (2-2), 7:05 tonight in Pawtucket.
Reading Fightin’ Phils (29-15), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
Dropped 8-3 decision to Erie. LP: Nick Pivetta (4-3), 5.2-7-6-6-2-4. HR: 2B Jesmuel Vallentin (2); C Jorge Alfaro (3) . . . Anthony Vasquez (5-2), 6:35 tonight vs. Erie.
Clearwater Threshers (27-17), 2nd place, Florida State League North Division.
Pounded out a season-high 5 home runs in beating Palm Beach, 9-3. HR: 1B Kyle Martin (6-7), 3B Mitch Walding (7), C Gabriel Lino (2), SS Malquin Canelo (2) . . . Ranfi Casimiro (5-2), 6:35 tonight in Brevard County.
Lakewood BlueClaws (16-27), 7th place, South Atlantic League North Division.
Fell, 7-4, to Hagerstown which improved to 10-0 vs. Lakewood. After a 6-game winning streak, BlueClaws have dropped 7 of 8 . . . RF Jose Pujols, HR (9), 3 RBI; leads SAL in HR . . . Tyler Gilbert (1-4), 6:35 tonight vs. Hagerstown.
Lakewood: OF-3B Damek Tomscha placed on DL (concussion); LHP Scott Harris activated from the DL; OF Venn Biter added from extended spring training.
May 24, 1935–Phillies lose first night game in major league baseball history, 2-1, at Cincinnati’s Crosley Field. Game time: 1:35. Attendance for the historic game, 20,422.
President Roosevelt symbolically switched on the lights from Washington, D.C.