Verlander Too Much

Justin Verlander showed why he’s been one of the premier pitchers in the majors.  He picked up his 161st win last night, 3-1. The 33-year-old tossed eight shutouts and struck out 10.  He’s given up four earned runs over his last four starts. His last two pitches of the game blew away Odubel Herrera.  Blew away? How about 97 miles per hour for each. Verlander then paced the dugout like a caged lion as the Phillies scored once and had the tying run at the plate twice.

Jeremy Hellickson pitched well enough to win but lost. He fanned seven.

The Phillies headed back to the hotel, slept quickly, packed and got to the park this morning for a 1:10 series finale this afternoon.  Then, a day off in Chicago tomorrow. Three day games against the Cubs this weekend.

Phillies road record now 12-12 . . . Detroit has won six straight against the Phillies . . . When trailing after eight, the Phillies are 0-19 . . . Ryan Howard’s single was his first since April 29 . . . Miguel Cabrera’s strikeout was his first since May 13.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (24-20), 3rd place, International League North Division.
Dropped 2-1 decision in Pawtucket which won the game on a two-run homer in the eighth off RHR Frank Herrmann (0-1).  ND: Zach Eflin, 7-4-0-0-1-6. CF Cam Perkins accounted for LV’s run with his second HR . . . David Buchanan (2-2), 7:05 tonight in Pawtucket.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (30-15), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
1B Rhys Hoskins hit a one-out, walk-off grand slam over the left-center field wall to give Reading an 11-9 win over Erie. It was his 8th HR. RF Dylan Cozens had a 2B, HR (league-leading 12th) and 3 R. LF Cody Asche, 2 H, including 1st AA HR, 2 RBI. CF Roman Quinn, 4-4, 4 R, BB, 2 SB (20-21) and a pick-off at 1st . . . Anthony Vasquez (6-2), 6:35 tonight vs. Erie.

Clearwater Threshers (27-18), 2nd place, Florida State League North Division.
Fell, 6-4, at Brevard County.  LP: Shane Watson, making Clearwater debut, 5-6-5-4-3-9, a career-high in SO. 2B Scott Kingery, 15th-16th doubles (league-leading). Threshers out-hit BC, 11-7, but was 2-14 with RISP . . . Ranfi Casimiro (5-2), 6:35 tonight in Brevard County.

Lakewood BlueClaws (16-28), 7th place, South Atlantic League North Division.
Lost, 3-0, to Hagerstown, falling to 0-11 vs. the Suns.  Lakewood had 3 singles and a double. LP: Tyler Gilbert (1-5), 6-8-3-3-1-2 . . . Luke Leftwich (3-2), 11:05 this morning against Hagerstown.

Extended ST, recently signed OF Osmel Aquila made his debut, 0-3 and a walk.  The 26-year-old right-handed hitter had a.280 average in Cuba.

Reading: Activated OF Christian Marrero from the DL.

Clearwater: RHP Shane Watson transferred from Lakewood

Extended Spring Training: RHP Will Morris transferred from Clearwater.

This Date
May 25, 1951—20-year-old Willie Mays made his major league debut with the New York Giants in an 8-5 win over the Phillies at Shibe Park.  He was hitless in five at-bats.

May 25, 2011–Longest game in Citizens Bank Park, Phillies edge Cincinnati, 5-4, in 19 innings. INF Wilson Valdez pitches the 19th inning and gets the win, first position player in Phillies history to record a win.

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