Phils Battle Back Again

I don’t know the final outcome of this bunch of hustling kids. I do know they battle and grind it out. There is no quit. They were swept in the season-opening series in Cincinnati but not since.  Losing two to Atlanta at home, the battled back to win the series finale on Sunday.  Losing two to the Tigers in Detroit, they battled back again yesterday to escape a sweep.

Detroit hit four home runs in their first five innings in the first game on Monday.  Over the next 20 innings, none.  Lacking matching power, the Phillies actually matched the Tigers in the series with two homers Monday and two yesterday, Odubel Herrera’s three-run belt and a solo job by Peter Bourjos.

Aaron Nola gave up four runs in six innings for the win.  After the Tigers’ three-spot in the fifth cut the Phillies pad to 5-4, Nolan had a seven-pitch, shutdown sixth inning. Big. He finished with six strikeouts, including the side in the first inning. David Hernandez got in trouble in the seventh before Hector—The Hat—Neris shut the door with two strikeouts, tossed a scoreless eighth and then turned it over to Jeanmar Gomez who had a 10-pitch, 17th save.

Andres Blanco stole home in the second inning as he and Bourjos pulled off a double-steal.  Chase Utley was the last Phillie to steal home, September 16, 2009, against the Nationals. It was also a double-steal.  Other base runner? Ryan Howard.  The Big Piece stole a career-high eight bases that season . . . Phillies flew to Chicago after the game and have a day off there today.  Can LA survive four nights in the windy city? . . . Three 2:20 weekend games against the Cubs starting Friday . . . ESPN2 has picked up the Cubs-Phillies game from Citizens Bank Park, Monday, June 6. Telecast will be blacked out in the Philadelphia market . . . Phillies have yet to score four runs in an inning.

Wrigley Field
Phillies swept a three-game series in Wrigley Field last July.  The middle game that weekend was a historic one in a couple of ways.  Cole Hamels, in his final start for the Phillies before being traded, threw a no-hitter.  Losing pitcher was Jake Arrieta, who hasn’t lost since, 15-0. Hamels is 14-2 since that game.

Going back to 2014, the Phillies are 5-1 at Wrigley.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (24-21), 4th place, International League North Division.
Lost, 6-2, at Pawtucket. LP: David Buchanan (2-3), 5-6-6-5-3-3. DH Cam Perkins,
homered for the second straight day (#3) . . . Jake Thompson (1-1), 11:35 this morning in Pawtucket.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (31-15), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
Had an extra-inning, walk-off HR for the second straight game. Hero this time SS Angelo Mora (#3), 7-5 in 11 innings. RF Dylan Cozens, league-leading 13th HR. 2 H, 2 R: 2B Jesmuel Valentin & C Jorge Alfaro. WP: Joely Rodriguez (1-0). SV: Hoby Milner (2); 0 ER in 19.2 IP, 0.56 WHIP, this season . . . John Richy (1-1), 11:35 this morning vs. Erie.

Clearwater Threshers (27-19), 2nd place, Florida State League North Division.
Lost, 7-2, in Brevard County before 553 fans at Space Coast Stadium. DH Zach Green, HR (#6). 2B Scott Kingery, 17th 2B, RBI. LP: Ranfi Casimiro (5-3), 4-6-5-4-1-6, 2 WP . . . Elniery Garcia (3-2), 6:35 tonight in BC.

Lakewood BlueClaws (17-28), 7th place, South Atlantic League North Division.
Finally.  After going 0-11 vs. Hagerstown, Lakewood came out on top, 9-8. WP: Luke Leftwich (4-2), 5-5-5-4-3-4; 56 SO leads league. DH Wilson Garcia, 3 R, RBI. 1B Brendan Hayden, 2 H, 2 RBI. SV: Jake Waguespack (1) . . . Harold Arauz (1-3), 7:05 tonight in Delmarva.

This Date
May 26, 1990–Mike Schmidt’s #20 is retired in pre-game ceremonies as Phillies lose, 12-3, to Atlanta before 56,789.

May 26, 2008–Phillies set a Citizens Bank Park record for runs in a game, blasting Colorado, 20-5.  2B Chase Utley drives in six runs.

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