Phillies Salute Vets

The toughest stretch of the season has turned out to be just that. After losing five out of six on the road to the Tigers and Cubs, it doesn’t get any easier as the first-place Nationals come to Citizens Bank Park starting tonight. Washington took two of three at CBP in early April before the Phillies swept three in Nationals Park later in the month.

Bryce Harper had two extremes in the two series. In Philly, 7-11, four runs, a home run in each of the three games and four RBI.  In DC, 2-8 with five walks.  In his short career, he’s hit 14 homers against the Phillies, 11 at CBP.

Last time Phillies were swept three-games in Wrigley was 1995 . . . Three Cubs starters gave up a total of three runs. Those starters combined for 745 starts in the majors; Phillies trio, 56 . . . Cubs closer, Hector Rondon, 18 games, 8 saves; Phillies closer Jeanmar Gomez, 24 games, 17 saves . . . Gomez relieved twice in the six-game trip; recorded a save in his last outing (Wednesday, in Detroit) . . .  445 innings for the Phillies this season and no four-run inning yet . . . Phillies are 15-14 against teams above .500, 11-10 vs. teams below.

Memorial Day Festivities
Both teams will be wearing cream-colored uniforms tonight with logo in camo and camo caps as part of the Major League Baseball’s Welcome Back Vets program . . . Color guard: combined McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Air Force . . . Moment of silence will be observed to honor those that gave their lives in defense of our country . . . Toyota hometown hero, first balls: US Marine Corps veteran Philadelphia police officer Peter Fischer and Patrick Murphy, US Army veteran and currently the Under Secretary of the Army . . . National Anthem/God Bless America, First Class Petty Officer Yarrick Sharod Conner, US Navy information systems technician . . . Hometown hero changing third base, US Marine Corps vet and Philadelphia police officer Joseph Reilly . . . Fans can visit the Phillies ball girls at section 137 and write thank you notes to those serving our country as part of Military Appreciation Nights.  Notes will be compiled and mailed to active military deployed over the holidays.

Minor League Weekend Report
Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (25-24), 5th place, International League North Division.
Swept in a 3-game series by Louisville, suffering 5 losses in last 6 games.  Friday ND: Ben Lively AAA debut, 7-5-2-2-1-5; retired 13 of last 15 batters. LP Sunday, Zack Eflin (5-1), 5-9-6-6-0-3; scoreless streak ended at 17 innings when Louisville scored 2 in the 1st inning; loss ended a 10-game winning streak, dating back to last season and including 2 in Reading’s postseason.  SS J.P. Crawford has reached base in all 8 AAA games.  OF Nick Williams has hit in 8 straight, .433; 9 R; hitting streak started when Crawford joined LV. RHR Edubray Ramos hasn’t allowed a run in 11.1 AAA innings; between AA and AAA, he has walked 2 and struck out 28 . . . David Buchanan (2-3), 1:35 this afternoon vs. Norfolk.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (33-17), 1st place, Eastern League Eastern Division.
Dropped 2 of 3 in New Hampshire, winning 9-8 in 13 innings on Friday night on a game-winning RBI single by DH Jake Fox.  RF Aaron Brown tied the game with a 3-run HR in the 9th, his 1st. LP Saturday, Nick Pivetta (4-4), 7-5-2-2-3-6. CF Roman Quinn, 6-14 weekend, 4 R, 24th SB. He threw out the winning run in the 9th inning on Friday. RF Dylan Cozens, HR (14), 2 RBI, 3 SO Sunday; leads EL in HR, TB; 2nd in RBI, slugging percentage . . . Anthony Vasquez (6-2), 1:35 this afternoon in New Hampshire.

Clearwater Threshers (30-20), 2nd place, Florida State League North Division.
Won 2 of 3 in Lakeland, 2-1, 3-2, 4-11. ND Friday, Tyler Viza, 6-6-1-1-0-11, matching career-high in SO. WP Saturday, Tom Eshelman (3-2), 7-7-2-2-0-6.  Ulises Joaquin, SV (3), 2B, WP and then struck out the side. 2B Scott Kingery, hitting .341 in last 10, including a 7-game hitting streak; leads FSL with 19 doubles . . . Day off today.

Lakewood BlueClaws (19-30), 7th place, South Atlantic League North Division.
Won 2 of 3 in Delmarva. WP Friday, Franklyn Kilome (1-4), 6-8-3-3-1-5. WP Sunday, Jose Taveras (2-3), 7-1-1-1-2-7, allowed HR in 5th inning. 2B Josh Tobias, 8-14 weekend, 2 R . . . Tyler Gilbert (1-5), 7:05 tonight in West Virginia.

Weekend Transactions
Lehigh Valley, added RHS Ben Lively from Reading; placed RHP Mark Appel on the DL (right shoulder strain).

Reading, added RHR Will Morris from extended spring training; placed 3B Harold Martinez on the DL (right ankle sprain); added INF Carlos Alonso from Lehigh Valley.

Clearwater, placed RHR Jesen Therrien on the DL (left oblique strain); added RHR Alberto Triado from extended ST.

Lakewood, added LHP Scott Harris from extended spring training.

This Date
May 30, 1935, 1st game–LF Babe Ruth goes hitless (one at-bat) in his final game as the Boston Braves beat the Phillies, 11-6, in the first game of a Baker Bowl doubleheader.  Attendance: 18,000.

May 30, 1982–LHP Steve Carlton wins his 191st game with Phillies, 6-2, over Atlanta.  Victory moves Lefty into second place on the Phillies’ all-time list ahead of Grover Alexander.  Robin Roberts leads with 234.


May 30, 1989–Veterans Stadium is empty except for a handful of media who were there for 3B Mike Schmidt’s retirement press conference.  He had announced his retirement the day before in San Diego and returned home to meet the Philadelphia media.  His last game was May 28 at San Francisco.

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