Winless vs. AL, Reading streak continues
Well, folks, things aren’t going too well. But, you know that. A snow ball in May keeps rolling downhill.
The three-game sweep in Texas left the Phillies with a 0–5 interleague slate. Good news. No more American League clubs until next month. Not so good news: four straight games against the Red Sox starting June 12.
May has been kind to Tommy Joseph, Cameron Rupp and Aaron Altherr. Overall, not so kind to the team which is 3–12 this month. Fewest wins for May in Phillies history is 3 in 1928. That mark won’t be matched. Trust me. Most losses in May? 23 in 1923. That number also won’t be equaled. Trust me.
Back to National League play tonight in Pittsburg against a team that is missing two outfield regulars. The Pirates are in last place in the NL Central, 18–23, which includes two straight wins. What is the Phillies record at PNC Park? You had to ask. 17–33 which includes eight losses in the last nine games.
Down On The Farm
Lehigh Valley, International League North Division, 1st place
IronPigs (25–14) were leading, 7–2, after 2 innings but Rochester came back to end Lehigh Valley’s 12-game winning streak, 10–8 . . . DH Dylan Cozens began a 7-run T2 with his 11th HR. 1B Rhys Hoskins ended the big frame with his 11th HR, a grand slam. Hoskins also hit a solo shot in T7, #12 . . . ND: Mark Appel, 3.1–6–7–7–2–2, 2 HR, WP; LP: Michael Mariot (1–2), 1–4–3–2–1–0 . . . Jake Thompson, 6:35 tonight in Syracuse.
Reading, Eastern League East Division, 2nd place
Fightin Phils (22–13) won their 5th straight, 8–3, in Erie . . . LF Andrew Pullin, 3–4, 2 R, 2B (14), HR (8), 2 RBI (29), hitting .345, leads EL in 2B, tied for most RBI; PH Kyle Martin, HR (6), 3 RBI; 3B Mitch Walding, 3–3, #, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB . . . ND: Shane Watson, 3–5–3–3–3–6, HR; 3 relievers followed with 6 scoreless IP; WP: Mario Sanchez (2–0) . . . Brandon Leibrandt, 7:05 tonight vs. New Hampshire.
Clearwater, Florida State League North Division, tied for 2nd place
Threshers (22–19) got swept in a 4-game series in Ft. Myers, 5–2 . . . 3B Jan Hernandez, HR (7), 2 RBI . . . LP: Alberto Tirado (2–3), 5–5–4–4–3–7, WP . . . Blake Quinn, 6:15 tonight vs. Lakeland.
Lakewood, South Atlantic League North Division, 3rd place
BlueClaws (22–18) lost, 11–8, in Hagerstown . . . SS Raul Rivas, 3–6, 2 2B, RBI; CF Mickey Moniak, 2–5; RF Cord Sandberg, 2–5, HR (3), 2 RBI; C Edgar Cabral, 2–4; LF Carlos Duran, 2–5, R, 2B, 3 RBI . . . LP: Ranger Suarez (2–1), 2–3–3–2–3–4, HR . . . Adonis Medina, 7:05 tonight in Hagerstown.
Happy Birthday today to Curt Simmons, 88 candles, one of two Whiz Kids still with us. Other is 90-year-old Bob Miller.
May 19, 1979 — The idea of Phillies wearing all-burgundy uniforms on Saturday nights at home starts and ends on this date, a 10–5 loss to Montreal. Jim Lonborg kidded Greg Luzinski, “Bull, you look like a big grape.”