Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Phillies Phans Need The Day Off After That Road Trip

The Phillies return home after a brutal road trip. Enjoy the day off!

  • Outfielder Odubel Herrera's recent production at the top of the Phillies' lineup is a welcomed development for an otherwise struggling club. Over his last five games, Herrera is batting .450 (9-for-20) with four doubles, two triples and two stolen bases.
  • The six-game homestand will wrap up a stretch of 16 straight games for the Phillies against fellow National League East teams. Including Sunday's 4-1 loss at Washington, Philadelphia dropped seven of 10 against division rivals.

The Marlins and Phillies will open a three-game series Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park with both sides seeking a much-needed win. Miami has lost seven of nine and is coming off a four-game sweep by the Mets. Philadelphia has dropped seven of eight games, including three of four to the Nationals largely due to woes at the plate. The Phillies have scored two or fewer runs in four of their last five games. Dan Haren (1-0, 2.08 ERA) gets the starting nod for Miami, and fellow right-hander Jerome Williams takes the mound for Philadelphia. After one quality start and one rocky outing, Jerome Williams looks to rebound against a Marlins club he hasn't started against since 2007. He allowed one run in a no-decision against Washington in his season debut, but the righty gave up five runs (four earned) on 10 hits over five innings in Wednesday's loss to the Mets. The Phillies took last season's series from the Marlins, 11-8.


Read the latest Q&A from MLB.com Phillies Beat Reporter Todd Zolecki here.

Minor Update – Lehigh Valley IronPigs (3-9): Lost their fifth straight, 4-3, on a pair of walks and a one-out single in the 15th inning at at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre . . . 3B Maikel Franco, 0-5 with 3 strikeouts, ending a 9-game hitting streak; hitting .347 . . . Starter Jason Berken, 5-4-2-2-2-6 . . . Hector Neris, 3-4-0-0-0-4 . . . LP: Adam Loewen (0-1), 2.1-2-1-1-5-1. Reading Fightin Phils (7-3): Won, 9-4, over Akron. 5-run 6th inning lifted the Fightin Phils to their fifth straight win . . . CF Ramon Quinn, 3-3 with 3 runs scored; included were his fifth double and eighth stolen base; hitting .425 . . . SS KC Serna, hitting second behind Quinn, 3-3 with an RBI . . . RF Aaron Altherr, a 3-run homer in the first, his first and an RBI single in the third . . . Starter: LHP Anthony Vasquez, 5-8-4-3-1-5 . . . LHP Elvis Araujo (1-1) picked up the win with 2 scoreless relief innings. Clearwater Threshers (7-5): Got pounded by Tampa, 12-1. 4 errors contributed to 5 unearned runs out of the 12 allowed by 5 Clearwater pitchers. INF Angelo Mora pitched the ninth inning for the losers, allowing two walks . . . DH Willians Astudillo, 3 hits, including 2 doubles . . . LP David Whitehead (1-1), 5-6-4-3-2-6, plus a WP. Injury report: LHP Matt Imhoff placed on DL with a strained left shoulder: RHP Reinier Roibal activated. Happy Birthday: Manager Greg Legg (55). Lakewood BlueClaws (5-7): Lost its third in a row, 8-3, at Greensboro . . . 1B Rhys Hoskins, a double and first home run . . . CF Carlos Tocci extended hitting streak to 7 games, 1-4, with 1 RBI; has 10 RBI for the season, 9 coming in his hitting streak . . . LP Elniery Garcia (1-1), 3.1-9-5-4-3-1.

The Phillies are starting the season as expected and are now near the bottom of the NL east at 4-9. Given the departures, aging stars, injuries, and performance this spring, don’t expect their competitive place in the standings to last. All time, the Phillies are 43-38-3 on this day.

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