Phillies Notes: Hot-hitting Ben Revere is a walkless wonder

Phillies' Ben Revere celebrates his run. (YONG KIM/Staff Photographer)
Phillies' Ben Revere celebrates his run. (YONG KIM/Staff Photographer)
Posted: August 26, 2014

One of the more remarkable aspects of Ben Revere's rise to the top of the National League's batting leaders - he tied Colorado's Justin Morneau at .314 on Sunday - was how he mounted hits without any walks. Then he watched five Justin Masterson pitches to draw a walk in the first inning of a 7-1 win over St. Louis, and another productive day commenced.

Revere, who later scored on a Chase Utley single, walked for the first time in 171 plate appearances, the longest streak for a Phillies player since Mariano Duncan went 304 plate appearances from 1994-95 without a walk. Revere maintained a .744 OPS during his 40-game walkless span because of his .347 batting average since July 5.

"Ben's doing some good things," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said.

Revere notched two more hits Sunday. He cost the Phillies a run with a bad route on a fly ball to center in the fourth inning. But he tracked a few deep balls later in the game to preserve Jerome Williams' solid outing.

In the second inning, Revere delivered the Phillies' third run with a two-out bloop single to left that scored Cody Asche from second base. This marked Revere's first game with a walk and RBI since Sept. 23, 2012, when he played for Minnesota.

Taney tribute

The Phillies will honor the Taney Dragons in a "ballpark-wide" ceremony before Wednesday's game. The entire Taney roster, plus coaches and parents, will participate.

All fans in attendance will receive a Taney T-shirt. Some proceeds from that night's ticket sales will benefit the Taney Little League.

Minor notes

Sunday was another good day for the organization's top three prospects. Shortstop J.P. Crawford homered twice for single-A Clearwater. He has eight homers in 57 games as one of the youngest players in the pitching-strong Florida State League.

Aaron Nola, the seventh overall pick last June, allowed one run in five innings with five strikeouts and one walk for double-A Reading. He has a 3.22 ERA in 11 minor-league games.

And Maikel Franco, who hit for the cycle Saturday, added another double Sunday for Lehigh Valley. He has 10 hits in his last 16 at-bats.

Extra bases

The Phillies used four first basemen - Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Darin Ruf and Wil Nieves - in Saturday's 6-5 loss. The last time that happened in a Phillies game was June 8, 1984 when John Wockenfuss, Tim Corcoran, Len Matuszek and Greg Gross all played first base. . . . Utley had not played first base since May 6, 2008. It was his 27th career appearance there.

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