Phillies Notebook: Phillies' Revere a hot commodity

Posted: August 26, 2014

WHEN BEN REVERE slapped Nick Greenwood's 89-mph sinker to leftfield in yesterday's seventh inning at Citizens Bank Park, it signified the centerfielder's 26th multihit performance in his last 51 games.

It also propelled him into a tie in the race for the National League batting title.

With two more hits yesterday, Revere upped his average to .314, the same mark with which Colorado's Justin Morneau entered the day. Morneau was given the day off in the Rockies' home win against the Marlins that started just after the Phillies capped their 7-1 win over the Cardinals.

Revere hit a bloop single to leftfield off Justin Masterson in the second inning to score Cody Asche. In the seventh, his single off Greenwood put him on base with one out for Jimmy Rollins, who homered to extend the Phillies' lead to six.

Despite the critics of Revere's play in the outfield and his lack of walks - his first-inning walk yesterday was just his 11th of the season and, astonishingly, his first in 171 plate appearances - the second-year Phillie is certainly producing at a high rate from the batter's box. His 78 hits and .368 average since June 26 lead all of major league baseball.

In addition to reaching base three times, Revere was also active in the outfield yesterday. In the seventh inning, he made three straight plays running to his left on hard hit balls.

"Ben's doing some good things," manager Ryne Sandberg said of Revere's play in the outfield. "He seems to hobble on slow-speed plays. Going full speed, he's totally fine. He had some good reads on balls in the gaps. He covered some good ground there."

One last note on Revere's offensive production this year: He is just three hits and two stolen bases shy of becoming only the fourth Phillies outfielder since 1907 - and first since Bobby Abreu in 2004 - with at least 150 hits and 40 stolen bases in a single season.

Franco on fire

Maikel Franco is certainly making his case for a September call-up.

A day after needing only six innings to hit for the cycle, the Phillies' third baseman prospect yesterday added two more hits for Triple A Lehigh Valley. He went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in the IronPigs' 5-3 win against Syracuse.

Franco raised his average to .256, which is notable considering he hit .172 in April and .162 in June. After hitting .343 in July, he's hitting .315 this month.

Lehigh Valley plays only eight more games. It may not be long until fans finally get to see the kid play a bit in the big leagues.

Phils to honor Taney

Before Wednesday night's home game against the surging Nationals, the Phillies will host a ballpark-wide celebration for the Taney Dragons Little League World Series team.

The Taney players are set to be honored on the field with their coaches and families in attendance. The Phillies will also give away Taney Dragons T-shirts to all fans.


Jimmy Rollins on Saturday became just the eighth player in major league history to hit for extra bases at least 800 times and steal at least 450 bases. The others? How about Barry Bonds, Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, Paul Molitor, Rickey Henderson, Joe Morgan and Ed Delahanty . . . Rollins' homer yesterday was his first since July 30, a span of 97 plate appearances . . . Working his way back from left wrist inflammation, John Mayberry Jr. went 1-for-3 in the fourth game of his rehab assignment with Lehigh Valley. He's 4-for-14 since he resumed playing games Aug. 19 . . . Aaron Nola had the best of his four starts with Double A Reading, surrendering just one run on four hits over five innings against Erie yesterday. This summer's seventh overall draft pick struck out five and walked just one.

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