Shutout Starts Trip
The Phillies went into last night’s game with the fourth-best average in the NL with runners in scoring position, which is hard to believe considering they aren’t scoring runs. That average dipped as they stranded 12 but the offense rode homers by Ben and Brian and three hurlers blanked the Padres to start a seven-game road trip.
Roy-O improved to 3-0 with his fourth straight six-inning outing. He’s allowed just five runs. Jose, pitching for the fifth time in the last seven days, recorded his fifth save and Antonio came up big as the Phillies won their eighth straight in Petco Park.
Phillies have five road wins, three via shutouts. Since 2007, the Phillies have a 182-146 road record, a .555 percentage, best in the majors.
Phillies are 12-6. April record a year ago was 12-10. Club record for the month is 17 by the 1993 wild bunch (five losses) . . . Cooch didn’t appear in a game for the first time this season . . . Happy Birthday to two more Phillies Alumni, Terry Francona (52) and Mickey Morandini (45).
Down On The Farm
Lehigh Valley was blanked by first-place SWB, 6-0, for the second straight day . . . 1B Matt Rizzotti had three hits, boosting his average to .440, but Reading dropped a 6-3 decision in Akron . . . RHP Julio Rodriguez (2-0) threw five shutout innings to pick up a 4-2 Clearwater win over Brevard County. RHS Justin Friend picked up his sixth save in six outings . . . Lakewood bowed, 5-4, in Asheville. 2B Jeremy Barnes had three hits and an RBI.