Bats Remain Silent

The five-game winning streak ended last night in Chase Field, thanks to Ian Kennedy’s first complete game and first shutout of his career. 

Phillies offense was silent once again.  Hitters went down 1-2-3 in six of the nine innings.   In the last 11 games, the Phillies have scored 32 runs, but they have an 8-4 record.

Cliff took the defeat, allowing a pair of homers. The last three home runs given up by the Phillies have come off him.  The four runs were the result of the third-fourth homers he’s allowed and his fourth walk of the season turned into a run.  Phillies pitchers have given up 10 homers, fewest in the NL.

Phil-Ins
Michael Stutes made his major league debut with an impressive 1-2-3 eighth inning.  He’s wearing #40, which is an improvement over the #68 he wore in spring training . . . Bullpen has a 14.1 consecutive scoreless inning streak going . . . Elias Sports Bureau: Sunday marked the fourth time in Doc’s career he lost a shutout with two out in the ninth inning.

This Date In Phillies History
1980—Steve Carlton set a modern NL record with his sixth career one-hitter, a 7-0 shutout of St. Louis.

Down On The Farm
Lehigh Valley dropped a 5-3 game in Buffalo . . . Reading (at Erie) and Clearwater (at Tampa) were rained out.  Each has a doubleheader today . . . Lakewood returned home and won, 4-3, over Charleston on CF Aaron Altherr’s walk-off single; he stole three bases in the game.

Players of the Week (April 18-24)
**SS Edgar Duran, Lakewood.  Hit .381 in five games, three runs scored and eight hits, boosting his average from .231 to .286.  He began the week with multi-hit games of 2-3-2.  In his last 10 games, he is batting .324. The 20-year-old is in his fourth pro season after signing as an amateur free agent, 12/20/07, out of Valencia, VZ. He was signed by Sal Agostinelli and Jesus Mendez.

**RHP Jonathan Pettibone, Clearwater.  Was 2-0 for 2 starts with a 0.00 ERA, 9 hits in 13 innings, 1 walk, 10 strikeouts.  He was also named the FSL pitcher of the week by MiLB.com. He’s 3-0 for the season with a 0.38 ERA, third lowest in the FSL, with just 2 walks in 24 innings.  Opponents are hitting .190. The 20-year-old was selected between the 3rd and 4th rounds in June 2008 out of Esperanza (CA) High School.  He was signed by Darrell Conner.

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