When an offense is producing the second fewest runs in MLB, a lot of numbers pop up, mostly unattractive.
Well, here’s more. Crooked-numbered innings. Or, in other words, scoring more than one run in an inning. Last night the Phillies had a four-run and three-run inning, crooked numbers. It marked the second time they’ve done that in a game this season, the other being April 15, a two and five-run inning. On this 10-game trip, they have 68 innings of zero runs.
It also was the fourth time they’ve scored run in three innings of a game.
Wigginton continues to swing the bat well, Pence got back in the lineup quickly and produced, Nix came out of his early-season spin and Orr drove in three runs, a first in his big league career.
Now, the rubber game of the series with Cole on the mound. Then, a flight home and a day off at home. Last time the Phillies didn’t have a game was April 10.
Down On The Farm
Lehigh Valley won, 4-3, in 11 innings over Buffalo on CF Scott Podsednik’s walk-off single.
**Reading was a 6-0 winner over Richmond, RHS Tyler Cloyd (3-0), 7 innings, 5 hits, 0 walks, 5 strikeouts. 1B Darin Ruf homered (#2) and boosted average to .400.
**Clearwater was held to no hits through eight innings (perfect game until a led off walk in the 7th) but LF D’Arby Myers doubled in the ninth and scored on CF Peter Lavin’s single for a 1-0 win over Brevard County. Threshers’ third straight win.
**Lakewood won, 10-9, over Asheville with 3B Maikel Franco’s 8th-inning triple driving in the winning run.
Players of the Week (April 5-15)
**Pitcher: RH Brody Colvin, Clearwater. Was 0-0, 0.00 ERA for one start, 6 innings, 2 hits, 0 walks, 6 strikeouts Tuesday at Tampa. He had two 3-ball accounts and averaged 93 mph. Pitching coach Dave Lundquist’s post-game remarks: “Best I’ve ever seen him pitch.” For the season, 0-1, 2.81 ERA, 3 starts. The 21-year-old was selected in the 7th round in 2009 and signed by Mike Stauffer.
**Player: 1B Darin Ruf, Reading. Hit .429 in 5 games, with organization-high 7 runs and 9 hits, including 3 doubles, giving him a club-high 6 for the season). He hit safely in 4 of 5 games, including a 5-for-5 night. For the season, the right-handed hitter is batting .393, second in the EL. The 25-year-old was a 20th round selection in 2009 out of Creighton University and signed by Dave Seifert.
A state trooper, basketball coach, forest ranger, teacher. Just a sampling of careers that might have happened for Phillies Alumni if they hadn’t played pro baseball. Visit www.phillies.com/alumni for details.
First, guess who would have been a state trooper.