Big Hit Missing
In the last six Phillies wins, they’ve scored five or more runs. In the last 12 losses, four or fewer. Loss #12 came last night in another game where the offense couldn’t get a big hit. Single runs in the first two innings and that was it for the offense.
Doc pitched well but walked one and that led to a two-run, game-tying inning. Papelbon came in a tie game, walked one and that led to three runs that gave the Mets a win. Jordany Valdespin, a shortstop who was sent to the minors by the Mets last Saturday after being hitless in his first six big league at-bats, was brouht back yesterday and hit a pinch-hit, game-winning home run with two out in the top of the ninth. That’s the way it is going for the Phillies right now.
Meanwhile, the Phillies drew five walks and only one scored. They had a chance to regain the lead in the seventh and eighth innings but came up empty. That’s the way it is going for the Phillies right now.
So, Joe-B gets the nod tonight. A game on May 8 may not seem like a big deal but a win is needed.
Down On The Farm
**Lehigh Valley was blanked on three hits by Indianapolis, 4-0. LF Domonic Brown was 0-3 in his return to the lineup after missing three games because of a hamstring strain.
**Reading was idle.
**Clearwater improved to 5-2 this month with a 6-5 win over Port Charlotte. 2B Carlos Alonso, 2-3, 3 runs, 2 RBI.
**Lakewood fell to 2-12 on the road, losing 5-0 at Savannah. 3B Maikel Franco’s two-out double in the fifth inning was the BlueClaws’ lone hit.
Players of the Week
Pitcher: LHR Jake Diekman, Lehigh Valley. Was 1-0 with 2 saves in 4 outings, 4.2 innings, 1 hit, 0 runs, 2 walks, 8 strikeouts. Struck out the side in getting a save on Tuesday (14 pitches, 10 strikes), the third time in 12 appearances he has fanned 3 in 1 inning. Picked up a win on Wednesday and his 6th save on Saturday, 2 innings, 2 strikeouts. For the season, 0.63 ERA, 22 strikeouts in 14.1 innings. The 25-year-old was a 30th round selection in 2007 out of Cloud County Community College and signed by Jerry Lafferty.
Player: 2B Cesar Hernandez, Reading. Hit .387 in 7 games, 12 hits, 4 doubles, 2 triples, 6 RBI. Ended the week on a 6-game hitting streak. Had four multi-hit games. During the week, he raised his average from .293 to .321. The switch-hitter leads Reading with 16 RBI. Defensively, he has 3 errors. The 21-year-old Venezuelan was signed in 2006 by Sal Agostinelli and Jesus Mendez.
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