Well, things aren’t going well. Then again, you already knew that.
Doc’s 11-game winning streak against the Nationals ended last night. He’s 1-4 in his last seven starts. Cliff is winless. Now, if you had said that about Doc and Cliff before the season started, people would have thought you were off your rocker.
Washington has won six in a row over the Phillies, something they’ve never done, even during their Montreal Expos days.
Cole gets the nod tonight in a must-win game, if there is such a thing in May. Then, a Delta charter takes them to St. Louis for four with the first-place Cardinals.
So, you’re never as good as you look when you are hot (six straight wins) and you’re never as bad as you look when you are going bad (four-game spin that has followed the six wins in a row). Did Yogi Berra say that? Don’t know but let’s give him credit.
Starting pitching keeps the club in the game, the bullpen seems to be settling in but the offense is sputtering again. In the four-game spin, hitters are 5 for 38 with runners in scoring position.
Down On The Farm
**Lehigh Valley blanked Louisville, 2-0, as RHP Dave Bush (4-3) tossed a nine-inning shutout.
**Reading fell behind, 7-0, after two innings, rallied and then lost, 8-7, in Erie. RHP Trevor May was roughed up (seven runs in those first two innings).
**Clearwater lost, 2-1, in Ft. Myers, getting eight singles. Threshers had six singles the day before in a 7-1 loss.
**Lakewood had five singles in a 3-1 win over Delmarva. RHP Ramon Oviedo, in his first Lakewood start, was the winner, one run in six innings.
May 23, 1991: RHP Tommy Greene pitches no-hitter at Montreal, 2-0, before 8,833. He walks seven and strikes out 10.
Tommy writes about his no-hitter at www.phillies.com/alumni. Check it out.