Lee Goes For 1st
Hitting .268 as a team places the Phillies third in the NL behind only the Dodgers (.269) and Cardinals (.275). That’s not an issue.
The issue lies in scoring runs. When it comes to runs scored, the Phillies are behind six other teams. It seems that when they have a runner on third with less than two out, they never score. Never is way too strong, I’m sure. It just seems that way.
It happed again last night in the Dodgers’ 4-3 win. The three runs tell another story. When scoring three or fewer runs, the Phillies are 4-21. Tied after eight innings, 1-6.
Cliff takes the mound in game two tonight in an effort to stop the Phillies three-game slide and his person one. The lefty last won a game on September 26. He’s winless in eight starts this season. Lifetime, 2-0 in three starts vs. the Dodgers.
Down On the Farm
Slim night as Lehigh Valley was rained out, Reading and Lakewood were not scheduled.
Clearwater pounded out 17 hits in blasting Palm Beach, 15-3. Three hits each for RF Zach Collier, 2B Albert Cartwright, SS Michael Martinez and DH Jim Thome. LHP Austin Wright (6-0) gave up one run in seven innings.
Players of May
Clearwater produced the player of the month in 3B Cody Asche and pitcher of the month in LH Jesse Biddle.
Asche, a fourth-round selection a year ago out of the University of Nebraska, batted .363 for May, getting 41 hits in 27 games. He’s a left-handed hitter. The Phillies greatest left-handed hitter to come out of Nebraska? Richie Ashburn.
Biddle, a Philadelphia native, went 2-0 with a 1.36 ERA in six starts. The 27th overall selection in the 2010 draft out of Germantown Friends School, Biddle struck out 32 in 33 innings. Opponents hit .185 against the 20-year-old.
June 5, 1948, 1st game: CF Richie Ashburn ties the modern NL rookie record by hitting safely in 23 straight games in a 6-5 win at Chicago. The record was set in 1921 by another Phillie, 3B Goldie Rapp.
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