Hard To Believe

Cliff was invincible a year ago in June, 5-0, allowing one measly run for the month.   In his first start this June, he was invincible through 7.2 innings when the Dodgers strung together four hits for their second straight one-run win over the Phillies, this one, 2-1.

His 122nd pitch went for a game-losing double and a gut-wrenching loss.  One pitch cost him the game.  Of those 122 pitches, an incredible 92 were strikes.  He fanned 12, the 20th time he’s had double figures in strike outs.  Seventeen of those 20 have come since 2010.

All he got out of the night was an 0-3 record accompanied by a 2.92 ERA. That, my friend, is hard to believe.  In his nine starts, the Phillies have scored a total of 16 runs.  Equally hard to believe.

Three batters into the first inning and the Phillies led, 1-0.  That was it.  The rest of the night, just five singles over the final eight innings.  Never once did they have more than one base runner in an inning.  Once again, hard to believe.

Thirteen times the Phillies have scored one run in a game.  They’ve won once, 1-0, opening day behind Doc.  Since then Doc has won only three other games and is currently on the DL.   Combined, he and Cliff are 4-8.  Really hard to believe.

Kyle goes to the hill tonight in an effort to halt the four-game spin that includes three one-run defeats. 

All-Star Voting
Chooch sits in fourth place in the first update of All-Star voting.  I know, I know…hard to believe.  His popularity isn’t carrying over to the ballot box, which really is online voting. 

Folks, we’ve got to pitch in and vote.

Down On The Farm
Lehigh Valley blasted Gwinnett, 10-1.  LF Domonic Brown had a homer, double, homer in his first three at-bats and later added a single.  Homer total is now four, all in the last week.

Reading lost, 1-0, to Altoona.  RHS Julio Rodriguez (3-1) lost on a second-inning home run.

Clearwater was a 3-2 loser at St. Lucie.  3B Cody Asche, 2 hits, 8th steal; hitting .346.

Lakewood ended an eight-game losing streak with a 5-4 win over Lexington.  LHS Ethan Stewart (1-6) ended a personal losing streak.

June 6, 1948: RHP Charlie Bicknell gives up four home runs in a six-run sixth inning as the St. Louis Cardinals coast to an 11-1 decision over the Phillies, first game of a Sunday doubleheader in Sportsman’s Park.  In 24.2 innings the rest of the season, he gave up only one home run. 

Don’t forget to check out www.phillies.com/alumni for features and photos of Phillies alumni.

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