Rocky Start Sinks KK
KK got off to a rocky start, settled in but the Phillies fell one run short and ended a 5-5 home stand. The loss dropped their Citizens Bank Park record to 17-24, certainly not the norm for the last five seasons.
Before the Phillies came to bat, they were down five runs on four hits. KK yielded two hits and no runs through his next six innings. His season has been hit and miss. In five of his 12 stars, he’s allowed five earned runs or more (0-5, 9.69 ERA). In his other seven starts, two earned runs or less (2-2, 2.14).
Meanwhile, the offense came close but once again couldn’t come up with a key hit. RISP was the culprit, 0-10.
The loss was their 42. They didn’t get to that number last season until August 16.
Following the game the Phillies headed for Miami and a weekend series in the Marlins’ new home. Next nine games will be against NL East rivals, a good time to get a good streak going. Winless Cliff starts the trip tonight.
Down on the Farm
**Lehigh Valley romped, 10-1, over Rochester. LF Pete Orr, 3-4, three RBI, two steals. RHS Tyler Cloyd (7-1) was the winner, 1 run, 6 innings. RHR Michael Cisco, just up from AA, threw three scoreless innings for a save. Cloyd and INF Kevin Fransden have been named to the North squad for the All-Star Game.
**Reading dropped a 5-2 decision to Richmond. LF Leandro Castro, single, 24th double, RBI.
**Clearwater returned home and beat Lakeland, 7-1. C Cameron Rupp, double, 6th homer, two RBI. Win went to Brody Colvin (4-4), 0 runs, 7 innings, 9 strikeouts.
**Lakewood packed in 8,000 fans for Ryan Howard’s rehab start. Scoring three in the last of the ninth, the BlueClaws edged West Virginia, 7-6. DH Howard was 2-4, 3 RBI. 1B Chris Duffy stretched his hitting streak to 14 games with a home run and walk-off two-run single.
**Williamsport saw Auburn score three in the bottom of the ninth for a 4-3 win. 2B Tyler Greene, single, double, home run, RBI.
**Gulf Coast League Phillies won second in a row, 11-5, over the Blue Jays after starting the season 0-6. DH Williams Astudillo, 3-4, boosting average to .455.
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