Lee Benefits From Late Offense
Sometimes this game will make you scratch your head.
With Cliff back to his old self, pounding the strike zone, he trailed after six innings, 2-0, on yesterday’s hot holiday afternoon in NY. The offense was nil and it appeared as if he was headed for another loss.
Chase was 0-8 when he unloaded a game-tying home run in the seventh and Chooch followed with another homer. Later, he had another run-scoring hit, giving him 22 RBI in the seventh inning or later. It is scary to think where the Phillies would be without him.
So, the Phillies led, 3-2. In the five previous games on this trip (all losses), the Phillies never scored three runs in a game. Then contagious hitting took over as they scored three more in the eighth and three more in the ninth. Going into the eighth, they were 2-33 with RISP; they then went 3-5, enough to make you scratch your head.
Along the way, J-Roll ended an 0-18 and Polanco, 0-15. Only Shane couldn’t break his 0-10. On top of that, he hasn’t had an extra base hit since June 13. Scratch your head?
Cliff ended his winless (0-5) spin which lasted since last September 26 in Atlanta. The Phillies improved to 4-10 when he pitches, far from 22-10 a year ago. Cliff’s capable of running off a long winning streak and that’s definitely when the Phillies need.
Club record for consecutive losses at the start of the season? 12 by RH Russ Miller in 1928; finished 0-12 that season in 33 games, 12 starts and then matched by LH Ken Reynolds in 1972; finished 2-15 in 33 games, 23 starts.
Oh, it was also the first win since Utley was back with the club.
Series finale tonight against R. A. Dickey, the league’s hottest pitcher. Opponents are hitting .190 against him and he’s walked only 25 while losing only one game. Cole gets the job of beating him.
Down On The Farm
**Lehigh Valley’s 4-game winning streak ended with an 8-5 loss to SWB. Ryan Howard had a scheduled day off but will be back at first base tonight against SWB. Michael Martinez accounted for 3 runs with his first home run. RH Scott Elarton (5-6) allowed 7 runs in 4 innings in taking the loss.
**Reading won, 1-0, at Altoona. A second-inning error allowed the run to score. RH Austin Hyatt (2-2) combined with RH Ryan Duke and RH Lisalverto Bonilla (3rd save) for the shutout. Win ended a 3-game losing streak.
**Clearwater won its third in row, 3-2, at Lakeland. Winning run scored in the top of the ninth on an error. RH Kyle Simon (1-0), acquired in the Thome trade, won in relief of RH Perci Garner, 1 run, 2 hits, 6 innings. RH Tyler Knigge picked up his 8th save.
**Lakewood committed 5 errors in losing, 13-2, at West Virginia. 1B Chris Duffy’s 19-game hitting streak (32-73, .438) ended with an 0-4 night. RF Aaron Altherr extended his streak to 11 games (19-41, .463).
**Williamsport dropped its fifth in a row, 9-5, at Brooklyn. 1B Chris Serritella, 2-5, 2 doubles. 3B Mitch Walding, 1-5, dropping to .351.
**Gulf Coast League Phillies lost, 8-3, at the Yankees. 2 hits each for 2B Angelo Mora, LF Andrew Pullin, RF Dylan Cozens and 3B Zach Green.
Who was the first Phillies catcher to start an All-Star Game? Who was the last catcher to do the same?
Answers can be found on www.phillies.com/alumni.