Offense is flat
The Indians did it two different ways in sweeping the two-game series in Cleveland. On Tuesday night, they hit seven home runs in coasting to a 14-2 win. On Wednesday night, they got seven infield singles in the 6-0 victory.
Meanwhile, the Phillies offense which was potent in New York over the weekend, went flat, scoring just two runs in the series. Last night was the fourth time the Phillies have been blanked in their last 15 games.
Cliff walked two and both scored. The Phillies received seven walks and nobody scored. Their RISP was 0-10, getting only three singles.
Since Terry Francona left the Phillies, he’s 21-9 against them . . . Phillies took a Delta charter flight home after the game and open a four-game homestand against the Marlins tonight . . . Phillies are 7-2 against the Marlins and Mets . . . Happy Birthday, Keith Moreland, 59, currently a broadcaster with the Cubs.
Minor League Report
**Players of the week
Pitcher- LHP, Jesse Biddle, Reading… 2 starts … 1-0, 13.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 26 SO… Honored as the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week, 4/22-28… At the time of print, Biddle is top-5 in the EL in the following categories… 1st in strikeouts (40) & batting average against (.114), 2nd in WHIP (0.77), 3rd in innings pitched (31.0) and 4th in ERA (1.74)… The 21-year-old lefty was a 1st round (27th overall) selection out of Germantown Friends School and signed by Eric Valent.
Player- 2B, Cesar Hernandez, Lehigh Valley… Batted .423 (11-26) in 7 G, 5 R, 3 RBI, 2 3B, 1 HR, 3 SB and 4 BB (currently riding a 10-game hitting streak)… Hernandez is batting .364 (32-88) on the year… His 32 hits rank T-1st in the organization as well as the International League… The 22-year-old Hernandez was signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent on July 2, 2006 by Sal Agostinelli and Jesus Mendez.
**Lehigh Valley was not scheduled.
**Reading lost, 2-1, to Portland. 1B Jim Murphy, 4th HR for the lone run.
**Clearwater was rained out at home.
**Lakeland ended a 4-game losing streak, 4-3, over Charleston. C Chace Numata, 3-3, 1st HR. Winner in relief, Miguel Nunez (2-0). 2nd save for Steven Inch.
May 2, 1970–In a real rarity, both Phillies catchers, Tim McCarver and Mike Ryan, suffer broken bones in their hands in the sixth inning of a 7-1 loss at San Francisco. Utility player Jim Hutto finishes the game behind the plate.