Cliff Giant Killer
It’s no secret, the offense has struggled with consistently producing runs against all kinds of pitching. Facing one of the best last night in SF, the offense put up five runs against Baumgarner (3-0, 1.55) who had allowed just seven total runs going into the game.
Cliff came up big, improving to 4-0 at AT&T Park and halting the Giants six-game winning streak. He dominated for eight innings. San Francisco has out-scored its opponents, 58-35, over the last four innings. One of SF’s two runs off Cliff came in the eighth but a come-from-behind fell way short.
Domonic belted a long homer, the first splash down in McCovey Cove beyond the right field wall.
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Minor League Report
**Lehigh Valley won its 4th straight, 4-1, over Louisville. RH Ethan Martin (2-2) in best start, 1 run, 5 his, 6 innings, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts. Darin Ruf, 2-3, 2 RBI. Jake Diekman, 2nd save.
**Reading’s losing streak reached 7 games, 4-3, at Portland. LH Greg Smith, just signed as a free agent, lost, despite allowing 1 run, 1 hit in 5 innings. RF Zach Collier, 3-5.
**Clearwater won for the second straight game, 7-3, at Palm Beach. LH Nick Hernandez (3-1), 2 runs, 4 hits, 6 innings, 9 strikeouts. 3B Maikel Franco, 2 RBI, giving him 29 in 30 games.
**Lakewood lost its fourth in a row, 2-0, at Lexington, getting only 3 hits. RH Yoel Mecias (0-2), 2 hits, 2 run, 4 innings.
On April 9, 1963, Richie Ashburn made his debut in the Phillies broadcasting booth. Check out the neat photo of the broadcasting team back then at http://www.phillies.com/alumni.