Big Piece Delivers
The Big Piece returned to the lineup last night and delivered a big hit that broke open a tight game as Tyler picked up his first win. Multiple RBI games came from the middle of the order, Ryan, Delmon and Domonic.
So far this season, Cloyd has pitched better in the big leagues than the minor leagues. His win improved the team’s record to 14-6 when Cole, Cliff and Doc don’t start.
Through the first four games the Phillies played in Marlins Park this year, they were 5-32 with runners in scoring position. Last night, 4-16 RISP. During the four-run seventh inning, they had 3 RISP hits. One of the three didn’t drive in a run, however.
From Elias: Ryan had three hits and knocked in three runs, the 30th time in his major-league career that he had at least three hits and three RBI in one game. Only three players in Phillies history had 30 or more games with at least three hits and three RBI since runs batted in became an official statistic in 1920: Chuck Klein (58), Mike Schmidt (46) and Del Ennis (33).
NL Team Hitting
Going into last night’s game, the bottom five NL teams in batting average all lived in the NL East:
11. Atlanta (.244)
12. Phillies (.244)
13. New York (.229)
14. Washington (.227)
15. Miami (.222)
With 15 hits last night, the Phillies jumped into 9th place, .247, leaving Atlanta, NY, Washington and Miami as the bottom four.
Minor League Report
**Lehigh Valley beat Rochester, 9-2. 1B Cody Overbeck, 3-5, 9th HR, 3 RBI. 3B Cody Asche, 2-5 (9th double; 3rd triple), 2 RBI . . . WP: Greg Smith (1-0) in 1st AAA start, 0 R, 4 H, 2 SO, 5 IP.
**Reading blanked Altoona, 3-0, behind Jesse Biddle (3-3), 0 R, 3 H, 4 BB, 9 SO, 7.2 IP . . . CF Zach Collier, 2-4, including 3rd HR.
**Clearwater dropped a doubleheader at Port Charlotte, 4-2 and 3-1. 3B Maikel Franco, 3-6, 17th double, 33rd RBI.
**Lakewood was a 9-2 winner at Delmarva. WP: Shane Watson (3-3), 0 R, 1 H, 2 BB, 4 SO, 5 IP. RF Brian Pointer, 3-4, 2 RBI, 15th SB. SS Ramon Quinn, 20th SB. 2 RBI also for LF Larry Greene and 3B Mitch Walding.
Plans for this year’s annual weekend will be released today on this website. Keep an eye out for the four-day events in early August.