8th Inning Woes

For the second straight game, the Twins won a game in the eighth inning, which was a real bullpen nightmare for the Phillies a year ago.

During the five-game losing streak, they’ve also lost games in the seventh and ninth innings.

Last night the Twins scored twice with the winning run coming across home plate be on a wild pitch. Ironically, the Phillies are now 23-2 when leading after seven innings. When leading after eight, 24-0. When trailing after eight, 3-32.

While blame can be pointed toward the bullpen, the offense again faltered. A blown call in the first inning paved the way for two Phillies runs. Four of the first six batters reached base. After that, it was silent night against Pelfrey, who wound up pitching seven innings, his longest outing of the season. After the first inning, the Phillies had four hits.

Cliff gets the job of trying to stop the losing streak, a familiar role for him his season as the series ends tonight. Phillies fly to Denver to take on the Rockies for three weekend games.

Minor League Report
Players of the week…….
Pitcher – LHP, Jake Diekman, Lehigh Valley… Four appearances… 0-0, 2 SV, 2 SVO, 0.00 ERA (4.0 IP) H, 2 BB, 8 SO… He has walked only 4 batters over his last 15 appearances (2.57 BB/9.0 IP) after allowing 20 BB in his first 14 appearances this season (12.9 BB/9.0 IP)… Diekman leads the IL in games (29), and has converted his last 7 SVO dating back to 5/18… A native of Wymore, NE, Diekman was drafted in the 30th round of the 2007 draft and was signed by Jerry Lafferty.

Player – INF, Michael Martinez, Lehigh Valley… Seven games… Batted .500 (11-for-22), 5 R, 2B, 2 HR, 3 RBI, BB, SB… He’s hit safely in 11 of his last 13 G which included a 10 G hitting streak (5/14-6/7), raising his average from .216 to .282… Martinez has 2 HR in his last 16 at bats; the infielder hadn’t homered in 177 at bats going back to 8/19/12… The 30-year-old native of Santo Domino, DR, was selected by the Phillies in the Rule 5 draft on 12/9/10…He was originally signed by the Nationals as a non-drafted free agent 6/17/05.

**Lehigh Valley was idle.

**Reading was blanked, 6-0, on 4 singles by Bowie. LP: John Lannan (0-1), 7 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 SO.

**Clearwater shut out St. Lucie, 6-0. WP: LH Hobie Milner (6-2), 7.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 7 SO . . . 3B Maikel Franco, 13th-14th home runs, 4 RBI (47 for season).

**Lakewood lost to Greensboro, 4-1. LP: Kevin Walters (0-2). C Chace Numata, 2-4.

Transactions: Clearwater C Tommy Joseph, who missed a month with a concussion, was placed on the DL after 10 games there with a contusion of his shin . . . Released form extended spring training: OF Miguel Alverez, OF Yan Oimo, RHP Andrew Aizenstadt, INF Tyler Greene.

This Date
June 13, 1997–A revolutionary idea in Major League Baseball came to fruition, as Interleague Play makes its debut. The Phillies face the Toronto Blue Jays in their first Interleague game. RHP Wayne Gomes makes his major league debut and wins in relief, 4-3.

New Alumni Feature
Phillies opened the 1913 season playing the first game in Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field. Finished the season with the most wins in the 30 years of the franchise history.
Check out the story on http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

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