16 Hits, 3 Runs: Rare Win
Going into the seventh, Cliff had allowed one hit and no runs. A lead-off walk and a questionable call at first base set up a two-run inning that put him down, 2-1, a familiar story. No support from the offense.
Four batters into the game, the Phillies had a run. Then nothing, which too often is a pattern they’ve followed. This time, they piled up hits but couldn’t hit with runners on base. After seven innings, they had 11 hits and 13 left on base and one run.
Tailing, 2-1, the offense strung together three straight hits to take a 3-2 lead. With two more runners on base and no out, the offense went dormant again, blowing a chance to blow open the game. 15 hits and 15 LOB, both season highs. Suddenly, a Cliff loss turned into a Cliff win.
In the first inning on radio last night, LA said, “Phillies have two stoppers. One is a starter and other a closer.” He was referring to Cliff and Pap. 10 times Cliff has started after a loss. He’s 7-1 in those starts. It was his first save opportunity since May 29 for Pap.
10-game road trip ends with three games in Denver where the Phillies are 34-30 at Coors Field. Overall, the Phillies have a 90-62 record against the Rockies, one of the top offensive clubs in the league. Back home Monday night for six games against the East and then another 10-game journey.
Elias Sports Bureau
Phillies became the 10th team since 1900 to collect at least 16 hits in a nine inning game and score three or fewer runs. Only one other team won such a game and guess what, it was the Phillies, 3-0, over the Pirates, July 6, 1954, behind Curt Simmons. They got 17 hits that time in eight innings.
Minor League Report
**Lehigh Valley beat Scranton, 4-2. HR: 1B Cody Overbeck (12); LF Darin Ruf (6); his 7th inning HR broke a 2-2 tie. WP: Justin Friend (4-1); SV: Cesar Jimenez (1). RH Carlos Zambrano, no decision, 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 5 SO; 101 pitches. Chooch will begin a rehab assignment on Saturday night.
**Reading edged Bowie, 4-3, in a game that included a 1:57 rain delay. C Sebastian Valle, 3-4, 2 RBI, including the game-winning single in the 8th. WP: Luis Garcia (1-1). No decision, Brody Colvin, 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 SO.
**Clearwater lost, 5-4, to St. Lucie, allowing the winning run in the 9th. 3B Maikel Franco, 2-5, 15th HR, 2 RBI (49).
**Lakewood was rained out at Hagerstown.
**Williamsport opens its season Monday evening at State College.
June 14, 2004–1B Jim Thome homers off RHP Juan Acevedo in the first inning at Citizens Bank Park for his historic 400th career HR. Phillies win, 10-7, over Cincinnati.
June 15, 1949–1B Eddie Waitkus, in his first year with the Phillies, is shot by 19-year-old Ruth Steinhagen in a Chicago hotel room. Critically injured, Waitkus misses the rest of the season, but recovers in time to help the Whiz Kids in 1950.
June 15, 1991–RHP Andy Ashby becomes the first and only Phillies pitcher of the century to strike out the side on nine pitches when he whiffs 1B Hal Morris, LF Todd Benzinger and C Jeff Reed in the fourth inning of a 3-1 loss to Cincinnati at the Vet.
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