Masterful, dominant ….you name it and it was Cliff last night.
Won his seventh straight game and didn’t walk a batter, the sixth time he’s picked up a win without allowing a walk. Since 2010, he’s won 10 games without issuing a walk, most wins in the majors.
Once again Cliff gave a clinic in pounding the strike zone. He threw 110 pitches in eight innings. 83 were strikes. Young pitchers should take note.
The Phillies didn’t hit a home run at home for the first time since May 18 but they put runs on the board using doubles, a bunt base hit, sacrifice, sacrifice fly and a pick-me-up two-out single by Fransden. The Phillies had loaded the bases in the sixth with no out but Ryan and Domonic both struck out. Kevin came through with a clutch single to left.
Michael Young had three doubles, a first for him since 2006 and a first for the Phillies since Mayberry in 2011.
The Big Piece’s RBI was #957, tying him with Sam Thompson for fifth place on the Phillies all-time list. Chuck Klein is fourth, 984.
Minor League Report
**Lehigh Valley blanked Toledo, 3-0. WP: Carlos Zambrano (1-0), 0 R, 5 H, 7 IP, 1 BB, 6 SO . . . SV: Phillippe Aumont (2), 2 H, 2 SO, 1 IP . . . 2B Cesar Hernandez, 2-4, 2 RBI, 20th steal.
**Reading split a pair with Portland, 4-1 win and 3-0 loss. RH Seth Rosin (4-4) was the 1st game winner, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 SO, 7 IP.
**Clearwater was pounded by Daytona, 14-8. 3B Maikel Franco, 16th HR, 3 RBI, 52 for season. Leads organization in HR, RBI.
**Lakewood on 3-day All-Star Game break.
**Williamsport lost, 7-3, to State College in 11 innings. 3B Zach Green was Williamsport’s offense, 2 doubles, 1st HR, 3 RBI in 5 AB.