Cliff, Cody NY Show
Cliff was masterful and Cody came through with his first big league triple enough to give the Phillies a 2-1 win in New York last night. Going into the game, the Phillies were 1-13 in their last 14 road games.
This season has been filled with “believe it or nots”. The win for Cliff was his first since July 5 in seven starts, believe it or not. From Elias: Lee has now won a major league-high six games this season in which his team scored three or fewer runs.
Cody’s certainly showing promise for the future with his bat and glove. His game-winning hit came with two out. Cody started 1-17 but has rebounded.
How rare was the 2-1 win? Well, when scoring three runs or less, the Phillies have been dreadful, 15-53, to be exact. When scoring four or more, 45-18. That’s the story of the 2013 season in a nutshell.
The win was the seventh under Ryne, six being one-run decisions.
Minor League Report
**Lehigh Valley, after four games in Buffalo returned home to face the same team for three games, including a DH last night . . . Buffalo won the opener, 5-2. 2B Michael Martinez, 3rd HR; Cesar Hernandez, back in CF, 2-3 . . . Fredd Galvis’ single capped a 2-run 7th inning that gave LV a 3-2 win in the 2nd game; Freddy was 3-4. Reading closer, Mike Nesseth, started for LV, 4 IP, 1 H, 2 SO.
**Reading rallied for a 7-6 win over Richmond. 1B Maikel Franco tied the game with a 2-out, 2-run HR in the 9th (30 for the season) . . . RF Kelly Dugan won game with a lead-off, walk-off HR in the 10th (20 for the season).
**Clearwater lost, 8-5, to Tampa. DH Chris Serritella,12th HR . . . LF Peter Lavin, 3-4.
**Lakewood was not scheduled.
**Williamsport cruised to a 13-5 win over State College, getting 17 hits. C Andrew Knapp, 4-5, 3 2B . . . CF Herlis Rodriguez, 3-5, 3 RBI . . . RF Dylan Cozens, 3-5 . . . 2B Andrew Pullin extended hitting streak to 8 games.
**Gulf Coast League Phillies defeated Yankees, 8-6. C Devi Grullon, 3-3, 2 RBI. After starting season 4-11, Phillies have gone 25-17. Three more games to go.
Happy birthday to RHP Don Grate, 90 today. He was 0-1 in 1945 and 1-0 in 1946 with the Phillies, his lone big league experience.
He becomes the seventh Phillies Alumnus 90 years or older. Oldest is SS Alex Monchak, 96.