Polly’s Bat Sizzling

Polly’s bat remained sizzling while other bats awoke in the Phillies win Wednesday night, ending a 5-2 road trip.  The win upped the Phillies day game record to 9-0, the only team in the majors without a loss in such games.

Led by his four hits, the top three batters went 8-for-15 with seven runs scored and four RBI.  Polly awoke this morning with a .389 batting average, second-best in the NL.  He has 37 hits in April, one shy of Chase’s 2008 first-month total.  Records date back to 1970.

The offense, which has struggling, produced six extra-base hits out of the dozen.  Everybody bemoaned the silent offense but it happens.  The World Champion Giants have lost six of seven, scoring 14 runs while batting .188.

Cole benefitted from the offensive attack.  He did allow his first home run of the season but the game was in hand.  According to ESPN.com, he threw 31 cutters, the most for any of his starts this season.

Team has a day off today and then the red-hot Mets come to town, winners of their last six going into their game tonight in Washington, DC.  Saturday’s 1:10 p.m. game is a FOX telecast and Sunday’s 8:05 p.m. game will be on ESPN.

Helping Japan
On Friday, as part of Asian Pacific Night, the Phillies will be joining Major League Baseball’s efforts to raise funds for UNICEF to benefit the relief efforts in Japan.

A silent auction till take place in the first base plaza.  Fans may also contribute financially at each gate.

Down On The Farm
2B Kevin Fransden had his third straight two-hit game in an 8-2 Lehigh Valley win over Pawtucket, defeating RHP Brandon Duckworth, ex-Phillie and ex-IronPig . . . RF Steve Susdorf was 5-for-5 (two singles, a double, homers #2 and 3) and eight RBI in a 14-6 Reading romp at Erie.  C Tuffy Gosewisch also had a pair of homers and 3B Carlos Rivero added four hits . . . Batting third and playing right field Domonic Brown went 2-4 with a home run in his first rehab game with Clearwater, an 8-6 winner over Lakeland . . . Lakewood lost, 6-2, to Charleston as LHP Jesse Biddle fell to 0-3.

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