J-Roll Comes Through

Clutch hitting was lagging on Tuesday night and for six innings on Wednesday night.  But, two pinch-RBI and Shane’s solo homer produced three runs and tied the game, 3-3, after eight.  J-Roll then came through with a two-out, two-run game-winning single in the top of the ninth and the Phillies left Miami with a 5-3 win.

Cliff once again pitched well enough to win but with him on the mound, the Phillies have only scored in four innings out of 43 innings.  Last time the Phillies scored with him on the mound was the sixth inning on April 20. His next start will be Monday night in St. Louis, meaning he’ll have gone over a month since his last win, April 14.  Hard to believe, Harry.

A pulled hamstring by Schneider cost Lee a run and perhaps a win. Lee singled to center in the fifth inning but Schneider, trying to score from second, pulled up lame rounding third base.  R-Roll made the third out and the Phillies remained scoreless.

Clearwater Trifecta
Chase, Chooch and Roy-O are scheduled to play for the Clearwater Threshers on Thursday night, a day off for the big league Phillies.  Game time against Palm Beach is 7 p.m. and plenty of tickets are available.

With Schneider probably headed for the DL, Chooch could come off that list on Friday, if everything goes fine on Thursday.

In games in which the Phillies have scored four or more runs, they are 16-2.  Three or under, 8-10 . . . Phillies are 19-4 in last 23 games at Sun Life Stadium. Marlins get a new ballpark next year but Phillies will be sad to see Sun Life go . . . On get away games, Phillies are 7-1 . . . When out-hitting the opponent, they are 18-4.

Down On The Farm
Lehigh Valley won its third straight in Toledo, 8-1.  RF Domonic Brown extended his AAA hitting streak to 16 games (dating back to 2010) . . . RHP Austin Hyatt (5-1) gave up 2 runs in 6.2 innings as Reading ended a two-game losing streak in Trenton, 7-3.  1B Matt Rizzotti, 3 hits, including his sixth homer . . . C Sebastian Valle homered over the Tiki Pavilion roof in Clearwater’s 5-2 morning win over Palm Beach.  RHS Justin Friend is 12-12 in saves . . . Lakewood also played a morning game in Greensboro and won 7-5.  1B Jim Murphy hit his 9th homer and set a Lakewood career record with his 24th homer.  RHR Tyler Knigge pitched 3 hitless, scoreless innings for his first pro win.

What Would You Have Done?
What profession or occupation might you have chosen if you didn’t play baseball?  The question has been posed to Phillies Alumni.

“For the longest time as a kid, I thought I wanted to be a veterinarian, then I found out how many years of college it would take! Scrapped that idea. Now I want to be the next PHANATIC!”, LHP Dan Plesac (2002-03).

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