Stingy Pitching Again

Brilliant pitching by Cole and Ryan ended the Phillies four-game losing streak Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park.

The two combined for 11 strikeouts in holding the Rockies to one run.  It was the first win ever over the Rockies for Cole.  Ryan extended his scoreless streak to 11 innings and is 7-for-7 in save opportunities.  He gave up a leadoff double in the ninth and then recorded three strikeouts.  He’s given up one run this season, April 18.

Cole was touched for an seventh inning run.  Sine his first start at home against the Mets in April, his ERA at home is now 2.03. 

Once again the offense wasn’t potent but was able to scratch for two runs.  Wilson, the  No. 8 hitter, had two of the five hits, scored a run and drove in another. I guess it can be called small ball.  Know Charlie would welcome some long ball but a win is a win.

Phillies are 10th in the NL in homers and ninth in runs scored, a far cry from recent seasons . . . Thursday night, Cliff will host patients from St. Christopher’s Hospital as part of his Lee’s VIPs program . . . As part of Romero’s Rookies, J.C. will host children from Youth in Action Ministries.

Down On The Farm
RF Domonic Brown drove in the winning run as first-place Lehigh Valley edged second-place Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 5-4, in 11 innings.  Brown has hit in 19 straight AAA games, dating back to 2010 . . . 1B Matt Rizzotti hit his 7th and 8th homers and drove in four as Reading coasted at Portland, 13-4 . . . RHP Jose Contreras gave up 3 runs on 4 hits in .2 innings (21 pitches) in a rehab start for Clearwater, a 6-1 loser to Port Charlotte.  2B Chase Utley was 1-4 with a first-inning RBI single . . .LHS Jesse Biddle (2-5) pitched six shutout innings (5 hits, 4 walks, 8 strikeouts) as Lakewood won, 2-0, at Delmarva.

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