Gem by Vance

When asked about offense, Charlie responded, “We scored two more runs than we did last night.”  Following the tough 1-0 loss in SF on Wednesday night, the Phillies blanked the Padres, 2-0, on Thursday night.

Once again, the starting pitching was brilliant.  This time it was Vance, fanning a career-high 11 in seven shutout innings.  Phillies starters’ ERA is now 2.32. A year ago they led the majors with a 2.86 figure.

Once again, the offense sputtered.  Right off the bat, Juan walked to start the game and eventually scored. In that first inning they had three hits, a walk and an error but scored just one run.   Turns out it was enough. 

Their second run came on a passed ball in the ninth.

Working pitchers hasn’t been a plus for the hitters.  The Phillies drew two walks giving them 22 for the season.  The Padres, another team that doesn’t score many runs, have 59.

Anyway, the 12th consecutive win at Petco Park, a new Phillies record for one ballpark.  Their old mark was 11 in a row at Pittsburgh’s Forbes Field, 1954-55.  Charlie was 11 years old then.

Down On The Farm
**Lehigh Valley won, 8-4, at Buffalo.  1B Cody Overbeck, 4-4, including two doubles; C Eric Kratz, 3 hits, 2 RBI.  1st save for Joe Savery, 1.2 scoreless innings.

**Reading was idle.

**Clearwater dropped to 0-4 this week with a 7-1 defeat at Lakeland.  LHS Jesse Biddle, 7 runs (4 earned) in 3 innings.

**Lakewood lost its third straight, 11-9, in 10 innings at Hagerstown.  SS Tyler Greene, 3 RBI. 3B Maikel Franco, 2nd HR, 2 RBI; 1B Kelly Dugan, 2nd HR, 2 RBI.

Weekly Honors (April 5-15)
Pitcher:  RHP Tyler Cloyd, Lehigh Valley-Reading.  Started 2 games, 1 at each level and was 2-0, 1.50 ERA.  Scheduled to begin the season at Reading, he was called to start the LV season opener on 4/5 because Dave Bush was suspended for a spring training brawl.  Cloyd threw 6 perfect innings, striking out 8, throwing 73 pitches.  He had 5 3-ball counts. He returned to Reading and won his first start there on 4/12, allowing 2 runs on 6 hits in 6 innings. The 24-year-old was an 18th round selection in 2008 and signed by Jerry Lafferty. It marks the 3rd time in the last 6 awards that Cloyd has been named pitcher of the week.

Player:  OF Jiwan James, Reading.  Starting in all 3 outfield positions, James hit .364 in 11 games, 12 hits and a club-high 7 runs.  Among his dozen hits were a double, 2 triples and 2 homers.  He stole 6 bases in 7 attempts. His .697 slugging percentage was tops in the organization.  He had a 7-game hitting streak (.444) end on 4/14.  The 23-year-old switch-hitter was a 22nd round selection in 2007 and signed by Chip Lawrence.  It is the third time in his 4-year minor league career he was won the weekly honors.

Alumni Notes
**RHPs Tyler Green and Mike Grace, once teammates on the Phillies, have been reunited in business in Phoenix.  Check out Paul Hagen’s story at

**Birthdays: Tommy Hutton (66) today . . . Mickey Morandini (46) and Terry Francona (53) on Sunday.

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