Phils Out-last Birds

Going into last night’s series opener in St. Louis, the Cardinals led the league in hits, runs, home runs, average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage.  All that with Pujols now in the other league and Berkman in the operating room.

The Cardinals added to all those totals but in the end, the Phillies out-slugged and out-lasted them.  The offensive explosion was a rarity this season. A year ago, the Phillies scored 10 or more runs 12 times, winning all 12.  Last night was the second time this season. The first was 13 runs and that came in a losing cause, 15-13, 11 innings at Atlanta, May 2.

For the second straight Saturday, the Phillies are on a prime time FOX national telecast, 7:15 p.m. EDT. 

Before that, Cliff (0-2, 2.66) goes for his first win this season tonight.  Exactly one year ago Cliff (4-4) won, 10-4.

Down On The Farm
**Lehigh Valley won 4-3 over Charlotte in a game that was suspended in the 4th inning on May 4 and then lost the regularly scheduled game, 3-2.  Domonic Brown started in CF in the regular game which included homers by RF Derrick Mitchell (5) and C Erik Kratz (5).

**Reading scored 6 in the 7th for an 8-6 win in Erie.  CF Tyson Gillies, 2 triples, 2 RBI; LF Leandro Castro, 4-5, 3rd home run.

**Clearwater was a 2-1 winner in Ft. Myers, thanks to a two-run homer by 1B Jim Murphy (5).  He leads the organization with 34 RBI.

**Lakewood lost a pair to Hagerstown, 2-0, and, 4-3, getting a total of 8 hits.

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