Another Tough Extra-Inning Loss
Two of out three is a must as the Phillies climb a steep mountain the rest of the way. Yet, settling for two of three is shallow when you have a chance to sweep, something the Phillies haven’t done this year. Yep, no three-game sweeps so far.
A Cliff-Kershaw pitching duel loomed and was exactly that. Cliff was outstanding, 89-pitches, two hits over eight innings.
One out away from that sweep, a bloop and two infield singles score two to tie in the last of the ninth. Perhaps the baseball gods were getting even for the Phillies two runs in the top that inning, three walks and Hunter’s two-run single.
So, a seven-game winning streak in Dodger Stadium goes out the window in extra innings. Phillies have eight, extra-inning walk-off losses, tough to take.
Today is a day off before the pitching-tough, first-place Giants come to town for three this weekend.
Down On The Farm
**Lehigh Valley lost by 2 runs for the second straight night in Durham, 6-4. LF Domonic Brown, 2-4, 11th double, RBI. 5-9 since returning to the lineup on Tuesday. RHR Justin DeFratus, AAA debut for this season, 2 strikeouts, 1 inning.
**Reading, after pounding out 15 hits in an 11-2 romp on Monday, was shut out for the second straight game, 12-0, at Portland. Scoreless streak is now 20 innings. RHS Trevor May (7-7) walked 8 in 5 innings. Tied for second in the league in walks (56) and the leader in strikeouts (101).
**Clearwater’s game was suspended by rain, 3-3, after 5.5 innings.
**Lakewood was idle.
**Williamsport lost, 7-5, at Auburn. SS Roman Quinn, 6th triple, 2 RBI.
**Gulf Coast League Phillies split a pair vs. Pirates, 6-3 L, 3-2 W. 1B William Carmona, 5-8 in the DH. OF Andrew Pullin, 4-7.
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