Up & Down Ride

The roller coaster ride continues.

Sweep three in New York, get pounded in two in Cleveland, win first two vs. Marlins and then fall flat in losing last two to Miami.

Doc struggled again on Sunday and said he’s experiencing shoulder discomfort. He, too, is on a roller coaster. In four starts, 0-4, 19.58 ERA; in three starts, 2-0, 1.71 ERA.

And, the offense continues to be up and down. In 32 games, they’ve scored two of fewer runs 18 times.

One more roller coaster fact: Phillies are 5-12 Monday through Thursday; 9-6 over the weekend.

It doesn’t get any easier as the next 12 games are against the Giants (three road), Diamondbacks (four road), Indians (two home) and Reds (three home). The Phillies finished 0-5 in Ohio this year; can they reverse it in Pennsylvania?

Chase’s 205th homer put him ahead of Dick Allen on the Phillies all-time list. Seventh on the list with 217 is Cy Williams . . . Phillies are 18-27 at AT&T Park in SF . . . Larry Andersen turns 60 today . . . This blog ranked 17th last month in the MLB Pro category. Thanks for the support.

Minor League Report, Weekend Edition
**Lehigh Valley won all 3 vs. Indianapolis. RF Leandro Castro had the walk-off hit in the 13th inning on Saturday and again in the 9th inning on Sunday . . . LH Joe Savery (3-0) picked up 2 wins, thanks to Castro’s heroics.

**Reading’s losing streak stretched to 6 with 3 weekend losses at New Hampshire. LH Jesse Biddle, fresh from the Phillies minor league pitcher of the month for April, took Saturday’s 15-5 loss, .2 innings, 1 hit, 3 runs, 4 walks, 0 strikeouts. Prior to that start he had allowed 7 runs over 31 innings.

**Clearwater won 2 of 3. RF Cameron Perkins, 3-4, with 3rd HR on Friday; 3B Maikel Franco, 3-6, 13th double, 6th HR and 2 RBI (27 season) on Saturday. RH Gabriel Arias (3-1) won on Sunday.

**Lakewood lost all 3. By scoring a run in the first inning on Sunday, the BlueClaws snapped a consecutive scoreless inning streak at 22 innings.

This Date
May 6, 2011–LHP Cliff Lee matches club record for a left-hander with 16 strikeouts in a 16-10 win vs. Atlanta at Citizens Bank Park.

Don’t forget, more Phillies phlashbacks can be found on http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

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