PBN Gameday: April 16

The Phillies got strong pitching from Jon Lieber and big defensive plays to stop their three-game losing skid. Scranton, Reading and Lakewood all came up on the short end of their scores, while the Clearwater Threshers picked up Saturday's only minor league win for the Phillies organization.

Phillies 2, Braves 1

Jon Lieber (3-0) threw eight innings, giving up just one earned run on seven hits and no walks as the Phillies snapped their three game losing skid. Lieber threw just 75 pitches, but gave way to Billy Wagner, who threw the ninth and earned his second save of the season.

Lieber and Wagner were both helped by some strong defensive plays behind them. Chase Utley made a diving catch on a ball hit by Brian Jordan to keep the tying run and potentially, the go ahead run from scoring in the bottom of the ninth.

Pat Burrell went 0-for-4, snapping his ten game hitting streak in the process. Jimmy Rollins notched his first homerun of the season off John Smoltz (0-3).

Syracuse 4, Scranton 1

Rob Tejeda threw six shutout innings, but Sean Fesh and Geoff Geary combined to allow four earned runs in the seventh. Geary (0-1) suffered the loss.

John Castellano went 3-for-4 with a run scored for Scranton.

Norwich 4, Reading 2

Chris Rojas (0-2) allowed three earned runs over six innings, but Reading's offense struggled against Norwich pitching. Travis Minix and Seung Lee shutout Norwich over the final two innings.

Nate Grindell and Jim Deschaine combined for five of Reading's eight hits.

Clearwater 3, Tampa 2

Danny Rodriguez scored two runs and drove in a third to help lead the Threshers to a 3-2 win over Tampa on Saturday.

Erick Arteaga (1-1) allowed two earned runs over five innings and Nick Evangelista pitched 1 1/3 innings to record his first save of the year.

The Lakewood BlueClaws offense was shutdown by the Lake County Captains Saturday, with the Captains picking up a 5-0 win. Captains starter Tony Sipp (2-0) set the tone of the game allowing just three hits and walking none while striking out five over five innings.

Top of the fifth involved some controversy for the BlueClaws and the ejection of manager P.J. Forbes. It happened when Jayson Drobiak lined a hit down the right field line and Jose Constanza had some problems retrieving the ball. Drobiak took third on the play then charged for home for what appeared to be an inside the park home run. However, it was ruled that the ball was interfered with and Drobiak was sent back to second base and a run was taken off the board.

Maximo Delacruz (0-2) lasted five innings allowing five runs on seven hits while striking out five and walking three. Cory Dueitt and Nate Johnson combined to pitch three scoreless innings in relief.

Ryan Frith finished the day 2-for-3 and is hitting .385 to start the season.


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