Jesse Biddle throws 5 no-hit innings for Clearwater

Jesse Biddle throws 5 no-hit innings for Clearwater
August 6, 2014, 9:45 pm
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Jesse Biddle, seen here during spring training with the Phillies, tossed five no-hit innings for Single A Clearwater on Wednesday night. (AP)

Phillies pitching prospect Jesse Biddle returned to the mound on Wednesday night for Single A Clearwater.

The left-hander tossed five no-hit innings in a 4-0 victory over the Daytona Cubs at Bright House Field. He allowed just one base runner on a walk while striking out five to pick up the win. Of the 66 pitches he threw for the Threshers, 44 were strikes. He also retired the final 10 batters he faced.

It was Biddle's first start with an affiliated team since June 23, when he allowed 10 runs on eight hits and three walks in three innings for Double A Reading against the Binghamton Mets.

The Phillies placed Biddle on the Double A temporary inactive list in late June because the frustrations of a difficult season were weighing on his mind (see story).

Biddle went 0-4 with a 12.64 ERA in his last four starts with Reading before being shut down. Overall, he is 3-9 with a 5.03 ERA in 15 games for the Fightin Phils this season.

The 22-year-old threw two innings for the Gulf Coast League Phillies on July 26, when he allowed one hit -- a home run -- and faced eight batters. He struck out three and walked two in that appearance.

Biddle grew up in Philadelphia and pitched at Germantown Friends School. The Phillies selected him in the first round of the 2010 draft and he was rated as the organization’s top pitching prospect the last two winters.

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