Jesse Biddle tosses 7 no-hit innings

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The Phillies have exercised caution all season with top prospect Jesse Biddle, opting to leave the 20-year-old at single-A Clearwater for a full season even as his successes mount. The reward was seven no-hit innings Friday against Brevard County with 12 strikeouts and two walks.

Biddle, the former Germantown Friends star and 2010 first-round pick, was pulled after seven despite the no-hitter still being intact. He threw 98 pitches. The Phillies are more interested in keeping him healthy than posting a no-hitter in the Florida State League.

The outing lowered his season ERA to 3.26. He has struck out 137 batters in 129 2/3 innings. Since a shaky April, Biddle has dominated with a 2.88 ERA.

Clearwater lost a bid at a combined no-hitter with one out in the ninth inning when Brevard County shortstop Nick Shaw singled to center off reliever Kenny Giles.

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