Not a great day for most of the Phils minor league system as: Kris Benson was hit around in his first rehab start at the AAA level. He was on a pitch count and lasted 4 innings, giving up 4 runs on 5 hits in those 4 innings. http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2008_06_29_syraaa_lhvaaa_1 While he did hit 93 on one fastball, he hovered mostly around 88-89 mph. He doesn’t look to be the answer for Brett Myers struggles at least at this point. My vote goes to JA Happ who has pitched extremely well in June. Gordon to the DL, in the hopes of a healthy September, Myers to the bullpen, and Happ into the rotation. Could that be worse than what we currently have? Interesting matchup tonight with Travis Blackley taking on Francisco Liriano. Yes, that Francisco Liriano.
Tyson Brummett continues a rocky transition to (AA) Reading getting hit around a bit again on Sunday giving up 6 runs in 5.1 innings as Reading continues to struggle. http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2008_06_29_reaaax_akraax_1
A well pitched game by Darren Byrd lead Lakewood to a 3-1 victory. Karl Bolt continues in his attempts to get noticed raising his average to .303 on the year. http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_06_29_delafx_lwdafx_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Clearwater, while welcoming Carlos Monasterios back off of the disabled list was shutout 5-0. The difficult transition for Michael Taylor continues.
Another interesting note is that D’Arby Myers was sent from Lakewood where he was hitting well below .200 to WIlliamsport of the New York Penn League where hopefully he will regain some confidence. Travis D’Arnaud has opened the season smoking the ball for Williamsport hitting .375 in his first 12 games including a 3-4 performance last night, which included 3 runs and 4 RBI’s. Between Jaramillo (who has picked up his game), Marson, D’Arnaud, and Valle, we have some depth at a position most clubs are looking for help.