Although I haven’t been to the sunshine state at all this March, thanks to posters here and, especially, Greg Giombarrese at BlueClaws blog, we’ve basically been able to follow Roman Quinn for the entire spring. Each day he’s given us a report that includes Quinn, a prospect everyone in Lakewood is excited to watch play. Let’s review day-by-day after the break…
I have a soft spot in my heart (and my head) for guys who put up really solid offensive numbers in AA. Travis Chapman, Eric Valent, Jeff Stone, Matt Rizzotti, Steve Susdorf, and, this year, at least so far …. Darin Ruf.
Reading has clinched at least a tie with New Britain for the WC. If Reading wins today or NB loses, they are the Eastern Division WC, if NB wins and Reading loses, there’s a one-game playoff Tuesday in New Britain (R-Phils are 2-4 vs NB this year, with both wins coming on the road). Pitchers for today’s Reading game at Binghampton: Brummett (3-8, 4.62) vs. Familia (4-3, 3.38). Rain threatens to cause a few delays (at least) in Binghampton. Lehigh Valley is in a similar situation today, having a 1-game lead in the WC race in the IL heading into a rain-threatened game.
Reading at best treaded water over the last two weeks going 7-8. New Britain, New Hampshire, and Reading appear to be the class of the Eastern League this year, and all are in the same division, meaning it will be a tough fight for Reading all the way through August. The R-Phils averaged 5.4 runs/game over the period while yielding exactly 5.4 as well, leading to the .500 stretch. Details below the fold.
Coming off of the 6-3 start I reported on two weeks ago, many wondered if the R-Phils were just hot, or if they are really a good team. That question seems to have been answered, at least in part, by the 9-4 record they posted over the two succeeding weeks. The team has been led by their offense, efficient if not dominant pitching, and by getting the big hit or the big out when its needed. At 15-7, they’re in first place by 3 games in the Eastern Division of the EL.
Found this on YouTube — well worth watching.
Things are rosy in the bush leagues…
Everybody wins (again)…but this time it’s only 2-0.
The R-Phils are off to a solid 6-3 start after a week and a half of playing. They stand second in the Eastern Division, a game behind New Britain, and a game in front of New Hampshire. They are 5-2 on the road, including a sweep of previously front-running New Hampshire, and 1-1 at home. The offense has been strong, averaging 5.8 runs/game, while the pitching has held up its end as well, allowing only 3.3 runs. The offense has been a bit feast-or-famine, or they’d be a game or two better. They’ve been shut out twice, and scored 13 runs twice.
Just the boxscores, nothing but boxscores (pinch-hitting for phuturephillies, who seems to be busy)…