No worries about wasting a great start tonight. Adonis Medina took the mound and settled things early. He retired just four batters and dug the Phils an early hole that proved too much to overcome. The bullpen was little better, giving up an additional seven runs before Julian Garcia and Aaron Brown combined for three scoreless innings. Continue reading Playoff Recap – 9/6/2019
The Reading Phils wasted another excellent pitching performance by a starting pitcher. A night after Spencer Howard held the Trenton Thunder to one run and two infield hits in seven innings (and striking out twelve), David Parkinson shut out the Thunder on three hits in seven innings. But, whereas the Phils’ bull pen couldn’t preserve a 3-1 lead Wednesday, it was the offense that was deficient Thursday, getting shutout through ten innings. Continue reading Playoff Recap – 9/5/2019
Spencer Howard threw seven innings of two-hit ball last night. This was three days short of the anniversary of his nine-inning no-hitter for Lakewood last season in the playoffs. Last night he was equally impressive as he recorded twelve strike outs. Continue reading Playoff Recap – 9/4/2019
Very depressing news out of Erie yesterday. Chace Numata died from head injuries he sustained in a skate boarding accident. I’d like to extend the condolences of the Phuture Phillies community to his family as they deal with this tragedy. Continue reading Threshers Recap – 9/2/2019
Clearwater (32-38, 68-68) Finished the second half in fourth place. Finished the first half in second place. Finished the season with the second best overall record in the division.
Lehigh Valley (65-73) beat Pawtucket, 5-3. Dan Straily (5-4, 3.76) went eight innings. Connor Brogdon (3.06) tossed a perfect inning, striking out one, and picked up his second save. Continue reading Threshers Recap – 9/1/2019
Clearwater (32-38, 68-68) Season completed. Finished the second half in fourth place. Finished the first half in second place. Finished the season with the second best overall record in the division.
Lehigh Valley (65-73) beat Pawtucket, 7-2. Tyler Gilbert (2-4, 2.83) picked up the win with 2.1 innings of no-hit ball. He entered in the fifth inning and stranded an inherited base runner. He walked two batters and struck out three. Continue reading Threshers Recap – 8/31/2019
Reading won and clinched the second half division title. They had already clinched the wild card playoff berth if needed, but won the division outright. And, I am among the minority who insist that Reading won the first half division title. (see below) Continue reading Threshers Recap – 8/30/2019
Reading has already locked up a playoff berth. They still have a chance to win the second half division title. They are ahead of Trenton by 3.0 games and play a 4-game series against the Thunder this weekend. Hartford is 4.0 games back and cannot win or tie for the division title because the two teams ahead of them are playing each other and there is no scenario of wins or cancellations that will propel them to the title. Continue reading Threshers Recap – 8/29/2019
The Phillies’ Arizona Fall League attendees have been announced. The Phillies will send six of their top 30 prospects – Alec Bohm 3B/1B (No. 1); Spencer Howard, RHP (No. 4); Mickey Moniak, OF (No. 8); JoJo Romero, LHP (No. 10); Nick Maton, SS/2B (No. 14); Connor Seabold, RHP (No. 30) as part of the Scottsdale Scorpions. They will join prospects from the Braves, Mets, Giants, and Blue Jays. The Phillies have to send at least one more pitcher, and may send another player who would be on a taxi squad. If Spencer Howard is promoted to the Phillies, he will likely be replaced on the Scottsdale roster. Continue reading Threshers Recap – 8/28/2019
Reading lost and Trenton won. The Phil’s lead is 2.5 games. Both teams have 6 games remaining, including 4 with each other in Trenton this weekend. The elimination number (1) on Reading’s home page can’t be right. I calculate their magic number to be three. Hartford lost, so the Phils have clinched the second best record in their division, so they have secured a playoff spot regardless how the division race plays out.
The GCL Phillies West game was cancelled after it was rained out in the top of the fifth inning. Thant cancellation clinched the division championship. Both the Phillies and the Tigers West have 4 games remaining. The Tigers trail by 4.5 games. Congratulations to The Phillies West! Continue reading Threshers Recap – 8/27/2019