Baseball Betsy and I decided to focus on the Reading-Harrisburg game last night. With Joe Blanton on the mound and Freddy Galvis vacuuming up around second base it was no need to watch the Phillies. A win was almost certain. We have spent the last week watching the “southpaws three” starting pitchers of the Clearwater Threshers and have written about them in previous blogs. Tonight it was time for Trevor May, one of the “baby aces” and the R-Phillies for a rare four game series on MiLB-TV. The Harrisburg Senators are one of the few AA teams to televise their games on the internet. The game was over early enough for us to catch the end of the Lehigh Valley game. Most AAA teams televise all their home games on MiLB-TV.
May was sharp in picking up his second win of the season over the Senators with an 85 pitch effort, giving up only one run on four hits, walking only one and striking out six in seven innings. He had excellent control throwing 59 of his pitches for strikes. I was impressed by his change up that was set up by a 92-93 mph fastball. For the most part he kept his pitches down. May was good for the most part except for trouble in the bottom of the fifth inning.
May was lucky in the fifth with two on and a run in for the Senators, Josh Johnson drove a long bomb that backed Jiwan James to the wall for a catch in right that resulted in an inning ending double play. They missed by a foot or two of breaking the 2-1 game open at the time. May then helped himself in the top of the seventh with a two out RBI double to right center for his first professional hit. Pitchers in the minors only hit against National League teams at AAA and AA. Tyson Brummett and B.J. Rosenberg came on to nail down a 4-1 win for the R-Phillies.
Thursday was a good day for the Phillies organization. All five teams in the system won including the Threshers who won in extra innings. This was the third extra inning game in the seven games they have played so far. Center fielder Pete Lavin who is off to a great start for the Threshers scored the winning run in the tenth inning. One of the catchers to watch in the organization Logan Moore hit his first home run of the season in Lakewood’s win. The up and down season of Phillippe Aumont continued as he was dominate in picking up the save with a sharp breaking ball and a 95 mph fastball in Lehigh Valley’s win. In the big Phillies 3-1 win rookie Freddy Galvis again played a key role this time at second base making several outstanding plays. Freddy has only played in six major league games so far in his career but he has played key roles in the last two wins for the big club.
After the first week of the minor league season Lehigh Valley at 6-2 and Reading at 7-1 have gotten off to great starts and lead their respective divisions. The lower A ball level teams Clearwater at 3-4 and Lakewood at 3-5 are fighting to get to .500. Based on the record’s of the AAA and AA teams, they continue to prove the point that good pitching and defense wins games.