The big minor league story line yesterday was about the long balls hit by corner players in the Phillies system. You got to be able to hit the ball out of the park if you want to play the infield or outfield corner positions in the Big Leagues!
Nothing beats big Jim Murphy’s three-run dinger in the fourth inning which was all Lehigh Valley needed in its 3-2 win over Buffalo yesterday afternoon
It’s rare on a night to see one walk-off home run any where in baseball but two by teams in the same organization almost at the same time is very unique.
The two-run, walk-off round tripper by Brock Stassi in the bottom of the 12th provided Reading with a 4-3 win against New Hampshire. About the same time in Lakewood Dylan Cozens launched two-run walk off homer in the bottom of the ninth to break up a 4-4 tie for the BlueClaws win against Rome.
Walk-off home runs are the very definition of clutch hitting and the most exciting play in baseball for the winning team’s fans.
I strongly believe if corner infielders and outfielders are to make the major leagues they must be able to hit the long ball especially when the game is on the line.
First baseman Jim Murphy leads the IronPigs with seven homers; Reading’s first baseman Brock Stassi leads his team of the active players with five long balls and right fielder Dylan Cozens has gone deep five times also to lead Lakewood in home runs.
As Charlie Manuel always said when the weather gets warms up, “it’s hittin’ season”. Now that the weather is sorta warming up, the home run season is just about to begin.
For the big boppers of Lehigh Valley, Reading and Lakewood “hittin’ season” arrived yesterday just in the nick of time.