We have had a lot of rain here in Clearwater the last week and Saturday was no exception. Baseball Betsy and I were all set to watch a GCL Phillies game against the Astros this morning but by the top of the third inning the rain started up again at Roberts Field at the Carpenter Complex and the game had to be suspended until later in the month.
The Phillies continued their hot hitting which they started yesterday in a 17 to 2 win over the Astros on the road. In the game this morning they scored five runs on six hits in the bottom of the first, all with two outs to jump out to a 5-1 lead. Not bad scoring 22 runs on 23 hits in ten innings.
On the mound the ace of the staff Felix Paulino racked up three strikeouts in two and third innings of work. Watch HERE and HERE for two of them. With the bat Cornelius Randolph had two singles in the game before the rains came. Watch HERE and HERE.
With his two hits Randolph raised his team leading average to .295 and Paulino continues to average a strikeout and inning though today’s stats will not be added until the game is completed. The game will be completed when the two teams meet again August 17th.
When we watch GCL games we tend to focus on players who have a chance to make it to the major leagues someday. It’s not easy. One of the first GCL games we ever watched was the 2010 league championship game featuring Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco. He was the only Phillies player that day to make it to the major leagues.
Right now Felix Paulino, the ace of the staff with three wins, and Cornelius Randolph, the Phillies first round draft pick back in June, have shown so far this season they have what it takes to make it all the way to the Show someday just like Maikel Franco.