I did not believe what I just listened to on the internet and saw on MiLB-TV last night. It was very good minor league Phillies farm team playoff action.
In Williamsport’s 3-1 win over West Virginia, 20-year old Franklyn Kilome pitched five shutout innings and in each inning he struck out the final batter. He picked up the win as the Crosscutters bullpen held the Black Bears to one run over the final four innings. Read HERE. Mitch Rupert of the Williamsport Sun-Gazette has a great article about Kilome that you can read HERE.
In Binghamton New York, Jake Thompson pitched a rare 108 pitch nine-inning complete minor league game shutout. He limited the Mets farmhands to three hits and struck out eight. He relied on a sweeping slider and a 91-93 fastball with great command for the 3-0 win. Read HERE.
It was playoff baseball at its very best. Catcher Austin Bossert’s two-run homer in fourth inning was all the Crosscutters needed to get win. The best of three series is tied at 1-1 and resumes Sunday at 5:05 pm in Williamsport. If they can win, they will take on the Staten Island Yankees in the NY-Penn League best of three finals. Kilome could be in line to start a deciding Game Three for the NY-Penn League Championship if the Cutters can make the final round.
In the Reading game all Thompson needed was a run scoring double by left fielder Cameron Perkins who drove in the winning run in the second inning. Perkins would go 3 for 4 with two RBI’s in the game.
Now up two games to none, Reading can clinch the best of five series tonight, weather permitting, at home and then they can go on to the Eastern League finals. The Orioles farm team, Bowie, is currently up 2-1 over the Pirates, Altoona farm team in the other playoff series.
Both the Crosscutters and Reading games are must listen to and watch baseball!