The Phillies teams from top to bottom are off to slow starts with its teams going 1-11 so far, a few days into the first week of the 2016 season. Reading’s Ben Lively has the only win from last night’s 8-3 outcome over Portland.
It’s not that the teams have not held early leads in many of the games but the tack on runs have been few and the bullpens have struggled.
Last night at Bright House was no exception. The Clearwater Threshers started well jumping out to a 2-1 lead in the first inning but Dunedin Blue Jays came back to put up three spots in the sixth and eight innings to put away the game, 8-3.
Threshers relievers Alexis Rivero allowed two inherited runs to score in the sixth and Joey DeNato gave up three runs in the eight. Rivero’s fastball topped at 95. Watch a Rivero strikeout on a breaking pitch, HERE.
Starter Matt Imhof gave up the lead run in the sixth and was charged with five runs over 5.2 innings of work. He had an excellent curve ball last night but his straight fastball sitting at 89 was hit hard at times. Watch an Imhof strikeout on his curve HERE.
The Threshers have been outscored 14-5 in the first two games of the season. In both games they have had early leads but were unable to hold or add on to the leads.
Tonight, Threshers righty starter Ranfi Casimiro makes his Florida State League debut against the Blue Jays in Dunedin hoping to play the stopper role to help get the Threshers into the win column.