Quickly Developing Elniery Garcia Is Strong In A Tough Luck No Decision As Clearwater Pulls Out a 2-1 Win

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Elniery Garcia

Lefty Elniery Garcia sat his fastball at 94 mph in his start last night to show his best fastball of the season.  Only a close safe call at second base on a pick-0ff play would eventually cost him his only earned run so far in his 19 innings this season.

Including over 20 innings during spring training, this was the only run he has allowed all season.

Though he would give up only one run, three hits and no walks while striking out seven over seven innings, he would leave with the score tied at 1-1.  That one run would raise his Earn Run Average to 0.47 during the regular season in three starts.  He has the lowest ERA of any pitcher in the minor leagues who has pitched at least 19 regular season innings this season.

Elniery Garcia

Elniery Garcia

The 21-year-old is rated as the 22nd best prospect on MLB’s Phillies Top 30 list.  He is the top rated young lefty on that List.

Watch Garcia’s seven strikeouts including striking out the side in the fifth inning:  HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.

Garcia put on a clinic on the mound last night.  His first strikeout came on all 94 mph fastballs.  He struck out the side in turn in the fifth inning and struck out the first two batters in the seventh inning on a 72 mph curve ball and a 93 mph fastball.

Still a starting pitcher can not do it alone.   With outstanding relief pitching the Threshers staff have compiled a 1.95 ERA for best in the league.  Jesen Therrien came on for a two innings win last night.

Timely hitting is also important as Kyle Martin singled, followed by Mitch Walding’s RBI single which scored the first Threshers run in the first inning.  The second Threshers run would score without the benefit of a hit on a HBP, an error and a bases loaded walk in the eight inning.

Great defense also matters.  The Threshers outfielders and a relay from an infielder were keys to throwing out Bravard County base runners at third and home in the game.  Scott Kingery made a great rely throw to get a runner at third in the sixth inning and Carlos Tocci  from center threw a runner out at the plate to preserve the 2-1 lead with one out in the ninth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I have been a faithful Phillies follower all my life. Today I am most intrigued by those players in the minor league system who work every day of the year to make it to the Show. This is what this blog is mostly all about. To read more, click here: https://baseballross.wordpress.com/2012/02/05/how-i-got-started-in-baseball/
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