It was one of those games that went quickly at Bright House last night. It took only about two hours to play as the Palm Beach Cardinals easily dispatched the listless Clearwater Threshers 4-1.
The Threshers are on the verge of falling out of the first place for one of the rare times this season as the Tampa Yankees continue to win and have moved to within one-half game of the fading Threshers.
Lefty Elniery Garcia was charged with the loss to go 3-2 as he struggled with fastball command. But he did top out at 95 mph on a couple of fastballs on the scoreboard pitch speed reader.
He had been averaging a strikeout an inning but only struck out three in six innings of work.
Also he picked off a runner on what appeared to be a potential hit and run play to get out of a jam in the second. Watch HERE. This play helped him earned a quality start as he gave up only two earned runs over his six innings of work. Watch his strikeouts HERE, HERE, and HERE.
The 21-year-old Garcia continues to be the top young starting left-handed pitching prospect in the Phillies system. Overall in the Phillies system with one quarter of the 2016 season in the books, he ranks fourth in WHIP (1.01) and seventh in ERA (2.38) among all the Phillies minor league starting pitchers.
Scott Kingery’s throwing error attempting to turn a double play set up a Cardinal unearned run in the first inning.
Veteran catcher Gabriel Lino continues to struggle defensively as he threw a ball into left field on a pickoff attempt at third base allowing the fourth run to score in the eight inning.
The Threshers only run was scored was in the first on an rbi single by Andrew Pullin after a double by Kingery and a single by Cody Asche. Over the next eight innings the Threshers could muster only two hits. Watch the Asche and Pullin singles HERE and HERE.
Malquin Canelo continues to fade as a shortstop prospect going 0 for 3 in the game, striking out twice. He is hitting .156 over his last ten games and has shown limited range at short. He has committed 11 errors at short so far and his range factor has drop to 4.00 compared to 4.45 last season. He has already been charged with more errors this season in 37 starts, 11, than the 10 errors he committed all of last season with the Threshers in 62 games.
The Threshers Tyler Viza (5-1) takes to the mound and will attempt to rally the Threshers tonight against the Cardinals. His 1.77 ERA is third and his 1.15 WHIP is sixth among all Phillies minor league starting pitchers.