The old saying rings true, “Good Pitching Usually Beats Good Hitting”. The Phillies teams out homered the opposition 10-7 but still lost 3 of 4 games played on Monday night.
In the Clearwater game, the Threshers used five homers to finally win a game, 9-3, against the Palm Beach Cardinals but Reading, Lakewood and the Phillies lost even with lots of long balls.
The Threshers broke out of homer droughts by Mitch Walding and Kyle Martin to end a three game losing streak to Cardinals. Walding hit one over the Phillies Championships sign and Martin hit one just in front of it in right to build leads which they never surrendered. Watch HERE and HERE. (Photo below from earlier in season)
For both Walding and Martin it was their first homers in their last 20 games. Martin would hit a second home run later in the game which landed in front of the flag poles on the berm in right at Bright House Each of them now have seven homers for the season, tying them for second place in the Florida State League.
Catcher Gabriel Lino and shortstop Malquin Canelo each homered for the second time this season to help put the game out of reach.
The Threshers No. 2 starter lefty Matt Imhof continues to struggle this season with command issues. He lasted only one batter into the fifth inning as he walked seven and struck out six needing 90 pitches.
For the season Imhof has a 4-2 record but has walked 34 and struck out 34 in 41.2 innings. Last night he lacked fastball command, threw two wild pitches and needed his breaking stuff to get his six swinging strikeouts.
In the other games, Lakewood’s Jose Pujols hit his SAL leading ninth homer in the 7-4 loss to Hagerstown.
Reading’s infielder Jesmuel Valentin hit his first homer of the season and catcher Jorge Alfaro went deep for his third homer in an 8-3 loss to Erie. Watch HERE.
And for the Phillies, Tommy Joseph continues to hit the long ball as he hit his second major league home run to go with six he had hit earlier at AAA. Also Maikel Franco went yard for the eight time this season in the 5-4 loss to the Tigers. Watch HERE.
The Phillies organization is putting up some impressive home run numbers at all levels with nearly a third of the minor league season in the books:
Pujols leads the Sally league with nine.
Walding and Martin are tied for second in the FSL with seven.
Dylan Cozens is tied for the lead in homers in the Eastern League with eleven.
Andrew Knapp has the third most homers in the International League with six.
Now it is up to the pitching to do a better job of keeping them in some of these games and it just might be a good season in the Phillies system from top to bottom.