Sunday was a good day to watch baseball for the most part. We were camped out up behind home plate at Bright House on a hot Sunday afternoon in Clearwater filled with lightning and thunder forcing a 45 minute delay. To make it all worthwhile three Clearwater Threshers pitchers combined for a no-hitter against the hapless Mets farmhands from St. Lucie in Florida State League action.
Later Sunday night we settled in to watch the final innings of a brilliant one-hitter by the Giants Madison Bumgarner who took a “no-no” to one out in the eight inning.
In between we were disappointed by the lack of playing time by the two Phillies representatives in the Futures game in San Diego. Dylan Cozens had only one at bat and Ricardo Pinto pitched to only two batters.
Glad they did not waste Rhys Hoskins’ time at the Futures Game. He leads all the minor leagues in home runs and RBIs but was snubbed by the minor league “experts” who picked the players. All he did yesterday in another Reading win was go 3 for 5 with two doubles and four RBIs. He now has 83 RBIs in 85 games.
It will be the outstanding efforts we will remember by starter Drew Anderson making his high-A debut for the Threshers. Then, Will Morris and Victor Arano came out of the pen after the weather delay to throw the first nine-inning, no-hitter by the Threshers pitchers in nearly ten years. Read HERE and HERE.
We were also pleased for catcher Austin Bossart who caught the “no-no” and his family who were visiting him from Illinois. You see they traveled about 1,000 miles to Clearwater to watch him play and he finally was given a chance to start a game in front of them by the “experts” on the Threshers coaching staff. And what a game it was! We got to know his grandparents and his uncle who came over to say ‘hello” during the weekend.
Watch Victor Arano get the first out in the ninth inning HERE.
Watch Victor Arano get the second HERE .
Watch Bossart, Anderson, Morris and Arano get a “no-no” bath HERE.
Watch Anderson get pied HERE.
Sunday was a good day to be a baseball fan.