While we did not see much of the Phillies representatives in the Futures game on Sunday or Tuesday’s MLB All Star game, yesterday was a different story.
In the AAA All-Star game Andrew Knapp homered. At AA, first baseman Rhys Hoskins hit a three- run homer to score what turned out to be the winning run, catcher Jorge Alfaro went 3 for 3, and second baseman Jesmuel Valintin went 3 for 5. Pitchers Nick Pivettas and Hoby Milner were strong in short relief.
As reported in Cleveland. com:
“The Fightin’ Phils showed why they hold the best record in all of professional baseball at 63-27. Reading’s Jesmuel Valentin, Jorge Alfaro, Rhys Hoskins and Dylan Cozens were a combined 7-for-13 with six runs scored, three RBI, two doubles and a homer.”
“We’re comfortable playing anywhere, and we’re winning quite a bit,” Hoskins said of the Phils who are 5-1 in Canal Park against the RubberDucks. “I hope it’s a sign of things to come.”
But for me it was a Florida State League All-Star Elniery Garcia who was the star of yesterday’s regular season action in the FSL. He pitched an eight inning one-hitter in the Florida State League. He had a “no-no” for seven innings but lost it on a lead-0ff single to right in the eight.
Garcia would go on to face only 27 batters, walking two and an error put another runner on base. He picked off at first one of the runners he walked. Victor Arano came on for a clean ninth inning. The Palm Beach Cardinals had only one runner in scoring position in the entire 4-0 Clearwater Threshers win.
For the 21 year-old lefty, this was the fifth time in his 12 starts this season that he has not allowed a run. He lowered his ERA to 2.23, third lowest in the FSL. He is 5-0 with a 2.06 ERA with 25 strikeouts in his last six starts.
Garcia’s 8-2, .800 winning percent record is one of the highest in baseball of those pitchers with ten or more starts this season.
With Ben Lively’s 11-2 record combined at AAA and AA and Garcia’s 8-2 record at high A, the Phillies have two of the best won-lose records combined by a right-handed pitcher and left- handed pitcher at 19-4 in the 2016 season.
Garcia is key to the Phillies future since they currently have no left-handed starters in the major league rotation under 26-years-old at AAA or AA.
For more comments on Garcia’s game read the MiLB story HERE.