It’s great to have four of your six teams in the minor league post season but you have to defend your “House” to win in elimination games. So far, the Phillies teams are 0 for 2 in playoff-related home elimination games.
Last week it was the Clearwater Threshers who lost at Brighthouse in the final series of the regular season to the Dunedin Blue Jays to be eliminated from Florida State League Playoffs before they started. Watch HERE.
Yesterday, the GCL Phillies were unable win at Brighthouse by losing the GCL Championship’s deciding game to the GCL Cardinals 4-2. Watch HERE.
They were unable to score any runs after the first inning.
They jumped out to a quick 2-0 led by Danny Zardon’s two-run single in the first inning, Watch HERE. Then they received strong starting pitching for five innings by 6’10”, lefty Kyle Young. He limited the Cards to a run and two hits and left with a 2-1. lead. Watch his four strikeouts HERE.
But it got ugly in the sixth innings as the Cardinals pushed across three runs with Luis Carrasco on the mound. They used a hit batter, wild pitch, a walk, a take out slide on what appeared to be a double play ball which resulted in a throwing error and two hits to score three runs which was enough for the Championship 4-2 win.
The GCL Phillies finished up the playoffs going 2-2. Top pitchers in the playoffs were winning pitchers Sixto Sanchez who pitched seven shutout innings and Nick Fanti who pitched 5.1 innings of shutout ball. Jose Nin had saves in both wins.
With the bat, second baseman Daniel Brito hit .438 (7 for 16) and first baseman Zardon hit .357 (5 for 14). He homered once and led all players in the playoffs with four RBIs and eight total bases in the four games.
The biggest disappointment was the play of shortstop Cole Stobbe, a third round Phillies 2016 draft pick, who went 0 for 16 with ten strikeouts in the four game GCL post season.
After watching the end of the GCL season at Bright House yesterday afternoon, Baseball Betsy and I went back to our House to watch the start of the International and Eastern League playoffs.
It did not get any better for the Phillies farmhands as the Lehigh Valley lost 2-0 to Scranton Wilkes-Barre and Reading went down 3-2 to the Trenton Thunder. Even the MLB Phillies went down 4-0 to the Marlins last night.
Only Lakewood saved the day for the Phillies organization with a 6-1 win over Hagerstown in the first game of the best-of-three first round playoff game in the South Atlantic League.
The BlueClaws won in their House but they need to win one more game now on the road to advance for the best-of-five finals.