The Phillies Farm Director, Joe Jordan, has finally come around to winning matters in the minor league system. Read HERE.
Acccording to Matt Eddy of Baseball America on Twitter , The “Phillies are only org. in last 5 yrs to *not* win at least one domestic minor league title.”
If the Phillies are to win a title it will be starting tonight in Lakewood, New Jersey, when the BlueClaws take on the Rome Braves with the best-of-five SAL Finals tied at 1-1 after playing the first two games in Georgia.
What was a best-of-five series has now become a best-of- three series tonight, Friday night and if needed Saturday night at 7:05 each night in Lakewood for the Sally League Championship.
Lakewood and the GCL Phillies were last Phillies minor league teams to win league titles back in 2010.
With two shutdown starters going tonight, Lakewood’s Alberto Tirado and Rome’s Kolby Allard, look for the bullpens to play an key role in the outcome.
Tirado has not pitched more than six innings in any of his regular season starts this season and Allard pitched a six inning, three-hit, no decision, shutout in the semi-finals against Charleston.
If the BlueClaws are to win the Sally League and bring a minor league championship to the Phillies organization, the bullpen will play a key role the rest of the series.
The pitchers in the current BlueClaws bullpen have a total of 31 saves this season and is led by closer Sutter McLouglin with 14 saves who could be the key to the series.
Others in the pen with saves are Jacob Waguespack 6, lefty Zack Morris 3, Edgar Garcia 2, Grant Dyer 3, and Ismael Cabrera with 3 saves. Recently called-up Blake Quinn had two saves with Williamsport earlier in the season.