There I was at the old ballpark in Dunedin last night with annoying fireworks going off in the background. The Clearwater Thresher had just gone down to a 12-6 beating. I was just try to watch the Lehigh Valley game on my phone before leaving. With two out and the tying run in scoring position the mighty Rhys Hoskins struck out to end the game.
That ended a dour night of following Phillies minor league baseball. Yes ,the big league won 17-3 and low A Lakewood would pull out a win in extra innings but so what! The future of the Phillies lies in it farm system but its three highest level teams are a collectively 1-6 to start the season.
Seems like the batters at Lehigh Valley and Reading can’t score runs while most of Clearwater’s pitchers are giving up too many runs in the early going.
Then the Threshers bullpen was torched for eight runs including seven runs in the seventh inning to cough up a 6-5 lead and go down to a 12-6 defeat.
Yes, its only the first weekend of the season so the top three farm teams still have time to right their ships but they never will catch up to the 3-0 start of the Lakewood BlueClaws.