It’s almost impossible to watch the Phillies. They are just a bad team. They will not get better unless prospects are called up ASAP. But that does not seem to be in the cards anytime soon.
Last night we watched three games, the Phillies/Braves game and the IronPigs/Buffalo and Reading/Bowie doubleheaders.
Watching the Phillies was an embarrassment topped by position player Whitey Blanco making his debut as a pitcher and surrendering a two-run home run to Matt Adams with two out in the eight inning on a mid-70’s fastball to make the score 14-0.
Yes, Baseball Betsy and I were watching the Phillies game. She had more common sense tough. She was also watching the Real Housewives of New York City on her I-Pad at the same time.
I do not mind a rebuilding team losing but the Phillies lose with players on the field who do not offer hope for a better future. Whitey Blanco on the mound “come on man.”
I did enjoy watching the other two games. Nothing beats Rhys Hoskins leading the IronPigs to a sweep going 3 for 6 with three RBIs in the two games with a triple short of a coveted doubleheader cycle.
The Phillies future was right there in the 6-3 second game win when Hoskins homered in his first at bat, watch HERE; Dylan Cozens’s hit a home run, watch HERE, in his second at bat and Nick Williams blasted a round tripper in his third at bat, Watch HERE. It was simple as one, two, three.
After last night, Hoskins and Cozens are now tied for homers in the IL with 14 a piece and Williams connected on his 10th home run in his last 21 games.
The IronPigs won their 40th game of the season, most in the minor leagues, trailing only the Houston Astros in wins in all of baseball. They are now 12-2 in doubleheaders winning 5 of 7 and splitting the other two this season.
Hoskins leads the IL in Runs (42), Home Runs (14), RBIs (48), Total Bases, (125 ), OBP, .401, Slugging (.619) and he is the only player in the IL with an OPS over 1.000 at 1.020.
But the Phillies Front Office says “No” to giving these guys major league playing time forcing us to watch the Phillies lineup debacles such as the one in the 14-1 loss last night.
In Reading last night after losing the first game, third baseman Mitch Walding clubbed his 11th home run in only 44 games where he has been in the lineup. He paced the team to a 4-0 win in the second game. Watch HERE.
Walding now has hit six homers in his last seven games.
Walding is one of the leaders in the Eastern League in home runs per at bat, just trailing his teammate Scott Kingery in homers per at bat.
Walding has hit one homer for every 13.8 at bats this season. Mitch has not appeared in 11 of the 55 Reading games this season while Kingery has missed only one game all season.
All we can hope is that sooner than later some of the Phillies minor league talent find their way into what is now a dreadful major league lineup. These minor league guys have earned it!