With two weeks of the 2018 season in the books, the four Phillies farm teams are a combined 12 games under .500. It looks like it’s going to be a long minor season. The Threshers lost last night 10-4 but the good news is that the pitching staff, which has allowed 28 runs in the last two games, did shutout the Charlotte Stone Crabs over the last three innings.
More good news from one of our standout stars, Lakewood’s Jhailyn Ortiz. He has heated up. Read HERE. In his last two games he has gone 5 for 9 scoring 3 runs and driving in 4 more runs. Last night he hit two doubles to go with his home run from the night before. He started the season 3 for 38 with 20 strikeouts.
Third baseman Jake Schiener’ double drove in Ortiz with the winning run in the eight inning in the 4-3 win.
The BlueClaws closer Addison Russ has been the surprise of the bullpen so far. The 19th round draft pick from 2017, picked up the save last night by striking out three in the ninth to preserve the win over Delmarva. Russ now has a 2-0 record with 2 saves. In five appearances, he has pitched 7 shutout innings walking only one while striking out eleven.
It took 10 innings before the Reading Fightin Phils went down in a 4-3 defeat to Harrisburg in Eastern League action. Part time outfielder Cord Sandberg was another standout star. He went 3 for 5 with a homer and two RBIs. This was only Sandberg’s third start of the season as he has fallen out of favor apparently with the experts in the minor league department. In his limited role he is hitting 6 for 17 for a .353 average and a .977 OPS.
The final standout star yesterday was Reading reliever Edgar Garcia. The young 21-year-old retired all six batters he faced yesterday, striking out two of them with his 12 to six breaking ball. In six appearances this season he has pitched 12 shutout innings striking out 11 and walking only one.
Watch the downward tilt of Edgar’s swing and miss strikeout pitch from just below the batter’s letters when he starts his swing in the first frame to his knees as the ball crosses the plate in the second frame: That pitch is unhittable!
The bad news is that no Phillies farm team is over .500. The good news will be if Lehigh Valley and Lakewood can win tonight, they will each go one game over .500.