All the Clearwater Threshers starter Bailey Falter needed was a Darick Hall solo blast over the right field wall at Dunedin Stadium in the second inning of Sunday’s game. Hall homer allowed Falter to finished April with a 3-0 record. Falter and Hall were keys in the Threshers 1-0 win over the Blue Jays.
Falter was brilliant in setting down the Blue Jays on a seven inning, one-hit, shutout, striking out five. The young lefty just turned 21-years-old last week. He is pitching like the staff ace in his last two starts where has allowed only two run and five hits, walking one and striking out 13 over 14 innings. Watch several of his strikeouts from Sunday’s game HERE.
Hall’s homer in the second inning was a no-doubt-about-it blast. Watch HERE. It was Hall’s eight long ball of the season. He finished April on pace to hit over 40 home runs in the five month minor league season.
Relievers Alexis Rivero in the eight and Aaron Brown in the ninth came on for the hold and save respectively They needed help from a strong infield defense to insure the one-hit shutout. Watch an Aaron Brown strikeout and some great Threshers infield defense by second baseman Jose Antequera and third baseman Raul Rivas late in the game, HERE.
The 1-0 win allowed the surging Threshers to finish the month on a two game winning streak to improve their record to 9-15 for the month.
With April ending only a few Phillies minor league players had a big opening month. At the Advanced A level, Falter was fifth in the Top Five category for WHIP. Hall was tops in Advanced A in home runs with eight. Another Phillies minor league player to crack a Top Five level in the opening month was Lehigh Valley’s Roman Quinn who is tied for the AAA lead in stolen bases with nine.
Congratulation to the Threshers DH, corner outfielder and first baseman, Austin Listi who just made the Top Five list in Advanced A for batting average. He went 2 for 4 yesterday to finish April with a .364 average. Listi uses the whole field. He homered to provide the winning margin in Saturday’s 2-1 Thresher win. See previous blog post. Watch HERE his two hits from Sunday’s game which put him into the Top Five.
The “experts” in the Phillies minor league department need to find an every day position in the field for Listi. He has been the designated hitter in 13 of the 19 games he was in the lineup in April.
Look for Falter to move up quickly in the Phillies system. The Phillies still have not found a left handed starting pitcher. The last left hander to start a game for them was Adam Morgan way back on September 28, 2016. Bob Brookover of Philly.com has an interesting post on the Phillies lefty problem, read HERE.
The Threshers open up May with a two-game home set with the Lakeland Flying Tigers on Tuesday and Wednesday nights at Spectrum Field.