We watched Hector Neris imploded again giving up two home run in the ninth inning against the Mets last night in the 3-1 loss. This was the second time in the last week he cost the Phillies a win and his third blown save in 11 opportunities of the season.
On the other hand the four Phillies farm teams all won last night because of outstanding pitching.
Lehigh Valley’s Ben Lively and Jacob Waguespack combined for a one-hit shutout over Buffalo in a 3-0 win. Waguespack picked up a rare four-inning save by pitching a no-run, no-hit relief appearance.
The Reading Fightin Phils won a 9-8 slugfest against the Altoona Curve. But it was not before Edgar Garcia had to come in the ninth to get his second save of the week. He got a couple of strikeouts with his major league quality slider.
The Clearwater Threshers picked up a win thanks in part to a strong effort by starter Sixto Sanchez. He went 6.2 innings to get a 7-2 win. He allowed only an unearned run to improve his record to 2-2.
Lakewood won a 1-0 game against Charleston thanks in part to six shutout inning by lefty Damon Jones and his nine strikeouts. Watch his ninth strikeout HERE.
The argument will go on for ever about ‘good pitching” vs. good hitting”. Connie Mack may have said pitching is “75% percent of baseball”. A study a few years ago came up with a projection that good pitching is worth about seven more victories over the course of a season, on average. But who knows?
We only know to win a game now takes two or three good pitchers each night: starting, set-up and closing pitchers. Just ask the Phillies starter Jake Arrietta. He was taken out of the game last night with one out in the eight inning and a 1-0 lead because his pitch count reached a mystical 101 pitches and we know the rest of the story!