What a to start to his 2018 season! Coming off a shoulder problem, Reading’s Jose Taveras made his 2018 debut start by striking out the leading hitter in all the minor leagues, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., TWICE!
Taveras pitched 5.1 innings of shutout baseball allowing only two hits. He did walk four and struck out four. After Taveras left the game, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats went on to down the lowly Fightin Phils 7-2.
Guerrero is hitting .423 to lead the Eastern League in batting average, hits, doubles, RBIs, total bases and OPS among other offensive categories. He is hitting .526 in his last ten games. Coming into last night’s game Vlad had struck out only 15 times in 152 at bats this season.
In addition to getting Guerrero on a called third strike in the third inning and a strike three swinging in the fifth, Taveras did give up a hit to Vlad in the first inning.
Pitching seems to be a strong point of the Phillies organization. The three other starting pitchers pitched well last night. Lehigh Valley’s Enyel De Los Santos and Clearwater’s Adonis Medina and Connor Seabold each gave up just one run in their winning starts.