Friday night in Palm Beach, Florida might have been the site for the coming out of over-hyped Sixto Sanchez. It was the first time Sanchez has struck out four more batters than innings pitched in his now four seasons in the Phillies system.
Sixto struck out ten in six innings but more importantly he walked none. It was the first time he struck out double digits in his career. Though he can hit triple digits on the speed gun, he was not considered a strikeout pitcher until last night against the Palm Beach Cardinals.
Sanchez needed only 78 pitches, 56 for strikes, to even his record at 3-3 this season. He allowed only one run on a homer in the 8-1 Threshers victory.
On the other extreme, it was home run derby time in Portland, Maine as the Reading downed the Boston Red Sox’s Sea Dogs farm team, 12-5.
Reading showed off its power by hitting six homers and Portland hit three more long balls in a ball park configured to resemble Fenway Park ‘s Green Monster in left. Portland has a Maine Monster in left.
Deivi Grullon homered down the line to right in Friday’s game. It was his eight of the season. Even in Saturday afternoon’s game, the Portland play-by-play guy was still talking about Grullon’s power to the opposite field.
Others who homered for Reading were Emmanuel Marrero, who hit his first two homers of the season, Jan Hernandez and Damek Tomscha. Also the team’s home run leader, Zach Green, hit his ninth of the season and then hit his tenth homer in Saturday afternoon’s game.
The two Phillies farm teams who are both playing under .500, did not look like it last night. They outscored their opponents 20-6 in winning both games with a winning combination of good pitching and hitting.