I had already put a “W” in the scorebook last night as I sat down to eat my cheesesteak in my seat behind home plate before the start of the Clearwater game. The highlight of the night turned out to be the cheesesteak! Even with three No.1 draft picks in the lineup and the top pitcher in the Florida State League starting, the Threshers went down to an 8-1 defeat.
I thought it was a no brainer which team was going to win the game with Threshers’ ace Bailey Falter on the mound. He was 4-0 on the season. He was in the top five in earned run average and WHIP among all pitchers in Advanced A going into the game.
The opponent, the Fort Myers Miracle, are in last place in the southern division. But after the ball on the second pitch from Falter to start the game landed on the berm to the right of the batter’s eye in center field, I knew we were in for a long night.
Falter had his worst outing of the season giving up another homer and a total of six runs on six hits in five innings of work. In Bailey’s defense he did not get any breaks from the usual culprit, the FSL “ball and strike” umpire. He did get a strikeout on one batter on a 3-2 count with all three balls appearing to be in the strike zone.
Falter’s fastball hit 92 mph once on the Spectrum Field scoreboard but sat at 91 most of his outing. He is currently battling Lakewood’s Will Stewart for the Phillies top A ball level lefty starter.
Stewart picked up his fifth strikeout for Lakewood Wednesday noon on a 93 mph fastball on the MiLB-TV speed gun. Then on Will’s seventh strikeout, he threw a nasty curve ball at 77 mph on the speed gun.
Then in the seventh inning for his eight strikeout, he gets swinging a big left handed power hitter. He represented the tying run for Greensboro in a 2-0 game at the time but fanned him on a 93 mph fastball. In the eight inning, Will got then his career high ninth strikeout on a curve ball.
Then on to the ninth inning where Will gets a swinging strike three on an 84 mph change up for his tenth strikeout. He gets his final out on a 94 mph fastball for a 5-3 ground out.
Pitching his best game of his career, Will threw a three-hit, nine inning, 98 pitch, complete game, shutout. He lowered his ERA to 1.23 and improved his record to 5-0 in the 3-0 win.
Another top lefty candidate Kyle Young makes his home Lakewood debut tomorrow. It should be interesting.
The three, first round Phillies draft picks had mixed results in last night’s Clearwater 8-1 loss. Rehabbing shortstop J.P. Crawford went 0 for 3 on two fly outs and a pop up. Adam Haseley answered in the bottom of the first with a triple and then scored the only Threshers run on a ground out. Also, Mickey Moniak hit two doubles to raise his average to a season high, .233.
It was not a very Tuesday good evening of baseball for me. But watching Will Stewart pitch today has made my day!