Yesterday was a wild day and night in Phillies baseball. And we were able to watch it all, either in person or on TV, from our perch here in Florida. From a walk-off, three-run homer by “‘Mikey” of the Phillies to a two-strike, two-out double by the Threshers Jose Pujols or a 12-strikeout performance by a former Phillies farmhand, what a time it was for Phillies fans.
Phillies manager Gabe Kapler had nothing but for praise for Maikel Franco after he walked-off the Marlins to keep the Phillies in first place in the N.L. East. He said, “They flashed his July stats (.330, seven homers, 15 RBIs, .971 OPS) up there. They were sensational. And August is off to a good start for him as well.”
If the Clearwater Threshers manager were to be interviewed after last night’s game in the Florida State League, he would have said about the same thing about Jose Pujols. If the Threshers were on top of things and flashed Pujols’ July stats on the scoreboard, like the Phillies did for Franco, they would have flashed ( .278, seven homers, 21 RBIs,.943 OPS) up there and he is off to a good start in August as well.
Granted it is only the Florida State League but Pujols is playing like a major league right-fielder for the Threshers. His clutch double last night, knocking in the only two runs in the game, was a thing of beauty. Watch HERE.
The Threshers pitching, led by six strong innings from starter Ramon Rosso to go 3-1 and relievers Jakob Hernandez, 6th hold, and closer Addison Russ, 7th save. They shutout the Yankees’ farmhands in all nine innings to preserve the 2-0 win. Watch a strikeout by Rosso, Hernandez and Russ, HERE.
The six-inning, 12-strikeout, start yesterday by Jacob Waguespack for Buffalo against Lehigh Valley was a game he will never forget. Our Website came alive looking for information with hits from Canada, Tuesday afternoon at the trade deadline, after the trade was announced.
Jacob was the player the Phillies sent to the Blue Jays for a left-handed reliever, the journey man, Aaron Loup. The IronPigs would go on and win the game but Waguespack performance had to bring hope to him that he will be pitching in Toronto when rosters expand in September. Watch his performance in the International League playoffs last fall HERE.
Yesterday was one of those days that made following Phillies baseball very interesting.