Last night, it was about the starting pitching in the Phillies system. Four winning starting pitchers in its system went 4-0 and allowed only 13 hits and 1 run in 25.1 innings.
The Phillies Nick Pivetta pitched a six-inning shutout against the Arizona Diamondbacks in a 5-2 win. The Phillies regained its 1.5 game lead over second place Atlanta in the fight for the N.L. East.
For AA Reading in Akron, Ohio, we watched on MiLB-TV our good friend Ranfi Casimiro pitch his best game of his eight-year career in the Phillies minor league system. He had a perfect game for six innings, retiring in order the first 18 batters he faced. He pitched 7.1 innings and allowed only a run and a hit in a 2-1 win. He threw 102 pitches with his fastball topping at 93 mph to go 5-2 with Reading. You can read more about the game and see video HERE.
At High A, Clearwater’s Bailey Falter came off the disabled list to go 6-4 by throwing a six-inning, no run, three hitter against the Yankees farm team in Tampa. The Threshers 4-3 win brought them to within a half game of the lead in the Florida State League’s Northern Division.
Not to be out done at Low A, first place Lakewood’s Spencer Howard went six shutout innings to get a 2-1 win in the Sally League against yet another Yankee farm team in Charleston S.C. Howard should be pitching at a higher level. In his last five starts he has pitched 27.1 inning, allowing only 4 runs and striking out 36 to go 3-0 for the BlueClaws.
Never forget starting pitching. It is the key to winning baseball!