We attended or watched on MiLB-TV great Phillies minor league baseball this season. We have picked four innings to show the excitement of Phillies minor league baseball. The four innings below represent the best we saw and made the 2018 Phillies minor league season one to remember.
1. Henri Lartigue’s walk-off home run for the Clearwater Threshers, 6/24.
Henri Lartigue put up some amazing offensive numbers when he caught Sunday afternoon games at Spectrum Field. No Sunday game of his was more special than when he hit a walk-off, two-run homer with one out in the bottom of the ninth for a 6-5 win against Dunedin. The Threshers trailed 5-0 going into the ninth. The win brought the Threshers to .500 for the season and they never looked back finishing the season 17 games over .500 the rest of the way to win the second half northern division. Watch HERE.
2. Grenny Cumana throwing out the potential lead run at the plate in the top of the eight and then homering in the bottom half of the eight inning which turned out the keys to winning Clearwater’s only playoff game, 9/4.
This was our seventh season that we have had Clearwater Threshers season tickets. The only other time during this time they ever made the playoffs, they lost their lone home playoff game back in 2015. Thanks to Grenny Cumana this season was different. It took Grenny throwing out a runner at the plate from left field in the top of the eight inning to preserve a tie game. Then, he homered in the bottom of the inning which turned out to win the game for the Threshers, 7-6. Watch his home run HERE.
3. Spencer Howard’s ninth inning of his “no-no” in the semi-finals of the SAL playoffs. 9/7.
When were not at Threshers home games we would watch the Phillies farm system teams play on MiLB-TV. Spencer Howard put on a show for us when we watch him pitch a “no-no” to sweep the semi-finals of the SAL playoffs. Lakewood downed Kannapolis 1-0 in that game thanks to Howard’s nine inning no-hitter. Watch the final out HERE.
4. Three consecutive Lakewood home runs in the top of the ninth tied the first game of the SAL Finals before the BlueClaws won it in the 11th inning.
Things looked bleak for the BlueClaws in the first game of the Finals against Lexington. They were trailing 5-0 going into the top the ninth. They rallied for five runs to tie the game thanks to back-to-back-to-back home runs including a three-run homer by Rodolfo Duran and solo homers by Jhailyn Ortiz and Nick Maton. Watch HERE. They would go on to win the game 6-5 in 11 innings.
The four innings above represent a season of excellent in the Phillies minor league system. The one inning of play by Grenny Cumana was our best inning of the season. He showed both his ability hitting and throwing with a playoff game on the line. We did not have on video the throw made by Grenny in the playoff game. We have included another video of a throw from left field of his earlier in the season to get a runner at the plate. This one hop throw was representative of his ten outfield assists, including one from right field, in only 46 games in the Clearwater outfield in the 2018 season. Watch HERE.