The Clearwater Threshers downed a collection of rehabbing and extended spring training players awaiting assignment, 3-0, Tuesday night at Spectrum Field. Catcher Rodolfo Duran’s two-run triple in the bottom of the first inning and the steady five inning pitching of Andrew Brown was the difference. Watch Duran’s triple HERE.
For the opposition, the big bat in the lineup belonged to rehabbing Jhailyn Ortiz who looked ready for the season to start. Ortiz hit two doubles in his two at bats. Watch HERE. It can’t be long until Ortiz joins the Threshers starting lineup based on the exit speed of the balls off his bat last night. You could not hit pitches any harder.
Though extended spring training pitcher Ben Brown gave up Duran’s triple to allow two runs, he struck out the side in the first inning. Brown is only 19-years-old, he is starting his third season in the Phillies system. He looks ready to pitch at the top of the rotation for Williamsport when the NY-Penn League opens up in mid-June. Watch Brown’s three strikeouts HERE.
The other pitcher who caught our attention was Kiwi, Kyle Glogoski. The right-hander who will be a starter likely in Williamsport struck out two Threshers in his one inning of work. He is going to be a good one and will be the first player from New Zealand to play in the major leagues sooner than later. Watch his two strikeouts HERE.
The best defensive play of the game came in the seventh and final inning. Extended centerfielder, Julio Francisco, caught a fly ball in centerfield and threw a strike to third to cut down the tagged-up runner attempting to advance from second. Watch HERE.
It was an interesting night of Phillies baseball. We watched some of the top minor league talent at Spectrum Field and the game ended in time for us to get back home to watch Bryce Harper’s three hits. It just does not get any better than that!