We had a lot of fun last night watching MiLB-TV. Darick Hall put on quite a show hitting a two-run double and a three-run homer leading Reading to an 8-1 win over the Blue Jays farm team from New Hampshire. Watch HERE. and HERE.
Our favorite starting pitcher from last season, Mauricio Llovera, for the second time this season, held New Hampshire to one hit. He has pitched nine innings combined against the Fisher Cats, holding them to only one run. Mauricio’s problem has been control. In nine innings against them, he has walked nine and struck out nine.
When the Reading game ended, we turn our full attention to the Phillies-Marlins game on MLB-TV. The game was just the opposite of the exciting Reading game. The Phillies could not score runs. The Phils have averaged 2.8 runs and 7.8 hits in their last nine games and are 3-6 during that stretch. We could only dream of a bat, such as Darick Hall has, in the middle of the Phillies lineup!
For some reason, the Phillies Front Office has not given Hall much of an opportunity. We were looking forward to watching “Big D” in the Phillies major league spring training camp but he was not invited. He did come over for a few at bats in major league spring games where he went 2 for 4 with a homer and 4 RBIs in 4 games.
Hall put up some of the best clutch numbers in the organization last year when He hit over .300 with runners in scoring position. His combined 2018 numbers with Clearwater, Reading and the Arizona Fall League in 146 games added up to 30 home runs and 99 RBIs. The Hall situation reminds me of the struggle of what to do when Jim Thome was blocking Ryan Howard at first base back in the day.
With all the injuries the Phillies are experiencing and next to no offense why not move Hoskins back to left, Cutch to center and Hall to first? Then, we could sit back and watch some runs cross home plate? Of course that’s way too much thinking outside the box for the Phillies intrepid Front Office. Instead, we did get to watch another embarrassing loss last night where the Phillies could score only one run on four hits in ten innings against a team tied for the worst record in MLB.