Nothing is worst than watching Sunday 1:00 o’clock baseball out in the sun in Florida. Even in the middle of May, a 91 degree temperature is flashed constantly on the center field scoreboard all game long. My season ticket seat was baking hot from the sun even before I arrived so I had to find a shaded seat tucked under the second deck overhang. Worst of all, several of the players I came to see play were given the day off!
So yesterday was a day I should have stayed at home in air condition and watched the Phillies system play on MLB.TV or MiLB.TV. The Threshers are the only Phillies full season team not to televise. So I had to go! When the Threshers took the field, I could still see from my shaded seat the best guys the Clearwater Threshers had. However, I had to watch two of them, Alec Bohm and Simon Muzziotti sit out of the sun in the dugout the whole game. They were given the day off.
I convinced myself that I should go to the game to watch Damon Jones, the best pitcher they have, getting the start against the Tampa Rays farmhands from Charlotte. It turned out he pitched his worst game of the season giving up three home runs in five innings of work. Two other Threshers pitchers gave up two more homers in the 9-3 defeat. The Threshers did get 13 hits but none of them left Spectrum Field. They went only 3 for 11 with runners in scoring position.
So what did I take from the game? In his 4.2 innings Jones was able to strikeout more than a batter an inning ( 7 Ks) to still lead the FSL in strikeouts. He did manage to strikeout the first batter of the game on a 96 mph fast ball, watch HERE and a major league rehabber, Matt Duffy, watch HERE. However, in Duffy’s two other at bats against Jones, he tripled and singled.
Of the Threshers at bats, it’s alway worthwhile to go to watch Nick Maton hit with runners in scoring position. The Threshers coaching staff had him in the lead off spot in the lineup. You always want someone hitting over .500 with RISP on the season leading off the game knowing he will get his chances later in the game. Nick did come through later in the game with a two-run bases loaded double. Even Nick could only go 1 for 3 with RISP, yesterday. He fell to .500 on the season, hitting 18 for 36 with 22 RBIs with RISP. Watch him driving-in two runs, HERE.
Thankfully, the Threshers game was over in time for me to retire to the air condition comforts of our home to watch the end of the Phillies game where they downed the Rockies to sweep that series.