Remember the names Connor Brogdon and Garrett Cleavinger. Friday night, Brogdon pitched two innings of shutout relief striking out four, getting the win for Lehigh Valley. While Cleavinger pitched 1.2 innings of shutout relief striking out four too, to earn a hold for the Reading win.
These two reliever are no flashes in the pan. Over his last ten relief appearances Brogdon has allowed only one run and four hits while striking out 16 in 11.1 innings for a 0.79 ERA. He picked up two wins and his first save of the year in these games.
The lefty Cleavinger has been just as impressive in set up relief for Reading. In his last ten appearances, he has allowed only one run, six hits while striking out 26 in 16.2 innings for a 0.54 ERA. He has eight holds and a. 3-1 record for the season.
We watched the two games last night on our computers. Brogdon was sitting his fastball at 95-96 mph while Cleavinger was at 94 MPH. Seems like major like major league stuff to us.
While watching the minor league games on the laptop, we had the Phillies game on MLB.TV. We were shocked by what we saw: relief pitchers who gave up ten runs in the final two innings to turn a must win game into an 11-5 loss, another Phillies Front Office failure!
Why is the Phillies Front Office keeping two relievers with major league arms at AAA and AA while running out to the mound the kind of relief pitchers that we saw last night was definitely a “Hard to believe, Harry” moment in Phillies history.
If the Phillies Front Office is sincere in contesting for a wild card spot they would add both Connor Brogdon and Garrett Cleavenger to the 40-man roster and activate them when rosters expand on Sunday!