Anytime time the two teams win by a combined 45-10 over the losing teams, it is not good baseball. This is what happened in the two playoff games we watch online in the Australian Baseball League, Thursday.
The Phillies players did not particularly distinguish themselves in either of the games. Only Phillies first base prospect Rixon Wingrove showed some hope for the Adelaide Giants as they went down to 26-6 humiliation to the Perth Heat in the first game.
Wingrove went 2 for 4 with a RBI and made a nice catch when he laid out on a line drive in the ninth inning. He struggled as well, striking out twice and was charged with two errors in the field. Cornelius Randolph went 1 for 4 with an RBI.
Joining Rixon in fielding struggles were other Phillies prospects such as Kendall Simmons, who was charged with a throwing error though he did hit two singles. Catcher Mitch Edwards was charged with a passed ball but did throw out a runner attempting to steal second.
Starting Phillies prospect pitcher Tyler Burch allowed five runs, three earned, three hits including a homer, hit a batter and walked two. It took him 49 pitches to get through three innings.
In Friday’s day/night twin bill the Giants will take on Canberra Cavalry in the first game with the loser eliminated. It might be the best outcome if both of these teams could be eliminated but one has to win.
The Cavalry lost 19-4 to top seed Melbourne Aces in the second game of the day/night double header. This time the only Phillies prospect to play was the Aces left fielder Chris Burke. He was the only Aces batter not to get a hit in the game but he did drive in a run on a sacrifice fly.
Phillies bullpen pitching prospects, Taylor Lehman and Austin Ross for the Giants and Josh Tols and Luke Leftwich for the Aces did not pitch in the first games and likely will pitch in Friday’s games.