Luke Williams scoring the winning run to send Team USA to the Olympics and a five inning perfect start for Rafael Marcano were likely the peaks of their Phillies minor league career on Saturday night.
Williams singled in the bottom of the fifth and then came around to score on a Todd Frazier double was all undefeated Team USA would need in a 4-2 victory over Venezuela. (Watch video below with No. 23 Williams crossing home plate). With the win, Team USA has qualified for the upcoming Summer Olympics in Baseball in Tokyo, Japan next month.
Williams was the top offensive players for Team USA in the qualifying tournament in Florida. Williams had hits in all four games. He led Team USA in batting average, .444; runs scored, six; hits, eight; RBIs, six. He led off and played a strong left field in all the games. Showing speed and power, he was only one of two hitters in the eight country tournament to hit a double, triple and homer.
Clearwater Threshers lefty Rafael Marcano pitched the best game of his career. The 21 year old from Venezuela retired all 15 Daytona Tortugas batters he faced for a perfect outing over five innings. He struck out a career high of eight.
This is Marcano’s third season in the Phillies system and he is putting up career numbers. In the 20 innings he has pitched this season, he has a 0.90 ERA striking out 28.
Williams and Marcano are two players to keep and eye on this season after what they have accomplished so far this season.