As the Phillies went down to another devastating defeat in the desert to the Diamondbacks last night, no Phillies farm team lost yesterday. It was hollow victory of sorts because only one played and won, the Jersey Shore BlueClaws.
They won because D.J. Stewart lined two, one-run triples and on homers by Vito Friscia, the last round 2019 draft pick and Cole Stobbe, who is hitting only .124. Friscia drove-in another run on a sacrifice fly. These hits provided the Jersey Shore BlueClaws with the runs needed for a 6-4 victory.
The three other Phillies farm teams were rained out yesterday and its half season Florida Complex League team also did play play. The Phillies FCL team has played 9 fewer games than any other team in the FCL because of the Covid situation which has hit the Phillies Clearwater Complex in recent weeks.
The real story in the Jersey Shore win has been the play of Friscia. He was the Phillies 40th round, 1,200 draft pick overall, in 2019. After last night, he is leading the BlueClaws with a .270 batting average and a .803 OPS.
Friscia has been a godsend for the struggling BlueClaws, now only 9 games under .500. He is used primarily as a DH and first baseman but has also started five games as its catcher this season.
This afternoon the Phillies will attempt to shake its recent run of losing play which has seen them this fall from two games up in first place in the N.L. East to 3.5 games behind the Braves. The team have stopped hitting just when it seemed that they could break out from failing to make the playoffs for the last nine years.