What an enjoyable game we watched last night on MiLB.TV. The Reading Fightin Phils downed the Portland Sea Dogs 8-3. The game had everything from a Phillies point of view; timely hitting, great fielding and solid pitching.
They were led by third baseman Bryson Stott, catcher Logan O’Hoppe and starting pitcher Hans Crouse. You could see the next generation of Phillies playing last night in Portland Maine. It was sure was more enjoyable than watching that big league game being played at Citizens Bank Park at about the same time down in Philly.
Stott played a sharp third base. He started a 5-4-3 double play and made a charge play look easy to get the runner at first. He also hit a homer, double and single. The homer was hit 388 feet with a 106 mph exit velocity according to the play-by-play announcer. He went 3 for 4 to raise his batting average to .407 with a 1..138 OPS with five homers and 17 RBIs in August. Still, three games are left to play in the month.
O’Hoppe started his second game behind the plate at AA. Though he only went 1 for 5, that single of his would have gone out of most MLB ballpark. The 37 ft. high Maine Monster in left knocked down his towering drive five feet from going over the top of it in the seventh inning. If you have MiLB. TV take a look! It was a majestic swing and drive by the next great young catcher in baseball who is MLB ready right now!
Hans Crouse, acquired in the big trade at the deadline from the Texas Rangers, was not dominating but effective. He went five innings allowing only three hits and two runs striking out four. He got the win on 82 pitches. One of his strikeouts came on a 93 MPH fastball as called on the live stream.
We then switched over to the Phillies game still in progress. It was one of the most excruciating Phillies games we have ever watched even in victory. Those of us who stayed for the extra innings win can well attest to that.
Wouldn’t it be nice to see Stott at third, O’Hoppe catching Crouse, moving Realmuto to first, all in Phillies uniforms for the rest of the MLB season. We can only dream! It just makes so much sense!