While the Phillies are taking an off day, CSN decided to send it’s camera’s to Florida as the Clearwater Threshers took on the Palm Beach Cardinals (St. Louis system).
The game was televised because Phillies stars Chase Utley, Carlos Ruiz and Roy Oswalt were in the line up. But while TTB staff writer Christian Hetrick handles the pros, I will handle the prospects.
Guys who I kept my eye on included LF Jonathan Singleton, 1B/DH Joe Savery and CF Jiwan James.
The first real play to focus on came in the bottom of the 4th. Cardinals pitcher Joe Kelly was cruising through the first three innings but he hit a snag in the bottom of the 4th inning.
After Kelly loaded the bases with no outs, Singleton stepped in to try and do some damage. But he looked very terrible at the plate in that at-bat, striking out on a pitch a foot from the plate for the first out.
Savery followed up and had a much better result. Instead of chasing awful pitches, he made Kelly throw and he wound up driving in Utley with a walk.
Right fielder Leandro Castro, who played a ball off the wall instead of trying to make a play in the inning prior, redeemed himself with an RBI single to drive in Ruiz.
But the Threshers next two hitters flew out and lined out to right to end the scoring threat.
After Utley tied the game at three with a solo homer in the 5th inning, Castro gave the Threshers the lead in the bottom of the 6th when he hit a laser of his own over the left field wall.
Notable stats from tonight’s game:
Josh Singleton: 0-3, R, 2 BB
Joe Savery: 0-for-3, RBI
Leandro Castillo: 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBIs
Jeremy Barnes: 3-for-4, 2 RBIs
Jiwan James: 0-for-4
The two guys I was most excited to watch were Singleton and Savery. On the season, Singleton is hitting .291 with two doubles and homer in 24 games. Savery is having a great year as well, batting .379 with seven doubles, two triples, a homer and 14 RBIs in 31 games.