Clearwater Happenings

Carpenter Complex (Steve Potter) Florida Instructional League program underway (Steve Potter, a longtime Phillies fan now living in Clearwater, is a baseball enthusiast who files news and notes from time to time for the Phillies Insider blog). Baseball in Clearwater continues for another month with the Florida Instructional League program that is underway at Carpenter Complex. Today was day two of workouts. Over 70 players are on the FIL roster, which can change…

September 18, 2018
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Changes in Baseball

Aaron Nola (Miles Kennedy photo) Concerning innings by starters, batting orders (Steve Potter, a longtime Phillies fan now living in Clearwater, is a baseball enthusiast who has supplied news and notes from time to time for the Phillies Insider blog. Today’s notes). Using Baseball-Reference.com as a source, here is some interesting data relating to the 2018 season through Wednesday’s games. Innings Pitched The major league average for innings pitched by starters is 5.4…

September 13, 2018
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Rickles delivers big walk-off single

C Nick Rickles (Cheryl Pursell photo) Victory keeps Pigs’ playoff hopes alive C Nick Rickles delivered a walk-off RBI single in the 13th inning giving the Lehigh Valley IronPigs a 3–2 win over the visiting Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders in game 3 of the semi-final playoffs on Friday night. SWB holds a 2–1 lead. Game 4 is tonight at Coca-Cola Park. LF Danny Ortiz began the 13th with a double. Following an intentional walk…

September 8, 2018
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Rickles delivers bit walk-off single

C Nick Rickles (Cheryl Pursell photo) Victory keeps Pigs’ playoff hopes alive C Nick Rickles delivered a walk-off RBI single in the 13th inning giving the Lehigh Valley IronPigs a 3–2 win over the visiting Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders in game 3 of the semi-final playoffs on Friday night. SWB holds a 2–1 lead. Game 4 is tonight at Coca-Cola Park. LF Danny Ortiz began the 13th with a double. Following an intentional walk…

September 8, 2018
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BlueClaws advance to finals

Spencer Howard (BlueClaws.com) Howard tosses Lakewood’s first postseason no-hitter 22-year-old Spencer Howard tossed a no-hitter that propelled the Lakewood BlueClaws into the South Atlantic League Championship Series on Friday night. His 1–0 gem before 3,592 fans at FirstEnergy Park eliminated visiting the Kannapolis Intimidators in the best-of-three North Division Championship Series, 2–0. The BlueClaws face the Lexington (KY) Legends (Kansas City Royals) who eliminated the Rome Braves in the South Division…

September 8, 2018
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What did Robin Roberts do on this date?

(Phillies photo) A game to remember….. When you win 20 games or more and throw 300 innings six consecutive seasons, that’s a career which will lead you to being enshrined in Cooperstown, NY. Toss in five straight seasons in which you lead the league in complete games. Hefty stuff. Say hello to Robin Roberts, the workhorse of Major League Baseball in the 1950s. Obviously “Robbie” had a lot of amazing individual…

September 6, 2018
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Phillies Minorr League Playoffs

Strikeout machine Zach Warren (Blue/Claws.com) BlueClaws win; IronPigs, Threshers don’t International League MOOSIC — LF Mark Payton delivered a walk-off home run with two out and two strikes in the bottom of the ninth which gave Scranton/Wilkes-Barre a 3–2 win over Lehigh Valley in the opening game of the semi-final playoffs. SWB is 4–0 vs. the IronPigs in the history of playoff games at PNC Park, two being walk-off wins. The RailRiders scored…

September 6, 2018
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Phillies Minor League Playoffs

Grenny Cumana (Threshers.com) Cumana shines in Threshers 1-run win Florida State League CLEARWATER — Leftfielder Grenny Cumana may be the shortest player in the Phillies minor league system at 5-feet, 5-inches but he came up big as Clearwater edged Daytona, 7–6, on Tuesday night at Spectrum Field. With the win, the Threshers take a 1–0 lead in the North Division Series best-of-3. The series resumes tonight in Daytona. It was Clearwater’s first playoff win since…

September 5, 2018
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3 Phillies Teams in Playoffs

Clearwater’s Spectrum Field (Threshers.com) Threshers open playoffs at home tonight Clearwater, Florida State League North Division **Threshers finished fourth in the first half (32–36) and won the second half (45–24). 77–60 overall record is best in the league. North Division Series (best-of-3) In a rematch of the 2015 FSL North Division Series, the Threshers meet the Daytona Tortugas (first-half champs, 69–66 overall). **Tonight in Clearwater, 7 p.m. (Adonis Medina) **Wednesday, September 5,…

September 4, 2018
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Final Minor League Report

Joey Meneses (Cheryl Pursell photo) Final 4 games are nail-biters Transactions Lehigh Valley: RHP Ranfi Casimiro, assigned from Reading; RHP Ben Lively, designated for assignment. Lakewood: LHR Keylan Killgore, assigned from Williamsport. Lehigh Valley, International League North Division Champions . . . Playoffs begin Wednesday **IronPigs ended the season with a 4–2 win in Rochester in 10 innings. Tied at 1–1 after 9, RBI hits by 1B Zach Green, C Nick Rickles and SS…

September 4, 2018
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