• Steve Potter

8/25/2020 : The Day in Review


The Phillies Game : Phillies 8 ( 11-14 ) Nationals 3 ( 11-16 )


Jake Arrieta threw the ball very well ... he went five innings but a lengthy rain delay at the start of the sixth inning prevented him from returning to the game.


Arrieta got ten ground balls that produced twelve outs ... the Phillies turned three double plays behind him.


The bullpen did their job behind Arrieta ( Hembree, Hunter, Neris, Morgan and Parker ) to finish the win.


The Flash :


Roman “the Flash” Quinn had two stolen bases in the game and scored from third on a ground ball to shortstop Trea Turner in the seventh inning where the infield was drawn in ! It was a one hopper to Turner where he did everything right ... Roman’s elite speed just flat out beat the throw home ! What a weapon he is 💨...


Web Gem :


Washington’s Victor Robles made a Willie Mays like catch to rob Alec Bohm of extra bases and then turned to throw a strike from just in front of the center field fence to the first baseman to double up base runner Jean Segura who had ventured past the second base bag thinking the ball would be a hit ... excellent play ... gotta tip the cap 🧢


Power Surge :


In the third inning JT Realmuto hit his ninth home run of the season ... a three run shot ... it hit the top of the right field fence and bounced over.


Hot Bat :


Jean Segura hit the ball hard all evening and ended up with three hits and a couple RBIs.

Every batter in the Phillies lineup had at least one hit ... Bryce Harper was intentionally walked twice.


Oh by the way ... the Nationals hurlers threw five wild pitches in the game 😳


The Post Game Remarks :


I’ll recap and post in the morning.


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A No Hitter in Chicago !


The White Sox Lucas Giolito tossed a nine inning 4-0 no hitter against Pittsburgh ... 101 pitches - 74 for strikes ... only one walk allowed ... he struck out twelve batters !


Ex Phillies News :


LHP Jesse Biddle is back in the Major Leagues ... this time with the Cincinnati Reds. He was added to the roster today as part of the bullpen. Jesse was the Phillies first round draft selection in the 2010 Draft.


Alternate Training Site Action :


From Kram @Kram207 on Twitter ... he posts action as he sees it from the field in Allentown.


In today’s scrimmage Logan O’Hoppe homered and doubled.


Victor Arano had good velocity in his outing, Cole Irvin threw two perfect innings.


Ranger Suarez pitched, gave up a homer to Nick Martini.


Connor Brogdon threw a perfect inning with a strikeout.


Deolis Guerra cleared waivers and is in Allentown ... threw a bullpen today.


The Minor Leagues :


Did Ya Know 🤔 - 2010 : Lakewood’s Andrew Baldwin - a fifth round pick in the 2004 draft from Oregon State pitched eight shutout two hit innings with nine strikeouts to defeat the Lake County Captains 1-0. Cory Dueitt pitched the ninth inning for the save, his sixth of that season. Neither young man reached the major leagues but they will always share this memory 👍.


Professional Baseball Agreement Update :


Baseball America’s Matt Eddy reported today about possibilities that are potential outcomes of the ongoing negotiations ... none are concrete but I’ve also read and heard elsewhere that elements of each are likely.


Short Season and Rookie Advanced Leagues would cease to operate as affiliated leagues ... somewhat. The New York Penn League could survive as a second half partner league to the Florida State League ( I wrote about that before ). The Appalachian and Pioneer Leagues would cease ... that’s likely to happen. The Northwest League could be reclassified as a Class A League - it’s been that before.


The Advanced A and Low A leagues could switch classifications ... I posted that

as a possibility before also. In the Phillies case Lakewood and the SAL would become

Advanced A and Clearwater and the FSL would become Low A. A new Mid Atlantic

League could branch off from the SAL for geographic alignment as the hope is to

limit the travel for teams.


The Gulf Coast League and Arizona League would remain unchanged ... no

restrictions on the number of teams each organization would want to field.


A third Triple A League could form for geographic purposes ... again to limit travel.

A Midwest League similar to the old American Association could reform to service the

MLB center of the country clubs with the Pacific Coast League servicing the western

teams and the International League the Eastern region teams. The idea aligns to

each MLB organization having their minor league affiliates close to their home city.


Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️




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