Thursday, June 29, 2017

Minor developments are big news with Phillies

The Phillies have won two games in a row.

Hold off on the champagne.

That 5-4 win over the Mariners gives the Phils a rare two-game sweep and their first series win in awhile.

Is it a coincidence that this sudden turnaround comes after Freddy Galvis finally sounded off about the team's sloppy play. Good thing we didn't wait for Pete Mackanin to blow a fuse.

Here's what the Phillies have done to us - and our summer.

Do you now find yourself almost as interested in what the Triple A Lehigh Valley IronPigs do every night?

Do you check to minor league boxscore to see what second base phenom Scott Kingery did? By the way, he had a hit in his first at bat again last night. That's three straight games he's done that, and comes on the heels of a two-homer game.

Rhys Hoskins homered, tying him with teammate Dylan Cozens for the International League lead.

Even struggling Jorge Alfaro got into the act, hitting a home run as the IronPigs snapped a four-game losing streak.

With Howie Kendricks appearing headed for a trip to the DL with a groin problem, and Cesar Hernandez still weeks away from a return, it will be interesting to see if the Phils show any interest in giving Kingery a taste of The Show.

That's what the Phillies have done to summer in these parts.

The radio and TV updates almost give as much coverage to what their minor league team - and future stars - are doing.

That should be a concern to Matt Klentak and the rest of the Phillies brass.

This team needs something. And it needs to be more than just Freddy Galvis.

If they do nothing, how many people do you think are going to be in those seats in late August and September?

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