Here’s a quick recap of the weekend around the Phillies top minor league camps:
Lehigh Valley – Carlos Carrasco had his most encouraging start in weeks at Norfolk on Saturday, tossing 7 innings, allowing 5 hits and a run while striking out 5 against two walks. His strikeout-to-walk rate has been 3.5-to-1 this season, the best of his career, so despite the high ERA he may be figuring things out. He might be set to embark on a two-month tear through the International League. Or he might get lit up in his next start. (more to come on him tomorrow)
Reading – While Brad Lidge drew all the attention this weekend during his outing with the R-Phils, the real story was the team’s 1-2 punch of Kyle Drabek and Joe Savery.
Drabek pitched eight innings of shutout ball Friday, giving up four hits and no walks while striking out five. He gave up leadoff hits in innings 2, 3, and 4, but worked out of the jam each time before going on to retire the final 16 batters he faced. He lowered his ERA to 2.08 through four starts with Reading.
After Lidge tossed his inning to start the game Saturday, Savery had his chance to out-pitch Drabek. He threw five scoreless innings, allowing four hits and a walk while striking out five before rain ended his night. All told, he extended his scoreless innings streak to 14.2 innings, lowered his ERA to 3.24 and is now an impressive 9-1 on the season.
Michael Taylor slugged a grand slam Saturday and followed with 3 hits and a homer on Sunday. He now sits at .331 with 12 homers and a slugging percentage of .568.