It isn't often that Madison Bumgarner gets pounded by an opponent, but Tuesday night, the Phillies did just that. Aaron Altherr opened the barrage with a first inning home run and the rest of Altherr's teammates joined in the beat down.
The Phillies offense went to work early, putting up five runs in the first inning. Maikel Franco and Tommy Joseph homered and Aaron Altherr got to work on making up for lost time.
After being rained out on Monday, both the Williamsport Crosscutters and Lehigh Valley IronPigs picked up double-header sweeps on Tuesday. Williamsport got a no-hitter from Ranger Suarez, while Lehigh Valley's Darnell Sweeney came up big in game two.
Ironically, Andres Blanco had just started to hear his name in some trade rumors when he wound up on the DL with a nasty injury. Blanco fractured the index finger on his left hand in Sunday's game.
After getting shut out twice in their last four games, the Reading Fightin' Phils offense came to life on Monday to bang out 15 hits in a 9-5 win over New Hampshire on Monday.
Well, if one game is any indication, Aaron Altherr is going to have a fairly smooth road back to Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies outfielder homered in his first rehab game, playing for the GCL Phillies on Friday.
The Phillies had Aaron Altherr penciled in as their right fielder for the 2016 season, but many times, things change in spring training. A wrist injury will now keep Altherr from taking over the job full-time until at least July.
Aaron Altherr, who spent time at both Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley in 2015, and Cord Sandberg, who played the full season at Lakewood, were honored with Minor League Gold Glove Awards. Both players showed impressive outfield play during their minor league seasons over the summer.
September 28, 2015