Whenever Reading Phillies Joe Savery pitched into trouble Monday afternoon against the Trenton Thunder, he got right out.
He threw a lot of balls (walking four) but he kept the Thunder scoreless through six innings. Savery allowed only two hits and is now 10-1 on the season. It was a tough matchup for the Thunder, with Ryan Pope on the hill against the hot Savery. But Thunder's offense didn't come through either. They managed only 10 hits over Sunday and Monday. Saturday the two teams played a doubleheader of sorts, continuing a postponed game from Friday. The Thunder won Game 1, 8-2 and lost Game 2, 7-2.
While Reading struggled against Trenton in 2008, the roles have switched. In '08 they were 13-3 against, but have lost 6-7 this season.
"Their pitching has kind of been in shambles, but today because the bullpen was struggling their pitcher had to wear it. I just think as a team we're doing a really good job executing," said R-Phils DH Michael Taylor.
The R-Phils defeated the Thunder 12-2 Monday, but Sunday was also a tough one for the EL champs. They scored just 2 runs in that loss as well, with Reading getting an 8-2 victory.
Reading pitchers have allowed the most home runs in the league, but allowed just 6 in four games. The baby Bombers are on the road, playing the Erie Seawolves Tuesday night.
Michael Taylor's stature is as big as his numbers this season. He's dominating the league, collecting 51 RBI so far. When asked what he's doing right to achieve that success he makes it pretty simple.
"Right now, I'm seeing the ball really well and I feel good," he said, after Sunday's game.
He's also honest and mature enough to admit he's got a lot more learning to do.
"It's hard to pick out one weakness, because I've got a ton of them," he said. "What's most important to me is my plan. I [don't want to] deviate away from my plan. That's where I've got to improve. I really have to stay focused on what it is I want to do."
He also pointed out his tendency to give away at-bats, but the Thunder didn't see much of that in the series.
Savery Savoring Success:
"I think what worked for me today, was I was just better out of the stretch. Anytime I got myself in trouble, I was just better at throwing strikes. We've hit Reading well and scored a lot of runs. We've also mixed good pitching in there as well."- Joe Savery
Franklin Gets Frank:
Thunder skipper Tony Franklin is displeased with the results of his team, but he's also realistic about what development league baseball is all about.
"This is still the minor leagues. This is still player development. I've never lost sight of that," he said after the 12-2 loss. "Do we want to win baseball games? Absolutely. But I can't lose sight of the fact that we're dealing with youngsters."
Franklin was ejected arguing with an umpire's call on Edwar Gonzalez in Monday night's brutal loss, but took it in stride as usual. He's so even keel post-game that it must keep his young players feeling calm through every storm.
What you see is what it is: these are kids learning. It's hard to forget that. Tony Franklin reminded us of the meaning.
Interesting Note: Trenton pitcher Zach McAlister leads the league in ERA with 1.76, while Reading's Joe Savery actually ranks 13th in ERA despite his 10-1 record.
Potent Quotable: "I'm just glad to be in Double A and be out of Florida."- Reading Phillies pitcher Kyle Drabek...who laughs a lot.