Left-hander Glen Perkins tossed a two-hit, complete-game shutout against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs last night. The Phillies' Triple-A affiliate spirals to 3-22 on the season.
(From MiLB.com) The Red Wings chased Lehigh Valley starter J.D. Durbin (0-5), who retired just one batter, and totaled a season-high 20 hits. Durbin surrendered five runs on six hits and two walks as his ERA climbed to 9.68 and he became the first five-game loser in the Minor Leagues.
Beerleaguer: Amazingly, it appeared the Phillies were making an effort to put seasoned, veteran players on the field for Lehigh Valley's inaugural season. They obviously guessed wrong, and it isn't the first time. The Phillies have shown absolutely no knack for finding quad-A talent to round out the high minors. You wouldn't trust any of these guys to protect a 10-run lead. They have absolutely no depth, and have created another corrosive, losing environment to groom talent. The best course of action is to play out the Triple-A season with the current squad of mercenaries, try to find help as best you can and bundle the best bets in Reading.