Former Phillies first round pick Shane Watson struggled Tuesday despite striking out nine Manatees in five innings. The Phillies selected Watson with their compensation pick for losing Ryan Madson in free agency back in 2012.
The Threshers offense nearly came back to win this one, scoring two runs in the ninth inning but failing to finish the job. Second baseman Scott Kingery went 3-5 with two doubles and an RBI. He raised his batting average to .265 after getting 13 hits in his last 10 games. He also had his sixth error in the field.
Outfielder Carlos Tocci, the Phillies 14th ranked prospect, went 1-3 with two walks, an RBI, and a run scored.
Shortstop Malquin Canelo, the Phillies 12th ranked prospect, went 0-3 with a walk and a run scored. He leads the team with 11 errors in the young season.
Ranfi Casimiro (5-2) will face the Manatees tomorrow and will look to continue his hot strikeout rate, as he has struck out 40 batters in seven games this year.