It was a tough weekend for Ian Anderson and Mike Soroka as they squared off against the Phillies Triple A affiliate. Both of these starts held a lot of weight as the two right handers are trying to regain a spot on the big league roster, but things did not go as well as everyone may have hoped.
Anderson surrendered seven runs on ten hits in Friday night’s 13-14 loss. While that’s quite a bit of contact, there are a couple of bright spots to highlight. Anderson only walked one batter. This is exactly what the front office wants to see out of these starts. Hitters are going to hit, but it was very encouraging to see Ian limit the free passes. While he also recorded a ball and a wild pitch, he managed to rack up 6 K’s on the night. This is certainly not the best line we’ve seen from Ian, but I think we’re seeing improvement in the areas that needed work.
Mike Soroka made his second Triple-A start on Saturday, and while he was dealt the loss, there are some good things to take away from this outing as well. Soroka gave up four earned runs on just four hits through 4.2 innings. He also walked three and struck out three. The bright spot in this start was the pitch count. 75 pitches may not seem like much, but it’s great to see Mike getting stretched out. The sinker is definitely working again as he was able to induce nine ground balls. Again, not the best line we’ve seen from him, but there are sliver linings none the less.
It will be interesting to see how they follow up these outings. Areas of concern seem to be trending in the right direction.