Phillies and the Akron Aeros started tonight, the R-Phils were looking at fighting New Britain for the final playoff berth.
Every game is important, every player is important.
One player had an amazing night tonight, even though he went 1-4. Derrick Mitchell came up to the plate in the first inning and hit a two run RBI single. Then, he stole second base, his 18th stolen base of the year. When he came up in the ninth, he hit into a fielder’s choice, but it did drive in another run.
That was his third RBI in the game and his seventh RBI in the last three games. When you look at his play tonight, it’s kind of stunning, he drove in three of the R-Phils’ four runs.
Sadly, the R-Phils fell to the Aeros 6-4.
It’s also worth mentioning that after tonight’s play, Mitchell has moved into 4th place in the Eastern League with 76 RBIs.
Just to give his play this season something to be compared to:
Mitchell would be 2nd on the Philadelphia Phillies for home runs with 18, only behind Ryan Howard’s 27 home runs.
Mitchell has 76 RBIs, just behind Hunter Pence’s 77 (His combined total between the Astros and Phillies)
Mitchell even has one more stolen base at 18 than Shane Victorino’s 17.
AND there’s still seven games left in the season…
Not too bad for a kid from Paw Paw, Michigan…
Even with tonight’s loss (New Britain lost as well tonight) the R-Phils still are only one half game from a play off berth.
Baseball Betsy and Ross are hoping to travel to Binghamton this weekend to cheer on the R-Phils. Let’s hope they can finish as strong as Mitchell is playing.