Due to scheduling and weather it has been about 10 days since I’ve been able to attend the games at the Carpenter Complex. On April 28th, I was able to report that Ethan Martin was getting the start and that Roman Quinn was in uniform and in the line up . Well, Martin has move on to the Threshers to begin his rehab and Quinn was not in uniform today.
However, Darin Ruf started in left field for the GCL squad and Chace Numata was behind the plate. In his first AB, Ruf laced an RBI line drive to left of a left-handed pitcher. That’s all I have from this game, I opted to watch the Williamsport squad.
The line up included –
- Cord Sandberg RF
- Venn Biter LF
- Jose Pujols CF
- Andrew Knapp DH
- Trey Williams 1B
- Jesus Posso DH
- Luis Encarnacion 3B
- Wilson Garcia C
- Malquin Canelo SS
- Olvy Marte 2B
Gueller pitched 5 innings. He threw 49 pitches through 3 innings before I lost count. At that point, he had a 27/22 strike/ball ratio. He probably threw 25-28 pitches over his final 2 inings. His fastball was up a lot; but he allowed only 3 hits, 1 walk, 0 runs, and threw 1 wild pitch. He had good movement on his off speed pitches. Yankee batters had trouble squaring up his offerings. They could only manage 3 singles. He also benefited from 2 double plays and a caught stealing. In all, Gueller was remarkably effective on a day when he only managed to throw 4-5 first pitch strikes to the 16 batters he faced.
Demmin pitched 3 innings. After a 1-2-3 6th inning which he ended with a strike out, Demmin allowed back-to-back doubles to start the 7th inning. The second runner scored when he was balked in from third, a call which brought loud protests from the Phillies organizational observers scattered around the complex. After an Encarnacion throwing error to start the 8th inning, Demmin retired the next 3 batters.
Gueller’s and Demmin’s lines were –
Gueller 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 K, 1 BB, 1 WP
Demmin 3 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 K
Offensively, the Phillies pushed across a run in the first. Sandberg chopped a ball to the first baseman’s right. Sandberg looked like he may have beaten the pitcher and the throw to the bag. That was rendered moot when the ball came loose and bounced down the line. Sandberg broke immediately for second and beat a close play. Single and an error. He moved to third on a Biter ground out to short and scored on a Knapp single.
Over the next two innings, their only base runner was Marte who reached on a HBP. He was erased when he was picked off first. With one out in the fourth, Pujols reached on a throwing error by the third baseman. Batting right-handed against the Yankees’ left-handed pitcher, Knapp crushed a double to the base of the wall in right center field. Pujols waited for the ball to land and was unable to score. Both scored on a first-pitch double to left by Williams. He advanced to third on a wild pitch, but with 2 outs the Yankees rolled the inning after Encarnacion worked a walk.
The Phillies managed 5 hits but still managed to score 3 runs to win the game. Knapp batted in the 7th with one out after Encarnacion’s second walk. He struck out for the second time. But, he went 2-4 with a single, double, run scored, and RBI. Williams went 1-3 with a double, and 2 RBI. Sandberg was 1-3 with a single, and run scored. Canelo had the other hit, a single. Encarnacion was 0-1 with 2 walks. Overall, the team had 5 hits, 3 runs, 2 earned runs, 2 walks, 7 strike outs, and one HBP.
Camp day tomorrow. I hope to cover the games the following 3 days.