I attended my first GCL game in several weeks today. Denton Keys pitched a solid 5 innings against the GCL Pirates. He scattered 5 hits, 2 walks, and a hit batter allowing 2 runs, only one of them earned. The defense was a little shaky all day. The 3 errors charged were a little generous. A couple more could have been charged.
Austin Davis and undrafted free agent Kyle Bogese combined to pitch the final 4 innings. Davis allowed 3 hits in 2.1 innings but was aided by a pick off and a caught stealing. Bogese got the win with 1.2 innings of no-hit ball. Each reliever recorded 3 strikes out. The Phillies won 3-2.
Although no-hit until Jose Pujols singled in the 5th inning, the Phillies hit some balls hard and made the most of their 6 hits.
GCL game notes –
- Venn Biter was hitless but made solid contact on 2 line drives to the outfield.
- In addition to his single, Pujols was also retired on a deep fly ball to left center.
- Olvy Marte gapped a double and drove in a run.
- William Cuicas had 2 hits, one a ground rule double that landed on the warning track and bounced over the right field fence.
- Cuicas also scored twice, and drove in a run.
- Damek Tomscha provided a go-ahead, RBI single.
- Marte was awarded a steal of third base on a wild pitch but was out trying to score on the same play.
- Luis Encarnacion just turned 17. He looks shaky at first base, bad fielding error in the second inning.
- Chace Numata threw out 2 would-be base stealers, box score says three.
- Davis picked off a base runner, 1-3-6. (They gave the battery of Davis/Numata credit for the caught stealing. Is that correct? If so, that would be the third caught stealing.)
- The Pirates play their outfield defense very shallow. Took a couple hits away from Phillies.
- I haven’t seen these guys in a while. Pujols looks a little bit bigger. Keys looks like he’s filled out a little, too.
The Threshers took on the Dunedin Blue Jays in the evening. Miguel Nunez pitched into the 6th inning. His line was – 5.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 K.
Nunez pitched into and out of trouble in the first. He walked 2 batters, but got out of the inning without allowing a run. He pitched better through the next 3 innings, before giving up 2 runs each in the 4th and 6th innings. He had two 20-plus pitch innings and began the 6th inning having thrown over 90 pitches. Lee “Rocket Arm” Ridenhour came on to end the rally, recording 2 strike outs in 1.2 innings. Lino Martinez allowed one hit, a home run, in 2 innings and struck out 3 batters.
Threshers’ game notes –
- Roman Quinn hit his 5th home run of the season to break a 2-2 tie in the 5th inning.
- Brandon Short hit a game-tying 2-run home run in the 8th inning.
- Chris Serritella and Gabriel Lino had RBI hits to give the Threshers an early lead.
- J.P. Crawford had the night off.
- Serritella and Brian Pointer had 2-hit games.
- Ulises Joaquin gave up 4 runs in the 10th inning as the Jays defeated the Threshers 9 to 5.
An odd play occured with one out in the 10th and runners on the corners. Marcus Knecht took off for second on the pitch and Lino threw to second. Second baseman, Angelo Mora, cut the ball off in front of the base, ignored the runner approaching second, allowed the steal, and pumped toward third. But, he had the runner on third, Dwight Smith Jr., in full view the whole play and Smith showed no inclination to break for home. I’m sure of this because my attention focused on Smith when Lino released the ball. With the infield drawn in, the batter hit the next pitch past third baseman Harold Martinez, driving in two go-ahead runs. The next batter hit his first homer of the season. Seemed like Joaquin let Mora’s play affect him.
Jesse Biddle was scheduled to pitch for the Threshers this Monday, however, the Phillies released a statemant that Biddle will pitch for Reading on Saturday.