The GCL Phillies entered their game with the GCL Braves tied with the Yankees for first place in the GCL Northwest Division. They dropped a 4-0 decision to fall a game back with a 31-21 record and 7 games remaining in the season.
Denton Keys scattered 8 hits and a walk through 6 innings. One of the two runs he allowed was unearned, set up by an errant pick off attempt in the third inning. He allowed an earned run in the fourth on a bunt single, hit-and-run single, and a sacrifice fly. Although he allowed 9 base runners, Keys benefited from double plays in the first and second innings, and a caught stealing in the fourth inning.
Keys varied speed and location during his outing. The Braves got several “lucky” hits on jammed swings and balls off the end of the bat that were just out of the reach of fielders. Keys seemed to have a reasonable fastball, but he didn’t seem to throw many. By the time I made my way behind the team radar gun for the fifth inning, he was topping out at 85 mph. But I’m not sure any of the 14 pitches he threw that inning were fastballs. He had a lot of movement down in the strike zone in the fifth. His range that inning also included off-speed pitches in the mid 70s. Or maybe the heat and humidity just took its toll and 85 was all the fast ball he had left in the fifth.
Keys line and pitching facts –
- 6 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
- faced 24 batter, 14 first-pitch strikes
- 83 pitches, 50 strikes
- 11 swinging strikes, 12 called strikes, 10 foul balls, 17 balls in play
- of the balls in play – 7 ground ball outs, sac fly, pop up, 7 singles
- of the 7 singles – 1 line drive, 1 flare, 1 jammed, 4 ground balls
- 1 strike out in each inning, 5 swing-and-miss
Austin Davis pitched 3 innings of 1-hit relief. The one hit was a ground ball double down the right field line which was followed by a fielding error by Grenny Cumana. An errant pick off attempt was followed by another sac fly. Two more unearned runs.
Meanwhile, the Braves’ Francisco Gonzalez had an easy time with the Phillies. He didn’t allow a base runner until a two-out walk in the fourth inning. The Phillies didn’t get another base runner until a one-out single by Joel Fisher in the eighth. After a botched fielder’s choice and fly ball out, Gonzalez was lifted. His line –
- 7.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
Things didn’t get better for the Phillies. Jordan Sechler came on and struck out 3 of the 4 batters he faced to close out the game.