The Phillies topped the Jays 8-3 today. They remain 2 games behind the Yankees with 5 games remaining. They play the Yankees twice next week in games that will likely determine the division winner.
Sam McWilliams drew the start for the Phils. His fastball was 86-87 mph. He also had a change up at 82, slider at 78, and a slow curve at 68. He allowed single runs in each of the first two innings, and was pulled when he reahed his pitch count in the fourth inning. His pitching stats –
- 3.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 2 WP
- 18 batters faced, 8 first pitch strikes
- 70 pitches, 37 strikes
- of the 37 strikes – 6 swing-and-miss, 11 called, 6 fouls, 14 balls in play
- of the 14 in play – 4 line drive singles, 4 ground ball outs, 5 fly ball outs, 1 pop up
- he was pulled after 70 pitches with 2 out in the 4th – F8, BB, BB, F7
Recently signed Josh Taylor made his second appearance to complete the fourth inning. Taylor had pitched one scoreless inning on the 18th giving up 2 hits and a walk. Today, he closed out the fourth with a ground out. He proceeded to pitch 4 more hitless innings and picked up his first professional win in the process. The lefty’s fastball sat 92-93 mph and peaked at 94 a couple times. He throws a change around 87, another pitch around 80, and a slow curve in the low 70s. His pitching line –
- 4.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
Kyle Bogese pitched the ninth inning and gave up a meaningless run. His line –
- 1.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 WP
The Offense got off to a slow start until William Cuicas and Olvy Marte opened the third inning with singles. After Venn Biter failed to bunt the runners over and struck out, and Carlos Duran struck out, The Phillies scored 3 runs on a Tim Zier single, wild pitch, and Damek Tomscha’s double. They continued to add runs, scoring in 4 of the next 6 innings.
Game notes –
- Biter went 2-5 but struck out twice
- Duran went 1-5 with a triple but struck out 3 times
- Zier went 1-4 with an RBI and HBP
- Tomscha went 3-4 with 2 doubles, a walk, and 3 RBI
- Jesus Posso went 1-5 with a double and RBI, but hit a couple other balls right on the screws
- Luis Encarnacion didn’t make the trip
- Trey Williams didn’t play for the secon game this week that I attended
- I overheard some talk behind the cage when Taylor pitched. The Jays seemed impressed with the signing, and the Phillies were happy with his acquisition. They signed Taylor and Jason Zgardowski out of a showcase a couple weeks ago.
Sorry for the quick account of the game, but I have to get to Bright House for a Double header that starts at 5:00PM. I’ll get to see Jesmuel Valentin live for the first time.