GCL Phillies Beat Jays, Josh Taylor Shines; August 22, 2014

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.


7 thoughts on “GCL Phillies Beat Jays, Josh Taylor Shines; August 22, 2014

  1. McWilliams is a big guy, hopefully his FB picks up a few ticks on the velo chart, then with his height and length, he could look pretty menacing to the hitter.

    1. geez a top ten guy who cant break ninety, I don’t care if he is high school kid a right hand pitcher who cant hit ninety is what we keep seeing.

  2. Duran has had a pretty good year, and had a pretty good year in the VSL last season. He hadn’t played in about 10 days for whatever reason, so it’s good to see him back in there.

  3. Each of the runs scored on McWilliams were set up by his 2 wild pitches. Tomscha was great today. Zier finally got a hit in the clutch after a week of slumping. Posso is playing instead of Williams. Tomscha is playing instead of Encarnacion. The chips are down and they are playing to win. The starting pitching has been good for them, but Kilome had a rough outing yesterday. Alezones will probably pitch tomorrow.

  4. It is really wonderful coverage by Jim of all these games. Thank you. At least one team to be excited about along with the VSL team. Lots of promise too from the rookies.

  5. Is Juan Encarnacion hurt? I haven’t seen his name and now that I look him up he hasn’t played since the 16th

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