The Phillies lost 5-2 to the Pirates on Thursday. The line up, box score, and write up –
- 2B; Grenny Cumana: 0-3, BB, R.
- LF; Andrew Pullin: 0-4.
- DH; Willians Astudillo: 0-4.
- 1B; Rhys Hoskins: 2-3, single, double.
- C; Andrew Knapp: 1-2, double.
- C; Joel Fisher: 1-2, double, RBI.
- RF; Aaron Brown: 1-2, triple, R.
- RF; Bryan Martelo: 0-2.
- 3B; Jan Hernandez: 0-2, K.
- 3B; Drew Stankiewicz: 0-1, BB, K
- CF; Carlos Duran: 1-3, single, 2 K
- DH; Jesus Alastre: 0-2, K.
- DH; Daniel Brito: 0-1, HBP
- SS; Jonathan Arauz: 0-2. BB.
- Brandon Leibrandt: 86-88 mph fastball, 2.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, HBP.
- David Whitehead: 88-90 mph fastball, 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K.
- Chris Oliver: 89-91 mph fastball (spiked to 92 and 93), 2.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, HBP.
- Josh Taylor: 91-92 mph fastball (spiked to 93), 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K.
- Nick Rodesky: 89-91 mph fastball, 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K.
The Phillies collected 6 hits, 4 for extra bases. They added additional base runners on 3 walks, a hit batter, and a fielding error by the Pirates. They had at least one base runner in every inning but the first.
- They wasted a one-out double to deep center by Andrew Knapp in the second inning
- They stranded Rhys Hoskins after a two-out, line drive double into the right field corner in the fourth inning.
- Jonathan Arauz reached on an error, but with two outs nothing came of it.
- Aaron Brown led off the fifth inning with a triple into the right centerfield gap. He scored two outs later on a wild pitch.
- When Arauz and Drew Stankewicz opened the sixth inning with back-to-back walks. It was the first time that the Phillies had two runners on base in the same inning. A double play ball by Grenny Cumana quickly defused the rally.
- In the eighth inning, Carlos Duran reached on an infield single with two outs. Daniel Brito was hit by a pitch, but once again the key hit eluded the offense.
- They mounted one last attempt in the ninth inning when Cumana led off with a walk. One out later, Joel Fisher drove him in with an RBI double before the final two outs were recorded on infield ground balls.
The Phillies pitchers only threw one 1-2-3 inning.
- Brandon Leibrandt had an interesting two innings. He hit the first batter with an 88 mph fastball on the second pitch of the game. Then he picked him off first base. He gave up a bloop single to right field to the second batter. Then he picked him off first base, too. He retired the third out on a fly ball to center.
- Leibrandt opened the second inning with a ground single to center and a line drive single to center. The next batter sacrificed them over with a bunt at the third baseman. A sacrifice fly scored the first run. An infield single brought in the second run from second base. The third out was recorded on a caught stealing by Knapp. The 6 outs were recorded on 2 sacrifices, 2 pick offs, a caught stealing and a fly ball. You don’t see that very often.
- David Whitehead threw the only clean inning for a Phillies pitcher in the third inning with a strike out and 2 weakly hit infield ground outs.
- The fourth inning was less clean. He gave up a lead off double and a walk. A wild pitch moved the both runners into scoring position. A sacrifice fly and a single plated both runners. Knapp threw out another would be base stealer and Whitehead recorded his final out on a 3-pitch strike out, his last pitch was a 75 mph curve that the batter just waved at.
- Chris Oliver came into the game in the fifth inning and gave up a home run to left on an 89 mph fastball that he left up in the strike zone. He allowed 3 more base runners on a double, hit batter, and a single; but the Pirates couldn’t score again. Oliver recorded 2 strike outs in the inning.
- Oliver got into a little trouble in the sixth inning with a walk and a one-out single, but was able to pitch out of trouble without allowing a run and recording 2 more strike outs.
- Josh Taylor came on in the seventh inning and consistently threw 92 mph fastballs. He struck out his first batter. A single to center was erased on a 5-4-3 double play on a 93 mph fastball, his sixth pitch of the inning.
- Taylor mixed in some off speed pitches in the eighth inning. He allowed a bloop single with one out. The runner broke for second on the first pitch and was easily doubled up on a line drive to the first baseman.
- Nick Rodesky started the ninth inning with a bloop single just out of Cumana’s reach. He finished the day with ground ball outs on a 4-6-3 double play and a grounder to third.
The Pirates had 17 base runners. If they hadn’t lost 4 runners on the base paths, the outcome could have been a lot worse. The had 13 hits, 10 singles. I didn’t get the feeling they were squaring up a lot of pitches. The home run was hit well as was one of the doubles. The other double was grounded between the bag and the third baseman by a left handed hitter. A bad break for Whitehead to lead off his second inning. But, I wrote infield or bloop 5 times on my score sheet on the Pirates side.
Not much to report defensively, Liebrandt did pick off 2 runners and Knapp threw out the only 2 base stealers.
Blue Jays tomorrow in Dunedin. I’ll post a report if I’m able to attend the game.