The Phillies’ game at the Englebert Complex was moved to the Blue Jays’ Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. The change in venue must have been unsettling as the Phillies lost 5-0 to the Blue Jays on Friday. The line up/box score –
- 2B; Jesmuel Valentin: 0-4, 2 K
- DH/C; Chace Numata: 1-3, single, BB
- CF; Cord Sandberg: 1-4, single
- 1B; Damek Tomscha: 0-2, HBP
- LF; Luis Encarnacion: 1-3, single, stolen base
- 3B; Derek Campbell: 1-2, double, BB
- RF; Christian Palacios: 1-3, single, K
- C/DH; Rivero: 0-3
- DH; Emmanuel Marrero: 0-3, K
- SS; Arquimedez Gamboa: 0-3, 2 K
- Matt Imhof: 87-88 mph fastball (hit 90), 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
- Franklyn Kilome: 90-93 mph fastball (hit 94), 1.1 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 1 K.
- Elniery Garcia: 89-91 mph fastball (hit 92), 2.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
- Austin Davis: 89-90 mph fastball (hit 91), 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K.
- John Zgardowski: 91-93 mph fastball (hit 94), 1.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K.
- Calvin Rayburn came on to pitch the bottom of the ninth, but I had to leave.
The Phillies collected only 5 hits, 4 singles and a double. They only had 2 scoring opportunities.
- They went down in order in the first.
- Luis Encarnacion grounded a single off the shortstop’s glove with one out in the second and stole second base, but was stranded.
- Retired in order again in the third.
- Chace Numata walked with one out in the fourth and Cord Sandberg lined a soft single to center. Damek Tomscha drove a ball deep into the right-center field gap but the CF covered a lot of ground and made a tremendous diving catch.
- A double play erased a leadoff walk by Derek Campbell in the fifth inning.
- Down in order again in the sixth inning.
- Tomscha was a two-out base runner in the seventh inning when he was hit by a pitch, nada.
- Campbell doubled to lead off the eighth inning. Christian Palacios walked. A fly out, strike out, and ground out ended that threat.
- Numata singled with one out in the ninth inning, but a double play ended the game.
Phillies’ pitchers threw two 1-2-3 innings both by Elniery Garcia. He retired 8 of 9 batters and didn’t allow a hit. However, the walk he allowed forced in one of the three runners he inherited.
- Matt Imhof pitched a strong first inning. He retired batters on 2 ground balls and a pop up allowing only a ground single up the middle.
- Imhof started the second inning with another ground ball out before walking a batter on 5 pitches. He picked the runner off first and he was tagged out in a rundown. The next batter lined a single to left and Imhof retired the last batter on a 4-pitch strike out.
- Franklyn Kilome started the third inning with 4 consecutives balls. The runner stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by Gregori Rivero. He scored on a balk. Kilome responded with 3 consecutive strikes and a strike out. His next pitch was a 94 mph fastball that was driven over Sandberg’s head. The centerfielder retreated, turned, and saw the ball bounce out of his glove for a 3 base error. He scored on a throwing error by Rivero. A pitched ball went to the backstop and rebounded directly back to Rivero. He had the runner in no man’s land, but bounced the throw to third and Campbell could do no more than block it as the runner scored.
- Kilome started the fourth inning by serving up a home run off the scoreboard in left field. A 4-pitch walk, single, fly out, and walk loaded the bases and brought his afternoon to an end. Elniery Garcia came on in relief and recorded the second out on a pop up. He locked in a 7-pitch struggle with the next batter before walking him on a 3-2 pitch. A ground ball ended the inning.
- Garcia stayed in to pitch the fifth inning and posted the first 1-2-3 inning for Phillies’ pitchers with a strike out, pop up, and a ground out.
- Garcia remained in to pitch the sixth inning and threw another 1-2-3 inning which included his second strike out and 2 ground balls. He threw 16 fastballs between 89-91 mph but was extremely effective with a nasty curve. He threw most of them in the low 70s and one at 69 mph.
- Austin Davis pitched the seventh. He recorded a fly out and strike out before giving up a ground ball double down the left field line. The result would normally have been a single but the batter hustled and challenged Encarnacion’s arm. A routine ground out ended the innng.
- John Zgardowski pitched the eighth inning. He got the first batter on a come-backer for the first out. The he walked the next batter on 4 pitches. That runner stole second during the next at bat which ended with a hit batter on the 6th pitch of the at bat. Another deep-count walk followed. A run scored on a ground ball to second. Valentin kept the ball from leaving the infield and was able to get an out at first. A fly out ended the inning.
A sloppy game to watch. Three of the Jays 5 runs scored without benefit of a base hit. A fourth run scored on a sequence that went walk, single, walk, walk. That’s three errors, a balk, a stolen base, a hit batter, and 6 of the 7 walks the staff surrendered all figuring prominently in the Jays scoring 4 of their runs.
Three of their 4 games are at Bright House next week plus the intra-squad game on Wednesday. Camp breaks after Friday morning’s game. The next game is Monday at home vs. the Blue Jays at 1:00pm.