Monday afternoon, the Phillies played the Blue Jays at Bright House Field. The weather was as comfortable as we’ve seen down here in a while, and the game was among the best pitched so far this fall. The Phillies came back to win 2-1. The line up/box score/write up –
- Pos; Player: H-AB, Results
- 2B; Grenny Cumana: 1-2, single, HBP, caught stealing twice
- LF/DH; Bryan Martelo: 0-3, BB, 2 K
- DH/LF; Willians Astudillo: 1-3, single, K, run scored
- 1B; Rhys Hoskins: 1-3, double, RBI
- C; Chace Numata: 1-1, single, BB
- C; Joel Fisher: 0-2, 2 K
- CF; Carlos Duran: 0-2, BB, run scored, 2 DP
- RF; Jesus Alastre: 1-3, single, stolen base
- 3B; Jan Hernandez: 1-3, single, run scored
- SS/DH; Jonathan Arauz: 0-3, 2 K
- DH/SS; Daniel Brito: 0-3, K
- Pitcher: Fastball, Strike/Ball; Stats
- Ricardo Pinto: 91-92 mph fastball, 25/12; 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, HBP
- Edubray Ramos: 92 mph fastball, 13/2; 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, HR
- Chris Oliver: 90-92 mph fastball, 22/5; 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
- Nick Rodesky: 91-93 mph fastball, 16/6; 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
As expected a 2-1 game featured good pitching. Not only were the pitchers at 91-92 with most of their fastballs, but they were able to throw them and their other offerings for strikes. Of the total 101 pitches thrown by the Phillies, 76 were thrown for strikes. The staff scattered 7 hits and only walked one batter. Two Blue Jays reached on errors by shortstop Daniel Brito and Ricardo Pinto did hit one batter. But the Jays only managed their one run on a home run off Edubray Ramos in the fifth inning.
Inning-by-inning recap –
- Ricardo Pinto started the first inning in the low 90s and induced a come-backer by the leadoff batter. Having established fastball, he got the next batter on a soft fly ball to center on an off speed pitch. He surrendered a 7-pitch walk and line drive single to center before getting the next batter on a ground ball to third.
- Pinto was better in the second inning, getting 2 outs on 4 pitches – a strike out and another soft fly to center. He threw consecutive 93 mph fastballs to the next batter, hitting him with the second. The batter was helped off the field with a leg injury. Grenny Cumana, the Phillies leadoff hitter had been hit in the bottom of the first on a 3-0 pitch. The umpire warned both benches, stating that he wanted to “stop this before it gets out of hand”. Pinto retired the next guy on another soft fly to center.
- Pinto had thrown 17 pitches in the first and 8 in the second. He was sent out for the third inning and appeared to be even stronger, striking out the side on a variety of pitches. He only needed 12 to get through the inning. All 4 of his strike outs were of the swing-and-miss variety. He had a remarkable strike-to-ball ratio of 25/12 and only needed 37 pitches in his 3 innings.
- Edubray Ramos came on in the third inning. He needed only 7 pitches, 6 strikes, to record 3 outs on a ground ball to third, fly ball to right, and an infield pop up. Ramos’ fastball was at 92 mph and his off speed pitch was at 83 mph, consistently through both of his innings.
- Ramos needed 8 pitches to get through the fifth, unfortunately one of them ended up in front of the Oakley sign on the right field berm. Prior to the home run, he had retired the leadoff batter on a ground ball to first. After the home run he allowed a bloop single over the second baseman. Ramos ended the inning with a double play ground ball to second. Ramos needed only 15 pitches to get through his 2 innings. He posted an even more remarkable strike-to-ball ratio of 13/2.
- Chris Oliver pitched the sixth inning. He got the first batter on a fly ball to right. The next batter bunted and Oliver pounced on the ball. His throw looked like it would have beat the runner but Rhys Hopkins came off the bag to make sure he caught the low throw. The next pitch resulted in a ground ball single up the middle. The next batter chopped a ball to Oliver who took the force out at third rather than try for a double play, probably the right decision. It took him 9 pitches to get the third out on a fly ball to right.
- Oliver had needed 18 pitches to get through the sixth; he needed only half that number to get through the seventh inning. The first batter reached on a first pitch ground ball to shortstop, Daniel Brito. His high throw pulled Hoskins off the bag. Somehow, the batter missed the bag but was able to get back before Hoskins could apply a tag. The runner stole second, but then inexplicably tried to steal third. He broke way too soon and Oliver tossed the ball to Jan Hernandez to apply the tag. Oliver finished strong with two strike outs. He threw 27 pitches and posted another remarkable a strike-to-ball ratio of 22/5.
- Nick Rodesky came on to pitch the last two innings. He faced 5 batters and threw only ten pitches in an eventful eighth inning. The first batter reached on a throwing error by Brito. The next pitch was lined into left field to put runners on first and second. A sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third. With the infield in, the next pitch was hit to Jan Hernandez at third. He grabbed the ball and ran at the runner off third who was caught in no man’s land. Hernandez forced him to commit early and quickly got the out at the plate. With runners on the corner, Rodesky induced a come backer to record the third out.
- The ninth inning started with a ground single up the middle. Cumana showed great range, gloving the ball behind second. He showed even greater instincts when he didn’t try for a hero throw to first. After a 6-pitch strike out, the runner was caught stealing. A ground ball to first ended the game. Rodesky threw 22 pitches in his two innings. His strike-to-ball ratio was 16/6.
The Blue Jays staff also pitched well. They held the Phillies hitless until the fifth inning. The Phillies did manage to get runners on base in seven of the nine innings (the Jays got an inning of work for one of their pitchers in the bottom of the ninth).
- Grenny Cumana was hit by a pitched ball to leadoff in the first but was caught stealing. Bryan Martelo struck out and Willians Astudillo popped out.
- In the second, Rhys Hoskins grounded out sharply to third. Chace Numata drew a walk but was erased on the first of Carlos Duran’s two double plays.
- The Phillies went 1-2-3 in the third inning. Jesus Alastre grounded out to second, Jan Hernandez popped out, and Jonathan Arauz struck out.
- Daniel Brito flew out to left to start the fourth inning. Cumana popped out and Martelo walked on four pitches. Astudillo struck out to end the inning.
- Trailing 1-0, Hoskins led off the fifth inning with another ground ball to third. He got a bad call early in the count and was put on the defensive throughout the at bat. Numata flared a single over the third baseman into left field but was erased on Duran’s second double play ball.
- Alastre lined a single to center to start the sixth inning. He stole second during Hernandez’ at bat. Hernandez successfully bunted Alastre to third but was ruled to have been outside of the batter’s box and called out. Alastre returned to second as Shawn Williams lost the argument with the umpires. Arauz struck out and Brito grounded out to end the inning.
- Cumana led off the seventh inning with an infield single between the first and second basemen. The pitcher was late getting off the mound. Martelo struck out. Cumana was caught stealing again. This time he had the base stolen, but when he popped up to his feet, he lost his balance. When he finally lost contact with the bag, he was tagged out. Astudillo lined a soft line drive to left for a single. Hoskins followed with a shot into the left field corner that rattled around a little bit. The “speedy” Astudillo ran through Williams’ stop sign and slid under the tag at home to tie the game. Hoskins took third on the throw to the plate. Joel Fisher, who had replaced Numata, ended the inning with a strike out, but the game was tied. (While leading off third, Hoskins took a hard foul ball off of Fisher’s bat, but remained in the game.)
- The eighth inning began with a 4-pitch walk to Duran. Alastre flied out to left. As Hernandez entered the box, the field umpire called a balk on the pitcher moving Duran into scoring position. Apparently, the balk put the pitcher over his pitch limit since the manager came out to change pitchers. Hernandez greeted the new guy with a solid line drive single to center on a hit-and-run, and Duran scored without a throw. Arauz grounded out to the right side as Hernandez moved up to second. Brito struck out to end the inning, but the Phillies had a 2-1 lead.
- In the meaningless ninth inning, Cumana flew out to right, Fisher (moved up to insure a second at bat) struck out, and Martelo grounded out.
Regardless of the final score, this was a much better game to watch than the last one against the Blue Jays. The pitchers were very sharp and were able to pitch out of any trouble in which they found themselves, like the 2 errors by Brito.
Individually, among the position players, Hoskins looks like someone worth keeping an eye on. He seems to make hard contact most at bats. Cumana made a couple of nice stops. I mentioned one above. He also laid out to grab a ground ball to his right then flipped to Arauz from his stomach to start an inning-ending double play to end the fifth. Numata seems to get on base a lot, but he’s probably not age-appropriate for this group. Alastre looks every bit like a kid who hit .300 in the VSL. He has a nice swing and makes decent contact. The 16-year olds (Arauz and Brito) look a little over-matched at the plate, but they are getting more playing time than I anticipated. It was great to see Hernandez come back after the umpire’s “box” ruling and drive in the go ahead run with a line drive. And Astudillo looks like someone you can use as a pinch runner. (tic) I believe that Williams didn’t think Astudillo was going to try and score. When he realized Astudillo’s intentions, he threw up a stop sign. Astudillo was motoring and I don’t think he could have stopped and gotten back to the bag in time, so he just kept going. The catcher didn’t field the throw cleanly and Astudillo slid under the tag.
Road game tomorrow, intrasquad game on Wednesday. Then they finish with 2 at Bright House.