Monday the Phillies traveled to the Blue Jays’ Englebert Complex to face a line up that included three position players who are headed to the Arizona Fall League, three pitchers who are also going to the AFL, and Vladimir Guerrero’s talented, 16-year old son. Both teams combined to produce only nine hits, but the Jays were able to turn their six hits into five runs while their pitchers shutout the Phillies on three hits.
Matt Imhof started and breezed through the first inning. In the second, he gave up a hard double to the right center field wall before a wild pitch and home run to left. He retired five of the next six batters, three on strike outs. His velocity was in his usual 88-89 range and he was fine when his pitches were down. The Jays made hard contact when he left his pitches up.
Luke Leftwich pitched the next two innings and didn’t have the velocity he had in his last appearance when he was 90-93. He was more 89-91 and looked like he got pinched on a couple key pitches. After giving up a walk on what looked like strike three on a tight slider, Leftwich gave up a home run to left center to Vlad Guerrero, Jr.
Felix Paulino pitched the sixth and seventh innings and had much better control than he did last week. He faced seven batters and his only mistake was a home run to lead off the seventh. His FB was still 91-92, but he had better control.
Ismael Cabrera and Kenny Koplove finished up with a strong inning each.
The Phillies managed four base runners. Arquimedes reached as their first with one out in the third on a walk and was wiped out on a Brown double play. They got their first hit in the sixth on Deivy Grullon’s two-out double to the base of the left field wall. It was their only hard hit ball all game. Jan Hernandez led off the seventh with an infield single and got as far as third base, but didn’t score. Kyle Martin collected their other hit on a ground ball up the middle in the eighth.
For those who are interested, here’s the batting order –
- Mark Laird, CF
- Scott Kingery/Jose Antequera, 2B
- Domonic Brown/Reggie Wilson, RF
- Kyle Martin, 1B
- Brendon Hayden, DH
- Cornelius Randolph, LF
- Deivy Grullon/Nerluis Martinez, C
- Arquimedes Gamboa, SS
- Jan Hernandez, 3B
- Zachary Coppola, DH
The pitchers put up the following lines –
- IP H R ER BB K Other
- Imhof 3.0 2 2 2 1 4 WP
- Leftwich 2.0 3 2 2 2 1
- Paulino 2.0 1 1 1 0 1
- Cabrera 1.0 0 0 0 1 0
- Koplove 1.0 0 0 0 0 1
- Batters Faced: Imhof 12, Leftwich 10, Paulino 7, Cabrera 3, Kolove 3
Extra Innings –
- The offense was a little more anemic than you would think. In order to get another pitcher some work, the Phillies batted in the top of the tenth before the game was called. Bottom line – 10 innings, 33 batters, 3 hits, 1 BB, and one DP.
- Nine Phillies’ batters struck out.
- Today was the first time I saw Kingery in a game. He has a nice approach in the batter’s box. quiet hands, about shoulder high at load, and a compact swing.
- Although the Phillies’ pitchers gave up only six hits, three were home runs and another was a double.