Wednesday the Phillies played the Blue Jays at Bright House Field. The comfortable surroundings made up a little for yet another game with no offense. The pattern of ineffectiveness is beginning to be a little concerning. The Phillies managed five hits, only one of which was hit hard – Greg Pickett’s line drive single in the ninth inning. The only other hard hit ball was a line drive off the bat of Juan Luis in the first inning that was speared by the second baseman.
Jairo Munoz started for the Phillies. He’s 6’4, 200 lb. right hander from the Dominican Republic. He was released by the Royals after one appearance for their Rookie team in 2014. He had spent 3 seasons in their organization prior to that. The Phillies signed him as a free agent in 2015 and he spent the month of June in the DSL, a week in the GCL, and a day with the Threshers, before landing in Lakewood for the 2015 season. In 24 appearance across 4 levels, Munoz posted a 2.17 ERA, struck out 47 and walked 14 in 49.2 innings, had a WHIP below 1.000, and saved six games.
Today, Munoz pitched three innings. He allowed one run on two hits, walked one, and struck out three. The run he allowed scored on his only wild pitch. Munoz utilizes his height to pitch downhill. He generates speed for his FB at 93-94. There isn’t much noticeable movement. His first K came looking on an 80 mph CB. His other two Ks came on 94 mph FB, one swinging and one looking.
Adonis Medina followed with two hitless innings. He walked a batter in each inning and retired the first batter looking at a 93 mph FB, his only K. His FB was 92-93, his CH 85, his CB 76-77. His FB has a decent downward plane and has a little tail to his glove side when he keeps it down.
Nick Fanti pitched one inning. He threw his FB in the upper 80s (88-89) but didn’t have good command today. He gave up one run on one hit and 2 walks. He struck out one. He allowed the run to score on a wild pitch. His K came on an 85 mph pitch (CH judging by the movement, glove-side and down). He threw a couple other pitches in the 81-82 range.
Will Stewart got the next two innings. He walked his first two batters then struck out the next two. His FB was 88-90. He ran into trouble to start the eight inning. He yielded two runs on three hits – a couple of line drive doubles, an infield single, and a ground out. Stewart picked a runner off second when he broke too early for third.
Kenny Koplove mopped up with a 1-2-3 ninth inning. His FB was 92-93. He struck out the final batter with a 92 mph heater.
The Phillies managed six base runners today. Brendon Hayden flared a double that landed down the left field line in the second. Juan Luis reached on a fielding error in the fourth and stole second. He made it to third on a throwing error by the catcher. Jan Hernandez was credited with a double when his fly ball landed between outfielders in right center in the fifth, should have been caught. Reggie Wilson popped a single over Vladimir Guerrero’s head at third in the seventh. Vlad retreated badly on the ball. Wilson was thrown out on an attempted steal of second. Hayden reached on an infield single in the eighth that barely passed the mound. Pickett’s two-out line drive single rounded out the offense. No walks, only four Ks, and a lot of weak contact. zzzzz
For those who are interested, here’s the batting order –
- Mark Laird, LF
- Scott Kingery/Jose Antequera, 2B
- Juan Luis/Reggie Wilson, CF
- Kyle Martin, 1B/DH
- Brendon Hayden, DH/1B
- Deivy Grullon/Nerluis Martinez, C
- Jan Hernandez, 3B
- Jhailyn Ortiz, RF
- Arquimedes Gamboa/Jonathan Arauz, SS
- Greg Pickett, DH/9
The pitchers put up the following lines –
- IP H R ER BB K Other
- Munoz 3.0 2 1 1 1 3 WP
- Medina 2.0 0 0 0 2 1
- Fanti 1.0 1 1 1 2 1 WP
- Stewart 2.0 3 2 2 2 2
- Koplove 1.0 0 0 0 0 1
- Batters Faced: Munoz 12, Medina 7, Fanti 6, Stewart 11, Kolove 3
Extra Innings –
- More anemic offense – 9 innings, 32 batters, 5 hits, 0 BB, 1 reached on error, 1 CS.
- Thirteen ground ball outs/ 3 pop ups/ 4 Ks/ 5 ground outs (plus a line drive and a CS)
- Mark Laird is a skinny kid. He slaps at the ball much like Juan Pierre used to, but he didn’t get the ball past the infield.
- Kingery didn’t get the ball out of the infield either, 2 ground balls and a pop up.
- Martin struck out twice.
- Ortiz has an uppercut swing. He popped up twice.
- Fanti’s run was earned because a fielding error by Laird on a single that allowed runners on the corners with none out didn’t affect the scoring. The WP came after another walk loaded the bases.
- Vlad Guerrero reached third on a chopper to Hernandez that he threw in the dirt to first. The ball was fired to second with no one covering. Laird picked the ball up and withstood the impulse to throw toward third. I’m not sure who made the bad throw from first, either Hayden or Antequera.
- Grullon’s throws to second after the pitcher warmed up were all over the place. The Jays first batter stole second on a high throw that Gamboa couldn’t hold. On an attempt later in the game, Grullon put the ball on the bag in plenty of time, but Gamboa couldn’t make the catch again.