The Phillies played the Yankees at Bright House Field on Thursday. With Franklyn Kilome and Tyler Gilbert leading the way and a little offense for a change, today’s game was much easier to watch. There were still some ineffective at bats, but a few hard hit balls lessened that concern a little.
Franklyn Kilome started and pitched three innings. He looked pretty dominant. He gave up one run on two infield hits, a walk, three Ks, and 2 WP. He recorded two Ks in the first inning at 93 and 94 mph FB. He started the second inning with a pop single that landed in the no man’s land among LF, CF, and SS (and which should have been caught by the SS). Kilome responded with a DP ball. He got the third out of the inning with the batter taking a called third strike on a 79 mph CB. The Yankees took the lead in the third inning when they got their lead off batter on base on a single off the glove of shortstop Gamboa. While Kilome was walking the next batter on four pitches, the runner stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch. The runner on first was thrown out on an attempted steal of second. However, a second wild pitch allowed the runner to score.
Tyler Gilbert pitched the next two innings. He retired all six batters he faced. He struck out his final two batters swinging – one on an 88 FB, the other on a 74 CB.
Skylar Hunter followed with two innings. He gave up a soft single to center that was erased on a stolen base attempt in the sixth inning. He started the seventh inning by giving up a double on a ground ball down the left field line and allowed the runner to take third on an errant pick off throw. He came close to escaping the inning without a run but Tobias booted a line drive that allowed the run to score.
Robert Tasin finished up. He breezed through 14-pitch eighth and recorded his only strike out on an 85 mph off speed pitch. Tasin gave up an unearned run in a 23-pitch ninth inning. An error with two outs extended the inning. A wild pitch moved the runner into scoring position. A ground single to right scored the run.
Just to give you an idea how bad the offense was this week, the Phillies hadn’t sent five batters to the plate in any inning of the two games I watched earlier in the week. That streak was snapped in the second inning when Edgar Cabral reached on a HBP and Cornelius Randolph lined a double off the base of the right field wall. However, the next three batters couldn’t produce a run.
They sent five batters to the plate in the third inning, but couldn’t score again. Cabral broke the string of shutout innings I watched this week with a lead off home run in the fourth. He drove the ball deep into the Tiki Terrace in left.
The Phillies scored three more runs in the fifth. Ortiz dropped a Texas League single in left center field to start the inning. Luke Williams followed that with a soft line drive single to center. Greg Pickett chased them both home with a hard ground ball down the right field line that reached the corner. He raced to third for his first professional triple. He scored on a fielding error two outs later.
The Phillies offense went dormant after the fifth. They got a ground single from Brito in the sixth, but the Yankees’ 6’6 Domingo Acevedo came in to dominant the final two innings. His FB was 96-97. He recorded two Ks, one at 97 and the other at 98.
For those who are interested, here’s the batting order –
- Juan Luis/Reggie Wilson, CF
- Josh Tobias, 2B
- Luis Encarnacion 1B/DH
- Edgar Cabral/Nerluis Martinez, C
- Cornelius Randolph/Zachary Coppola, LF
- Jonathan Arauz/Daniel Brito, SS
- Brendon Hayden, DH/1B
- Jhailyn Ortiz, RF/DH
- Luke Williams, 3B
- Greg Pickett, DH/RF
The pitchers put up the following lines –
- IP H R ER BB K Other
- Kilome 3.0 2 1 1 1 3 2 WP
- Gilbert 2.0 0 0 0 2 1
- Hunter 1.0 1 1 1 2 1
- Tasin 2.0 3 2 2 2 2 WP
- Batters Faced: Kilome 10, Gilbert 6, Hunter 7, Tasin 8
Extra Innings –
- Kilome threw 32 pitches in 3 IP, 25 FB. His FB was 91-94.
- Gilbert threw 22 pitches in 2 IP, 15 FB. His FB was 86-89, T90 once.
- Hunter threw 40 pitches in 2 IP, 35 FB. His FB was 90-91, T92 in his 11-pitch first inning, but 88-90 in his 29-pitch second inning.
- Hunter threw 29 pitches to four batters in the seventh inning as batters were able to foul off pitches to extend their at bats.
- Tasin threw 37 pitches in 2 IP, 24 FB. His FB was 87-90, T91
- The Phillies collected 7 hits, including Cabral’s HR, Pickett’s triple, Randolph’s double, and singles by Tobias, Brito, Ortiz, and Williams.
- Pickett also worked a walk, the Phillies second of the week.
- I’m impressed with the patience the HS kids have shown at the plate – Randolph, Pickett, Williams, Ortiz.