The Phillies traveled to the Blue Jays’ Englebert Complex Saturday but only played a couple innings before the game was called due to a steady drizzle. Felix Paulino started and Dylan Cozens got an at bat before the game was postponed. Since the game was shortened, I included some photos for your enjoyment.
The Phillies sent all 10 players to the plate in three innings. They didn’t get a hit, but Scott Kingery reached base when he was hit by a pitch. There were no hard hit balls. Mark Laird and Kyle Martin grounded out to short; Deivy Grullon and Jan Hernandez groundd out to short; Arquimedes Gamboa hit a soft liner to short, Juan Luis hit a routine fly ball to right; and Dylan Cozens, Brendon Hayden, and Bryan Martelo struck out swinging. Cozens looked rusty. After a called first strike, he missed badly on two off-speed pitches.
Paulino retired the Jays in order in the first. He got a pop up to short, line drive to center, and a ground ball to first. The ground ball to first was hit hard and forced Martin to react quickly to stab the ball and beat the runner to first. The line drive to center was also hit hard. The ball was destined to drop in for a base hit, but Luis made a diving catch as he charged into shallow left center.
Vladimiro Guerrero led off the second with a home run to left. The Jays installed netting above the fence in left. Thank you. It probably saved my windshield. I’ve got to stop parking there. The next batter lifted a ball into the left center field gap. Both Laird and Luis converged on the ball on the warning track. The ball landed in Luis’ glove and bounced out. I scored it a two-base error, but I admit that I’ve seen this type of played scored as a hit all too often. The runner moved to third on a fly ball to right. Then a routine day at a ball game got interesting.
The next batter hit a hot shot to Hernandez at third. He was about 3-4 feet off the line. The runner wandered too far off the bag on contact, and Hernandez made a great reaction play when he applied the tag to the runner as he tried to get back to the bag without sliding. The infield umpire called the runner safe. The call was incorrect, but the umpire was way out of position as he was positioned near first to make the call there. The Phillies’ coaches quickly and loudly asked that the he get help from the home plate umpire, who should have had as good a look at the play as I did. The home plate umpire, shook his head and said “ground ball down the line” whatever that means. The coaches got louder and less nice, and the umpire said (get this), “Let us do our job”. Now, WTF does that mean? MLB puts in replay to get calls right, and this joker fails in a situation where he could have gotten a call right without technology. The ball was never near the foul line until Hernandez smacked the runner in the chest while he was in foul territory well before the bag. “Let us do our job”, epic fail.
Unfortunately, that and Guerrero’s home run were the highlights this morning. Paulino got the next batter on a ground ball to second and struck out his final batter. By my scoring, Paulino gave up one earned run on two hits.
For those who are interested, here’s the batting order –
- Mark Laird, LF
- Scott Kingery, 2B
- Kyle Martin, 1B
- Dylan Cozens, DH
- Brendon Hayden, 1B
- Deivy Grullon, C
- Jan Hernandez, 3B
- Arquimedes Gamboa, SS
- Bryan Martelo, RF
- Juan Luis, CF
The pitchers put up the following lines –
- IP H R ER BB K Other
- Paulino 2.0 2 2 1 0 1
- Batters Faced: Paulino 9
Extra Innings –
- While walking to the car, I asked Kingery and Reggie Wilson if they got the rest of the day off or had to hit the cages and weights at the Complex. They said they might get the day off since half the guys were back at the Complex working on the fields, and since it was raining they would already be in the cages. Well, Florida weather being what it is, I’ll bet they continued with field drills since it wasn’t raining at my house, and the sun was out by 11:15 AM.
Since the game was shortened, here are some photos taken by a Joe Kuhn, a local photographer. Thank you, Joe.
You should be able to click on the photo for a closer view.
Randolph singles to CF against the Yankees on 9/29/2015.
Luke Leftwich delivers against the Yankees on 9/29/2015., with Luis Encarnacion playing first base.
Felix Paulino against the Yankees on 9/29/2015. Greg Pickett in right field.
Roman Quinn shows bunt against the Yankees on 9/29/2015.
Daniel Brito in the box against the Yankees on 9/29/2015.
C is all business in the on deck circle, and a lighter moment.
Skylar Hunter v. Yankees on 10/8/2015.
Luke Williams v. Yankees on 10/8/2015, and on first with Coach Shawn Williams.
Three views of Robert Tasin against the Yankees on 10/8/2015.
Next game is on Monday at Bright House against the Blue Jays. Tuesday they travel to Sarasota to take on the Orioles. They finish up against the Yankees at Bright House on Thursday.