Dylan Cozens went yard. Off a left-handed pitcher. Cleared the back fence at Bright House Field. Landed in Thome Pond. Scared the ‘gator.
The Phillies played the Blue Jays today, and combined for 22 hits. Finally some offense to write about. Each team banged out 11 hits. The Phillies had five of the seven extra base hits on the day. In spite of the 11 hits, most of the Phillies’ pitchers pitched fairly well
Alberto Tirado started and pitched three shutout innings. He allowed four hits, two walks, hit a batter, and struck out two. Not the most impressive of lines, but he pitched much better than all the base runners would suggest. Two singles in the first inning came on a bloop to center and a bleeder through the hole between Hernandez and Brito.
Tirado got the first out in the second inning then gave up a soft line drive to left. This runner was caught stealing on the seventh pitch of an eight-pitch walk. Tirado loaded the bases on a five-pitch walk and a first-pitch HBP before getting the third out. The Jays got a lead off single in the third on another ground ball through the 5/6 hole. This runner was erased on a 6-4-3 double play.
Tirado ended the first and third innings with strike outs on off speed pitches, looked like sliders. Tirado throws a fastball, slider and change up. He has a wide variation on his pitches. His FB looked like it was solidly at 94-96 mph. However, he hit 97 and 98 three times each; and dropped to 93 twice, and 92 and 90 once each.
It was difficult to distinguish between his SL and CH. It looked like he was experimenting with a CB, too. His range on pitches that were not clearly a FB was 87-78 mph. He also threw an 88 and two 89s in the first inning that I thought were FB until he started cranking out pitches at 96-98. I thought the Ks were SL because they were at 85 and 87 and appeared to move down toward his glove side. He threw 51 pitches, a 9-pitch third after 22 and 20 in the first two innings.
Luke Leftwich pitched the fourth and fifth innings. He threw 41 pitches (23 and 18). HIs FB is consistent at 90-91, he touched 92 once. He gave up one run on two hits and a walk and struck out three. Leftwich gave up a line drive, lead off single in the fourth. The runner stole two bases. He got to third base on a strike out, the second out of the inning. Leftwich walked the next batter on six pitches. He gave up an RBI single before retiring the final batter on a fielder’s choice.
Leftwich was much stronger in the fifth inning. He sandwiched strike outs around a ground out to second. He got his Ks on an 80 mph and 79 mph off speed pitches (both swinging), and a 90 mph FB (looking).
Ismael Cabrera pitched the sixth and seventh innings. He threw 37 pitches (17 and 20). His FB was in the 91-93 range. He touched 94 once and scraped 90 twice. His off-speed pitches were 82-84. He didn’t allow a run, gave up two hits, hit a batter, and struck out three.
Cabrera’s pitch count in the sixth took a hit when he hit a batter on the eighth pitch of an at bat. But he was dominant in the inning, recording two Ks swinging at 92 mph FB and getting an infield pop up. He got another strike out swinging at a 93 mph FB to start the seventh. After an infield pop up, the Jays got runners on the corners on a line drive to left and a flare to right. The inning ended when the runner on first was caught stealing.
Robert Tasin pitched the final two innings. He threw 36 pitches (26 and 10). His FB was 88-91. The lower velocity after led to the Jays to tee off for a couple at bats. Tasin was greeted with a double off the left field wall and an RBI double off the right field wall. An infield single and a ground out pushed across another run. He finally ended the inning on a 75 mph CB. Tasin had a strong ninth, recording his second K on another 77 mph K. He finished having allowed two runs on three hits and struck out two.
The Phillies put runners on base early in the game but couldn’t score. Jonathan Arauz lifted a soft line drive to left with one out in the first. With two outs, Cozens lined a sharp single to right. In the second, Jhailyn Ortiz and Greg Picket worked one out walks. Daniel Brito grounded a single between first and second to load the bases, but after a strike out the Jays rolled the inning.
The Phillies finally broke out in the third. Arauz grounded a ball down the line for a single with one out. After a pitching change, Luis Encarnacion lifted a home run into the Tiki Terrace (LF). Cozens followed with a towering home run to right that left the stadium. Jan Hernandez gapped a double to RCF and Ortiz drew his second walk before the Jays got the third out.
In the fifth inning, Encarnacion lined a triple to center fielder. He scored on a sharp ground ball to right by Cozens. Edgar Cabral drove him in with a line drive double into the RCF gap.
The Phillies only had one base runner over the last four innings. Bryan Martelo grounded sharply up the middle and stole second.
For those who are interested, here’s the batting order –
- Juan Luis, CF
- Jonathan Arauz, SS
- Luis Encarnacion/Brendon Hayden, 1B
- Dylan Cozens, DH
- Edgar Cabral/ Nerluis Martinez, C
- Jan Hernandez, 3B
- Jhailyn Ortiz, RF/DH
- Greg Pickett DH/RF
- Daniel Brito, 2B/Jose Antequera, PH
- Bryan Martelo, LF
The pitchers put up the following lines –
- IP H R ER BB K Other
- Tirado 3.0 4 0 0 2 2 HBP
- Leftwich 2.0 2 1 1 1 3
- Cabrera 2.0 2 0 0 0 3 HBP
- Tasin 2.0 3 2 2 0 2
- Batters Faced: Tirado 14, Leftwich 9, Cabrera 8, Tasin 9
- Pitches: Tirado 51, Leftwich 41, Cabrera 37, Tasin 36
Extra Innings –
- Cozens had two more at bats before he was released for the day, both ground balls to the right side. He finished 3-5 with 2 R, HR, 2 RBI.
- Encarnacion finished 2-3 with 2 R, 3B, HR, 2 RBI.
- His triple was a line drive that the center fielder missed on a shoe-string catch.
- Ortiz had 2 walks and 2 K.
- Martelo went 1-3 with 2 K and a SB.
- As well as I thought the pitchers looked, that seems like each pitcher threw a lot of pitches in a small amount of innings.