Thursday, the Phillies traveled to central Florida and whipped the Atlanta Braves 9-2, pushing their spring record to 8-3-2. Former Phillies Michael Bourn and Kyle Kendrick started for Atlanta. Bourn went 1-3. He fared better than Kendrick who faced 16 batters in 1.2 innings and allowed 7 ER on 9 hits and 2 walks. The Phillies put up double digit hits again (16). Ryan Howard returned from an illness and recorded his first spring base hit. Roman Quinn posted his third triple in 18 at bats. Meanwhile, back at the Complex in Clearwater, the Phillies held two more intrasquad games at minor league camp.
Bailey Falter was sidelined due to an aggravated condition he suffered during morning drills. Nothing serious, but the trainers decided to err on the side of caution. Still, I watched 14 pitchers throw in the G3 v. G4 game and Cody Forsythe in the G1 v. G2 game.
- Pitchers face as many batters as necessary to get their work, usually 20 pitches.
- No charting, no radar guns, no score.
- If the third out is recorded with runners on base and the pitcher hasn’t reached his pitch limit, the bases are cleared, nobody on, nobody out.
- Group 4
- Seranthony Dominguez was a little up with his pitches but suffered no early damage. Jan Hernandez was the third batter he faced. He fouled a pitch off his knee and dropped like he was shot. He was in obvious pain and was eventually helped from the field. After the delay, the next batter walked and the inning was rolled.
- Hernandez looked okay a short time later. He walked past me with with ice wrapped around his knee.
- Evan Crower faced 5 batters. He throws a heavy ball and elicited a couple of weak ground balls to first. One was misplayed for an error. He struck out Randolph on a high pitch and got a favorable call on a pitch earlier in the count that was questionable. Kyle Martin stole second on the 3-2 pitch.
- Nick Fanti exhibited good command of his FB and CB. He recorded 2 strike outs and a ground out to first that was ruled safe when he missed the bag on his first attempt.
- Andrew Godail faced 6 batters. He walked a batter and saw two more reach on fielding errors including Randolph. He allowed 2 base hits and got a DP.
- William Stewart recorded a strike out and a come back ground out. A bloop single by Cuicas was erased on a 4-6-3 DP. Two ground balls to first ended his outing.
- Jeff Singer has a deceptive side arm approach that caused some problems for a couple of the four hitters he faced. Tomscha lined a single to left and Cumana grounded into a 5-4-3 DP before Singer recorded 2 strike outs. Lucas Williams made a nice backhand at third to start the DP.
- Geury Ortiz retired the 5 batters he faced.
- Group 3
- Mitch Gueller was the first pitcher. He was a little wild. He hit 3 of the first 4 batters he faced – Juan Luis in the foot, Dylan Bosheers squarely in the back, and Bryan Martelo also in the back which forced in a run since the other batter had reached on an error. A fielder’s choice and a sac fly by Jhailyn Ortiz scored 2 more runs. A walk finally ended the inning.
- Tyler Gilbert kept the ball down in the zone, but his downward plane isn’t as sharp as those who come over the top more. He got one pitch up and Pickett drove it to left for a ground rule double. Of the other 5 batters he faced only Bosheers reached base when he was struck on the foot by a pitched ball.
- Luke Leftwich “sounds” like he has some velocity, but I didn’t notice much movement on his FB. He allowed an infield single to Zier who also stole second base. Martelo and Ortiz struck out, Ortiz on a ball in the dirt.
- Anthony Sequeira faced 5 batters who looked over-matched. Pickett struck out. Bosheers fisted a bloop single out of reach of the SS as the inning was rolled.
- Kevin Walsh ran into a little difficulty. Tomassetti singled to left and Martelo lifted a ground rule double to left center. a run scored on a ground out to third. Ortiz drew a walk. Edwin Rodriguez singled to RF.
- Robert Tasin is another side arm pitcher. He got a ground out to second but the next 3 batter hit him pretty hard. Pickett crushed a HR to CF that was initially ruled in play when the umpire didn’t notice that the ball ricocheted back onto the field off a passing waste disposal truck. The CF played the ball back in like it had come off the wall, but the umpires eventually got the call right. Alastre lined a single to left and Luke Willaims grounded hard into a 5-4-2 DP.
- Zach Morris finished up retiring the three batter he faced, two on ground outs to third. Little Enmanuel Garcia opened some eyes when he flied out to deep CF.
- Over on the other field, Cody Forsythe retired the 5 batters he faced. A couple of Ks and some weekly hit balls. he is assigned to G4. Some of the G3 batters he faced were Sandberg, H. Rodriguez, Kingery, and Grullon (I think). His delivery still looks different to me, but it seems effective.
Intrasquad games are scheduled again today at 1:00PM. Jerad Eickhoff is reported to be activated and throwing 3 innings in one of the games.