The Phillies traveled to Lakeland’s Joker Marchant Stadium Monday to take on Detroit Tigers. Aaron Nola gave up one run in 6.0, 2-hit innings and the Phillies won 4-3. They only managed 3 hits, but 8 walks and a Cedric Hunter 2-run home run paved the way to a 4-1 lead in the top of the seventh inning. The bullpen managed to hold on for the win.
With the Phillies on the road, there was a larger than normal crowd at the Carpenter Complex. Due to some sort of snafu, the Phillies’ Groups 3 and 4 faced the Pirates’ Groups 3 and 4 again, and the Phillies’ Groups 1 and 2 played an intrasquad game. A fourth game featured Group 5 against another traveling team.
Since I had just watched G3 and G4 on Sunday, and since the players in G5 will undoubtedly remain in XST, I chose to watch the intramural game. The line ups were made up mostly of guys who would soon be going to Lehigh Valley and Reading. Zach Eflin and Ben Lively drew the starting assignments.
- Outfield – Cozens, Quinn, Perkins
- Infield – H.Martinez, Mora, Featherston, Joseph
- Battery – Eflin, Fisher
- DH – Crawford, Knapp
- Relievers – Jeanmar Gomez, Ken Roberts, Tom Windle
- Outfield – Brown, Tocci, H.Rodriguez
- Infield – Green, Canelo, Kingery, Hoskins
- Battery – Lively, Numata
- DH – Alfaro, Sandberg
- Relievers – Matt Imhof, Jesen Therrien, Lino Martinez, Matt Hockenberry
Eflin was strong through 4.0 innings. The hardest his balls were a Hoskins line drive to second and an Alfaro line drive base hit to left. Eflin gave up 2 other hits on inside out swings to Tocci (a single to shallow right) and Canelo (a double down the right field line). His only other base runners reached on fielding errors. One was erased on a steal attempt on a good throw by Joel Fisher.
Lively threw 3.0, 1-hit innings. The one hit was a HR to right field that cut through a strong right-to-left wind by Roman Quinn. Lively’s only other base runner reached on a 7-pitch walk to J.P. Crawford.
Jeanmar Gomez followed Eflin with 2.0, 2-hit innings. Aaron Brown lined a single to right and Carlos Tocci beat out a chopper behind third.
Matt Imhof followed Lively with 3.0 innings. He pitched two 1-2-3 innings before starting his third inning with a walk to Harold Martinez. Joel Fisher was robbed of an RBI when his line drive double into the left field corner rolled behind the outfield gate for a ground rule double. After a K, Quinn stroked a 2-run single past a drawn-in infield into center field. Quinn easily stole third, but was out trying to steal home.
Ken Roberts replaced Gomez. He allowed a base runner in his first inning on a wild pitch on a strike out. In his second inning, he gave up a one-out walk to Cord Sandberg and an infield single to third by Carlos Alonso. Rhys Hoskins lined a single to right that resulted in an out at home. Jorge Alfaro followed with a titanic, 3-run home run to left center field. After an error at third, Roberts was lifted in favor of Tom Windle who ended the inning with a strike out.
Windle continued in the ninth and walked KC Serna tp start the inning. H. Rodriguez sacrificed the runner to second and Brown reached on a HBP. Windle then retired the last two batters.
Meanwhile, Therrien gave up a solo home run to Tommy Joseph in 1.0 inning of work. Lino Martinez pitched a perfect inning. Matt Hockenberry survived a lead off, line drive single by Angelo Mora.
Group 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 – 3 8 0
Group 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 – 4 5 3
- Group 2
- Lively – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 K, 1 BB
- Imhof – 3.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 K, 1 BB
- Therrien – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 K, 0 BB
- L. Martinez – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 K, 0 BB
- Hockenberry – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 K, 0 BB
- 9.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 6 K, 2 BB
- Group 1
- Eflin – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 K, 0 BB
- Gomez – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 K, 0 BB
- Roberts – 1.2 IP, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 K, 1 K, 1 BB
- Windle – 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 K, 1 BB, 1 HBP
- 9.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 8 K, 2 BB, 1 HBP
Game and other notes:
- Tocci made a nice running catch on a Joseph deep fly ball to left center. He made the catch as he crashed into the fence.
- Featherston committed a fielding error at second.
- Martinez committed a couple errors at third, but charged and threw out a batter on an attempted bunt.
- Cameron Perkins threw out Sandberg at the plate on Hoskins line drive single before Alfaro’s home run.
- On Quinn’s 2-RBI single, Tocci charged and threw way offline to home in an attempt to get the training runner, Joel Fisher. The throw was 20 feet up the line. It looked very “Revere-ian”.
- In every case where I described a base hit as a line drive, it was. I am not using the term loosely.
- Green threw out Quinn on a bunt attempt later in the game. It looked like he was talking trash to Quinn (in a good way) as he left the field.
- On Quinn’s caught stealing, the catcher had thrown to third after the previous pitch. When Quinn didn’t shorten his secondary lead, the catcher fired to third again. Quinn broke for home immediately. Green made a good throw and Quinn was out on a close play. I’m pretty sure the catcher was Numata, but he switched with Alfaro after the inning. So, as I sit here typing, there is a little bit of doubt creeping in. But, I think it was Numata.
- Hoskins hit a lot of balls hard today.
Group 5 played another team whose player’s age range was 19-25. Felix Paulino started. Jake Sweaney made an appearance in left field.
Colton Murray was optioned to Lehigh Valley. Murray had a 1.69 ERA in five appearances this spring. Here’s an interview of Murray by Kirsten Karbach from the Threshers’ homepage, conducted a week ago.
Here’s some video from TheGKita that you may have missed when he posted to an earlier thread. You’ll have to view all to see Kilome, Eshelman and others from over the weekend. As a bonus, it includes video from today, too. Thank you, Geary!