The Phillies lost another game, 2-1 to the Blue Jays in Dunedin. Darin Ruf crushed his 4th HR to center field, and Vince Velasquez pitched 6.0, 2-hit innings allowing 3 BB and 8 K. But, the bullpen blew another late lead on a 2-out, 2-run HR in the eighth inning.
The minor league games were cancelled, so there were 2 intrasquad games at the Complex. I watched the game between Teams 1 and 2, mostly AAA and AA guys with a few A+ guys tossed in. I won’t get to see guys like Quinn, Crawford, Hoskins, and Knapp once they go north. So I opted to watch this game without regard for the pitchers.
Charlie Morton started for Team 1 and faced a line up that included – cf Carlos Tocci, 2b Scott Kingery, c Jorge Alfaro, rf Aaron Brown, 1b Rhys Hoskins, dh Christian Marrero, 3b Zach Green, lf Cord Sandberg, and ss Malquin Canelo. Ben Lively batted 10th for Team 2.
Ricardo Pinto started for Team 2 and faced – cf Roman Quinn, lf Andrew Pullin, ss J.P. Crawford, 1b Tommy Joseph, dh Nick Williams, c Carlos Ruiz, rf Dylan Cozens, 3b Angelo Mora, and 2b Jesse Valentin. Morton and Ruiz batted when told, Andrew Knapp replaced Ruiz in the seventh inning.
Morton got Tocci looking at all three pitches to start the game. Kingery doubled down the right field line and Alfaro beat out a chopper over the mound. Brown lined an RBI single to right center and stole second before Hoskins struck out. The inning was rolled.
Morton gave up a double to Green that bounced off the center field wall, but recorded 2 more strike outs in a scoreless second.
In the third, Lively chopped a ball that bad-hopped over Mora. Tocci singled off Valentin’s glove. After a K and a FC, the inning was rolled (?).
Brown hit a hard line drive single to right to lead off the fourth. He was erased on a 6-4-3 DP. Morton ended the inning inducing a ground ball to first.
Morton got Green and Alfaro on Ks to start and end the fifth. In between, Sandberg grounded a single to center and stole second. Canelo stroked a line drive, RBI single to left. Lively successfully sacrificed him to second. Tocci aimed a ground ball into the 3/4 hole that Valentin dove to keep in the infield, but he had no play and Tocci had an infield single. Kingery topped an RBI single to third.
In the sixth, Morton walked Hoskins with one out. Marrero lined an RBI double to right center. Morton got a couple ground outs to end his afternoon.
Ken Roberts pitched the seventh and was nicked for an unearned run. Tocci beat out a single to short and stole second. There was an error on the pickoff throw, either an E6C or E3T. Initially I went with E6 but it was a difficult catch on a low throw. Crawford actually slid to get down for the ball. So, more accurately E3 on the throw. Anyway Kingery line a single to right for the RBI and stole a base.
Gergory Infante pitched the eighth. Brown led off with a single to left and stole second. Infante retired the next 3 batters. The game ended after the eighth inning.
Felix Pinto started for Team 2. He faced Quinn, Pullin, Crawford, and Joseph in the first. Crawford reached on a walk.
Pinto retired Williams and Morton on strike outs and Ruiz on a pop up in the second.
Cozens opened the third with a walk and stole second. I think he surprised Alfaro with his speed, his hurried throw was high and late. Mora followed with a line drive, RBI single to left. Ruiz flied out to deep center. Valentin reached on an error when Canelo dropped a throw at second on a fielder’s choice. Quinn loaded the bases with a line drive single to center and the inning was rolled.
Pinto retired Pullin, Morton, Ruiz in order in the fourth.
Joseph crushed a double into the right field corner with one out in the fifth. He scored on Ruiz’ double to right center. Fly balls to center by Williams and Cozens brought the inning to an end.
Greg Burke pitched the sixth. Williams was placed on first with Morton leading off. He struck out on a foul bunt for the third strike. Williams took second on an errant pickoff throw, E1T. Mora lined out to center. Ruiz singled home Williams with a line drive to left. Valentin doubled to right center, Ruiz to third. Quinn for the final out on a ground ball to short.
Edgar Ibarra pitched the seventh. Valentin was placed on first for Morton who led off and popped a bunt to the catcher. Valentin was removed from first base. Pullin grounded out. Ruiz struck out. Knapp reached on an error at third, E5F. Crawford grounded out.
Hoby Milner came on for the eighth. Joseph led off with a towering HR just to the right of the batter’s eye in center. Milner got the next three batters without further incident.
Team 2 1 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 – 5 15 3
Team 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 – 4 7 1
- Team 2
- Pinto – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB. 3 K
- Burke – 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
- Ibarra – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
- Milner – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
- 8.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
- Team 1
- Morton – 6.0 IP, 12 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
- Roberts – 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
- Infante – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
- 8.0 IP, 15 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 8 K
- Pinto was the only pitcher I bothered to get velo on – FB: 91-93 MPH
- Team 2
- Tocci went 3-4 with 3 infield singles and a SB
- Kingery went 3-4 with a 2B, 2 RBI
- Alfaro 1-4
- Brown 3-4 with an RBI and 2 SB
- Hoskins 0-3 with a BB
- Marrero 1-4 with a 2B and RBI
- Green 1-4 with a 2B and 2 K
- Sandberg 1-3, SB
- Canelo 1-3, RBI
- Lively 1-2 with a sac
- Team 1
- Quinn 1-3
- Pullin 0-3
- Crawford 0-2, BB
- Joseph 2-3, 2B, HR, RBI
- N. Williams 0-3, 2 K
- Cozens 0-2, BB
- Mora 1-2, RBI
- Valentin 1-2, 2B
- Ruiz 2-6, 2B, RBI
- Morton 0-4
Joseph’s HR was majestic as it sailed high over the center field fence.
The Phillies made a bunch of transactions this morning after deciding that Vince Lelasquez would be their 5th starter –
- 3/28 – Adam Morgan optioned to Lehigh Valley.
- 3/28 – Elvis Araujo optioned to Lehigh Valley
- 3/28 – Luis Garcia optioned to Lehigh Valley.
- 3/28 – Darnell Sweeney optioned to Lehigh Valley.
- 3/28 – Logan Moore reassigned to minor league camp.
- 3/28 – Reinier Roibal reassigned to minor league camp.
- 3/28 – Bobby LaFromboise reassigned to minor league camp.
- 3/28 – Angelys Nina reassigned to minor league camp.
- 3/28 – Chris Leroux reassigned to minor league camp.
And they signed OF Will Venable to a minor league contract with an invitation to camp. He will report tomorrow. Mackinin said that Venable was not promised a spot on the 25-man roster (nudge, nudge, wink, wink, say no more).