The Phillies hosted the Yankees at Bright House Field – soon to be renamed Spectrum Field or Spectrum Park but definitely not THE Spectrum. Nice day for a ball game. Little humidity. Nice breeze building from the northeast. Kevin Gowdy on the mound. Perfect.
Three batters into the top of the first inning, the baseball gods found a way to mess up this beautiful day. I tweeted the following –
Well, I did get video.
I also edited the video and identified the point of impact.
Gowdy did throw a pitch for the trainer and manager before leaving the mound. The Phillies didn’t have a pitcher warmed up, so they just rolled the inning. He didn’t exit the dugout immediately, but also didn’t come out to start the second inning. I wouldn’t read too much into this right now. The Phillies are very careful with their young prospects, as we’ll see a little later.
Anyway, the gamed progressed without incident for about an inning. Luis Encarnacion grounded a hard single up the middle with one out in the second inning. Daniel Brito grounded into an inning ending double play. Encarnacion had hustled to second and injured himself on a take out slide. I didn’t see how he suffered the injury, I followed the flight of the ball to first. But, Encarnacion lay on the ground in obvious pain. The coaches helped him awkwardly off the field. His right leg dangled as he was carried off. between innings a cart was brought to the dugout to drive him to the club house.
So, the line up was –
- Luis, CF went 2-4 with a double
- Duran, C went 1-3
- Lartigue, C went 0-1
- Martinelli, LF went 1-4
- Pickett, DH went 0-4 with an RBI
- Ortiz, RF 0-2
- Matos, RF went 0-2
- Barbier, DH/1B went 2-4 with a double and RBI
- Stobbe, 3B went 0-3
- Encarnacion, 1B went 1-1
- Brito, 2B went 0-3
- Guzman, SS went 0-3
- Gowdy, P – 0.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K
- Irvin, P – 2.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
- Quinn, P – 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
- Brown, P – 2.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
- Dyer, P – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
Rodolfo Duran caught a runner stealing in the first inning to erase one of Gowdy’s walks. Nice sweep tag by Guzman.
The Phillies scored first. With the bases loaded and nobody out, Greg Picket was out on a 4-6-3 double play. He got an RBI when the runner at second was ruled safe because the fielder didn’t have the ball when he was in contact with the base.
Luis Encarnacion has been making good contact this week. Shame about the injury.
The Phillies pulled within 3-2 in the fourth. Brett Barbier lashed a double into the left field corner that scored David Martinelli who had led off with a single.
Juan Luis doubled over the right fielder’s head. He flies around the bases. Only a quick recovery by the fielder and a fortuitous bounce kept him from reaching third.
Here’s Coach Truby on the half field in front of Bright House before the game with Keudy Bocio, Brayan Gonzalez, Jesus Henriquez, Nicolas Torres, and Jose Tortolero. Darick Hall is off screen at first.
Joe Jordan walked past me toward the end of the game, and made the mistake of speaking to me. He said, “Hi, how are you doing”. I know that this is just a normal greeting and not really intended as a real question about how I’m really doing. (I have friends who think the greeting is a sincere question into their health and not just the informal greeting most of the population uses. They now get the shorter “Hi.”) Hence the lack of a question mark in the quote.
Anyway, back on point. I took the opportunity to ask about Mickey Moniak. And Kyle Young. Moniak was in the stands today, as was Young. Mickey was in the “uniform” of those on the injured list – red T-shirt, no name or number on the back, Phillies P on the chest. Young had been wearing this earlier in the week (and was rumored to be shut down for the rest of Instructs, although today he was back in a numbered jersey).
Mr. Jordan assured me they were both okay. I told him that my readers were concerned about Moniak’s absence from my reports and the recent Young rumors. I also mentioned Moniak’s removal from the GCL playoffs after batting twice as the DH in Port Charlotte. Mr. Jordan further explained that Moniak had a tightness in his hip that they were sure was better and that Young felt a soreness in his elbow. Also no longer a problem.
He further stated that the organization was proceeding carefully with them, that there was no reason to take further chances during Instructs, that they were on target for their off season regimens, and would be ready for spring training.
I’m paraphrasing what was said. My notes after the conversation consist of about 15 words. “Tightness” and “soreness” might be assigned to the wrong player. The actual words were probably less alarming. In any event, I get the impression that the Phillies are just going to avoid taking chances with these slight injuries. Especially with young prospects.
Organizational Rosters are up to date.