The Phillies played uninspired ball against the Blue Jays as Instructs entered its final week. The pitchers and defense surrendered nine runs on seven hits, three walks, a hit batter, a wild pitch, and a balk. Six of the runs were unearned as the Phillies committed five or six errors. The offense was equally ineffective, scoring only one run, and that came in the bottom of the ninth inning.
However, there is good news. I spoke with Kevin Gowdy. His arm feels better. He has a little swelling, but the discoloration from the bruise was hardly noticeable. And, he will pitch Wednesday during the intrasquad game.
And there were some good performances.
Franklyn Kilome started and pitched well. He struck out Bo Bichette swinging in the first inning. He retired the other two batters on ground outs, one in front of the plate for the catcher (Henri Lartigue) and the other to the third baseman (Cole Stobbe).
In fact, Kilome got a lot of ground balls. In the second inning, he got a ground ball to the shortstop that should have been an out but Jose Tortolero threw low to first baseman Greg Pickett. One of these guys got the team’s first error. The next batter grounded out to second base (Jesus Henrique). A ground single to right brought home the first unearned run. Lartigue picked the runner off first for the second out. And Kilome got the third on a ground ball to short.
The Phillies then brought in a new pitcher each inning. Jose Nin came on for the third. For the second consecutive inning, the Blue Jays got their lead off batter on base via an error, this time a fielding error by Henrique (team’s 2nd error). Nin survived by inducing a pop up to left, fielder’s choice, balk, and pop up to short.
The Jays continued to get their lead off hitter on base in the fourth with a double off Mauricio Llovera in the fourth. He got a ground out to Stobbe and a strike out to almost wiggle out of the inning. But a bloop single right brought home the game’s second run. The runner reached second on a botched pick off attempt (3rd error. Pickett? Llovera?) but a second strike out ended the inning.
Oscar Marcelino got the fifth inning. For the fourth consecutive inning, the Blue Jays got their lead off man on base, a ground single to right. After a ground out to Pickett, Marcelino issued a walk. It looked like he might escape this mistake when he struck out Bichette looking. But the next guy doubled into the wind, off the left field wall. Two more runs scored. A ground out to short ended the inning.
Gustavo Armas put the game out of reach in his two-thirds of an inning in the sixth. Both of his outs came by strike out. But he walked the bases loaded between the Ks. He got ahead of all three batters, but couldn’t put them away. During this stretch, there was another failed pick off attempt (4th error. Armas? Pickett?). Still, Armas almost survived. He got a ground ball to first that deflected off Pickett to his right. He recovered the ball and tossed a little high to first. Armas couldn’t handle the throw. (By now the scorer stopped recording errors on the scoreboard. There could have been two here, but I think a throwing error on Pickett covers the two runners that scored on the play. And was their 5th of the game.) Armas exited after an RBI single.
Sandro Rosario entered with two inherited runners and two outs. He gave up a soft line drive single to Bichette. Center fielder, Simon Muzziotti, missed on a sliding catch and failed to keep the ball in front of hi. Both runners scored (only one RBI for Bo). Rosario struck out the ninth batter of the inning to end the horror of an inning with 5 unearned runs, at least 3 errors, 3 walks, and a nine run deficit.
Rosario returned for the seventh and faced Vlad Guerrero to start the inning. He got the clean up hitter on a ground ball to first. (In fact, the Phillies’ pitchers kept him in check all afternoon on four infield ground balls. He reached on the first one and scored the unearned run against Kilome in the second.) Rosario struck out his final two batters.
Jordan Kurokawa pitched the eighth. He hit the first batter he faced on one of those pitches in the dirt that barely hit the batter’s cleat. Justice was served when he was caught stealing by Rafael Marchan. Kurokawa recorded the next two outs on strike outs.
Justin Miller retired the Blue Jays in the ninth.
Offensively, the Phillies scored their only run with two out in the ninth. Greg Pickett drove a RBI double into the left center field gap. It was his third hit of the day. Simon Muzziotti scored the run after reaching on his second line drive single of the day. Jose Tortolero also had two line drive singles and a stolen base. Jesus Henrique had the only other hit, also a line drive single.
Stobbe was hit by a pitch, and Marchan drew a walk. Seven of the Phillies final nine outs came by way of a strike out after just three in the first six innings.
The line up was –
- Muzziotti, CF – went 2-4 with a R and K
- Lartigue, C – went 0-2
- Marchan, C – went 0-1 with a BB
- Stobbe, 3B/DH – went 0-3 with a HBP and K
- Pickett, 1B – went 3-4 with a double and RBI
- Curletta, RF – went 0-4 with 2 K
- Cabral, DH – went 0-3 with a K
- Stephen, LF – went 0-3 with 2 K
- Tortolero, SS – went 2-2
- Gonzalez, SS – went 0-1 with a K
- Henriquez, 2B – went 1-3 with a K
- Bocio, DH/3B – went 0-3 with a K
- Kilome, P – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
- Nin, P – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K. Balk
- Llovera, P – 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
- Marcelino, P – 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
- Armas, P – 0.2 IP, 1 H, 5 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, WP
- Rosario, P – 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2 inherited runners scored
- Kurokawa, P – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, HBP
- Miller, P – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
Coach De Armas and Coach Truby were running the middle infielders through fielding drills on the half field outside Bright House Field prior to Monday’s game. I had never seen this before. Truby walked a timer out behind short and used a remote to start the timer when a ball was hit to Brayan Gonzalez. The counter is too quick to show clearly in the video, but Gonzalez was getting his throws off in 3.9 to 4.2 on the plays I watched.