Full day at the Complex. Groups 3 and 4 squared off against the Braves and Group 5 faced SFWL (South Florida Winter League), a team comprised of players released by organizations (and managed by former MLB infielder Hal Lanier) but still hoping to keep their dreams alive. Their age range is 22-28 putting our kids at a slight disadvantage.
I made it over to Roberts Field in time to see Group 5 bat in the bottom of the first. Unfortunately I missed Kevin Gowdy in the top of the first. He came out for the second inning and I got the following video.
Gowdy 2nd K. He went on to strand the runner when he got the final out on an infield ground out.
Kyle Young pitched the third and fourth innings. By now, I was talking to the Daily News’ Sam Donellon while shooting video.
Kyle Young double, but the runner was thrown out at third to end the inning
Kyle Young single. After the run scored, Young retired the next two batters with no further damage, one by strike out. His reported FB range was 88-90 in the first, 87-90 in the second.
Side bar: After the rbi-single, pitching coach Hector Mercado came out to talk to Young. His first action was to gently push Young off the back of the mound so they could speak eye-to-eye. I wish I had this on video. It’s not the first time he’s done this. Next time I’ll get it.
After four innings, Group 5 had a 2-1 lead courtesy of solo home runs by Greg Pickett and Danny Zardon. I have Pickett’s on one of the videos below. Pickett had a HR and a double. Zardon had a HR and 2 doubles and was hit by a pitch.
Jhon Nunez took the mound and I wandered off to the other side of the Complex. When I returned, the Group 5 trailed 6-2. They rallied with 4 runs in the seventh and 3 runs in the eighth. The second of Zardon’s doubles drove in two runs to take the lead. They won 9-7.
And now, a bunch of videos:
Jhailyn Ortiz batted clean up – video1, video2. Ortiz added one otr two more strike outs and looked lost on the triple that Gowdy gave up in the second inning. I found out late in the game that his brother was released yesterday. If true, that may have influenced his play today. The same source indicated to me that Ortiz was already assigned a “family” in Lakewood for the upcoming season. If true, that seems to be an indication that he will start the season in Lakewood.
I spent the pre-game in a conversation with friends Steve, Pat, and Pat’s friend Kathy. We talked for a good while. I finally recognized her name and realized I was talking to one the Phillies. Execs, Kathy Killian, Vice President, Human Resources and Customer Services.
Group 3 posted a 1-0 victory. Zach Eflin started and Darick Hall provided the scoring with a solo home run to left.
Camp day on Wednesday.