Phillies Lose in Ten Innings, 8/19/2017

The GCL Phillies took the field in sole possession of first place in their division.  They ended the day in a tie with the Blue Jays.

Francisco Morales started and began the game by giving up a lead off double on a 3-2 pitch. With this, Morales began two patterns that would reappear throughout the game for the Phillies – deep counts and lead off base runners.

Morales struck out the second batter, but walked the next.  A 6-4-3 double play got him out of the inning without any damage.  Morales started the second inning by getting ahead of the lead off batter only to hit him with a pitch.  He compounded that mistake by walking the next batter.  A strike out offered a possible easy way out of the inning with a double play ball, but instead a fielding error loaded the bases.  Morales got another strike out and ground out to escape again.

Morales’ third inning was more of the same.  He put the first two runners on base again before getting an out.  His fourth walk ended his morning.

Robinson Martinez (3.10) entered with the bases loaded and did what happens so often in GCL games, allowed inherited runners to score.  The first batter he faced was the diminutive, 5’2″ Jose Carrera who got the Yankees started Friday with a 3-run homer. This morning he drove a 2-run double into the left-center field gap.  Martinez then struck out the next two batters to end the inning.

The Phillies bats came alive in the bottom of the inning and Martinez took the mound in the fourth with a 3-2 lead.  So, of course, he gave up a lead off single and a walk.  An attempted sacrifice was turned into a force out at third when Martinez pounced on the bunted ball.  But, the Yankees achieved the intended result with a double steal.  A ground single to center threatened to give the Yankees the lead, but a strong throw by Keudy Bocio nailed the trailing runner at the plate, preserving a tie.

Martinez opened the fifth by doing something the Phillies pitchers would not be able to duplicate, he retired the lead off batter.  After a single, wild pitch, and a single the Phillies found themselves in another jam.  A favorable call on a play at the plate and a strike out helped the Phillies escape again.

Ben Brown entered in the sixth inning and loaded the bases on a single, hit batter, and a walk.  An unconventional 3-2-6 double play retired runners at home and second base.  But Brown loaded the bases with another walk before retiring Carrera for the first time today.

By now the Phillies had taken a 2-run lead.  Brown opened the seventh by hitting the lead off batter. (I know the log states differently, but the official score keeper was the same guy who does the Threshers’ games and with whose calls I so often disagree.)  Jakob Hernandez relieved Brown and saw the inning deteriorate with a key fielding error. A sacrifice moved the runners into scoring position and three singles brought them home, loaded the bases again, and tied the game.  A double play brought the inning to an end.

Hernandez started the eighth with a lead off single.  Kevin Markham made a diving catch in right and doubled the runner off first.

Anton Kuznetsov walked the first batter in the ninth and the “bunting game” began an inning early.  When the Yankees couldn’t advance the runner, a strike out and caught stealing shortened the inning.

The game ended in regulation tied, and the game went into the baseball equivalent of penalty kicks.  The Yankees got their bunt down, and scored on a double play.  We didn’t, and lost.

The Phillies missed a scoring opportunity in the first inning.  Dalton Guthrie lined a single to left with two out.  He stole second with such a good jump that there wasn’t a throw.  In fact, he had such a good jump he was able to pull up and coast into second.

The Phillies got on the board in the third inning.  Danny Mayer lined a single to left.  With one out, Keudy Bocio lifted a double down the right field line.  Guthrie walked to load the bases.  Quincy Nieporte came through with a 2-run double to tie the game.  Kevin Markham followed with a go-ahead, RBI single.

With the game tied at three apiece, The Phillies took and extended their lead with single runs in the fifth and sixth innings.  In the fifth, Keudy Bocio led off by being hit by a pitch. He stole second and scored on Nieporte’s two-out, RBI single.  In the sixth, Lenin Rodriguez and Danny Mayer led off with singles.  After Rodriguez was picked off second by the catcher (he actually fell down trying to return to the bag after his extended lead), a wild pitch, walk, and force out left runners on the corners with two out.  Jonathan Guzman lined an RBI single to center.

The Yankees had so many more scoring opportunities, as they had runners on base every inning. The Phillies went down in order in half of the ten innings, including the tenth.

The pitchers struggled more than in recent days.  Here are their pitches/velo:

  • Morales – FB (90-94, sat 91-93), SL (79-86)
  • R. Martinez – FB (90-95, sat 90-92), SL (78-83), CH (86)
  • Brown – FB 88-90
  • Hernandez – FB 86-89
  • Kuznetsov – FB 85-87

The Phillies had as many hits as the Yankees, 13, but the Yankees walked 8 times to our two.  The Yankees also had the edge on batters who were hit by pitches, 3-1.  But, the Phillies turned 5 double plays (to none for the Yankees) and threw out two runners from the outfield – CF Bocio at home and RF Markham at first.

Markham had 3 hits.  Nieporte and Mayer had 2 hits each.  Nieporte had 3 RBI.  Guthrie and Bocio stole bases.

Meanwhile, the Blue Jays won their suspended game when the third out in the bottom of the ninth reached on a strike out/wild pitch.  The inning continued and they eventually tied and won the game.  They opened up a big lead and held on to win the second game.

So the teams are once again tied for the division lead.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.


  • 8/19 – Phillies signed free agent OF Christian Marrero to a minor league contract 
  • 8/19 – RHP Tommy Bergjans assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
  • 8/19 – OF Christian Marrero assigned to Reading Fightin Phils
  • 8/19 – RHP Adonis Medina assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
  • 8/19 – RHP Mauricio Llovera assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
  • 8/18 – Phillies placed CF Odubel Herrera on the 10-Day DL. Strained left hamstring
  • 8/18 – Phillies sent RHP Pedro Beato outright to Lehigh Valley IronPigs
  • 8/18 – Lehigh Valley IronPigs activated SS Hector Gomez from the 7-day disabled list
  • 8/18 – Lehigh Valley IronPigs placed SS Matt Williams on the temporarily inactive list
  • 8/17 – Phillies activated RHP Pedro Beato from the 10-day disabled list
  • 8/17 – Phillies designated RHP Pedro Beato for assignment
  • 8/17 – Phillies recalled SS Pedro Florimon from Lehigh Valley IronPigs
  • 8/17 – CF Carlos Tocci assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
  • 8/17 – SS Zach Green assigned to Reading from Clearwater
  • 8/17 – Clearwater activated 3B Jose Antequera from the 7-Day DL
  • 8/17 – Clearwater activated RHP Edgar Garcia from the 7-Day DL
  • 8/17 – LHP McKenzie Mills assigned to Williamsport from Clearwater
  • 8/16 – Phillies optioned RHP Nick Pivetta to Lehigh Valley IronPigs
  • 8/16 – Dalton Guthrie assigned to GCL Phillies from Williamsport Crosscutters
  • 8/16 – OF Yahir Gurrola assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from GCL Phillies
  • 8/15 – Phillies placed LF Daniel Nava on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to August 12, 2017. Lower back strain.
  • 8/15/- Phillies recalled CF Cameron Perkins from Lehigh Valley IronPigs
  • 8/15 – SS Angelo Mora assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Fightin Phils
  • 8/15 – RHP Adonis Medina assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Lakewood BlueClaws
  • 8/14 – OF Adam Haseley assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
  • 8/13 – Phillies sent RHP Casey Fien on a rehab assignment to Clearwater Threshers
  • The organization’s rosters are up to date.
  • The organization’s injury list is as up to date as I can make it.
  • The organization’s Rule 5 eligibility list is as accurate as I can make it based on the information I was able to find.