The Phillies continued with their Instructs program last week. They continued with PFPs, infield and outfield drills, and batting in the morning, and played games in the afternoons.
Last week, they played at home against the Pirates, on the road at the Yankees, an intrasquad game at home, home against the Yankees again, at the Braves in Lakeland, and at the Blue Jays on Saturday. Between Mark Wylie and me, we covered all but the Braves game. Mark provided a lot of photos, so this may run a little long.
Mark provided a write-up with his photos from the Yankees game on Tuesday, so I’ll include some of it here with his photos.
Jim, I did make it to the game in Tampa. Sixto Sanchez, Kyle Young, Ethan Lindow, and Francisco Morales pitched for the Phillies in the abbreviated game. Heavy rains came in the bottom of the 7th, and the game ended after the leadoff man for the Yankees had tripled through the driving rain. It cleared not too long after that, but the umpires had already called the game.
Sixto pitched two innings. He walked the leadoff hitter in the first on a 3-2 count. a groundout advanced the runner to second. The runner then broke early for third, and Sixto stepped off and threw him out. The next batter flied out for an unconventional 1-2-3 inning. Sixto struck out two batters in the second inning, and gave up a line drive single to left field. He pitched well. There were throngs of scouts at the game. Joe Jordan and Sal Agostinelli were also at the game.
Kyle Young pitched the next two innings. He had a 1-2-3 3rd inning with a strikeout.He gave up one hit and one BB in the 4th. He also threw a wild pitch in the inning, and made an errant pick-off throw to first. But he didn’t allow a run, and stranded runners on the corners.
Ethan Lindow pitched the next two innings and retired the side in order in both innings. He struck out one batter in the 5th.
Francisco Morales started the bottom of the 7th in the driving rain and only faced one batter, who lined a triple between the outfielders in left-center. In dry conditions, it may have been caught, or at least the batter would have been held to a single. The game was ended after the triple, since the rain made it hard to see.
Not much hitting for either team in the game. The Phillies won 1-0, and scored the lone run in the top of the first inning. Roman Quinn led off the game with an opposite field double down the line in left field (he batted left handed). Roman was moved up by good situational hitting by Dalton Guthrie, who chopped a ball in front of the plate to the right side (see photo of the ball kicking up a dirt plume in front of the plate before it bounded high towards the second baseman). Mikey Moniak followed it up with more excellent situational hitting by pulling a ball to the right side, which scored Quinn. 1-0 Phillies, and that was all of the scoring. The only other hit for the Phillies was a lined single to left center by Dalton Guthrie.
Anatomy of a run photos attached. Please pardon the quality of the photos today. They were all taken through the mesh netting at the Yankees Complex. The fine mesh really screws up the focus of the camera, so I can’t follow the ball out to the fielders like I can at other locations.
The Phillies beat the Blue Jays handily Saturday morning. Here are the two biggest hits.
And some more hitting.
And they flashed some leather, too.
And finally, Aaron Brown on the mound.
That’s it for now. Next game was today at the Complex, then Tuesday at the same location at 1:00 PM.