• Steve Potter

3/21/22 : Grapefruit League Game Four


A short bus ride across the Courtney Campbell Causeway for the team today albeit multiple players drove themselves to the Yankees ST stadium in Tampa. I spent about an hour early this morning watching Coach Bobby Dickerson school infielders Ronald Torreyes and Darick Hall on ground ball fielding techniques on the half field. He’s a very direct communicator and it’s a baseball education to see him go thru the paces. I was the only person watching above the half field - John Middleton walked in and waved hello, I’m sure he doesn’t know who I am but it’s cool he waved, I couldn’t introduce myself as my voice has disappeared once again, not sure why but I’m down to a whisper once more 🥴. Matt Gelb also acknowledged me with a wave, thanks Matt !


Today’s Game : Yankees 5 Phillies 2


Pitchers :


RH Hans Crouse - 2/3 IP - 3 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 K - 29 pitches - 15 strikes - 15 sliders ( 84-85 mph ) , 12 sinkers ( 91-92 mph ) , 2 change ups ( 86-87 mph ) - max velo - 92 - struggled finding a rhythm - his set in the stretch to me is borderline balk - a lot of movement - Balking Bob Davidson if he were umpiring wouldn’t approve 🤓.


RH Tyler Carr - 1/3 IP - retired only batter he faced on a fly out. 5 pitches - 3 strikes - 3 sinkers ( 91 mph ), 2 changeups ( 81 mph ) - max velo - 91


RH Corey Knebel - 1 perfect IP, 1 K - 10 pitches - 6 strikes - 6 four seam fastballs ( 95-96 mph ), 4 Knuckle Curves ( 78-80 mph ) - max velo - 96


LH Ryan Sherriff - 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 0 K’s - 15 pitches - 9 strikes - 7 sliders ( 82-83 mph ), 7 sinkers ( 91-92 mph ), 1 changeup ( 84 mph ) - max velo - 92 - different look other than power arsenal - around the plate - would seem to be a good fit for bullpen role in regards to mix


RH Cam Bedrosian - 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 1 K - 24 pitches - 15 strikes - 14 four seam fastballs ( 92-94 mph ), 7 changeups ( 84-85 mph ), 3 cutters ( 87-89 mph ) - max velo - 94


RH Andrew Bellatti - 1 perfect IP - 2 K’s - 14 pitches - 10 strikes - 3 sinkers ( 90-93 mph ), 3 cutters ( 87 mph ), 1 slider ( 85 mph ), 1 changeup ( 88 mph ), 1 four seam fastball ( 93 mph ) - max velo - 93 - strong outing - good movement on deliveries - wide mix - impressed.


RH Jake Newberry - 1 IP, 1 R - unearned - 0 H, 2 BB, 0 K’s - 20 pitches - 8 strikes - 11 sliders ( 84-86 mph ), 8 four seam fastballs ( 91-92 mph ), 1 changeup ( 84 mph ) - max velo - 92 - a couple walks and two fielding errors behind him allowed a run to score - veteran reliever who pitched with the Royals previously.


LH Braeden Ogle - 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 K’s - 17 pitches - 10 strikes - 12 sinkers ( 94-96 mph ), 5 sliders ( 85-86 mph ) - max velo - 96 - good outing for the power hurler. Joined the Phillies last summer coming over from Pirates in trade for C Abrahan Gutierrez


RH Tyler Cyr - 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K - 20 pitches - 11 strikes - 14 four seam fastballs ( 92-93 mph ), 3 cutters ( 89 mph ), 2 changeups ( 86 mph ), 1 slider ( 85 mph ) - max velo - 93


Pitch counts and speeds via Baseball Savant


Offense :


The Phillies scored two runs in the seventh inning - JT Realmuto doubled, Wendle Rijo pinch ran for him and scored when Didi Gregorius reached on an error. Luke Williams scored on a single by Yairo Munoz. The runs were scored against former Phillie RHP Reggie McClain.


Matt Vierling doubled in the sixth inning. JT Realmuto had two hits ( single & double ).


Defense :


CF Matt Vierling and RF Mickey Moniak had a miscommunication in the first inning on a fly ball to right center field and collided - the ball fell for a double after bouncing off Moniak’s glove. 1B Rhys Hoskins dropped a routine pop-up in foul territory in the second inning.


Hoskins made a nice diving stop on a hard grounder hit down the right field line in the 4th inning to rob Aaron Hicks of a double.


3B Nick Maton made a nice diving stop to record the final out of the eighth inning.


Grapefruit League Record is now 1-2-1 - tomorrow back at home vs Tigers.


After the game today, Phillies sent three to minor-league camp: Jhailyn Ortiz, Luis Garcia and Logan O’Hoppe.


Photo by Lindsey Adler on twitter


At the Complex :


Didn’t venture to the Complex today, it’s difficult to go there and not be able to speak to folks so decided to skip it. I believe it was a light day of practice as it was a scheduled Camp Day. The Phillies and Blue Jays will play minor league games once again tomorrow at 1 PM - AA/AAA at the Complex, the two A squads at Dunedin.


Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️


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