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4/15/24 : Today at the Complex

The Phillies and Blue Jays played a scheduled seven inning extended spring training game this afternoon on Roberts Field.  Keep in mind that extended spring games are training sessions so regular baseball game rules aren’t always followed.  One exception to keep particularly in mind is that innings can be “rolled” meaning that the inning ends before three outs are recorded.  This is done due to limited pitching staffs and when innings are elongated because more than the expected number of pitches were thrown in the frame.

Summary :  Phillies 5 Blue Jays 5

The Phillies scored twice in the first inning - Aroon Escobar singled and scored when Eduardo Tait doubled down the right field line.  Tait scored when Guillermo Rosario singled.  The inning was rolled with two outs recorded.

The Blue Jays scored a run in the third inning on a couple doubles.  They scored four runs in the fourth on three singles, three walks and two hit batters - the inning was rolled with no outs recorded.

The Phillies scored twice in the sixth - Yemal Flores reached on an error, Jorge Mendez was hit by a pitch and Starlyn Caba walked.  Aroon Escobar doubled to score two runs - the inning was rolled with one out recorded.

The Phillies scored their fifth run in the seventh inning - four consecutive walks scored a run with AJ Shaver getting the RBI.  The inning was rolled with the bases full and just one out recorded.

At Bat : 5 R, 5 H, 7 BB, 5 K’s

Aroon Escobar stayed hot - he went 2 for 3 (single, double) with two RBIs and a run scored.  Eduardo Tait doubled.  Juan Villavicencio, Jerffson Pena and Guillermo Rosario each singled.  Manolfi Jimenez drew two walks.

On The Hill : 5 R, 6 H, 5 BB, 10 K’s

RH Danyony Pulido started - 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 BB, 5 K’s - high velo FB, good movement, throws just about everything hard, showed a few changeups.  Pulido has good mechanics - one thing I continually note is that the pitchers who come here from the Dominican Academy are well schooled on mechanics and delivery - short, compact and easy - good stuff.  Adilson Peralta  pitched two frames - recorded three outs, 5 R, 5 H, 2 BB, 2 HB - didn’t have his best day - an outing to learn from.  Luis Avila pitched two innings - 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 4 K’s - dominant fastball.  Eury Ramos finished - 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 K - good change up.

Defensive Gems :

Right fielder Manolfi Jimenez made a diving catch on a quick sinking liner in the third inning.  In that same inning shortstop Starlyn Caba made an outstanding relay throw from left center field to third base to nail the runner attempting to stretch a double into a triple.  It was an inning ending play - the throw had velocity, accuracy (one hopper right on the bag) and was electric - have come to expect nothing else from this young man 🤓.

Uniqueness :

One of the Blue Jays pitchers was a knuckleballer - the old fashioned slow pitch knuckler that dances to the dish.  It couldn’t have been more than mid sixties in velocity.  When the young man took to the hill (24 year old RH Ryan Chasse) I did a double take as he used no wind up at all - just a simple step and throw like a coach throws BP.  He went a couple innings yielding two runs on two hits, two walks and a hit batter.  Just was weird to see, what was even more so was that the catcher would soft toss his throws back to the pitcher with an arc as well - just sayin - Phantasy Camp sometimes has more velo than those two were tossing the pill with 🤪.

Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️

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