4/26/21 : Today in Minor League Camp
We watched the High A level game against the Blue Jays today at BayCare Ballpark. The AA and Low A squads took the short bus ride over to Dunedin to play their counterparts there.
A very crisply played game today at BayCare ... no innings rolled and the final tally was 1-0 Phillies ... some impressive pitching on both sides.
On The Hill : limited Jays to 3 hits total
RHP Kevin Gowdy started and was excellent. Both his velocity and command were the best we’ve seen him ... very happy to see such a successful outing for the young man who’s battled his way back from TJ surgery. Kevin went three innings ... one hit, one walk and three strikeouts.
RHP Julian Garcia went three innings - 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K’s - has had a very good camp
LHP Tyler Adams - 1 2/3 IP - 1 H, 2 BB, 3 K’s - good FB action
LHP Nick Lackney - 2/3 IP - retired both batters he faced - 1 K - good pop
LHP Ethan Evanko - 1 IP , 0 H, 1 BB
At The Plate : seven hits as a team
Ben Pelletier accounted for the only run of the game ... a long fifth inning blast onto the roof of the Tiki Bar in left field ... he got all of it 👏.
Jhailyn Ortiz had two hits in the game ... both singles. Luis Garcia, Rudy Rott, Herbert Iser and Vito Friscia each had singles.
Defensive Gems :
Nate Fassnacht made a terrific diving catch at second base in the fourth inning on a hard sinking liner.
Catcher Abrahan Gutierrez and Shortstop Luis Garcia combined on a caught stealing to end the game ... Gutierrez scooped a low pitch and threw a bullet to second base that Garcia also scooped ... he made the tag on the runner in one motion for a sparkling end to the Blue Jays day on offense. We’ve said it here many times before but it’s worth saying again ... Garcia is an outstanding middle infielder ... smooth, quick and sure handed.
Corbin Williams stole two more bases but so did first baseman Rudy Rott who’s certainly not noted as the adept base stealer that Corbin is ... they ignored him when he was on so he took advantage ... smart baseball. Nate Fassnacht also had a stolen base.
Last scheduled minor league camp games against an opponent tomorrow ... with the Jays.
Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️