Yes, the GCL is supposedly a rookie league but the GCL Phillies got help from 14 year major league veteran starter Jason Marquis who pitched five shutout innings giving up five hits. He has been assigned to the GCL Phillies as he attempts to provide starting pitching depth for the Phillies later in the season.
The veteran Marquis seemed to tire the deeper he went into the game this morning on Ashburn Field but he hung on long enough to pick up the win in the 6-1 defeat of the GCL Blue Jays. The only run the Blue Jays scored was a sixth inning home run off of reliever Jacque De Gruy, a 26th round Phillies draft pick making his pro debut.
It was timely hitting early and shutdown relief pitching late that provided the difference in the game.
Third baseman Damek Tomscha continued his torrid hitting by going 3 for 3, driving in a run and scoring another. Tomscha who showed soft hands in fielding a ground ball in yesterday’s game and made another strong defensive play at third in this morning’s game to throw out a runner at first.
Trey Williams was the designate hitter in the game and had two hard hit singles to score a run after his first hit and then drive in a run with his second one. See Here. Williams, who was the hottest hitter in camp in extended spring training games, was overlooked for assignment to Williamport to make way for fifth round draft pick Rhys Hoskins to play first base for the Crosscutters.
I was very impressed by left-handed reliever Scott Harris who came on in the seventh and eight innings to hold the score at 6-1. He struck out three left handed bats in two shutout innings in the set-up role. See Here. The big 6’4″ 230 lbs lefty, Harris was the Phillies 27th round draft pick (802nd overall) in the recent draft out of Buena Vista College of the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The Phillies might have found a good one here.
In the ninth, right-hander Edubray Ramos came on for the save. He just arrive in Clearwater from the VSL Phillies in the Venezuelan League where he racked up four saves in seven games giving up only one earned run in the VSL this season. Ramos walked one and struck out two including the final batter in pitching a shutout inning in the ninth. See Here.
Timely hitting, strong starting pitching, and shutdown relievers will always combined for winning baseball. This morning’s GCL Phillies 6-1 win over the GCL Blue Jays was no exception.