Can’t say Friday was one of the better days for Phillies baseball teams from top to almost bottom. The big team lost so did every other team but the entry level GCL Phillies. And what a game they played to save face for the entire organization.
My friend and I were probably the only two Phillies fans to watch a Phillies win on Friday. You see few people turn out at noon in 90 degree heat and its seems like 100% humidity to watch GCL baseball. But a few of us love it! We did show up and were not disappointed.
Manager Roly DeArmas’s kids played like champions in defeating the GCL Tigers 2-1 on a walk-off sacrifice fly by first baseman Trey Williams. He drove in center fielder Chase Harris who had tripled in the at bat just before him in the bottom of the ninth of a 1-1 game. SEE HERE.
Earlier in the seventh inning catcher Jesus Posso just missed a grand slam as he lifted a long drive to left that was caught in front of the fence for a sacrifice fly to tie up the game at 1-1. SEE HERE.
It was good pitching that kept the GCL Phillies in the game. Second round draft pick (47th overall) lefty Matt Imhof made his GCL debut and pitched three innings of shutout, two hit baseball. He struck out two. SEE HERE. He relied on a fastball that topped at 91, a curve ball at 78 and a change up at 83.
Big Jared Fisher came on to make his first appearance in the GCL and relied on a 12 to 6 curve ball to record three strikeouts. SEE ONE HERE. Fisher gave up the lone GCL Tigers run in the game. He was the Phillies 15th round draft pick (443rd overall). His fastball was in the high 80’s. Usually draft order for pitchers is determine in large part by fastball velocity.
Young 20 year-old Seranthony Domingez followed up with 2.1 scoreless innings with an 89 mph fastball and 6’9″ Matt Southard, in his second year in the GCL, looked sharp pitching a scoreless ninth and striking out two.
The GCL Phillies saved the day for the Phillies organization by pulling out a walk-off 2-1 win relying on good pitching, the four pitchers walked only three and struck out ten and timely situational hitting, two sacrifice fly RBIs to win the game. And yes Phillies history might record that there were only two Phillies fans in the World who saw a Phillies team win a baseball game on Friday June 27th, 2014!