At an Instructs game it is usually best to focus on the players to see it they are making progress toward becoming major league prospects and not pay too much attention to the score of the game. But yesterday was an exception. The game was interesting. It was exciting and for the most part well played.
The Phillies Instructs beat the Blue Jays Instructs 2-1 on a winning RBI base hit by third baseman Jan Hernandez in the bottom of the eight inning driving in Carlos Duran in a game at Bright House Field. SEE HERE.
The Phillies were trailing 1-0 going into the bottom of the seventh helped by a strong outing by starting pitcher Ricardo Pinto who went three shutout innings After a two out base hit by left fielder Willlians Astudillo, first baseman Rhys Hoskins lined a double down the left field line. Running through a last second hold sign by third base coach Shawn Williams, Astudillo barreled home to beat the tag much to the cheers of the Phillies Instructs to tie the game at 1-1. SEE HERE
For some reason this Instructs game reminded me of the Kansas City Royals games in the post season where they showed real excitement and refused to lose to the Athletics and the Angels. Willians sorta reminded me Billy Butler on the base paths. Hoskins and Hernandez, right handed hitting versions of Eric Hosmer and Alex Gordon. Oh well! I can daydream can’t I after watching the dreary Phillies major league season.
Still daydreaming in the top on the ninth, I asked myself was that the Royals Greg Hollands on the mound? But no it was just former Pecos League star Nick Rodesky, now a Phillies Instruct, who would shutdown the Blue Jays in the top of the ninth for what I thought was the 2-1 win. See HERE.
Then I was jolted out of my daydream by the fact the Blue Jays were coming back out for the bottom ninth. Then, I remembered in Instructs both teams play the full nine innings no matter what the score is.
After the final, final out was recorded in yesterday’s game, I ran into one of the Phillies young instruct pitchers who was not in the lineup on our way out of Bright House. He reminded me what the reality of Instructs baseball is all about. He was excited to tell me that the Phillies minor league director just told him he was throwing like a “major leaguer” in Instructs. That made his day and my day all worthwhile!