Yesterday was the “tale of two extremes” in watching Phillies baseball.
Baseball Betsy and I watched the teenagers of the GCL Phillies, the team with the highest winning percent in the minor or major leagues, clinch a playoff spot in the rookie level Gulf Coast League. They are 43-15 for a .741 winning percent as they downed the GCL Yankees 5-1 at Roberts Field.
Then in the evening we settled in and watched on the internet Max Scherzer strikeout 11 as the Nationals downed the fading Phils 3-2. The Phillies could muster only three hits and were able to score only on a two-run homer by Ryan Howard who is entering his last month with the team.
No doubt it is the GCL where several of the best Phillies prospects play. But they are so young and are years away from the the major leagues. We can only dream of the days when Jhailyn Ortiz and Mickey Moniak play at Citizens Bank Park.
We got a brief view of we might expect in the future as top international signing, Ortiz, hit a long two-run, homer to left at Robin Roberts Field in the second inning to give the GCL Phillies a 2-0 lead.
In the third inning, first baseman Danny Zardon would drive in the third run with a double to down the first base line, Watch HERE. Later in the sixth inning, third baseman Jose Antequera singled in first round overall pick Mickey Moniak who had singled earlier in the inning and advanced to second on a bulk. Watch HERE.
The GCL Phillies received strong pitching from rehabbing Alec Asher for the first three innings. He surrender the only run on a homer to the GCL Yankees. Luis Carrasco pitched four strong innings and Jose Nin would come on to pitch the ninth and pick up a called strikeout on a 96 mph fastball. Watch HERE.
The GCL Phillies will now to get ready to play the GCL Braves in a knockout game when the weather permits sometime during the weekend. The winner will move on to a best of three final for the GCL championship which the GCL Phillies last won in 2010 with Maikel Franco playing third base.
Sure is great to watch fundamentally sound, winning Phillies baseball even if is just at the rookie level!