It’s all over. Phillies baseball in Clearwater is over for another season. But not before the Phillies Instructs downed the Yankees Instructs 1-0 at Bright House Field on Thursday.
It was a good game dominated by pitching on both sides. The Phillies used seven pitchers. All pitched well led by starter Luis Carrasco who was followed by lefty Manuel Silva. Both pitched two innings. The were followed for an inning each by Adonis Medina, lefty Bailey Falter, Jake Kelzer, Julian Garcia and Grant Dyer.
The most impressive pitcher was Grant Dyer who came on for a 1-2-3 ninth inning with two strikeouts for the save. Watch his last strikeout HERE and Duran’s pitch framing.
An eight round draft pick in the June draft out of UCLA, Dyer finished the regular season strong by striking out 36 and allowing only three walks over 27.1 inning in the last ten games in relief for Lakewood.
In the post season he pick up a three inning win in relief in the Sally League Semi-Finals against Hagerstown and combined with Franklyn Kilome by pitching the last two innings in a one-hit, shutout against the Rome Braves in the Finals. He struck out nine and walked only one over 7.2 innings in three games of relief in the playoffs.
The only run scored in Thursday’s game was in the third inning on a base hit into the hole to right by Cornelius Randolph for his second hit in the game. Watch HERE. He drove in second baseman Jesus Henriquez who had singled, watch HERE, earlier in the inning to score the only run in the game.
The other hitter who stood out in the game, as he has been in just about every game we have attended, was Rodolfo Duran. He caught the second half of the game and lined a single to right watch HERE. Two batters later Henriquez pulled off a perfect hit and run with Duran on first. He drove a base hit through the vacated shortstop position. Watch HERE.
The 18-year-old Henriquez impressed us and should be one to watch in the future at second base. Watch HERE, his Javier Baez-like play in Wednesday’s intra-squad game. Watch the Baez play from Tuesday’s NLDS game HERE.
In the Dominican Summer League earlier this season Henriquez hit .337 in 264 at bats with a .411 OBP.
The Phillies roster listed 64 players at Instructs. We saw most of them play and we will comment more on them in the future. Also we will be following Phillies players now playing mainly in the Arizona Fall League and Venezuela Winter League along with the Phillies guys in the Dominican Winter League which starts October 20th.