Brown, Gillies, Ramirez and Bastardo …
The Blue Jays spanked the Phillies today at Dunedin Stadium, 14-9, but a few Phillies prospects made their mark:
– Domonic Brown, the organization’s top prospect, went 2 for 4 with one double and two RBIs. He also threw out a runner at the plate in the sixth inning. Brown tried to stretch his double into a triple in the seventh, but was thrown out after a head first slide.
“I made a couple adjustments early on after my first couple at-bats,” Brown said. “I was trying to do too much. Just settled down after the second at-bat, got some pitches to hit and luckily drove a couple. I feel pretty good. … It’s great for me. If I can hit here (against big league pitching) I should be able to hit anywhere. It’s great competition. It’s hard work, man. I’m tired.”
Brown said he would not have tried to stretch his double into a triple during the regular season, but he thought he would be aggressive.
“I was trying to test it out,” he said.
– Tyson Gillies hit a solo homer to right field in the sixth inning. He literally sprinted around the bases.
“Oh, man,” Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston said. “Wow. He was in the B game today (at Bright House Field). Throwing, he can throw, too. He’s got a good arm. A good looking player. A very good looking player. I like him a lot. … He’s got a lean, too. That means he can really get around those bases. He’s leaning the right way. Inside lean. That’ll get you around there quick.”
Gillies is becoming known in camp for his high motor. He’s always running somewhere, which is why Manuel memorably said that Gillies “takes shagging to another level.” Does Gillies do anything slow?
“That’s a question that everybody asks me,” Gillies said. “I try. Honestly, I try to slow things down. The last few days of hitting that was something that was really getting me down, being too quick. Wanting everything now and being impatient. Trying to slow things down and knowing when I should use my speed.”
So home trots are a time to use his speed?
“Oh, yeah,” he said. “I’m not going to hit a lot of home runs, so I’m not going to do the whole slow pace around them. Quickly score the run and move forward.”
– J.C. Ramirez, who joined Gillies and Phillippe Aumont in the Cliff Lee trade, allowed four hits, five runs (four earned runs) and three walks in just 1 1/3 innings. “His command was off,” Charlie Manuel said. “He was a little wild. He’ll get more work. We’ll see.”
– Antonio Bastardo struck out two in a perfect eighth inning. “Bastardo pitched a good clean inning,” Manuel said. “He threw some good pitches. He threw a good fastball and threw a couple good breaking balls. He had a good inning.”