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Adam Morissette:Juniors score 8 in 8th to beat Puerto Rico.
Phillies blank juniors, big league Jays up next
By Adam Morissette
Score: Philadelphia Phillies 9 Canada (18U) 0
Location: Walter Fuller Complex, St. Petersburg, Florida
Weather: 27 degrees C, Clear
Canada 18U Starting Lineup:
1. Miles Gordon – DH
2. Kobe Hyland – DH
3. Demi Orimoloye – CF
4. Josh Naylor – 1B
5. Tristan Pompey – RF
6. Isaac Deveaux – LF
7. Andrew Yerzy – DH
8. Ben Komonosky – C
9. Peter Hutzal – 2B
10. Cooper Lamb – 3B
11. Royce Ando SS
Starting Pitcher: RHP Josh Burgmann
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Philadelphia Phillies prospects exploded for five runs in the second inning thanks in large part to two, two-run extra base hits in the form of a double and a triple.
Junior National Team starter Josh Burgmann (Nanaimo, BC) was charged with five earned runs and six hits during his three-inning outing.
After a pair of perfect frames thrown by reliever Michael Brettell (Fonthill, Ont.) the Phillies scored two runs with two out in the sixth courtesy of a two-run double.
A pair of errors led to two more Phillies runs scoring in the seventh as they moved ahead by nine. All four runs came off reliever Matt Ianni (Ottawa, Ont.) although none of them were earned
The juniors could not get anything going offensively as they managed only five hits and did not advance a runner past second base.
Brettell was very effective through two innings of work as he retired all six hitters he faced. In the fourth he got two groundouts and a fly out, while in the fourth he induced three straight fly outs to the outfield.
Peter Hutzal (Calgary, Alta.) and Kobe Hyland (Spruce Grove, Alta.) accounted for four of the juniors’ five hits on the day as they each collected two singles apiece. Hutzal drew a walk in his only other plate appearance, which came in the bottom of the ninth.
Demi Orimoloye (Orleans, Ont.) singled to right in the seventh after Hyland singled. Both runners were left on base after Josh Naylor’s (Mississauga, Ont.) hard hit grounder was snared by the Phillies’ first baseman
Mathieu Deneault-Gauthier (Candiac, Que.) tossed two scoreless innings of relief in the eighth and ninth frames. He allowed one hit and walked one batter.
THEY SAID IT
RP Brettell on his perfect two innings of work:
“I was able to keep the ball down (in the strike zone) and managed to get some ground balls and fly balls,” he said. “It felt good being outside for the first time this year and I’m happy with the way I threw the ball.”
Brettell on facing pro hitters:
“It’s fun. I just try and concentrate on what I need to do on the mound and treat them as any other hitter I (normally) face. You can get away with mistakes back home, but here the hitters aren’t as forgiving.”
Longtime Senior National Team Manager Ernie Whitt was managing the Phillies squad and was also joined on the staff by former National Team player Rob Ducey … Both Whitt and Ducey are members of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame … Whitt will manage Team Canada at the upcoming Pan Am Games in Ajax this July.
Hits: 2, Hutzal (2/2), Hyland (2/3)
Strikeouts: 1, Ianni.
BIG LEAGUE BLUE JAYS ON DECK
Former Cy Young award winner RA Dickeywill give Junior National Team players the thrill of a lifetime tomorrow as he toes the rubber for the Toronto Blue Jays at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin for the annual split-squad contest featuring Canada 18U National Team and Canada’s only MLB franchise … Other Blue Jays expected to playing the game include: Canadians Russell Martin (Montreal, Que.), Jeff Francis (North Delta, BC), Dalton Pompey (Mississauga, Ont.) and Andrew Albers (North Battleford, Sask.), while big leaguers Munenori Kawasaki and Maicer Izturis along with prospect Devon Travis are also expected to participate … RHP Mike Soroka (Calgary, Alta.) will be given the starting assignment on the mound for the Junior National Team … The game, scheduled to begin at 1:07pm ET, can be heard on Sportsnet.ca and Sportsnet 590 The FAN… Be sure to follow @baseballcanada on Twitter and Instagram for photos and highlights.