Baseball Ross and I like to take advantage of all the baseball that Florida has to offer. Over the last few weeks, GCL Phillies pitcher, Feliberto Sanchez has taken to Ross, making a point of telling Ross every time he is going to pitch. This week, Sanchez was the opening day pitcher in Dunedin and after we congratulated him on his 3 scoreless innings, he told us that he was going to pitch when the team went to Bradenton.
So after having many a day this week ruined by rain and storms we decided to head over the Sunshine Skyway Bridge to Bradenton. I had never been to Pirate City. It’s about an hour from the Carpenter complex. Pirate city is a nice facility with some history.
The only downside to the facility was the lack of shade and the inoperable vending machines. It was 88 degrees with a “real feel” of 97. So shade and a cool drink would have been refreshing.
In his first game, Crawford was DH and managed a little blooper down toward third that got him his first professional hit-a single.
Then, Feliberto Sanchez was in to pitch.
Sanchez looked very sharp. One of the things I like about him is his attitude. He’s so happy. He is likely the most friendly and gregarious player I’ve ever met and that’s not one of the most common traits of a pitcher. Sanchez is so unflappable it amazes me.
He missed a pitch and with many young (19 year olds) pitchers, it sometimes can spook them and it may take them a few pitches or even batters until they regain their composure. Not Sanchez. Next pitch was right where it needed to be and he didn’t even seem bothered.
With this great mindset I think it will help him progress.
Sanchez went five scoreless innings. As is typical for this atypical pitcher, he was smiling from ear to ear when he was done.
But was our day done?
There was a double header at Brighthouse! So off we went. After a brief stop for lunch and a little shopping, we headed back across the Skyway to Clearwater for the Threshers double header.
They dropped the first game in an extra inning and when the second game went into an extra inning, I was so sure we were going to drop another one.
BUT who was up? Carlos Alonso. He managed to drill one that brought in the winning run.
The GCL Phillies won, the Threshers won one of two…I guess two outta three ain’t bad?