Jeremy Hellickson was the first starter to be stretched out to three innings, but the offense today was provided principally by position players auditioning for the Phuture. A key AB came from Scott Kingerey in the bottom of the 7th with one out and the Phills down 4-1.
After fouling off about 10 pitches, Kingerey finally got a pitch he could handle and knocked it into the Tiki seats in left field for a two run homer to pull the Phils within 4-3.
In the bottom of the 9th, Kingerey came to the plate again, Phils still trailing 4-3. He didn’t try to do too much, and placed a base hit into no-man’s land in right center. He was followed by Daniel Nava (still wearing Cody’s #25) who rifled a base hit to right field, the speedy Kingery motoring to third base where Sammy gave him some guidance.
After Rhys Hoskins went down, Dylan Cozens came to bat with two out and the game on the line.
Working the count to 3-1, Cozens wisely laid off a pitch in the dirt to set the table for 8th string catcher Logan Moore.
As the Lemonade man made his final rounds, the tension was building in the stands.
But alas, Logan Moore hit a bullet right back to the mound that the Twins’ pitcher snagged for the final out. Yet somehow on this crisp afternoon (73 here is a cold front), with Schmitty in the park and Murph all dressed up and no place to go, even a loss seemed enjoyable. It’s easy to be an optimist this time of year in Clearwater.