The Phillies Double-A Spring Training squad dropped a 5-3 decision to the Toronto Blue Jays team Saturday morning at Carpenter Complex.
3B Gustavo Pierre (2-2, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI) and SS Andrew Anderson (2-2, BB, SB) were the Phillies offensive leaders as the team amassed 10 hits. CF Carlos Tocci (1-3), C Andrew Knapp (1-2, 2B, BB, 2 R), RF Dylan Cozens (1-3, 2B, R), 1B Arthur Charles Jr. (1-3), 3B Harold Martinez (1-1) and C Gabriel Lino (1-3) all added a hit.
Anderson is a familiar name in the Phillies organization, but not as a position player. The 6'3" righty has spent the last two seasons pitching in the Gulf Coast League, Williamsport (A-), and Lakewood (A) where he accumulated a 12-9 overall record in 34 games. Over 148.2 innings pitched, he had a 49/122 walk to strikeout ratio-with one intentional walk-and a 2.97 ERA. Despite this being his first year playing shortstop, the Reno, Nev. native played outfield in high school.
Defensive errors plagued the pitching staff with three errors committed. LHP Tom Windle (4.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, ER, 5 K) had a rough start when the Blue Jays jumped out to an early 2-0 lead. RHP Stephen Shackleford (2.0 IP, H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K) navigated his way through two innings. LHP Austin Wright (1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 K), RHP Kevin Walter (1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 K), and LHP Cody Forsythe (1.0 IP) combined to hold the Blue Jays off the board.
A 2012 graduate of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Forsythe spent 2014 in Lakewood (A) and Clearwater (A+) going 5-5 with a 2.35 ERA, and earned a spot in the Class A South Atlantic League All-Star Game. As a Saluki, he was a 2x MVC Pitcher of the Week, and is the all-time leader in games started (49) and innings pitched (346.2).
The next game for the Phillies Double-A Spring Training squad is Monday afternoon when they take on the Yankees. First pitch is scheduled for 1 P.M. at Clearwater's Complex Center.