Brett Phillips performed his sudden pitching look Friday evening to the hilt.
The Rays backup outfielder was tapped to work the underside of the eighth inning after the Blue Jays had put up double-digit runs on Tampa Bay’s actual pitchers. Phillips, he of the infectious smile and snort (simply Google “Brett Phillips snort”), made certain to have most enjoyable along with his mound work.
It began along with his warmup within the bullpen.
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It continued along with his run-in to the sector (suppose WWE + Jared Hughes).
And it saved going proper by his closing out.
Phillips threw his first pitch 94 mph, simply to point out everybody that he may. After that, it was all slow-pitch softball — full with an arc.
Yermin Mercedes would have tried to seize a bat — if he hadn’t been despatched to the minors earlier within the day.
The person referred to as “Maverick” was simply as efficient because the Rays’ precise hurlers: one run, two hits, two walks and a balk when he dropped the ball with a runner on base. He threw 23 pitches, 12 for strikes. Listed below are the three outs he recorded; the ultimate two got here on highlight-reel performs by the Tampa Bay infield.
After all, Phillips saved it gentle on Twitter afterward.
But when he ever desires to take pitching severely, he does have 94 in his again pocket . . .