The Phils get crush as they lose to the Astros, 10-3.
The Astros took an early 1-0 lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, J.D. Martinez hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in Jordan Schafer, who had started the game off with a single, stopped at second base on Jose Altuve’s single, then went to third on Vance Worley’s wild pitch. The Astros increased their lead in the second as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Jason Castro hits an RBI single, scoring Jed Lowrie, who had earlier walked, then went to third on Brett Wallace’s single, giving the Astros a 2-0 lead, while sending Wallace, who had just singled, up to second base. The Astros then made it a 3-0 lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Schafer hits an RBI double, knocking in Wallace, who was earlier safe on a force out, 3-6, wiping out at second base Matt Downs, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Castro’s single, while sending Castro, who had just singled, on to third. Two batters later, with two men still on, and now with two men out, the Astros busted the game open as Brian Bogusevic reached base on a throwing error by third baseman Kevin Frandsen, allowing Castro to score, making it a 4-0 Astros’ lead, before Schafer scored, after first stopping at third base, to make it 5-0 Astros. The Astros then made it a 6-0 lead as, after Bogusevic had stole second base, Martinez brought him home as he hits an RBI double. The Astros added to their lead in the sixth as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Martinez hits an RBI double, his second of the game, scoring Marwin Gonzalez, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on pinch hitter Brandon Barnes’ ground out, 3-unassisted, giving the Astros a 7-0 lead. Four batters later, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Brian Bixler, and a single to Jonathan Singleton, moving both runners up a base, and with two men out, pinch hitter Diory Hernandez hits a two-run single, knocking in Martinez and Bixler, giving the Astros a 9-0 lead, while sending Singleton up to second base. The Astros then made it a 10-0 lead as pinch hitter Carlos Corporan hits an RBI single, scoring Singleton, while sending Hernandez up to second base. The Phils finally got on the scoreboard in the eighth as, with runners on second and third, and with tw0 men out, Lou Montanez hits a two-run double, knocking in Freddy Galvis, who had earlier walked, then stopped at third base on Scott Podsednik’s double, and Podsednik. who had just doubled, cutting the Astros’ lead down to 10-2. The Phils then made it a 10-3 Astros’ lead in the ninth as Hector Luna hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the spring. But that would be the final score as Jose Valdez ended the game by getting Sebastian Valle to fly out to left for the final out.
Vance Worley (0-1, 9.oo) took the lost as he pitched two innings, giving up two runs on five hits, a walk and a wild pitch. Pat Misch pitched two innings, giving up four runs, only one of which was earned, on five hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Dontrelle Willis pitched two and a third innings, giving up four runs on three hits and two walks. B.J. Rosenberg pitched an inning and a third, giving up a hit while striking out two. Chad Qualls and Michael Stutes pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a walk (Qualls), while striking out a batter (Stutes) between them. Bud Norris (1-0, 0.00) got the win as he pitched three scoreless innings, walking a batter. Kyle Weiland, Lance Pendleton and Jorge De Leon combined for four scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Weiland) and two walks (Weiland (1), Pendleton (1)) between them, while strking out three (Weiland (2), Pendleton (1)). Fernando Rodriguez pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out two. Jose Valdez pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit.
The Phils had only five hits in the game, a single by Shane Victorino, a double by Scott Podsednik, a two-run double by Lou Montanez, a home run by Hector Luna and a single by Erik Kratz. The Phils also had four walks, as the offense was kept under control by Astros’ pitching.
The Phils’ (2-3) next game, another home game at Bright House Field, will be an afternoon game with the Pirates (2-2) tomorrow afternoon. The game will start at 1:05 pm EDT.
Shutout pitching, and some timely hitting, leads the Phils to their second straight grapefruit league victory, as the blank the Blue Jays, 7-0.
The Phils broke up a 0-0 tied in the third as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Carlos Ruiz, who was playing in his first spring training game, and walks to Jimmy Rollins and Juan Pierre, and with one man out, Shane Victorino hits a two-run single, knocking in Ruiz and Rollins, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while sending Pierre on to third base. The Phils then made it a 3-0 lead as Ty Wigginton hits a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Pierre. The Phils then made it a 4-0 lead as, with a man on second, as Victorino moved up to second base on catcher J.P. Arencibia pickoff attempt-error, and with two men out, John Mayberry, Jr. hits an RBI single, scoring Victorino, before being thrown out at second base, 7-5-3, for the inning’s final out. The Phils added to their lead in the eighth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Lou Montanez hits a sacrifice fly to right, knocking in Pierre, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third on Scott Podsednik’s double, giving the Phils a 5-0 lead, while Podsednik, who had earlier doubled, would move up to third. The Phils made it a 6-0 lead in the ninth as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Freddy Galvis hits an RBI double, knocking in Tuffy Gosewisch, who had earlier singled, then stole second base as Cesar Hernandez struck out, swinging. The Phils then took a 7-0 lead as, with still two men out, Galvis scored from second on second baseman Brian Bocock’s fielding error on a Pierre grounder. That would be the final score as Jake Diekman ended the game by striking out Anthony Gose, swinging.
Clif Lee (1-0) got the win as he pitched two shut-out innings, giving up two hits and a walk, while striking out one. Kyle Kendrick, Jeremy Horst, Michael Schwimer, J.C. Ramirez, Raul Valdes and Jake Diekman followed with seven scoreless innings, giving up five hits (Kendrick (1), Horst (1), Schwimer (1), Ramirez (1) and Vlades (1)) and one walk (Diekman) between them, while striking out seven (Kendrick (2), Horst (1), Schwimer (1), Ramirez (1) and Diekman (2)) Blue Jays. Ricky Romero received a no-decision as he pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit. Rick VandenHurk (0-1, 27.00) took the lost as he went an inning, giving up four runs, three of which were earned, on three hits and two walks. Chad Jenkins pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Luis Perez pitched two scoreless innings, hitting a batter (Laynce Nix), while striking out one. Jesse Chavez pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits. Bobby Korecky pitched an inning, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on two hits, while striking out a batter.
The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz (Singles) leading the team with two hits. Freddy Galvis (Double, RBI), Juan Pierre (Single), Shane Victorino (Single, 2 RBIs), Scott Podsednik (Double), Ty Wigginton (Double, RBI), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, RBI) and Tuffy Gosewisch (Single) had the other seven Phils’ hits. Lou Montanez had the Phils’ final RBI as he hit a sacrifice fly, while the last run scored on a Blue Jays’ error. The Phils also had two walks, while Gosewisch stole a base.
The Phils (2-2) will spend their next two spring training games at Clearwater, Florida, starting with the Astros (3-1) tomorrow afternoon. The game will be played at Bright House Field and will start at 1:05 pm EST.
The Phils today have announced that they have just signed former Padres righthander Chad Qualls to a one-year, $1.15 million dollars contract.
Qualls, who had pitched for the Padres last season, will be joining the Phils’ bullpen of Jonathan Papelbon, Jose Contreras, Antonio Bastardo, Michael Stutes, Kyle Kendrick and Dontrelle Willis, along with several others, for spring training. Last season, as a member of the Padres, Quads would appear in 77 games, going 6-8 with a 3.51 ERA, as he pitched in 74.1 innings. He would strike out 43 batters while working only 20. An eight year veteran, Qualls had also pitched for the Astros, the D-backs, and the Rays, appearing in 537 games for a total of 543 innings, compiling a 38-34 record with an ERA of 3.78, as he would save 51 games in 89 attempts. Career-wise, he would strike out 426 batters while walking only 150.
Qualls will likely be an insurance policy in case Contreras, who is coming off right elbow surgery, is not able to join the club going north at the end of spring training.
Welcome to the club, Qualls. Okay, junior, how about adding a little bit more depth to the offense?
The Phils have just announced that they have signed the last of their arbitration-eligible players, as Hunter Pence have agreed to a one-year deal worth $10.4 million dollars.
Pence, who have come to the Phils in a mid-season trade with the Astros, played in 54 games with the Phils, hitting .324 (67-207) with a .954 OPS, as he hit 12 doubles, 2 triples and 11 home runs, knocking in 35 RBIs, while scoring 35 times. During the 2011 season, he would play in 154 total games, hitting .314 (190-606) with an .871 OPS, as he hit 38 doubles, 5 triples and 22 home runs, scoring 84 runs, while he knocked in 97 RBIs. He would also walk 56 times.
With the Pence signing, the Phils have all of their players signed for the coming season, although they might still be looking for someone to replace Wilson Valdez as a multi-purpose infielder.
Let’s go, Phils!!!
Yesterday, the Nationals announced that they have signed Brad Lidge, one of the heroes of the Phils’ 2008 World Series Championship team, to a one-year deal worth $1 million dollars, plus incentives. Lidge, who had joined the Phils in an off-season trade with the Houston Astros in 2007, went 48 for 48 in save opportunities during the 2008 regular and post-seasons, before striking out Eric Hinske to give the Phils the championship. Plagued by injuries during the next three seasons (2009-2011), Lidge would pitch in four seasons for the Phils, the first three as their closer, compiling a record of 100 saves in 116 save opportunities, with a win-loss record of 3-11, as he pitched in 214 games, appearing in 203 total innings. During the 2011 season, after coming back from injury, Lidge would perform in mainly middle relief, appearing in 25 games, pitching in 19.1 innings, as he compiled an 0-2 record with 1 save in 1 save opportunity, with a 1.40 ERA. He would strike out 23 batters while walking only 13.
Originally a member of the Astros from 2002-2007, including being a member of the 2005 National League Champs, Lidge would appear in 592 games, all but 1 in relief, compiling a career record of 26-31, with an ERA of 3.44, while saving 223 games in 266 attempts, as he pitched in 594 innings. During his career, he would strike out a total of 789 batters, while walking only 276.
So long, Brad, good luck with your new team, except when you’re pitching against the Phils, of course. 🙂
Earlier today the Phils have announced that they have brought back Ed Wade, the recently fired GM of the Houston Astros.
Wade, who used to work for the Phils in several positions, most recently as the team’s GM from 1998-2005, will be acting as a special consultant to the baseball operations department. In his new posting, according to the club, he will be assisting in salary arbitration, as well as acting as a scout at both the major and minor league levels.
While it is true that during his tenure as the team’s GM, he was the one responsible for putting in place the team’s present core, Wade had also made a few free agent deals and trades that had backfired, ticking off the fan base in the process, especially when he did not appear willing to make the big trade that would had finally gotten the ballclub back into the playoffs, when it just missed getting in in the mid-2000s, before finally being given his walking papers. And, lets not forget how he reacted when he was let go by the Phils. (I mean his little tirade at the fans.)
I am just hoping that Amaro, Montgomery, Giles and company know what they’re doing bringing him back. Only time will tell, as I’ll, for now, will give them the benefit of the doubt.
Earlier today, the Phils have traded outfielder Ben Francisco to the Toronto Blue Jays for minor league reliever Frank Gailey.
Francisco, who was part of the deal with the Indians that originally brought Cliff Lee to the Phils in late July 2009, appeared in 225 games for the Phils from 2009-2011, mainly as their fourth outfielder, although for the first couple of months of 2011 he was the team’s starting right fielder, until he was put back on the bench before the Phils eventually traded with the Astros for Hunter Pence. In those games, he batted .259, having 136 hits including 32 doubles,1 triple and 17 home runs, while knocking in 75 RBIs. He also appeared in 17 post-season games, including the 2009 World Series, where he had an overall batting average of .105, with 2 hits in 19 at-bats, which includes his dramatic three-run home run in the third game of the 2011 National League Divisional Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, which gave the Phils a temporary 2-1 series lead, before finally falling to the eventual World Series champs in five games.
Gailey, a native Philadelphian, had pitched a combine 5-6 with a 3.41 ERA in 45 appearances for Class-A Dunedin and Double-A New Hampshire in the Blue Jays’ farm system. In his minor league career, overall, Gailey is 23-15 with a 2.45 ERA in 175 appearances.
Wish you luck with the Blue Jays, Ben, and thanks for what you did while you was here. Welcome to the organization, Frank. Hope you’ll be able to work your way to the main club.