The Phils hang on to a late lead to defeat the Braves, 6-4.
The Phils took a 1-0 lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Jim Thome hits an RBI single, knocking in Placido Polanco, who had earlier singled, then moved to second base on Shane Victorino’s walk, while sending Victorino, who had just walked, on to third base. The Braves tied the game up at one-all in the second as, with two men out, Matt Diaz hits a solo home run, his first home run of the spring. The Phils retook the lead in their half of the second as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, knocking in Freddy Galvis, who had earlier singled, than stopped at second base on a fielder’s choice out, 4-2-5, as Scott Podsednik, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved to third on Carlos Ruiz’s ground out, 3-1, was tagged out at home, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Braves retied the game up at two-all in the third as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Michael Bourn hits an RBI single, knocking in Tyler Pastornicky, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third on J.C. Boscan’s single, while Boscan, who had just singled, would stop at second base. Two batters latter, after Martin Prado had sacrifice bunted both runners up a base, 3-4, the Braves took the lead as Chipper Jones hits an RBI ground out, 5-3, scoring Boscan, giving the Braves a 3-2 lead. The Phils then tied the game up at three-all in their half of the third as, with two men out, John Mayberry, Jr. hits an RBI single, scoring Victorino, who had earlier doubled. The Phils retook the lead in the fourth as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Polanco hits an RBI single, knocking in Rollins, who had earlier singled, then went up to second base as Ruiz, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Galvis’s ground out, 4-3, was thrown out at home, 7-2, then stole third base, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. The Braves then retied the game up at 4-4 in the sixth as, with two men out, Dan Uggla hits a solo home run, his first home run of the spring. The Phils then retook the lead in the seventh as, with two men on, and with one man out, Podsednik hits an RBI single, scoring Hunter Pence, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Mayberry’s walk, giving the Phils a 5-4 lead, while sending Mayberry, who had just walked, up to second base. The Phils then made it a 6-4 lead as Brian Schneider hits an RBI single, scoring Mayberry, while sending Podsednik up to second base. That would be the final score as Diaz lined out to second base for the final out, giving Chad Qualls his first save of the spring.
Joe Blanton received a no-decision as he went five innings, giving up three runs on four hits, while striking out four. David Herndon blew his first save opportunity of the spring as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit. Dontrelle Willis (1-1, 16.88) got the win as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a walk. Antonio Bastardo received his third hold of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Chad Qualls collected his first spring save as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Jair Jurrjens also received a no-decision as he pitched four innings, giving up four runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out three. Jairo Asencio and Craig Kimbrel combined for two scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Asencio), while striking out one (Kimbrel) between them. Adam Russell (0-1, 5.40) took the lost as he gave up two runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Anthony Varvaro threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out three.
The Phils had fifteen hits in the ballgame, with Jimmy Rollins (Singles, RBI), Placido Polanco (Singles, RBI), Jim Thome (Singles, RBI), Hunter Pence (Single) and Scott Podsednik (Single, Double, RBI) all leading the club with two hits apiece. Tim Kennelly (Single), Shane Victorino (Double), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, RBI), Carlos Ruiz (Double) and Brian Schneider (Single, RBI) had the other five Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two walks, as well as two steals (Polanco, Rollins) in the game.
The Phils (6-7) will continue their spring training schedule with an afternoon game tomorrow afternoon with the Pirates (5-7) at Bradenton. The game will start at 1:05 pm EDT.
The Phils second split squad game end up as an extra-innings 4-4 tie with the Tigers, after 10 innings of play.
Detroit took the lead in the first as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Ryan Raburn hits a two-run home run, knocking in Ramon Santiago, who had started the game off with a double, giving the Tigers a 2-0 lead. The Phils cut the Tigers’ lead in half in the third as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Freddy Galvis hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Pete Orr, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Brian Schneider’s single, making it a 2-1 Tigers’ lead. The Tigers then increased their lead in the fourth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Clete Thomas hits an RBI force out, 6-4, wiping out Don Kelly, who had just singled, at second out, scoring Andy Dirks, who had earlier walked, then stopped at third on Kelly’s single, giving the Tigers a 3-1 lead. The Phils would get that run back in their half of the fourth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, John Mayberry, Jr. hits an RBI ground out, 5-3, knocking in Hunter Pence, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Jim Thome’s ground out, 6-3, making it a 3-2 Tigers’ lead. The Tigers got that run back in the fifth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Raburn hits an RBI double, knocking in Santiago, who had just singled, giving the Tigers a 4-2 lead. The Phils got the run back in their half of the fifth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Thome hits an RBI single, scoring Galvis, who had earlier been hit by the pitch, then moved up to second base on Jimmy Rollins’ walk, cutting the Tigers’ lead down to 4-3, while sending Rollins, who had earlier walked, up to second base. The Phils then tied the game up at four-all in the sixth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Galvis hits an RBI single, scoring Laynce Nix, who had earlier walked, then stopped at second base on Orr’s single, while sending Orr, who had just singled, on to second base. It would remain at 4-4 as neither team would be able to score from that point, before the game was called after ten innings.
Cliff Lee pitched three innings, giving up two runs on six hits, while striking out three. Chad Qualls pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and walk. Jonathan Papelbon pitched an inning, also giving up a run on two hits. Phillippe Aumont, J.C. Ramirez, Jake Diekman, B.J. Rosenberg and Tyson Brummentt combined for five scoreless innings, as they gave up four walks (Aumont (2), Ramirez (1), Rosenberg (1)) between them, while striking out two (Diekman). Rick Porcello pitched four innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out two. Daniel Schlereth collected his third save of the spring as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on a hit, a hit batter and a walk, as he struck out a batter. Jose Ortega blew his first save opportunity of the spring as he went an inning and a third, giving up a run on a hit and a walk. Chris Bootcheck, Brayan Villarreal and Robbie Weinhardt combined for four scoreless innings, giving up three hits (Bootcheck (2), Villarreal (1)), while striking out one (Villarreal).
The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Pete Orr (Singles) leading the team with three hits, followed by Laynce Nix with two hits, both singles. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Hunter Pence (Double), Derek Mitchell (Single), Jim Thome (Single, RBI), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, RBI), Brian Schneider (Single) and Freddy Galvis (Single, 2 RBIs) had the other seven Phils’ hits. The Phils also had three walks in the game.
The Phils (4-5-1) will continue their grapefruit league schedule with an afternoon game with the Pirates (3-6) at Bradenton, Florida. The game will begin at 1:05 pm EDT.
In Kissimmee, Florida, the Phillies’ ninth inning rally falls short as they lose to the Houston Astros, 6-5. Brett Myers started the game for the Phillies, getting dinged a bit by the Astros’ bats as he went five and a third innings, giving up four runs, including a solo home run to Miguel Tejeda in the fourth, on eight hits and a walk as he struck out a batter. Ryan Madson followed him, pitching one and two-thirds innings, giving up just two hits and no runs as he strikes out one. Robert Mosebach pitched an inning, giving up two runs on three hits while striking out one. Myers took the lost with his spring training record now at 1-2 with a 3.79 ERA
Among the batters, the Phillies collected thirteen hits, but were only able to cash in five runs. Shane Victorino, Eric Bruntlett, Jayson Werth, Raul Ibanez, and Pedro Feliz would each get two hits, with Werth’s two hits being a solo home run and a double. Matt Stairs, Rich Thompson and Chase Utley would get the other Phils’ hits, with Stairs’ hit being a pinch hit solo home run in the ninth inning. Bruntlett and Victorino also had doubles. Victorino, Bruntlett and Coste also knocked in runs, with Coste’s RBI being a sacrifice fly. Utley’s spring batting averages is now at .320, showing him to be ready for opening night.
The Phillies next Grapefruit League game will be played tomorrow afternoon against the Pirates at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Florida. Game time is 1:05 pm Eastern.
The Phillies have earlier this afternoon played their first game of Spring Training, facing the Pittsburgh Pirates in Bradenton, Florida. Sadly, they were on the losing end of an 8-2 score, thanks in part to an implosion by pitchers Joe Bisenius and Scott Nestor who gave up a total of seven runs on five hits and four walks, including a three-run home run to Shelby Ford, in the fourth and fifth innings. Those seven runs would give the Pirates a lead that they would never let go.
The Phils took the lead in the top of the third inning after Jamie Moyer’s two-innings of one-hit, two walks, worth of work, as Raul Ibanez showed his usefulness to the Phils early as he knocked in Jimmy Rollins from second after a Rollins’ single and his moving up to second on a Victorino ground out. The Pirates would then tie it in their half of the third, scoring a run off of Joe Blanton, before their seven-run, two-innings explosion against Bisenius and Nestor put them ahead to stay. The Phillies would be unable to score another run until the ninth when John Mayberry knocked in Jeremy Slayden with the Phils’ second and final run of the afternoon.
Other than Bisenius and Nestor’s implosion, Phils pitching did rather well, as Moyer struck out two batters to go along with his two walks; Blanton, also struck out two Bucos, although also giving up two hits and a run. Among the other three pitchers they used, Dave Borkowski pitched a scoreless inning; Jake Woods pitched a scoreless inning, striking out one and walking a batter and Mike Koplove struck out one in an inning of scoreless work. Overall, Phils pitching would give up eight runs on eight hits, including a double and a home run, walk seven batters while striking out eight.
The Phillies batters would get only seven hits off of nine Pirates pitchers (one pitcher used per inning), while also getting three walks while striking out eight times. Invitee Slayden would lead with two hits, including a double, while Rollins, Ibanez, Mayberry, Greg Dobbs and Geoff Jenkins would each get a hit.
Bisenius is the losing pitcher, with his Spring Training record at 0-1, with his ERA at 36.00. Donald Veal is the winning pitcher for the Pirates, as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up just one hit. His Spring Training record is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA.
The Phillies will play their first home game of Spring Training tomorrow afternoon at home in Clearwater, Florida, as they face the Toronto Blue Jays. Game time will be 1:05 pm Eastern.
As the Phillies continue to get ready for their first game of the regular season on Sunday, April 5 against the Atlanta Braves, their first game of Spring Training will take place in less than two days. On Wednesday, February 25, they will play a 1:05 pm Eastern Grapefruit League game with the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Pirates’ Spring Training home of Bradenton, Florida, at McKechnie Field. The Phillies will open their Spring Training schedule with Jamie Moyer and Joe Blanton on the mound.
Meanwhile, Chase Utley has been participating in fielding his position and in batting practice, but not taking any swings while in the cage, although he has taken swings elsewhere, and not on the batting tee, as he tries to get himself ready for opening day, although the Phils will be keeping an eye on him to prevent the possibility of a set-back through Utley’s eagerness to start. At the same time, Pedro Feliz is also taking grounders, but he has not been taking any swings in the batting cage, as the Phils worry about his back. But, with such options as Eric Bruntlett, prospect Jason Donald, Marcus Giles and Miguel Cairo in camp, the Phillies should be able to start the season okay in the infield for a few days if either player isn’t ready for opening day.
Phils’ opening day starter, Cole Hamels, will not pitch in a Grapefruit League game until March 4, as the Phils plan to go slowly with their ace, so that he will be ready to pitch by opening day, as well as to prevent him getting injured during spring training, as last year was his first year in the major leagues that he did not get injured.
Ah, opening day can’t come soon enough for me. GO PHILS!!! REPEAT!!!