As the Phils’ 2013 season wounded down, with the club wounding up in fourth place in the five-team NL East with a 73-89, .451 record, 23 games behind the first-place Atlanta Braves, the Phils first post-season move was to make interim manager, Hall of Famer Ryan Sandberg, the team’s 52nd manager, by signing him to a three-year contract on September 22, 2013. The Phils’ next move was to announce on September 30 that Rich Dubee was not returning as the team’s pitching coach, ending a nine season relationship with the Phils, as the team started to look for a new pitching coach. On that same day, they announced that they were promoting from the team’s Minor League system, Paul Fournier, as the team’s new strength and conditioning coach, replacing Doug Lien, who had held that position for the previous six seasons, as the club hopes to improve the team’s overall health.
The Phils next move was to make a shake-up in their 40 men roster as they outrighted infielders Michael Martinez and Pete Orr, right-handed pitcher Zach Miner and lefthander Mauricio Robles on October 3, while, on that same day, the Indians picked up right-hander Tyler Cloyd off of the waiver-wire, while the Astros picked up leftie Raul Valdes, opening up six spots on the roster.
Two days later, on October 5, the Phils announced that they would not be renewing the contract of bullpen catcher, Mick Billmeyer, who had been with the club since 2004, first as the catching instructor, then as the bullpen coach in 2009, before becoming the bullpen catcher in 2012. The next Phils move came from out of the blue as, on October 8, former Phils’ player and one time Phils’ manager, and fan favorite, Larry Bowa, rejoined the team as the new bench coach, while another ex-Phil, Pete Mackanin, would join the team as the new third base coach. The Phils also announced that Steve Henderson would remain as the team’s hitting coach while Wally Joyner would leave as the team’s assistant hitting coach, later being hired by the Detroit Tigers as their new hitting coach, while John Mizerock would later become the new assistant hitting coach and Jesus Tiamo would become the new catcher coach, as Juan Samuel would stay on as the team’s first base coach, while Rod Nichols would remain the bullpen coach.
The next move occurred on October 17 as John Lannan decided to become a free agent after he had been outrighted by the club, after refusing assignment.
Then on November 5, the Phils announced that they were hiring Scott Freedman to help the ballclub better understand the use of analytics in the evaluation of players. Seven days later, on November 12, the Phils announced their first free agent signing, as they signed right fielder Marlon Byrd to a two-year contract worth $16 million dollars. Byrd, who is a right-handed batter, and an ex-Phil, has played in the majors from 2002, having played for the Phils (2002-05), the Nats (2005-06), the Rangers (2007-09), the Cubs (2010-12), the Red Sox (2012), the Mets (2013) and the Pirates (2013), appearing in 1250 games, hitting .280 (1222 for 4367), knocking in 533 RBIs as he scored 600 times. Among his 1222 hits were 252 doubles, 32 triples and 106 HRs, while he has also walked 307 times. The Phils plan to use him in the line-up behind Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, the later of whom the team hopes will bounce back from several injuries plagued seasons and regain his form as the team’s RBI and home runs leader. The Phils next announced on November 15 that they have given four players minor league contracts with invites to spring training: right-hander Shawn Camp, left-hander Cesar Jimenez and outfielders Clete Thomas and Leandro Castro.
The Phils then announced on November 18 that they have resigned present catcher Carlos Ruiz to a three-year deal worth $26 million dollars with a team option of $4.5 million or a $500,000 buyout for 2017. The next day, the team announced that they have signed a minor league contract, with a spring training invitation, to infielder Reid Brignac, who would be competing for a utility infielder position with Kevin Frandsen and Freddy Galvis. On November 20, the Phils announced that they were adding four minor league prospects to their 40-man roster to keep them from being picked up by other teams in December’s 5-Rule draft: outfielders Aaron Altherr and Kelly Dugan, catcher Tommy Joseph and left-hander Rob Rasmussen.
The following day, November 22, the Phils signed Bob McClure as their new pitching coach, replacing Dubee. On that same day, they announced that they have signed infielder Andres Blanco to a minor league contract, with an invite to spring training.
On December 4, the Phils made a trade with the Blue Jays, receiving right-handed pitcher Brad Lincoln in exchange for catcher Erik Kratz and minor league pitcher Rasmussen. Lincoln, who has pitched for the Pirates and the Blue Jays (2010-13) has appeared in 97 games, 22 of which was as a starter, for a record of 9-11 with a 4.66 ERA. With one career save in two attempts, he has pitched in 220 games, giving up 228 hits, 123 runs, 114 of which were earned, as he struck out 167 batters while walking only 77. The Phils will likely use him in the bullpen. After the trade, the ballclub would sign catcher Wil Nieves to a one-year deal on December 5, as the team’s back-up catcher. Nieves, who has played for the Padres (2002), the Yankees (2005-2007), the Nats (2008-10), the Brewers (2011), the Diamondbacks (2012), the Rockies (2012-13) and the Diamondbacks again (2013), has appeared in 385 games, hitting .242 (249 for 1029), with 46 doubles, 2 triples and 8 home runs, as he knocked in 103 RBIs while scoring 78 times. He has also walked 59 times. On that same day, the Phils signed right-handed pitcher Jeff Manship to a minor league contract with a spring training invitation.
Then, on December 9, Roy Halladay announced his retirement from baseball, ending a 16-year career with the Blue Jays and the Phils, as he didn’t think he would be able to pitch after his most recent arm injury. Halladay, who said that he had signed a one-day contract with the Blue Jays to end his career as a Jay, and had paid a full page ad in the Philly newspaper thanking the Phils fans for their support during his time as a Phils (2010-13), had appeared in 416 career games, 390 as a starter, with a career record of 203-105, with a 3.38 ERA and a career save, had completed 67 games, 20 for shutouts, as he pitched in 2749.1 total innings, striking out 2117 batters as he walked only 592, as he gave up 2646 hits and 1135 runs, only 1034 of which were earned. He also threw a perfect game and a no-hitter in the post-season, both of which occurred during his first season as a Phil (2010). Thanks for being a member of the Phils, Roy, and being a class act, and wish you luck getting into the Hall.
On December 12, through the Rule 5-draft, the Phils would acquire right-hander Kevin Munson from the Diamondbacks’ Reno club, while they would lose right-hander Seth Rosin to the Mets, who would then trade him to the Dodgers for cash in the major league portion of the draft, and shortstop Jonathan Roof to the Red Sox in the Triple-A part of it, both from their Reading affiliate.
Next, on December 18, the Phils signed a one-year deal with right-hander Roberto Hernandez for $4.5 million dollars, plus performance and award bonuses. Hernandez, who has previous pitched for the Indians (2006-12) and the Blue Jays (2013), has appeared in 216 games, 177 as a starter, with a 59-82 record, with a 4.67 ERA. He will be part of the Phils’ starting rotation, along with Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, Kyle Kendrick and Jonathan Pettibone.
In January, the Phils made a new TV-deal with Comcast for 25-year, which included broadcasters Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews not returning to the broadcast booth. On the 14, the Phils had four players file for salary arbitration: outfielders Ben Revere and John Mayberry, Jr. and pitchers Antonio Bastardo and Kendrick. The next day, January 15, the Phils announce that former manger Charlie Manuel would be returning to the team as a consultant to general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. On the 17, the Phils announced that two of the four arbitration eligible players have signed one-year deals: Mayberry, who had agreed to a 1.587 million dollar deal, while Kendrick had agreed to one worth 7.675 million. The Phils then signed two minor league deals on the 21, one to veteran right-hander Chad Gaudin, and one to former Phil and veteran outfielder Bobby Abreu, with both being given spring training invites. On that same day, the Phils and Bastardo agreed to a one-year contract worth $2 million dollars. Three days later, on the 24, Ben Revere signed a one-year deal with the Phils for $ 1.95 million dollar.
With that, the last bit of news is that the Phils might be replacing Wheeler and Matthews with former Phils Matt Stairs and Jamie Moyer, both of whom have impressed the Phils in their separate interviews to join the broadcast team, and that finally, yesterday, the equipment truck has started heading south for the spring training facilities in Clearwater, Florida from Citizens Bank Park in Philly. It is now six more days before catchers and pitchers are suppose to appear in Clearwater.
Can’t wait for Spring Training to officially start. 🙂
The Phils start the series tonight with a night game. The game will be played at Progressive Field and will begin at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Roy Halladay (2-2, 5.08) who is coming off a no-decision against the Pirates on April 24, as he went six innings, giving up a run on a hit and two walks, while striking out eight, in the Phils’ 5-3 lost. Halladay will be looking for his fourth straight quality start and his third straight win, after having been crushed for 13 runs in his first two starts of 2013. The Indians will send to the mound Zach McAllister (1-3, 3.52), who is coming off a lost against the White Sox on April 24, as he went five and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on five hits and five walks, while striking out four, in the Indians’ 3-2 lost. He will be trying to cool off the presently red-hot Phils’ offense. The Phils will be out to increase their present winning streak to four games, while trying to win the opener in their second series against an American League team.
The Phils, two days after the return of Carlos Ruiz, who on Sunday went one for four (.250) with a double, actually reaching base twice as he was safe at first on a fielding error, have just activated Delmon Young, who have just finished his rehabbing assignment with the Iron Pigs, after having hit .367 (11 for 30) with two doubles and two RBIs in seven starts with both Class A Clearwater and the Iron Pigs. The Phils, to make room on their roster for D. Young, have designated for assignment outfielder Ezequiel Carrera, who, in 13 games, have batted just .077 (1 for 13), with a walk and two runs scored.
The Phils took the lead in the first as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Michael Young hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Ben Revere, who started the game off with a single, moved up to second base on Justin Verlander’s throwing error on a pick-off attempt, then stopped at third base on Kevin Frandsen’s ground out, three-unassisted, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils increased their lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Ender Inciarte hits an RBI single, scoring Carlos Ruiz, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on John Mayberry, Jr’s walk, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while sending Mayberry, who had earlier walked, on to third base, before moving up to second base on the right fielder’s wide throw to the plate. The Tigers got on the board in the sixth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Austin Jackson hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Alex Avila, who had started the inning off with a single, moved up to second base on Zach Minor’s wild pitch, then went to third base on Omar Infante’s ground out, 4-3, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils got the run back in the seventh as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Young hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in Inciarte, who had started the inning off with a single, stole second base, then stopped at third base on Revere’s single, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead, while sending Revere, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, over to third base. The Phils then made it a 4-1 lead as, with runners on the corners, as Lynce Nix walked, and now with two men out, Revere would score on Bruce Rondon’s balk, while Nix moved up to second base. That would end up being the final score as Chris Nichols ended the game by getting pinch-hitter Corey Jones to ground out, three-unassisted, for the game’s final out.
Cole Hamels (3-0, 0.95) got the win as he threw three scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out three. Chad Durbin recorded his second hold of the spring as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Zach Miner recorded his first hold of the spring as he threw two innings, giving up a run on two hits, a walk, and a wild pitch, while striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo received his fourth hold of the spring as he threw a scoreless inning, striking out two. Brandon Erbe recorded his first hold of the spring as he went one and two-thirds innings, striking out a batter. Chris Nichols pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man whom he would face. Justin Verlander (1-3, 4.01) took the lost as he went five and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on five hits, a walk and a hit batter, while striking out five. Jess Todd pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Bruce Rondon pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits, two walks and a balk, while striking out a batter. Darin Downs pitched one and a third innings, striking out three batters. Luis Marte pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one.
The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Ben Revere (Singles) and Ender Inciarte (Singles, RBI) both leading the team with two hits each. Michael Young (Double, 2 RBIs), Carlos Ruiz (Single), John Mayberry, Jr. (Double) and Troy Hanzawa (Single), had the other four Phils’ hits. The final Phil run came in on a balk. The Phils also had three walks (Laynce Nix, Ruiz and Mayberry), a hit batter (Kevin Frandsen) and three stolen bases (Revere 2 (9) and Inciarte (2)) in the game.
The Phils (15-15) will play their final spring training game at Clearwater against the Blue Jays (14-16) tomorrow. Game time is 1:05 pm EDT. The Phils will be trying to end their Grapefruit League season on a high note.
First off, I would like to take the time to say, Happy New Year’s, folks. Second, sorry for the lack of posts, but, I got too busy with other things to get myself in gear to do new posts. But, I now got the time, and boy, do I have a lot to cover, as the Phils made some wheeling and dealing and small-scale free agent signings which they hope will put them into position to get back into the playoffs this upcoming October.
First, in the Rule Five Draft they picked up outfielder Ender Inciarte from the Arizona Diamondbacks, whom they hope will anchor centerfield in a few seasons, while drafting in the Triple-A Phase of the draft right-handed pitcher Brendan Lafferty from the Kansas City Royals organization, while not losing a player to the draft.
On the same day, December 6, they made a trade with the Minnesota Twins, getting centerfielder Paul Revere, in exchange for minor league right-handed pitching prospect Trevor May and, coming as a complete surprise to most, right-handed starter Vance Worley. Revere, who appeared in 124 games for the Twins, batted .294 (150 for 511), hitting 13 doubles and 6 triples, as he scored 70 times, while knocking in 32. He had also stole 40 bases, ranking him third in the AL for 2012, being caught just 9 times. May spent 2012 pitching for the Reading Phillies (now the Fighting Phillies). Worley, who was placed on the disabled list towards the end of the 2012 season, before having an operation to remove bone chips from his elbow, would pitch in 23 games for the Phils before being shut down, all starts, as he collected a 6-9 record, with a 4.20 ERA and a WHIP of 1.51, as he pitched in 133 innings, giving up 154 hits and 69 runs, 62 of which were earned, as he struck out 107 batters, while walking only 47. Sorry to see you go, Vance, and I wish you luck in Minnesota, as long as you don’t pitch against the Phils. And, welcome to the team, Paul. I hope you’ll enjoy your stay here.
Then, on December 8, the Phils announced that they had made another trade, this one with the Texas Rangers, as they brought in Michael Young to take over duties at third base, in exchange for right-handed relief pitcher Josh Lindblom and pitching prospect Lisalverto Bonilla. Michael Young, who has also played first base, second base and shortstop, appeared in 156 games for the former American League Champs (2010-11) batting .277 (169 for 611), as he hit 27 doubles, 3 triples and 8 home runs during the season, knocking in 67 runs, while scoring 79 times. He also walked 33 times. Josh Lindblom, who had started the 2012 season pitching relief for the Los Angeles before being traded to the Phils as part of a trade involving Shane Victorino, appeared in 74 games for both clubs, all in relief, posting a combined record of 3-5 with one save in four save opportunities, as he fielded an ERA of 3.55 and a WHIP of 1.35. He pitched in 71 innings, allowing 61 hits and 31 runs to score, of which 28 were earned. He walked 35 batters while striking out 70. Bonilla spent 2012 pitching for Clearwater and then Reading in the Phils’ farm system. Welcome to the team, Michael. I hope that you can help the team via both your bat and your glove, especially the later, as it looks like you may not just be covering the hot corner of third base during the season.
After the two trades, the Phils then made a pair of minor free agent signings, both pitchers, one a reliever and the other a starter. First, they signed to a two-years, $12 million dollars contract, with relief pitcher Mike Adams, formerly of the Rangers, who will be acting as the eight-inning bridge to Jonathan Papelbon, as he plans to take over an inning that was a major problem for the ballclub all season long. For the Rangers, Adams pitched in 61 games, compiling a 5-3 record with a 3.27 ERA and a WHIP of 1.39, as well as collecting a save in two save attempts. He would pitch in 52 and a third innings, giving up 56 hits and 21 runs, 19 of which were earned, as he struck out 45 batters, while walking only 17. The Phils then signed former Washington Nationals’ starter John Lannan, who is to become the Phils’ fifth starter, to replace Worley in the rotation, to a one-year deal worth $2.5 million dollars. Lannan, who had spent his entire career with the Nats, before becoming a free agent, appeared in only six games last year, all of them starts, as he compiled a record of 4-1 with a 4.13 ERA and a WHIP of 1.44, as he pitched a total of 32 and two-thirds innings, giving up 33 hits and 15 runs, all earned. He struck out 17 batters, while walking 14. During his six seasons with the Nats, Lannan had a win-lost record of 42-52, as he compiled an ERA of 4.01 and a career WHIP of 1.42, as he pitched a total of 783 and two-thirds innings, while appearing in 134 games, all starts. He would give up a total of 820 hits, as opponents scored 393 times, with 349 of those runs being earned. He would strikeout a total of 410 batters, while walking just 296. Welcome to the ballclub, guys. I hope that you two were worth the money spent.
The Phils have during the month mention that they would like to add a veteran corner outfielder, either via free agent signing or another trade, but it looks like they have the club they want before they enter spring training next month. I’m just hoping this team will improve on their third place finish last year.
The Phils are outgunned from the start as they lose to the Twins, 11-7.
The Twins take a 2-0 lead in the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, Justin Morneau hits a two-run home run, his third home run of the spring, scoring Joe Mauer, who had just singled. The Twins added to their lead in the second as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Luke Hughes, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Danny Valencia’s single, would score on pitcher Vance Worley’s force attempt, throwing error to second base on Ben Revere’s ground ball, giving the Twins a 3-0 lead, while allowing Valencia, who had earlier singled, to reach second base, and Revere to reach first. Two batters later, after Alexi Casilla had moved both runners up a base with a sacrifice bunt, 5-3, the Twins took a 4-0 lead as Denard Span hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Valencia. The Phils got a run back in the third as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, knocking in Lou Montanez, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Miguel Abreu’s single, making it a 4-1 Twins’ lead, while sending Abreu, who had earlier singled, up to second base. The Twins got the run back in the fourth as, with two men on, and with no one out, Span hits an RBI single, knocking in Valencia, who had earlier singled, then went to third on second baseman Abreu’s throwing error on Casilla’s grounder, giving the Twins a 5-1 lead, while moving Casilla, who was safe on Abreu’s error, up to second base. Two batters latter, after Jamey Carroll had loaded up the bases with a single, moving both runners up a base, the Twins took a 6-1 lead as Mauer hits an RBI single, scoring Casilla, while sending Span on to third and Carroll up to second base. The Twins then took a 7-1 lead as, with the bases still loaded, and still with one man out, Morneau hits an RBI single, scoring Span, while moving the other runners up a base. The Twins then made it an 8-1 lead as Josh Willingham hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Carroll. The Twins then broke the game wide open as, with two men on, and now with two men out, Hughes hits a three-run home run, his fifth home run of the spring, scoring both Mauer and Morneau, giving the Twins an 11-1 lead. The Phils got a run back in the fifth as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI double, scoring Rollins, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Mauer’s passed ball, cutting the Twins’ lead down to 11-2. The Phils then cut the Twins’ lead down to 11-3 in the seventh as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Hunter Pence hits an RBI double, knocking in pinch runner Albert Cartwright, who was pinch running for Rollins, who earlier had been hit by a pitch, then moved up to second base on Tuffy Gosewisch’s single, while sending Gosewich, who had just singled, on to third base. The Phils then made it an 11-4 Twins’ lead as pinch hitter Erik Kratz hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Gosewisch. Two batters later, after Hector Luna had sent Pence on to third base on a single, to put runners on the corners, Pence would come in to score on a Glen Perkins’ wild pitch, making it an 11-5 Twins’ lead, while sending Luna up to second base. The Phils then made it an 11-6 Twins’ lead in the eighth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Gosewisch hits an RBI single, scoring Pete Orr, who had earlier doubled. The Phils would then make it an 11-7 Twins’ lead in the ninth as, with one man out, Luna hits a solo home run, his third home run of the spring. That would end up being the final score as Laynce Nix grounded out, 4-3, for the game’s final out.
Vance Worley (1-3, 4.50) took the lost as he lasted four innings, giving up eleven runs, only five of which were earned, on eleven hits, while striking out three. Raul Valdes and David Herndon would combine for four scoreless innings, giving up three hits (Valdes (2), Herndon (1)) between them, while striking out four (two batters apiece). Francisco Liriano (2-1, 2.45) got the win as he pitched four innings, plus two batters, giving up two runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out three. Brian Duensing pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Glen Perkins went an inning, giving up three runs on three hits and a wild pitch, as he struck out two. Matt Capps pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. Alex Burnett pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk, while striking out one.
The Phils had fifteen hits in the game, with Hector Luna leading the ballclub with three hits (2 Singles, Home Run, RBI). Jimmy Rollins (Singles, RBI), Carlos Ruiz (Single, Double, RBI), Tuffy Gosewisch (Singles, RBI), Lou Montanez (Single, Double) and Miguel Abreu (Single, Double) all followed with two hits each. Hunter Pence (Double, RBI) and Pete Orr (Double) had the other two Phils’ hits. Pinch Hitter Erik Kratz had the other Phil RBI with a ground out, while the final Phil run came in on a wild pitch. The Phils also had two walks and a hit batter (Rollins).
The next Phils (11-14) game will be a home game at Bright House Field in Clearwater against the Blue Jays (7-15). Start time is 1:05 pm EDT.
The Phils are unable to produce any offense as they are shutout by the Red Sox, 6-0.
The BoSox took a quick 1-0 lead in the first as, with one man out, Dustin Pedroia hits a solo home run, his second home run of the spring. The Red Sox added to their lead in the second as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who had started the inning off with a single, and then went to third on Ryan Sweeney’s single, would score on Jimmy Rollins’ force attempt throwing error to second base as he tried to force out Sweeney on Jose Iglesias’ grounder, giving the Red Sox a 2-0 lead, while allowing Sweeney, who had earlier singled, to be safe at second base, while Iglesias would be safe at first on the error. The BoSox then made it a 3-0 lead in the fifth as, with one man on, and with two men out, David Ortiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Lars Anderson, who had earlier doubled. The Red Sox then took a commanding 5-0 lead as Cody Ross hits a two-run home run, his third home run of the spring. The Red Sox then made it a 6-0 lead in the ninth as Mauro Gomez hits a lead-off home run, his second home run of the spring. That would end up being the final score as Ross Ohlendorf got Hector Luna to hit into a 6-4-3 doubleplay, wiping out Pete Orr, who had just singled, at second base, to end the ballgame.
Joe Blanton (0-1, 4.80) took the lost as he went five innings, giving up five runs on seven hits, while striking out five. Hector Neris and Chad Qualls combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Neris) and a walk (Neris), while striking out three (Neris (2), Qualls (1)) between them. Tyson Brummett pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on two hits. Lisalverto Bonilla pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Jon Lester (2-1, 3.50) got the win as he pitched seven shutout innings, giving up just two hits, while striking out ten. Matt Albers and Ross Ohlendorf combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Ohlendorf), while striking out a batter (Albers) between them.
The Phils had just three hits in the game, a single by Pete Orr, a single by Lou Montanez and a double by Freddy Galvis, as they were kept off balanced by starter Jon Lester for seven innings, before he gave the ball to the BoSox’s bullpen.
The Phils (10-13) next spring training game will be tomorrow afternoon at Bright House Field in Clearwater against the Pirates (8-13). The game is to start at 1:05 pm EDT.
The Phils end up in an extra-innings tie with the Orioles, 3-3.
The Orioles took a quick 1-0 lead in the first as, with one man out, Nolan Reimold hits a solo home run, his second home run of the spring. The Orioles then added to their lead three batters later as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ronny Paulino hits an RBI single, knocking in Wilson Betemit, who had earlier doubled. The Phils got a run back in the third as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI single, knocking in Freddy Galvis, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third base on Jimmy Rollins’ single, making it a 2-1 Orioles’ lead, while moving Rollins, who had earlier singled, up to second base. The Phils then took a 3-2 lead as Jim Thome hits an RBI double, knocking in both Rollins and Polanco. The Orioles tied the game up at three-all in the eighth as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Trent Mummey hits an RBI double, knocking in Steve Tolleson, who had earlier singled, then stole second base. That would end up being the final score as Brandon Tripp lined out to left for the game’s final out.
Roy Halladay received a no-decision as he went six and a third innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and two walks, while he struck out nine. Antonio Bastardo collected his fourth hold of the spring as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out both man that he would face. Jose Contreras blew his first save opportunity of the spring as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out two. Jonathan Papelbon threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Juan Morillo pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Brian Matusz pitched four and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out two. Pat Neshek pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man he would face. Jason Berken, Troy Patton, Pedro Strop, Dana Eveland and Stuart Pomeranz combined for five scoreless innings, giving up three hits (Berken (1), Eveland (2)) and a walk (Patton) between them, while striking out three (Berken (1), Strop (1), Eveland (1)).
The Phils had nine hits in the ballgame, with Freddy Galvis (Singles) leading the team with three hits, followed by Carlos Ruiz (Single, Double) with two hits. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Placido Polanco (Single, RBI), Jim Thome (Double, 2 RBIs) and Erik Kratz (Single) had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two walks and a stolen base (Rollins) in the game.
The Phils (10-12-3) next game will be an afternoon game tomorrow afternoon with the Red Sox (10-10) at Bright House Field in Clearwater. The game is to start at 1:05 pm EDT.