The Phils took the lead in the second as, with the bases loaded, via Darin Ruf being hit by a pitch, an infield single by Dom Brown, moving Ruf up to second base, and a single by Yuniesky Betancourt, moving both runners up a base, and with one man out, Humberto Quintero forces in a run with a walk, scoring Ruf from third, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while moving Brown to third base, and sending Betancourt up to second base, as the bases remain loaded. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as Ben Revere walks in a run, forcing home Brown, while sending Betancourt and Quintero on to third and second base respectively, as the bases stayed loaded. The Phils then made it a 3-0 lead as Michael Young hits an RBI single, scoring Betancourt from third, while sending Qunitero up to third base, and Revere on to second base, leaving the bases loaded. The Phils then added to their lead as Chase Utley walks, bringing home Quintero, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead, while sending Revere on to third base, and Young up to second base, as the bases stayed loaded. The Phils then took a 5-0 lead in the fourth as, with a man on third, and with nobody out, Young hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, for the inning’s first out, as he knocked in Revere, who had started the inning off with a single, then stole second base, before moving on to third on catcher Michael McKenry’s throwing error. That would end up being the final score as Raul Valdes threw two 1-2-3 innings.
John Lannan (2-0, 1.13) got the win as he threw three scoreless innings, giving up just one hit and two walks. Mike Adams pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Adam Morgan collected his first hold of the spring as he threw three shut out innings, walking two batters, while striking out two. Raul Valdes pitched two 1-2-3 innings, striking out two batters. A.J. Burnett (0-3, 17.36) took the lost as he lasted only an inning and a third, giving up four runs on four hits, two walks and a hit batter, while striking out two. Kris Johnson pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out three. Wandy Rodriguez pitched three innings, giving up an unearned run on two hits, a walk, and a hit batter, while he struck out three Phils. Duke Welker, Vic Black and Hunter Strickland combined for three scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Welker (1), Strickland (1)) and a walk (Welker) between them, while striking out a batter (Black).
The Phils had nine hits in the game with Ben Revere (RBI), Michael Young (2 RBIs) and Yuniesky Betancourt all leading the team with two hits each, all singles. Dom Brown (Single), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single) and Cesar Hernandez (Single), had the other three Phils’ hits. Chase Utley had the other Phil RBI, via a bases loaded walk. The Phils also had five walks in the game (Revere, Utley, Darin Ruf, Betancourt and Humberto Quintero) and two hit batters (Ruf (2)) in the game.
The Phils will played a game with a team made up of players from the Dominican Republic (WBC). The game will be played at Bright House Field and will start at 1:05 pm EST.
Last week the Phils’ picked up, via waivers, infielder Carlos Rivero from the Cleveland Indians.
The team is still looking for low price free agents for their bullpen, while pondering whether to give new contracts to either Chad Durbin or Jose Contreras, or to both pitchers. In the meantime, they are in the hunt to resign Jayson Werth, but since his agent Scott Boras is asking for money in the Matt Holliday/Jason Bay range, it is more than likely that he won’t be back in red pinstripes.
It has been announced on Monday that ex-Phil Jamie Moyer has re-injured his left elbow while pitching winter ball in the Dominican Republic, while trying to prove that he can still pitch. Ouch. Talk about a setback. Hope it wasn’t too bad an injury, Jamie.
It was also announced yesterday that former Phil GM Pat Gillick is on the Hall of Fame ballot that is being sent to the committee to elect those managers, executives and retired players who were not elected originally, who come from Baseball’s Expansion-era (post-1960). Congrats on getting on the Ballot, Pat, and wish you luck getting into the Hall. You deserve it.
Lastly, today, there is speculation that former Phil, ex-Orioles manager and fan favorite, Juan Samuel, is thinking of taking over Davey Lopes’ position as the team’s first base coach. If he does, that should be good news for the team, since he was a very successful base stealer during his days as a ballplayer. Is has also been announced that they are looking at Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg as the new manager for their Triple-A Lehigh Valley ballclub, as he is leaving the Cubs Triple-A club after being pass over as the main club’s new manager. He might be another popular move, if the Phils do go after him. Whether the pair will actually get either post is another question.