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Moves the Phils have made during the past off-season…

Philadelphia_PhilliesAs 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. 🙂

As the Phils get close to stablizing their roster, they crush the Rays, 10-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesAs the Phils get close to finalizing their 25 men roster before heading north, the batters support a good performance by the pitching staff, as they crush the Rays, 10-1.

The Rays scored first in the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Sean Rodriguez hits an RBI double, scoring Jason Bourgeois, who had earlier singled, giving the Rays a 1-0 lead, before going on to third on the late throw to the plate. The Phils then tied the game up at one-all in the fifth as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Kevin Frandsen hits an RBI groundout, three-unassisted, scoring Ryan Howard, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at third base on Dom Brown’s double, while sending Brown, who had just doubled, over to third base. The Phils then took the lead one batter later as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Pete Orr hits an RBI single, knocking in Brown, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils then made it a 4-1 lead as Freddy Galvis hits a two-run home run, his third home run of the spring. The Phils increased their lead in the sixth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Brown hits an RBI double, scoring Chase Utley, who had started the inning off with a double, then stopped at third base on Howard’s single, giving the Phils a 5-1 lead, while sending Howard, who had earlier singled, over to third base. The Phils then made it a 7-1 lead as Frandsen followed Brown with a two-run double, scoring both Howard and Brown. Two batters later, with a man still on second base, and now with one man out, Galvis hits an RBI single, scoring Frandsen, giving the Phils an 8-1 lead, before moving up to second base on the late throw home. The Phils then made it a 9-1 lead as Humberto Qunitero hits an RBI single, scoring Galvis, before moving up to second base on the late throw to the plate. The Phils added to their lead in the eighth as, with a runner on second base, and with two men out, Quintero, who had earlier reached base with a double, would score on a throwing error by first baseman Shelley Duncan on a grounder hit by Ender Inciarte, giving the Phils a 10-1 lead. That would be the final score as Jonathan Papelbon pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Raul Valdes received a no-decision as he went three innings, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out five. Michael Stutes threw a scoreless inning, walking a batter. Jeremy Horst (2-1, 4.80) got the win as he threw two scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a wild pitch, while striking out a batter. Colby Shreve, Antonio Bastardo, Steven Inch and Jonathan Papelbon combined for three scoreless innings, giving up a walk (Shreve) between them, while striking out three Rays (Bastardo (1), Papelbon (2)). Roberto Hernandez (0-2) took the loss as he pitched six innings, giving up nine runs on eleven hits and a walk. Cesar Romos pitched an inning and two-thirds, giving up a run on two hits. Adam Liberatore pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man whom he would face.

The Phils collected thirteen hits in the game, with Dom Brown leading the team with three hits (Single, 2 Doubles, RBI), followed by Ryan Howard (Singles), Freddy Galvis (Single, Home Run, 3 RBIs) and Humberto Quintero (Single, Double, RBI) with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Chase Utley (Double), Kevin Frandsen (Double, 3 RBIs) and Pete Orr (Single, RBI) had the other four Phils’ hits. The final Phil run came in on a throwing error. The Phils also had a walk (Ben Revere) in the game.

The Phils (14-15)  play their next spring training game against the Tigers (18-12) at Joker Merchant Park in Jupiter, Florida. The game is to start at 1:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (2-0, 1.13), who is coming off a strong start against the Red Sox on March 21, receiving a no-decision, as he went six innings, giving up just one run on four hits and two walks, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 6-1 lost. He will be going for one final strong start as he prepare to be the Phils’ opening day pitcher. The Tigers will counter with Justin Verlander (1-2, 4.74), who is coming off a lost against the Astros on March 21, as he went five and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on six hits, as he struck out five, in the Tigers’ 7-2 lost. He will be trying to end his spring training with a good start. The Phils will be trying to do well in their last spring training game on the road.

The Phils even up their spring training record as they defeat the Yanks, 10-5.

Philadelphia_PhilliesTimely hitting, and a few Yanks’ mistakes, help leads the Phils to their second straight win as they even up their spring record, as they win by the score of 10-5.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Chase Utley reaches first base on first baseman Kyle Roller’s fielding error, allowing Jimmy Rollins, who had started the game off with a walk, then reached second base on Ben Revere’s single, to score, giving the Phils’ a 1-0 lead, while Revere, who had just singled, would move up to third base on the error. The Phils then made it a 2-0 lead as Ryan Howard hits into a 4-6-3 double play, wiping out Utley at second base, as Revere scored. The Phils increased their lead in the second as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Rollins hits a two-run double, scoring John Mayberry, Jr., who had earlier reached base on third baseman Kevin Youkilis’ fielding error, then stopped at third base on Steven Lerud’s single, and Lerud, who had just singled, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead. The Phils then added to their lead in the third as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Michael Young, and walks to Dom Brown and Darin Ruf, and with two men out, Mayberry hits a two-run single, knocking in Young and Brown, giving the Phils a 6-0 lead, while sending Ruf over to third base. The Yanks would get on the scoreboard in their half of the third as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Robinson Cano hits an RBI single, knocking in Francisco Cervelli, who had just doubled, making it a 6-1 Phils’ lead. The Yanks then made it a 6-3 Phils’ lead in the fifth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Addison Maruzak hits a two-run double, knocking in Cervelli, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stopped at second base on Walter Ibarra’s single, and Ibarra, who had just singled. The Yanks next cut the Phils’ lead down to 6-4 as Ronnie Mustelier hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the spring. The Phils would get a run back in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Josh Fields and Cody Asche, with Fields stopping at third base, and a walk to Brown, moving Asche up to second base, and with one man out, Fields would score on a force attempt, fielding error by third baseman Maruszak on a grounder hit by Ruf, giving the Phils a 7-4 lead, while both Asche and Brown would move up a base, leaving the bases loaded. The Phils then made it an 8-4 lead as Mayberry forced in a run with a walk, scoring Asche, while sending Brown over to third base, and moving Ruf up to second base, as the bases remained loaded. The Phils increased their lead as Humberto Quintero hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Brown, giving the Phils a 9-4 lead, while moving Ruf to third base. The Phils then took a 10-4 lead as, now with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Freddy Galvis hits an RBI single, scoring Ruf, while sending Mayberry on to third base. The Yanks would get a run back in their half of the seventh as, with two men out, Melky Mesa hits a solo home run, his second home run of the spring, making it a 10-5 Phils’ lead. That would end up as the final score as Rodrigo Lopez pitched two scoreless innings.

Roy Halladay got the win (1-0, 4.15) as he pitched two and a third innings, giving up a run on three hits and a walk, while striking out three. Cesar Jimenez pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two hits, while striking out two. Phillippe Aumont threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out two. Raul Valdes received his first hold of the spring as he threw two innings, giving up two runs on two hits, while striking out three. Rodrigo Lopez pitched two scoreless innings, giving up two hits and a walk, while he struck out a batter. Hiroki Kuroda (0-1, 5.40) took the lost as he pitched just an inning and two-thirds, giving up four runs, only one of which was earned, on three hits and a walk, while striking out two. David Robertson pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man that he would face. Joba Chamerlain pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk, striking out a batter. Vidal Nuno threw three scoreless innings, giving up two walks, while striking out four. Cody Eppley pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up four runs, only one of which was earned, on two hits and two walks. Preston Claiborne pitched an inning and a third, giving up two hits, while striking out two. Tom Kahnle pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, as he struck out two.

The Phils collected ten hits in the game, with Cody Asche leading the team with two hits, both singles. Jimmy Rollins (Double, 2 RBIs), Ben Revere (Single, RBI), Michael Young (Single), Darin Ruf (Single, RBI), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, 3 RBIs), Steven Lerud (Single), Freddy Galvis (Single, RBI) and Josh Fields (Single), had the other eight Phils’ hit. Humberto Quintero had the final Phil RBI, via sacrifce fly, while the last Phil run would score on a Ryan Howard’s doubleplay ball. The Phils also had seven walks (Rollins (2), Brown (3), Ruf (1), Mayberry (1)) in the game.

The Phils (3-3-1) will play their next spring training game tomorrow afternoon against the Blue Jays (4-4) at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin, Florida. The game will start at 1:05 pm EST. The Phils will be out to win their third straight game, while hoping that their starter will give them their eighth straight excellent start.

The Phils come from behind to win their first spring training game, as they defeat the Yanks, 4-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesA three-run seventh inning leads to the Phils’ first victory of the spring, as they come from behind to defeat the Bronx Bombers, 4-3.

The Yanks took a quick 1-0 lead in the first as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Mark Texieira hits an RBI double, knocking in Ichiro Suzuki, who had earlier singled, then stole second base for his first steal of the spring. The Phils would tie the game up at one-all in the sixth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Kevin Frandsen hits an RBI double, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier walked, then stopped at second base as Ben Revere grounded out, 1-3, for the inning’s second out. The Yankees regained the lead in the seventh as, with a man on first, and with one man out, JR Murphy hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the spring, scoring Adonis Garcia, who had just singled, giving the Yanks a 3-1 lead. The Phils would cut the Yanks’ lead in half in their half of the seventh as, with one man out, Domonic Brown hits a solo home run, his second home run of the spring, making it a 3-2 Yanks’ lead. The Phils took the lead three batters later as, with a man on second, via a double by Cody Asche, and now with two men out, Tommy Joseph hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the spring, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jeremy Horst would come in and pitched a scoreless ninth, recording his first save of the spring.

Kyle Kendrick received a no-decision as he threw two innings, giving up a run on three hits, as he struck out a batter. Aaron Cook followed with two scoreless innings, giving up two hits and a walk. Chad Durbin pitched a strong inning, giving up a hit. Zach Miner got the win (1-0, 9.00), although giving up two runs on three hits in two innings of work, as he struck out two batters. Cesar Jimenez recorded his first hold of the spring as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Jeremy Horst received his first save of the spring as he threw a scoreless inning, as he gave up two hits. Jose Ramirez also received a no-decision as he threw two scoreless innings, giving up a walk. David Robertson, Joba Chamberlain, and Juan Cedeno all recorded their first holds of the spring, as they combined for three scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Chamberlain), a walk (Robertson) and a hit batter (Cedeno) between them, while striking out two batters (Chamberlain). Jim Miller received his first blown save of the spring as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk. Zach Nuding recorded his first blown save of the spring, before taking the lost (0-1, 27.00), as he pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits, while striking out a batter. Branden Pindar threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two batters.

The Phils would record only five hits in the game, although making them count late in the game, a single by Ryan Howard (who’s spring batting average is presently at .500 (5 for 10), an RBI double by Kevin Frandsen, a double by Cody Asche, a solo home run by Dom Brown, and a two-run home run by Tommy Joseph. The Phils also collected three walks (Jimmy Rollins, Howard and Steven Lerud) and a hit batter (Brown) in the game.

The Phils (1-2-1) will play their next Grapefruit League game tomorrow afternoon against the Twins (2-2) at Hammond Baseball Park in Fort Myers, Fla. at 1:05 pm EST. The Phils will send to the mound newly acquired starter John Lannan (0-0, -.-), who will be making his first spring training start. He will be trying to even up the Phils’ win-loss record. The Twins will counter with Kevin Correia (0-0, 4.50), who gave up a run against the Orioles on February 23, as he pitched two innings, in the Twins’ 5-3 lost. He will be trying to get the Twins over the .500 mark in Grapefruit League action. The Phils will be seeing if they can even up their spring training record, while trying to heat him their bats, to give some runs support to the good starting pitching that they have so far received, while hoping that the bullpen will improve, before the first cuts are made.

Spring Training: Three home runs help to do in the Phils in their last spring training home game in Clearwater, as they lose to the Blue Jays, 8-5.

The Phils lose their last spring training home game in Florida as they drop one to the Blue Jays, 8-5.

The Blue Jays took the lead in the second as Edwin Encarnacion hits a lead-off home run, his fourth home run of the spring, giving the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead. The Blue Jays then took a 2-0 lead two batters later as, with a runner on second, and with still nobody out, Brett Lawrie hits an RBI single, knocking in Eric Thames, who had earlier doubled. The Blue Jays added to their lead in the third as, with two men on, and with two men out, Thames hits an RBI single, scoring Yunel Escobar, who had earlier walked, then reached second base on Placido Polanco’s fielding error of Encarnacio’s grounder, giving the Blue Jays a 3-0 lead, while sending Encarnacion, who was earlier safe at first on Polanco’s error, up to second base. The Phils got a run back in the fourth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Hunter Pence hits an RBI single, scoring Polanco, who had earlier doubled, making it a 3-1 Blue Jays’ lead. The Blue Jays got the run back in the fifth as, with two men out, Jose Bautista hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the spring, giving the Blue Jays a 4-1 lead. The Blue Jays then took a 5-1 lead in the seventh as, with two men on, and with one man out, Encarnacion hits a sacrifice fly, scoring pinch runner Jonathan Diaz, who had earlier replaced Kelly Johnson, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on John Tolisan’s single, before stopping at third when pinch runner Luis Valbuena, who was pinch running for Escobar, who had started the inning off with a single, and then went to second base on Johnson’s walk and then to third on Tolisan’s single, loading up the bases, was tagged out at the plate by Tyler Knigge, 2-1, when he tried to score on a ball that got past Brian Schneider, while sending Tolisan, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base when Valbuena tried to score, up to third base. The Phils got a run back in their half of the seventh as John Mayberry, Jr. hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the spring, making it a 5-2 Blue Jays’ lead. The Blue Jays got that run back in the eighth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Jeff Mathis hits an RBI single, scoring Rajai Davis, who had earlier walked, giving the Blue Jays a 6-2 lead. The Blue Jays then made it an 8-2 lead as Valbuena hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the spring, scoring Mathis. The Phils got a run back in their half of the eighth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Juan Pierre hits an RBI single, knocking in Lou Montanez, who had earlier walked, then stopped at second base on Laynce Nix’s single, making it an 8-3 Blue Jays’ lead, while sending Nix, who had earlier singled, would stop at third base. The Phils then made it an 8-4 Blue Jays’ lead when Nix came home on a Scott Gracey’s wild pitch, while Pierre would move up to second base. Hector Luna then made it an 8-5 Blue Jays’ lead with an RBI single, scoring Pierre. That would end up being the final score as Pete Orr popped out to third for the final out.

Roy Halladay (1-2, 5.73) took the lost as he pitched two innings, giving up two runs on three hits, while he struck out three. Raul Valdes pitched two innings, giving up a run on a hit and a walk, while striking out three. David Herndon pitched two innings, giving up a run on three hits, while striking out four. Tyler Knigge pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and two walks. Jordan Whatcott pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk. Juan Sosa pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Ricky Romero (2-0, 0.00) got the win as he pitched two 1-2-3 innings, striking out two. Carlos Villanueva collected his third spring hold as he pitched two innings, giving up a run on three hits, as he struck out three. Jason Frasor collected his first hold of the spring, as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up two hits. Clint Everts received his first hold of the spring as he pitched two innings, giving up a run on two hits. Scott Gracey threw two-thirds of an inning, as he gave up three runs on four hits and a walk. Robert Coello received his third save of the spring, as he pitched an inning and a third, as he struck out two.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Hector Luna (Singles, RBI) and Carlos Ruiz (Single, Double) both leading the team with two hits apiece. Shane Victorino (Single), Placido Polanco (Double), Pete Orr (Single), Hunter Pence (Single, RBI), Laynce Nix (Single), John Mayberry, Jr. (Home Run, RBI) and Juan Pierre (Single, RBI), had the other seven Phils’ hits. The fifth Phil run came in on a wild pitch. The Phils also had a walk in the game.

The Phils (12-16) will play their last spring training game against the Braves (10-17) in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.  Game time is 1:05 pm EDT.

Spring Training: The Phils defeat the Rays with a bases loaded, walk-off single, 2-1

The Phils defeat the Rays in the bottom of the ninth with a bases loaded, walk-off single, 2-1.

The Rays took the lead in the fourth as, with two men out, Evan Longorio hits a solo home run, his second home run of the spring, giving the Rays a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in the fifth as Brian Schneider hits a lead-off solo home run, his first home run of the spring. After neither team is able to score for the next seven frames, the Phils would win the ballgame in their half of the ninth as, with the bases loaded, via a double by Schneider, who is then pinch runned for by Tuffy Gosewisch, a single by Juan Pierre, sending Gosewisch to third base, and Pete Orr being hit by a pitch, sending Pierre up to second base, and with one man out, pinch hitter Hector Luna hits an RBI single, knocking in Gosewisch, giving the Phils a 2-1 walk-off win.

Cole Hamels received a no-decision as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on three hits and two walks, while striking out seven. Chad Qualls pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only batter that he would face. Joe Savery pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon (2-0, 0.90) got the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Jeremy Hellickson also received a no-decision as he went six innings, plus one batter, giving up a run on seven hits and two walks, while striking out three. Marquis Fleming pitched two 1-2-3 innings, striking out two. Ryan Reid (0-1, 3.18) took the lost as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on three hits and a hit batter.

The Phils had ten hits in the ballgame, with Shane Victorino (Singles), Brian Schneider (Double, Home Run, RBI) and Juan Pierre (Singles), all leading the team with two hits apiece. Placido Polanco (Single), Hunter Pence (Single), Cole Hamels (Single) and pinch hitter Hector Luna (Single, RBI), had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two walks and a stolen base (Pierre) in the game.

The next Phils (12-14) game will be a night game against the Yankees (13-10) at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida. The game is to start at 7:05 pm EDT.

Spring Training: The Phils defeat the Pirates in the bottom of the ninth with a walk-off home run, 5-4.

The Phils defeat the Pirates in the bottom of the ninth with a two out, walk-off home run, winning 5-4.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with a man on second, and with nobody out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI single, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had started the inning off with a double, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then made it a 2-0 lead two batters later as, with one man on, and now with one man out, Jim Thome hits an RBI double, scoring Polanco. The Phils added to their lead in the fourth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Brian Schneider hits an RBI single, scoring Thome, who had earlier walked, moved up to second base on Daniel McCutchen’s wild pitch, then stopped at third on Pete Orr’s single, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead, while sending Orr, who had just singled, up to second base. The Phils then took a 4-0 lead in the sixth as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Laynce Nix, who had started the inning off with a double, would score on a fielding error by left fielder Jake Fox on Orr’s single, which would allow Orr to reach second base. The Pirates would start a comeback in the eighth as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Nick Evans hits an RBI single, knocking in Nate McLouth, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on Fox’s ground out, 3-unassisted, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead. The Pirates then made it a 4-2 Phils’ lead as Eric Fryer hits an RBI double, scoring Evans. The Pirates than cut it down to a 4-3 Phils’ lead as Casey McGehee followed with an RBI double of his own, knocking in Fryer. The Pirates then tied the game up at four-all as Kirk Singer hits an RBI single, scoring McGehee. The Phils would win the game in the ninth as, with two men out, Scott Podsednik hits a walk-off solo home run, his first home run of the spring, giving the Phils a 5-4 walk-off win.

Cliff Lee got a no-decision as he pitched six strong shutout innings, giving up just three hits and a walk, while striking out three. Kyle Kendrick pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Antonio Bastardo pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up three runs on two hits and a walk. Michael Stutes blew his first save opportunity of the spring as he went a third of an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon (1-0, 1.00) got the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, while striking out a batter. Chris Resop pitched two innings, giving up two runs on three hits, while striking out two. Chris Leroux pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Daniel McCutchen pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, a walk and a wild pitch, as he struck out a batter. Joel Hanrahan threw a 1-2-3 inning. Ryota Igarashi pitched an inning, giving up a run on four hits. Jared Hughes and Kris Johnson combined for two scoreless innings, giving up two hits (one hit each) between them, while striking out a batter (Hughes). Daniel Moskos (0-1, 1.13) took the lost as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on one hit.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Scott Podsednik (Single, Home Run, RBI) and Pete Orr (Singles) leading the team with two hits apiece. Shane Victorino (Double), Placido Polanco (Single, RBI), Jim Thome (Double, RBI), Laynce Nix (Double), Brian Schneider (Single, RBI), Erik Kratz (Single), Freddy Galvis (Single) and Cliff Lee (Double) had the other eight Phils hits. The other Phil run came in on an error. The Phils also had a walk in the game.

The Phils (11-13) next graperfruit league game will be an afternoon game against the Twins (14-12) in Fort Myers, Florida. The game is set to start at 1:05 pm EDT.