In spite of a late ninth inning rally, the Phils lost their grapefruit league opener to the Yankees, 8-5.
The Yankees took a 1-0 lead in the first as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI double to left, knocking in Curtis Granderson, who had earlier doubled. The Phils took the lead in their half of the first as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Hunter Pence crush a two-run home run to center, his first home run of the spring, scoring Shane Victorino, who had earlier reached first base on a fielding error by shortstop Eduardo Nunez, then went to second on pitcher Ivan Nova’s pick-off attempt-throwing error, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Yankees then tied the game up at two-all in the third as, with one man out, Granderson hits a wind-assisted solo home run to left, his first home run of the spring. The Yanks then took the lead in the sixth as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Jorge Vazquez hits an RBI single, knocking in Cole Garner, who had earlier doubled, giving the Yanks a 3-2 lead, before moving up to second base on the late throw to the plate. The Yanks then made it a 4-2 lead in the seventh as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Dewayne Wise hits a wind helped RBI triple to center, scoring Chris Dickerson, who had just doubled. The Yankees then took a 6-2 lead as Gardner hits a two-run home run to left, his first home run of the spring, knocking in Wise. The Bronx Bombers then took an 8-2 lead in the top of the ninth as, with runners on the corners, thanks to a walk to Dickerson, and a single to Wise, sending Dickerson on to third, and with two men out, pinch hitter Zoilo Almonte hits a two-run pinch hit double, scoring both Dickerson and Wise. The Phils started a rally in their half of the ninth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Kevin Frandsen hits a two-run home run, his first of the spring, scoring Juan Pierre, who had earlier singled, cutting the Yanks’ lead down to 8-4. Three batters later, with a man on first, and with two men out, the Phils cut the Yanks’ lead down to 8-5 as Tyson Gillies hits an RBI double, knocking in Scott Podsednik, who had just singled. That would end up being the final score as Michael O’Connor ended the game by striking out Cesar Hernandez, swinging, for the game’s final out.
Cole Hamels received a no-decision as he pitched two innings, giving up a run on three hits, while striking out one. Dave Bush blew his first save opportunity of the spring, as he went two innings, giving up a run on a hit, as he struck out two. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Dontrelle Willis (0-1, 9.00) took the lost as he went an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk. Chad Qualls pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits, while striking out one. Raul Valdes pitched a scoreless inning, striking out two. Michael Stutes pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits, striking out a batter. Ivan Nova also received a no-decision as he pitched two innings, giving up two runs on a hit, while he struck out two. David Phelps pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, as he struck out a batter. Manny Banuelos (1-0, 0.00) got the win as he pitched two scoreless innings, giving up two walks. Dellin Betances and Cesar Cabral combine for two scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Cabral) between them, while walking two (Betances). Michael O’Connor pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out one.
The Phils had eight hits in the ballgame, with Tyson Gillies leading the ballclub with two hits, a single and a double, while knocking in a run, followed by Hunter Pence (HR, 2 RBIs), Ty Wigginton (Single), Scott Podsednik (Double), Hector Luna (Single), Juan Pierre (Single) and Kevin Frandsen (HR, 2 RBI). The Phils also collected five walks in the game, as well as a stolen base (Pierre).
The Phils next spring training game will be an afternoon game tomorrow with the Yankees in Tampa Bay, Florida, starting at 1:05 pm EST.
In their first game of Spring Training, the Phils have defeated the Florida State University Seminoles, 6-1.
The Phils took a 1-0 in the sixth, before taking a commanding lead in the seventh with a five run outburst, after Florida had tied the game up in the top of the seventh.
The Phils had seven hits in the game, including a home run by Hector Luna, while Phils’ pitchers scattered six hits. Both teams committed an error in the game.
The winning pitcher for the Phils was J.C. Ramirez, who had given up the lone Seminoles’ run, while Waugh took the lost for Florida Satte.
The Phils first official spring training game will be this up coming Saturday, as they will face the New York Yankees at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida, at 1:05 pm Eastern time.
Yesterday, as the Phils’ pitchers and catchers begin their first official workout at Carpenter Field in Clearwater, Florida, the Phils announced that they have extended Kyle Kendrick’s contract.
Kendrick, who had about a month ago avoided arbitration by signing a one-year contract worth $3.585 million dollars, will now receive a two-year contract worth $7.5 million dollars plus incentives.
The move shows how much the Phils value his versatility as being a starter, a spot starter, and a long man out of the bullpen. Hopefully this will also mean that they have enough money to later give Cole Hamels an extension on his one-year contract. Time will tell on that one, I guess.
Glad that you’ll be sticking around, Kyle. Do not mess up.
Oh, and welcome back Baseball! Go PHILS!!!
A combine one-hit shutout by Jamie Moyer and the bullpen, and three home runs from Raul Ibanez and Ryan Howard starts off the Phils’ second half with a win, as they defeat the second place Marlins, 4-0. The victory increased the Phils’ lead in the NL East to five games, guaranteeing that they’ll leave Florida with the lead by the time the four-games series is over.
The Phils took the lead in the second as, with one man on, and nobody out, Raul Ibanez hits a two-run home run, his twenty-third home run of the season, scoring Ryan Howard, who had earlier singled, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Phils increased their lead in the fourth as, with one man out, Ibanez hits a solo home run, his second home run of the night, and his twenty-fourth home run of the season, making it a 3-0 Phils’ lead. In the sixth, the Phils made it 4-0 as, with one man out, Ryan Howard launched a solo shot of his own, his twenty-three home run of the season, and the 200th home run of his career, becoming the fastest man to do so as he broke Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner’s old record of doing so in his 706th game, as he hit his in his 658th career game. Meanwhile, Jamie Moyer was having an easy time with the Marlins, only getting into trouble in the Marlins’ fifth, as he gave up a lead-off single to Jorge Cantu, and a one-out walk to Ronny Paulino, moving Cantu to second base. But, he would then get out of the inning by getting Cody Ross to foul out to the catcher, 2-unassisted, for the inning’s second out, and then getting Brett Carroll to hit into a force out, 5-4, wiping out Paulino at second base. The Marlins would never threathen again after that, as Moyer handed the ball over to Ryan Madson, who pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning, and who in turned handed the ball to J.C. Romero, who pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, preserving both the one-hitter and the shut out.
Jamie Moyer got the win, as he pitched seven very strong innings, giving up only a single and a walk, while striking out four. His record is now 9-6, as he won his 255th career victory, placing him in 41st place on the All-Time Wins List, with a 5.58 ERA. Ryan Madson and J.C. Romero combined for two scoreless innings, as they got out all six men that they would face, striking out one batter (Romero) between them. Chris Volstad took the lost, as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out five. His record is now 6-9 with an ERA of 4.53. Luis Ayala, Brendan Donnelly and Kiko Calero all combined for three scoreless innings, as they gave up three hits, (one hit apiece) and one walk (Donnelly), while they struck out five batters (Ayala (1), Donnelly (2), Calero (2)).
The Phillies would collect ten hits in the game, with both Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez both leading the way with two hits apiece, with Howard’s hits being a single and a solo home run, the 200th of his career, and Ibanez’s hits being a two-run home run and a solo home run, accounting for all of the Phils’ runs. Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino, Chase Utley, Pedro Feliz, Carlos Ruiz, and Jamie Moyer collected the other six Phils’ hits. The Phils start the second half on a winning note, as they continue to be the best road team in the majors while they increased their winning streak to six games.
The Phillies (49-38, 1st) continue their four-games series with the Marlins (46-45, 2nd) tonight. The game will be played at Land Shark Stadium and will start at 7:10 pm. The Phils starter will be Cole Hamels (5-5, 4.87), who is coming off of a no-decision against the Pirates on July 11, as he pitched six innings, giving up five runs on seven hits, as he struck out six, in the Phils’ dramatic 8-7 come from behind win. He will once again try to show that he is indeed the ace of the Phillies rotation. The Marlins will oppose with Ricky Nolasco (6-7, 5.76), who is coming off a lost against the D-backs on July 10, as he pitched six innings, giving up seven runs on nine hits and a walk, while he struck out eight, in the Marlins’ 8-0 lost. He will be trying to keep the Marlins from trailing the Phils even further in the pennant race. The Phils will be seeing if they can increase their winning streak to seven games while increasing their lead in the NL East to six full games, thus making things easier for them for the rest of the season.
The Phillies (6-8, 3rd) start a three-games road trip with the Florida Marlins (11-4, 1st), who are presently mired in a three games losing streak. The first game of the three-games set will be played tonight at Dolphin Stadium in Miami, Florida. It will start at 7:10 pm Eastern. The Phillies will send to the mound Brett Myers (1-1, 5.03), who is coming off a recent no-decision against the Padres on April 18, where he pitched a strong six and two-thirds innings, giving up just three runs on six hits and four walks, while striking out three, in the Phillies’ 8-5 lost. He will be shooting for his second straight win. His opponent will be Josh Johnson (2-0, 2.91), who is also coming off a no-decision, with his coming against the Nationals, also on April 18, as he pitched six innings, giving up six runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out six Nats, in the Marlins’ 9-6 extra-innings win. He will be trying for his third win of the season. The Phillies hope to improve their record at the expense of the fish, while hoping that the pitching staff, especially the starters, won’t be giving up any more gopher balls to opposing batters for a while. Meanwhile, the Phillies’ batters hope to come back from being only able to score two runs in the last eighteen innings while also hoping that their starters won’t force them to once again come from behind early in the ballgame.
The Phillies dropped to 6-8 on the season as they lose another game, one in which they were almost no-hit by the Brewers, while their ace was taken out of the game after being hit on the shoulder by a line-drive hit by Prince Fielder.
The game started out as a pitchers’ duel between Phillies’ ace Cole Hamels and Brewers’ starter Dave Bush for the first three innings, in which Hamels gave up only a single (Corey Hart) while striking out six of the first nine batter that he had so far faced, while Bush had allowed only one Phil batter to reach base, via a hit batsman (Jimmy Rollins). That all changed in the fourth, as, with a runner on first and one man out, Ryan Braun hits a two-run home run to left, his fourth home run of the season, and his third home run in the series, as he knocked in Hart, who had earlier singled, giving the Brewers a 2-0 lead. The next batter, Prince Fielder, then hit a first pitch line drive up the middle, which hit Hamels’ on his left shoulder, as he was finishing his delivery. The Phillies, not taking any chances with their ace, decided to take Hamels out of the game, for what was later revealed to be a bruise on his shoulder. The Phils replaced him with J.A. Happ who then ended the inning with no further damage. The Brewers then added to their lead in the fifth, as Fielder hits a two-outs, based-loaded double, scoring Bush, who had earlier singled, had moved up to second on Rickie Weeks’ single, and had gone to third on Braun’s walk, Weeks, who had singled and had moved up to second base on Braun’s walk, and Braun, who had walked, giving the Brew Crew a 5-0 lead. The Brewers then made it 6-0 in the eighth as Bill Hall hits a one-out, solo home run, his first home run of the year. As the Brewers were piling it on, Bush was no-hitting the Phils, having allowed only four more man to reach base (three walks and a hit batter), by the time Matt Stairs came up to pinch hit with one out. With the count 3-1, Stairs broke up both the no-hitter and the shut out, as he hit a pinch hit home run to right, his second home run of the year, both as a pinch hitter, making it 6-1 Milwaukee. After Shane Victorino got the Phils’ second hit, a single, Bush was taken out of the game and replaced with Mitch Stetter, who would end the inning by getting Chase Utley to ground out, 4-3. Stetter would then end the game by pitching a scoreless ninth.
Cole Hamels took the lost, in spite of pitching a good game before being taken out because of a bruised left shoulder. He pitched three and one third innings, giving up just two runs on four hits and a hit batter, while striking out six. His record is now 0-2 with a 9.69 ERA. Hamels thinks that he will be able to take his next turn in the rotation. We’ll see. J.A. Happ pitched an inning and a third in relief, giving up three runs on three hits and three walks, while he struck out three. Jack Taschner followed him, pitching two scoreless innings, giving up just a hit and a walk. Chad Durbin pitched an inning, giving up one run on on a hit, while striking out one. Brad Lidge pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit, as he struck out one. Dave Bush got the win, as he gave up only one run on two hits, three walks and two hit batters, as he struck out four, in eighth and two-third innings. His record is now 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA. Mitch Stetter pitched one and one-third scoreless innings, giving up no hits.
The Phils got only two hits yesterday, Matt Stairs’ pinch hit home run and Shane Victorino’s single, as Bush no-hit them for the first seven and a third innings before Stairs finally broke it up with his home run. Before the home run, the Phils got only five men on base, via two hit batsmen (Jimmy Rollins and Victorino) and three walks (Victorino, Raul Ibanez and Chris Coste). After their eleven run explosion on Monday, the Phils have scored just two runs. This has got to stop.
The Phillies (6-8, 3rd) now go on the road to face the Florida Marlins (11-4, 1st), who are presently mired in a three games losing streak, for a three-games series at Dolphin Stadium in Miami, Florida. The first game of the three-games set will be played tonight at 7:10 pm Eastern. The Phillies will send to the mound Brett Myers (1-1, 5.03), who is coming off a no-decision against the Padres on April 18, where he pitched a strong six and two-thirds innings, giving up just three runs on six hits and four walks, while striking out three, in the Phillies’ 8-5 lost. He will be shooting for his second straight win. His opponent will be Josh Johnson (2-0, 2.91), who is also coming off a no-decision, with his coming against the Nationals on April 18, as he pitched six innings, giving up six runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out six, in the Marlins’ 9-6 extra-innings win. He will be trying for his third win of the season. The Phillies hope to improve their record at the expense of the fish.
In their next to last Spring Training game in Florida, a ninth inning rally by the Phils fell short as they lose to the Yanks, 8-5.
Kyle Drabeck, who is coming back from injury, started the game for the Phils, receiving a rough reception from the Bronx Bombers. In two and one-third innings, Drabeck gave up five runs, only four of which were earned, on five hits, including a two-run home run by Mark Teixeira in the third, and two walks while striking out one Yank. J.A. Happ followed him and was stung by the Yankees as well, giving up three runs on four hits, including a two-run home run by Hideki Matsui in the fourth, and two walks while striking out only one man. The bullpen then came in and shut down the Yanks, as Brad Lidge, Mike Koplove and Scott Eyre each pitched a scoreless inning, giving up only two walks (Lidge and Koplove one man each) while striking out a total of three (Koplove (2), Eyre (1)). Drabeck took the lost, his spring record at 0-1 with a high ERA of 15.43, while Happ might have seen his chances of joining the main team, via the bullpen, go up in smoke.
Among the batters, the Phils had ten hits, with Jimmy Rollins and Jason Ellison both leading the way with two hits apiece, followed by Shane Victorino, Rich Thompson, Pablo Ozuna, Jayson Werth and Carlos Ruiz with one hit each, with Werth’s hit being a solo home run, his sixth of the spring. Along with Werth, Thompson and Ellison both had one RBI while Ozuna knocked in two runs.
The Phillies are presently playing their last spring training game in Florida, as they face the Washington Nationals at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida. The score is presently tied 10-10 after seven innings of play.
This week’s trivia question is: Name the first ex-Phil to be elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame? You know where to find the answer.