The Phils took the lead in the top of the first as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off single by Ben Revere, a walk by Freddy Galvis, moving Revere up to second base, a ground out by Chase Utley, 3-unassisted, moving both runners up a base, and a walk by Ryan Howard, and with two men out, Dom Brown hits a bases clearing triple, knocking in Revere, Galvis and Howard, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Phils would add to their lead in the top of the second as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Galvis hits an RBI triple, scoring Revere, who had just tripled, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead. The Orioles would get a run back in their half of the second as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Ryan Flaherty hits a sacrifice fly to center, knocking in Chris Davis, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at third base on Nelson Cruz’s ground-rule double, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead, while moving Cruz, who had earlier doubled, up to third base. The Phils would get that run back in the top of the fourth as, with men on second and third, and with nobody out, Maikel Franco hits an RBI single, knocking in Cameron Rupp, who had started the inning off with a single, then would stop at third base on Bobby Abreu’s double, giving the Phils a 5-1 lead, while sending Abreu, who had just doubled, on to third base. The Phils then took a 6-1 lead as Revere hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Abreu. The Orioles would cut the Phils’ lead down in the bottom of the fifth as, with a man on first, and with nobody out, Nolan Reimold hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the spring, knocking in Steve Clevenger, who had started the inning off with a walk, making it a 6-3 Phils’ lead. The Orioles then made it a 6-5 Phils’ lead in the bottom of the ninth as, with a runner on first, and with two men out, Alex Gonzalez hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the spring, scoring Michael Almanzar, who had started the inning off with a walk. But that would end up being the final score as Cesar Jimenez recorded his first save of the spring by getting Xavier Paul to pop out to the second baseman for the game’s final out.
A.J. Burnett (1-2, 10.o0) got the win as he pitched four innings, plus two batters, giving up three runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out two. Shawn Camp pitched an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Phillippe Aumont collected his second hold of the spring as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a walk. Kevin Munson received his first hold of the spring as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter. Cesar Jimenez collected his first save of the spring as he went two innings, giving up two runs on one hit and two walks. Ubaldo Jimenez (1-1, 9.00) took the lost as he went two innings, giving up four runs on four hits and three walks. Zach Britton pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two batters. Eduardo Rodriguez threw two innings, giving up two runs on five hits, while striking out a batter. Darren O’Day, Steve Johnson and Kelvin De La Cruz combined for four scoreless innings, giving up three hits (one hit each) and four walks (O’Day (1), Johnson (1), De La Cruz (2), while striking out three (O’Day (1), De La Cruz (2)) between them.
The Phils had twelve hits in the game with Ben Revere (Single, Triple, RBI) and Bobby Abreu (Double, Triple) both leading the team with two hits each. Freddy Galvis (Triple, RBI), Chase Utley (Single), Ryan Howard (Single), Dom Brown (Triple, 3 RBIs), Cameron Rupp (Single), Maikel Franco (Single, RBI), Kevin Frandsen (Single) and Tyson Gillies (Double), had the other eight Phils’ hits. The Phils also had seven walks (Revere, Galvis, Howard, Darin Ruf, Abreu, Ronny Cedeno, Clete Thomas) and a sacrifice fly (Revere), while the defense performed three doubleplays.
The Phils (3-10-2) play their next Grapefruit League game at Bright House Field in Clearwater tomorrow afternoon against the Yankees (7-5). The game is to start at 1:05 pm. The Phils’ starter is still to be determined, while the Yanks plan to start Ivan Nova (1-0, 5.40). The Phils will be trying for their first two-game winning streak of the spring.
The Braves took the lead in the top of the fourth as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off single by Chris Johnson, a walk by Dan Uggla, sending Johnson up to second base, and, after Andrelton Simmons strikes out, swinging, a one-out single by Steven Lerud, moving up both runners, and with one man out, Joey Terdoslavich hits into an RBI force out, 6-4, scoring Johnson, as Lerud is forced out at second base for the inning’s second out, giving the Braves a 1-0 lead, while Uggla moved up to third base, as Terdoslavich was safe at first. The Phils would tie the game up at one-all in their half of the fourth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Kevin Frandsen hits an RBI single, knocking in Bobby Abreu, who was earlier hit by the pitch, then moved up to second base on Darin Ruf’s single, while sending Ruf, who had earlier singled, up to third base, before moving up to second base on the throw to the plate. The Phils then took the lead in the bottom of the seventh as, with two men on, and with one man out, Tony Gwynn, Jr. hits into an RBI force out, 6-3, knocking in Frandsen, who had started the inning off with a single, moved up to second base on Cameron Rupp’s single, then moved on to third base on Reid Brignac’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while sending pinch runner Tyson Gillies, who was pinch running for Rupp, and had moved up to second base on Brignac’s sac bunt, on to third base. The Braves would tie the game up at two-all in the top of the ninth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Matt Lipka reaches first base on a fielder’s choice ground ball that is hit to second baseman Cesar Hernandez, who then throws home to catcher Tommy Joseph to try and gun down Jose Constanza, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Joseph’s passed ball, soon getting Constanza in a run down between third and home before he is tagged out by pitcher Brad Lincoln, 4-2-5-1, for the inning’s second out. Meanwhile, Lipka would move up to second base on the run down, and attempts to go on to third base, which prompts an errant throw to third to shortstop Andres Blanco covering, allowing Lipka to score on the throwing error. That would be the final score as Shae Simmons threw a 1-2-3 ninth.
Sean O’Sullivan pitched a strong game as he threw three scoreless innings, giving up three hits and a walk, while striking out two. Kevin Munson pitched two innings, giving up a run on three hits and two walks, while striking out two. Antonio Bastardo and Jake Diekman combined for one and one-third scoreless innings, giving up three hits (Bastardo (2), Diekman (1)) and a walk (Diekman), while striking out two (one batter each) between them. Brad Lincoln received his first blown save of the spring as he pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up an unearned run on two hits, two walks, a wild pitch and a passed ball, while striking out a batter. Brandon Beachy pitched three scoreless innings, giving up a walk and a wild pitch, while striking out one. Ian Thomas collected his first blown save of the spring as he threw an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a hit batter, while striking out one. Hector Daniel Rodriguez threw two scoreless innings, giving up a hit. Anthony Varvaro pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. David Carpenter pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two batters. Shea Simmons also threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two.
The Phils had only five hits in the game, all singles, with Kevin Frandsen (RBI) leading the team with two hits. Bobby Abreu, Darin Ruf and Cameron Rupp had the other three Phils’ hits, while Tony Gwynn, Jr. knocked in the other Phil run on a ground out. The Phils also had a walk (Dom Brown), a hit batter (Abreu) and a stolen base (Brown (1)) in the game, while the defense performed a doubleplay and committed an error (Brad Lincoln).
The Phils (1-6-1) next play two split-squad games tomorrow afternoon, one against the Yankees (4-3) at Bright House Field in Clearwater and one against the Tigers (4-3) at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla. Both games are to start at 1:05 pm EST.
The Blue Jays took the lead in the top of the first inning against Phils’ starter Roberto Hernandez as, with two men out, and with nobody on base, Jose Bautista hits a solo home run to left field, his first home run of spring training, giving the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead. The Phils would tie the game up at one-all in their half of the first, as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single off of J.A. Happ, knocking in lead-off man Ben Revere, who had started the Phils’ Grapefruit League season with a single, then moved up to second base on Happ’s wild pitch, while sending Jimmy Rollins, who had just walked, over to third base. The Phils then took a 2-1 lead as Marlon Byrd followed with an RBI single, knocking in Rollins, while moving Howard up to second base. The Blue Jays would tie the game up at two-all in the top of the second inning as, with a man on second, and with nobody out, Colby Rasmus hits an RBI double, scoring Brett Lawrie, who had started the inning off with a double. The Blue Jays would take the lead in the top of the third inning, as with two men on, and with one man out, Adam Lind hits an RBI single off of Phillippe Aumont, knocking in Melky Cabrera, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on Bautista’s walk, giving the Blue Jays a 3-2 lead, while moving Bautista, who had just walked, up to second base. One batter later, after Aumont’s wild pitch had moved both runners up a base, Lawrie hits into an RBI groundout, 1-3, bringing home Bautista, giving the Blue Jays a 4-2 lead, while moving Lind up to third base. The Phils would cut the Blue Jays’ lead down to 4-3 in the bottom of the fifth inning as, with one man on, and with one man out, Ronny Cedeno hits an RBI double off of Kyle Drabek, scoring Tony Gwynn, Jr., who had just walked. That would end up being the final score, as it started to rain in Clearwater before the Phils could bat in their half of the seventh inning, and after a while, the game was called.
Roberto Hernandez pitched two innings for the Phils, giving up two runs on four hits. Phillippe Aumont (0-1, 18.00) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits, two walks, and a wild pitch. Jeff Manship, Antonio Bastardo and Kevin Munson combined for four scoreless innings, giving up three hits (one hit each) and a walk (Munson), while striking out five (Manship (3), Bastardo (1), Munson (1)). J.A. Happ pitched an inning for the Blue Jays, giving up two runs on four hits, a walk and a wild pitch. Todd Redmond (1-0, 0.00) got the win as he threw two scoreless innings, striking out a batter. Kyle Drabek pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on a hit and three walks, striking out a batter. Neil Wagner pitched an inning, giving up a walk, while striking out three batters. Chad Jenkins recorded his first save of the spring as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only batter whom he would face.
The Phils would end the game with five hits, a single by Ben Revere, an RBI single by Ryan Howard, an RBI single by Marlon Byrd, a single by Dom Brown and an RBI double by Ronny Cedeno. The Phils also had five walks in the game (Jimmy Rollins, Bobby Abreu (2), Tony Gwynn, Jr., Darin Ruf). The defense would commit an error (throwing error by third baseman Maikel Franco) and a doubleplay (6-4-3) in the game.
The Phils’ next Grapefruit League game will be tomorrow afternoon against the Blue Jays at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin, Florida at 1:05 pm EST. The Phils’ starter is suppose to be Cliff Lee (14-8, 2.87 (2013)), while the Blue Jays’ starter is suppose to be R.A. Dickey (14-13, 4.21 (2013)). Hopefully the final outcome will be difference tomorrow.
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. 🙂