Tagged: Spring Training

News from the broadcast booth…

Philadelphia_PhilliesOn Monday, the Phils and Comcast officially announced that Jamie Moyer and Matt Stairs will join the broadcast team, starting with spring training games. Jamie Moyers will be in the booth, broadcasting games for Comcast, MLB.TV and WPHL-17 for 109 games, while Stairs will broadcast 108 games, with their first broadcast being today’s opening Grapefruit League game between the Phils and the Blue Jays.  A day later, the Phils confirmed that Hall of Famer, Mike Schmidt, will also be in the broadcast booth, broadcasting Sunday home games.

Meanwhile, the people whom Moyers and Stairs have replaced, Garry Matthews and Chris Wheeler, are still with the Phils, planning to act as goodwill ambassadors for the organization during the season, while Matthews is presently involved with the players in Clearwater acting as a guest instructor.

Since my last post….

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils officially started spring training on Thursday, February 13, as pitchers and catchers arrived at Clearwater, followed this week by the rest of the squad, although a large number of players had been at Clearwater during the off-season, getting ready for the 2014 season, especially first baseman Ryan Howard, who has been trying to get back into playing shape.

On Friday, February 14, former ballplayer and ex-Phil manager Jim Fregosi passed away at age 71 from multiple strokes. Fregosi, who broke into major league baseball as a shortstop in September 1961, had an 18-year career playing for the Los Angeles/California Angels, the New York Mets, the Texas Ranger and the Pittsburgh Pirates. A six-time All-Star and a gold glove winner (1967), he would play in 1902 games, having a .265 career batting average (1726 for 6523) as he hit 264 2Bs, 78 3Bs and 151 HRs, knocking in 706 RBIs, while scoring 844 times. He would also walk 715 times. After retiring from baseball during the 1978 season, he would be hired as the manager of the team that he had begun his playing career, the Angels, starting a career that would end in 2000, during which he would be the manager of the Angels (1978-1981), the Chicago White Sox (1986-1988), the Philadelphia Phillies (1991-1996) and the Toronto Blue Jays (1999-2000), compiling a managerial record of 1028-1094 .484, as he managed a total of 2122 games. He would lead the Angels into the playoffs in 1979 as they won the American League West, but losing the AL Championship Series, 3-1, to the Orioles, and he would lead the Phils in 1993 to the World Series, before losing the series, 4-2, to the Blue Jays.

On the 16, the Phils finalized their one-year deal with A.J. Burnett, in which they would give the veteran pitcher $15 million dollars plus a $1 million buyout on a mutual option for 2015. Burnett also has a player option for $7.5 million if he exercises his option. With the buyout options and other incentives, Burnett could end up receiving a two-year contract worth $ 33.5 million. He also has a partial no-trade clause, in which he would have to sign off on any possible trade involving nine other teams. In order to make room for Burnett on their roster, the Phils placed left-handed reliever Joe Savery on waviers, awaiting reassignment. On Monday the 17, the A’s picked Savery off of waivers. Selected by the Phils in the first round of the draft back in 2007, Savery has pitched for the Phils for parts of three seasons (2011-2013), appearing in 41 games, with a 3-2 record and a 3.15 ERA, as he pitched in 47.2 innings, giving up 42 hits and 28 runs, 22 of which were earned, as he struck out 32 batters, while walking 19.

As spring training continues, former Phil Roy Holladay has come to camp as a special pitching instructor, offering advice to the team’s younger players. Hopefully they’ll listen to the future Hall of Famer.

I know…

Philadelphia_PhilliesThat I’d said I would start posting here more often starting this past Monday, last week, but, as they say, the best laid plans, etc., thanks in part to this past Monday’s snow storm and yesterday’s rain and ice storm here in the Delaware Valley, (I do live in Philly, after all) along with me needing to buy some new stuff for myself earlier today.

Anyway, I plan to get to work on that post on the Phils’ off-season’s moves tomorrow afternoon, no matter what.

Lastly, Spring Training is almost here!!! YAY!!!

The Phils end their Grapefruit League season on a high note as they come from behind to defeat the Blue Jays, 9-2.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils end their spring training season in Florida with a come from behind victory over the Blue Jays, winning 9-2.

The Blue Jays took the lead in the third as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Edwin Encarnacion hits an RBI single, knocking in Jose Bautista, who had earlier doubled, giving the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead, before moving up to second base on the late throw to the plate. The Blue Jays then made it a 2-0 lead one batter later as Adam Lind hits an RBI single, scoring Encarnacion. The Phils would get a run back in the sixth as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Ben Revere, who had started the inning off with a single, then stole second base, would score on second baseman Eugenio Velez’s fielding error of Jimmy Rollins’ grounder, making it a 2-1 Blue Jays’ lead, while Rollins would be safe at first. The Phils then took the lead one batter later as Chase Utley hits a two-run home run, his fifth home run of the spring, scoring Rollins, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the eighth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Humberto Quintero hits an RBI single, knocking in Michael Martinez, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead, before moving up to second base on the throw to the plate. Two batters later, after John Mayberry, Jr. had walked, the Phils made it a 7-2 lead as Laynce Nix hits a 3-run home run, his second home run of the spring, knocking in Quintero and Mayberry. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon threw a 1-2-3 ninth.

Roy Halladay received a no-decision as he pitched four and a third innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out six. Hector Neris pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face. Cesar Jimenez (1-0, 0.00) got the win as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out the side. Phillippe Aumont and Mike Adams both collected their second holds of the spring as they combine for two 1-2-3 innings, both striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon threw a 1-2-3 inning. Brandon Morrow (0-3, 6.14) took the lost as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on six hits, while striking out three. Sergio Santos pitched an inning, giving up four runs on three hits and a walk.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Ben Revere leading the ballclub with two hits, both singles. Chase Utley (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Ryan Howard (Single), Humberto Quintero (Single, RBI), Dom Brown (Single), Laynce Nix (Home Run, 3 RBI), Erik Kratz (Single) and Michael Martinez (Double), had the other seven Phils’ hits. The final Phil run came in on an error. The Phils also had a walk (John Mayberry, Jr.) and a stolen base (Revere (10)), in the game.

The Phils end their grapefruit league season with a 16-15-1 record. They will now play a pair of games at Citizens Bank Park, Friday and Saturday, against the Blue Jays.

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 end their three-game spring slide by beating the Astros, 7-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils put a stop to their three-game losing streak as Cole Hamels help lead them to a 7-1 victory over the Astros.

The Astros took the lead in the first as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Chris Carter hits into an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring Tyler Greene, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Jose Altuve’s ground out, 6-3, giving the Astros a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in the fourth as, with two men out, Laynce Nix hits a solo home run, his first home run of the spring. The Phils took the lead for good in the fifth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Kevin Frandsen hits an RBI double, knocking in Freddy Galvis, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Ben Revere’s ground out, 1-3, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils then took a 4-1 lead as, with two men on, via a double by Michael Young and Darin Ruf being hit by a pitch, before being replaced by pinch runner Jermaine Mitchell because of an injured elbow, and with two men out, Erik Kratz hits a two-run triple, knocking in both Young and Mitchell. The Phils then increased to their lead as Galvis hits an RBI single, scoring Kratz. The Phils increased their lead in the seventh as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Yuniesky Bentancourt hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Cesar Hernandez, who had earlier walked, stole second base, then moved up to third on Jarred Cosart’s wild pitch, giving the Phils a 6-1 lead. The Phils then took a 7-1 lead in the eight as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Galvis hits an RBI double, knocking in Mitchell, who had started the inning off with a single, then stole second base, before going on to third on shortstop Jonathan Villar’s interference error. That would end up being the final score as Justin De Fratus pitched a 1-2-3 inning.

Cole Hamels (2-0, 0.90) gets the win as he went five innings, giving up a run on a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Tyler Cloyd, Zach Miner, Jeremy Horst and Justin De Fratus would combine for four scoreless innings, giving up just a walk (Miner) between them, while striking out six (Cloyd (1), Miner (2), Horst (2), De Fratus (1)) Astros. Brad Peacock received a no-decision as he threw three scoreless innings, giving up two hits and a walk, while striking out two. Sergio Escalona blew his first save attempt of the spring as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out a batter. Josh Fields (0-1, 2.08) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits. Jerred Cosart pitched an inning and two-thirds, giving up four runs on three hits, a walk, a wild pitch and two hit batters, while striking out a batter. Hector Ambriz pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only batter that he would face. Brett Oberholtzer pitched two innings, giving up a run on three hits, while striking out two.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Freddie Galvis leading the team with three hits (two singles, one double, 2 RBIs), followed by Michael Young (Single, Double) and Laynce Nix (Single, Home Run, RBI) with two hits each. Kevin Frandsen (Double, RBI), Yuniesky Betancourt (Single, RBI), Jermaine Mitchell (Single) and Erik Kratz (Triple, 2 RBIs) had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two walks (Cesar Hernandez, Kratz), two stolen bases (Hernandez (2), Mitchell (2)) and two hit batters (Darin Ruf, Josh Fields) in the game.

The Phils (7-8) have the day off.

John Lannan pitches three strong innings, as the Phils beat the Pirates, 5-0.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils erupt on a fangless Pirates team, as they defeat the Bucos 5-0.

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.