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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. 🙂

The Phils win their fifth straight game, as they score early and often, as they defeat the Brewers, 5-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils score several early runs on their way to their fifth straight win, as they defeat the Brew Crew, 5-1.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the first as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Michael Young, John Mayberry, Jr. and Jimmy Rollins, and with nobody out, Ryan Howard hits a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Young, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. Two batters later, after Dom Brown walked to reload the bases, moving both Mayberry and Rollins up a base, and with still one man out, with Delmon Young at the plate, Mayberry scores on a Wily Peralta’s wild pitch, allowing Mayberry to score, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while Rollins moved up to third base, and Brown went up to second base. The Phils added to their lead in the top of the second as, with a man on first, and with two men out, Mayberry hits an RBI double, scoring Tyler Cloyd, who had earlier walked, making it a 3-0 Phils’ lead. The Phils then made it a 4-0 lead in the top of the third as, with two men on, and with one man out, Erik Kratz hits into an RBI force out, 6-4, as D. Young, who had earlier walked, is wiped out at second base for the inning’s second out, scoring Brown, who had earlier singled, stole second base before D. Young is walked, then stole third base, while Kratz is safe at first. The Phils increased their lead in the top of the fifth as, with one man out, D. Young hits a solo home run, his sixth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 5-0 lead. The Brewers finally got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the eighth as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Jonathan Lucroy hits an RBI ground out, 5-3, knocking in Ryan Braun, who had started the inning off with a walk, stole second base, and then moved up to third base on Aramis Ramirez’s ground out, 4-3, making it a 5-1 Phils’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Antonio Bastardo threw a scoreless ninth.

Tyler Cloyd (2-2, 3.68) got the win as he went six and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up four hits and five walks, while striking out two. Justin De Fratus pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Mike Adams pitched an inning, giving up a run on a walk. Antonio Bastardo pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Wily Peralta (4-7, 6.16) took the lost as he went five innings, giving up five runs on seven hits, four walks and a wild pitch, while striking out two. Donovan Hand and Burke Badenhop combined for four scoreless innings, giving up three hits (Hand (2), Badenhop (1)) between them, while striking out a batter (Hand)).

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Michael Young (Singles) and John Mayberry, Jr. (2 Singles, Double, RBI) both lead the team with three hits each, followed by Dom Brown (Singles) with two hits. Jimmy Rollins (Single) and Delmon Young (Home Run, RBI) had the other two Phils’ hits. Ryan Howard had the other Phil RBI with a sac fly. The final Phil ran came in on a wild pitch. The Phils also had four walks (Howard, D. Young, Freddy Galvis and Tyler Cloyd) and two stolen bases (Brown 2 (6)) in the game.

The Phils (30-31, 2nd NL East) will continue their series with the Brewers (22-37, 5th NL Central) will a night game tonight. The game will be played at Miller Park and will start at 8:10 pm EDT (7:10 CDT). The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (7-2, 2.45), who is coming off a win against the Brewers on June 2, as he went seven and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on seven hits, while he struck out eleven, in the Phils’ 7-5 win. He will be going for his sixth straight win and his seventh straight quality start, while trying to pitch the Phils to their sixth straight win. The Brewers will counter with Alfredo Figaro (0-0, 3.67) as he last pitched against the Phils on June 6 in relief, going three and a third innings, giving up two hits, while striking out two, in the Brewers’ 7-5 lost. He will be trying to put a stop to the recently hot Phils’ bats. The Phils will be trying to win their six straight game.

The Phils finally reach .500 as they score five runs in the seventh inning on their way to sweeping the Marlins, as they beat the fish, 6-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesCole Hamels finally win his second start of season as the Phils’ offense score five runs in the seventh, on their way to a sweep of the Marlins, beating them 6-1, as they finally reach .500.

The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the second as, with one man on, and with two men out, Erik Kratz hits an RBI double, knocking in John Mayberry, Jr., who had just singled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Marlins tied the game up at one-all in the top of the fourth as, with one man out, Derek Dietrich hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the season. The Phils regain the lead in the bottom of the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, scoring pinch-runner Cesar Hernandez, who was pinch-running for pinch-hitter Delmon Young, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Ben Revere’s single, before Hernandez moved up to third base on Michael Young fly out to right, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while sending Revere, who had earlier singled, over to third base. The Phils then made it a 4-1 lead as Ryan Howard hits a two-run triple, scoring both Revere and Rollins. The Phils then took a 7-1 lead as Dom Brown followed with a two-run home run, his league leading eighteenth home run of the season, scoring Howard. That would end up being the final score as Michael Stutes pitched a scoreless ninth, completing the sweep of the Marlins.

Cole Hamels (2-9, 4.56) got the win as he pitched seven innings, giving up a run on four hits, a walk and a hit batter, while striking out eleven. Justin De Fratus and Michael Stutes combines for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Stutes) between them, while striking out one (De Fratus). Jacob Turner received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up a run on four hits and four walks, while striking out four. A.J. Ramos (0-2, 4.85) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up five runs on five hits, striking out a batter. Ryan Webb pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, a single by Ben Revere, a single by Michael Young, a single by Jimmy Rollins (RBI), a triple by Ryan Howard (2 RBIs), a home run by Dom Brown (2 RBIs), a single by John Mayberry, Jr., a double by Erik Kratz (RBI), a single by Freddy Galvis and a single by pinch-hitter Delmon Young. The Phils also had five walks (Revere (2), Rollins, Galvis, pinch-hitter Lynce Nix) and two stolen bases (Revere (14), Rollins (6)) in the ballgame.

The Phils (30-30, T-2 NL East) will start a four-game series with the Brewers (22-36, 5th NL Central), starting with a night game tomorrow night. The game will be played at Miller Park and will start at 8:10 pm EDT (7:10 CDT). The Phils will send to the mound Tyler Cloyd (1-2, 4.76), who is coming off a loss against the Brewers on June 1, as he went seven innings, giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on eight hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 4-3 lost. He will be looking to stop a two-game skid, while adding to the Phils present winning streak. The Brewers will counter with Wily Peralta (4-6, 5.94), who is coming off a win against the Phils on June 1, as he also went seven innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out six, in the Brewers’ 4-3 win. He will be going for his second straight win, while hoping he can outlast the presently reawaken Phils’ bats. The Phils will be going for their fifth straight win, as they try to go past the .500 mark for the first time in a long while.

Four runs in the seventh help to propel the Phils to victory as they defeat the Marlins, 7-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesA four-run outburst in the seventh inning lead the Phils to victory over the Marlins, defeating the fish 7-3.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the fourth as, with one man out, Delmon Young hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Marlins tied the score at one-all in the bottom of the fifth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, pinch-hitter Jordan Brown hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Placido Polanco, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Rob Brantley’s ground out, 4-3. The Phils retook the lead in the top of the sixth as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Dom Brown hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, knocking in Ryan Howard, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at third base on D. Young’s double, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while sending D. Young, who had just doubled, up to third base. The Phils added to their lead in the top of the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Jimmy Rollins, and infield singles by Ben Revere and Michael Young, and with nobody out, Howard hits a two-run single, knocking in Rollins and Revere, while sending M. Young over to third base, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead. The Phils then took a 5-1 lead as D. Young hits an RBI ground out, 5-3, scoring M. Young, while sending Howard up to second base. One batter later, after Howard had moved up to third base on Ryan Webb’s wild pitch, and with one man out, D. Brown hits an RBI double, knocking in Howard, giving the Phils a 6-1 lead. The Marlins got a run back in their half of the seventh as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Juan Pierre hits an RBI single, knocking in Polanco, who had started the inning off with a single, moved up to second base on Brantley’s single, then went to third on pinch-hitter Miguel Olivo’s double play, 6-4-3, wiping out Brantley at second base for the inning’s first out, making it a 6-2 Phils’ lead. The Phils got that run back in the top of the eighth as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Howard hits an RBI single, scoring Revere, who had earlier doubled, then moved up to third base on M. Young’s ground out, 3-unassisted, giving the Phils a 7-2 lead. The Marlins got that run back in the bottom of the ninth as, with a runner on first, and with two men out, pinch-hitter Justin Ruggiano hits an RBI double, scoring Brantley, who had just singled, making it a 7-3 Phils’ lead. But that would end up being the final score as B.J. Rosenberg got Pierre to fly out to right for the game’s final out.

Tyler Cloyd (1-0, 2.70) got the win as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out five. Antonio Bastardo threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. B.J. Rosenberg pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits. Jose Fernandez received a no-decision, as he pitched five innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out two. Duane Below (0-1, 27.00) took the lost as he pitched an inning, plus two batters, giving up three runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Ryan Webb pitched an inning, giving up two runs on three hits, a walk and a wild pitch, striking out two. Wade LeBlanc pitched an inning, giving up a run on three hits. A.J. Ramos pitched a 1-2-3 inning.

The Phils pounded out fifteen hits in the game, with Ben Revere (2 Singles, Double) and Ryan Howard (Singles, 3 RBIs) both leading the team with three hits apiece, followed by Jimmy Rollins (Singles) and Delmon Young (Double, Home Run, 2 RBIs) with two hits each. Michael Young (Single), Dom Brown (Double, 2 RBIs), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single), Freddy Galvis (Single) and Erik Kratz (Single) had the other five Phils’ hits. The Phils also had three walks (Kratz (2), Tyler Cloyd (1)) in the ballgame.

The Phils (22-24, 3rd) will conclude their series with the Marlins (13-33, 5th) with a night game tonight. The game will start at 7:10 pm, and will be played at Marlins Park. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (4-2, 2.83) who is coming off a no-decision against the Reds on May 17, as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 5-3 win. He will be going for his third straight win and his fifth straight quality start. The Marlins will counter with Kevin Slowey (1-4, 3.44), who is coming off a lost against the D-backs on May 17, as he went only three innings, giving up six runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out one, in the Marlins’ 9-2 lost. He will be trying to stop his two game skid. The Phils will be out to win another series while trying to finally get a handle on Slowey.

The Phils are once again unable to give Cole Hamels runs support as they lose to the D-backs, 2-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesYet another good pitching effort by Cole Hamels is wasted by an offense that refuses to score runs for him, as they are handled by the D-backs, 2-1.

The D-backs took the lead in the bottom of the fifth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Patrick Corbin helps his own case by hitting an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in Martin Prado, who had started the inning off with a single, moved to second base on Gerardo Parra’s single, then moved up to third on Cliff Pennington’s ground out, 1-3, giving the D-backs a 1-0 lead, while sending Parra, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Pennington’s ground out, on to third base. The D-backs then took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the sixth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Parra hits a bunt ground out, 3-4, scoring Cody Ross, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Prado’s force out, 6-4, wiping out at second base Miguel Montero, who had just walked, for the inning’s first one, as Prado was safe at first, while moving Prado up to second base. The Phils got a run back in the top of the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Delmon Young, who is then forced out on a ground ball by Dom Brown, 3-6, a single by Carlos Ruiz, moving Brown up to second base, and a bloop single by John Mayberry, Jr., moving up a base both Brown and Ruiz, and with one man out, pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen hits into force out, 9-6, as Mayberry committed a base runner blunder by not moving fast enough to reach second base, thus denying Frandsen of a single, as Brown scores, making it a 2-1 D-backs’ lead, while Ruiz would move up to third base, and Frandsen would be safe at first. That would end up being the final score as Heath Bell collected his fourth save of the year by pitching a scoreless ninth.

Cole Hamels (1-5, 4.18) received the lost as he threw another quality start as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on six hits and five walks, while striking out three. Phillippe Aumont and Jeremy Horst combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Aumont) and three walks (Aumont (1), Horst (2)) between them, while striking out one (Horst). Patrick Corbin (5-0, 1.75) got the win as he went six and a third innings, giving up a run on four hits, two walks and a wild pitch, while striking out four. Matt Reynolds collected his third hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit. David Hernandez received his sixth hold of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Heath Bell collected his fourth save of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit.

The Phils had six hits in the game, with Delmon Young (Singles) and Dom Brown (Single, Double) both leading the team with two hits each. Carlos Ruiz and John Mayberry, Jr. had the other two Phils’ hits, both singles. The only Phil run came in on pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen’s force out, thanks to Mayberry’s base running blunder. The Phils also had two walks (Chase Utley, Young) in the game.

The Phils (16-20, 3rd East) continue their series with the D-backs (20-15, 3rd West) with a night game tonight. The game will begin at 9:40 EDT (6:40 PDT) and will be played at Chase Field. The Phils will send to the mound Tyler Cloyd (0-0, -.-) who will be pitching in place of Roy Halladay, who was earlier this week placed on the DL with an elbow injury. Cloyd will be out to make to keep the Phils in the game. The D-backs will counter with Ian Kennedy (1-3, 5.19) who is coming off a loss against the Padres on May 5, as he threw five and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out five, in the D-backs’ 5-1 lost. He’s hoping to bounce back from that lost. The Phils will be out to even the series while hoping to find their bats in the Arizona heat.

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.

Phils relief pitching let down the team again as they lose to the Blue Jays, 11-6.

Philadelphia_PhilliesA still leaking bullpen lets down the offense as the Phils are defeated by the Blue Jays, 11-6.

The Phils got on the scoreboard first in the first inning as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Michael Young hits an RBI double, scoring Kevin Frandsen, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then took a 3-0 lead as Ryan Howard hits a two-run blast, his second home run of the spring, knocking in Young. The Blue Jays cut the Phils’ lead in their half of the first as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Melky Cabrera hits an RBI double, scoring Jose Reyes, who had started the inning off with a double, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead. The Blue Jays then made it a 3-2 Phils’ lead as Edwin Encarnacion followed with an RBI single, scoring Cabrera. The Blue Jays then tied the game up at one-all in the second as, with two men out, Emilio Bonifacio hits a solo home run, his first home run of the spring. The Phils retook the lead in the fourth as, with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits a solo home run, his first home run of the spring, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. The Blue Jays retied the game in their half of the fourth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Bonifacio hits an RBI double, knocking in Adam Lind, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Brett Lawrie’s ground out, 6-3, while sending Moises Sierra, who had just walked, over to third base.  The Blue Jays then took the lead one batter later as Reyes hits a three-run home run, his first home run of the spring, knocking in both Sierra and Bonifacio, giving the Blue Jays a 7-4 lead. The Blue Jays increased their lead in the fifth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Sierra hits an RBI double, knocking in pinch runner Ryan Schimpf, who was pinch running for Lawrie, who had been safe at first on a force out, 5-4, as J.P. Arencibia, who had started the inning off with a single, was wiped out at second base, giving the Blue Jays an 8-4 lead. The Blue Jays then took a 9-4 lead as pinch hitter Jim Negrych hits an RBI single, scoring Sierra. The Blue Jays then made it a 10-4 lead in the sixth as, with a runner on first, and with two men out, Josh Thole hits an RBI double, knocking in Luis Jimenez, who had just singled, before moving on to third on right fielder Laynce Nix’s throwing error. The Blue Jays increased their lead once again in the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Ryan Goins hits an RBI ground out, scoring Schimpf, who had started the inning off with a walk, moved up to second base on Ricardo Nanita’s single, then moved up to third base on Negrych’s force out, 3-6, as Nanita was wiped out at second base, giving the Blue Jays an 11-4 lead, while Negrych, who was safe at first on the force out, would move up to second base on the out. The Phils got two runs back as, with one man on, and with one man out, Erik Kratz hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the spring, as he knocked in Jermaine Mitchell, who had started the inning off with a single, making it a 11-6 Blue Jays’ lead. That would end up being the final score, as Ryan Ortiz ended the game by striking out Tyson Gillies.

Cliff Lee received a no-decision as he threw three innings, giving up three runs on five hits, as he struck out three. Tyler Cloyd committed his first blown save of the spring, before taking the lost (0-1, 13.50), as he pitched two innings, giving up six runs on seven hits and a walk. Michael Stutes pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits. Justin Friend pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Chad Durbin pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two.  R.A. Dickey also received a no-decision as he also went three innings, giving up three runs on four hits, while striking out a batter. Josh Johnson got the win (1-0, 2.25), as he threw two innings, giving up a run on one hit, as he struck out a batter. Steve Delabar, Esmil Rogers and Jeremy Jeffress combined for three scoreless innings, giving up a walk (Rogers) between them, while striking out four (Delabar (2), Rogers (1), Jeffress (1)).  Ryan Ortiz pitched an inning, giving up two runs on three hits, while striking out a batter.

The Phils collected eight hits in the game, a double by Kevin Frandsen, an RBI double by Michael Young, a two-run home run by Ryan Howard, a single by Dom Brown, a solo home run by Carlos Ruiz, a single by John Mayberry, Jr., a single by Jermaine Mitchell and a two-run home run by Erik Kratz. The Phils had only one walk (Ruiz) in the game.

The Phils (3-4-1) continued spring training as they play a pair of split squad games, one at home against the Blue Jays (5-4) and on the road against the Orioles (6-2), presently trailing in both games.