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The Phillies have cooled off and posted an 0-4-1 record over their last 5 games and are 14-9 with 3 ties this spring. The Phillies had the lead in all 5 games, and blew 5-3 leads after the sixth inning in two of them.
I attended both home games this weekend. Friday night, Jeremy Hellickson was hit hard in 4.2 innings. He only gave up 4 hits, but all were hit hard as were several of the outs. He opened the game with a drive to the center field wall that Herrera made an acrobatic catch on before crashing into the wall. Hellickson started 89-90, T91 mph in the first, but settled in to 89-91 over his remaining innings.
Maikel Franco’s 8th HR was the offensive highlight until Peter Bourjos hit a 2-run HR in the seventh. Freddy Galvis got a pinch two-out, hit single and stole second. He was really stretching his secondary lead and had third base stolen but for a foul ball by Cesar Hernandez. Freddy continued to get a large lead and scored on a broken bat, roller to second by Hernandez to tie the game.
Saturday we got a reliever game while Aaron Nola was pitching on one of the back fields. Asche started in left in the same game (and homered in his first at bat). Zach Eflin started on the other field.
So, we got nine different pitchers throwing an inning apiece against the Tigers and Justin Verlander. I find it tough to stomach when a reliever can’t come in and pitch a scoreless inning. Five of the Phillies’ nine relievers allowed runs. The four who didn’t allow a run, also didn’t allow a base runner. Elvis Araujo looked the best, notching 2 Ks in his scoreless frame.
- Pitchers batted in both games.
- Verlander attempted sacrifice bunts in both of his ABs. He was successful in his first attempt but was jeered (playfully) by the crowd when he didn’t run the play out. His brother Ben gave him a hard time as he returned to the dugout.
- Vince Velasquez failed on his first two pitches to get down a sacrifice bunt as a pinch hitter. He fouled off a couple pitches and finally lined a single to right.
- Peter Bourjos hit a home run off the top of Frenchy’s in left field.
- Galvis came to the plate Saturday with one out and nobody on base. I suggested to Geary that this is when Galvis swings for the fence. He cleared both fences in right field on the next pitch. This is the problem I have with Galvis. He can make an exciting play as he did on Friday night. But, although the result was good on Saturday, he shouldn’t be trying to hit home runs. Memories of his of-for-thirty plus a couple seasons ago are still too fresh in my mind.
- Herrera looked rusty striking out twice Friday night, but looked greatly improved on Saturday, and I think he went 3-3 on Sunday.
- Pitcher John Richy took a pitch off his hand attempting to bunt in one of the back field games during the week.
- I watched Alec Asher and Yacksel Rios have so-so performances.
- Miguel Gonzalez threw an inning. No velo, but his FB was straight and his first two off speed pitches were up-and-in and low-and-away. He did get an easy ground out and struck out the next two batters.
- Crawford singled and stole second base.
- Kyle Martin hit 2 HR over in Tampa.
- Jose Pujols is starting to show in-game power. He hit a couple HR and drove a double over an outfielder’s head on successive days.
- Friday’s games were cancelled and intrasquad games were played in the morning.
- Saturday, Nola gave up 1 ER on 6 H and 3 BB while getting 7 K in 5.1 IP.
- Cozens (2), Mora, and Asche hit HR.
- Eflin and Lively combined for a 3 hit shutout with 1 BB and 13 K.
- Walding 2 HR, Hoskins 2 doubles.
A lot of the Phillies’ team stats are starting to drift to the middle of the pack. Their pitching staff is still among the leaders in strike outs, batting average against, and WHIP.
There have been a couple hundred transactions over the weekend, none by the Phillies.
So, of course, the Phillies make a slew of moves Monday morning. Vince Vasquez named 5th starter and 9 players optioned or reassigned. I’ve added them below.
- 3/28 – Adam Morgan optioned to Lehigh Valley.
- 3/28 – Elvis Araujo optioned to Lehigh Valley
- 3/28 – Luis Garcia optioned to Lehigh Valley.
- 3/28 – Darnell Sweeney optioned to Lehigh Valley.
- 3/28 – Logan Moore reassigned to minor league camp.
- 3/28 – Reinier Roibal reassigned to minor league camp.
- 3/28 – Bobby LaFromboise reassigned to minor league camp.
- 3/28 – Angelys Nina reassigned to minor league camp.
- 3/28 – Chris Leroux reassigned to minor league camp.
- 3/22 – Optioned Severino Gonzalez to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
- 3/22 – Gabriel Lino reassigned to minor league camp.
- 3/21 – Released RHP Ryan O’Sullivan.
- 3/21 – Released 2B Andrew Amaro.
- 3/21 – Optioned Colton Murray to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
- 3/21 – Lakewood BlueClaws released RHP Jason Zgardowski.
- 3/21 – Williamsport Crosscutters released LHP Denton Keys.
- 3/21 – GCL Phillies released OF Bryan Martelo.