The Phillies completed their 25-man roster Thursday. Luis Garcia was optioned early and back at the Complex in the morning. Word filtered around that Adam Morgan and Joely Rodriguez would join the bull pen and complete the pitching staff.
After their blow out loss to the Yankees, Daniel Nava and an emotional Brock Stassi were selected for the final two roster spots. Jesse Valentin was optioned and Tyler Goeddel was designated for assignment to create the needed 40-man roster spot.
The Phillies laid an egg at Spectrum Field. I was sorry I left the Complex to watch. I learned that Odubel Herrera is going to have to cover a lot of outfield playing next to Howie Kendrick. I saw an erratic Cameron Rupp throw a ball into center on a steal attempt, almost throw one into right on a pickoff attempt, and commit a passed ball on a pitch that was three feet above being in the dirt. And, I watched as Maikel Franco committed another bonehead play on defense when he interfered with a runner during a rundown. On the other hand, Freddy Galvis turned in another web gem.
The game was played in 2:57, hard to believe after a 48 minute first inning.
Anyway, earlier at the Complex, I had watched the IronPigs for five innings. Nick Pivetta gave up a lead off double that came around to score on a sacrifice fly. Then he shut down Detroit’s AAA team. He went 5.0 innings allowing 1 hit, 1 run, 0 BB, and 7 K. The seven strike outs came in the second thru fifth innings. Pivetta looked real good. I left for the Phillies game when Michael Mariot came on to pitch.
The ‘Pigs came right back in the first inning. From the left side, Roman Quinn lifted a fly ball down the left field line. It bounded out of play for a ground rule double. He advanced on J.P. Crawford’s chopper to first and scored on Jorge Alfaro’s foul pop down the right field line. Excuse me, sacrifice foul pop. Dylan Cozens closed out the inning with a towering fly ball that the wind knocked down at the fence in right center.
They scored their second run when Nick Wiliams doubled and scored on Logan Moore’s routine sacrifice fly.
They picked up a third run when Taylor Featherston singled and moved to second on a walk to Harold Martinez. Osmel Aguina lined an RBI single to make the score 3-1 after five innings.
I didn’t watch any of the AA game but heard that Mark Appel was pitching. Later we learned that Mitch Walding hit for the cycle in the game.
I wish I had a lot of good news to report from the Phillies game. About the best thing that came out of the game was the pitching of Jesen Therrien. He struck out 3 in 2.1 perfect innings and threw 18 strikes in 22 pitches.
There were two funny moments – Andrew Knapp nearly “killed” the Phanatic on a foul ball into the stands in front of me. And, the canned announcement by Chris Wheeler that spring training games can end in a tie after the top of the first inning. The score at the time was 9-0 Yankees. The announcement seemed unnecessary at the time or extremely optimistic.