Final day of spring training for most players. The Phillies head north to start the major league season. Saturday, the IronPigs and Fightin’ Phils break camp and head to Allentown and Reading. The Threshers vacate the Complex clubhouse and walk over to their regular season home in Spectrum Field. The BlueClaws will stay in town for a few days before heading to Kannapolis to open their season in North Carolina.
The much anticipated minor league rosters had not been released when I left the Complex after 4:00PM. A copy began circulating on Twitter by the time I reached home. But, when I called to verify the authenticity and ask if I could publish it, I was told the rosters had not been finalized and in fact the copy on the internet had been taken surreptitiously from a private office.
Later in the evening the IronPigs released their opening day roster to IronPigs Media. Greg Shore received and tweeted out the information and also posted it here. The IronPigs have updated their web site to reflect the new players.
During the day, I watched the short-season kids play another traveling group of former minor leaguers. Our guys are usually at an age disadvantage in these games but managed to hold on to win 14-13.
Denny Martinez started and walked the first batter. He followed that with a triple, wild pitch, and home run. Then he settled down. He gave up two more runs in the second inning.
Martinez video –
The Phillies came back in the bottom of the first. A single by Jesus Alastre and walks to Josh Stephen and Cole Stobbe loaded the bases for Greg Pickett. He did not disappoint. He crushed the first pitch deep over the right center field fence. Jhailyn Ortiz was hit by a pitch and they went on to score four more runs on one hit.
They scored two more crooked numbers on their way to a 14 -6 lead and held on to win by one run. More video –
- Alastre AB
- Stephen 1st AB
- Stephen 2nd AB
- Stephen 3rd AB
- Stobbe 1st AB
- Stobbe 2nd AB
- Stobbe 3rd AB
- Pickett 1st AB
- Pickett 2nd AB
- Ortiz 1st AB
- Ortiz 2nd AB
- Ortiz 3rd AB
- Matos AB
- Miller 2nd batter
- Miller 3rd batter
- Miller 4th batter
- Pelletier 1st AB
- Pelletier 2nd AB
- Muzziotti AB
- Aparicio AB
- Eldridge AB
- Encarnacion AB
- Guzman AB
- Lovett AB
- Bocio AB
The following transactions took place on March 31st –
- SHP Pat Venditte assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
- Rhys Hoskins assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Fightin Phils.
- Mark Leiter assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Fightin Phils.
- Jorge Flores assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
- Osmel Aguila assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
- Joey DeNato assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
- Philadelphia Phillies selected the contract of 1B Brock Stassi from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
- Colton Murray assigned to Phillies Ext. Spring Training from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.