Friday, the Phillies played a night game in Tampa versus the Yankees. A couple guys from major league camp stepped down to pitch in the two A games. Nola and Knapp formed the battery in the higher of the two A games. Nola struck out the first five batters he faced and was perfect through two innings. He gave up a double over the center fielder’s head to start the third but escaped without allowing the runner to score. His goal was to throw 90-100 pitches and he ended his afternoon after his 91st pitch. He parted having been touched for just a 2-run HR.
Nola had been spotted a 4-run lead in the first on James Smith’s grand slam HR. Smith also had an extra base hit off the batter’s eye in center field. The Phillies took a 7-4 lead into the ninth but squandered the lead, walking in three runs and giving up a grand slam, and lost 11-7.
Nicasio started the lower A game and retired the side in order. Nick Fanti followed with three innings striking out five. Rafi Gonell, Kyle Glogoski, Junior Tejada, and Kyle Arjona completed the shutout. The Phillies scored the games only run on a triple by Corbin Williams and a ground out by Carlos De La Cruz in the second inning.
Saturday, Harper played nine innings in the AAA game. He went 1-4 with a double and walk. Ramon Russo started and gave up four runs in an eventual loss.
The AA team opened with David Parkinson. He pitched four innings, allowed one hit and struck out eight. The one walk during his stint should be charged to the umpire. Zach Warren pitched one inning and struck out two, walked one. Luis Cedeno was next and gave up a run on two hits but struck out three. Grant Dyer retired the side in order, recording one strike out. Randy Alcantara gave up a run on two hits. Tyler Fallwell finished with one hit and 2 strike outs.
I watched the gun today – (FastBall, Curve Ball, CHange up, CUtter, SLider)
- Parkinson – FB (87-88, t89 on last pitch, his 57th), CB, CH, CU
- Warren – FB (92-93), CB, CH, CU
- Cedeno – FB (92-94), CH
- Dyer – FB (87-89), CB, CH
- Alcantara – FB (97-89), CB, CH
- Fallwell – FB (89-93), SL, CH
The Phillies scored in the first inning. Mickey Moniak drove the first pitch into the right center field gap for a lead off double. He scored when the SS missed a Darick Hall pop up with two outs. They scored two in the second when McCutchen walked and Cornelius Randolph crushed a 2-run HR over the scoreboard in right. The Phillies added 2 runs in the sixth when Henri Lartigue walked and Raul Rivas launched a two-run HR to right.
That was all the scoring. Other guys reaching base were – Matt Vierling on a line drive double to left center, Jake Scheiner on a line drive single to center, Hall on a walk, Daniel Brito on a single to the gap in right center that the outfielder misplayed into two extra bases, and Alec Bohm lined a single to center. Final 5-2.
Afterwards, the staff began an afternoon meeting to finalize roster assignments. There may also be a few releases, but the Phillies might use extended spring to delay some decisions, as it appeared they did last year.
Keeping with recent organization practice, assignments will probably not be available tomorrow. They will likely allow the affiliates the opportunity to make the roster announcements. They should come quickly for some teams as at least one beat writer has expressed that he expects to release his article some time Monday. Unfortunately, I’m the closest thing to a beat writer for the Threshers, i’m not on their mailing list, and historically they haven’t made the roster announcements until much later than other affiliates.
Phillies optioned Victor Arano, Yacksel Rios, and Jerad Eickhoff to Lehigh Valley.
Keeping in mind that the Phillies already informed OFs Shane Robinson and Lane Adams, and INFs Phil Gosselin, Gift Ngoepe, and Matt McBride that they will be reassigned to the minors on Tuesday, that leaves 30 players in the major league camp – fifteen 40-man roster pitchers plus NRI Josh Martin, two 40-man roster catchers plus NRI Rob Brantly, five 40-man roster infielders plus NRI Sean Rodriguez, and six 40-man roster outfielders.
And, come Tuesday barring any releases, 192 players remain in the minor league camp – 108 pitchers, 19 catchers, 40 infielders, and 25 outfielders.
Well, that’s all until tomorrow.