The Phillies traveled to Lakeland’s Joker Marchant Stadium Monday to take on Detroit Tigers. Aaron Nola gave up one run in 6.0, 2-hit innings and the Phillies won 4-3. They only managed 3 hits, but 8 walks and a Cedric Hunter 2-run home run paved the way to a 4-1 lead in the top of the seventh inning. The bullpen managed to hold on for the win.
With the Phillies on the road, there was a larger than normal crowd at the Carpenter Complex. Continue reading 2016 Spring Training, March 21st
While the Phillies were beating the Astros in Bright House Field, several pitchers who missed facing live hitters due to Saturday’s cancellation got their work pitching for Groups 3 and 4 against the Pirates. This was to the chagrin of most observers who would rather that the young pitchers in the organization not lose 6-7 innings to pitchers who are likely to be released or end up in Lehigh Valley.
Continue reading 2016 Spring Training, March 20th
Here’s the open discussion thread for Phillies’ talk and other topics. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of March 20th
The Phillies made some roster changes last week. They optioned a few players to their minor league affiliates, reassigned some non-roster invitees to minor league camp, and released a handful of players. With all the bodies moving around, the minor league work groups were expanded to five, and some players were moved to new groups. The most recent list was provided by Murray yesterday in a comments thread. The list doesn’t include Stassi and Featherston. Continue reading Updated 2016 Work Groups and the Roster Crunch
Rainy day here in Florida. The Phillies 1:00PM start against the Blue Jays in Dunedin was cancelled. Today out will be their last day off down here barring another rain out. Over at the Carpenter Complex, the minor league games were moved up to 10:00AM to beat the weather. Nice try. A lightning strike in the distance over Bright House Field signaled the end of baseball before 11:00AM. Continue reading 2016 Spring Training, March 19th
The Phillies lost their St. Patrick’s Day game against the Tampa Bay Rays, 5-1. But the offense returned Friday with a 15-12 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Phillies fell behind 5-0, scored 9 runs in the 4th inning, 6 more in the 5th , and allowed 7 runs over the final 3 innings. Maikel Franco hit his 7th HR, Peter Bourjos hit his 1st, Ryan Howard blasted his second, a grand slam, over the batter’s eye in center, and Cameron Rupp hit his third. The Phillies opted to play without a DH and starter Charlie Morton went 0-2 with an RBI and a run scored. Luis Garcia struck out 3 in 1.1 IP. The Pirates only brought 2 starters – RF Polanco and C Cervelli. Freese made the trip as a DH.
Lots of stuff going on today at Bright House, the Carpenter Complex, and on the transaction wire. Continue reading 2016 Spring Training, March 18th
The Phillies were scheduled off today as they prepare for their big St. Patrick’s Day game against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Two Class A groups faced the Pirates Class A teams at the Carpenter Complex. I don’t have much velocity to report or game action for that matter. But I have a lot of video. Continue reading 2016 Spring Training, March 16th
The Phillies won again today. They beat the Rays 5-2 on the road. Nola started and gave up both Tampa runs. Andrew Bailey struck out the side in a 1-2-3 inning and was the pitcher of record when the Phillies took the lead. Hector Neris followed with a one-hit inning where he also struck out the side. Colton Murray came on to record the final out to get the save. The Phillies are 11-4. Dylan Cozens made his spring debut in the sixth inning in right field and went 0-1 with a BB and K.
I didn’t make the trip to Port Charlotte. Rather, I went to the Carpenter Complex and watched David Hernandez make his first appearance since March 1st, as well as Mark Appel and other Group One and Group Two players who took on the Blue Jays in their first Minor League spring training games.
Continue reading 2016 Spring Training, March 15th
Here’s the open discussion thread for Phillies’ talk and other topics. I have instituted a separate article for draft discussion. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of March 13th
Saturday, the Phillies beat R.A. Dickey and most of the Blue Jays starting line up 8-5. Vince Velasquez pitched four, 2-run innings; and David Lough, J.P. Arencibia, and Nick Williams hit home runs leading a 14-hit attack. Yoervis Medina struck out the side in the ninth. The Phillies are 9-3 and have the second best record in the Grapefruit League.
Over at the Complex, a drama that will go a long way to determining the success of the Phillies’ regular season was held. It drew at least six coaches as spectators, as well as Matt Klentak and Joe Jordan. Jerad Eickhoff threw to live hitters for the first time since suffering a thumb injury before spring training started. I don’t think it went well.
Continue reading 2016 Spring Training, March 12th