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
I spent Tuesday and Wednesday at Bright House watching the Phillies beat Pittsburgh and Baltimore. They are 7-3 with 2 ties (against Toronto and Detroit). They also have 2 wins against the Yankees and a second win over the Pirates. Time to upgrade those win predictions for 2016! Continue reading 2016 Spring Training, March 8-10
Today’s games signaled the end of Instructs. It was quite a contrast from the 22-hit slug fest on Monday. Six Phillies’ pitchers shutout the Yankees on three hits and two walks. They recorded 16 strike outs. The Yankees’ pitchers were almost as effective holding the Phillies to one run on three hits and three walks. They also hit two batters.
The Phillies’ Nick Pivetta pitched a rehab inning. Bradenton’s Cord Sandberg made an appearance and took five at bats as a DH.
Continue reading Florida Instructional League – Game #12; 10/15/2015
The Phillies traveled to the Blue Jays’ Englebert Complex Saturday but only played a couple innings before the game was called due to a steady drizzle. Felix Paulino started and Dylan Cozens got an at bat before the game was postponed. Since the game was shortened, I included some photos for your enjoyment.
Continue reading Florida Instructional League – Game #9; 10/10/2015
Monday the Phillies traveled to the Blue Jays’ Englebert Complex to face a line up that included three position players who are headed to the Arizona Fall League, three pitchers who are also going to the AFL, and Vladimir Guerrero’s talented, 16-year old son. Both teams combined to produce only nine hits, but the Jays were able to turn their six hits into five runs while their pitchers shutout the Phillies on three hits.
Continue reading Florida Instructional League – Game #5; 10/5/2015
Tuesday’s game against the Yankees provided a mixture of good, indifferent, and poor pitching with a very little bit of offense. Starter Matt Imhof and reliever Felix Paulino both had poor outings. Alexis Rivero and Will Stewart chipped in with satisfactory innings. And Luke Leftwich and Kenny Koplove both pitched well. Continue reading Florida Instructional League – Game #2, 9/29/2015
Well, the Instructional League is winding down. Only a couple of scouts were on hand for the final intrasquad game on Wednesday. Two Phillies’ teams played six innings to a 2-1 conclusion. I don’t have velocities and didn’t bother to count pitches. Instead, here are a few observations. Continue reading Florida Instructional League; Intrasquad Game – 10/8/2014
We’re at the tail end of the rainy season in Florida. Tuesday’s game was played at an earlier time and over before I got to the stadium. Today’s intrasquad game started at 1:00pm. Phils1 played Phils2. The game was called after 6 innings. Phils 2 made up an early 3-0 deficit to win 10-3. The pitching was a little sketchy, but some of the guys threw well. Ismael Cabrera started for Phils2 and Carlos Indriago started for Phils1. Each threw 2 innings. Continue reading Florida Instructional League, Intrasquad Game – 10/1/2014
In Florida, Wednesday is Camp Day. After morning workouts, the players head over to Bright House Field for an intrasquad game. Today, a little past 12:30pm, Adam Morgan started a game for the first time since he was shut down in 2013.
Intrasquad games are a pain to score. The line ups are fluid, innings can start with runners on base, innings can last more or less than 3 outs, and there are double the number of pitchers to chart. I can provide a lot of detail on Morgan and some sketchy highlights on the rest of the game. Continue reading Florida Instructional League – Adam Morgan Edition; 9/24/2014