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
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
Calls for giving Jake Fox “a look” can be put to rest. According to Baseball America, the 32-year old first baseman was released last week by the Phillies. Fox hit 16 HRs in 57 games in the Mexican League and slashed .307/.397/.605/1.001 before signing a minor league contract with the Phillies. He continued to produce, hitting 22 HRs in 78 games an slashing .308/.373/.591/.964 with Reading. His combined line was 38 HRs and .307/.383/.597/.980 in 135 games in 2014.
Going into the 2014 season, there was hope, promise, and some sort of optimism that we could see some great performances and talented players in Reading.
Though the All-Star Game is far past the midway point of the Eastern League season, I figured it was as good a time as any to recap the first “half” of the season (if we can really call it that), and take a look back while looking ahead to the team’s final 49 games.
While the outstanding performances have been few and far between, some great things did happen this year. But, for the most part, the story of the 2014 Reading club has been written over the past month: it’s a flawed team that doesn’t have a ton of talent, and they have scuffled to a 38-55 record. Continue reading Reading Report: At the Break
I wish I had something fresh, new and exciting to report with the Fightins this past week. Alas, with the team’s 0-6 record, there just isn’t much to talk about here, so we will keep this to a bare-bones recap.
Continue reading Reading Report: 6/16-6/22