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
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
Dylan Cozens went yard. Off a left-handed pitcher. Cleared the back fence at Bright House Field. Landed in Thome Pond. Scared the ‘gator.
The Phillies played the Blue Jays today, and combined for 22 hits. Finally some offense to write about. Each team banged out 11 hits. The Phillies had five of the seven extra base hits on the day. In spite of the 11 hits, most of the Phillies’ pitchers pitched fairly well
Continue reading Florida Instructional League – Game #10; 10/12/2015 – “Cozens, Baby!”
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
Wednesday the Phillies played the Blue Jays at Bright House Field. The comfortable surroundings made up a little for yet another game with no offense. The pattern of ineffectiveness is beginning to be a little concerning. The Phillies managed five hits, only one of which was hit hard – Greg Pickett’s line drive single in the ninth inning. The only other hard hit ball was a line drive off the bat of Juan Luis in the first inning that was speared by the second baseman.
Continue reading Florida Instructional League – Game #7; 10/7/2015
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
The Phillies played their first Florida Instructional League (FIL) game Monday against the Blue Jays in Dunedin. Because of a 70% chance of rain, I went over early and was able to watch Franklyn Kilome start the game at noon instead of the 1:00PM scheduled start time. Continue reading Florida Instructional League – Game #1; 9/28/2015
Friday morning’s game signaled the end of the Phillies’ 2014 instructional league season. A few players may move on to their winter league teams, most will return home and continue working out until they return to Clearwater to participate in spring training for the 2015 season.
The Phillies were taking on the Blue Jays from neighboring Dunedin. Attendance was a little higher this morning than it had been all week. We were ready to watch as many as nine pitchers take the mound for each team as they prepared to break for the winter. I don’t think any of us had the slightest inkling that Jesse Biddle would be taking the mound and that he would pitch two innings. Continue reading Jesse Biddle Pitches in the Florida Instructional League; 10/10/2014
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
Monday afternoon, the Phillies played the Blue Jays at Bright House Field. The weather was as comfortable as we’ve seen down here in a while, and the game was among the best pitched so far this fall. The Phillies came back to win 2-1. The line up/box score/write up – Continue reading Florida Instructional League Game #12; 10/6/2014