The Phillies had a 7-1 loss washed off the books when the game was halted after four innings. The minor league games against the Blue Jays, on the other hand, were moved up to 10:00AM because the guys in charge can do that without worrying about advance ticket sales. ‘Cause there are none. It’s left to us minor league fans to scramble when the phone/tweet tree spreads the news of a change in start time. Continue reading 2016 Spring Training, March 29th (and the Future’s Roster)
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2016 Spring Training, March 28th
The Phillies lost another game, 2-1 to the Blue Jays in Dunedin. Darin Ruf crushed his 4th HR to center field, and Vince Velasquez pitched 6.0, 2-hit innings allowing 3 BB and 8 K. But, the bullpen blew another late lead on a 2-out, 2-run HR in the eighth inning.
The minor league games were cancelled, so there were 2 intrasquad games at the Complex. I watched the game between Teams 1 and 2, mostly AAA and AA guys with a few A+ guys tossed in. I won’t get to see guys like Quinn, Crawford, Hoskins, and Knapp once they go north. So I opted to watch this game without regard for the pitchers. Continue reading 2016 Spring Training, March 28th
2016 Spring Training, March 23rd
The Phillies lost a game in Kissimmee to the Astros, their last trip there since the Astros are moving to another Florida location next spring. Some guy named Giles got the save.
We had large crowds at the Carpenter Complex yesterday and today. I have short reports on the action both days, and a little video. Continue reading 2016 Spring Training, March 23rd
2016 Spring Training, March 18th
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
Florida Instructional League – Game #10; 10/12/2015 – “Cozens, Baby!”
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
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Florida Instructional League – Game #8; 10/8/2015
The Phillies played the Yankees at Bright House Field on Thursday. With Franklyn Kilome and Tyler Gilbert leading the way and a little offense for a change, today’s game was much easier to watch. There were still some ineffective at bats, but a few hard hit balls lessened that concern a little.
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Florida Instructional League – Game #4; 10/3/2015
Since Tuesday’s game, the Phillies have traveled to Tampa and had two camp days. More camp days is a direct result of the Pirates decision not to schedule very many games this year. I don’t believe they are travelling out of Bradenton at all this fall.
This morning at ten o’clock, the Phillies took the field against the Blue Jays. Tyler Gilbert got the start. He was followed by Edgar Garcia, Alexis Rivero, and Robert Tasin. The top of the Phillies order was comprised of Roman Quinn, J.P. Crawford, and Domonic Brown. Cornelius Randolph batted fifth and Jhailyn Ortiz was the DH and batted seventh. Sixteen year old Rafael Marchan also made a cameo at catcher but played the field for only half of an inning.
The Phillies received some good pitching and outscored the Jays 6-4. Details below the fold.
Continue reading Florida Instructional League – Game #4; 10/3/2015
Florida Instructional League – Game #2, 9/29/2015
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
Jesse Biddle Pitches in the Florida Instructional League; 10/10/2014
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
Florida Instructional League; Intrasquad Game – 10/8/2014
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