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 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.
Continue reading Florida Instructional League – Game #8; 10/8/2015
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
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
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
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