March 2009

Spring Training: Phillies fall short as they lose to the Astros, 6-5.

In Kissimmee, Florida, the Phillies’ ninth inning rally falls short as they lose to the Houston Astros, 6-5. Brett Myers started the game for the Phillies, getting dinged a bit by the Astros’ bats as he went five and a third innings, giving up four runs, including a solo home run to Miguel Tejeda in the fourth, on eight hits and a walk as he struck out a batter. Ryan Madson followed him, pitching one and two-thirds innings, giving up just two hits and no runs as he strikes out one. Robert Mosebach pitched an inning, giving up two runs on three hits while striking out one. Myers took the lost with his spring training record now at 1-2 with a 3.79 ERA

Among the batters, the Phillies collected thirteen hits, but were only able to cash in five runs. Shane Victorino, Eric Bruntlett, Jayson Werth, Raul Ibanez, and Pedro Feliz would each get two hits, with Werth’s two hits being a solo home run and a double. Matt Stairs, Rich Thompson and Chase Utley would get the other Phils’ hits, with Stairs’ hit being a pinch hit solo home run in the ninth inning. Bruntlett and Victorino also had doubles. Victorino, Bruntlett and Coste also knocked in runs, with Coste’s RBI being a sacrifice fly. Utley’s spring batting averages is now at .320, showing him to be ready for opening night.

The Phillies next Grapefruit League game will be played tomorrow afternoon against the Pirates at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Florida. Game time is 1:05 pm Eastern.

Spring Training: Ryan Howard and Chase Utley show their power while Phillies’ pitching gets spanked by the Yankees, 10-2.

In Grapefruit League play yesterday afternoon, the Phils were for the second time in their three meetings crushed by the Yankees, this time by the score of 10-2. Pitching prospect, Carlos Carrasco, who should be headed for Triple-A Lehigh Valley, started the game for the Phils. He pitched five innings, giving up four runs to the Bronx Bombers on six hits, including a two-run home run to Hideki Matsui in the first inning, and a solo shot to Cody Ransom in the fourth, and a walk while striking out four. Clay Condrey followed with an inning of work, giving up a run on a hit and a walk as he struck out two. Brad Lidge then took the mound, pitching a 1-2-3 inning. Scott Eyre followed Lidge for an inning and gets hammered hard by the Yanks, giving up five runs on five hits, with two of them being a solo home run by Nick Swisher and a two-run shot from Melky Cabera, as he struck out one. Mike Koplove pitched the final inning, giving up no runs on no hits while striking out one. Carrasco took the lost, with his spring training record now at 2-2 with a 5.95 ERA.

Among the batters, the Phils had only six hits, with Chase Utley leading the way with two hits, including his second home run of the spring, a solo shot. Ryan Howard, Geoff Jenkins, Matt Stairs and Ronny Paulino had the other hits, with Howard’s being a solo home run, his seventh of the spring, while Paulino and Stairs’ hits were doubles.

The Phillies will continue Grapefruit League play, as they face the Houston Astros at Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee, Florida. The game is in progress, with the Phils holding a slim 3-2 lead after four innings.

And the answer to this week’s trivia question is…

Okay, once again, we’ll first start off with the question: Name the Phillies’ pitcher who holds the major league record for the most losses in a season? And the answer is: John Coleman is the Phils pitcher with the most losses in a season, losing 48 of the 81 games that the Phillies, then known as the Quakers, would lose in its first season as a member of the National League. In fact, Coleman is also the major league record holder for the most hits allowed (772), the most runs allowed (510) and the most earned runs allowed (291) in a season, all done in 1883, which was his rookie season in the majors.

Only one person attempted to answer the question and she got it right. So, congratulation to Sue of Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts for getting the question right once again.

The next trivia question will be asked next week.

And the answer to this week’s trivia question is…

Okay, once again, we’ll first start off with the question: Name the Phillies’ pitcher who holds the major league record for the most losses in a season? And the answer is: John Coleman is the Phils pitcher with the most losses in a season, losing 48 of the 81 games that the Phillies, then known as the Quakers, would lose in its first season as a member of the National League. In fact, Coleman is also the major league record holder for the most hits allowed (772), the most runs allowed (510) and the most earned runs allowed (291) in a season, all done in 1883, which was his rookie season in the majors.

Only one person attempted to answer the question and she got it right. So, congratulation to Sue of Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts for getting the question right once again.

The next trivia question will be asked next week.

Spring Training: Phillies come from behind to defeat the Blue Jays, 7-6.

After trailing for most of the game, the Phillies came from behind to defeat the Blue Jays, 7-6, thanks to a three-run ninth inning.

Chan Ho Park started the game for the Phillies, and produced a not too good outing which may hurt his changes in his battle with J.A. Happ for the last spot in the startingrotation. Park pitched four innings, giving up three runs on four hits and a walk while striking out four Blue Jays. Robert Mosebach, who is fighting for a spot in the bullpen, follows, giving up a run on two hits and a walk in one inning of work. Chad Durbin follows him with a 1-2-3 inning, getting two strikeouts. Ryan Madson follows with a scoreless inning of his own, giving up a hit. Gary Majewski pitches two innings, giving up two runs on four hit and a walk as he strikes out a batter, while picking up the win, thanks to the Phillies scoring three runs in the top of the ninth. His spring training record is now 1-0 with a 3.27 ERA.

The Phillies’ bats collected thirteen hits today, with Jayson Werth, Pedro Feliz and Carlos Ruiz leading the way with two hits each, with one of Werth’s two hits being a solo home run. Miguel Cairo, Jason Ellison, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Eric Bruntlett, Rich Thompson and Chris Coste each got a hit, with Utley’s hit being a two-run home run. Utley would knock in three runs in the game, while Bruntlett knocks in two and Werth and Thompson knocks in a run each. Both Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino returned to the lineup after their stint with Team USA in the World Baseball Classic. Both players went 0 for 2 with a walk each while Rollins crossed the plate with a run.

In other Phillies’ news, Cole Hamels, who pitched in a minor league game at Clearwater, is expected to pitch on April 10 against the Colorado Rockies in Denver, the Phils’ fourth game of the season, while Brett Myers will pitch opening night at Citizens Bank Park against the Atlanta Braves on  April 5, to be followed by Jamie Moyer and Joe Blanton.

The Phillies will take the day off tomorrow before facing the New York Yankees on Thursday afternoon for the second time this week, this time from Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida. Game time will be at 1:05 pm.

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This week’s trivia question is: Name the Phillies’ pitcher who holds the major league record for the most losses in a season? You know where to find it, and I will reveal the answer on Thursday.

Spring Training: Phillies’ bats wake up as they crush the Yankees, 8-3.

After a short rain delay, the Phils proceeded to crush the Yankees yesterday afternoon, 8-3, getting even for the earlier 12-0 battering at the hands of the Bronx Bombers the previous week.

J.A. Happ started the game for the Phils, continuing to stake his claim to the final spot in the starting rotation by pitching a strong five innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on five hits and three walks as he struck out three. He was followed to the mound, for one inning each, by Clay Condrey and Brad Lidge, who each gave up a hit while they both struck out a batter. Scott Eyre followed them, pitching a 1-2-3 inning, as he struck out two batters. Mike Koplove pitched the ninth for the Phils, giving up a run on two hits and a walk. Condrey was the winning pitcher, with his spring training record now at 1-0 with a 1.08 ERA.

The Phillies bats came out swinging yesterday as they recorded twelve hits, with Eric Bruntlett and Raul Ibanez leading the way with three hits a piece, with each man knocking in a run. Jayson Werth, Miguel Cairo, Marcus Giles, Matt Stairs, Ronny Paulino and Jason Ellison would each get a hit, with Stairs and Cairo’s hits being a pair of two-run home runs while Giles’ hit was a double. Bruntlett and Ibanez also got doubles. Werth had the Phils other RBI, while the final run came in on a double play ball.

The Phillies next Grapefruit League game is against the Toronto Blue Jays, which is presently in progress.

Spring Training: Phils get blanked by the Red Sox, 3-0.

Yesterday afternoon, the Phillies were defeated by the Red Sox, as the offense was thrown goose eggs all afternoon, losing 3-0.

Brett Myers, the most likely opening night starter, if the Phils decide to give Cole Hamels extra time to get ready for the season, started the game for the Phils. Myers pitched five innings, giving up two runs in the first on a two-run home run by Mike Lowell, before settling down and blanking the BoSox for the next four innings. He would give up five hits along with the two runs, as he walked five batters (seems like bad Brett wanted to come out yesterday) and a strike out. Robert Mosebach followed him, pitching a shut out inning, giving up only two hits. Chad Durbin pitched next, having a shut out inning, giving up no hits, as he walked one, who was later wiped out in a double play and struck out one. Ryan Madson pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, one of them being as solo home run to Chris Carter, as he struck out two batters. Myers took the lost, with his spring training record now being 1-1 with a ERA of 2.63.

The Phillies would only get six hits in the game. Jayson Werth, Raul Ibanez, Ryan Howard, John Mayberry, Jr., Pablo Ozuna and Carlos Ruiz would each get a hit, with Ibanez and Ruiz’s hits being doubles. None of the batters were able to knock in a run.

In other Phillies news, Kyle Kendrick, as I’d expected, was sent down to the minors camp this morning. He will more than likely start the season pitching for the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. Hopefully, he’ll come back with a better demeaner and a new pitch or two.

The Phils are presently playing the New York Yankees at Bright House Field in Clearwater.

Spring Training: Kyle Kendrick finally has a good start as the Phils lose a close game, 2-1.

With Opening Day/Night now just two weeks away, Kyle Kendrick finally pitched a good game yesterday afternoon, as the Phillies lose a close one to the Minnesota Twins, 2-1.

Kyle Kendrick started the game for the Phils. In the first inning, he gave up two runs on ground ball hits that his infielders were unable to field, giving the Twins an early 2-0 lead. He would then settle down and pitch four shut out innings. Total, he pitched five innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out four. Clay Condrey followed him, pitching two scoreless innings, giving up three hits. Brad Lidge and Scott Eyre then took the mound, with both men pitching a shut out inning as they gave up a hit (Lidge) and a walk (Lidge) while striking out three Twins (Lidge (2), Eyre (1)). Kendrick took the lost, his grapefruit league record now at 1-3 with a 9.20 ERA.  

The Phillies got only five hits in the game, with John Mayberry, Jr., leading the way with two hits. Eric Bruntlett, Chase Utley and Pedro Feliz got the other three hits, with Bruntlett’s hit being a solo home run, knocking in the only Phils’ run, as Twins’ pitching keeps the bats silent.

Meantime, Cole Hamels pitched a bullpen session yesterday, saying that his elbow felt fine. He should be pitching in a minor league game this upcoming week. Hopefully, this means that he will be ready for Opening Night, if not actually be the Opening Night pitcher.

The Phillies next game will be played this afternoon against the Boston Red Sox. The game starts at 1:05 pm.

Spring Training: The Phillies played the Cardinals to a 10-innings, 2-2 tie.

In Grapefruit League play yesterday afternoon, the Phillies played the Cardinals to a 2-2, 10-innings tie, thanks to a Tyler Greene throwing error in the sixth inning.

Pitching prospect Carlos Carrasco started the game for the Phils, giving up two runs, with both runs coming in on a two-run home run by Rick Ankiel in the third, on three hits and two walks. Chad Durbin follows him to the mound, pitching an inning and a third of shut out ball, giving up no hits while walking two batters and striking out one. Ryan Madson then takes the mound, giving up no runs on a hit while striking out one in an inning and two thirds of work. Mike Koplove takes over, and pitches an inning and a third of shut out ball, giving up only one hit and a walk as he strikes out one batter. Jake Woods takes the mound in the tenth, giving up only one hit as he keeps the Cardinals from scoring a run, as the Phillies play their second tie in three games. Although Carrasco is likely not going north with the main team, he is likely to get sent to Lehigh Valley for more seasoning, and possible call up if something happens to someone on the main team during the season.

Among the batters, the Phils had a total of nine hits, with four batters having two hits apiece: Eric Bruntlett, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Geoff Jenkins, with one of Howard’s hits being a solo home run, his sixth home run of the spring. Carlos Ruiz had the Phils other hit. Howard had the Phils only RBI of the game, while Utley scored the second Phils’ run. Now having played in three Grapefruit League games, Utley, who appears to be ready to play second base on Opening Night, has a .333 batting average, while Howard has increased his average to .310 with his two hits.

The Phillies next spring training game is presently in progress with the Minnesota Twins at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida, with the Phils’ trailing the Twins, 2-0, after at least one half-inning of play.

Spring Training: Phils play to a tie and a win in two games.

In Grapefruit League play, the Phils miss a chance at winning two straight games as they play to a tie game with the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday before defeating the Florida Marlins yesterday afternoon.

On Wednesday, the Phils played the Toronto Blue Jays to a 7-7 tie at Bright House Field in Clearwater. Their starter, J.A.Happ, pitches four good innings, although later saying that he was disappointed with his outing. Happ would give up three runs on three hits, with two of them being home runs, a two-run shot to Bradley Emaus in the third and a solo home run to Jason Lane in the fourth. Happ also gives up a walk while striking out two. Gary Majewski takes over for two innings, giving up a run on two hits and a walk while striking out one. Scott Eyre follows, pitching an inning, giving up no runs on one hit and a walk. Ryan Madson goes onto the mound next, pitching a 1-2-3 inning. Joe Bisenius pitches the ninth inning, allowing three runs to cross the plate, leading to a 7-7 tie, as he gives up three hits and walking two while striking out a batter as he blows the save opportunity.

Among the batters, the Phillies would score seven runs on seven hits. Jayson Werth leads the attack with two hits, knocking in three runs with a three-run home run, while also getting a double. Chase Utley, Eric Bruntlett, Matt Stairs, Majewski and John Mayberry, Jr., would get the other five Phils’ hits, with Stairs and Bruntlett hits being doubles. Greg Dobbs, Majewski and Pedro Feliz would knock in three of the other four Phils runs with a single (Majewski) and two sacrifice flies (Dobbs and Feliz), while the other run would come in on a Blue Jays’ error.

Yesterday afternoon, the Phillies would do better as Joe Blanton one-hit the Marlins in a 5-1 Phils’ victory. Blanton started the game for the Phils, going six innings, as he gives up only one hit while striking out three batters. Brad Lidge follows Blanton, pitching an inning, giving up no runs on two hits as he strikes out one batter. Clay Condrey then pitches an inning, giving up the Marlins’ only run on two hits. Robert Mosebach pitches the ninth, giving up a hit. Blanton records the win, with his spring training record now being 1-0 with a 2.30 ERA.

The Phillies would get only six hits in the game. Jason Donald, Ryan Howard, Geoff Jenkins,  Miguel Cairo, Marcus Giles and Chris Coste would each get a hit, with Howard and Giles’ hits being doubles. Howard, Werth, Giles and Coste would each knock in a run, with Werth’s RBI being a sac fly. Ever since getting back into the lineup, Werth has batted .333 in Grapefruit League play, while a much slimer Howard has so far batted .282 with five spring home runs and fifteen RBIs.

The Phils are presently playing the Cardinals in Grapefruit League play, with the Phils presently trailing 2-1, with Howard hitting his sixth spring home run.

Meanwhile, team ace Cole Hamels did some extended long toss yesterday, saying that his elbow felt fine. There’s a possibility that he might be able to pitch in a Grapefruit League game next week.

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