March 2010

Spring Training is almost over…

With yesterday’s announcement of Jamie Moyer as the Phils’ fifth starter, it seems the time is complete, until both Brad Lidge and J.C. Romero comes off of the disable list later in April.

Right now, this will most likely be the Phillies team that will be facing the Nationals next week in D.C.

Starting Line-up:

1. Jimmy Rollins – SS

2. Placido Polanco – 3B

3. Chase Utley – 2B

4. Ryan Howard – 1B

5. Jayson Werth – RF

6. Raul Ibanez – LF

7. Shane Victorino – CF

8. Carlos Ruiz – C


Brian Schneider – C

Juan Castro, INF

Greg Dobbs – INF

Ben Francisco – OF

Ross Gload – OF


Starters –

1. Roy Halladay

2. Cole Hamels

3. Joe Blanton

4. J.A. Happ

5. Jamie Moyer

Relief Corp –

Kyle Kendrick

Chad Durbin

David Herndon

Jose Contreras

Antonio Bastardo (left handed specialist until Romero gets back)

Danny Baez

Ryan Madson (closer until Lidge gets back)

J.C. Romero (On disable list, left handed specialist)

Brad Lidge (On disable list until either the second or third series of the season, closer)

Things are definitely going to become real interesting in the bullpen this year, even with the return of Romero and Lidge. But, if the starters all do their jobs, and the offense keeps scoring, as it has done in the past, that’ll become a big non-issue real quick.

I can’t wait to see what this team does during the next several months.


The Phils have even their Grapefruit League season as they defeat the Blue Jays in their A-game, 4-2.

The Phils have now won two games in a row in Grapefruit League play, evening their record at 3-3, as they defeat the Blue Jay, 4-2. Phils starter, Cole Hamels, had an up and down start. He started out with three scoreless innings, before giving up a lead-off home run at the start of the fourth inning, before being lifted after pitching three and two-thirds innings, giving up only one hit and two walks, while striking out three. He was followed by eventual winner Ryan Vogelsong, who pitched two and a third innings, giving up a run on three hits and two walks, while striking out a batter. Prospect J.C. Ramirez, part of the Cliff Lee trade with Seattle, then came in to pitch the final three innings, recording the save, his first in Spring Training, as he gave up just two hits, while striking out three.

The Phils scored a run in the fourth, taking a short lead, before taking the lead for good in the sixth, as they scored twice in that inning. They then scored an insurance run in the ninth. The Phils’ bats collected ten hits, with Wilson Valdez leading the team with three hits, followed by Placido Polanco, Greg Dobbs and John Mayberry Jr. with each recording two hits, while Cody Ransom had one. The Phils had three extra-base hits, two doubles, one by Dobbs, and the other by Mayberry, and a home run, a solo shot in the ninth by Ransom. Besides Ransom, Mayberry, Valdez and Carlos Ruiz each knocked in a run, with Ruiz’s rbi being on a sacrifice fly.

The next Phillies game will be tomorrow afternoon at Bright House Field in Clearwater against the Detroit Tigers, with game time at 1:05 pm. 

Halladay appears to already be in mid-season form, as he pitches three scoreless innings as the Phils defeat the Braves, 7-4, in Grapefruit League play.

New Phils ace Roy Halladay seems to already be in mid-season form as he gave up only three hits, all singles, to the Braves, as he struck out five batters, increasing his Grapefruit League total to eight, while pitching three scoreless innings against the Phils’ Eastern Division rival. The Phils would eventually win the game as they score two runs in the second on a two-run homer by Jayson Werth, one of his two hits in the game, and with a five-run outburst in the sixth, as John Mayberry, Jr. and Ben Francisco both knocked in two-runs apiece, while Brian Schneider brought home one run. The Phils had thirteen hits overall, with Werth and Ryan Howard leading the team with two hits apiece, while Mayberry, Francisco, Schneider, Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino, playing in his first Grapefruit League game, Freddy Galvis, Greg Dobbs, Brian Bocock and Ozzie Chavez each had one hit. Francisco had the only other extra-base hit besides Werth’s homer, a two-run double.

After Halladay had pitched his three scoreless innings, Ryan Madson came in to pitch the fourth, his first Grapefruit League appearance. Madson did not have a good outing, as he gave up all four of the Braves’ runs, on three hits and two walks, getting his first blown save of Spring Training. Danys Baez and Sergio Escalona followed Madson, with each man pitching a scoreless inning, giving up between them just one hit and a walk (both by Baez). Andrew Carpenter then followed as he pitched three scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out two, noting his first save of Spring Training. Baez got the victory, his first for Spring Training, for a 1-0 record, while Escalona received his first Spring Training hold.

The Phils, now 2-3 in Grapefruit League play, next play two games today with the Toronto Blue Jays, an A game this afternoon, and an earlier B game.

The Phils have finished playing their first official game of Spring Training, defeating the World Champions Yankees by scoring two-runs in the bottom of the ninth, winning the ballgame, 3-2.

After having to come from behind to win their first spring training game over Florida State, 13-6, in seven and a half innings, the Phils, after taking the lead in the seventh via an RBI double by non-roster invitee Oscar Chavez, scoring Juan Castro from second base, lost the lead in the top of the ninth as reliever and eventual game winner Sergio Escalona gave up RBI singles to David Winfree and Jose Gil. The Phils would win the game in the bottom of the ninth as non-roster invitee Paul Hoover hit an RBI double to left, tying the score as Quintin Berry just beat in the throw to the plate, allowing Hoover to move up to third base with one man out. Two batters later, with pinch runner Dwayne Wise on third, and with two men out, Wilson Valdez hits an RBI single which ricocheted off of Yankees’ relief pitcher Wilkins Arias, scoring Wise with the winning run, giving the Phils a 3-2 win, and a 1-0 record in Grapefruit League play.

Phils’ starter Roy Halladay, in his first game since the trade that brought him to the National League Champs, was in excellent form, striking out three batters in two scoreless innings, just missing a perfect outing as Placido Polanco commited a throwing error on a grounder to third base in the first, as he threw 21 of his 24 pitches for strikes. Kyle Kendrick, who is competing for the number five starter job with Jamie Moyer, followed Halladay with two scoreless innings of his own, giving up a hit, as he struck out one. The next two pitchers for the Phils, Jose Contreras and Andrew Carpenter followed by both pitching two scoreless frames apiece, with Contreras giving up two hits and Carpenter one, as they, between them, struck out five Yanks (Contreras (3), Carpenter (2)). The Phils’ winning pitcher, Escalona, had a bad ninth inning, blowing the save, his first in Grapefruit League play, as he gave up two runs on four hits, while striking out a batter, in one inning of work. Escalona’s record is now 1-0 with a high ERA of 18.00.

Besides the RBI hits by Chavez, Hoover and Valdez, the Phils had a total of eight hits in the game, with returning Phil, Polanco getting a hit in the first, a single, while John Mayberry, Jr., and Castro both got a basehit, while Brian Bocock had two. Chavez and Hoover had the Phils only extra-base hits, both doubles.

The Phils next Grapefruit League game will be a road game against the Toronto Blue Jays that will start at 1:05 pm.