The Phillies played three games over the weekend. On Saturday they lost to Toronto 11-6. Yesterday they played split squad games against Toronto and Baltimore, beating the Blue Jays 13-5 and losing 12-3 to Baltimore.
Domonic Brown and Ryan Howard continued their hot starts and both ended the day yesterday with an OPS over 1.300 for the spring. Brown has hit 350/519/850, out OPSing Howard’s 417/444/917 line thanks to his six walks.
The other thing that happened yesterday was that Jeremy Horst, who I would have said is just about a lock to start the year in the pen, got hammered, allowing six runs in 2/3 of an inning. Lefties Horst and Valdes have both pitched very badly in relief in the early going, which presumably opens the door for another left-handed reliever to sneak onto the roster.
In the game against the Blue Jays, Brown hit a solo homer and Howard a three-run shot. Brown 1-for-4 on the day and Howard 1-for-3.
Betancourt started at short and went 3-for-5 with a double and three RBI, upping his average to .357. Frandsen is hitting 364/391/727 after going 2-for-4 with a double, a triple and his first spring walk. Martinez, Joseph and Inciarte all had two hits. Inciarte slid niftily into home plate, avoiding a tag on a throw that beat him home. He’s 3-for-6 with three singles and three walks.
Cook allowed four runs, only three of which were earned, on seven hits over three innings.
De Fratus got three ground balls in a 1-2-3 fifth, dropping his spring ERA to 11.25 and his spring ratio to 2.25 after three innings in three appearances. Bastardo allowed a run on a solo homer in his inning. His spring ERA is 3.00, but he’s allowed two hits and no walks in three innings to give him an 0.67 ratio. JC Ramirez threw 1 1/3 scoreless and Joe Savery walked one and struck out three in 1 2/3 scoreless innings.
Galvis and Michael Young hit their first spring homers in the game against Baltimore. Galvis hit a solo shot and Young’s was a two-run homer. Those home runs drove in all three runs the Phillies scored in the game.
Mayberry was the only Phillie with more than one hit. He was 2-for-3 with a double and has his line up to 273/333/500 after a slow start. Josh Fields started at first and went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts, which dropped his average to .167. Revere led off and went 1-for-4, which puts his line at 304/333/348 after 23 at-bats.
The Phillies allowed 12 runs in the game. Kendrick and Horst combined to be charged with ten of the 12.
Kendrick started and allowed four runs in the bottom of the first on two home runs, a three-run shot by Matt Wieters that was followed by a solo home run from Conor Jackson. Kendrick threw a scoreless second inning, but ended the day with an 11.25 ERA and a 2.00 ratio for the spring over two starts and four innings.
Horst was the other pitcher in the game whose outing was notably bad. He entered in the bottom of the fifth with one out and a man on second. He faced eight hitters in the frame, allowing a single, a double, two walks and two home runs before getting out of the frame. Baltimore scored seven runs in the inning, six of which were charged to Horst.
Horst’s spring numbers won’t recover from that outing as he allowed six runs in two-thirds of an inning. 17.18 ERA with a 3.00 ratio in three innings.
Kyle Simon threw a scoreless inning in the game and Zach Miner allowed a run on one hit over 2 1/3 innings. Miner actually pitched better than that — he threw a 1-2-3 third and a 1-2-3 fourth, then allowed a single in the fifth before being replace by Horst. Horst allowed his runner to score. Miner hadn’t pitched particularly well in his two previous spring appearances.
Jake Diekman was the other Phillie who pitched in the game. He allowed a run on two singles over two innings. He struck out five and notably did not walk a batter.
Diekman now has seven strikeouts in four innings over three appearances. His 4.50 ERA and 1.25 ratio isn’t fabulous, but he’s pitched a lot better than his fellow left-handed relief candidates Valdes and Horst.
On Saturday, Ruiz, Kratz and Howard all homered, but Lee wasn’t very good and Cloyd was terrible as the Phils fell to Toronto 11-6.
Howard are Kratz had two-run homers in the game and Ruiz’s was a slot blast. Michael Young doubled in the other run in the top of the first. Frandsen also doubled in the game, which was the only other extra-base hit the Phillies had.
No Phillie had more than one hit in the game.
After a very sharp first outing, Lee was charged with three runs in three innings. Three of the first four batters he faced in the bottom of the first got hits, two doubles a single. He allowed a solo homer to Emilio Bonifacio in the second and threw a 1-2-3 third. 5.40 ERA and a 1.20 ratio for Lee after two starts. He’s struck out five in five innings.
Cloyd was next and got hammered, allowing six runs on seven hits and a walk over two innings. Jose Reyes hit a three-run homer off of him in the fourth and the Blue Jays had four extra-base hits off of Cloyd in two frames.
Durbin struck out two in a scoreless frame in the game. He’s allowed a hit in two innings over two appearances so far.
Stutes and Justin Friend both pitched an inning with both being charged with a run. Stutes has been pretty miserable in his first two appearances, allowing three runs on three hits and two walks over two innings (13.50 ERA with a 2.50 ratio with no strikeouts).
The Phillies play the Pirates this afternoon.