Archive for March 8th, 2013

Good penmanship not enough as Phils fall to Rays

Kevin Frandsen had two hits including a home run against the Rays this afternoon as the Phils fell 3-2. Kendrick started the game and allowed three runs in the bottom of the third on a single, a walk and a pair of RBI-doubles. Michael Young drove in the other run for the Phillies with a first-inning single.

Tampa Bay starter David Price allowed a pair of runs over four innings. After he left, the Rays bullpen threw five scoreless frames in which they allowed two singles and didn’t walk a batter.

The Phillie pen was pretty good itsownself, tossing four shutout innings.

Frandsen started at second for the Phils and hit his second spring home run. 2-for-3 in the game. 385/407/808.

Galvis had another extra-base hit, his fifth of the spring. 1-for-4 with a double. He struck out once and has ten strikeouts in 31 at-bats.

Ruf’s offensive numbers continue to improve. He was 1-for-3 with a double to raise his average to .200.

Michael Young is pounding the ball. 2-for-3 with a pair of singles ups his line to 344/382/469.

Brown had two more hits, going 2-for-3 with a caught stealing. 424/525/758.

Martinez 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and Mayberry 0-for-3 to drop his average to .250.

Kendrick started the game for the Phillies and allowed three runs over four innings on five hits and walk. All three of the runs scored in the third as he allowed a walk, a single and a pair of doubles. His ERA dropped to 9.00 with the start. He’s allowed 12 hits in eight innings (two walks give him 14 hits plus walks over eight frames or a 1.75 ratio).

Stutes pitched the fifth and had a very good outing, throwing a 1-2-3 inning and striking out two to drop his spring ERA to 6.00 after four appearances.

Mike Adams allowed one single in a scoreless sixth. He’s allowed two hits and no walks in three scoreless innings over three appearances so far.

Aaron Cook allowed a leadoff walk in the seventh, but got the next three to keep the Rays off the board. He also threw a scoreless eighth, allowing one single. Two scoreless innings drops his spring ERA to 3.38.

The Phillies play the Rays again tomorrow.


Hicks Aarons it out against the Phils

Aaron Hicks homered off of three different Phillie pitchers yesterday as the Twins topped the Phils 10-6. The Phils led 6-1 after three innings but couldn’t hold on. Valdes and Minor were charged with seven runs between them in the seventh and eighth innings combined.

Ruf hit a two-run double for the Phillies in the bottom of the second. A much needed 2-for-4 on the day with three RBI ups his line to 185/313/259 with just two walks and two extra-base hits, both doubles, in 32 plate appearances.

Galvis started at short and had the only other extra-base hit for the Phils, a triple. He was 1-for-5 in the game. Slugging .519 this spring.

Young and Mayberry both 2-for-3. Mayberry also drew a walk to raise his line to 281/343/438 after a slow start. Young’s continued hot hitting has his average up to .310.

Brown and Kratz 2-for-4. Kratz is hitting .200 without a walk in 15 at-bats. Brown is at 400/514/767. Leads the team in walks and runs scored and is tied for Howard with the home run lead at three. Brown has scored 13 runs this spring while no other Phillie has scored more than seven.

This article talks about nice defensive plays made by Young, Brown and Utley in the game.

Lee started the game for the Phillies. He gave up a leadoff homer to the first batter he faced before retiring the next three to end the first. He allowed two hits and a walk in a scoreless second and threw a 1-2-3 third. He started the fourth, allowing another solo home run, this time with one out. He got the second out and was replaced by Horst.

Overall, Lee went 3 2/3 innings in the game, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk while striking out five. Both of the runs scored on solo homers. 5.19 ERA with a 1.27 ratio over three starts. Ten strikeouts in 8 2/3 innings.

Horst allowed a walk before getting the final out of the fourth. He came back to pitch the fifth and allowed a run on a solo homer.

Again Horst doesn’t pitch well. The spring started out well for him and has fallen apart a little over his last couple outings. His numbers at this point are ugly — 14.40 ERA with a 2.60 ratio. In five innings he’s allowed four home runs.

Valdes allowed a single single before striking out the side in the sixth. He returned for the seventh and gave up a leadoff walk, which was followed by yet another homer by Aaron Hicks (his third of the day — Lee, Horst and Valdes). Valdes struck the next hitter out for the first out of the frame and was replaced by Kyle Simon.

Valdes’s numbers are better than Horst, but they’re still really bad. 7.36 ERA with a 1.23 ratio. Like Horst, he’s allowed four home runs. He’s struck out a team-high 11 in 7 1/3 innings.

Simon got the last two outs in the seventh. He has now allowed a run in 2 1/3 innings over four appearances.

Miner started the eighth and faced six batters, getting one out, walking two and allowing four singles before getting pulled. He wound up charged with five runs on three hits and two walks over a third of an inning. Fields made an error at first after Miner left that meant that one of his five runs was unearned.

Miner has a 12.71 ERA for the spring and opponents have hit .370 against him.

Savery got the last two outs in the eighth, allowing one runner to reach on Fields’s error. He came back and allowed two singles in a scoreless ninth.

Savery hasn’t been charged with a run in his three appearances, allowing four hits and a walk over 4 1/3 innings while striking out four (0.00 ERA and a 1.15 ratio).

Kendrick is expected to start against the Rays this afternoon. Papelbon will not pitch as scheduled and may pitch Saturday.

USA plays Mexico today in the World Baseball Classic.


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