Archive for March 22nd, 2013

Better late than never

The Phils topped Atlanta 7-6 today, getting a walkoff homer from Darin Ruf with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. After jumping out to a 4-0 lead, the bullpen, and especially Chad Durbin, stumbled in the middle innings, but the Phils scored two in the eighth to tie the game at six and Ruf won it in the ninth.

The Phillies optioned Ruf to Triple-A after the game.

Ruf was 2-for-4 with a walk and won the game with a solo homer off of lefty Daniel Rodriguez. Rodriguez was trying to retire the righty Ruf to get his ninth out of the game in relief for Atlanta.

Kratz was 3-for-4 with two doubles, a home run and three RBI.

Mitchell started in center and went 0-for-4 to drop his average to .269.

Howard 2-for-4 with a double. Brown 1-for-5. Betancourt had two more hits, going 2-for-5 with two RBI to drop his average to .435. This says that Betancourt will ask for his release if not added to the roster this weekend.

Morgan started the game for the Phillies and allowed a run on four hits and three walks over 4 2/3 innings. He surrendered a solo home run in the fifth to Evan Gattis to account for the lone run charged to him.

Fantastic spring for Morgan, who has thrown to a 1.93 ERA.

Durbin followed Morgan and didn’t fare as well. He got the final out in the fifth, then returned to pitch the sixth and allowed three runs on two singles, a double and a home run (also hit by Gattis).

Durbin’s spring ERA rises to 6.10 with the outing.

Valdes pitched the seventh, allowing a run on a solo home run by BJ Upton. It was the fifth home run that Valdes has allowed so far, which leads the team.

Miner allowed a run on three hits in the eighth and Papelbon threw a 1-2-3 ninth.


Ain’t that a Shane

Former Phil Shane Victorino delivered the big blow last night, a three-run triple off of Michael Stutes in the bottom of the seventh, as Boston topped the Phils 6-1.

Stutes was charged with five runs in 2/3 of an inning in the game, upping his spring ERA to 9.35. He has allowed seven walks in 8 2/3 innings. It all makes it pretty tough for me to see the Phils giving him a spot in the pen to start the year, but I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

With Revere and Rollins both in the starting lineup for the Phils, Revere led off with Rollins hitting third. The one run the Phillies scored in the game came in the top of the first. Pete Orr singled with one out, stole second, moved to third on popup that went for an unfielded double by Rollins and scored on a Michale Young ground out.

Rollins was 1-for-3 with an unlikely double. He’s 4-for-15 (.267) with two doubles.

Revere 0-for-3 to drop his line to 313/343/391.

Ruf 1-for-2 with a double in what I assume is a too-little-too-late effort. 226/305/396 with hide-your-eyes ugly defense in left. Ruf and Mayberry have both been terrible this spring.

Mayberry started at first and went 0-for-4 to drop his line to 218/283/309. If Mayberry could have played himself out of his roster spot this spring I think he did. I don’t think it’s likely he could have, though, given the combination of how thin the Phillies are in the outfield and the degree to which Ruf has looked unusable out there.

Galvis started at second and went 2-for-3 with a triple. 288/311/559. He has a team-high ten extra-base hits — six doubles, two triples and two home runs, in 62 official plate appearances. Not quite as much power as Brown and Howard have shown this spring, but a whole lot closer than most would have guessed. Brown’s isolated power this spring is .317, Howard’s .316 and Galvis’s .271. Galvis’s isolated power in 2,179 plate appearances in the minor leagues is .075.

Nix 1-for-2 with a double to up his line to 250/283/364. He’s had a better spring than that, but some of his success has come in games that don’t count as official spring action.

Young 0-for-3 with an RBI to drop his line to 262/292/361. He started real slow, got real hot and now has cooled again.

Mitchell and Iciarte both went 0-for-1 in the game. Incirate’s line is at 238/360/286 in 21 at-bats. Mitchell is hitting 318/375/682 in 22 at-bats.

Carlos Ruiz left the game in the ninth inning with a bruised hand after being hit by a pitch.

Hamels started the game for the Phillies and allowed a run on four hits and two walks over six innings. The run came in the bottom of the second when a leadoff double by Will Middlebrooks was followed by a single that moved Middlebrooks up to third. He scored on a sac fly.

In the sixth inning, Hamels struck Victorino out looking at a beautiful 0-2 curve ball. Still think Victorino takes the day overall, though, what with winning the game for the Red Sox and whatnot.

Hamels has a 1.13 ERA and an 0.81 ratio in official spring action. Opponents are hitting .182 against him and he hasn’t allowed a home run in 16 innings. He got hammered in a start against the Dominican Republic WBC team in an unofficial game.

Stutes started the seventh, got hit real hard, and didn’t finish the frame. He was charged with five runs over 2/3 of an inning on one hit and three walks. He got the first two batters he faced in the inning, then walked three of the next four before Victorino hit a three-run triple. Stutes was replaced by righty Mike Nesseth, who threw to a 2.95 ERA in 76 1/3 innings between Lakewood and Clearwater last year, with two outs and a man on third. Nesseth allowed a double to Dustin Pedroia, scoring Victorino with the run charged to Stutes.

Stutes’s ERA is up to 9.35 after being charged with five runs in 2/3 of an inning.

Horst pitched the eighth. He allowed a one-out single, which was followed by an inning-ending double-play.

Horst drops his ERA to 6.35 and his ratio to 1.32. He’s pitched well after a very ugly start and seems to me to be a lock for the pen.

Adam Morgan is expected to pitch this afternoon when the Phils face the Braves.

Halladay will start in a minor league game tomorrow. The linked article also says that Delmon Young worked out in the outfield and is still likely to miss at least the first month of the season.


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