If we’re bringing stuff back from the great beyond, I’d like to put in a vote for the pig-footed bandicoot as well. Mostly just cause it has a cool name. I’d hate to think we were able to do that kind of thing and I forgot to put in a vote.
I love the notion that there are so many bandicoots out there that humanity just wouldn’t have been able to get by without differentiating some of them as “pig-footed.” Not the regular bandicoots. The pig-footed ones.
Second win of the spring for the Phils yesterday as they topped the Braves 10-5. Ryan Howard doubled home a run in the first and hit his first spring homer in the fifth. His 2-for-3 day ups his spring line to 533/556/933 (8-for-15 with three doubles, a home run and two walks) and he leads the team with five RBI. Howard obviously isn’t going to double in 20% of his at-bats in 2013, but he hit 11 doubles for the season in 2012 and his results early in 2013 remind that there was a time when a hot and healthy Howard could put the Phillies on his shoulders and carry the offense himself.
We might have forgotten those days, but if we did it’s our own fault. Because they happened and it wasn’t that long ago.
From August 22 to the end of the season in 2008, Howard got 151 plate appearances in which he hit 15 home runs, had 27 extra-base hits, 42 RBI and 20 walks, OPSing 1.216 in that stretch. 2009 he OPSed 1.078 over his last 216 plate appearances with 19 home runs. In 2010 the tear came earlier, a 50-game stretch from the start of June to July 27 — 323/387/651 over 217 plate appearances.
Mayberry homered yesterday as well. 1-for-1 with a walk in the game and extra-base hits in two straight games after an ugly start. Utley was 2-for-3 with a double. 3-for-6 so far.
Ben Revere got the job done in the leadoff spot for the second straight day, going 2-for-3 with a walk, a double and two more runs scored. Don’t look for him to deliver a walk and an extra-base hit in the same game too often, though. His average is suddenly up to .385 (5-for-13).
Brown 1-for-3 with a single and a walk to drop his average to .417 (5-for-12 with a double, two home runs and three walks).
Inciarte finally made an out. He struck out to start the seventh and is 1-for-2 with three walks so far.
Michael Young had his first hit. He was 1-for-2 with a walk and two RBI, making him 1-for-10 in the early going.
Galvis 2-for-2 but with yet another error. Ruf got a hit but also made another error, his second in limited time in the outfield. He was 2-for-3 with a double and is now a walkless 2-for-12 in official action.
Hamels started the game for the Phils and allowed an unearned run on four hits over three innings while striking out five. He allowed one hit and struck out four through the first two innings. He started the third up 3-1. Ramiro Pena singled with one out, took second when Ruf misplayed the ball for an error and scored on a single by Tyler Pastornicky.
In two starts, Hamels has now allowed one unearned run over five innings, throwing to a 0.00 ERA with a 1.00 ratio and striking out six. He hasn’t walked a batter yet.
Mike Adams followed Hamels, making his Phillie debut, and threw a scoreless fourth. He allowed one single and struck out one.
Diekman threw the fifth. He gave up a leadoff walk, but got the next hitter to line into a double-play before Jason Heyward grounded to Utley to set the Braves down.
Second outing for Diekman. This one better than the first, but he still needs to stop walking so many people.
Pettibone followed Diekman and allowed four runs on three hits and a walk over two frames in his first spring outing. He allowed a solo homer in the sixth. In the seventh, the first two Braves reached on a walk and a single before Pastornicky hit a three-run homer.
Ethan followed Pettibone, also making his first appearance, and threw two scoreless innings.
Manuel suggests he wants Mayberry to be more aggressive in this article from the Phillies web site.
Halladay is expected to pitch this afternoon as the Phillies face the Yankees. He allowed a run on one hit, a solo homer, over two innings his first time out.