Game Story And Other Notes From Tonight’s Phillies 13-9 loss

Relief pitcher Antonio Bastardo started tonight for the Phillies, Bastardo has been dealing with velocity problems this spring. Phillies really need him to work that out because he is a very important piece to this Phillies bullpen, Bastardo will likely be the setup guy to closer Jonathan Papelbon.

Bastardo only pitched 1.1 innings tonight and did not allow a hit, Bastardo only pitched 8 pitches tonight.

Closer Jonathan Papelbon came into pitch early tonight in the third inning, Papelbon allowed three straight hits in the bottom of the third including a Curtis Granderson two run home run. Papelbon would get taken out of the game with two outs in the inning, Papelbon pitched a lot of pitches in the inning, probably more than the Phillies wanted him to.

Kyle Kendrick came into pitch in the bottom of the third inning with two outs and he allowed two runs, the Yankees would get four runs in the innings and pull within one of the Phillies.

Kendrick allowed two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and that gave the Yankees the lead.

Phillies got some early hits in the first inning tonight in Tampa Florida and Hunter Pence would eventually bloop a single to get the Phillies on the board first tonight. In the second inning Juan Pierre blooped a little single to center field to give the Phillies the early 2-0 lead, than guess what? Juan Pierre got caught stealing again, the catcher had to pick the ball out of the dirt to throw it too second base and Juan Pierre still could not beat that throw. He is just one horrible base stealer.

Juan Pierre was caught stealing 17 times last season. The Phillies were caught 24 times last year as a team. Pierre has speed but he is a terrible baserunner.

The Phillies would get another run in the top of the third off of a Jim Thome RBI double, Rollins scored on the play and he was running very well around the bases. Phillies were not done after that, they would eventually get the bases loaded and Carlos Ruiz would hit a bases clearing double off of the left field wall. That would end the night for Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda.

The Phillies scored a run in each of the first three innings of the ball game.

Placido Polanco got a RBI single in the top of the fifth inning and that would tie the game up at seven.

Yankees would regain the lead in the bottom of the seventh off of a solo home run, ground rule double, and a RBI single. Lisalberto Bonilla was pitching at the time for the Phillies and he will start his season down in the minor leagues.

Phillies had a chance to cut into the 10-7 Yankees lead in the top of the eighth with the bases loaded and only one out but John Mayberry Jr. grounded into a 5-3 double play to end the inning.

The Yankees would get some insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth off of a Pete Orr error at shortstop and a two run home run.

This may have been the worst baseball game I have ever seen in my life.

Some Other Notes

Juan Pierre had a four hit game tonight.

Phillies used a total of seven pitchers tonight.

Next spring training game for the Phillies is tomorrow afternoon against the Toronto Blue Jays.

We are just six days away from opening day.

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Gameday Preview: Phillies vs Yankees

The Philadelphia Phillies play another spring training matchup against the New York Yankees this evening 7:05 Pm Eastern Time at Steinbrenner field in Tampa Florida.

The Phillies come into tonight’s game with a little walk off momentum from the last game, yesterday against the Tampa Bay Rays Hector Luna hit a walk off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning.

If you don’t know already Juan Pierre will be on the opening day roster for the Phillies, yesterday afternoon the Phils picked up his $800,000 contract.

Relief Pitcher Antonio Bastardo will start for the Phillies tonight, expect a lot of pitching changes tonight for the Phillies.

Phillies Lineup

1. Juan Pierre LF

2. Shane Victorino CF

3. Jimmy Rollins SS

4. Jim Thome DH

5. Hunter Pence RF

6. Placido Polanco 3B

7. Ty Wigginton 1B

8. Carlos Ruiz C

9. Freddy Galvis 2B

Game Story and Some Other Random Notes From Today’s Phillies 5-3 loss

Vance Worley started for the Phillies today and he got rocked in the first inning by the Yankees, Yankees scored three runs off of Worley in the first inning. Worley just could not get people out and was leaving the ball right over the middle of the plate. Worley seemed like he found his command in the next few innings. Vance Worley would not allow another run in his six innings of work today, Worley allowed three runs on seven hits today.

David Herndon who is battling for a spot in the Phillies bullpen came in for relief of Vance Worley today, Herndon pitched one inning and allowed on run off of two hits. Not a good outing for a guy trying to convince the coaches to give him a spot in the bullpen. Michael Stutes came in to pitch the eighth inning, Stutes allowed one run off of three hits and struck out the side.

Phillies offense would threaten in the bottom of the fourth with runners on the corners with one out but the Phillies could not get a run out of it. Phillies would get two runners on in the fifth inning apart of a two out rally but still could not get a run out of it. Phillies finally get a run in the bottom of the sixth off of a John Mayberry Jr. bloop single to right field, This is the first run for the Phillies since Tuesday. Eric Kratz crushed a ball in the bottom of the eighth for a sole home run.

The good news today was that Chase Utley returned to Clearwater Florida and the Phillies camp, but General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. would not give an update on the Utley situation so really don’t know whats going on. Still going to miss opening day and probably more games than that as Freddy Galvis will be the starter at second base in Utley’s absence. Utley is scheduled to address the media on Sunday.

Domonic Brown was optioned down to the minor league camp this morning where he will try to improve his game down there. The frustrating thing about Domonic Brown and I have said this before is how much potential he has to be a star player but it just seems like we haven’t gotten anywhere with him. He still needs to work on his play in the outfield because right now he still makes a lot of mistakes out there in the outfield, his hitting still needs to come around just a little to be a successful Major Leaguer.

Next spring game is tomorrow afternoon for the Phillies.

We are just 13 days away from opening day.

Gameday Preview: Phillies vs New York Yankees

The Phillies play the New York Yankees today in a spring training matchup at Brighthouse Field in Clearwater Florida at 1:05 Pm Eastern time.

The Vanimal Vance Worly will take the hill to start for the Phillies today.

Domonic Brown was optioned to the minor league camp this morning. Chase Utley was reportedly back at camp today but General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. declined to give an update.

Phillies Lineup

1. Jimmy Rollins SS

2. Shane Victorino CF

3. Ty Wigginton 3B

4. Hunter Pence RF

5. Laynce Nix LF

6. John Mayberry Jr. 1B

7. Brain Schneider C

8. Freddy Galvis 2B

9. Vance Worley P

 

Gameday: Phillies vs Yankees Grapefruit League Game 2

Philadelphia Phillies vs New York Yankees

This Game will be over in Tampa at the Yankees home of spring training, game time start is at 1:05 Pm

Roy Halladay will be starting for the Phillies today.

Phillies Lineup 

1. Tyson Gillies, CF
2. Scott Podsednik, DH
3. Ty Wigginton, 3B
4. Hunter Pence, RF
5. Domonic Brown, LF
6. John Mayberry Jr., 1B
7. Michael Martinez, 2B
8. Freddy Galvis, SS
9. Tuffy Gosewisch, C

Yankees Lineup 

1. Derek Jeter, SS
2. Robinson Cano, 2B
3. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
4. Mark Teixeira, 1B
5. Andruw Jones, LF
6. Francisco Cervelli, C
7. Chris Dickerson, RF
8. Dewayne Wise, CF
9. Justin Maxwell, DH

Freddy Garcia will be starting for the Yankees.

Phillies Grapefruit League Opener

Phillies lineup today against the New York Yankees

  1. Jimmy Rollins, SS
  2. Shane Victorino, CF
  3. Hunter Pence, RF
  4. Jim Thome, DH
  5. Ty Wigginton, 3B
  6. John Mayberry Jr., 1B
  7. Domonic Brown, LF
  8. Erik Kratz, C
  9. Michael Martinez, 2B

Cole Hamels will start for the Phillies

New York Yankees Lineup

1. Brett Gardner 7
2. Curtis Granderson 8
3. Nick Swisher 9
4. Raul Ibanez 0
5. Eric Chavez 3
6. Russell Martin 2
7. Eduardo Nunez 6
8. Bill Hall 4
9. Jayson Nix 5

Ivan Nova will pitch for the Yankees.