A Look at The Road Trip

The Philies now will fly to Atlanta Georgia to begin a six game road trip, this road trip consists of three games in Atlanta and three games in Washington against the Nationals.

This Phillies can gain some much-needed ground in the National League East Standings if they can pull out some victories on this road trip as Atlanta and Washington are both above the Phillies in the standings as of right now, but remember folks it is still really early in the season to talk to much about the standings. The important thing is to not get to far back in the standings.

On this trip we will see if the Nationals strategy of keeping the Phillies fans out of their ball park as worked, I highly doubt it worked because who roots for the Nats?

Pitching Match-ups for This Road Trip 

Tuesday

Phillies vs Braves 7:10 Pm EST

Cole Hamels vs Brandon Beachy

Wednesday

Phillies at Braves 7:10 Pm EST

Roy Halladay vs Tommy Hanson

Thursday

Phillies vs Braves 12:10 Pm EST

Joe Blanton vs Randall Delgado

Friday

Phillies vs Nationals 7:05 Pm Est

Kyle Kendrick vs Stephen Strasburg

Saturday

Phillies vs Nationals 1:05 Pm EST

Vance Worley vs Gio Gonzalez

Sunday 

Phillies vs Nationals 8:05 Pm EST

Cole Hamels vs Jordan Zimmermann

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Phillies Lose 8-5 At Final Spring Game At Bright House Field

Roy Halladay took the mound today against his former team the Toronto Blue Jays, Halladay had that regular season intensity this afternoon. In the second inning leadoff hitter Edwin Encarnacion took Roy Halladay deep to give the Blue Jays the early lead, that is the 7th home run Halladay has allowed this spring. Doc would allow one more run in the inning off of a Brett Lawrie RBI single.

In the top of the third inning the Florida Rain starting falling at Bright House Field, they rolled the tarp onto the field and we went into the first rain delay this spring at the final home spring game. The game would eventually resume with Roy Halladay out of the game.

Halladay went two innings today and allowed two runs off of three hits in his final spring appearance of the year, also struck out three Blue Jays hitters.

Raul Valdez came into pitch for the Phillies after the rain delay, he allowed some baserunners off of a walk and an error by third basemen Placido Polanco and eventually allowed a run off of a Eric Thames RBI single to push the Blue Jays lead to 3-0

Phillies get a run on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning from a Hunter Pence RBI single, as the teams played the fourth inning it was absolutely pouring rain but they continued to play.

David Herndon came in relief for Raul Valdez in the top of the fifth inning for the Phillies, Valdez pitched two innings today and allowed one run off one hit and struck out three. Herndon allowed a home run to Jose Bautista in the top of the fifth inning to give the Blue Jays a 4-1 lead. An interesting stat here is Jose Bautista has four home runs this spring and two of those are off of Phillies relief pitcher David Herndon.

David Herndon pitch two innings today and gave up one run off of three hits, 23-year-old Tyler Knigge from minor league camp came into pitch the top of the seventh inning for the Phillies, Knigge had an interesting 7th inning but only allowed one run even though the bases were loaded and no one was out.

Phillies plate a run in the bottom of the seventh off of John Mayberry Jr home run, his first home run of the spring and that ends his 0-19 slump at the plate in his last 19 at bats.

Phillies continued using minor league pitchers the rest of the game, Blue Jays would extend their lead in the top of the eighth off of a double and a two run home run.

Juan Pierre continues his hot spring with a single to centerfield that would bring home a run, Phillies would get two more runs in the bottom of the eighth inning off of a wild pitch and a Hector Luna RBI single.

It was a typical Florida day today in Clearwater Florida, We had rain in the early part of the game and towards the end of the game there was clear blue skies above Bright House Field. Awwww got to love that Florida weather.

Phillies announce 157,892 fans  were at Bright House Field this spring. That is a new record.

Some Other Notes

Antonio Bastardo was supposed to pitch today but instead will pitch tomorrow against the Atlanta Braves.

This was the final spring training appearance for Roy Halladay today, it was also the final Phillies home game at Bright House Field in Clearwater Florida.

Jimmy Rollins was in the three spot in the lineup this afternoon, is this where he will be in the regular season lineup with the absence of Ryan Howard and Chase Utley?

According to Todd Zolecki from MLB.com relief pitchers Jose Contreras and Michael Stutes will likely start the season on the disabled list.

Phillies next spring training game is tomorrow against the Atlanta Braves, tomorrows game will be the final spring game for the Phillies in Florida as they head up north to Philadelphia after tomorrows game and play some preseason games against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citizens Bank Park.

We are just five days away from opening day.

GameDay Preview: Phillies vs Toronto Blue Jays

The Phillies play another spring training matchup today against the Toronto Blue jays at Brighthouse field in Clearwater Florida, this is the final game at Brighthouse field for the Phillies this spring. The Phillies will head up north to Philadelphia after tomorrows game against the Atlanta Braves.

Roy Halladay takes the hill today and makes his final spring training start of the year.

Phillies Lineup
1. Victorino CF

2. Polanco 3B

3. Rollins DH

4. Pence RF

5. Wiggington 1B

6. Mayberry LF

7. Luna 2B

8. Ruiz C

9. Galvis SS

Game Story and Some Other Random Notes from Today’s Phillies 2-0 loss

Cliff Lee took the mound today for the Phillies. In the first inning Lee found himself in a bit of a jam with runners on second and third with one out, but Lee gets out of the trouble and does so by striking out the side. Through the first two innings today Cliff Lee already had five strikeouts on the day. Blue Jays would however get a run in the bottom of the fourth off of a leadoff double by Jose Bautista, a steal of third by Bautista, and a RBI base hit by Adam Lind. Cliff Lee would not allow another run in his six innings of work today, Lee allowed one run on five hits and struck out seven today in a pretty wonderful pitching performance.

Chad Qualls and Jose Contereas would pitch in relief today for the Phillies.

Phillies would get shutout today and only have four hits on the day.

Phillies offense did not have a hit through the first four innings today, Carlos Ruiz broke up the no hitter in the top of the fifth inning for the Phils. Later in the seventh inning the Phillies had runners on the corners with Juan Pierre up at bat but Pierre would fly out and the Phillies would continue to get shutout through seven innings.

Some other random Phillies notes today was over at the Minor League Spring Training game today the Phillies had Jim Thome playing at first base.

There was some good news today on some of the Phillies players with injuries, Ryan Howard does not have to wear his walking boot anymore. More good news on the injury front today was third basemen Placido Polanco participated in batting practice today, this is a big step in his recovery of his sprained finger he suffered in a spring game last week.

Next spring game for the Phillies is tomorrow against the New York Yankees.

We are just 14 days away from opening day.

Gameday Preview: Phillies vs Toronto Blue Jays

The Phillies play the Toronto Blue Jays again today at Bright House Field in Clearwater Florida.

Cliff Lee will start for the Phillies.

This game is not on Tv, only on radio

Phillies Lineup

1. Jimmy Rollins SS

2. Shane Victorino CF

3. Hunter Pence RF

4. Ty Wiggington 3B

5. Laynce Nix LF

6. John Mayberry Jr. 1B

7. Carlos Ruiz C

8. Juan Pierre DH

9. Fredd Galvis 2B

Gameday Preview: Phillies vs Toronto Blue Jays

The Phillies play the Toronto Blue Jays again today after beating them yesterday in ten innings 4-3, todays game is at 1:05 Pm and at the Blue Jays home of spring training in Dunedin Florida.

Cole Hamels will take the mound for the Phillies

Phillies Lineup

1. Jimmy Rollins SS
2. Shane Victorino CF
3. Hunter Pence  RF
4. Ty Wigginton 3B
5. John Mayberry Jr. 1B
6. Lou Montanez LF
7. Hector Luna DH
8. Erik Kratz  C
9. Michael Martinez 2B