Phils Down Jays For Second Grapefruit Win – Phillies Nation

Phils Down Jays For Second Grapefruit Win

On Monday afternoon, in Dunedin, FL, the Phillies won their second Grapefruit League game, as they defeated the Toronto Blue Jays by a score of 6-3.  Read ahead for key notes from the match up.

Roy Halladay made the start against his former team, earning the win with 2 shut out innings of work. Halladay allowed 2 hits, walked 1 and struck out 1.

Ben Francisco continued to make a firm case to be the Phillies’ everyday right fielder to start the season. Through 3 spring games, “Benny Fresh” is batting .571. He collected his fourth RBI in two days with an RBI single off of Jays hurler Carlos Villanueva in the 4th inning.

-JC Ramirez, who was named the Phillies’ #15 prospect recently by and PhilliesNation, looked tremendous, throwing 2 shut out innings against the Blue Jays starting lineup. Ramirez struck out 4 and walked 1, while allowing a hit and reached 95 MPH with his fastball on the stadium radar gun.

Carlos Ruiz and Placido Polanco each drove in 2 runs in the victory for Philadelphia.

Domonic Brown played the entire game in right field, going 0-for-4 with a walk and a run scored in the contest. Brown is now 0-for-9 in Grapefruit League action.

-Former Phillies prospects Anthony Gose and Travis d’Arnaud each went 0-for-1, striking out. Gose drove home a run with a sacrifice fly in the 9th inning against Scott Mathieson. Gose was dealt to Houston in the Roy Oswalt trade last July, before being flipped to Toronto in a separate deal. d’Arnaud was part of the trade that brought Roy Halladay to Philadelphia in 2009.


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  1. Chuck

    February 28, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    JC Ramirez……ahem…….wasn’t he one of the so-called flops from the Lee trade???? (the guy that Jayson Stark on the radio last year said HAD to be included in the deal)

    Just sayin’……

  2. Jay Floyd

    February 28, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    Well, no one here should have been calling Ramirez a flop. He has shown many times why the Phillies wanted him. I saw him throw a great CG loss against division champ Trenton last summer. If not for weak defense behind him in one inning, he’s have won that game.

    Plus…he wears red toe socks when he pitches. That’s serious!!

  3. The Dipsy

    February 28, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    Never mind all that. Jayson Werth “hates the Phillies”??? Thats it! I’m red hot now. This is now an official rivalry. What with Werth and Zimmerman and……uh……ummm….that other guy…. uh…..Adam Dunn…oh, he got traded. Never mind, they’re going to be tough.

    The Dipsy

  4. Jay Floyd

    February 28, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    Dips…don’t forget MATT STAIRS is with those DC Gnats also.

  5. Chuck

    February 28, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    Red toe socks??? ….. He’s ok in my book!!

    But seriously, some fans have said that we would probably never hear from those three (Aumont, Gillies, Ramirez) again. Face it, these three guys haven’t gotten a fair chance from the fans….because of the circumstances of the trade. I defended that trade when it was made….and clearly said many times on here that if only ONE player that we got back ended up making a difference then it was worth it.


    Jayson Werth: I still love the guy and really appreciate what he did for this team and will never boo him….but the dude seriously should just shut his mouth and be grateful for his situation…

    • Lefty

      February 28, 2011 at 7:57 pm

      I think that was a just make up for what I was telling you earlier in the week. When he said “we” when he was referring to how the Phils could have had both he and Lee. Probably pissed off some Nats teammates so he’s trying to make up for it now.

      What i didn’t like about that article was how the writer said the Phils play dirty.

      I have no ill will toward Jayson, he’s just not on our side anymore.

    • PhP54

      March 1, 2011 at 12:43 am

      Chuck, even though we may disagree on Raul, I agree with you 95% of the time – although Werth is wearing my patience thin; and I am beginning to want to “boo” him. When the Nats move up to 2nd or 3rd, he can talk smack, but they finished 5th.

  6. The Original Chuck P

    February 28, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    I’m a huge Dom Brown fan… Think he’s gonna be GREAT but right now he’s gotta stop, take a deep breath and remember that it’s just baseball. The deeper this funk gets, the harder it will be to get out.

    • Bruce

      March 1, 2011 at 12:13 am

      Larry Anderson, Phillies radio broadcaster, commented yesterday that he thought Brown was anxious and pressing at the moment. I think all it could take for Brown to settle in is one hit to ease the pressure he put on himself.

  7. The Dipsy

    February 28, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    Jayson Werth played hard if not always smart. Had a lot of talent if he didn’t always show it. He was also aloof, obtuse, ans somewhat offputting. And to think that he was signed to be the face of the franchise. What a P.R. nightmare thats gonna be. I think he’s a smack. You wanted the money, you got the money, now live with the fact that you play in a wasteland of a baseball city. Where careers go to die. I’m trying to think of a Hall of Famers that ever played for the Senators? Frank Howard was good. Oh, Walter Johnson.

    The Dipsy

    • Chuck

      February 28, 2011 at 9:29 pm

      I never found him to be aloof or offputting. A few times he signed stuff for my son and always waved towards fans that were calling his name. He’s just more quiet and perhaps introspective, that’s all. And people incorrectly think he’s a jerk because of that. Not fair.

      Yes, he wanted the money (why shouldn’t he have?) and, yes, he got the money (again…why not?). And Washington may be a “wasteland” right now….but, like I said before, don’t be surprised to see them contend in a 3-4 years. Jayson Werth MAY just have the last laugh when it’s all said and done.

  8. betasigmadeltashag

    February 28, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    I think that Wreth was just commenting after one of the FO Nats guys said he hated the phillies, I would not take it that seriously, and the dirty comment was Dirty as down and dirty play hard get dirty not that they are a team of guys who take cheap shots.
    I like what I see in Ben Fran I know it is only ST, but he looks like he wants the full time RF job. I will stick by my earlier predictions if he starts most of the time, .275 18-22 HRs 95-110 RBI. Is it April 1st yet?

  9. PhP54

    March 1, 2011 at 12:40 am

    I want Brown to be successful, but right now, he needs to stay at AAA and work it out. Let Ben be the right-handed bat we need. When Brown gets it right, which he will, get him up here! The kid needs to just relax and either bust the slump or develop more (I cannot see games to guess which it is).

  10. The Dipsy

    March 1, 2011 at 7:36 am

    I have never had personal contact with Werth. If those who know him say he’s a good guy. thats good enough for me. I think the a lot of Phils fans had a problem warming up to him because he “seemed” aloof and offputting. We don’t know him. In the end he was like Cuba Gooding and “show me the money”. Thats not to say he didn’t play hard. If his remarks about the Phils were just gamesmanship….ok. Thats cool. To say I wish him nothing but the best would be a lie on my part. I hope he loses forever.

    The Dipsy

    • Chuck

      March 1, 2011 at 8:38 am

      And I think “gamesmanship” is what it is and I’m ok with it too. But I DO also think there is a bit of “sour grapes” thown in there. Didn’t he recently come out and say that he thought that the Phils could have signed BOTH him and Cliff Lee?? Nice to see he’s qualified to be a GM as well.

      In the end….whatever…. As I said, I will always root for the guy (sorry, Dipsy).

  11. GoPhils

    March 1, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    I have a question for Jay. We didn’t get a chance to read your thoughts on Dom Brown during the top prospect series you did because you no longer consider him a prospect. What’s your take on what’s going on with this guy? He surged through the minor leagues and was raking at triple A before the call-up last year. Then I thought he did well while in the everyday lineup but it became tough for him after he was forced to come off the bench. I figured he, being a young player, just couldn’t stay sharp while on the bench. Then he goes off to winter ball and really struggles. I didn’t know how to explain this. Now in spring training he is as lost as you possibly can be, with another abysmal performance today. Is he withering under the attention he is receiving? I can’t explain his performance, because he has shown and earned the label of a really good hitter. Some pitchers could do better than he is now. Is this sample we are dealing with too small? What is your take on his future? I know that being a highly ranked prospect by no means necessitates a succesful major league career.

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