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Phils Hurlers Combine For Grapefruit One-Hitter

Down in Ft. Myers, FL on Thursday, led by their pitchers, the Phillies won their third Grapefruit League contest of the spring.  2008 World Series MVP Cole Hamels started the game, then gave way to some hungry young relievers that are trying to make a solid impression on the Phillies’ brass this spring. 

Four pitchers combined to hold the Boston Red Sox to just one hit over 9 innings to help the Phillies claim a 2-0 victory.

Read ahead for some key notes on today’s Phils’ victory and some exclusive quotes from right-hander Scott Mathieson.

Cole Hamels allowed a lone hit in his four innings of work.  Hamels also walked one batter and struck out three.

-In relief, Scott Mathieson and Mike Stutes each threw a pair of innings.  Mathieson walked one batter, while striking out two.  Stutes allowed no runners and struck out two batters as well.

-Lefty Juan Perez worked out of a bases loaded jam in the 9th inning, following a walk and two errors, to earn the save.

-Jeff Larish started at third base and drove in both Phillies’ runs with a double in the second inning that plated John Mayberry Jr. and Ben Francisco.

-Francisco collected two safeties in the game and is now batting .375 this spring.

Wilson Valdez saw some action in center field, once Shane Victorino‘s day was done. 

Domonic Brown went 0-for-3 and walked once.  He is now 0-for-15 in Grapefruit League action and is 4-for-63 (.063 avg) in MLB regular season, MLB postseason, Dominican Winter League and Spring Training action dating back to August 24, 2010.

Many baseball experts expect that the Phillies will be led by their pitching staff all throughout the upcoming season.  According to Scott Mathieson, on Thursday, Philadelphia gave the Red Sox a taste of what National League opponents will have to deal with in 2011. 

“Today, pitching was the name of the game.  Cole looked really good and Stutes was ‘lights out’, like he’s been all spring,” Mathieson said.

Mathieson, who has been working on the addition of a split-finger fastball to his pitching repertoire, was pleased with his own performance and feels that his efforts will continue to improve as he sees more action in Florida.

“I felt great out there today,” Mathieson stated.  “(My) second inning I felt outstanding and was able to use my split a bit better.  I feel like each outing this spring has gotten better and better.”


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  1. landshark

    March 3, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    Dom Brown…Man oh Man, I don’t even know where to begin with this kid. I’m begining to think he’s a fluke. 0-14 This Spring already? Really? Not to mention his hideous slump in the dominican leauge. On the brighter side, I think Francisco has played better than everyone so far this spring, and I can totally see him as our everyday right fielder this season. I really don’t think Brown is major leauge ready, and needs to sit in the minors another year until he finds his swing

  2. Blanton is Beastly

    March 3, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Ben Francisco is really good at baseball.

  3. Brian Sr. of CO

    March 3, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    I think I am one of the VERY few that think Dom Brown is over rated. 🙁 I was however wrong about Ben Fran. He is trying to earn a spot, and is doing pretty darn good. Thats a surprise. And WTF is up with Cole Hamels. He allowed a hit? What a bum, trade him! (YES THAT IS SARCASM!)

  4. Ted Bell

    March 3, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Brown looks completely overmatched…it’s hard to imagine him breaking camp with the team.

    I’m Ted Bell.

  5. Lefty

    March 3, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Dom needs at least another half season at Lehigh, but I have faith in him. A lot of young players go through stuff like this. See- Halladay R.

  6. Dropped Strike Three

    March 4, 2011 at 12:38 am

    Is there any chance the Phillies can alter the rules of baseball and make it so that only pitching statistics count? I see at least3 guys that should make the line-up over Danys Baez and could make this an elite relief staff…

  7. Pat Gallen

    March 4, 2011 at 9:00 am

    I dont think he’s overrated – he just needs more seasoning. Maybe he’s being rushed. I mean the kid did rip up all minor league pitching very quickly. The tools are there, just need refinement. I wouldn’t worry if he spends another year in AAA.

  8. Ted Bell

    March 4, 2011 at 10:09 am

    It wouldn’t be much of a concern if he didn’t look totally lost at the plate. Over the winter I read some comments by Billy DeMars questioning whether or not Brown’s batting stance would be successful against big league pitching. Then, the first report out of spring training was how Greg Gross found and corrected a flaw in Brown’s swing. The fact that he’s now changing his approach from game to game is a bad sign. Those are the kind of issues that I worry about – we all know he has great natural ability.

    As far as seasoning, he has had a lot of minor league plate appearances (though he obviously needs more).

    Here are some recent NL rookies and their minor league PAs:

    Buster Posey – 750
    Ike Davis – 769
    Jason Heyward – 1003
    Michael Stanton – 1394
    Domonic Brown – 1818
    Gaby Sanchez – 2047

    So it doesn’t really look like he’s being rushed when compared to other young players. 2011 will be an important season in Brown’s development.

    I’m Ted Bell.

  9. Don M

    March 4, 2011 at 11:18 am

    I think everyone that is ready to declare Winners and Losers of jobs, based on the first 6 games of Spring Training need to relax a little . . .

    We haven’t seen anything that we didn’t already know … Brown failed to get regular at-bats, and lost his rythym, now they are trying to make adjustments that they think will help him better handle MLB pitching …. so its going to take him a while to get comfortable with his own swing, before he can truly get into a rythym at the plate … Its a move that they are hoping is going to play off in the long run, instead of having him feast on crappy pitchers and be dominated by the better ones

    With Francisco … I stated earlier that I fully expected a platoon situation in RF .. and for him to become our Full Time LF either by the trade deadline (if Brown is ready, and Ibanez can go DH in the AL).. or to start next season. . He’s very athletic, and the same thing … once he gets into a rythym of playing everyday, and coming to the ballpark knowing he will be in the lineup – there is a different level of focus and preperation, and I would not be surprised at all to see him post his “career year” … which would then hopefully be topped again in 2012, 2013…

    Give Brown some time, and lets not annoint Francisco the King of Spring yet, but know that he’s got the all around ability to be a starter in the MLB, not just a 4th OF

  10. betasigmadeltashag

    March 4, 2011 at 11:27 am

    I guess my question is why have they not adjusted Dom’s swing earlier? And since they have moved his hands around I think he needs some time in AAA to get comfrotable with the new stance and swing and get some consistancy.

  11. Don M

    March 4, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    They didnt adjust it sooner because they never saw that they needed to …. the AA, and AAA pitching isn’t as good, and isn’t as consistent* as that of MLB pitchers… who, once they find the hole in your swing, can expose it, and hit their spot time after time

    I once read a book from a long time major league umpire, who worked his way up in the minors – with Nolan Ryan, etc . . . and he said that guys in the minors can throw the ball just as hard, and hit the ball just as far … they just can’t do it consistently enough (yet..or anymore..)

    Once the Phillies saw that Browns swing was vulnerable to the up-&-in fastball, they tried to find the best way to fix it… time will tell if it will or not, but if they let him go the way he was, he would’ve been exposed at the MLB level… I wouldn’t be surprised at all for Brown to start at AAA …. wherever he starts, he needs to play A LOT … and he seemingly has the most playing time available from the Iron Pigs, not the Phillies

  12. bfo_33

    March 4, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    In the eyes of most of the Phan Base and media, it is “Ring or Bust” this year. While too many things can happen throughout the year to ever make me feel that way, I wouldn’t want Brown to start in that situation and not be able to flourish. Give him a ton of abs in spring training, then let him build confidence in LV. If in June/July, he’s dominating, bring him back up, but only if he’s going to play regularly. We know what we’ll get from Gload, and have a decent idea of Ben Fran. That should be enough. There is no need to wreck the kid.

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