Phils, Lee Drop One Against Jays – Phillies Nation

Phils, Lee Drop One Against Jays

In Clearwater Thursday, the Phillies dropped a match up with the Toronto Blue Jays, 7-6. The Phillies busted out to an early lead, as Jimmy Rollins singled to lead off the bottom of the first and Shane Victorino followed with a tremendous homerun into the tiki bar area at Brighthouse Field.

Cliff Lee started for the Phillies and looked fairly untouchable early, as he shut down the first eight Blue Jays batters he faced in succession, and stranded a lone runner on base in the 3rd inning. In the 4th inning, however, the Jays’ bats seemed to come alive following a throwing error by third baseman Josh Barfield. Five hits and a sacrifice fly later, the Jays had a lead that they would not relinquish for the remainder of the contest, as Toronto defeated Philadelphia by a score of 7-6 on Thursday.

Jo-Jo Reyes would earn the win (1-1), while Cliff Lee took the loss (1-2). Lee singled in his only at bat.

The Phillies donned green caps and jerseys, as they do each year on St. Patrick’s Day. More notes on this game lie ahead.

-More pitching: Antonio Bastardo and Mike Zagurski each threw a scoreless inning for the Phils, while Kyle Kendrick spread 7 hits over 3 innings, with 1 strike out, while allowing 2 runs (1 earned) in the contest. Zagurski struck out the side in the 9th.

-Rule 5 guy Michael Martinez slammed his second homerun of the spring and brought his Grapefruit League batting average up to .325 with a 2-for-4 performance on the day.

-Catcher Erik Kratz mashed a pinch homerun in the 8th inning. Kratz, a Telford PA native, is batting .167 with the Phillies this spring.

Wilson Valdez went 1-for-3 in the game and is now batting .444 on the spring. His 16 hits lead the Phillies in Grapefruit action.

Freddy Galvis got the Phillies within a run in the 9th inning, when he drove a ball deep to left for a 2-run homerun.

-Other Phillies’ spring averages to date…Rollins- .239, Victorino- .341, Ibanez- .308, Delwyn Young– .311, Howard- .256, Mayberry Jr.- .333, Francisco- .341, Ruiz- .130, Barfield- .417.

-The crowd of 10,816 on hand for today’s match up was reportedly a record for Brighthouse Field.

-The Phillies are back at it tomorrow in Clearwater against the Pirates at 1:05 PM. The game will be simulcast on and 1210 AM. Then, beginning with Saturday’s game against the Orioles, the Phillies will be televised for three straight days.

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  1. Greg

    March 18, 2011 at 1:48 am

    I recall reading Cliff was only throwing Fastball/Cutters. Did that have something to do with it?

  2. brooks

    March 18, 2011 at 6:33 am

    Zaugurski – Please show us your mid-season form. Oh, I forgot you have never lasted in the ML for more than a few appearances.
    Last year and more so the year before when he came up for a little bit, he performed well on maybe 1 or 2 outings. After that, you could always ink a few runs for the opposition along with some walks –
    No faith in Zags.

    • Don M

      March 18, 2011 at 8:36 am

      Brooks, I’m pretty sure that when Zagurski was called up before, it was out of desperation – not really becuase they thought he was ready to shred MLB hitters..

      Because he’s a LEFTY – he gets more looks, and longer looks, becuase he’s a rare commodity. His best chance in the Majors is probably as a Lefty Specialist

      He’s got a decent K-per-9 rate… 32 Ks in 28.1 innings
      but his ERA is sky high…and so is his WHIP, as he’s walked 16 , and righty’s have batting practice against him.

      For his brieft career, Lefty’s hit .240 .. Righty’s hit .339 !!! So every righty that faces him is an All-Star for that at bat

  3. Merlin

    March 18, 2011 at 8:36 am

    Hey guys…got a nice Spring Training wrap-up for the Nats with Jayson Werth that Phils fans should definitely be interested in:

  4. Don M

    March 18, 2011 at 8:47 am

    What about that is interesting to Phillies fans… that the Nats will be better in 4 years?

    • Merlin

      March 18, 2011 at 9:16 am

      I don’t think it’ll be four, I think it’ll be much sooner. Also, as a Phillies fan–and I am one, believe me–I think it’s important to stay informed especially on the other teams in the division. Not to mention Werth played for the Phils for a few years.

  5. bfo_33

    March 18, 2011 at 9:40 am

    I keep hearing the Nats are going to be good – a nice pipeline,…., but I still don’t see a lot of pitching. Strausburg has great stuff, but will he ever be healthy? J. Zimmerman, same boat. Storen seems to have the stuff to be a good closer, otherwise, not a lot of arms. Harper has power, but also seems to be very cocky – will he listen to coaches, can he hit an mlb breaking ball? It also seems like something is missing in their big prospect development – guys get hyped early,then you never hear about them again. The potential may be there, but until they learn to consistently develop prospects (after R. Zimmerman, what difference maker have they developed?), I’ll hold off crowning them an official threat. Could be another version of the Marlins – talented, but can’t put it together.

  6. Don M

    March 18, 2011 at 9:56 am

    yea im not trying to be a d!ck, but all baseball fans know about the potential the Nats have in a few years…. But they’re putting the weight of their franchis on Werth, Strasburg, and Harper . . . . the 2nd just had Tommy John and depending on what scouts you trust, has to change his delivery and will likely lose velocity (but would hoepfully stay away from another surgery) . . .

    and Harper, who hit 500 ft HRs with a metal bat in batting practice . . . don’t get me wrong, the kid is a natural power hitter .. but lets see what he does against the best pitchers in the game .. he won’t get the chance this year, and i’d say he’s not a true impact player in his first two seasons, which takes us to the 2014 season

    NOW … they have a chance that Ian Desmond and Danny Espinosa are a legit combo, and that Nyjer Morgan learns how to act like a professional . . . but their pitching staff sucks, they need to add somebody really, really badly next year ..not sure who would be available

  7. Ted Bell

    March 18, 2011 at 10:15 am

    Starter Jordan Zimmermann and closer Drew Storen are well regarded Nationals prospects as well.

    The team to worry about this season (and years to come) will be the Braves, though. They just keep coming up with top prospects. It’s one season after the Jason Heyward debut, and they now have Freddie Freeman, Mike Minor, & Julio Teheran ready to make major contributions.

    I’m Ted Bell.

  8. bfo_33

    March 18, 2011 at 11:07 am

    Love them or hate them, you have to respect the ability of the Braves to evaluate and develop talent. The Nats – not so much. Their two biggest pitching prospects – Strausburg and J. Zimmerman have had Tommy John surgery early in their careers – maybe a fluke, or maybe poor coaching. Signing Werth to that contract also makes me think management lacks judgement.

    The Phils aren’t perfect, but I don’t see the Braves in quite the position to take advantage of it this year – solid but not spectacular starting pitching, and a truly craptacular up the middle defense. Alex Gonzalez is decent, but McCann is there for his bat, McClouth makes Victorino’s lines look impressive, and Uggla is, well Uggla. Add in that their best infielder will be in left until Chipper (another minus defender) gets hurt, and you’re giving up an extra run per game. Their starting pitching and offense isn’t good enough to overcome that. 88-90 wins, will compete for the wild card, but I don’t think they are a threat this year. Look for Uggla to be at 3rd or left next year.

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