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Defense, ‘Pen Hamstring Phils in Grapefruit Opener

The Phils committed four errors and dropped their Grapefruit League opener against Houston today 8-3.


Inspite of the loss, the Phils had quite a few brightspots. Cole Hamels dominated for two innings, needing only ten pitches to retire six of seven batters, giving up only one hit. Ben Revere led off the game with a single and stolen base after taking Astros starter Lucas Harrell to a full count. Chase Utley wasted no time scoring Revere from second with a first inning single.

Domonic Brown and Laynce Nix each looked comfortable at the plate and Yuniesky Betancourt went 2-3 with an RBI. Ender Inciarte had a nice at bat in the eighth that led to a walk and Pete Orr hit a solo homer in the eighth as well.

Areas of Opportunity

Defense and the bullpen did the Fightins in. The Phils had four errors which did not include a Michael Young misplay in the first.  The official errors were charged to Erik Kratz, Darin Ruf, Ben Revere, and Michael Martinez.

The bullpen looked like they were focused solely on throwing strikes. However, none of these guys had their best stuff today. Realistically, Jeremy Horst and Justin De Fratus are the most likely to make the club of the non-Hamels pitchers who threw today but each ran into trouble. Non-roster invitee Jermain Mitchell hit a ninth inning triple but took an awkward route around second base, misplayed a ball in the outfield, and tried to tag up from third on a really shallow fly ball and was thrown out.

The Phillies will play the Tigers tomorrow at Lakeland at 1:05 PM.


  1. Ken Bland

    February 23, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    The Toronto Sun carries a very recent column on the 10 biggest questions for the Blue Jays, and the top onr is the pen, so it shouldn’t be a shock that they acquired Schwimer after the game for Art Turner. He’s 22, 6’6, 220ish, bats lefty, throws same, first baseman. Never was a top amateur draftee, 3rd time, went 20th round. I have no idea what the Phils view of him is, but based on never being a top pick, and especially when he finally came out, and his position being blocked, he’s the trade depth they are tryinmg to restore in the system. Didn’t seem like Schwimer was exactly in favor, but for right now, Amaro critics might have an easy time criticizing him for not getting enough as a ready to pitch in the bigs high demand position of reliever.

    Hardly a knowledgable assessment of the deal.

  2. EricL

    February 23, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Charles is low-level organizational filler, and that’s it.

    It took him 3 years to get out of rookie ball at the age of 21, while striking out in basically a third of his plate appearances. He’s nothing. This move was designed to rid the club of Michael Schwimer because the front office soured on Schwimer after his refusal to report to Lehigh Valley last season, the filing of a grievance over that issue, and his tweeting.

    The strategy of dumping an asset in Schwimer who has shown the ability to miss major league bats, for nothing in Charles, is not a good one in my opinion.

  3. Double Trouble Del

    February 23, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    A non-issue, really. Perhaps Schwimer has health issues. With regard to Charles, well, not every minor leaguer can be a Bryce Harper.

  4. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    February 23, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    Maybe the box score summary should read Mini-Mart is an error instead of Mini-Mart committed an error. Lol. On a positive note, I am psyched about spring training and seeing how some guys come out of the gate. Ready for the season to start. Supposedly, Ryan Howard has been really picking Schmidt’s brain, reports say. I hope to hell he can help him. Thanks for the reporting Ian! You do a nice job!

  5. Ian Riccaboni

    February 23, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    Thanks Ed! Love watching the games, very thankful to have a platform to discuss them as well!

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