Hamels Dominates, Howard Stays Hot in 10-5 Win – Phillies Nation
2013 Spring Training

Hamels Dominates, Howard Stays Hot in 10-5 Win

Cole Hamels struck out five in three innings, scattering an unearned run in a 10-5 win over the Atlanta Braves behind big offensive days from Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, and Ben Revere.

The Good

Hamels again looked great and has yet to allow an earned run this Spring. Mike Adams made his first appearance of the Spring, striking out one with great movement on his pitches. The offense, led by two-hit days by Howard, Utley, and Revere put up 10 runs on 13 hits. Howard continued his scorching hot start with a 2-3 day with a double and a homer.

John Mayberry also homered, hoping to keep pressure on Dom Brown and Darin Ruf for playing time in the outfield. Brown  went 1-3 with a walk, looking very comfortable at the plate again while Ruf collected his first two hits of the Spring, going 2-3.

Jake Diekman pitched a scoreless fifth and prospect Ethan Martin pitched a scoreless 8th and 9th with a strikeout.

Areas of Oportunity

The only Phillie that really struggled with Jonathan Pettibone. Pettibone gave up two home runs, allowing the Braves to score four earned in two innings.

The Phillies will play the Yankees tomorrow at 1:05 PM at George Steinbrenner Stadium in Tampa, FL.




  1. Lefty

    February 28, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    I know it means absolutely nothing about what’s to come starting April 1st, but man was that a fun game to watch today.

  2. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    February 28, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    I echo what Lefty said, and add, “Boom goes the dynamite.” Boy, did we light it up offensively. Adams and Hamels looked great!!! I hope Howard keeps his groove going.

  3. William Rennick

    February 28, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    ESPN’s “Future Power Rankings” are out, and they have the Phillies’ ranked at #24 (behind teams like the Twins, Astros, and Mets.

    “The Overview
    At some point, things are going to get ugly in Philly, but probably not for another year or two. Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay are still a formidable trio and should keep the Phillies in the wild-card hunt in 2013, but years of trading prospects to stay relevant are going to catch up to them soon. — Buster Olney

    The Dilemma
    If the Phillies are going to compete in the next year or two, they must get some production from their corner outfield spots. If former top prospect Domonic Brown is ever going to help, he needs to shorten his swing, and minor league masher Darin Ruf could help if he can play a passable left field. The Phillies are still trying to figure out their corner outfield positions, a dilemma that will play out during the season. They could end up dealing Brown to the Cubs for Alfonso Soriano if they don’t think he’ll ever become the 20/20 player they were hoping for. — Jim Bowden

    The System
    Years of trades, surrendered draft picks and refusal to give signing bonuses that exceed MLB’s recommendations have taken their toll on a system that doesn’t look like it’ll spit out an average, everyday position player until at least 2015 barring a big step forward from someone like Cody Asche.

  4. bacardipr

    March 1, 2013 at 12:12 am

    We dont need Buster Olney telling us the obvious. Lol…By the way has Michael Young done anything?

    • brooks

      March 1, 2013 at 4:42 am

      At this point I am so tired of hearing all this crap, reading it day after day, how inept the Phils are going to be what their weaknesses are – I am just ready for some damn baseball. At least the first of March is here. Always the longest time of the year for me, late Feb to the start of the regular season.

      We know what we have. We know what our question marks are. We know what our weaknesses were last year.. but guess what? Right now everybody (save D Young) is healthy and ready to go.

  5. George

    March 1, 2013 at 9:13 am

    I, too, get sick of all those “expert” opinions. If those writers think Phils’ management isn’t aware of their own problems, THEY’RE the ones who don’t have a clue. It’s been pretty obvious since just before the 2012 trade deadline that Amaro has changed his approach. He’s traded three veterans for prospects and didn’t give up draft picks during the offseason. He’s obtained a well regarded young center fielder for his “questionable” outfield, and is allowing the the young bullpen arms and others to have a chance.

    It’s time for baseball, not BS. It’s also 2013, not 2015. a lot can happen in between, and there will be plenty more time to get a little more of the house in order.

  6. Ken Bland

    March 1, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Friday is Jimmy’s last pre WBC game. Today’s against a righty (Kuroda), and note how the 3-4-5 stays the same, but Jimmy and Revere get flipped. I might be meaningless that it’s against a righty, but yesterday, Maholm drew the Revere Rollins 1-2 order.

    A tweet reported that D Brown had a kick ass batting practice in Tampa, and resulted in a perhaps toungue in cheek prediction that he belts one today. We’ll see how that works out.

    Doc comes off a 22 pitch, 16 K (6 ball) effort. Forward ho, young Doctor, forward ho.

    Phillie and Empire batting orders follow.

    1. Jimmy Rollins (S) SS

    2. Ben Revere (L) CF

    3. Chase Utley (L) 2B

    4. Ryan Howard (L) 1B

    5. Michael Young (R) 3B

    6. Domonic Brown (L) LF

    7. Darin Ruf (R) DH

    8. John Mayberry (R) RF

    9. Steven Lerud (L) C

    1. Eduardo Nunez (R) SS

    2. Francisco Cervelli (R) C

    3. Robinson Cano (L) 2B

    4. Kevin Youkilis (R) 3B

    5. Juan Rivera (R) DH

    6. Melky Mesa (R) LF

    7. Thomas Neal (R) RF

    8. Kyle Roller (L) 1B

    9. Adonis Garcia (R) CF

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