Phillies and Tigers End in 5-5 Tie After Ten – Phillies Nation
2013 Spring Training

Phillies and Tigers End in 5-5 Tie After Ten

The Good

Roy Halladay looked very sharp in two innings against the Tigers. Other than a mistake that Victor Martinez took out of the ballpark, Halladay sat at 89-91 MPH with his fastball and needed only 14 pitches over two innings. Antonio Bastardo and Joe Savery each had a quick, scoreless inning while Rodrigo Lopez shutdown Detroit prospects across three scoreless innings, striking out three. Justin Friend, who was not scheduled to pitch today, retired the Tigers 1-2-3 in the tenth to preserve the tie.

On offense, the Phillies exploded with extra base hits. Kevin Frandsen is making his best case to keep the door open for playing time at third, hitting an RBI single and a HR. The Big Piece had two doubles, including a second inning double against Justin Verlander. Dom Brown’s eighth inning, pinch hit solo shot tied the game up at five for the Phillies. Tyson Gillies had a double and stole third while Jimmy Rollins also had a single and a steal.

Areas of Opportunity

J.C. Ramirez struggled mightily. Ramirez gave up three hits and a walk in the fourth leading to three earned Tigers runs. And honestly, that’s about it. The Phils were solid today – the bullpen did about as well as expected and the Phils put up five runs via nine hits.

The Phillies and Tigers will play again tomorrow at 1:05 PM in Clearwater.

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  1. Ken Bland

    February 24, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    Being a spirited Halladay fan, I don’t relish any dampening of today’s important, but not final step to whatever degree of magic might be recovered.

    But a word of caution in reading post game quotes.

    Torii Hunter appears to be a favorite source of quotes by the press today, and his rave reviews are nice and appreciated, but The Good Doctor owns him career wise.

    Case in point.

    4 career hits in 33 at bats. And extra base hit wise, 2 doubles. 10 K’s.

    Now had Doc faced Larry Jones, who has like 150 hits in 75 at bats, and he commented how well he threw, and wasn’t blowing smoke, it might be quite inspiring.

    It’s a real good step.

    But the real test is how things feel as we head into Doc’s final spring start , or maybe more correctly, how he feels, if he chooses to be candid about it. I look forward to that time with confidence, but today’s rave reviews from a guy who Doc owns should only be taken as a small factor in the big picture.

    What a great pitcher he’s been , no matter what.

    • George

      February 24, 2013 at 6:22 pm

      So what if Hunter hasn’t been able to hit Halladay in the past. He’s faced him enough in the past to know what Roy would normally look like, and how he would normally throw. If Halladay had been throwing crap, Hunter may actually have gotten a hit off him this time.

    • George

      February 24, 2013 at 6:26 pm

      Also, facing Jones wouldn’t tell you anything, because he always hit Halladay even when Roy was 100% and a few years younger.

  2. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    February 24, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    I didn’t have access to the game today, but I’m glad Doc looked good. I hope he keeps it up and returns to form.

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