2013 Spring Training

Phils Top Yanks 10-5

Roy Halladay scattered a run over two and a third while the offense put up their second consecutive double-digit run output to top the New York Yankees 10-5.

The Good

The offense again exploded, scoring 10 runs on 10 hits. Today’s standouts included Jimmy Rollins (1-2, 2 BB, 2 RBI), Cody Asche (2-2, 1 run), and Dom Brown’s very effective  but strange line (0-1, 3 BB, 2 Runs). Ryan Howard finally cooled off (0-3, 1 K) but is still hitting .444 through seven games. John Mayberry went 1-3 and a walk with 3 RBIs.

Doc pitched well, routinely hitting 89-91 MPH while Phillippe Aumont routinely hit 94 MPH with outstanding command. Rodrigo Lopez pitched his fourth consecutive scoreless inning of the Spring.

Areas of Opportunity

Jonathan Papelbon struggled again in his second appearance, giving up two hits, a walk, and gave up two earned with two Ks. Raul Valdes gave up two solo homers.

The Phillies resume their Spring schedule tomorrow against the Blue Jays minus a number of players participating in the World Baseball Clsssic. Cliff Lee is the probable starter.



  1. Pops

    March 1, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    How about we make Lopez the long man out of the pen? He could spot start if need be. He clearly still knows how to pitch effectively.

    • Ken Bland

      March 2, 2013 at 8:55 am

      Here are the reasons you can’t rush tio thinking Lopez is such a fast long man answer.

      Headed to the WBC, he reported to Clearwater ahead of a lot of players in terms of conditioning. That’s not a bad thing, mind you, but you have to wait for things to even out over the next 3 weeks before you get overly impressed with his success against hitters.

      Additionally, it’s been a couple years since he pitched anything close to well, and not only does that offer a bit of a red flag, but it certainly advises patience when he’s ahead on conditioning, and we’re at the stage of ST where so many minor leaguers might be facing him.

      But he is pretty good insurance, and might be of help before it’s over.

  2. Lefty

    March 2, 2013 at 7:58 am

  3. Ken Bland

    March 2, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Ah, the joys of pregame rereads as we prepare for Phillies spring baseball against Canada’s best team.

    First, I see Vince Coleman is teaching the Astros about baserunning, and Iam tempted to think of the obvious you gotta get on before you need to know much about baserunning as I wander through Astros news that on a daily basis talks of losses ranging between 115 and 125 games.
    Maybe they should start with a coach that will teach them to hit their way on.

    But the big story on Action News was rummaging through the Toronto Sun in search of interesting info on the Blue Jays, I ran across an interview with ex Leafs organeyezation Pres/GM with this one swing review of sports talk radio…

    On all-sports radio: “The worst thing that happened to sports was talk radio. The Internet is talk radio on steroids but with lower IQs.”

    Makes ya wanna just log back in, don’t it now?

    • Ken Bland

      March 2, 2013 at 11:58 am

      how is Shane Victrino’s spring going?

      “Shane Victorino (0 for 9) asked to play today and get a few at-bats. He is the only player in the lineup who played last night.”

      Might be 9 line drives for all I know.

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