Phillies Spring Training (Part 7) Phillies Fall to Tigers

1 Mar

The Phillies took a loss today to the Detroit Tigers falling to 2-2 in Grapefruit League play. Cliff Lee made his Spring debut on the mound pitching 2.0 innings and allowing 2 earned runs on 1 hit, a walk, HBP, and 3 K’S. This line may not look that great but the runs were scored on a HBP then a triple, which scored the first run, and then a Sac fly to score the second. Ben Francisco continues to produce although he went 0 for 3 he did get his 5th RBI of the Spring. Most of the regulars went 3 at-bats. The only real stand-out again was that Domonic Brown went 0 for 3 with another multiple K game (2 K’s). Back-up catcher Brian Schneider went 2 for 3 on the day.

RBI’s – RBI: Rollins (1), Francisco, B (5).

I will hand out awards for each Spring Training game based on mostly statistical categories. There will be 5 awards handed out to players who are normally regulars. (Most Valuable Player, Least Valuable Player, Most Valuable Pitcher, Least Valuable Pitcher, Players Who Helped/Hurt Chances of Making the Team)

Awards for Game
Most Valuable Player – Shane Victorino– He went 1 for 2 with a walk hitting out of the 6th spot in the lineup a position where we should see him most of the year depending on how Jimmy Rollins produces at the top.

Least Valuable Player – Domonic Brown– Third straight day as LVP. He went 0 for 3 with 2 strikeouts. He is yet to record a hit this Spring and needs to turn it around quickly to prove he can help this team Opening Day. I know it is still early but he has the most AB’s on the team but still has no hits, that does not cut it.

Most Valuable Pitcher – Dan Meyer & Mike Zagurski– Both of these left-handed relievers are trying to prove their worth as a coveted lefty out of the bullpen. Today they proved their worth each going an inning and not allowing any hits. They both walked a batter so that is a negative, but both worked their innings run free.

Least Valuable Pitcher Eddie Bonine– He pitched 2.0 innings allowing 5 hits (including 1 HR) and 4 earned runs against his old team. Not a good outing when you are trying to prove you belong.

Players Who Helped/Hurt Chance at Roster Spot – The player who helped his roster chances the most was Delwyn Young once again. He is really making the most of his opportunity to win a bench spot. He went 1 for 1 today off the bench which would be his main role on the Opening Day roster. On the other hand Michael Martinez came off the bench today going 0 for 2 with 2 K’s and 3 men LOB. It is not looking good for the Rule 5 draft pick specially since Josh Barfield, another infielder has gone 4 for 5 with an .800 AVG this spring.


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