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Phillies Spring Training (Part 15) Phillies Beat the Tigers

9 Mar

The Phillies won their Grapefruit League game today 5-3 over the Tigers behind a strong 4 run second inning. Joe Blanton took the hill today despite rumors he could be traded the Texas Rangers. His final line was 5.0 IP allowing 5 hits, 2 earned runs, along with 3 K’s and 2 walks. Ryan Madson and J.C. Romero also pitched for a combined 2.0 IP allowing no runs. On Offense most of the runs came from Brian Schneider who hit a 3-Run HR in the 2nd inning. Also having a good day was Raul Ibanez who went 2 for 3 with a run scored. Chase Utley is going to be seeking more opinions, but it does not look like good news will be coming out of this story.

RBI’s – RBI: Gload (2), Schneider 3 (4), Larish (3).

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 – Raul Ibanez– Ibanez went 2 for 3 today with a run scored. He raised his Spring Batting Average to .240 AVG. Multiple hit games especially in Spring Training are always a sign of a good game.

Least Valuable Player – None– Every Phillies starter got at least a hit or reached base through a walk. Nobody really had a glaring bad day, which as a fan is a nice thing to see.

Most Valuable Pitcher – Ryan Madson– I tweeted the other day that i would like to see Madson get a chance at being a closer full-time. Brad Lidge is really inconsistent, which is not a good thing for a closer to be. Both could be Free Agents at the end of the year and I feel Madson has more upside of the two.

Least Valuable Pitcher – Mike Zagurski– he pitched 1.0 IP allowing a run on 2 hits. As a lefty in competition for a roster spot giving up runs, especially late in the game never looks good on the stat sheet.

Players Who Helped/Hurt Chance at Roster Spot – David Herndon pitched a scoreless inning only allowing 1 hit. That is a good sign for him as he competes to make the final roster. On offense Delwyn Young continues to accumulate hits going 1 for 3 today and hitting .321 AVG for the spring.

Boxscore

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Phillies Spring Training (Part 10) Phillies Over Pirates

4 Mar

The Phillies took on the Pirates today and came out with the 7-4 win. Ryan Howard hit his 1st HR of the spring along with going 2 for 3. Other regulars with multiple hits were Jimmy Rollins going 2 for 3 and Wilson Valdez going 3 for 4. Joe Blanton got the start and had a decent outing. His final line was 3.2 IP allowing 2 runs on 4 hits, 2 K’s and a walk. Drew Carpenter worked his first inning out of relief since his switch from being a starter. He pitched himself into a bases loaded jam, but eventually got out of the inning without any damage. Good sign of nerves from him out of the bullpen.

RBI’s – RBI: Ibanez (1), Howard 2 (3), Rizzotti (1), Orr (2), Sardinha, D (3), Galvis (1).

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 – Ryan Howard & Wilson Valdez– Howard went 2 for 3 with a run scored and 2 RBI’s. He also hit his 1st HR of the Spring, which is always a good site to see. Wilson Valdez went 3 for 4 with 2 stolen bases and a run scored. This is what you like to see out of a bench utility player, especially with Chase Utley injured right now.

Least Valuable Player – Michael Martinez– After going 0 for 4 yesterday he went 0 for 4 today as well. He now has a .063 AVG. I do not see him making this roster, he offers nothing that we can’t get out of a Delwyn Young or Wilson Valdez.

Most Valuable Pitcher – Danys Baez– He pitched 1.1 innings letting up 1 hit. This is a good sign specially because he pitched fairly early in the game against real competition. He is a veteran and if he can get back to where he was prior to coming to the Phillies it can be nothing but good for the bullpen. Remember Chad Durbin’s spot in the bullpen needs to be replaced.

Least Valuable Pitcher – Dan Meyer – He pitched 1.0 innings allowing 2 hits and 2 earned run’s 2 K’s and a walk. He is a lefty who needs to prove his worth to make it into the bullpen for the Phillies on Opening Day.

Players Who Helped/Hurt Chance at Roster Spot – Not necessarily making the roster but proving he may be Ryan Howard’s replacement sometime down the line is what Mike Rizzotti did today. He went 1 for 1 with a double, RBI, and a run scored. He is similar in stature to Howard standing at 6-5, 235 pounds. Also Antonio Bastardo pitched the 9th inning today and held the Pirates hitless along with posting 2 K’s. A great sign from the hard throwing lefty.

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