-Wilson Valdez, come on down. The utility man went deep in the 9th inning today to give the Phillies a 9-7 victory over the Yankees in Clearwater. Ben Francisco, Dane Sardinha, and Placido Polanco also homered for the team, but the real story was the showing by Cole Hamels.
He bombed today, going just four innings, allowing six earned runs on nine hits against a lineup that was missing most of the regulars. Hamels has looked very good so far this Spring, but it’s hard to take much stock in everything that happens in March.
David Herndon has been a very solid Rule 5 pickup from the Angels as he has yet to allow a run yet in ST. He went two frames, allowing two lonely hits as his ERA sticks at zero. David Murphy of the Daily News thinks we’ll see Herndon on the roster at the beginning of the season. He’s clearly a darkhorse and if he makes it, it’s a huge find for the Phils.
-Did anyone watch the game today on ESPN? Could they have bowed down to the Yankees anymore by interviewing their entire team (so it seemed) during the game? I believe it was Howard and Moyer who were the only Phils who Karl Ravech, John Kruk, and Rick Sutcliff talked to.