Bullpen Allows Eight, Phils Fall 10-6

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Thu, March 07, 2013 05:22 PM | Comments: 7
2013 Spring Training

Steve Jeltz Award: Zach Miner

The Phillies plated six runs by the third inning but it was not enough to defeat the Twins who overcame the early deficit to win 10-6.

The Good

Honestly, the offense performed about as well as you would have hoped and the Phillies received stellar contributions from back end of the line-up. The Phillies five through nine hitters (Michael Young, Dom Brown, Darin Ruf, John Mayberry, Erik Kratz) all had two hits each including a timely double by Ruf on an off-speed pitch out of the zone that netted him two RBIs. Joe Savery threw 1.2 scoreless innings in relief.

Areas of Opportunity

The story today was the full on assault of Phillies pitching by Aaron Hicks. Hicks smashed three homers off of three different pitchers, including one off of Cliff Lee. Hicks made it easy to see today why both Denard Span and Ben Revere were tradable commodities for the Twins this winter.

The bullpen didn’t protect Lee’s (3.2 IP, 2 HR, 2 ER, 5 Ks) 6-2 lead. Zach Miner allowed four earned on three hits in 1/3 of an inning, while Jeremy Horst allowed one of Hicks’s homers for his earned run. Raul Valdes also allowed two earned via a Hicks homer. Miner, who I thought had a decent shot of making the team, particularly in light of the Michael Schwimer trade, hasn’t been able to put it together for the Phillies thus far in Spring Training. Somewhat surprisingly, Savery has pitched well and has yet to allow an earned run, albeit usually later in the games against lesser hitters.

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  • Posts: 0 matt

    Not going hold any leads with Zack Miner leaguer on the mound. Not going to score any runs with mini mart at the plate. These guys are a waist and should be released. why the hell do we have to see guys like mini mart, miner league, pete get a orr because the boat is sinking. these guys should be released, surely there is better AAA guys they can be replaced with.

  • Posts: 0 matt

    I seen enough of Jeremy worst Horst

    • Posts: 436 Ian Riccaboni

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      You do know Horst had a 1.15 ERA in 31.1 IP with 11.5 K/9 IP and 1.117 WHIP last year in the regular season as a rookie and was by far the Phillies most effective lefty reliever, right?

  • Posts: 276 Jeff of Nova

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    Horst needs a longer look based on what he did last year, Savery I would like to see pitch against some more meaningful batters to see if he maybe turned the corner.

    Love the excitement that the hitting is bringing…. been awhile since we had a group that can score runs in bunchs

    • Posts: 0 schmenkman

      While I’d like to agree on scoring in bunches, I don’t think we know yet, based on 12 spring games, how good the offense is. Howard and Brown will not be putting up 1.200+ OPS during the season, for example.

      • Posts: 0 wbramh

        There will be no sustained 1200+ OPS during the season but it was a refreshing change to see Cliff handed any sized lead. I don’t think I could stand seeing him suffer through another season of low-scoring losses.

  • Posts: 2990 Chuck A.

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    Nice to see Ruf kind of break out of it and Brown continuing to impress. Not gonna put much stock into what Zack Miner does. Horst will probably be fine.

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