Phils Split Sunday Afternoon Games

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sun, March 03, 2013 08:45 PM | Comments: 6
2013 Spring Training

In Clearwater, the Phillies defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 13-5 led by monstrous homers by Ryan Howard and Domonic Brown. In Sarasota, the rest of the Phils lost 12-3, where Kyle Kendrick (four) and Jeremy Horst (six) combined to give up 10 earned.

The Good

Well, Ryan Howard did this for the home squad:

And Dom Brown did this. Chase Utley reached base three times for the home squad, Jermaine Mitchell hit a two-run triple, Cody Joseph went 2-4 with a double, and Ender Inciarte went 2-3 with two runs scored and a steal. Kevin Frandsen may have had the most complete day however: 2-4, 2B, 3B, 1 RBI, 4 runs scored. The home squad also saw Justin De Fratus, J.C. Ramirez, and Joe Savery combine for four scoreless relief innings with Savery picking up three Ks.

The away team had fewer bright spots but John Mayberry went 2-4 and Michael Young and Freddy Galvis each hit a HR. Reliever Kyle Simon pitched a scoreless frame and Jake Diekman had five Ks in two innings.

The Areas of Opportunity

For the home squad? Not so many. Howard and Brown again man-handled lefty pitching, Utley looked like Utley, and Inciarte has the early makings of a keeper. For the away squad? The pitching completely fell apart. Horst just had an uncharacteristically bad day and struggled with command while Kendrick was the victim of two long balls.

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  • Posts: 0 Bart Shart

    Looks like Dom Brown and Ryan Howard are out to prove something. And it looks like something good. The team needs their bats, as both homered off lefties today. Great news.

  • Posts: 271 Jeff of Nova

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    Calling Andrew from Waldorf to tell everyone that Howard is washed up and done again. can’t hit lefties… blah blah, still spring training but love the start. go get em boys

    • Posts: 0 Arc

      hey, spring training means nothing!!!!!!

      • Posts: 0 Ryne Duren

        you are absolutely right Arc. it doesn’t mean anything. however, it does give the players a chance to hone their timing and show us what they are capable of when healthy. with that said, most of the time they’re facing pitchers who aren’t the caliber that they’ll face during the regular season. and the same also goes for the pitchers who are facing hitters that they normally won’t see.
        and whether a hitter hits a dinger off a nobody or a somebody. a dinger is still a dinger! and we were wondering if howard could hit lefty’s well so far he has. he did it in the past when he was healthy so i don’t think it’ll be a big a problem . the last two years he’s been hampered by a bum ankle and then the achilles. well to me the way he’s swinging the bat looks like he’s back to 100%. if that’s the case, then all i have to say is a big YEAHH!
        and as far as the pitchers i don’t pay any attention to how they’re doing the first few times out. most of the time the vets are working on some things. on the other hand the younger guys who are fighting for a spot ? they’re the ones i watch if they’re not throwing strikes and getting hammered then it’s AAA for them . once the vets get a few starts under their belts then i pay attention to strikes velocity etc.

      • Posts: 271 Jeff of Nova

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        for this team it most certainly does,

        Howard hasn’t had a good spring in some time

        Utley hasn’t even had a spring in forever

        Brown playing like the prospect we thought he was is awesome,

        of course Opening day and beyond is when it counts, but my point is all the Howard haters and Utley doubters.. been running there mouths for the last year, time so those that have supported these guys to be able to bring this to their attention.

        Would you rather have Howard, Utley and Brown hitting .167 going into the season and not seeing the ball, hitting worse against lefties????

        Lets get optimistic and be behind this team!!

  • Avatar of The Original Chuck P

    Those home runs were bombs… wind wasn’t helping yesterday, either. Bautista hit a monster home run that barely cleared the left field wall. You can’t help but get excited about what we’re seeing… Howard seeing the ball, Brown stepping up, Utley playing (well)… all good stuff. I know it’s only spring but I’m ecstatic. Let’s get this season started!

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