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The Philadelphia Phillies went against the New York Yankees in Tampa, Florida, at George M. Steinbrenner Field to kick off the Grapefruit League season today. The Phillies put Cole Hamels on the mound against Bartolo Colon, and the Phillies started the game with infielders Jeff Larish at third base, Wilson Valdez at shortstop, Pete Orr at second base, Ryan Howard at first base, and Brian Schneider behind the plate. Outfielders who started were Raul Ibanez in left, Ben Francisco in center, and Dom Brown in right.
The Yankees’ lineup however, was full of more familiar faces, with Derek Jeter at shortstop, Nick Swisher in right field, Mark Teixeira at first base, A-Rod at third base, Robinson Cano at second base, Jorge Posada at the designated hitter, Curtis Granderson in center field, Francisco Cervelli behind the plate, and Brett Gardner in left field.
Seemed a little intimidating at first, but then I remembered, the Phillies are freakin’ good, and so our the minor leaguers in this organization. Obviously they showed that during the entire game when the underdogs proved that they are worthy of being on the 40-man roster.
Here are individual stats from today’s game, along with the lines from the 6 pitchers who stepped onto the mound today:
Brian Schneider- 2 AB.
Dane Sardinha- 2 AB, 2 runs, 2 RBI.
Ryan Howard- 2 AB.
Robb Quinlan- 3 AB, 1 hit, 1 run.
Second base:Pete Orr- 3 AB, 1 run, 1 hit, 1 RBI.
Josh Barfield- 2 AB, 2 hits.
Wilson Valdez- 2 AB, 1 hit, 1 .
Brian Bocock- 2 AB.
Jeff Larish- 4 AB.
Raul Ibanez- 2 AB.
Delwyn Young- 2 AB.
Ben Francisco- 2 AB, 1 run, 1 hit (triple)
Michael Martinez- 1 AB.
Domonic Brown- 3 AB.
John Mayberry- 3 AB, 1 run, 1 hit.
Ross Gload- 5 AB, 2 hits, 1 RBI.
E- Valdez (1)
GIDP- Larish (1)
2B- Orr (1) Gload (1) Sardinha (1)
3B- Francisco (1)
Hamels: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K.
Worley: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB.
Feierabend: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K.
Schlitter: 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB.
Zagurski: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K.
Grilli: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 K.
HR: Schlitter (1, Vazquez)
Balks: Feierabend (1)
Hit batter: Hamels (1, Texeira)
Yesterday was the Phillies‘ first full-squad workout, and all players were there and accounted for. Most players showed up early, such as Shane Victorino and Jimmy Rollins, who usually arrives last minute.
Victorino spoke to the media a few days ago, and said some pretty Victorino-like things: “This team has one thing in mind, and that’s to win.” also, “We have a lot of things to go out there and work on, but that’s why we’re here, and we have to take it one day at a time.” Calm, cool, and collective. Mahalo, brah!
The very humble Chase Utley also spoke to the media: “For me, I try not to look too far ahead, but it’s no secret that we have a very strong pitching staff and experienced team, and we know how to win, so, we’re all working hard this off-season and continue to get better, so, we’ll just go from there.”
Jimmy Rollins made a prediction when he stated: “We’ll win 100 games, I really plan on going after, who is it, Seattle won 116 or something recently.” and he also feels very confident that he will remain on the team after the 2011 season, when his contract is up; “Obviously that’s up to me. I help them make a decision, so if I do good, it makes it easy on them. if I don’t do good, which I don’t plan on happening, it will be a very tough decision.” Jimmy should have one hell of a season, seeing that he arrived early to spring training, he ran 5 miles for 2 days of the week, and also did yoga on those 2 days.
Other than the players taking batting practice and the pitchers throwing bullpen sessions, there really isn’t much news. Spring training is going very well after 6 days, so I leave you with the fact that this is the last weekend without a baseball game for a long, long time.
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10 Reasons Why I Cannot Wait Until Spring Training:
- I have been deprived of baseball for 112 days which is 112 days too many.
- The fact that I have to wait 7 more days is tearing me apart.
- I love seeing the truck leave for Clearwater, but I love seeing it arrive even more.
- There is still a very small possibility that I may attend a game in Clearwater.
- When pitchers and catchers report, it’s like seeing peanut butter and jelly together, it’s just…right.
- During the first full-team exercise, I feel like the Phillies are holding a family reunion.
- When the games are broadcasted during the day, I will run off of my school bus and plant my butt on the couch for the rest of the game.
- I get to see the Phillies win victoriously before the season even starts.
- I have been told that my school work is much more consistent when baseball starts.
- Phillies Spring Training is just a fancy term for “a preview of the 2011 World Series Champions.”