Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Phillies go deep to edge Yanks

Tuesday in Clearwater, the Yankees led the Phillies 3-1 heading to the bottom of the 8th inning, but a long home run (over the batters eye) by Domonic Brown made it 3-2 and a 2-run, 2-out blast into Frenchey's Tiki Bar in left by catcher Tommy Joseph gave to Fightin' Phils a 4-3 win, their first of the spring.  Joseph was acquired by Philadelphia from San Francisco in the Hunter Pence trade last summer.  It was the 2nd home run this spring for Brown, who has been looking like he is ready (healthy) for the season.

Kyle Kendrick made the start, throwing 22 pitches in his 2 innings, allowing just 1 run on 2 hits.  Ryan Howard had another hit and a walk in 3 plate appearances and Freddy Galvis was 0 for 1, and played a great shortsttop in relief of Jimmy Rollins.

In Kissimmee, the Tigers lost to some of the Astros, 9-4.  Jonathan Villar had a walk and a strike out in his at bats for Houston.  The rest of the Astros went to Port Charlotte and dropped a 7-2 game to the Rays.  Jason Jaramillo was 1 for 2 in that game..........In Jupiter, Travis d'Arnaud had a single and drove in a run with a sacrife fly for New York, but the Mets lost to the Marlins, 7-5.

Out in Arizona, the Reds lost again, this time 7-5 to the Padres.  Jason Donald started at third base, and was 0 for 2 in the game.  "J.D." has played a lot in the first week for the Reds, who are getting a good look at him, and giving him a chance to make the team as a utility player.................Over in Phoenix, Jesus Sanchez pitched another inning for the Brewers and gave up no runs, despite allowing 2 hits, and got credit for a hold in Milwaukee's 6-5 win over Seattle..........In Scotsdale, the Diamondbacks beat the Athletics, 9-4.  Tuffy Gosewisch walked and scored a run for Arizona in his only at bat of the game.

In Dunedin, the Twins beat Toronto, 8-4.   The Jays called on Bobby Korecky with 2 out and a runner at third base, and Korecky struck out the hitter, Joe Benson.  Maybe the Jays see Bobby as a left handed specialist?   Anthony Gose had a single and a walk in 2 at bats, and also stole a base.  It is early, but from here it looks like Anthony will be the victim of a numbers game, as the Jays have a lot of outfielders.  Hopefully for Gose, somebody will get moved and an oppurtunity will arise.  Last year's experience now under his belt, I think he is ready to build on that and take the next step.

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