Phillies vs. Yankees – Spring Training Game #1 HighlightsPosted on February 2, 2011
A potential World Series matchup was the featured spring training game today between the Phillies and the Yankees. Ã‚Â The score aside, we can make some regular season predictions based on today’s game:
Ben Francisco is a beast in the outfield and at the plate. Ã‚Â With some solid catches and posting a hit and a run on the scoreboard, he certainly started spring training with a bang. Ã‚Â His competition for right field, Domonic Brown, did not fare so well, with one walk and one strikeout at his at-bats. Ã‚Â If Francisco keeps it up, he’ll be making himself right at home in Jayson Werth’s former spot.
Hamels put up a respectable appearance: two strike outs balanced out the hit, run, and walk he gave up. Ã‚Â While we have the rest of spring training to see what numbers the rest of the aces put up, I’m comfortable saying that the number 4 spot looks to be the right spot for Hamels – but time will tell.
Minor league recruit Jason Grilli was called up to pitch the final inning – and he didn’t disappoint. Ã‚Â Despite giving up two hits, his one strike out and good fielding maintained the Phillies lead through the rest of the inning. Ã‚Â If he continues this performance during the rest of spring training, I could see him pitching relief alongside Lidge and Kendrick.
Wilson Valdez, John Mayberry Jr, and Pete Orr all impressed me with their batting performance. Ã‚Â Responsible for 3 out of the 5 Phillies runs and playing fair defense, I look forward to see what these three are made of during the rest of Grapefruit League play.
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