Thursday, February 24, 2011
2004 Playoff Prestige #146 Ryan Howard
Spring Training Exhibition - Thursday Afternoon, February 24th in Clearwater
One Sentence Summary: Ryan Howard drove in the first runs of the Spring with a 2-run double in the first and seven Phillies pitchers combined to throw a 4-hit shutout against the Florida State Seminoles.
What It Means: Sweet, sweet baseball is back. For the first time since Howard stood and stared at a called third strike in Game 6 of the NLCS, baseball is back. Hallelujah.
Also, I thought I'd try a new game summary format for my 2011 Phillies game summary posts, so I'm trying out this "quick hits" format thing. However, I'm not optimistic about my ability to post a game summary after each Spring Training game.
Top Hitters: Howard went 1 for 2 with the aforementioned 2-run double. Eleven different Phillies contributed eleven total hits.
Top Pitchers: Drew Naylor started and pitched two innings, earning the win. Michael Stutes struck out the side in the sixth. Naylor spent 2010 with AA Reading, and Stutes split time between Reading and AAA Lehigh Valley last year.
Featured Card: Howard appears ready for some Spring Training action on this Playoff Prestige baseball card from seven years ago. He's come a long way since then, winning Rookie of the Year honors in 2005, an MVP award in 2006, and a World Series ring in 2008. This year, Howard looks to improve upon his "down" year in 2010, in which he hit .276 with just 31 home runs and 108 RBIs.