Spring Training Game 22 - Friday Afternoon, March 23rd in Clearwater
Record - 9-11-2
One Sentence Summary: The Yankees jumped on Vance Worley for three quick runs in the first and they held on to win, 5-3.
What It Means: Worley got roughed up early, but he settled in to pitch a decent ballgame. He struck out seven in his six innings of work.
What Went Wrong: The Phillies managed only three late runs against the Yankees. They're hitting .278 as a team so far this spring, which isn't that bad. Problem is, they're having trouble scoring runs.
Erik Kratz hit another bomb of a home run in the eighth and Jonathan Papelbon pitched a scoreless ninth, striking out two.
Featured Card: I received a nice package in the mail yesterday from the heart of Red Sox Nation, located in Section 36. The package featured an assortment of Phillies cards from 2011 and 2012 that Ron (the section's proprietor) had been setting aside for me. Ron was kind enough to finish off my 2012 Topps Series 1 team set and he sent a bunch of parallels that I'll gladly add to my collection, including this shiny Worley card from last year. I have a small stack of 2012 Red Sox cards already set aside to send to Ron shortly.
It's nice to receive a random package of Phillies baseball cards in the mail, and it's nice to know that the Red Sox cards I pull from packs are going to a good home. If there are any other team collectors out there who would like to set up an arrangement similar to what I've got going on with Section 36, let me know.
It's simple really - I'll set aside cards I pull from packs from the team you collect, and you set aside Phillies cards for me. A few times a year, we send packages to each other containing the cards we've gathered. If done right, like how Ron and I do it, everyone wins.
Reading Phillies #16
Outfielder Domonic Brown was optioned out yesterday. Brown was a long-shot to make the team's opening day roster, and this way he can gain more experience in left field while earning regular at-bats as an IronPig. The Phils also made the unusual move of adding a player to their list of non-roster invitees when all-around utility guy Tim Kennelly was moved from the minor league camp over to the major league camp. With the announcement that Michael Martinez will miss 6 to 8 weeks with a broken foot, the team will give Kennelly an audition over the last few weeks of exhibition play. Kennelly has played regularly at first, third and catcher in the minors.
The camp headcount of 40 is more realistically 36, as the following players will begin the season on the disabled list - Ryan Howard (Achilles), Chase Utley (knees), Martinez (foot) and Justin De Fratus (elbow).