Pirates 3, Phillies 2
Spring Training Game 16 - Friday Afternoon, March 16th in Bradenton
Record - 6-8-2
One Sentence Summary: Cliff Lee surrendered two home runs and the Phillies bats were quiet (again) as the Bucs downed the Phils, 3-2.
What It Means: We've reached that point in the spring where I start to worry a little. Happens every year.
What Went Wrong: The Phillies offense, still without Ryan Howard (for a while yet) and Chase Utley (for who knows how much longer) managed just two hits through the first six innings.
Lee got hit around a little (5 hits, 3 runs in 4 2/3 innings), but Kyle Kendrick pitched 3 1/3 innings of no-run, no-hit ball while striking out five.
Featured Card: The Phillies released left-handed reliever Dontrelle Willis yesterday. I didn't see it coming, but in retrospect it's not really shocking. Willis appeared in three spring games with the Phillies, allowing 9 of the 16 batters he faced to reach base. His ERA after only 2 2/3 innings was 16.87, and he missed a week of action with arm fatigue.
|2012 Topps #89|
In any event, Willis becomes the first card in the returning Chachi Almost insert set, which pays tribute to those players who got close to becoming official Phillies during the year, but they didn't quite get there.
Camp Headcount: 46
Lost in the news of Willis' release was the announcement that catcher Steven Lerud was reassigned to minor league camp. Also, watching highlights of Thursday's game, I realized that Freddy Galvis has switched his uniform number from #71 to the more big-leagueish #13.