Spring Exhibition Game - Tuesday Afternoon, March 5th in Clearwater
One Sentence Summary: Cole Hamels and three pitching prospects served as a batting practice pitchers for the Dominican team as they prepared for the World Baseball Classic.
What It Means: Hopefully this is the most brutal loss of the spring. It was definitely brutal. Apparently, however, this is a true exhibition game in every sense of the word as the results and the statistics don't count in the overall Spring Training numbers.
What Went Wrong: The Dominican team banged out 28 hits - 12 coming off Hamels in his 2 2/3 innings of work. Laynce Nix drove in both runs for the Phils with a home run in the second and an RBI-single in the ninth.
Featured Card: Current Phillies first base coach Juan Samuel is serving as a coach with the Dominican Republic during the WBC. This is Samuel's card from the odd-sized and oddball Cigna Phillies set, sponsored by Cigna Corporation and distributed in 1985 by various local Philadelphia police departments.