Sunday, March 13, 2011

2008 Topps Heritage #278 Delwyn Young

Phillies 6, Twins 3
Spring Training Game 18 - Sunday Afternoon, March 13th in Fort Myers

One Sentence Summary:  The Phils exploded for six runs off Twins' closer Joe Nathan to cruise to victory, 6-3.

What It Means:  Of the regulars, only Ben Francisco made the 2 1/2-hour bus ride to Fort Myers this morning to take on the Twins.  The line-up consisted of mostly bench players, non-roster invitees and minor leaguers.  The game was also televised and yours truly may have actually napped between the second and fifth innings.

Top Hitters:  Delwyn Young's 3-run home run was the big blow off Nathan in the fifth.  Josh Barfield, Wilson Valdez (playing center field) and Michael Martinez also enjoyed multi-hit games.

Top Pitchers:  Top prospect Michael Stutes started and pitched three shutout innings, walking one and striking out one.  Danys Baez pitched another shutout inning.  He has yet to allow a run in 6 1/3 innings so far this spring.

Featured Card:  I'm still stuck in 1959.  Assuming Chase Utley begins the year on the disabled list, there are probably two roster spots open on the Phillies' bench.  Young seems to be the favorite at this point to make the team, especially given he can play both second base and right field.

Other Stuff:  In a minor league game in Clearwater, Roy Oswalt pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing four hits and two runs while striking out six.

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