Friday, March 18, 2011

2010 Multi-Ad Reading Phillies #16 Tuffy Gosewisch

Phillies 3, Pirates 2
Spring Training Game 22 - Friday Afternoon, March 18th in Clearwater

One Sentence Summary:  Tuffy Gosewisch singled with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to drive home the tying and winning runs as the Phils walked off against the Pirates, 3-2.

What It Means:  The Phils are now a respectable 14-8 this spring, despite a rash of injuries.  Roy Oswalt pitched six solid innings, allowing two unearned runs on five hits while striking out five.

Top Hitters:  Gosewisch's heroics were set up by back-to-back bunt singles from Ben Francisco and Pete Orr to start the ninth.  Orr had three hits, although it was his error in the third that set up the two unearned Pirates runs.

Top Pitchers:  Four pitchers who figure to be on the opening day roster pitched well this afternoon - Oswalt, Jose Contreras, J.C. Romero and Ryan Madson.  The order the pitchers appeared in the game could be an indication of things to come, especially if Brad Lidge doesn't rebound from his latest arm woes by the start of the regular season.

Featured Card:  I've said it more than once, and I'll say it again - Tuffy Gosewisch has an awesome baseball name.

Other Stuff:  Chase Utley (bad knee) took batting practice today and Lidge (bad biceps) threw a bullpen session . . . Radio broadcaster (and my favorite) Scott Franzke signed a four-year extension today taking him through the 2016 season with the Phils . . . Rumors are circulating that the Phillies might have some interest in the recently-released Luis Castillo.

Transactions:  The Phillies announced their second round of roster cuts -

Non-roster invitees re-assigned to minor league camp - infielder Jeff Larish, outfielder Brandon Moss, pitchers Dan Meyer, Juan Perez and Michael Stutes.

40-man roster players optioned to minor league camp - infielder Freddy Galvis and pitcher Vance Worley.

Twelve more cuts are coming, as the Phils will need to trim their now 37-man roster down to 25 by Opening Day.

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