Saturday, March 26, 2011

2011 Topps Opening Day #102 Carlos Ruiz

Blue Jays 7, Phillies 6
Spring Training Game 30 - Saturday Afternoon in Clearwater

Tigers 3, Phillies 1
Spring Training Game 31 - Saturday Afternoon in Lakeland

One Sentence Summary:  The Phillies dropped both split squad games this afternoon, despite fine performances from Ryan Feierabend in Lakeland and Carlos Ruiz in Clearwater.

What It Means:  Amazingly enough, there are just four more Spring Training games - two more in Florida and two up at Citizens Bank Park as part of the On-Deck Series with the Pirates.

Top Hitters:  Ross Gload, Brian Schneider and Cory Sullivan had multi-hit games in Lakeland.  Ruiz hit a two-run home run, in first of the spring, in Clearwater.

Top Pitchers:  Antonio Bastardo pitched another scoreless 1 2/3 innings, lowering his ERA to 1.08, while Michael Stutes, destined for Lehigh Valley, pitched a scoreless inning to lower his ERA to 0.90.

Featured Card:  I'm showing a little more Opening Day love with this Chooch card.  I'm assuming he's following the path of a fly ball that's about to drop in for hit.

Other Stuff:  With two hits and a walk today, Luis Castillo has now reached base in six of his last nine plate appearances.

Transactions:  The Phillies optioned Scott Mathieson and Mike Zagurski this morning, all but locking up roster spots for Bastardo and David Herndon.  The move leaves 35 players in camp - 36 if you count Castillo.  However, factoring in that Chase Utley, Brad Lidge, Domonic Brown, Brian Bocock and Brian Schlitter will all most likely begin the year on the DL, the active roster is now down to 31 players.

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