The Philadelphia Phillies went against the New York Yankees in Tampa, Florida, at George M. Steinbrenner Field to kick off the Grapefruit League season today. The Phillies put Cole Hamels on the mound against Bartolo Colon, and the Phillies started the game with infielders Jeff Larish at third base, Wilson Valdez at shortstop, Pete Orr at second base, Ryan Howard at first base, and Brian Schneider behind the plate. Outfielders who started were Raul Ibanez in left, Ben Francisco in center, and Dom Brown in right.
The Yankees’ lineup however, was full of more familiar faces, with Derek Jeter at shortstop, Nick Swisher in right field, Mark Teixeira at first base, A-Rod at third base, Robinson Cano at second base, Jorge Posada at the designated hitter, Curtis Granderson in center field, Francisco Cervelli behind the plate, and Brett Gardner in left field.
Seemed a little intimidating at first, but then I remembered, the Phillies are freakin’ good, and so our the minor leaguers in this organization. Obviously they showed that during the entire game when the underdogs proved that they are worthy of being on the 40-man roster.
Here are individual stats from today’s game, along with the lines from the 6 pitchers who stepped onto the mound today:
Brian Schneider- 2 AB.
Dane Sardinha- 2 AB, 2 runs, 2 RBI.
Ryan Howard- 2 AB.
Robb Quinlan- 3 AB, 1 hit, 1 run.
Second base:Pete Orr- 3 AB, 1 run, 1 hit, 1 RBI.
Josh Barfield- 2 AB, 2 hits.
Wilson Valdez- 2 AB, 1 hit, 1 .
Brian Bocock- 2 AB.
Jeff Larish- 4 AB.
Raul Ibanez- 2 AB.
Delwyn Young- 2 AB.
Ben Francisco- 2 AB, 1 run, 1 hit (triple)
Michael Martinez- 1 AB.
Domonic Brown- 3 AB.
John Mayberry- 3 AB, 1 run, 1 hit.
Ross Gload- 5 AB, 2 hits, 1 RBI.
E- Valdez (1)
GIDP- Larish (1)
2B- Orr (1) Gload (1) Sardinha (1)
3B- Francisco (1)
Hamels: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K.
Worley: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB.
Feierabend: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K.
Schlitter: 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB.
Zagurski: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K.
Grilli: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 K.
HR: Schlitter (1, Vazquez)
Balks: Feierabend (1)
Hit batter: Hamels (1, Texeira)