It was the spring debut game of ace #2 for the Phils. After Hamels very strong effort on Saturday, Roy Halladay made his spring debut against his former team in the Phillies 6-3 win today.
Doc went two innings, allowing a couple hits and a walk while striking out one. Placido Polanco had a pair of hits and two RBIs and Carlos Ruiz hit a two-run double, falling short of a grand slam in the second inning.
Ben Francisco continue his torrid spring, going 1-for-2 with walk, RBI and run. He’s batting .571 so far as he is hoping to gain the lion’s share of right field this season.
Matt Gelb was reporting on former first round pick Matt Anderson earlier on Twitter. Anderson made his spring debut, hitting 95 MPH on the radar gun, a very surprising number. He pitched a clean eighth inning, striking out one.
J.C. Ramirez was also impressive, hitting 94-95 MPH on the gun. He pitched the third and fourth, allowing a hit and walk while striking out four. Ramirez, who was a part of the first Cliff Lee deal, is turning into the most major league-ready prospect in that deal.
David Hale tweeted a great quote from Halladay, who commented on his early career history at Dunedin, where the Blue Jays play their Spring Training games:
“I got sent down four times in that office, the last time was to A-ball. So I’ll be glad to get out of here.”
In a little debate with Kyle Scott of Crossing Broad and Justin Evans of Red pinstripes, we discussed Domonic Brown’s early issues in the Grapefruit League, where he is 0-for-9 with six strike outs and two walks in three games. Charlie Manuel said that Brown is over swinging, therefor causing him to pull out.
It’s too early to get worried over Brown, who is 2-for-39 (stat from Scott) in winter ball and GFL play. He’s still adjusting to the new mechanics taught by Greg Gross and with Manuel most likely stepping in, I’m sure Brown will be fixed once he gets into a rhythm of doing things the right way.