Green With Excitement, Red With Concern
- Updated: March 17, 2013
A bird’s eye view of Brighthouse Field on Sunday seemed more reminiscent of an Eagles game than the Phillies. The sold out crowd came decked out in St. Patty’s Day green. Lots of green hats, jerseys, necklaces, glasses and drinks were on display Sunday in Clearwater.
The team donned Kelly green jerseys and hats as they have for a number of years in honor of the holiday. Perhaps Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie took note of the classic look at this, a baseball game, for future reference. But I digress.
The Phils’ opponent on this day, the Baltimore Orioles, also added some green to their caps for the occasion.
Roy Halladay got the call for the Fightins, looking to rebound from his last start where he lasted just 2.2 innings.
Today he would last only 1 inning.
Doc threw 25 pitches in the first, walking one batter and punching out another. He labored through the frame averaging between 85-87 mph on his pitches. This was not a good sign after struggling in his last start. Though he got through the inning without allowing a run, he would not return.
The team announced that Halladay was pulled due to a stomach bug.
Halladay has two more scheduled starts in Clearwater to get his act together, more good news for Charlie Manuel and Rich Dubee.
Other than that, the team played a flawless game en route to a 5-3 win.
Ben Revere and Domonic Brown continued to produce as they have all spring. Revere was on base twice, knocking in a run and scoring another. He also stole a base.
Brown went 2-4 with a run batted in and a run scored. He’s hitting over .360 for the spring.
Freddy Galvis made the most of the absence of Jimmy Rollins by crushing a two run homerun to give the Phils a 4-1 lead and they were in control from there.
Zach Miner allowed a run in replacement of Halladay, but otherwise looked good.
Jeremy Horst threw two scoreless innings, and seems to have solidified a spot in the Phils’ bullpen.
Phillippe Aumount, fresh off a stint with team Canada in the World Baseball Classic was a bit erratic, but settled down. 10 of his first 12 pitches were for balls, which allowed the first two men to reach base. He then struck out two batters and got a third to ground out, ending the threat.
Catcher Erik Kratz got in on the action with an RBI ground out, and Michael Young turned in two hits of his own.
The final three innings were thrown by pitchers from the team’s minor league camp to compensate for the early departure of Roy Halladay. The Orioles managed two runs in the ninth, but that would be it.
It was a festive day at the ballpark filled with fun and games. It would have been an unblemished Sunday were it not for the struggles of Halladay.
This is the second straight start that Halladay has labored through and departed sooner than expected. One scout said that it really took a lot of effort from the Cy Young winner just to hit 87 on the radar gun.
And then he was gone. Again.
The Phils are back at it tomorrow against the Braves at Disney’s Wide World of Sports in Orlando, FL.