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Sneak Peek: New Home Clubhouse

While things have gotten very busy in the Baseballtown PR Office over the last couple of weeks, I thought it would be a good idea to take a minute to show fans a few new and exciting things around the ballpark.

Of course, by now everyone should already know that this offseason was an important one in Reading Phillies history. After the completion of the 2010 season, big things began happening in Baseballtown — $10 million renovations to be exact.

FirstEnergy Stadium — the same stadium which was completed in 1951, began it’s transformation in September. Each day, things began to change. Walls were knocked down, new walls were put up.

All offseason, the R-Phils gave fans stadium tours to keep them in the loop. On Thursday, April 14 — Opening Night, all fans who come out to the game will get their first official look at the finished product. While the R-Phils game is set for 7:05 p.m., VIST Financial Plaza gates will open at 4:00 p.m. to give fans their first look inside America’s Classic Ballpark.

With all that being said, I thought it was time to give fans a sneak peak at some of the new features. Check back to see pictures and more right here in my blog.

First Sneak Peak — R-Phils Home Clubhouse (photos of home clubhouse only)
Reading Phillies players will have a new place to stay this season at FirstEnergy Stadium. Brand-new clubhouses for both the R-Phils and opponents were constructed this offseason. The R-Phils clubhouse has expanded in size by 45%, while the visiting clubhouse has expanded by 80%. Both clubhouses still lead out to the concourse, which means both the R-Phils players and the visiting players will cross the concourse and go to the field — a hallmark of the R-Phils experience.

Here is the overall square footage for the clubhouses:

Home Team:
New Clubhouse: 2636 square ft.
Old Clubhouse: 1816 square ft. 

Visting Team
New Clubhouse: 1792 square ft.
Old Clubhouse: 993 square ft.

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Game 12 Updates…

The Phils Double-A squad faced the Blue Jays Double-A team on Saturday afternoon and lost by a score of 5-1. Starter Ryan Edell allowed four of Toronto’s five runs. Let’s take a look at the game:

Ryan Edell
Edell started for the club but struggled on the hill, as he allowed four runs on six hits over 4.2 IP. Edell began the day with a 0.00 ERA over 7.2 IP, but ended up taking the loss on Saturday after pitching ineffectively for the first-time all spring. The 27-year-old was signed as a Minor League free agent this offseason. He posted an 11-5 mark with a 3.73 ERA between two Double-A teams in 2010 (Midland and Akron).

Other Pitching Performances on Saturday:

Joe Esposito relieved Edell and tossed 1.1 scoreless innings pitched… Esposito has now tossed 3.1 innings this spring and has struck-out four hitters… Ebelin Lugo did not allow a run in one inning of work… Lugo has made two appearances for the Double-A Phils this spring and has not allowed a run (two innings)… Eric Massingham allowed one run on two hits in one inning.

Offensive Stars on Saturday:

Joe Savery
The Texas native continued his offensive inslaught this spring, this time, the new full-time hitter homered for the club’s only run of the game. Savery, a product of Rice University also had two of the team’s five hits. Savery is now hitting .375 with one home run and four RBIs in 27 at-bats for the Double-A Phils this season. While it was his first home run in a Double-A game this spring, Savery has gone yard for the Single-A team this spring.

Derrick Mitchell had two hits on Saturday as well. Mitchell hit in the leadoff spot and played center field… He hit .264 with 13 home runs and 51 RBIs for the Clearwater Threshers last season… Michael Dabbs had the only other hit of the afternoon… Jeremy Slayden went 0-4.

Other Highlights From Around Spring Training on Saturday:

Matt Rizzotti went 1-3 with a run and two walks for the Triple-A Phils… They lost to the Jays 8-1… Michael Spidale hit in the leadoff spot in the lineup and went 1-4… Matt Anderson tossed a scoreless inning of work… Brody Colvin allowed three runs on five hits over four innings for Single-A team on Saturday… Colvin tossed 69 pitches and walked a spring-high 6 batters… Scott Mathieson, who was optioned to Minor League camp, also threw in the game… Mathieson, a former R-Phils pitcher, allowed just one walk over two hitless innings… He fanned four batters… Jonathan Singleton went 1-3 in that game… Mike Zagurski, who was also optioned to Minor League camp, tossed 1.2 scoreless frames in other Single-A game… He struck-out three and tossed 21 total pitches.

Note: Sunday is a “Camp Day” and there are no games.

Game 11 Update…

On Friday, the Phillies Double-A faced-off against the Blue Jays Double-A team and the game ended in a 7-7 tie. With that, the club is now 6-3-2 this spring. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights from Friday afternoon.

Mike Cisco
Cisco, a native of South Carolina, started and tossed four solid innings for the Double-A Phils. The 23-year-old allowed just one run on three hits. This spring Cisco has allowed just one run over seven innings pitched. He’s fanned three batters over that span.

Last season, Cisco made 16 starts for the R-Phils and posted a 4-11 mark with a 4.73 ERA. Over his career, he’s 16-19 with a 3.55 ERA (three Minor League seasons). He was originally drafted by the Phillies in the 36th round of the 2008 draft.

Other pitching performances from Friday for the Double-A Phillies:

Jordan Whattcott threw two no-hit innings. He fanned one batter and did not allow a walk or run… Heitor Correa struggled on the hill as he allowed four runs in just in just one inning of work… Jacob Diekman allowed two runs over two innings… Before Friday’s game, Diekman had gone four shutout innings for the Double-A Phils this spring.

Offensively for the Double-A Phils on Friday:

Fidel Hernandez
Hernandez led the way offensively for the Double-A Phils, who belted out 11 hits on Friday. Hernandez, 25, went 2-2 with a double, a run, two RBIs, and a stolen base. The Venezuelan middle infielder is now hitting .450 (9-20) this spring with the Double-A squad with two doubles and a triple. He has also swiped two bags and has scored six runs.

Cody Overbeck
Overbeck ripped two hits for the Double-A Phils on Friday and also had an RBI. Overbeck, a native of Tennesee, leads the club with two home runs this spring. He played third base on Friday, but has also played some first this spring as well. The 24-year-old combined to hit 24 home runs last season (13 with Reading and 11 with Clearwater).

Other Offensive Leaders on Friday for Double-A Phils:

Freddy Galvis upped his spring Double-A average to .360 with another hit on Friday… He finished 1-4 on the afternoon… Galvis leads the club with three stolen bases… Darin Ruf, Stephen Susdorf, and Derrick Mitchell each had an RBI… Ruf has five RBIs this spring.

Other Spring Games on Friday:

Phillippe Aumont tossed two scoreless innings for the Triple-A Phils on Friday… Aumont has allowed two runs on four hits over four innings this spring for the Double-A squad…. Michael Spidale went 1-4 with an RBI for the Triple-A squad… Jonathan Singleton 0-4 with an error in left field for the Single-A Phils on Friday.