Happy Sunday everyone! Let’s take a look back at some former R-Phils from earlier today — ENJOY!
Kyle Kendrick (2007) – Kendrick, who spent the majority of 2009 in Lehigh Valley (AAA), has been lights out this spring for the Phils — and today was no different. Starting for the Phils against the Orioles today, Kendrick, 25, tossed four shutout innings, allowing just two hits, and no walks, en-route to another step forward in the fifth rotation battle. A native of Houston, Texas, Kendrick has now tossed nine shutout innings this spring, allowing just four hits, and no walks — pretty impressive for someone who has battled control problems over the past two seasons.
Brett Myers (’01, ’07, & Rehab in ’09) – Myers, who signed with the Houston Astros this offseason, started for the ‘Stros today against the Braves, and tossed four solid inning en-route to his second win of the spring. The 29-year-old Myers allowed just two runs on six hits, three walks, while fanning six, to improve to 2-0 with a 6.00 ERA. Thr former Phil will start for the ‘Stros this season, and will fall into a solid rotation, alongside Roy Oswalt and Wandy Rodriguez.
Randy Ruiz (’05 & ’07) – Ruiz, 32, went 1-3 with a HR (2) and 2 RBIs as the starting DH for the Jays earlier today. Ruiz enjoyed a solid season for the Jays in ’09, hitting an impressive .313 with 10 homers and 17 RBIs in just 33 games played. Fans of the Reading Phillies will never forget the season he put up in 2005, when he hit a Reading record .349.
Others of Note –
Michael Bourn (2005-2006) – Bourn went 1-3 with 2 RBIs for the ‘Stros. He won his first Gold Glove last year
Drew Carpenter (2008) – Carpenter, who is battling for the 5th spot in the Phillies rotation, tossed three solid innings today for Philadelphia, but was saddled with the loss. A tough luck loser today, Carpenter allowed just one run on three hits, while fanning five batters in the Phillies 4-3 loss to the Orioles.
Sergio Escalona (2008-2009) – Escalona, battling for a spot in the Phillies bullpen, struggled against the Orioles, allowing three runs on four hits, earning his second blown save of the spring season.
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Let’s check in on today’s action — ENJOY!
Domonic Brown (2009) – Brown, who has been on fire this spring, cooled off a bit today, going 0-2 and left 2 runners on base. He didn’t start the game, but played RF for the Phils today.
Kyle Kendrick (2007) – Kendrick continues to impress at camp and today was no exception. The 25-year-old started for the Phils and tossed three shutout innings — allowing just one hit, no walks, and fanned one batter. Kendrick has now tossed six shutout frames this spring and looks to be in serious contention for that 5th spot in the Philadelphia rotation.
Scott Mathieson (2006-’07 & 2009) – Mathieson allowed one run on two hits over one inning of work against the Yanks today. The 26-year-old righty fanned two batters and will look to make an impact this season — perhaps winning a shot in the Philadelphia bullpen at some point in 2010.
Jimmy Rollins (1999) – Rollins, the 2007 NL MVP award
winner, went 2-4 with his second homer of the season earlier today — a
first inning blast off N.Y. Yankees starter Javier Vasquez. In 1999,
J-Roll enjoyed a solid campaign in Baseballtown — hitting .273 with 11
homers and 56 RBIs for the R-Phils. A year later, Rollins was in the
Majors and has been every since.
Others of Note –
Michael Bourn (2005-2006) – Bourn, a Gold Glove winner last season, went 1-3 today with the ‘Stros. He started in CF and batted leadoff.
Gustavo Chacin (2009) – Chacin, who is trying to catch on with the Astros this spring, allowed one run on three hits over one inning against his former team, the Toronto Blue Jays.
Gio Gonzalez (2006) – Gonzalez allowed two runs on three hits over 2 innings for the A’s earlier today against the Chicago Cubs.
Zack Segovia (2006-2008) – Segovia, who is in camp with the Yankees this spring, tossed 1.1 IP and allowed one run on three hits. The former R-Phil earned a hold for the defending World Champs today against his former ‘mates.
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With spring training underway it’s time for this blog to take a daily look around all the spring games and time to follow all the former R-Phils who are in camps all around Florida and Arizona this year.
Earlier today the Philadelphia Phillies beat the N.Y. Yankees by a score of 3-2 and there were plenty of former R-Phils in this one — but first how about Roy Halladay? Wow! Halladay looked as good as ever and is certainly going to make noise in Philly this summer.
Let’s check in on some former R-Phils from this one from all the games on the schedule from earlier today — ENJOY!
Drew Carpenter (2008) – Carpenter, 24, tossed two shutout innings today against the N.Y.Yannkees in his spring training debut. A product of Long Beach State, Carpenter allowed just one hit and fanned two batters in his quest to earn the fifth spot in the Philadelphia rotation this season.
Kyle Drabek (2009) – Drabek, who was dealt as part of the Roy Halladay trade this offseason, made his Jays debut earlier today — allowing two runs on three hits over two innings of work against the Detroit Tigers. Drabek, who was ranked as the number two prospect in the Philadelphia organization by Baseball America, fanned three batters and made Tigers manager Jim Leyland feel “old”. Leyland managed Drabek’s father Doug while with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Kyle Kendrick (2007) – Kendrick who spent the majority of 2009 with Lehigh Valley (AAA), tossed two shutout frames today in relief of starter Roy Halladay — helping himself out a bit as he tries to win the fifth spot in the Philadelphia rotation for 2010. Over nine games for Philadelphia in 2009, Kendrick compiled a 3-1 mark with a 3.42 ERA.
Marlon Byrd (2001 & 2003) – Byrd is coming off his best offensive season in the ‘Bigs in 2009 — hitting .283 with 20 homers and 89 RBIs as a member of the Texas Rangers. Earlier today the former R-Phil, now with the Chicago Cubs, was solid at the dish — finishing 2-2 with a solo homer (1) against the Oakland A’s.
Others of note:
Quintin Berry (2009) – Berry came on as a pinch-runner –scored a run.
Michael Bourn (2005-’06) – Bourn led-ff for HOU and went 1-3 with a run scored
Domonic Brown (2009) – Brown was 0-1 in one at-bat
Pat Burrell (1999 & ’04) – 1-3 with a run scored for TB Rays as DH
Ozzie Chavez (2009) – Chavez went 1-2 with an RBI double.
Freddy Galvis (2009) – 0-1 and played 2B and SS
Jason Michaels (2000) – went 3-3 with HR (1) for HOU
Brett Myers (2001, ’07, & ’09) – made HOU debut — started & allowed 3 R, 2 ER over 2 IP
Jimmy Rollins (1999) – Rollins led-off and went 0-3 with 2.
Carlos Ruiz (2003-2004) – Ruiz started begin the dish and went 0-2.
Michael Taylor (2009) – Taylor went 0-1 in his Oakland debut