Live Report From Spring Training

The crowd in Clearwater awaits the pitch from Roy Halladay

It was another beautiful day here in Clearwater Florida. The high temperature was 81, there was a cool breeze in the afternoon and Frenchy’s Grouper Sandwich certainly delivered. That’s right. Brotherly Love Sports is reporting straight from Central Florida to give a little recap of the day for the Phillies.

The Phillies took on the Pittsburgh Pirates today at beautiful Brighthouse Networks Field. The two Pirates fans out of the 9,318 fans in attendance did indeed cheer their team to a 4-3 victory, but you wouldn’t know it based on the atmosphere. The game was relaxing and moved along at such a calm pace that not a single fan in the seats really cared all that much about the score.

The fans cared about seeing the recently named Opening Day starter, Roy Halladay take the mound and he did not disappoint. The Doctor pitched 3 strong innings in his outing today and looked sharp. He located his pitches in and had a thilthy changeup working to most hitters. There were also a great pitching performance by Ryan Madson in the 9th inning to keep the Pirates lead at 1. 

Ben Francisco certainly put his mark on the game as well. He hit a beatiful homerun out to left center to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead early in the game. Francisco also backed that up with a double as well. Francisco is surely beginning to win the hearts of the fans and in the opinion of many who attended the game today, there is little to worry about with Francisco in right. Francisco is 29 years old and in the prime of his playing days. Werth was the same age when he broke out and Francisco’s play today had some fans asking themselves “Werth who?”.  

If Francisco’s stellar play did not already win him the right field job, a freak injury might of done the trick. Dominic Brown, who recorded his first hit of the spring early in the game, apparently injured his right hand during the at bat. Brown, reached first base and dove back for the bag on a pick off attempt. When he stood up, he peered at his right hand and many in the crowd took notice but surely they were not expecting a break. Brown will be down for atleast 3-6 weeks according to reports and that may indeed crush his chances of making the big league team out of camp.

Cliff Lee will be taking the mound tomorrow against the Tampa Bay Rays at BrightHouse Networks Field while Kyle Kendrick will be taking on the Detroit Tigers on the road.

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