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Phillies Fall in Grapefruit Opener

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Yankees 1 0 1 0 0 1 3 0 2 8 11 3
Phillies 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 5 8 0

The Phillies and Yankees met in Clearwater, FL to begin their 2012 Grapefruit season earlier today. For many, this was the first time they were part of the Phillies organization in a Spring Training game and for some, it may be their last. While Cole Hamels was warming up in the pen, he was getting some friendly comments from Yankee fans who are hoping to see him on their team next year.

This was Phillies' fans first opportunities to watch Pence in Clearwater (B/R).

However, their are many more headlines then just Hamels, including the new players: Jim Thome, Laynce Nix, Ty Wigginton, Chad Qualls, and Juan Pierre; and also returning players: Dominic Brown, John Mayberry, and Hunter Pence.

Other then a first-inning run, knocked in by ex-Philly Raul Ibanez, Hamels looked strong in his debut, allowing three hits and one run while striking out one in two innings.

However, the Phillies did not stay down for long. In the bottom of the first, Hunter Pence made his presence known by hitting a two-run HR to put them up 2-1. That was all the offense the Phillies were able to muster until the ninth inning and with some bad pitching by the Phils, the Yankees won the game.

Many of the Phillies’ new faces played in this game, including Jonathan Papelbon, who looked strong in a perfect inning of relief. Our other new pitchers, Qualls and Dontrelle Willis, did not look as good in their appearences. Together they gave up 5 hits, 4 runs, 1 walk, and 1 HR in only 2 innings. Another notable proformance came from young, breakout reliever Michael Stutes. He was able to get the first two batters he faced out, but then struggled and ended up giving up two runs.

On the offensive side of the ball, the Phillies were mostly silent except for the first and last innings, where they scored all of their runs. Pence was the main contributer, with a two-run shot in the first inning. Newcomers Pierre and Wigginton both had good performances with a hit each and Pierre was able to steal a base. Nix was able to put together a walk the one time he was at the plate. Unfortunately, Thome never made it on base and went 0-2.

Overall, it was not a great game for the Phillies as most of their offense came from their minor leaguers and most of their runs came from the everyday players. However, there were definitely positive signs from each player and because it is early, the coaches will have time to fix what needs to be fixed.

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