Beerleaguer's spring correspondents observed that "it's worth the price of admission just to watch Tyson Gillies play center field." Here's what else they saw.
Cole Hamels and Kyle Drabek both looked sharp in their afternoon match-up. Hamels kept pace with the hot start of his rotation-mates; he was dominant through the first three innings, not allowing a base-runner, but surrendered a lead-off home run to Jose Bautista in the fourth. Drabek only went two innings, allowing a hit and a walk but no runs. Drabek was consistently popping the catcher's mitt with 93 mph heat on the corners, while also mixing in his big curve and another pitch that looked like a cutter. Prospect J.C. Ramirez rebounded from last week's poor debut and looked great in his three innings of work, striking out three scrubs en route to the save.
The offensive highlights came from Placido Polanco, who got on base in all four plate appearances, and John Mayberry, who continues to hit the ball hard just about every time up. Mayberry crushed two doubles into the wind and off the top of the left field fence. In the field, Freddy Galvis made a couple slick plays at short, but the best moment came in the 9th, with Tyson Gillies sprinting all the way back to the track and making an unbelievable stab on a ball he had no business being anywhere near. It's worth the price of admission just to watch Gillies play center field. - courtesy of Monsterdouble.com
Notes: Cody Ransom belted a ninth-inning homer and also homered in the morning "B" game. The Phillies press office is wondering if a player has ever homered in two different cities, against the same team, in one day.