The Dominican Republic lays 15 runs, 28 hits on Phillies’ pitchers in World Baseball Classic exhibition game at Bright House Field.
No doubt Cole Hamels will be glad to see his line of 12 hits and eight runs surrendered in 2.2 innings pitched against the Dominicans not go toward his Grapefruit League numbers. Equally as happy should be Ethan Martin (2.1 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 1 BB) and Jonathan Pettibone (2.2 IP, 4 R, 9 H, 1 BB). Justin Friend, who finished the game, was the lone Phils’ pitcher to not surrender a run (1.1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB).
They were facing a lineup — one preparing to kick off WBC action against Venezuela on Thursday — that included five former All-Stars in Jose Reyes, Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz, Hanley Ramirez and Miguel Tejada. Not to mention Edwin Encarnacion in the three hole. Those six combined to go 16 for 27 with three doubles and three homers.
One needn’t worry about Hamels, who was working specifically on his curveball and locating his fastball Tuesday. He’s an experienced vet and healthy and should be no doubt ready to go when he’s handed the ball, likely, on opening day.
In his first two spring appearances, he combined to pitch five innings and allowed five hits and one unearned run while striking out six and walking none.
Both Martin and Pettibone are extreme long shots to make the roster out of camp. Martin tossed two scoreless spring innings before Tuesday; Pettibone gave up four runs in two frames vs. Atlanta on Feb. 28.
The bats were also silenced after having put up double-digit runs in six of the last seven games. Kevin Frandsen, Cody Asche and Laynce Nix each picked up two hits. Nix, who entered the game 1 for 15, also went deep in the second inning.
Seeing action for the 11th straight day, Ryan Howard went 0 for 3. He’s expected to be back in the lineup tomorrow against Stephen Strasburg and the Nationals.
Check out CSNPhilly’s full recap here.