Although the game ended with a thud and little offense (again), the Phillies showed a nice sign in Wednesday’s 2-2 tie against the Braves at Bright House Field.
In the seventh inning, the Phils manufactured a go-ahead run with two singles, a sacrifice bunt and a groundout.
Now, three of the four players (Cameron Rupp, Reid Brignac, Tony Gwynn Jr.) that played a part in it will likely be left off the opening-day roster, but still, it’s good to see the Phillies putting it to practice.
This team is not the 2008 club. That’s stating the obvious. The Phils can no longer rely on bashing home runs and erasing deficits with one swing of the bat.
So you better bet the Phillies’ offensive approach will see more small-ball decisions from Ryne Sandberg.
An errant throw down the third baseline by relief pitcher Brad Lincoln allowed the Braves’ game-tying run in the top of the ninth inning.
After the Phils went scoreless in the bottom half of the frame, that was it.
No extra innings. Instead, a 2-2 tie.
Prior to the game, the Phillies and Braves paid homage to the late Jim Fregosi.
It was a wonderful ceremony comprised of a video tribute and special words and appearances from friends, colleagues, players and teammates.
The Phillies always do a great job with their various types of ceremonies. They did it again with class in remembering Fregosi.
Verlander, Tanaka next
Half of the Phils' spring-training roster will travel to Lakeland, Fla., on Thursday to take on Justin Verlander and the Tigers.
The other half will stay in Clearwater, Fla., to face the Yankees and their prized offseason acquisition Masahiro Tanaka.
Per CSNPhilly.com's Jim Salisbury, here are the Phillies' lineups for both games. Kyle Kendrick opposes Tanaka, while David Buchanan starts versus Verlander. Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez will follow Buchanan.
In Clearwater vs. Yankees
1. Freddy Galvis, SS
2. Kevin Frandsen, 3B
3. Chase Utley, 2B
4. Ryan Howard, 1B
5. Marlon Byrd, RF
6. Domonic Brown, LF
7. Carlos Ruiz, C
8. John Mayberry Jr., CF
9. Reid Brignac, DH
In Lakeland vs. Tigers
1. Ben Revere, CF
2. Jimmy Rollins, SS
3. Bobby Abreu, RF
4. Darin Ruf, 1B
5. Maikel Franco, DH
6. Cody Asche, 3B
7. Tony Gwynn Jr., LF
8. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
9. Wil Nieves, C