Baseball returned to Philly last night for a Spring Training game vs. the Orioles -
The Phillies returned to South Philly for Spring Training baseball with a game against the Baltimore Orioles last night. It's part of the "On Deck" series that the Phillies have been doing the past many years.
Aaron Nola took the mound for the Phillies and he faced off against former Phillies pitcher and now pitching for the Orioles, Vance Worley. Nola had his final tuneup of the Spring Training season, his next trip to the mound will see him start the second game of the season for the Phillies.
Nola hasn't been exactly lights out in Spring Training, it's been said that he was working on several things in this season, so it will be interesting to see what happens when the real season starts.
Ryan Howard hit 6th for the Phillies last night, he went 1-3 and has batted only .220 during this Spring Training season.
The Phils lost this entertaining game, after making a tremendous rally and fell short, losing 8-7 when the Orioles came back and scored two runs in their half of the 9th inning to seal a victory.
A lot of fans thought they might see some action from Peter Bourjos in right field, but Will Venable, who has batted only .167 on the Spring Training season since being picked up by the Phils, played there instead.
Team RISP was a dismal 2-13 last night, and that's what hurt the Phillies last season, they are getting people on base and in scoring position, then can't seem to get hits to score those runners. Ernesto Frieri got tagged for 4 runs in giving up 2 HR and 2 BB in his brief appearance in relief of Aaron Nola.
The Phils return to the diamond in South Philly this afternoon, they will take on the Phillies Futures team at 1:05 PM. The Phils regular team beat up on the Phils Futures team 19-4 in Reading on Thursday night. 9,320 was the attendance in Reading for that game.
Last night concluded the official Spring Training season for the Phils, they ended with a 15-11 record, much better than expected.