Our plans turned upside down today, first anticipating that there would be no game at Bright House due to the ominous forecast, then pleased to learn that the storms dissipated as cells moved inland from Clearwater Beach over toward the City. So it was Play Ball on time at 1:05 as the boys from the House that George Built caught the bus ride over from Tampa. The New & Improved Kyle Kendrick started, though we didn’t arrive until the 4th inning. We had missed nothing other than Kendrick’s start, as the Phils were hitless to that point, leaving us to wonder when the team might win their first game this Spring. Exciting to see that Cody Asche was in the starting lineup.
Cody went to the opposite field, something I saw him do regularly in the Arizona Fall League, and his liner fell just out of reach of the left fielder as he got on board with the Phillies still looking for their first Spring Training win after two losses and a tie. Following Cody to the plate was his Peoria Javelinas teammate wearing #73, the catching prospect Tommy Joseph.
Tommy cracked a pitch deep into the back end of Frenchy’s Tiki Bar, plating Cody for a 4-3 lead and giving fans a taste of what might be to come next year at Citizens Bank Park: Asche and Joseph greeting one another at home plate.