Saturday's Minor League Camp Update

The Phillies continue searching for utility outfield help by moving around some of their established players to see who can play in the outfield. Plus, we've got news and notes on what's happening at the Minor League Complex in Clearwater.

Teams at the minor league complex are divided in to AAA, AA and A teams, but players on those teams won't necessarily be playing at that level. For instance, Mike Costanzo is slated to start the season at Clearwater, but is playing for the AA team in camp.

Team 1: AAA
The AAA squad fell to 0-2 with a 5-1 loss to the Blue Jays.

Alex Gonzalez was at the minor league complex to play left field, which he did for five innings. He made a running catch on a ball hit into foul territory, but had trouble with another ball hit to the wall in left. Manager Charlie Manuel plans on playing Gonzalez in left field in a Grapefruit League game before the end of camp and will also try Tomas Perez in that spot.

Tom Gordon was also at the minor league complex and threw a shutout inning, striking out one. Scott Mathieson gave up two runs in two innings, but his velocity was cranked up as high as 95 miles per hour. Generally, he was throwing in the low-90s in his two innings of work. And newcomer Matt Parris threw three perfect innings, striking out two.

Team 2: AA
The AA squad lost to the Blue Jays 8-2 to fall to 1-1 on the spring.

Chris Booker, who has been battling a sore knee all spring, pitched for the AA squad and gave up one earned run over two innings of work. J.A. Happ was impressive, giving up two hits and a walk, while striking out four over four innings of work. Clary Carlsen pitched 1 2/3 innings of shutout ball, giving up one hit and two walks in his outing.

Mike Costanzo and Zach Norman drove in the only runs of the game, while Marc Tugwell and Carlos Leon each had two hits. Tugwell was thrown out trying to steal and Leon committed a throwing error in the game.

Team 3: A
The Blue Jays beat one of two Class-A squads by a 6-5 score Friday.

Andy Baldwin and Erick Arteaga each gave up three earned runs, with Baldwin throwing three innings and Arteaga throwing two. Clayton Stewart and Tom Cochran each threw two shutout innings, with Stewart striking out five of the six hitters that he faced.

Antion Gray homered and Jordan Szabo drove in three runs in the losing cause. The Phillies had eight hits and also drew six walks in the game.

Team 4: A
Team 4 was the only winning squad on Friday as they beat the Blue Jays 8-5. The Phillies offense pounded out ten hits in the game.

Fidel Hernandez, Greg Isaacson and Doug Morales each had two hits. Morales drove in three runs and scored a run and Hernandez and Isaacson each scored two runs. Cooper Osteen walked, stole a base and scored three runs.


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