How are members of the Phillies doing in the World Baseball Classic?

How are members of the Phillies doing in the World Baseball Classic?

Every three years, in the month of March, the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) sanctions an international baseball tournament -- the World Baseball Classic -- in which the best players in the world compete for their home countries.

With that being said, it's time to check in on six members of the Phillies representing their home countries in this year's World Baseball Classic.

Venezuela, which has suffered two straight losses in the second round of the WBC, has the most Phillies of any team in the tournament … a grand total of two: Odubel Herrera and Edubray Ramos.

Herrera, in five games, has one hit. He's batting .091 (1 for 11). If there is any silver lining, the Phillies' centerfielder has struck out just once.

Ramos has yet to make a pitching appearance.

The Dominican Republic and the United States, who are in the same second-round pool as Venezuela, feature Hector Neris and Pat Neshek, respectively.

Neris (Dominican Republic) has pitched 2 2/3 innings, allowed two hits (one home run), no walks and picked up a strikeout.

Neshek (United States) picked up the victory in the United States' come-from-behind 4-2 win over Venezuela on Wednesday night in San Diego. He pitched a scoreless eighth before the United States tied the game and took the lead on solo home runs from Adam Jones and Eric Hosmer. Neshek has allowed only two hits in his 2 2/3 innings in this tournament.

Columbia, which was eliminated after going 1-2 in the first round, featured Phillies catching prospect Jorge Alfaro. He had a good tournament despite being short-lived. Alfaro hit .250 (3 for 12) with one home run.

Canada -- which went a dreadful 0-3 in round one resulting in elimination -- featured Phillies pitching prospect Nick Pivetta, who pitched 12 games between Double A Reading and Triple A Lehigh Valley last season.

Pivetta pitched in four innings for Canada. He posted a 2.25 ERA and allowed five hits and one run.

Team Italy featured pitching prospect Nick Fanti, who threw just one inning and gave up two hits. Italy went 1-3 in the first round as the club was eliminated from the tournament.

Finally, pitching prospect Kenny Koplove (no appearances in the tournament) represented Israel, which made an exit in the second round after going 1-3. The club was 3-0 in round one.

Instant Replay: Phillies 8, Mariners 2

Instant Replay: Phillies 8, Mariners 2


SEATTLE -- Aaron Nola pitched well and Maikel Franco came up huge with his bat and his glove in leading the Phillies to an 8-2 win over the Seattle Mariners in an interleague game on Tuesday night.

Nola won his second straight start to improve to 5-5.

Franco gave Nola a 3-2 lead with a tiebreaking, leadoff homer in the top of the seventh then preserved the lead with a sensational diving play to end the bottom of the inning.

Freddy Galvis had three singles and drove in two important runs late in the game.

The win was just the Phillies' 11th in 42 games on the road this season. They are 25-51 overall.

Starting pitching report
Nola reached a career-high of 113 pitches over seven gutsy innings. He gave up five hits and two runs and got a bunch of big outs with men on base. He walked four and struck out nine.

Nola got out of jams with two men on base three times, including in the bottom of the seventh when he preserved a one-run lead by striking out Mike Zunino and getting Jean Segura on a ground ball to third. Franco made a tremendous diving play on the ball to end the inning and prevent the tying run from scoring.

Nola has won two straight starts. He has pitched 14 1/3 innings over that span, allowed just three runs and racked up 17 strikeouts.

Lefty James Paxton did not give up a hit until the fifth inning. He allowed three runs in seven innings of work. He gave up Franco's go-ahead homer.

Bullpen report
Joaquin Benoit pitched a scoreless eighth inning to preserve a two-run lead.

The Seattle bullpen allowed five runs in two innings.

At the plate
Franco ignited a game-tying, two-run rally in the top of the fifth. He led off that inning with a double, the Phillies' first hit. Cameron Perkins followed with an infield hit and Cameron Rupp drew a walk. The Phillies then scored a pair of runs on consecutive sacrifice fly balls by Ty Kelly and Daniel Nava. Galvis followed with a single and third-base coach Juan Samuel got a little too aggressive in sending Rupp from second base. Rupp was cut down at the plate.

Franco's go-ahead homer in the seventh was his 10th of the season. Galvis pushed home an insurance run in the eighth. He followed Nava's leadoff double with an RBI single. Galvis drove home another run with a hit in the top of the ninth and Aaron Altherr put it out of reach with a two-run homer, his 13th of the season.

Segura smacked a two-run homer in the third to give the Mariners a 2-0 lead.

In the field
Franco made a diving stab on Segura's smash down the third-base line to end the seventh inning and keep the Phils up by a run.

A night off
Odubel Herrera, he of several recent miscues and lapses in concentration, did not start Tuesday night. Manager Pete Mackanin said it was night off, not a benching. Herrera said he has to start playing smarter baseball (see story).

Health check
Jerad Eickhoff, on the disabled list with an upper-back strain, will throw a bullpen session on Wednesday. That will help determine if he's ready to return in the coming days.

Up next
The two-game series concludes on Wednesday afternoon. Rookie right-hander Mark Leiter Jr. (1-0, 3.60) pitches against Mariners ace Felix Hernandez (3-2, 4.68). Leiter pitched six scoreless innings in his first big-league start Friday in Arizona.

Scott Kingery pops 2 homers in second game with Triple A Lehigh Valley

Scott Kingery pops 2 homers in second game with Triple A Lehigh Valley

Scott Kingery's power didn't take long to transition to Triple A.

In his second game since being promoted from Double A to the IronPigs, the Phillies' second base prospect belted two homers in Lehigh Valley's 14-5 loss to Pawtucket on Tuesday night.

Arguably the most exciting player on the Phillies' farm this season, Kingery caught everyone's attention by blasting 18 home runs in 69 games at Reading. That, along with a .313/.379/.608 batting line and 19 stolen bases, earned him a highly anticipated jump to Triple A and Coca-Cola Park, home of the IronPigs.

"It looks like you can get one out to left," Kingery said ahead of his Triple A debut on Monday. "But it looks real deep to center."

Kingery was right — both of his shots Tuesday went to left field. He finished 2 for 5 with three RBIs in the leadoff spot for Lehigh Valley, hitting in front of a loaded lineup of J.P. Crawford, Jorge Alfaro, Dylan Cozens, Nick Williams and Andrew Pullin.

The IronPigs are an International League-best 49-29 and that should only improve with Kingery now in the fold.

"I know what I'm capable of and I know what I need to improve on," Kingery said Monday. "Wherever I'm at, I'm going to come out here and try to work on whatever I think I need to improve on and to give myself the best shot to get moved up."

In his debut, Kingery made a dazzling, over-the-head diving catch that was featured on ESPN's SportsCenter (see story).

On Tuesday, he was back to the long ball.