Instant Replay: Diamondbacks 2, Phillies 1

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Instant Replay: Diamondbacks 2, Phillies 1

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PHOENIX – The Phillies mustered just six hits in absorbing a 2-1 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday night.

Cole Hamels took the loss to fall to 1-5.

Phillies pitching walked eight batters, one intentionally.

The Phillies are just 1-7 in Hamels’ eight starts. They are 16-20 on the season.

Starting pitching report
Command issues plagued Hamels as he walked five, one intentionally, in six innings. He also allowed six hits, including three doubles. Despite all those baserunners, Hamels held Arizona to two runs.

Hamels has walked 22 batters in 51 2/3 innings.

Arizona lefty Patrick Corbin (5-0) continued his excellent start by holding the Phils to a run in 6 1/3 innings. He allowed just four hits, walked two and struck out four. Corbin has gone at least six innings in all seven of his starts and held the opposition to two or fewer runs each time.

Bullpen report
Phillippe Aumont and Jeremy Horst combined on an adventurous seventh inning. Aumont allowed a hit and a walk and Horst allowed a four-pitch walk and would have walked in a run hadn’t Martin Prado swung at a 3-1 pitch over his head. Prado ended up popping out as the D’backs left the bases loaded in a one-run game.

Arizona right-hander David Hernandez pitched a perfect eighth with an assist from second baseman Cliff Pennington, who took away a hit from Ryan Howard while playing the shift toward the foul line in shallow right field.

Heath Bell had the save for Arizona.

At the plate
Domonic Brown doubled with one out in the top of the ninth and died on second as the Phils went 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position.

Trailing 2-0 in the seventh, the Phillies had bases loaded and one out for pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen. He appeared to drop a soft liner into right field for an RBI single, but John Mayberry Jr., holding close to first in case the ball was caught by the second baseman, got a late jump to second and was forced out by rightfielder Gerardo Parra. One run scored on what was ruled a fielder’s choice. In the end, it was a missed chance for the Phillies who would have had the bases loaded and one out with a run in if Mayberry hadn’t been nailed at second.

Jimmy Rollins was 0 for 2 with runners in scoring position. He is 5 for 33 in those situations this season.

Ryan Howard was 0 for 3 with two strikeouts against the lefty Corbin. He is 6 for 34 (.176) with 16 Ks against lefties this season.

The Diamondbacks were 0 for 12 with runners in scoring position. They scored both of their runs on groundouts, one of which was a nifty drag bunt by Gerardo Parra.

In the field
Hamels bobbled a potential double-play ball and had to settle for an out at first with two men on in the fifth. The left-hander was visibly frustrated after the play, which set up a second-and-third situation with Corbin, the opposing pitcher, up and one out. The Phillies started off the at-bat with the infield in then backed it up. It was a pivotal decision because Corbin then hit a run-scoring ground ball to Rollins. Had Rollins been up, the run would not have scored. Hamels was visibly frustrated after that play, too.

Health check
Roy Halladay will have surgery Wednesday (see story).

Milestone
The game was Charlie Manuel’s 1,332nd as Phillies skipper, moving him past Gene Mauch for the most in franchise history.

Up next
Tyler Cloyd makes his season debut against Arizona right-hander Ian Kennedy (1-3, 5.19) on Friday night.

Phillies 10, Blue Jays 3: Jeremy Hellickson limbers up, offense continues to hit

Phillies 10, Blue Jays 3: Jeremy Hellickson limbers up, offense continues to hit

DUNEDIN, Fla. — Jeremy Hellickson did not shine in his spring debut Sunday, but he didn’t have to.

Hellickson projects to be the Phillies' opening day starter for the second straight year, but with five weeks to go before it all starts for real in Cincinnati, he has plenty of time to put a coat of polish on his game.

The right-hander knocked off some wintertime rust with two innings of work against the Toronto Blue Jays. He gave up four hits and two runs, walked one and did not strike out a batter.

"I felt great," Hellickson said. "I wasn't really commanding the fastball like I wanted, but my arm and my body felt good."

Hellickson went 12-10 with a 3.71 ERA in 32 starts for the Phillies last season and could have opted for free agency in the offseason. However, he surveyed the marketplace and determined he'd be better off taking the Phillies' qualifying offer of $17.2 million for 2017 and trying his luck on the free-agent market next season.

So he's betting on himself.

"That's kind of how I'm looking at it," he said. "It was easy to do that just with the way I felt last year. I think I can definitely repeat or exceed what I did last year."

The Phillies can't give Hellickson another qualifying offer after this season so it's quite possible they will look to deal him in July. But that won't necessarily be easy. The Phils had talks with a number of teams about Hellickson last July and were unable to consummate a deal. It will be tougher this July as Hellickson’s salary has jumped by $10 million. The Phillies may have to eat some of that salary to get a deal they like.

Hellickson was asked if he was ready for another summer of trade rumors.

"No," he said with a wry smile. "But I know it's coming."

He's holding out hope that the Phillies will play their way into contention and the front office keeps the rotation together. He believes it's possible.

"I think we have a really good team here," he said. "Hopefully we're the ones trading for guys at the deadline.

"I've been reading some stuff saying (Aaron) Nola is a No. 5 guy. If Nola's your No. 5 guy, you have a pretty good rotation. I definitely think one through five we can give six, seven, eight strong innings every time out. Then with the guys, we signed for the back of our bullpen, it'll make our jobs that much easier. The days we don't have it, I feel like we can hand it off to those guys after five or six. We're in pretty good shape."

The game
The Phillies beat the Jays, 10-3, on the strength of 13 hits and three Toronto errors. The Phils had eight hits in Saturday’s win over the Yankees.

Cam Perkins, Pedro Florimon and Daniel Nava all had two hits. Rhys Hoskins and Ryan Hanigan both walked twice. Andres Blanco homered. Brock Stassi doubled. Nick Williams had a hit, two RBIs and a walk. Power-hitting rightfielder Dylan Cozens stole two bases.

Cozens is a legitimate stolen-base threat. In addition to belting 40 homers at Double A Reading last season, he swiped 21 bags and was only caught once.

"You've got to like his tools," manager Pete Mackanin said. "He's really an athletic guy. He's got good hands at the plate. I think he's going to hit because he doesn't have a lot of excess body movement. He hits a lot with his hands and I think in time he'll cut down on the strikeouts and he'll be an even better player. He looks like a solid defender, good hitting ability, a lot of power and some speed."

On the mound
Ben Lively and Alberto Tirado both pitched two scoreless innings and Pat Neshek and Michael Mariot had one each.

Up next
Jerad Eikchoff makes his spring debut when the Phillies host the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday afternoon.

Clay Buchholz will get the start Tuesday against Baltimore.

Phillies prospect Nick Pivetta has long-awaited meeting with Roy Halladay

Phillies prospect Nick Pivetta has long-awaited meeting with Roy Halladay

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Phillies pitching prospect Nick Pivetta had one of those pinch-me moments Saturday.

He met his boyhood idol, Roy Halladay, at a charity event.

Someone had filled in Halladay that Pivetta had grown up in Canada and had regularly watched Toronto Blue Jays games on television. Pivetta loved watching Halladay pitch, as he talked about a few weeks ago here.

"I got to briefly shake his hand," Pivetta said Sunday morning. "He knew I was like a stalker. He said, 'Oh, right, you're the guy from British Columbia.'"

Halladay, who pitched for the Phils from 2010 to 2013, lives in the Clearwater area. Pivetta said he expected to speak more with Halladay in the coming days.

Halladay was honored at the 44th annual Clearwater For Youth banquet and Pivetta attended with a number of his teammates and Phillies officials. Phillies chairman David Montgomery and his wife Lyn were also honored for their charitable works.

Pivetta will pitch for Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic in March.