Instant Replay: Rangers 3, Phillies 2

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Instant Replay: Rangers 3, Phillies 2

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Phillies’ bullpen could not protect a late one-run lead in a 3-2 loss to the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night.

The Rangers won it on a base hit by Adrian Beltre with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning. Beltre also tied the game with a double in the seventh inning after the Rangers had been down, 2-0.

B.J. Rosenberg gave up Beltre’s game-winning hit after rookie Mario Hollands walked two batters.

The Phillies are 1-1.

Starting pitching report
A.J. Burnett allowed just one run over six innings in his Phillies’ debut.

Texas lefty Martin Perez did not allow a run through the first five innings. He gave up four hits and two runs in the sixth as the Phillies took a 2-0 lead. Perez walked none and struck out seven in 5 2/3 innings.

Bullpen report
Hollands took the loss.

Jake Diekman came in with a one-run lead in the top of the seventh and failed to protect it. He allowed a leadoff single and a two-out double to Beltre.

Antonio Bastardo got two strikeouts in a scoreless eighth.

Texas lefty Neal Cotts struck out Ryan Howard on a breaking ball off the plate with two men on base to end the top of the eighth inning and preserve a 2-2 tie.

At the plate
The Phillies scored both their runs in the sixth inning. Jimmy Rollins had an RBI single and Howard a two-out RBI double.

Howard hit fifth in the lineup, his first time out of the cleanup spot since June 2008. He batted cleanup in his previous 665 starts.

Howard struck out twice swinging at breaking balls out of the strike zone from left-handers.

In the field
Rightfielder Marlon Byrd gave Burnett a huge assist when he made a long run and a diving catch to start a key 9-3 double play one batter after the Rangers had cut the Phillies’ lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the sixth.

Health check
Cole Hamels continued his recovery from shoulder tendinitis by pitching three innings in a minor-league game in Clearwater on Tuesday. Hamels threw 44 pitches. He allowed two hits, a run, walked two and struck out three. Hamels probably has four more minor-league outings left before he’s ready to rejoin the Phillies.

A first
Replay was used to check a call for the first time in a Phillies game. The call went against the Phillies as Ben Revere, initially ruled safe on a pickoff play at second base, was ultimately called out.

The play occurred in the top of the sixth and cost the Phillies a run as the next two hitters, Byrd and Howard, both had hits.

As it turned out, the run would have been huge.

Up next
The Phillies and Rangers close out the interleague series Wednesday night. Kyle Kendrick pitches against lefty Robbie Ross.

Hits King Pete Rose on Phillies' Wall of Fame ballot

Hits King Pete Rose on Phillies' Wall of Fame ballot

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Phillies have released their Wall of Fame ballot for 2017 and Pete Rose is on it for the first time.

Baseball’s all-time hits king joins Steve Bedrosian, Larry Christensen, Jim Fregosi, Gene Garber, Placido Polanco, Ron Reed, Scott Rolen, Manny Trillo and Rick Wise on the ballot.

The Phillies had to receive permission from commissioner Rob Manfred to include Rose on the ballot. Rose was placed on baseball’s permanently ineligible list in 1989 after he admitted to wagering on baseball during his time as manager of the Cincinnati Reds. The ban precludes him from appearing on the ballot for the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

Rose is still on the ineligible list, but Manfred has shown some leniency in recent years and Rose has been able to participate in some ceremonies. He was inducted into the Cincinnati Reds' Hall of Fame last summer. 

Rose was one of the stars on the Reds’ Big Red Machine, a club that won back-to-back World Series in 1975 and 1976. He came to the Phillies as a free agent before the 1979 season. He spent five years with the Phils and his leadership was considered key in getting a talented team over the top on its way to winning the 1980 World Series. 

The Phillies’ Wall of Fame ceremony will take place Aug. 12 at Citizens Bank Park. 

Fans have a voice in the voting, which is has begun on the team’s website -- www.Phillies.com. Fans can select their top three choices and the five finalists will serve as the official ballot for a special Wall of Fame selection committee.

Phillies 6, University of Tampa 0: Prospects put on a show

Phillies 6, University of Tampa 0: Prospects put on a show

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Phillies offered up a sneak peek of their Triple A roster on Thursday and, frankly, it was kind of exciting.

Now, we won't go overboard here. That’s never a wise thing to do when a bunch of solid major-league prospects beat up on a college team in a spring training game. Lessons have been learned over the years. Remember that time Domonic Brown electrified camp when he turned around a 96-mph fastball from Justin Verlander and hammered it like a missile over the right-field wall?

Enough said.

But if things like home run power and bat speed and rocket throwing arms and good infield work light up your radar gun then this was a fun day and an entertaining peek at what's going to be playing 60 miles north of Philadelphia at Lehigh Valley in a few weeks.

Manager Pete Mackanin used a lineup filled with prospects for the team’s annual good-will exhibition game against the University of Tampa.

The Phillies won the game, 6-0. They out-hit UT, 12-2, in the seven-inning game.

“This gave us home-field advantage for next year when we play these guys,” Mackanin quipped afterward.

The skipper was in a good mood and justifiably so.

The kids put on a good show.

“I know it’s a college team, but we looked good all around,” Mackanin said. “We swung the bats well. We played well defensively.”

The Phillies' farm system has improved over the last couple of seasons. There are players at the upper levels -- and even more at the lower levels -- with game-breaking tools. Those tools were displayed in this game.

• Centerfielder Roman Quinn singled and scorched a line-drive home run over the right-field wall. Quinn is working on shortening his swing this spring. The home run came on a quick swing and jumped off his bat.

• Scott Kingery, the 22-year-old second baseman picked by the Phillies in the second round of the 2015 draft, made three nice plays in the field, one to his right, one to his left and one on a double-play ball. He actually projects to open at Double A, but could be a quick mover. Jesmuel Valentin projects to play at Triple A. He's been bothered by a sore shoulder.

• Outfielder Nick Williams was hitless but drove the ball well.

• Dylan Cozens, the lefty-hitting behemoth who swatted 40 homers, the most in all of minor-league ball, for Double A Reading last season clubbed a long home run over the batter’s eye in center field.

“Ryan Howard is the only guy I’ve ever seen do that,” one longtime security guard at Spectrum Field said.

“The ball makes a different sound coming off his bat,” Mackanin observed.

• Top prospect J.P. Crawford booted a ball in the first inning, but that happens. He came across the second base bag like a blur when he teamed with Kingery in turning a double play.

• Andrew Pullin showed his sweet lefty stroke with a scorching base hit to right field. It was one of those line drives that nose-dived into the ground because it had so much hard top-spin on it. Pullin has a short, Jim Eisenreich type of swing, and it will carry him to the big leagues someday, maybe even this year as he would be an intriguing bat to have coming off the bench.

• And then there was catcher Jorge Alfaro. Power -- with his throwing arm and his bat -- is his big tool. He showed it gunning down a would-be base stealer with a laser-beam throw to second and later by lining a pitch off the top of the wall in right-center. Alfaro seemed to simply flick his wrists and drive the ball through a stuff wind. With no wind, it was a homer.

Again, all of this came against a college team. All of these prospects still have miles to go in their development and the rigors of the unforgiving baseball schedule, not to mention pitching that improves with every step, has a way of thinning the field.

But these prospects -- and their tools -- impressed the field boss.

“If they go to Triple A and pound the ball like they did today -- that’s what we’re hoping for,” Mackanin said. “It was a good day to give those guys some confidence. We want to see what they can do and what they can’t do. It was against a college team, but you can get a good glimpse of the future, see what they’re capable of doing. I’m going to try to see the young guys as much as I can early in the spring.

“It’s really encouraging to see these guys. Every one of them has very good potential, more than I’ve seen since I’ve been here.

“I was talking to Charlie Manuel (who sees the entire system in his front office role) before the game and he said up and down the system we have a lot of good players. Perhaps not necessarily blue-chip prospects but enough where you know some of them are going to make their way to the top and this is a good start with what we’re looking at right now.”