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The Daily Recap: Podsednik vs. Pierre, Austin Hyatt and the Cliff Lee kids

I'm going to try to get into the habit of posting a recap of each game on the blog. A landmark decision, I know. There really isn't much of anything to say from a big-picture perspective when it comes to today's 6-1 victory over Florida State, except that a team of non-roster invitees can beat an ACC team in their first competitive action in four-plus months. But let's give it a whirl. . .

The Daily Recap: Podsednik vs. Pierre, Austin Hyatt and the Cliff Lee kids

Juan Pierre posted at least eight seasons of 600 or more plate appearances and 50 or fewer strikeouts. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Juan Pierre posted at least eight seasons of 600 or more plate appearances and 50 or fewer strikeouts. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

I'm going to try to get into the habit of posting a recap of each game on the blog. A landmark decision, I know. There really isn't much of anything to say from a big-picture perspective when it comes to today's 6-1 victory over Florida State, except that a team of non-roster invitees can beat an ACC team in their first competitive action in four-plus months. But let's give it a whirl. . .

-Juan Pierre struck out in his first at-bat, which is notable only because it is one of the few times you will see Juan Pierre strike out in any at-bat. The speedy outfielder is one of 13 players in the integration era who has posted at least eight seasons of 600 or more plate appearances and 50 or fewer strikeouts.

-Pierre is likely competing for a roster spot with fellow veteran leadoff man Scott Podsednik, who legged out an infield single to drive in the first run of the game. Podsednik wheels will be a focal point of the spring: he battled a foot injury last year that kept him in the minors all season.

-Podsednik put up some impressive numbers in 2010, which was his last healthy season. Here is how his numbers compared to Pierre that year:

Podsednik: .297/.342/.382, 35-of-50 stolen bases

Pierre: .275/.341/.316, 68-of-86 stolen bases

-All around, it was a good day for the Cliff Lee kids, who are back together in spring training for the first time since 2010, when none of them fared particularly well. Phillippe Aumont struck out one and allowed one hit in a scoreless innings. Tyson Gillies went 1-for-2 with an RBI and two runs. J.C. Ramirez allowed one run with a strikeout on one hit in one inning, picking up the win. At this point, Aumont is the guy who has the best chance to help the Phillies at some point this season. 

-Righthander Austin Hyatt struck out three in two scoreless innings. He did not allow a base-runner. Hyatt is a guy whose minor league numbers have always been more impressive than the scouting reports, but the same thing was said of Vance Worley and Kyle Kendrick. He's one guy I'm interested in seeing this spring. 

That's about it as far as observations go. The Phillies have two more days of workouts before they open the Grapefruit League season with a game against the Yankees. It is one of three straight that they will play against New York. 



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