Pharm Report – R-Phils Kids Club Game 1

Just like last year, the Reading Phillies are offering their Kids Club program for kids 12 and under, and amazingly, there is no charge to join. One of the perks of membership is a free ticket for kids to each of seven designated games during the season. How could we refuse such an offer? This past Sunday was the first Kids Club game of the year.

In addition to the free ticket, members of the Kids Club get to take part in a special pre-game activity for club members only. This game’s activity was an on-field photo session with almost all the R-Phils players, with the exception of that day’s starting pitcher and catcher.

Of course, the big draws, top prospect Domonic Brown and newest propects Phillippe Aumont and Tyson Gillies, were at opposite ends of the warning track, with everyone else arranged alphabetically in between. So we needed to make a choice – go to Brown first, or Gillies and Aumont?

We chose Domonic Brown, mostly because I foresee him being promoted from double-A Reading before either Gillies or Aumont. Here are the kids with Domonic:

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Domonic generates a lot of speed with those incredibly skinny calves!

We then worked our way around the warning track, stopping for photos with various players, as well as the ever-popular Crazy Hot Dog Vendor. Unfortunately, just before we got to Gillies and Aumont, the photo session ended, as the players had to go prepare for the game. I did manage to snap a quick pic of the two as they headed back to the clubhouse. Gillies, who is legally deaf, wears hearing aids in both ears, and one can be seen here:

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After wandering around, getting something to eat, and dealing with minor meltdowns at the gift shop, it was time for the game to start. On the mound for the R-Phils was Yohan Flande:

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Flande was sharp through six shutout innings, giving up only one hit and two walks. Not a particularly hard thrower, he kept the Portland Sea Dogs batters off balance all afternoon. Here, Portland first baseman Lars Anderson has not hit the ball, he’s so far in front of it that the ball hasn’t even crossed the plate yet, and he’s already swung through it:

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Starting for the Sea Dogs, a Red Sox affiliate, was Stephen Fife:

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In the bottom of the first, he walked the speedy Brown, and then hit Tagg Bozied with a pitch, but managed to escape unscathed. 

Domonic Brown makes it back to first in time on a pickoff attempt:

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Bozied apparently shook off being hit on the hand/wrist (I couldn’t really tell exactly where – Bozied bats right-handed, so his back was to us, as we were seated on the third-base side) as he ripped a two-run double in the third to put Reading on the board.

After six innings, Reading was up 2-0 in this quick moving pitching duel. Then, the relievers came in. B.J. Rosenberg gave up four runs in the top of the seventh, on a solo home run by Lars Anderson, and a three-run homer by Jason Place. The Sea Dogs now led 4-2.

Rosenberg was later placed on the DL with a strained muscle, so maybe that explains the rough outing.

In the bottom of the seventh, Portland reliever Robert Coello returned the favor, allowing a three-run dinger to Tagg Bozied, the hero of the game, to put the R-Phils up 5-4. Bozied had knocked in all five of the R-Phils runs so far. Here he is about to be congratulated by Reading manager Steve Roadcap after his home run:

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In the minors, the manager often doubles as the third base coach.

In other game action, Reading shortstop Freddy Galvis fields a ground ball and fires to first for the out:

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Tyson Gillies attempts a bunt, but it ended up rolling foul:

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Reading tacked on another run in the eighth, and held on to win 6-4. A great day at the ballpark, with the temperature comfortably in the low 70′s, and an R-Phils victory! Now we have to wait until May for the next Kids Club game.

9 Comments

Isn’t minor league baseball great!? I love that you can get an autograph and a picture with the players and not have to drop $20 just to do so. Cool stuff.

http://raysfanboy.mlblogs.com

What a fun thing to do with the kids (they’re adorable, btw). And your pics are as professional as always. One of these days I have to get myself to a minor league game or two.

- http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

Minor League ball is outstanding. I drive anywhere for a minor league game. Last year in Penn’vania I went to Lancaster, Harrisburgh and York. This year, READING, Scranton and Williamsport! Woo-Hooo!
Have a great season!
Mike BTB

Cool! One of my fondest memories was meeting the single A ballplayers in Springfield, IL when they had a Cardinals farm team there years ago. Kids never forget that sort of thing.
–Jeff
http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/
http://mtrredstatebluestate.com

Sue,
Yout kids are adorable! I love going to minor league games. Every year from the Dodger Booster Club, we attend a game and afterwards we arrange for pizza and drinks to be delivered and feed the entire Single-A team at San Bernardino. Prior to that we purchase the All-you can eat tickets for us so we dont eat just hang out there talking with the players.
I am keeping an eye on Domonic if he gets called up so that I can pick him in my baseball fantasy team.
Emma
http://crzblue.mlblogs.com

how awesome will it be for you guys to watch these players grow and become philies. i love tabbing some of these kids as “mine” and watching their progression
http://pittpeas.mlblogs.com

Your kids are really growing up! Minor League ball is something I really miss having up here. Enjoy all you can!!
Ginny
http://watercooler.mlblogs.com

Minor league games can be fun, and sometimes you get to meet a future star, I remember having a long conversation with a catcher back in ’93 at Scranton… who’d have thought he’d turn out to be one of my all time favorite Phillies, non other than Lieby…

-peter
Phillies Outside

I’ve heard good stuff about Dominic Brown (mainly from you!) so it’s so nice your boys got a picture! Good decision! And great recap of the game… I love minor league ball.
Elizabeth
http://redsoxgirl46.mlblogs.com

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