Yesterday afternoon at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida, Jason Ellison wins the game for the Phils in the ninth by knocking in Miguel Cairo with a double, as the Phils defeated the Cardinals, 2-1.
Chan Ho Park, the Phils’ starter, who continues to battle for the fifth and final spot in the starting rotation, had a strong start as he went four and two-third innings, giving up only three hits to the redbirds while striking out six, as he used his pitches effectively to baffle the Cardinals’ batters. Clay Condrey relieves him in the fifth, pitching an inning and a third of shut out ball, although needing to pitch his way out of a jam in the sixth with a runner on second, Albert Pujols who had gotten on base with a double, with only one out, as he gives up only a hit and a walk while striking out one. Antonio Bastardo follows him with two innings of relief, allowing a run to score in the seventh on a two-out RBI single by Brendan Ryan, knocking in Joe Thurston from second base, who was pinch running for Khalil Greene, who had earlier doubled, as Carlos Ruiz was unable to hold onto Raul Ibanez’s throw to the plate, which at the time tied the score at one run apiece. Bastardo would go on to give up two hits while striking out two. Joe Bisenius would pitch the ninth, pitching a 1-2-3 inning, and picking up the win when the Phils scored the winning run in the bottom half of the inning. His spring training record is now 1-0 with a 9.00 ERA.
The Phillies batters had nine hits in the game. Jayson Werth would get the Phils’ first hit as he hits a solo home run in the first inning, his second home run in two straight games, giving the Phils a quick 1-0 lead. Werth would have two hits in the game, as would Greg Dobbs and Cairo. Ibanez, Geoff Jenkins and Ellison, who would knock in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning, all had one hit each. Also, Chase Utley would start the game for the Phils at second base, going 0 for 2 as he stayed in the game for four innings, while Pedro Feliz would play at third, also going 0 for 2.
In other Phillies’ new, Cole Hamels will go back to Philadelphia tonight to have his elbow checked tomorrow morning for tightness. No serious problem is expected, but the Phils are just being cautious with their ace.
The Phillies are presently playing the New York Yankees in Grapefruit League play.
Lastly, I’d just discovered that I am actually 26th, not 27th in the latest fan leader ranking, as one of the blogs originally listed among the first 26 was removed.