Shutout pitching, and some timely hitting, leads the Phils to their second straight grapefruit league victory, as the blank the Blue Jays, 7-0.
The Phils broke up a 0-0 tied in the third as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Carlos Ruiz, who was playing in his first spring training game, and walks to Jimmy Rollins and Juan Pierre, and with one man out, Shane Victorino hits a two-run single, knocking in Ruiz and Rollins, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while sending Pierre on to third base. The Phils then made it a 3-0 lead as Ty Wigginton hits a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Pierre. The Phils then made it a 4-0 lead as, with a man on second, as Victorino moved up to second base on catcher J.P. Arencibia pickoff attempt-error, and with two men out, John Mayberry, Jr. hits an RBI single, scoring Victorino, before being thrown out at second base, 7-5-3, for the inning’s final out. The Phils added to their lead in the eighth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Lou Montanez hits a sacrifice fly to right, knocking in Pierre, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third on Scott Podsednik’s double, giving the Phils a 5-0 lead, while Podsednik, who had earlier doubled, would move up to third. The Phils made it a 6-0 lead in the ninth as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Freddy Galvis hits an RBI double, knocking in Tuffy Gosewisch, who had earlier singled, then stole second base as Cesar Hernandez struck out, swinging. The Phils then took a 7-0 lead as, with still two men out, Galvis scored from second on second baseman Brian Bocock’s fielding error on a Pierre grounder. That would be the final score as Jake Diekman ended the game by striking out Anthony Gose, swinging.
Clif Lee (1-0) got the win as he pitched two shut-out innings, giving up two hits and a walk, while striking out one. Kyle Kendrick, Jeremy Horst, Michael Schwimer, J.C. Ramirez, Raul Valdes and Jake Diekman followed with seven scoreless innings, giving up five hits (Kendrick (1), Horst (1), Schwimer (1), Ramirez (1) and Vlades (1)) and one walk (Diekman) between them, while striking out seven (Kendrick (2), Horst (1), Schwimer (1), Ramirez (1) and Diekman (2)) Blue Jays. Ricky Romero received a no-decision as he pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit. Rick VandenHurk (0-1, 27.00) took the lost as he went an inning, giving up four runs, three of which were earned, on three hits and two walks. Chad Jenkins pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Luis Perez pitched two scoreless innings, hitting a batter (Laynce Nix), while striking out one. Jesse Chavez pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits. Bobby Korecky pitched an inning, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on two hits, while striking out a batter.
The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz (Singles) leading the team with two hits. Freddy Galvis (Double, RBI), Juan Pierre (Single), Shane Victorino (Single, 2 RBIs), Scott Podsednik (Double), Ty Wigginton (Double, RBI), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, RBI) and Tuffy Gosewisch (Single) had the other seven Phils’ hits. Lou Montanez had the Phils’ final RBI as he hit a sacrifice fly, while the last run scored on a Blue Jays’ error. The Phils also had two walks, while Gosewisch stole a base.
The Phils (2-2) will spend their next two spring training games at Clearwater, Florida, starting with the Astros (3-1) tomorrow afternoon. The game will be played at Bright House Field and will start at 1:05 pm EST.