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The Phils turn back a ninth inning rally to defeat the Blue Jays, 5-4.

The Phils stop a ninth inning rally to hang on and defeat the Blue Jays, 5-4.

The Phils jump to a quick 3-0 lead in the first as, with two men on, and with two men out, Raul Ibanez hits a three-run home run, his first home run of the spring, scoring Ben Francisco, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Ryan Howard’s single, and Howard, who had just singled. The Blue Jays got a run back in their half of the first as, with a runner on third, and with nobody out, Yunel Escobar hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, knocking in Rajai Davis, who had earlier tripled, cutting the Phils’ lead to 3-1. The Phils got the run back in the second as, with a man on, and with one man out, Michael Martinez hits an RBI single, knocking in Josh Barfield, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead, before stopping at second base on Travis Snider’s throwing error. The Blue Jays made it a 4-2 Phils’ lead in the third as Juan Rivera hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the spring. The Phils then increased their lead in the fifth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Wilson Valdez hits an RBI single, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Martinez’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3, making it a 5-2 Phils’ lead. That would be the score until the bottom of the ninth, when the Blue Jays tried to rally to tie up the game. With runners on the corners, via singles by Mike McCoy and Eric Thames, with McCoy stopping at third base, and with nobody out, Adam Loewen hits an RBI single, scoring McCoy, making it a 5-3 Phils’ lead, while sending Thames on to third base. Two batters later, with runners still on the corners, and now with one man out, Corey Patterson made it a 5-4 Phils’ lead with an RBI single, knocking in Thames, while sending Loewen on to second base. But that would be the final score as Danys Baez would record his first save of the spring as he got Jonathan Diaz to hit into a 4-6-3 double play, wiping out Patterson at second base.

Cliff Lee (2-2, 4.74) got the win as he pitched six strong innings, giving up two runs on four hits and two walks, while striking out two batters. Kyle Kendrick received his first hold of the spring as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. J.C. Romero recorded his second hold of the spring as he also pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits. Danys Baez recorded his first spring save as he pitched an inning, giving up two run on four hits, while striking out a batter. Ricky Romero (1-2, 7.71) took the lost as he pitched four innings, giving up four runs on six hits, while striking out four. Chad Codero, Casey Janssen, Marc Rzepczynski, Carlos Villanueva and Sean Henn then pitched five scoreless innings, giving up four hits (Codero (2), Janssen (1), Rzepczynski (1)), while striking out four Phils (Janssen (1), Rzepczynski (2), Villanueva (1)).

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Ben Francisco leading the team with three hits, all singles, followed by Raul Ibanez, who had two hits, a single and a three-run home run. Wilson Valdez (Single, RBI), Ryan Howard (Single), Josh Barfield (Single), Carlos Ruiz (Single) and Michael Martinez (Single, RBI), had the other five Phils’ hits.

The Phils have raised their Grapefruit League record to 17-9 with the win.


Spring Training: Phillies lose home opener to the Blue Jays.

The Phillies has just finished playing their home opener at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida, this afternoon. They ended up on the short end once again, as they lose to the Toronto Blue Jays, 6-2.

The Phillies started the game, pitching wise, by sending out Carlos Carrasco, one of the four men trying to land the job of fifth starter in the starting rotation. The pitching prospect was soon aiming to please, as he put down the Blue Jays 1-2-3, getting two straight strikeouts and a ground out, third to first. After the Phils went down in order in their half of the first, Carrasco went back on the mound in the top of the second, once again getting a 1-2-3 innings against the Blue Jays batters by getting a ground out, 5-3, a fly out to right and a third strikeout. Carrasco seems to have set the bar in the battle for the final rotation spot by striking out three, getting two ground outs and a fly out.

After the Phils would go scoreless in their half of the second, J.A. Happ, another contender for the fifth spot, would take the mound. Refusing to give ground to Carassco, Happ would put together a 1-2-3 inning of his own, getting a ground out, 6-3, a fly out to right and a strike out. The Phillies would then proceed to break the scoreless tie, as, with no one out, and runners on first and second via a single and a stolen base (Jason Ellison) and a walk (Carlos Ruiz), Jimmy Rollins would knock in Ellinson with a single to right, while sending Ruiz to third, as he would move up to second on the throw home. Sadly, that would be all that the Phillies would do that inning, as the next three batters would strike out, pop out and strike out. Happ would go back to the mound in the top of the fourth, soon getting the first two men out via a ground out, 4-3 and a pop out to third. He would then give up a single, the first hit of the game for the Blue Jays, before he ended the inning with a fly out to center. In spite of the hit, Happ would do as well as Carrasco, getting two ground outs, two fly outs, a pop out and a strike out. The Phillies would only manage a walk in the bottom of the fourth.

The Phillies would send Justin Lehr to the mound to start the fifth. Lehr would be welcomed by Travis Snider who would hit a lead-off home run on a 2-2 pitch, tying the game up at 1-1. The Blue Jays would then take the lead as Jason Lane would follow Snider with a home run of his own on a 3-2 pitch. Lehr would then get out of the inning by getting two straight ground outs, 4-3 and 3-1 and then a line out to second. The Phils would go down 1-2-3 in their half of the fifth.

Gary Majewski would pitch the sixth for the Phillies. He would pitch a 1-2-3 inning against the Blue Jays, with a strike out, a ground out, 3-1 and another strike out. In the Phillies’ half of the inning, they would tie the score at 2-2 with two men outs as Greg Dobbs singles in John Mayberry, Jr., who has earlier doubled. After the sixth inning ends, Majewski would go back out to pitch the seventh, soon mowing down the Blue Jays again, 1-2-3, as he would get a fly out to left, a ground out, 4-3, and a pop out to third on six pitches. The Phillies would be unable to score in their half of the inning, in spite of getting a man on first via a hit batman, with one out, because of an inning ending double play.

The Phillies would start the eighth inning with Blaine Neal on the pitching rubber. After getting out the first batter with a pop out to second, he would give up a double to David Cooper. The next batter would ground out, 5-3, keeping Cooper at second. After that, everything would go wrong for Neal. He would walk Angel Sanchez, putting runners on first and second, then would throw a wild pitch, sending Cooper to third, putting runners on the corner. He would then walk Bradley Emaus on four pitches, loading up the bases as Sanchez would move over to second. Scott Campbell would then come up and clears the bases with a double, scoring Cooper, Sanchez and Emaus, giving the Blue Jays a 5-2 lead. That would be it for Neal, as he would be taken out for Yorman Bazardo. Bazardo would hit the first batter he would face, Brian Jeroloman, putting runners on first and second. He would then give up an RBI single to Adam Loewen, scoring Campbell, and sending Jeroloman to third, as the Blue Jays would increase their lead to 6-2. Bazardo would finally end the inning by getting the next batter to ground out, 4-3, but by then the damage had already been done as Neal and Bazardo would combine to give up four runs (all charged to Neal) on three hits, two walks, a wild pitch and a hit batter. The Phils would be unable to score in their half of the eighth, in spite of starting the inning off with a walk, as the next batter would hit into a double play before the inning would end with a strike out.

Bazardo would be sent back out to pitch the ninth. He would strike out the first batter he would face, before issuing a walk. He would then end the inning by getting the next batter to ground into a double play. The Phillies ninth would begin with a strike out before Andy Tracy would get on base with a single. Pablo Ozuna would follow him with a single, putting runners on first and second with one out. The next batter would then hit into a force out, with Ozuna being out at second while Tracy would move over to third. The next batter would then strike out, ending the game, and giving the Phils their second straight Spring Training lost.

For the Phillies, the two men trying for the fifth starter spot in the rotation, Carrasco and Happ, would both do well today, as between them, they would give up no runs in four innings of work, giving up only a single, while striking out four. Majewski would also do well, as he would pitch two scoreless innings, giving up no hits, while striking out two. Although he would allow in the fourth and final run to score in the eighth inning, Bazardo would pitch a scoreless inning and a third, giving up a hit and a walk and hitting a batter, while striking out one. Lehr would pitch one bad inning, giving up back-to-bat home runs, before getting out of the inning with no further damage. Neal though, would end up being hit the hardest, as he would give up four earned runs on two hits, two walks and a wild pitch in two-thirds of an inning.

Among the batters, the Phils would have only six hits, with Rollins, Mayberry, Dobbs, Tracy, Ozuna and Ellison each getting a hit, while Rollins and Dobbs would be responsible for the Phils two RBIs. The Phillies would only walk three times in the game while striking out nine times.

Neal would be the losing pitching, with a Spring Training record of 0-1 with an ERA of 54.00. The winning pitching for the Blue Jays would be Bill Murphy, who, in one inning of work, would give up no runs or hits, while striking out one batter. His Spring Training record is now 1-0 with an 0.00 ERA.

The Phillies next Spring Training game will be played tomorrow afternoon from Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Florida at 1:05 pm Easetrn.