The Phils lose their last spring training home game in Florida as they drop one to the Blue Jays, 8-5.
The Blue Jays took the lead in the second as Edwin Encarnacion hits a lead-off home run, his fourth home run of the spring, giving the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead. The Blue Jays then took a 2-0 lead two batters later as, with a runner on second, and with still nobody out, Brett Lawrie hits an RBI single, knocking in Eric Thames, who had earlier doubled. The Blue Jays added to their lead in the third as, with two men on, and with two men out, Thames hits an RBI single, scoring Yunel Escobar, who had earlier walked, then reached second base on Placido Polanco’s fielding error of Encarnacio’s grounder, giving the Blue Jays a 3-0 lead, while sending Encarnacion, who was earlier safe at first on Polanco’s error, up to second base. The Phils got a run back in the fourth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Hunter Pence hits an RBI single, scoring Polanco, who had earlier doubled, making it a 3-1 Blue Jays’ lead. The Blue Jays got the run back in the fifth as, with two men out, Jose Bautista hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the spring, giving the Blue Jays a 4-1 lead. The Blue Jays then took a 5-1 lead in the seventh as, with two men on, and with one man out, Encarnacion hits a sacrifice fly, scoring pinch runner Jonathan Diaz, who had earlier replaced Kelly Johnson, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on John Tolisan’s single, before stopping at third when pinch runner Luis Valbuena, who was pinch running for Escobar, who had started the inning off with a single, and then went to second base on Johnson’s walk and then to third on Tolisan’s single, loading up the bases, was tagged out at the plate by Tyler Knigge, 2-1, when he tried to score on a ball that got past Brian Schneider, while sending Tolisan, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base when Valbuena tried to score, up to third base. The Phils got a run back in their half of the seventh as John Mayberry, Jr. hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the spring, making it a 5-2 Blue Jays’ lead. The Blue Jays got that run back in the eighth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Jeff Mathis hits an RBI single, scoring Rajai Davis, who had earlier walked, giving the Blue Jays a 6-2 lead. The Blue Jays then made it an 8-2 lead as Valbuena hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the spring, scoring Mathis. The Phils got a run back in their half of the eighth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Juan Pierre hits an RBI single, knocking in Lou Montanez, who had earlier walked, then stopped at second base on Laynce Nix’s single, making it an 8-3 Blue Jays’ lead, while sending Nix, who had earlier singled, would stop at third base. The Phils then made it an 8-4 Blue Jays’ lead when Nix came home on a Scott Gracey’s wild pitch, while Pierre would move up to second base. Hector Luna then made it an 8-5 Blue Jays’ lead with an RBI single, scoring Pierre. That would end up being the final score as Pete Orr popped out to third for the final out.
Roy Halladay (1-2, 5.73) took the lost as he pitched two innings, giving up two runs on three hits, while he struck out three. Raul Valdes pitched two innings, giving up a run on a hit and a walk, while striking out three. David Herndon pitched two innings, giving up a run on three hits, while striking out four. Tyler Knigge pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and two walks. Jordan Whatcott pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk. Juan Sosa pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Ricky Romero (2-0, 0.00) got the win as he pitched two 1-2-3 innings, striking out two. Carlos Villanueva collected his third spring hold as he pitched two innings, giving up a run on three hits, as he struck out three. Jason Frasor collected his first hold of the spring, as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up two hits. Clint Everts received his first hold of the spring as he pitched two innings, giving up a run on two hits. Scott Gracey threw two-thirds of an inning, as he gave up three runs on four hits and a walk. Robert Coello received his third save of the spring, as he pitched an inning and a third, as he struck out two.
The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Hector Luna (Singles, RBI) and Carlos Ruiz (Single, Double) both leading the team with two hits apiece. Shane Victorino (Single), Placido Polanco (Double), Pete Orr (Single), Hunter Pence (Single, RBI), Laynce Nix (Single), John Mayberry, Jr. (Home Run, RBI) and Juan Pierre (Single, RBI), had the other seven Phils’ hits. The fifth Phil run came in on a wild pitch. The Phils also had a walk in the game.
The Phils (12-16) will play their last spring training game against the Braves (10-17) in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Game time is 1:05 pm EDT.
After losing their third straight Spring Training game yesterday, this time to the Cincinnati Reds in Sarasota, Florida, by the score of 10-3, the Phillies’ bats would come alive today as they would pound the 2008 American League Champions Tampa Bay Rays for 12 runs on 13 hits at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida, defeating the Rays, 12-5.
Kyle Kendrick, whom pitching coach Rich Dubee had earlier announced as the person who had the fifth starter job to lose, would keep the Rays off the board in the top of the first. In the Phils’ half of the first, the silent bats would finally wake up in an explosive way against Rays’ starter Mitch Talbot. Jimmy Rollins would start the inning off with a double, before scoring on an RBI single by Shane Victorino, making it 1-0 Phils. One out later, Ryan Howard would get his first Spring Training hit, a two-run home run, plating Victorino before him, giving the Phillies a 3-0 lead. The next batter, John Mayberry, Jr., who is playing right field in place of Jayson Werth, who has a sore shoulder, would follow Howard with his own home run, his first for the spring, to make it 4-0 Phils. Two batters later, Miguel Cairo would knock in the last Phils run for the inning, as he would hit a solo home run, the third home run for the Phils in the inning, making it 5-0 Phillies.
In the top of the second inning, the Rays would get one of the runs back, as Ray Sadler would hit a two-out solo home run off of Kendrick, making it a 5-1 Phils lead. The Phillies would not score in their half of the second, nor would either team score a run in the third, although Kendrick would be replaced by Drew Naylor in the top of the inning when he got himself into a jam with two men out. Naylor would turn back the Rays, and then keep them quiet in the fourth. The Phillies would get another run back in their half of the fourth, as Jason Donald had an RBI single, his first hit of the spring, as he knocks in Cairo, who had earlier doubled, to make it 6-1 Phils. Naylor would then give up an RBI single to Justin Ruggiano in the fifth, as he would knock in Ray Olmedo, who has earlier singled and then stole second, as Naylor committeed an error trying to pick him off, making it 6-2 Phillies.
After neither the Phils, in the bottom of the fifth, or the Rays, in the top of the sixth, as Mike Koplove would pitch an almost clean inning aginst the Rays, would be able to score, the Phillies would increase their lead to 7-2 in the bottom of the sixth as Ronny Paulino would hit a two-out solo shot. The Rays would get the run back in the top of the seventh, as Jon Weber would hit a two-out RBI double, knocking in Olmedo, making it a 7-3 Phils lead. The Phillies would get the run back in the bottom of the seventh, to make it 8-3 Phillies. After Clay Condrey would put the Rays down 1-2-3 in the top of the eighth, the Phillies would finally put the game away in the bottom of the inning as they would score four more runs, with Eric Bruntlett, Andy Tracy and Mayberry each knocking in a run with two men outs.
In the ninth, the Phils would send Jake Woods to the mound. He would give up a two-run home run to Elliot Johnson, with two men out, before finally ending the game, with the Phils winning 12-5.
Pitching-wise, Kendrick, one of the four pitchers trying out for the fifth starer position in the starting rotation, would pitch two and two-thirds innings, giving up one earned run on four hits. Naylor would follow by going two and a third innings, also giving up an earned run on three hits while striking out three batters. Koplove would go to the mound next, pitching a scoreless sixth, although walking a batter, who would later be erased in a double play. Scott Eyre would be the next Phils’ pitcher, giving up an earned run on two hits, while striking out one Ray. Condrey would follow and pitch a 1-2-3 eighth. Woods would pitch the ninth, giving up two earned runs on two hits as he struck out two.
Among the batters, Howard, Cairo and Mayberry would lead the Phils thirteen-hit attack by each getting two hits, with each man hitting a home run, a two-run shot by Howard and solo shots by Cairo and Mayberry, while Mayberry would knock in a second run during the Phillies’ four-run eighth. Rollins, Victorino, Bruntlett, Tracy, Pablo Ozuna, Donald and Paulino would each get one hit.
The victory gives the Phillies a 1-3 record in the Grapefruit League. The next Phillies’ game is tomorrow afternoon at 1:05 pm Eastern, as the Phils play the Atlanta Braves in Lake Buena Vista, Florida at Disney’s Wide World of Sports.