The Phils took the lead in the top of the second as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Cord Phelps hits an RBI single, knocking in Darin Ruf, who had earlier doubled, then moved up to third base on Grady Sizemore’s ground out, 3-1, for the inning’s second out, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the top of the fifth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Maikel Franco hits an RBI single, knocking in Odubel Herrera, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Freddy Galvis’ sacrifice bunt, 1-3, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, before Dom Brown, who had earlier walked, then went all the way to third on the hit, is gunned down at home plate, 8-1-2-5-2, trying to score after the errant throw to third base by center fielder Mason Williams, then being caught in a rather short run down before finally being tagged out by catcher Brian McCann for the inning’s final out. The Yanks got a run back in the bottom of the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off double by Williams, a single by Cito Culver, sending Williams up to third base, and a walk to Alex Rodriguez, moving Culver up to second base, with pinch runner Kyle Higashioka replacing Rodriguez at first base, and with nobody out, Gary Sanchez hits a sacrifice fly to right, knocking in Williams, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils got the run base in the top of the seventh as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Aaron Altherr hits an RBI single, knocking in Herrera, who had earlier singled, stole second base, then moved up to third base on Galvis’ ground out, 5-3, for the inning’s second out, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. That would end up being the final score as Justin De Fratus collected his first save of the spring as he threw a scoreless ninth, striking out Nick Noonan, looking, for the game’s final out.
Kevin Slowey (1-0, 0.00) gets the win as he pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Paul Clemens followed with two scoreless innings, as he gave up a walk. Ethan Martin pitched two innings, giving up a run on two hits and a walk. Hector Neris pitched two 1-2-3 innings, striking out two. Justin De Fratus received his first save of the spring as he pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter. Nathan Eovaldi (0-1, 4.50) took the lost as he threw two innings, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. Andrew Miller pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Kyle Davies pitched two innings, giving up a run on three hits, a walk and a hit batter. Danny Burawa pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. James Pazos pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. Wilking Rodriguez and Tyler Webb combined for two 1-2-3 innings, striking out a batter each.
The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Odubel Herrera leading the club with three hits, all singles, followed by Cord Phelps (RBI) with two hits, both singles. Maikel Franco (Single, RBI), Darin Ruff (Double) and Aaron Altherr (Single, RBI), had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils’ offense also had a walk (Dom Brown), a hit batter (Gary Sizemore), three stolen bases (Herrera) and a sacrifice bunt (Freddy Galvis) in the game. The defense performed two double plays.
The next Phils’ (1-0-1) Grapefruit League game will be played tomorrow afternoon against the Houston Astros (0-0) at Osceola County Stadium in Osceola, Florida. The game is to start at 1:05 pm EST. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee, who will be making his first start since his season ending operation. The Astros will counter with Collin McHugh. The Phils will be going for their second straight victory on the road.
In Grapefruit League play yesterday afternoon, the Phils were for the second time in their three meetings crushed by the Yankees, this time by the score of 10-2. Pitching prospect, Carlos Carrasco, who should be headed for Triple-A Lehigh Valley, started the game for the Phils. He pitched five innings, giving up four runs to the Bronx Bombers on six hits, including a two-run home run to Hideki Matsui in the first inning, and a solo shot to Cody Ransom in the fourth, and a walk while striking out four. Clay Condrey followed with an inning of work, giving up a run on a hit and a walk as he struck out two. Brad Lidge then took the mound, pitching a 1-2-3 inning. Scott Eyre followed Lidge for an inning and gets hammered hard by the Yanks, giving up five runs on five hits, with two of them being a solo home run by Nick Swisher and a two-run shot from Melky Cabera, as he struck out one. Mike Koplove pitched the final inning, giving up no runs on no hits while striking out one. Carrasco took the lost, with his spring training record now at 2-2 with a 5.95 ERA.
Among the batters, the Phils had only six hits, with Chase Utley leading the way with two hits, including his second home run of the spring, a solo shot. Ryan Howard, Geoff Jenkins, Matt Stairs and Ronny Paulino had the other hits, with Howard’s being a solo home run, his seventh of the spring, while Paulino and Stairs’ hits were doubles.
The Phillies will continue Grapefruit League play, as they face the Houston Astros at Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee, Florida. The game is in progress, with the Phils holding a slim 3-2 lead after four innings.