New Phils ace Roy Halladay seems to already be in mid-season form as he gave up only three hits, all singles, to the Braves, as he struck out five batters, increasing his Grapefruit League total to eight, while pitching three scoreless innings against the Phils’ Eastern Division rival. The Phils would eventually win the game as they score two runs in the second on a two-run homer by Jayson Werth, one of his two hits in the game, and with a five-run outburst in the sixth, as John Mayberry, Jr. and Ben Francisco both knocked in two-runs apiece, while Brian Schneider brought home one run. The Phils had thirteen hits overall, with Werth and Ryan Howard leading the team with two hits apiece, while Mayberry, Francisco, Schneider, Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino, playing in his first Grapefruit League game, Freddy Galvis, Greg Dobbs, Brian Bocock and Ozzie Chavez each had one hit. Francisco had the only other extra-base hit besides Werth’s homer, a two-run double.
After Halladay had pitched his three scoreless innings, Ryan Madson came in to pitch the fourth, his first Grapefruit League appearance. Madson did not have a good outing, as he gave up all four of the Braves’ runs, on three hits and two walks, getting his first blown save of Spring Training. Danys Baez and Sergio Escalona followed Madson, with each man pitching a scoreless inning, giving up between them just one hit and a walk (both by Baez). Andrew Carpenter then followed as he pitched three scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out two, noting his first save of Spring Training. Baez got the victory, his first for Spring Training, for a 1-0 record, while Escalona received his first Spring Training hold.
The Phils, now 2-3 in Grapefruit League play, next play two games today with the Toronto Blue Jays, an A game this afternoon, and an earlier B game.
Cole Hamels, in his first Spring Training start, would pitch two strong innings of shut out ball against Team Canada, giving up only two hits and a walk. Meanwhile, the Phillies bats would continue to pound the ball, collecting ten hits and four walks as they knock in nine runs, as the Phils would defeat Team Canada, 9-2. John Mayberry Jr. and Ryan Howard would lead the way with two hits a piece, while Jason Ellison, Raul Ibanez, Jeremy Slayden, Greg Dobbs, Ozzie Chavez and Ronny Paulino would each get a hit. Mayberry and Slayden both continue to impress as Mayberry would hit a double and a two-run home run, while Slyaden would hit a three-run homer in his only at bat. Ibanez also keep impressing as he would hit a double as he knocks in three RBIs. Howard would have the Phils other RBI.
After Hamels’ two shut out innings, Dave Borkowski would pitch a 1-2-3 third inning, receiving the win as the Phillies would score their first runs (4) in the bottom of the inning, followed by two more in the fourth and three in the seventh. Andrew Carpenter would follow Borkowski, this time being able to records some outs, after his shlacking at the hands of the Blue Jays last Friday, when he was unable to record a single out, as he would pitch a scoreless fourth. He would then give up two runs in the fifth, making the score at the time 6-2 Phils. Carpenter would pitch two innings, giving up two runs on three hits and four walks, as he strikes out one batter. Scott Eyre would follow, pitching a 1-2-3 sixth, recording two strikeouts. Justin Lehr would then come in and pitch two scoreless innings, giving up two hits while striking out one. Jake Woods would come in to pitch the ninth inning, giving up just one hit.
Matt Stairs, who was playing for Team Canada, would go 1-3 with a single, as he would play right field.
The Phillies next game, also an exhibition game, will be played tomorrow against Team USA at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida. The game will start at 12:05 pm Eastern.
Like Julia of Julia’s Rants is presently doing, I will start asking trivia questions. I will only be asking my questions once a week, and they will be either Phillies or National League related.
Okay, here’s the first question, and its technically a two-parter: Name the last National League team among the classic eight (teams that were members of the NL since 1900) to win the NL pennant and name the last of the classic eight to represent the National League in the World Series? You all know where to find the answer.