The Phils took the lead in the top of the fourth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Wil Nieves hits an RBI single, knocking in Leandro Castro, who had earlier doubled, then stopped at third base on Freddy Galvis’ single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, before Galvis, who had earlier singled, is thrown out at third base, 9-5, for the inning’s second out. The score would remain 1-0 Phils until the bottom of the seventh as the Rays tied the game up at one-all as, with two men on, and with one man out, Justin Christian, who had earlier walked, then stopped at third base on Jeremy Moore’s double, would score on Vince Belnome’s fielder’s choice ground ball to first baseman Darin Ruf, beating the throw to the plate, as Moore, who had earlier doubled, would move up to third base on the throw home. The Rays then took the lead three batters later, with the bases now loaded, after Moore is thrown out on a fielder’s choice throw to the plate on Eddy Rodriguez’s ground ball to the pitcher Michael Stutes, 1-2, for the inning’s second out, while Belnome would move up to second base, and then a walk to Jerry Sands, moving up both runners, and with two men out, Ray Olmedo hits a two-run single, knocking in Belnome and Rodriguez, giving the Rays a 3-1 lead, while sending Sands over to third base. The Rays then made it a 5-1 lead as Cole Figueroa hits a two-run double, scoring both Sands and Olmedo, before going on to third on the throw to the plate. The Rays added to their lead in the bottom of the eighth as, with two men out. Moore hits a solo home run, his first home run of the spring, giving the Rays a 6-1 lead. That would be the final score as Kirby Yates threw a 1-2-3 ninth.
Roberto Hernandez pitched three strong innings, giving up just a hit, while striking out three. Jeff Manship recorded his first hold of the spring as he recorded two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, as he struck out two. Phillippe Aumont also recorded his first hold of the spring as he pitched a scoreless inning, hitting a batter. Michael Stutes recorded his first blown save of the spring before taking the lost (0-1, 22.50), as he pitched an inning, giving up five runs on three hits and two walks. Justin De Fratus pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit. Matt Moore pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up two hits and a walk, while striking out two. C.J. Riefenhauser pitched an inning and a third, giving up a hit and a walk. Heath Bell pitched an inning, giving up a run on three hits, while striking out a batter. Brandon Gomes and Josh Lueke combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a walk between them (Gomes), while striking out two (Gomes). Merrill Kelly (1-0, 0.00) got the win as he pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out one. Kirby Yates threw a 1-2-3 inning.
The Phils had seven hits in the game, with Maikel Franco leading the team with two hits, both singles. Ben Revere (Single), Darin Ruf (Single), Leandro Castro (Double), Freddy Galvis (Single) and Wil Nieves (Single, RBI), had the other five Phils’ hit. The Phils also had four walks (Dom Brown (2), Ruf, pinch hitter Reid Brignac), and a stolen base (Revere (1)), in the game, while the defense performed a doubleplay.
The Phils’ next game is being played tonight against the Blue Jays at Bright House Field in a game already in progress.
The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Ben Revere, who had started the game off with a single, then stole second base, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Dom Brown, who had just walked, on to third base. One batter later, the Phils took a 2-0 lead as Carlos Ruiz hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Brown. The Twins got a run back in the second as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Aaron Hicks hits an RBI single to third, knocking in Chris Parmelee, who had earlier singled, had moved up to second base on Chris Colabello’s walk, then stopped at third base on Pedro Florimon’s force out, 5-4, wiping out Colabello at second base, cutting the Phils’ lead to 2-1. The Phils would get a run back in the third as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Brown, who had reached base on first baseman Colbello’s fielding error, then moved up to second base on Howard’s walk, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead, while sending Howard, who had just walked, up to second base. The Twins cut the Phils’ lead down to 3-2 in the fourth as, with a man on third, via a three base fielding error by right fielder John Mayberry, Jr. and with nobody out, Hicks hits an RBI double, knocking in Florimon, who had gone to third on Mayberry’s error. Four batters later, with men on the corners, as Hicks stopped at third base on Josh Willingham’s single, and with two men out, the Twins took the lead as Ryan Doumit hits a three-run home run, his first home run of the spring, knocking in both Hicks and Doumit, giving the Twins a 6-3 lead. The Phils got a run back in the fifth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Brown hits an RBI double, knocking in Revere, who had started the inning off by reaching first base on second baseman Ray Olmedo’s fielding error, making it a 6-4 Twins’ lead. The Phils then made it a 6-5 Twins’ lead two batters later as, with Brown now on third base, via a Howard’s ground out, 3-unassisted, and wth two men out, Ruiz hits an RBI single, scoring Brown. The Twins increased their lead in the sixth as, with two men on, via a double by Wilkin Ramirez and a walk by pinch hitter Joe Benson, and with one man out, Drew Butera hits an RBI single, knocking in Ramirez, giving the Twins a 7-5 lead, while sending Benson all the way to third base. The Twins then took an 8-5 lead as Mark Sobolewski hits an RBI single, scoring Benson, while moving Butera up to second base. Two batters later, with runners still on first and second, and now with two men out, Jeff Clement hits an RBI single, knocking in Butera, making it a 9-5 Twins’ lead, while sending Sobolewski on to third base, before going up to second base on the late throw to third. The Twins increased their lead again in the seventh as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Ramirez hits an RBI infield single, scoring Brandon Boggs, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stopped at third base on Olmedo’s double, giving the Twins a 10-5 lead, while sending Olmedo, who had just doubled, over to third. Three batters later, after Benson had walked to load up the bases, and Butera had hit into a 5-2 force out for the inning’s first out, as catcher Sebastian Valle touched home plate in front of Olmedo, while Ramirez and Benson both moved up a base, leaving the bases loaded, and now with one man out, Sobolewski hits a two-run infeld single to short, scoring both Ramirez and Benson, giving the Twins a 12-5 lead, while sending Butera on to second base. That would be the final score as Caleb Thielbar pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out the side.
John Lannan received a no-decision as he pitched two innings, giving up a run on four hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Adam Morgan blew his first save attempt of the spring, before taking the lost (0-1, 5.40) as he pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on five hits , while striking out four. Kyle Simon pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on a hit. Antonio Bastardo pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Justin De Fratus pitched a third of an inning, giving up three runs on four hits and a walk. B.J. Rosenberg also pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits and two walks. Maurice Robles pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Kevin Correia also received a no-decision as he pitched two and a third innings, giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on five hits and two walks, as he struck out two. Brian Duensing (1-0, 10.13) got the win as he pitched one and two-thirds scoreless innings, striking out a batter. Jared Burton recorded his first hold of the spring as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on three hits. Glen Perkins recorded his first hold of the spring as he went an inning and a third, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. P.J. Walters, Andrew Albers and Caleb Thielbar would combine for three scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Albers) and a walk (Walters) between them, while striking out six batters (Walters (1), Albers (2), Thielbar (3)).
The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Ben Revere (Singles), Carlos Ruiz (Singles, 3 RBIs) and Kevin Frandsen (Singles) all leading the team with two hits each. Dom Brown (Double, RBI), Ryan Howard (Single, RBI), John Mayberry, Jr. (Double) and Pete Orr (Single) had the other four Phils hits. The Phils also had two stolen bases (Revere (2), Orr (1)) and three walks (Brown (2), Howard (1)) in the game, along with a sacrifice fly (Ruiz).
The Phils (1-3-1) next game will be played at home at Bright House Field against the Braves (3-3) tomorrow afternoon. The game is to start at 1.05 pm EDT. The Phils starter will be Cole Hamels (0-0, 0.00), who’d pitched a couple of scoreless innings in his start against the Astros on February 23, in the Phils’ 8-3 lost. He will be trying to continue his strong showing on the mound. The Braves will send to the mound Paul Maholm (0-0, 0.00), who is also coming off a strong start on February 23, throwing a pair of 1-2-3 innings, in the Braves’ 8-3 lost to the Yankees. He will be trying to add to his previous start. The Phils will be trying to put a second win under their belts.
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.