The Braves took the lead in the top of the fourth as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off single by Chris Johnson, a walk by Dan Uggla, sending Johnson up to second base, and, after Andrelton Simmons strikes out, swinging, a one-out single by Steven Lerud, moving up both runners, and with one man out, Joey Terdoslavich hits into an RBI force out, 6-4, scoring Johnson, as Lerud is forced out at second base for the inning’s second out, giving the Braves a 1-0 lead, while Uggla moved up to third base, as Terdoslavich was safe at first. The Phils would tie the game up at one-all in their half of the fourth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Kevin Frandsen hits an RBI single, knocking in Bobby Abreu, who was earlier hit by the pitch, then moved up to second base on Darin Ruf’s single, while sending Ruf, who had earlier singled, up to third base, before moving up to second base on the throw to the plate. The Phils then took the lead in the bottom of the seventh as, with two men on, and with one man out, Tony Gwynn, Jr. hits into an RBI force out, 6-3, knocking in Frandsen, who had started the inning off with a single, moved up to second base on Cameron Rupp’s single, then moved on to third base on Reid Brignac’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while sending pinch runner Tyson Gillies, who was pinch running for Rupp, and had moved up to second base on Brignac’s sac bunt, on to third base. The Braves would tie the game up at two-all in the top of the ninth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Matt Lipka reaches first base on a fielder’s choice ground ball that is hit to second baseman Cesar Hernandez, who then throws home to catcher Tommy Joseph to try and gun down Jose Constanza, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Joseph’s passed ball, soon getting Constanza in a run down between third and home before he is tagged out by pitcher Brad Lincoln, 4-2-5-1, for the inning’s second out. Meanwhile, Lipka would move up to second base on the run down, and attempts to go on to third base, which prompts an errant throw to third to shortstop Andres Blanco covering, allowing Lipka to score on the throwing error. That would be the final score as Shae Simmons threw a 1-2-3 ninth.
Sean O’Sullivan pitched a strong game as he threw three scoreless innings, giving up three hits and a walk, while striking out two. Kevin Munson pitched two innings, giving up a run on three hits and two walks, while striking out two. Antonio Bastardo and Jake Diekman combined for one and one-third scoreless innings, giving up three hits (Bastardo (2), Diekman (1)) and a walk (Diekman), while striking out two (one batter each) between them. Brad Lincoln received his first blown save of the spring as he pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up an unearned run on two hits, two walks, a wild pitch and a passed ball, while striking out a batter. Brandon Beachy pitched three scoreless innings, giving up a walk and a wild pitch, while striking out one. Ian Thomas collected his first blown save of the spring as he threw an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a hit batter, while striking out one. Hector Daniel Rodriguez threw two scoreless innings, giving up a hit. Anthony Varvaro pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. David Carpenter pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two batters. Shea Simmons also threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two.
The Phils had only five hits in the game, all singles, with Kevin Frandsen (RBI) leading the team with two hits. Bobby Abreu, Darin Ruf and Cameron Rupp had the other three Phils’ hits, while Tony Gwynn, Jr. knocked in the other Phil run on a ground out. The Phils also had a walk (Dom Brown), a hit batter (Abreu) and a stolen base (Brown (1)) in the game, while the defense performed a doubleplay and committed an error (Brad Lincoln).
The Phils (1-6-1) next play two split-squad games tomorrow afternoon, one against the Yankees (4-3) at Bright House Field in Clearwater and one against the Tigers (4-3) at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla. Both games are to start at 1:05 pm EST.
The Phils second split squad game end up as an extra-innings 4-4 tie with the Tigers, after 10 innings of play.
Detroit took the lead in the first as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Ryan Raburn hits a two-run home run, knocking in Ramon Santiago, who had started the game off with a double, giving the Tigers a 2-0 lead. The Phils cut the Tigers’ lead in half in the third as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Freddy Galvis hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Pete Orr, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Brian Schneider’s single, making it a 2-1 Tigers’ lead. The Tigers then increased their lead in the fourth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Clete Thomas hits an RBI force out, 6-4, wiping out Don Kelly, who had just singled, at second out, scoring Andy Dirks, who had earlier walked, then stopped at third on Kelly’s single, giving the Tigers a 3-1 lead. The Phils would get that run back in their half of the fourth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, John Mayberry, Jr. hits an RBI ground out, 5-3, knocking in Hunter Pence, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Jim Thome’s ground out, 6-3, making it a 3-2 Tigers’ lead. The Tigers got that run back in the fifth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Raburn hits an RBI double, knocking in Santiago, who had just singled, giving the Tigers a 4-2 lead. The Phils got the run back in their half of the fifth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Thome hits an RBI single, scoring Galvis, who had earlier been hit by the pitch, then moved up to second base on Jimmy Rollins’ walk, cutting the Tigers’ lead down to 4-3, while sending Rollins, who had earlier walked, up to second base. The Phils then tied the game up at four-all in the sixth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Galvis hits an RBI single, scoring Laynce Nix, who had earlier walked, then stopped at second base on Orr’s single, while sending Orr, who had just singled, on to second base. It would remain at 4-4 as neither team would be able to score from that point, before the game was called after ten innings.
Cliff Lee pitched three innings, giving up two runs on six hits, while striking out three. Chad Qualls pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and walk. Jonathan Papelbon pitched an inning, also giving up a run on two hits. Phillippe Aumont, J.C. Ramirez, Jake Diekman, B.J. Rosenberg and Tyson Brummentt combined for five scoreless innings, as they gave up four walks (Aumont (2), Ramirez (1), Rosenberg (1)) between them, while striking out two (Diekman). Rick Porcello pitched four innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out two. Daniel Schlereth collected his third save of the spring as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on a hit, a hit batter and a walk, as he struck out a batter. Jose Ortega blew his first save opportunity of the spring as he went an inning and a third, giving up a run on a hit and a walk. Chris Bootcheck, Brayan Villarreal and Robbie Weinhardt combined for four scoreless innings, giving up three hits (Bootcheck (2), Villarreal (1)), while striking out one (Villarreal).
The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Pete Orr (Singles) leading the team with three hits, followed by Laynce Nix with two hits, both singles. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Hunter Pence (Double), Derek Mitchell (Single), Jim Thome (Single, RBI), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, RBI), Brian Schneider (Single) and Freddy Galvis (Single, 2 RBIs) had the other seven Phils’ hits. The Phils also had three walks in the game.
The Phils (4-5-1) will continue their grapefruit league schedule with an afternoon game with the Pirates (3-6) at Bradenton, Florida. The game will begin at 1:05 pm EDT.
In Grapefruit League play yesterday afternoon, the Phillies played the Cardinals to a 2-2, 10-innings tie, thanks to a Tyler Greene throwing error in the sixth inning.
Pitching prospect Carlos Carrasco started the game for the Phils, giving up two runs, with both runs coming in on a two-run home run by Rick Ankiel in the third, on three hits and two walks. Chad Durbin follows him to the mound, pitching an inning and a third of shut out ball, giving up no hits while walking two batters and striking out one. Ryan Madson then takes the mound, giving up no runs on a hit while striking out one in an inning and two thirds of work. Mike Koplove takes over, and pitches an inning and a third of shut out ball, giving up only one hit and a walk as he strikes out one batter. Jake Woods takes the mound in the tenth, giving up only one hit as he keeps the Cardinals from scoring a run, as the Phillies play their second tie in three games. Although Carrasco is likely not going north with the main team, he is likely to get sent to Lehigh Valley for more seasoning, and possible call up if something happens to someone on the main team during the season.
Among the batters, the Phils had a total of nine hits, with four batters having two hits apiece: Eric Bruntlett, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Geoff Jenkins, with one of Howard’s hits being a solo home run, his sixth home run of the spring. Carlos Ruiz had the Phils other hit. Howard had the Phils only RBI of the game, while Utley scored the second Phils’ run. Now having played in three Grapefruit League games, Utley, who appears to be ready to play second base on Opening Night, has a .333 batting average, while Howard has increased his average to .310 with his two hits.
The Phillies next spring training game is presently in progress with the Minnesota Twins at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida, with the Phils’ trailing the Twins, 2-0, after at least one half-inning of play.
In Grapefruit League play, the Phils miss a chance at winning two straight games as they play to a tie game with the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday before defeating the Florida Marlins yesterday afternoon.
On Wednesday, the Phils played the Toronto Blue Jays to a 7-7 tie at Bright House Field in Clearwater. Their starter, J.A.Happ, pitches four good innings, although later saying that he was disappointed with his outing. Happ would give up three runs on three hits, with two of them being home runs, a two-run shot to Bradley Emaus in the third and a solo home run to Jason Lane in the fourth. Happ also gives up a walk while striking out two. Gary Majewski takes over for two innings, giving up a run on two hits and a walk while striking out one. Scott Eyre follows, pitching an inning, giving up no runs on one hit and a walk. Ryan Madson goes onto the mound next, pitching a 1-2-3 inning. Joe Bisenius pitches the ninth inning, allowing three runs to cross the plate, leading to a 7-7 tie, as he gives up three hits and walking two while striking out a batter as he blows the save opportunity.
Among the batters, the Phillies would score seven runs on seven hits. Jayson Werth leads the attack with two hits, knocking in three runs with a three-run home run, while also getting a double. Chase Utley, Eric Bruntlett, Matt Stairs, Majewski and John Mayberry, Jr., would get the other five Phils’ hits, with Stairs and Bruntlett hits being doubles. Greg Dobbs, Majewski and Pedro Feliz would knock in three of the other four Phils runs with a single (Majewski) and two sacrifice flies (Dobbs and Feliz), while the other run would come in on a Blue Jays’ error.
Yesterday afternoon, the Phillies would do better as Joe Blanton one-hit the Marlins in a 5-1 Phils’ victory. Blanton started the game for the Phils, going six innings, as he gives up only one hit while striking out three batters. Brad Lidge follows Blanton, pitching an inning, giving up no runs on two hits as he strikes out one batter. Clay Condrey then pitches an inning, giving up the Marlins’ only run on two hits. Robert Mosebach pitches the ninth, giving up a hit. Blanton records the win, with his spring training record now being 1-0 with a 2.30 ERA.
The Phillies would get only six hits in the game. Jason Donald, Ryan Howard, Geoff Jenkins, Miguel Cairo, Marcus Giles and Chris Coste would each get a hit, with Howard and Giles’ hits being doubles. Howard, Werth, Giles and Coste would each knock in a run, with Werth’s RBI being a sac fly. Ever since getting back into the lineup, Werth has batted .333 in Grapefruit League play, while a much slimer Howard has so far batted .282 with five spring home runs and fifteen RBIs.
The Phils are presently playing the Cardinals in Grapefruit League play, with the Phils presently trailing 2-1, with Howard hitting his sixth spring home run.
Meanwhile, team ace Cole Hamels did some extended long toss yesterday, saying that his elbow felt fine. There’s a possibility that he might be able to pitch in a Grapefruit League game next week.