The Tigers took the lead in the top of the first as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Andy Dirks, and walks to Jordan Lennerton and Austin Jackson, and with two men out, Nick Castellanos hits a bases clearing double to right center field, scoring Dirks, Lennerton and Jackson, giving the Tigers a 3-0 lead. The Phils would get a run back in the bottom of the second as, with two men on, and with two men out, Darin Ruf hits an RBI single, knocking in Marlon Bryd, who has started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Carlos Ruiz’s walk, making it a 3-1 Tigers’ lead, while sending Ruiz, who has earlier walked, up to second base. The Phils made it a 3-2 Tigers’ lead in the bottom of the third as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off walk by Jimmy Rollins, a single by Chase Utley, moving Rollins up to second base, and a single by Byrd, moving both runners up a base, and with one man out, Rollins would score on a force attempt missed catch error by shortstop Hernan Perez on first baseman Lennerton’s throw to second base on Dom Brown’s grounder, while Utley would move up to third base, and Byrd would be safe at second base, as Brown stops at first base, leaving the bases loaded. The Phils then tied the game up at three-all as Ruiz is hit by the pitch, forcing in Utley, as Byrd and Brown both moved up a base as the bases remained loaded. The Phils then took the lead as Maikel Franco received a bases loaded walk, forcing in Byrd, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead, while moving Brown up to third base and Ruiz over to second base, with the bases staying loaded. The Phils then made it a 5-3 lead as, with Ruf battling, pitcher Jhan Marinez threw a wild pitch, allowing Brown to score from third, and Ruiz and Franco to both move up a base. Ruf then gave the Phils a 6-3 lead as he hits an RBI ground out, 5-3, knocking in Ruiz, as Franco stayed at second base. The Tigers then made a pitching change, replacing Marinez with Jose Valdez. Two batters later, after third baseman Castellanos had committed a foul pop error on a foul ball hit by Tony Gwynn, who then got on base with a walk, Rollins gives the Phils a 9-3 lead as he hits a third-run home run to right field for his first home run of the spring, scoring Franco and Gwynn. The Tigers would start a comeback in the top of the sixth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Castellanos hits an RBI double, his second double of the game, and his fourth RBI, knocking in Jackson, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on shortstop Reid Brignac’s fielding error of Tyler Collins’ grounder, making it a 9-4 Phils’ lead, while sending Collins, who had reached base on Brignac’s error, over to third base. The Tigers then cut the Phils’ lead to 9-5 as, with runners on second and third, and with still nobody out, Trevor Crowe hits an RBI ground out, 5-3, knocking in Collins, while sending Castellanos up to third base. The Tigers then made it a 9-6 Phils’ lead as, with a man on third, and now with one man out, Luis Exposito hits a sacrifice fly to center field, knocking in Castellanos. The Phils would get a run back in the bottom of the eighth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, pinch-hitter Leandro Castro hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in Lou Marson, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Freddy Galvis’ fly out to right, giving the Phils a 10-6 lead. That would end up being the final score as Justin de Fratus would pitch a scoreless ninth.
Kyle Kendrick pitched two innings, giving up three runs on two hits, three walks and a wild pitch, while striking out three. Sean O’Sullivan (1-0, 0.00) got the win as he pitched two scoreless innings, hitting a batter, while striking out three. Phillippe Aumont pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Luis Garcia pitched an inning, giving up three runs, only one of which was earned, on three hits. Cesar Jimenez received his first hold of the spring as he threw two 1-2-3 innings, striking out two. Justin De Fratus pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits, while striking out three. Jose Alvarez pitched two innings, giving up a run on two hits and two walks, while striking out two. Jhan Martinez collected his first blown save of the spring, before taking the lost (0-1, 40.50) as he lasted only two-thirds of an inning, giving up six runs, three of which were earned, on two hits, two walks, a hit batter and a wild pitch, as he struck out two. Jose Valdez pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk. Evan Reed, Melvin Mercedes and Kyle Ryan combined for four 1-2-3 innings, striking out four (Reed (1), Mercedes (2), Ryan (1)) between them. Endrys Briceno pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out a batter.
The Phils had six hits in the game, with Marlon Byrd leading the team with two hits, both singles. Jimmy Rollins (Home Run, 3 RBIs), Chase Utley (Single), Lou Marson (Double) and Darin Ruf (Single, 2 RBIs), had the Phils’ other four hits, while Dom Brown (Error), Ruiz (HBP), Maikel Franco (Walk) and pinch-hitter Leandro Castro (Ground Out) had the other four Phils’ RBIs, while the final run came in on a wild pitch. The Phils also had five walks (Tony Gwynn, Junior, Rollins (2), Ruiz, Franco) in the game, while the defense committed an error (Reid Brignac).
The Phils (1-2) play their next Greapefruit League game tomorrow afternoon against the New York Yankees (1-2) at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida. The game is to start at 1:05 pm EDT. The Phils plan to send to the mound Miguel Gonzalez who’ll be making his first spring training start. The Yankees plan to counter with C.C. Sabathia (14-13, 4.78 (2013)), who is trying to bounce back from a bad 2013 season. The Phils hope to even up their record.
Jimmy Rollins’ flare for the dramatic reappear as the Phils’ spark plug hits a dramatic walk-off two-run home run to right to give the Phils a 7-6 win over the Indians.
The Indians took a quick 2-0 lead in the first as, with a runner on second and with nobody out, Shin-Soo Choo hits a two-run home run, his ninth home run of the year, knocking in Trevor Crowe, who had earlier doubled. The Phils cut the Indians’ lead to 2-1 as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits into a 3-6 doubleplay, scoring Placido Polanco, who had earlier singled, and had gone to third on Chase Utley’s single, crossing home plate before Indians’ shortstop Jason Donald was able to tag out Utley, who had earlier singled, at second base for the inning’s final out. The Phils tied the game up at two-all in the second as Jayson Werth hits a lead-off home run, his thirteenth home run of the season. The Indians regained the lead in the third as, with a runner on third and with one man out, Carlos Santana hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Crowe, who had earlier doubled, his second double of the game, and then went to third on Choo’s fly out to center, giving the Indians a 3-2 lead. The Phils took the lead in the fourth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Raul Ibanez hits a two-run double, knocking in Howard, who had earlier singled, and had gone to third on Werth’s double, and Werth, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. The Indians took the lead back in the fifth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Choo hits a two-run home run, his second of the game, and his tenth home run of the season, scoring Crowe, who had earler reached base on an Utley fielding error, giving the Indians a 5-4 lead. The Phils tied the game up at five-all in the seventh as Brian Schneider hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the year. The Indians retook the lead in the ninth as, with two men on and with one man out, Santana scored Crowe, who had earlier singled, and had gone to third when Anderson Hernandez, who had earlier reached base on a bunt single, and had gone to third on Crowe’s single, was caught in a run down between third and home on Choo’s fielder’s choice grounder, before finally being tagged out, 1-5-2, at home, while Crowe went to third on the play and Choo went to second, on a grounder to Jimmy Rollins, who then threw wide to the plate for a throwing error, allowing Crowe to score, while Choo went to third on Rollins’ error, making it a 6-5 Indians’ lead. In the bottom of the ninth, the Phils won the game as, with one man on and with one man out, Rollins hits a two-run walk-off home run, his third home run of the year, and his first walk-off home run in his career, scoring Schneider, who had earlier walked, giving the Phils a 7-6 victory.
Kyle Kendrick receives a no-decision as he pitches a not so hot game as he went only four innings, plus three batters, giving up five runs, four of which were earned, on six hits and two walks. David Herndon, Mike Zagurski and Danys Baez combine for three scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Herndon) and one walk (Zagurski) between them, while striking out two (Herndon (1), Zagurski (1)). Chad Durbin pitches an inning plus one batter, being taken out of the game after suffering an injury while trying to field a ball, gives up a run on two hits. J.C. Romero gets the win as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk. His record is now 1-0 with an ERA of 2.51. Jake Westbrook also receives a no-decision as he pitches five innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out two. Tony Sipp records his seventh hold as he throws a scoreless inning, giving up two hits and a walk. Frank Herrmann records his first blown save of the year as he gives up a run on one hit. Rafael Perez, Joe Smith (who pitches to only one batter) and Chris Perez combine for a scoreless inning, giving up just two walks (R. Perez (1), Smith (1)). Kerry Wood receives his third blown save of the year as he took the lost, pitching one-third of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk. His record is now 1-3 with a 7.98 ERA.
The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Jayson Werth leading the way with three hits, a single, a double and a solo home run, being a triple short of hitting the cycle, as he knocks in a run. Ryan Howard follows with two hits, both singles, while he knocks in a run on a double play ball, not receiving an RBI. Jimmy Rollins, Placido Polanco, Chase Utley, Raul Ibanez, Shane Victorino and Brian Schneider had the other six Phils’ hits, with Polanco, Utley and Victorino’s hits being singles, Ibanez hit being a double, knocking in two runs, Schneider’s hit being a solo home run, knocking in one run and Rollins’ hit being a two-run walk-off home run, his first hit since coming off the disabled list.
The Phils (37-32, 3rd NL East) will conclude their interleague series with the Indians (26-44, 5th AL Central) with an afternoon game, already in progress. The Phils go for the series sweep, as they presently have a 9-2 lead in the sixth inning.