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Bruntlett, Offense Blast Astros, 13-3

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Mon, March 30, 2009 05:05 PM Comments: 21

Chan Ho Park pitched well, but the offense made the statement in the Phillies 13-3 win over the Astros at Bright House Field.

Continuing his torrid spring, Eric Bruntlett went 3-for-4, including a home run, with four RBI. He also walked once. Bruntlett’s average is at .364; this with Bruntlett having the most at bats of any Phillie this spring. Ryan Howard added his ninth Grapefruit League home run; Jimmy Rollins and Carlos Ruiz each punched balls out of the park, as well. The Phils banged out 14 hits off Astros pitching.

Park, meanwhile, was solid. He went 5.2 innings, surrendering two runs (one earned) off six hits while striking out seven and walking one. His performance seemed to indicate there’s no solution yet to the Fight For Fifth. Chad Durbin surrendered a quick home run, but after that it was all cleanup for Clay Condrey, Mike Koplove and left-hander Cedrick Bowers, who was recently released by the Rockies and claimed by the Phillies.

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Phillies Leave too Many on Base in Loss

Posted by Amanda Orr, Sun, March 29, 2009 06:29 PM Comments: 11

The Phillies left 12 men on base, including 6 in scoring position, in their 3-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox.

Joe Blanton pitched 6.1 solid innings allowing just two earned runs on four hits and one walk.  He struck out four.  Chad Durbin gave up the only other run, a solo home run by Jacoby Ellsbury.

The Phillies scored their only run when Ryan Howard drew a two out walk with the bases loaded.

Cole Hamels was scheduled to pitch in a minor league game, but due to the rain, he will pitch in tomorrow’s minor league game instead.

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Moyer, Lidge, Struggle in 10-4 Loss

Posted by Amanda Orr, Sat, March 28, 2009 04:13 PM Comments: 7

The Phillies pitching could not hold up in their 10-4 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

In 5.2 innings, Jamie Moyer struck out seven batters, but allowed seven earned runs on eleven hits, including Andrew McCutchen’s solo home run.  In the eighth inning, Brad Lidge gave up a three run homer to Garrett Jones.

Ian Snell and the rest of the Pirates pitching limited the Phillies offense to just four hits.  Ryan Howard hit his eighth home run of the season, a monster solo shot over the batter’s eye in center field.  Carlos Ruiz hit a three-run home run off Denny Bautista.

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Phils Fall Short Against Astros

Posted by Amanda Orr, Fri, March 27, 2009 09:14 PM Comments: 3

The Phillies rallied in the ninth inning, but fell short in their 6-5 loss to the Houston Astros.

Brett Myers pitched 5.1 innings allowing four earned runs on eight hits and a walk, including Miguel Tejada’s solo home run.  Myers struck out four.

Ryan Madson pitched 1.2 scoreless innings allowing just two hits. He struck out one.  Robert Mosebach allowed two earned runs in one inning.

Jason Werth capped a three run second inning with a solo home run.  Shane Victorino was 2-for-4 with a run batted in.  Matt Stairs’ solo home run and Eric Bruntlett’s RBI double brought in two runs in the ninth, but it wasn’t enough for the victory.

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Utley, Howard Go Deep in 10-2 Loss

Posted by Amanda Orr, Thu, March 26, 2009 09:23 PM Comments: 5

The Phillies lost to the New York Yankees, 10-2 on Thursday.

Carlos Carrasco was given another opportunity to compete for the fifth spot in the rotation.  In five innings, he allowed four earned runs on six hits.  Hideki Matsui and Cody Ransom each hit home runs off Carrasco.  Carrasco walked one batter and struck out four. 

Scott Eyre allowed five earned runs on five hits in one inning of work.  Nick Swisher and Melky Cabrera each hit home runs off Eyre.

Chase Utley, who went 2-for-4, and Ryan Howard each hit solo home runs off Joba Chamberlin in the first inning.  The Phillies offense only managed six hits.

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Phillies Smash Yankees, 8-3

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Mon, March 23, 2009 09:56 PM Comments: 8

The Phillies offense came alive in an 8-3 win over the Yankees at Bright House Field.

Eric Bruntlett, an offensive star this spring training, went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Two of his hits were doubles as he raised his Grapefruit League average to .340. Raul Ibanez went 3-for-3 with an RBI, while both Matt Stairs and Miguel Cairo belted two-run home runs. Cairo has emerged as a favorite for the final roster spot on the major league club.

JA Happ pitched OK in his five innings. He allowed one earned run (two total) on five hits and three walks. He also struck out three. Clay Condrey, Brad Lidge and Scott Eyre each pitched scoreless frames (as a whole the Phils set bullpen has been sparkling this spring) while Mike Koplove dangled a run in the ninth.

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Phillies Silenced By Red Sox

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Sun, March 22, 2009 07:39 PM Comments: 0

Josh Beckett held the Phillies to four hits in five innings, guiding his Red Sox to a 3-0 win Sunday.

For the Phillies, Brett Myers struggled with control. He walked five in his five innings, striking out just one. He gave up five hits, including a home run to Mike Lowell in the first inning. Also pitching for the Phils were Bobby Mosebach (1 IP, 2 H), Chad Durbin (1 IP) and Ryan Madson (1 IP, 1 ER).

The Phils scattered six hits including doubles by Raul Ibanez and Carlos Ruiz.

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Kendrick Rebounds, But Phillies Lose

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Sat, March 21, 2009 11:33 PM Comments: 2

Kyle Kendrick had his best spring start, striking out four while giving up two runs on five hits, but the Phillies lost 2-1 Saturday to the Twins.

Minnesota’s runs came in the first, one by Michael Cuddyer’s RBI double. Otherwise Kendrick looked good, inducing a few groundouts and shallow pop flies. Cleaning up for him with scoreless innings were Clay Condrey, Brad Lidge and Scott Eyre, who was hit in the face by a John Mayberry Jr. hit in batting practice.

The Phillies didn’t translate that success to the game. Eric Bruntlett homered in the ninth, but that was all the scoring. Mayberry did have a good game, however, going 2-for-4 with a double and stolen base.

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Blanton’s Beauty Beats Fish, 5-1

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Thu, March 19, 2009 08:40 PM Comments: 13

Joe Blanton turned in an outstanding performance, leading the Phillies to a 5-1 win over the Marlins. Blanton threw six innings, allowing just one hit while striking out three. And this was against much of the Florida opening day lineup (Hanley Ramirez not in uniform).

The Phils, meanwhile, hit Florida in the sixth inning to grab a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Ryan Howard and Marcus Giles hit doubles, while Chris Coste contributed with his first hit of the Grapefruit League. John Mayberry Jr. walked, stole a base and scored a run in one of his two plate appearances.

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Phillies Pummel Reds, 8-1

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Tue, March 17, 2009 06:04 PM Comments: 6

The Phillies slammed Aaron Harang and the Reds today, winning by a final of 8-1.

Brett Myers was the real star, throwing 5.2 fantastic innings, only giving up four hits while striking out seven and walking nobody. He was on point, throwing a succinct game that paced quickly and never gave the Reds a chance to make noise.

Meanwhile the offense did work off Harang. Raul Ibanez, Eric Bruntlett, Matt Stairs, Jason Ellison and Carlos Ruiz all hit doubles to extend scoring. Ibanez’ shot was maybe most impressive — a liner into the left-center field region that split defenders. Stairs had a three-RBI game, while Mayberry, Ibanez and Ruiz both had two hits.

Dave Borkowski, Chad Durbin, Clay Condrey and Brad Lidge cleaned up for a run in 3.1 innings.

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