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Yankees Pound Phillie Pitching For 12-0 Win

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Mon, March 16, 2009 03:12 PM Comments: 15

The Yankees brutalized the Phillies, 12-0, Monday at Steinbrenner Field.

Kyle Kendrick was tagged for five runs (four earned) in four innings. Early on Yankee hitters were drilling his offerings. Kendrick’s attempts at locating his fastball were futile, so those thrown right over the plate received happy gestures by the Bombers. Though he settled down in the second and third, Kendrick made his own bed in the fourth, letting up a hit and walking a batter before the wheels flew off from the defense. Costly errors by Jason Donald and Ryan Howard (though the ball hit to him wasn’t actually recorded an error) opened the door for the Yanks to stake out to a 5-0 lead.

Bobby Mosebach and Jake Woods made it a laugher, as the Phils bumbled about to a 11-0 deficit. Ryan Madson let up a run in the eighth; Scott Eyre, meanwhile, struck out three in a strong inning.

The offense was just as bad. The Phils couldn’t materialize much off starter Joba Chamberlain — Howard for one looked completely lost. The only bright spot offensively was Geoff Jenkins, who slinked a double down the left-field line and walked once.

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Ellison’s Double Wins It For Phillies, 2-1

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Sun, March 15, 2009 04:04 PM Comments: 7

With the largest crowd at Bright House Field in attendance, the Phillies did not let them down, winning a nail-biting contest, 2-1 over the Cardinals.

Jason Ellison’s RBI double won the game in the ninth, but there were multiple stories in this fascinating spring game. First, Chase Utley returned to the field with an 0-for-2 effort in his first Grapefruit League action. Second, Chan Ho Park recaptured the lead in the Fight For Fifth with a 4.2 inning, six-strikeout effort. He was purely dominant. And third, we cringed at the sight of Raul Ibanez trying to field a routine base hit.

Aside from that, it was an extremely entertaining contest. Jayson Werth knocked a left-field home run in the first inning off Kyle Lohse. The Cardinals scored off Antonio Bastardo, who went two innings and struck out two. Greg Dobbs and Miguel Cairo also had two hits — Cairo’s last became the winning run.

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Grapefruiting 2009: Phils Hold Astros For 5-2 Win

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Sat, March 14, 2009 02:18 PM Comments: 5

It was a solid game for many Phillies, as they derailed the Astros, 5-2.

Carlos Carrasco started with a three-inning, four-strikeout performance, allowing a run on four hits and two walks. Andrew Carpenter fared even better, turning in a four-inning, four-strikeout performance with just an earned run and three hits allowed. Dave Borkowski and Mike Koplove each handed in a scoreless inning.

Offensively, Pablo Ozuna was a star, going 3-for-4 with an RBI in the leadoff hole. Jayson Werth smashed his first home run of the spring, and Greg Dobbs added an RBI double. Matt Stairs — also fighting for a 25-man roster spot, went 2-for-3.

Tomorrow the Phils host the Cardinals at Bright House Networks Field. We’ll have live Twitter updates throughout the day.

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Pirates Rally Past Phillies, 6-5

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Fri, March 13, 2009 10:33 PM Comments: 5

So the Phillies keep losing this Spring Training. No worries. None at all.

Ryan Howard smashed his fifth Grapefruit League home run, but the Pirates scored three runs in the ninth inning off Blaine Neal to win, 6-5. Howard also walked in the game; he is hitting .286 on the spring.

Joe Blanton had 4.2 innings of work, giving up two runs on four hits while striking out two. He was backed mainly by Ryan Madson, who gassed up all three of the outs he recorded, and Scott Nestor, who cruised through his own inning.

Jason Donald went 2-for-5 with a triple for the Phils, who will next play at the Houston Astros’ facility in Kissimmee, Fla. Carlos Carrasco will start with Andrew Carpenter waiting in the wings.

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Offense Can’t Pass Muster In 3-2 Loss

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Thu, March 12, 2009 04:38 PM Comments: 4

Pitching held up, but hitting couldn’t pull through in a 3-2 loss to the Rays in Port Charlotte, Fla.

Rays pitching (James Shields – ironically the only Rays pitcher to beat the Phillies in the World Series – Troy Percival and Dan Wheeler shut down the Phils for much of the day, while the Tampa bats did just enough to beat Jamie Moyer and JA Happ, who pitched the entire game. Moyer went five innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk – a very Moyeresque performance. Happ followed with a three-inning, four-hit, one-run, one-strikeout, one-walk line. The run was a solo home run by Gabe Kapler.

The Phillies offense was mainly fueled by Pablo Ozuna, who had two hits and scored a run. Andy Tracy hit a ninth-inning solo shot, but it wasn’t enough. Ozuna and Tracy were the only Phils to score hits off Tampa Bay pitching.

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Kendrick Pelted Again In 12-10 Loss

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Wed, March 11, 2009 04:06 PM Comments: 21

Kyle Kendrick may be kissing his fifth-starter opportunity goodbye – the Braves tossed around the right-hander, who surrendered eight earned runs off 10 hits in a 12-10 Phillies loss to the Braves. In his three innings Kendrick walked just one, but also recorded a balk. He was hit hard the entire time on the mound.

Gary Majewski allowed his first runs of the season – two in the fourth inning off three hits. Dave Borkowski and Joe Bisenius, meanwhile, each pitched a scoreless frame. Scott Eyre went scoreless, too. Ryan Madson and Jake Woods each surrendered a run.

The Phillies scored a bunch of runs off Jeff Bennett, as Jason Donald and John Mayberry Jr. each smashed doubles off the Atlanta pitcher. Donald went 3-for-4 with two runs, raising his Grapefruit League average to a sturdy .379. Mayberry, meanwhile, homered along with his double. He is now hitting .290 with three homers and 10 RBI in Grapefruit play. Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez also drove in two. Starting in center field, Jayson Werth went 0-for-3.

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Returning Phillies Look Good In Debuts

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Wed, March 11, 2009 03:38 PM Comments: 3

A bunch of Phillies returned to the diamond today in an intra-squad game. They did well.

Chris Coste came back with a bang, hitting a home run off Chan Ho Park. The South Korean, meanwhile, pitched two innings and allowed a run on two hits, striking out three and hitting two batters. Also on the pitching front, Brett Myers looked good, striking out seven in five innings while allowing two hits. David Murphy reported his cutter was “clicking.”

Chad Durbin is also back, and he gave up a run on two hits while striking out one in an inning. Brad Lidge also pitched a frame, also giving up a run. And Pedro Feliz went 1-for-2 and recorded two ground ball plays at third base.

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Hot Howard Can’t Carry Phillies In 8-4 Loss

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Mon, March 09, 2009 07:13 PM Comments: 13

Ryan Howard continued his torrid spring tear, but the Phillies lost to the Reds, 8-4, in Clearwater.

The big man hit his fourth Grapefruit League home run as part of a 2-for-3 day. Jason Donald had a three-hit day, raising his Grapefruit average to .320. Geoff Jenkins added a homer, his second of spring play.

Cole Hamels made his second start of the spring, giving up two runs in 2.2 innings. He also recorded his first strikeouts of the spring — three total. Andrew Carpenter pitched a productive 2.1 innings, giving up a run. Justin Lehr was saddled with the lion’s share of runs, giving up four in his frame.

In good news, Chris Coste got an at bat. He went 0-for-1 in his first spring action. Todd Zolecki is reporting he, Brad Lidge, Pedro Feliz and Chad Durbin could all see significant action as early as Wednesday.

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Braves Knock Around Carrasco In 7-2 Win

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Sun, March 08, 2009 05:55 PM Comments: 12

Carlos Carrasco pitched two innings, and he was hit around pretty badly in both frames.

Carrasco gave up five runs (three earned) on six hits — that was the difference in the Braves 7-2 win Sunday over the Phillies. His bad outing came after Joe Blanton pitched a solid four frames, giving up just a run on four hits and a walk. Blanton is locked into the opening rotation … Carrasco? It’s becoming increasingly likely he’ll begin in the Lehigh Valley IronPigs rotation.

The Phils hitting stars were Jason Donald (2-for-3, RBI, R, BB) and Marcus Giles (2-for-4). They’re competing for a potential bench spot (or better); Eric Bruntlett might be in that competition, too — he went 1-for-4. John Mayberry Jr. struck out three times in four at bats. Pablo Ozuna got some time, but went 0-for-2.

Ryan Madson gave up a run on four hits in one inning of work. Clay Condrey kept his scoreless spring in tact after an inning of work.

The Phillies return to Clearwater Monday to play the Reds. Cole Hamels takes the hill for his second spring outing; his first was successful, blanking the Canadian World Baseball Classic team in two frames.

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Rollins, Victorino Lead Phils At WBC

Posted by Amanda Orr, Sat, March 07, 2009 08:25 PM Comments: 9

The United States beat Canada 6-5 in a game that was down to the wire.

Jimmy Rollins did not start, but came in as a pitch runner. He was 1-for-2 and was caught stealing. He also saved the game for his team, making a big defensive play to get closer JJ Putz off the hook. Shane Victorino went 2-for-4 for the Americans.

Matt Stairs went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts for Canada.

In other action, Puerto Rico beat Panama, 7-0. Carlos Ruiz went 1-for-2 for Panama.  Ruiz was lifted in the 9th inning due to a neck injury.

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