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Spring Recap

Howard, Mayberry Bash; Happ, Moyer Cruise In Win

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Sat, March 07, 2009 04:46 PM Comments: 22

All good things occurred for the Phillies Saturday in an 8-2 win over the Tigers.

Jamie Moyer went four innings, giving up a run on four hits and striking out five. JA Happ, meanwhile, gave up just two hits in his three innings and struck out seven. Scott Eyre gave up a run in an inning; Mike Koplove threw a perfect frame.

Needless to say, it’s looking like the crafty Chan Ho Park and the powerful JA Happ in the Fight For Fifth.

Ryan Howard and John Mayberry Jr. both struck three-run home runs in the win; Lou Marson and Geoff Jenkins added RBI. Currently, it’s looking as if Mayberry is still on pace for a potential roster spot.

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Park Shines But Phillies Fall To Jays

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Sat, March 07, 2009 08:49 AM Comments: 19

Most impressive in the Phillies 4-3 loss to the Blue Jays was Chan Ho Park, who threw four innings, giving up a run on three hits while striking out four. Immersed in the Fight For Fifth, Park certainly made a mark.

Meanwhile, bullpen candidate Gary Majewski continued to impress with a perfect two innings, striking out two. The Jays scored off Yorman Bazardo and Sergio Escalona, who got the loss.

Geoff Jenkins hit a two-RBI double, while Greg Dobbs and Pablo Ozuna both collected two hits in the loss. Fan favorite John Mayberry Jr. finished 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.

The Phillies will face the Tigers at 1:05 p.m. today. Jamie Moyer, JA Happ and Scott Eyre are scheduled to pitch.

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USA Defeats Phillies; Kendrick Shelled

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Thu, March 05, 2009 06:02 PM Comments: 3

Ryan Howard hit a three-run home run, but the Phillies couldn’t overcome the offensive power of the American World Baseball Classic team, as they fell 9-6.

Kyle Kendrick was lit up in the third inning, giving up a home run to Chipper Jones. It came after Kendrick sat down the intimidating American lineup through two innings. Kendrick allowed five hits in his 2.2 innings. Antonio Bastardo did worse, giving up five runs off three hits and two walks in 2.1 innings. Clay Condrey, Ryan Madson and Blaine Neal shut down the Americans for the final half of the game.

Jason Donald also hit a home run for the Phillies, while Marcus Giles reached base twice and scored both times. For the Americans, Jimmy Rollins went 1-for-2 and Shane Victorino went 1-for-3 with a walk.

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Behind Mayberry, Slayden, Phillies Slam Canadians

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Wed, March 04, 2009 03:57 PM Comments: 18

The Phillies gained another notch in the hopes of being complete world champions.

The Phils defeated the Canadian World Baseball Classic team, 9-2, behind home runs from John Mayberry Jr. and Jeremy Slayden. Mayberry went 2-for-3 and is now hitting .400 with seven RBI this spring. Raul Ibanez picked up three ribbies on a bases-clearing double, bringing his spring total to seven, as well.

The effort backed Cole Hamels, who pitched a scoreless two frames – his first of the spring. The Phils also received solid pitching performances from bullpen candidates Joe Borkowski, Jake Woods and Justin Lehr. Scott Eyre pitched a two-strikeout inning. Andrew Carpenter – looking like the first cut of the spring – surrendered two runs and walked four in his two innings.

The Phillies play Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino and the cavalcade of stars known as the United States World Baseball Classic team tomorrow. The Americans lost to the Blue Jays today, 6-5, despite a two-run double by Rollins. Victorino, who also started, went 1-for-5.

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Carrasco, Happ Struggle, But Phillies Beat Jays

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Mon, March 02, 2009 07:11 PM Comments: 9

The second time was not as good as the first for Carlos Carrasco and JA Happ. The youngsters struggled with the longball, but the Phillies offense picked them up and defeated the Blue Jays, 12-7. With the win the Phillies are 3-3 in Grapefruit League play.

Happ surrendered a home run to Adam Lind, finishing with a line of 3 IP / 3 H / 2 ER / 1 BB. Carrasco gave up two home runs, finishing with a line of 3 IP / 3 H / 3 ER / 1 BB / 3 K. He cruised for the most part, but became rattled with a runner on third after a three-base error by Eric Bruntlett. He then surrendered a double and a walk, before letting Kevin Millar beat him with a three-run bomb. If there is any issue with Carrasco, it’s his mind.

Otherwise the offense played well. Jeremy Slayden and Ryan Howard hit big home runs, while most Phillies had at least one hit. Pablo Ozuna was on base three of the five times he came to the plate.

In the B-squad game, Jamie Moyer and Joe Blanton both had scoreless outings.

The Phillies have off tomorrow. Cole Hamels will make his first start of the spring as the Phillies play the Canadian WBC team Wednesday.

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Offense Propels Phillies Past Rays, 12-5

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Sat, February 28, 2009 04:20 PM Comments: 8

The bats came alive in game No. 4. Ryan Howard knocked an opposite field home run, with John Mayberry Jr., Miguel Cairo and Ronny Paulino adding blasts. Howard, Mayberry and Cairo each had two hits, and Eric Bruntlett, Jason Donald, Shane Victorino and Andy Tracy added RBI hits.

Kyle Kendrick pitched a somewhat Kendrickian 2.2 innings, yielding four hits and a run (off a home run), but wiggling out of jams with help from an improved changeup. Relief was much better than previously, with prospect Drew Naylor flashing some stuff, Mike Koplove and Clay Condrey each turning in scoreless frames and Scott Eyre getting work in giving up a run. Jake Woods surrendered two late runs.

Now 1-3, the Phillies will next play in Lake Buena Vista against the Braves. That is at 1 p.m. tomorrow.

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Carpenter Can’t Escape In 10-3 Loss

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Fri, February 27, 2009 04:43 PM Comments: 3

This time Andrew Carpenter looked terrible as the Phillies dropped a 10-3 game to the Reds Friday in Sarasota.

Carpenter couldn’t record an out. His line: 0 IP, 3 H, 3 BB, 4 ER. That won’t help you make an impression in camp. After Carpenter, things remained tortured: Antonio Bastardo pitched a fine two innings, letting in an inherited run. JC Romero also surrendered a run while walking three in his first work in 2009. The other major blunder was Sergio Escalona, who did himself no favors with a four-run outing in an inning and a third. Ryan Madson had a nice first outing, while Joe Borkowski continued to show promise at the back end.

Raul Ibanez continues to have a strong spring, knocking an RBI double in the first inning. That scored Shane Victorino, who went 2-for-3 with two doubles the day he was elected to the U.S. World Baseball Classic team. Pablo Ozuna made the most of his first game, notching two hits, including a home run.

Tomorrow the Phillies host a rematch of the 2008 World Series when the Devil Rays … and Pat Burrell … come to town.

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Carrasco, Happ Shine In 6-2 Loss

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Thu, February 26, 2009 04:30 PM Comments: 7

Carlos Carrasco and JA Happ kicked off the Fight For Fifth with gusto Thursday. The rest of the Phillies, however? No gusto.

The Phillies lost 6-2 to the Blue Jays. The story was Carrasco and Happ, who each pitched scoreless two-inning outings. Carrasco yielded no hits and struck out three; Happ struck out one and surrendered a hit.

Elsewhere, the Phillies struggled again both on the mound and at the plate. Justin Lehr gave up back-to-back home runs, and Blaine Neal let up four of his own. Gary Majewski, however, turned in a solid two innings of work, striking out two and surrendering no hits. Jimmy Rollins drove in Jason Ellison with a single in the third inning; Greg Dobbs drove in John Mayberry Jr. with a single in the sixth. The Phillies are now 0-2 on the spring and will play the Reds tomorrow in Sarasota. Andrew Carpenter and the three setup relievers are scheduled to pitch, among others.

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Ibanez Gets His, Pitching Gets Clocked To Start Spring

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Wed, February 25, 2009 05:19 PM Comments: 9

Raul Ibanez collected his first RBI of the spring in the Phillies’ 8-2 loss to the Pirates to open the exhibition season. Ibanez stroked a single through the infield in the third inning.

John Mayberry Jr. collected the second RBI with a single in the ninth. Scoring on that play was Jeremy Slayden, who had the best game with a 2-for-2 effort, including a double. The bullpen had the worst game – probable 2009 non-factors Joe Bisenius and Scott Nestor looked horrendous in their inning each. Otherwise, Jamie Moyer threw a solid two to start, Joe Blanton surrendered a run and the group of Joe Borkowski, Jake Woods and Mike Koplove pitched hitless ball in their innings.

Associated Press photo

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