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March 19 2007

The Phillies played three games over the past two days.  They won one of three and are 7-11 this spring.

On Saturday they beat the Yankees 3-2. 

Rowand was 1-for-3 with a two-run single.  Utley was 2-for-3 with a double. 

Jamie Moyer got the start for the Phillies and went 4 1/3 scoreless innings.  He allowed six hits and struck out four.  He was followed by Matt Smith and Smith had an encouraging outing, allowing just one hit in 1 2/3 innings.  Joe Bisenius followed Smith and allowed a run an inning on a hit an three walks.  Ryan Madson pitched the last two frames and kept New York off the board, allowing a single walk.

Yesterday the Phils were swept in split-squad action, losing to the Devil Rays and the Twins.

They lost the game to the Twins 4-3, managing just one hit, a Victorino single in the fourth off of Johan Santana, through five innings. 

Danny Sandoval made three errors in the game and has made six in spring training.

Down 4-0 in the seventh, the Phillies scored three times on an RBI-single by Sandoval and a two-run single from Brent Abernathy.  The Phillies didn't have an extra-base hit in the game.

JA Happ got the start for the Phillies and went 3 2/3 innings.  He was charged with three runs, only two of which were earned, on six hits and two walks.  Fabio Castro followed Happ and went 1 1/3 scoreless innings.  Clay Condrey followed Castro and struck out three in two innings.  He was charged with a run that was unearned due to an error by Sandoval.  Brian Sanches pitched a perfect bottom of the eighth.

A dominating start by Brett Myers was the story of the game with the Devil Rays, although Tampa Bay wound up winning 5-4.  Myers struck out seven over six innings and was charged with a single run, which was unearned.  He allowed just two hits and one walk.

Myers started the seventh and left the game after the Tampa Bay leadoff man reached on a Brennan King error.  Alfonseca entered the game and was hit hard in the inning, allowing three hits and two walks as Tampa Bay scored four times in the frame.  Eude Brito made his spring debut in the eighth and set down Tampa Bay 1-2-3.  Gordon entered in the top of the ninth with the game tied at 4-4 and allowed an RBI-triple to BJ Upton that would prove to be the game winner for the Devil Rays.

Burrell hit a two-run homer.  Rollins was 2-for-3 and stole his fourth base of the spring.

Dobbs was 1-for-4 with a single.  Karim Garcia drew a walk in his lone plate appearance.

The Phillies play the Pirates this afternoon.

Alfredo Simon was returned to Texas.

Gillick says the Phils will likely go into the season without adding bullpen help in this article.  I feel mostly unsympathetic about the notion that there are other teams that value good relievers.  They've had a long time to solve this problem.

There's an article from the Baltimore Sun here on Gillick and how Bobby Bonilla ruined everything.

Gordon feels okay about yesterday's outing.  Baseball is so results-oriented, though.

Chris Coste will miss a few days with a "mild hamstring strain."

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