After losing two games over the past two days the Phils are 4-7 in spring training.
Travis Blackley was the story of today’s game as the Phillies fell to Cleveland, 9-5. Blackley had a nice performance his first time out, his effort magnified by the struggles and back problems of thought-to-be fifth starter Adam Eaton. But he got hammered today, charged with five runs on four hits and four walks over 1 2/3 innings. Andy Gonzalez hit a three-run homer off of him in the second and Blackley didn’t make it out of the inning.
Condrey followed Blackley and allowed one hit in 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Savery was next and threw two innings. He walked three and allowed a double to Josh Barfield. He was charged with one run on the day. Outman went two innings and allowed three runs on a three-run blast by Ryan Garko, pushing his spring ERA to 9.45 with a 1.95 ratio after three appearances. Garko’s home run was the only hit that Outman allowed, but he walked two and hit two batters. Knotts pitched a scoreless eighth, allowing a double and a walk.
Helms was 0-for-2 for the Phils, dropping his average to .182 (4-for-22 with a double). Pascucci had a triple with the help of an oddly played ball by Jason Tyner in center for the Indians. Howard was 1-for-2 with a double and walk. He’s hitting 458/500/750 in 24 at-bats.
On Friday the Phillies lost to Tampa Bay 9-1.
Cole Hamels got the start for the Phils and allowed three runs on five hits and a walk, pushing his ERA to 12.60 after five spring training innings. Fabio Castro was next and he tossed three scoreless frames. I’d love to see Castro make the team as the second lefty out of the pen behind Romero. Carlos Carrasco was next and he got bombed, charged with six runs on 1 2/3 innings on five hits and four walks. Bisenius got the final out for the Phils to maintain his 0.00 ERA.
Offensively, Burrell drove in Bruntlett with a single in the sixth for the Phils only run. The Phils had just five hits and three walks on the day. Taguchi was 1-for-1 with a single, two walks and a stolen base.
You have to think that we’ll start to see less of Savery and Carrasco soon. They’ve thrown a lot of the innings early and I don’t think anyone really believes they have a chance to start the season with the team. Given Eaton’s struggles I think the Phils need to give those innings to guys they think might make the opening day roster.
Things apparently went well for Kris Benson as he faced minor leaguers this afternoon. This article suggests he still needs to get his velocity, which was in the upper-80s today, up.
The article linked above also says that Eaton had and MRI and CAT scan and the results will be known tomorrow.