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Jack and Giles

The biggest news of the past three days is that the Phils traded Ronny Paulino to the Giants for left-handed pitcher Jack Taschner. The Giants then traded Paulino to the Marlins.

The Phillies also released Brian Giles and sent John Mayberry and Carlos Carrasco to minor league camp. The linked article also says that Mike Koplove and Pablo Ozuna will not make the opening day roster.

I’m not a fan of the Paulino trade. I’d rather have Paulino than Taschner and would have liked to see the Phils give Happ a chance to pitch out of the pen to start the year. I would love to see it happen, but it’s hard to imagine that Taschner is going to make a significant positive contribution to the Phils this year. Despite a miserable spring, I have much less trouble imaging Paulino help a team this season.

In terms of the Phillies opening day roster, I think it leaves us with 12 hitters surely on the team: Howard, Utley, Rollins, Feliz, Ruiz, Coste, Ibanez, Victorino, Werth, Bruntlett, Jenkins and Dobbs.

Jenkins is the guy who is questionable on that list, but I would be surprised to see the Phillies trade or release him.

That leaves Stairs and Cairo as the 13th and maybe the 14th hitter if the Phils carry 14. Stairs still seems to be a candidate for a trade, but it hasn’t happened yet.

These ten pitchers seem sure to be on the team: Hamels, Blanton, Myers, Moyer, Park, Madson, Condrey, Eyre, Durbin and Lidge. Taschner, Happ and Majewski look like the guys that will fill out the staff. I would say that the chances are good that Taschner will make the team given his contract — I think that would be a mistake, though, and hope the Phils send him down to start the year. Assuming they don’t, it would seemingly leave Happ and Majewski both out if the Phils carry both Stairs and Cairo at the start of the season.

The Phillies have played three games since the last post. After going 1-2 they are 11-16 this spring.

Yesterday they pounded the Astros 13-3. Park got the start and allowed two runs over 5 2/3 innings on six hits and a walk. Only one of the runs was earned and he struck out seven. In 21 1/3 innings this spring, Park has a 2.53 ERA and a 1.03 ratio. He has struck out 25 and walked two. Really he has. Condrey and Koplove both tossed scoreless innings as well.

The Phillies got home runs from Ruiz, Rollins, Bruntlett and Howard in the game. Bruntlett was 3-for-4 with four RBI and is hitting .364. Ruiz was 1-for-4 and is hitting .367. Rollins went 2-for-4 to raise his batting average to .280. Ibanez 1-for-1 with two walks.

Sunday Boston topped the Phils 3-1.

Blanton pitched very well, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk over 6 1/3 innings. Chris Carter hit a solo home run off of him in the second, but the other three hits went for singles. Durbin allowed a run in the eighth to raise his spring ERA to 1.69. Madson kept the Red Sox off the board in the ninth to drop his ERA to 2.19.

A walk to Howard in the third forced in Rollins for the Phillies’ only run of the game. Ibanez went 3-for-4 in the game to raise his average to .290.

On Saturday the Pirates beat the Phillies 10-4.

Moyer got the start and got blasted, charged with seven runs over 5 2/3 innings on 11 hits and a walk. He struck out seven but gave up six extra-base hits, five doubles and a home run. His spring ERA raised to 5.40. Majewski threw a scoreless seventh to drop his ERA to 3.00. Lidge allowed a three-run homer to Garrett Jones in the eighth.

Ruiz had a double and a two-run homer. Howard hit a solo shot, his eighth of the spring.

Happ also pitched in a minor league game on Saturday morning and allowed five runs over 5 1/3 innings.

Cole Hamels will not start opening day.

Chan Ho Park didn’t go with whatever’s-best-for-the-team when asked if he would be upset if didn’t win the fifth starter spot. Park has been outstanding this spring and outpitched the other players who were said to be competing for the job.

The Phillies play the Blue Jays tonight with Brett Myers expected to pitch.

Francisco Rodriguez and Brad Lidge won’t both win the Rolaids Relief Man Award this season. You can follow the leaderboard here.

Update: The Phillies released Geoff Jenkins. So I guess I’m surprised.

More update: Chan Ho Park has won the fifth starter job.


JA better Happ to it if he wants to keep pace with Park

Chan Ho Park and Happ have both been great this spring. As good as they’ve both been, though, Park has outpitched Happ and deserves to be the fifth starter based on what’s gone on so far.

Happ has thrown to an impressive 3.15 ERA with a 1.20 ratio in 20 innings. Park, though, has thrown to a 2.87 ERA with an 0.96 ratio in 15 2/3 innings. Here’s what their rates of allowing runs, hits, walks, strikeouts and home runs per nine innings have been this spring:

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Park and his 18-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio is just impressive. Happ, meanwhile, has given up four home runs in 20 innings. That rate would have him giving up 40 over 200 innings, which is too many. Park has allowed just one home run and also allowed runs and hits at a lower rate while walking fewer and striking out more.

Today the Yankees pounded the Phils 10-2. The Phillies are 10-13 in spring training.

Carrasco got the start and was hit hard. He went five innings and allowed four runs on six hits and a walk. His spring ERA is 5.95. Eyre got bombed in the eighth, allowing five runs in the inning. He gave up five hits, including home runs to Nick Swisher and Melky Cabrera. Koplove tossed a perfect ninth to drop his spring ERA to 1.23.

Utley and Howard hit solo home runs to account for the Phillies scoring. Cairo, Ozuna and Mayberry all went 0-for-1 in the game. Stairs was 1-for-4 with a double to raise his average to .231. Paulino was also 1-for-4 with a double, he’s hitting .194.

The Phillies play Houston tomorrow.

Update 3/27: The Phillies fell to the Astros this afternoon, losing 6-5. The Phils are 10-14 this spring.

Myers got the start and allowed four runs over 5 1/3 innings on eight hits and a walk. The outing raised his ERA on the spring to 3.79. Robert Mosebach allowed a pair of runs in the eighth to puff his ERA to 9.39.

Werth and Stairs both hit solo homers for the Phils. Mayberry, Ozuna and Cairo were all 0-for-2. Giles 0-for-1. Coste 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and an RBI, dropping his average to .095.

Happ is scheduled to pitch tomorrow as the Phils face the Pirates.

The next update to Philliesflow will be on Tuesday.


2009 one last time

We won’t have to wait that much longer to actually see who’s going to be on the Phillies opening day roster, so here’s my final guess.

Still looks like ten hitters we know for sure are on the squad:


Player

Position
1
Ryan Howard

1B
2 Chase Utley
2B
3
Jimmy Rollins

SS
4
Pedro Feliz

3B
5
Shane Victorino

OF
6
Jayson Werth

OF
7
Raul Ibanez

OF
8
OF
9
Carlos Ruiz
C
10 C
11
Eric Bruntlett

UT
12
Greg Dobbs

3B/OF
13
UT
14

Assuming the Phils start the year with 13 hitters, which I think they will, there are three spots left. One has to go to a catcher and another to a fourth outfielder.

The top candidates for the three spots look to include Marcus Giles, Miguel Cairo, Pablo Ozuna, Ronny Paulino, Chris Coste, John Mayberry, Matt Stairs and Geoff Jenkins.

Of the three spots, one has to go to either Paulino or Coste. Jenkins is a strong front-runner for the second. I think Jenkins is on the team as the fourth outfielder, partly because he’s harder to trade than Stairs because of his contract. He is also far better defensively.

One of Coste or Paulino has to make the team as the second catcher along with Ruiz. Both can be sent to the minors if they’re still in the organization when the season starts and both have been awful this spring. Paulino has hit just 185/267/333 in 27 at-bats. Coste has been slowed by injury and gone just 2-for-18 (.111) with two singles.

I’ve been saying all along that I thought Paulino would make the team. He has gotten a big chance this spring and done nothing with it. Multiple reports, including this one, suggest the Phillies are looking to trade Paulino. The linked article suggests Robert Andino as possible fruit of a Paulino trade. Ew. I would be a little surprised to see Paulino traded, I’ve been assuming Coste is the guy they want to trade. I’m going to flip on this one nonetheless and guess Coste at this point.

That leaves one spot for Cairo, Ozuna, Paulino, Giles, Mayberry or Stairs. I don’t think the Phils will keep three catchers, especially given how badly Paulino has hit this spring. Giles also got a chance, but he has hit just 182/289/273 in 33 at-bats this spring. Despite his solid 279/323/525 line this spring, I think Mayberry is going to the minors. His .323 on-base percentage shouldn’t be overlooked, given that his career on-base percentage in the minors is .330.

I would be more surprised to see the Phils keep Ozuna than Cairo. Ozuna has actually outhit Cairo. Pablo has been on fire this spring and put up a 364/432/455 line in 33 at-bats compared to an also impressive 302/348/535 line for Cairo over 43 at-bats. My guess is if it’s one or the other it will be Cairo rather than Ozuna, mostly just based on the fact that the Phils have given Cairo more time this spring.

That leaves Stairs. I would guess that he will not be with the organization when the season starts. If he is, though, he’s on the team, either in the spot I just gave to Cairo or as the 14th hitter with the Phils going with 11 pitchers.

Ten of the Phillies pitching spots are likely to be filled by these guys:


Player

Position
1
Cole Hamels (left)

SP
2
Brett Myers (right)

SP
3
Joe Blanton (right)

SP
4
Jamie Moyer (left)

SP
5
SP
6
Ryan Madson (right)
 RP
7
Chan Ho Park (right)

SP/RP
8
Clay Condrey (right)

RP
9
Scott Eyre (left)

RP
10
Chad Durbin (right)

RP
11  
RP
12
Brad Lidge (right)

CLOSER

In part because of the minor injury problems with Hamels and Park, I think the Phillies will go with 12 pitchers to start the season despite having three off-days before they play their eighth came of the season. Especially with Hamels having been unable to work up his pitch counts, I think the Phils will want to carry seven relievers.

I think Park won the fifth starter’s job this spring. I think Happ is still on the team to pitch out of the pen as the second lefty. That assumes the Phillies do not add another lefty before the start of the season.

That leaves one spot, assuming the Phils carry 12 pitchers. I think that goes to Majewski or Koplove and both have been very good this spring. Majewski has a 3.27 ERA and a 1.27 ratio in 11 innings. Koplove has pitched less, just 6 1/3 innings, but thrown to a 1.42 ERA with a 1.11 ratio. I think it’s interesting that Majewkski has thrown significantly more innings than Koplove, which may mean the Phils are leaning that way. I think Koplove has a better chance to make a significant positive contribution this season, though, so that’s the way I’ll guess.

That slot seems like it would be the one to go if the Phils carried just 11 pitchers, presumably with Stairs being the 14th hitter. The other issue is that if Stairs does get traded, the deal may bring in a player that will start the year with the team and take up a roster spot. That move would also presumably knock off Majewski or Koplove. It could also knock off Happ for the first few games of the season if he proved to be the winner of the fifth starter competition rather than a guy who will pitch out of the pen.

Here’s my guess then:

Hitters (13): Howard, Utley, Rollins, Feliz, Ibanez, Victorino, Werth, Ruiz, Bruntlett, Dobbs, Jenkins, Coste, Cairo.

Pitchers (12): Hamels, Myers, Blanton, Moyer, Park, Madson, Happ, Condrey, Eyre, Durbin, Koplove, Lidge.

The Phillies did not play yesterday. They play the Yankees today with Carlos Carrasco expected to pitch.

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First pitch pitch

Getting ahead of the batter 0-1 instead of behind him 1-0 is hugely important for a pitcher. One way you can tell is by looking at the results of plate appearances in which the pitcher got ahead or behind.

The chart below shows the batting average and slugging percentage that batters hit to against the Phillies in plate appearances where the pitcher got behind 1-0 or ahead 0-1. Also included are the results of the plate appearances where the ball was put in play on the first pitch (no on-base percentage is included because a batter cannot walk on the first pitch of his plate appearance):

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So it’s good to get ahead. Duh. The curious thing, of course, is that the chart makes it look like the pitcher is better off when the count is 1-0 than if the batter put the ball in play on the first pitch. I don’t think you want to jump to that conclusion, though. In the same way the batter can’t walk on the first pitch, he also can’t strike out. If you take all the strikeouts away from the plate appearances, opposing hitters hit .345 and slugged .551 against the Phils in ’08 when they got ahead 1-0.

I don’t want to profess to have any idea what goes through a pitcher’s head when delivering the first pitch of plate appearance. I would guess, though, that the intention is rarely to deliver ball one. I would also guess that it is, by a wide margin, to throw strike one rather than have the batter hit the ball in a way that creates an out — the consequence of that is putting the ball over the plate where it can be hit at a time the batter expects just that.

In 2008, 11 of the 16 NL teams saw batters hit to a lower OPS in the plate appearances where the pitcher got behind 1-0 than the plate appearances where the plate appearance was over with one pitch. The Phillies were one of the five teams that saw batters hit to a lower OPS in plate appearances that ended in one pitch.

The five teams that did put up a better OPS against the batters that got ahead of them 1-0 than the batters whose plate appearances ended on one pitch were the Phils, Dodgers, Rockies, Marlins and Braves. Every one of those teams, like the Phillies, still saw batters hit to a higher batting average and slugging percentage on the first pitch plate appearances than they did on the plate appearances when they got behind 1-0 (again, perhaps in large part because you cannot strike out on the first pitch).

So a lot of teams are getting hurt on their plate appearances that end on the first pitch, presumably for the benefit of getting ahead in the count. All of the teams in the NL did not benefit equally by getting ahead in the count, though. The table below lists, for each NL team, the OPS that opposing batters hit to against them in plate appearances when they got ahead and behind in the count:

Team 1-0 PA OPS 0-1 PA OPS Diff
HOU 2440 .908 2915 .611 .297
FLA 2678 .886 2890 .592 .294
MIL 2589 .855 2871 .583 .272
PHI 2554 .858 2897 .610 .248
ATL 2628 .868 2931 .645 .223
LAD 2478 .800 2951 .580 .220
SDP 2608 .829 2938 .609 .220
STL 2524 .857 2997 .644 .213
SFG 2710 .830 2956 .624 .206
PIT 2888 .892 2839 .693 .199
CIN 2636 .886 3055 .688 .198
CHI 2551 .784 2937 .586 .198
ARI 2332 .798 3038 .602 .196
COL 2640 .872 2944 .676 .196
NYM 2627 .820 2990 .627 .193
WSN 2676 .853 2925 .677 .176

So the Astros had the biggest difference in the OPS that batters who got ahead 1-0 put up against them and the batters who got behind 0-1. Batters who got ahead 1-0 hit 294/399/509 (.908 OPS) against them and batters who got behind 0-1 hit 222/265/345 (.611 OPS). The difference between the two is .297. At the other end of the list was the Nats, who saw hitters that got ahead hit 274/394/459 (.853) and hitters who got behind hit 248/293/384 (.677) — that difference still seems dramatic, but was the smallest of the 16 NL teams.

The Phillies, meanwhile, were near the top of the list in terms of the benefit they got by OPS by getting ahead of hitters on the first pitch. So at least they got something out of all those first-pitch home runs they gave up.

Yesterday the Phillies scored three runs in the top of the ninth to beat Toronto 7-6. They are 10-11 in spring training.

Park got the start for the Phils and allowed three runs over four innings on four hits and a walk. He struck out seven and has a spring ERA of 2.87. Durbin and Madson each threw a scoreless inning for the Phils. Majewski went two innings and allowed two runs on four hits and a walk, pushing his spring ERA up to 3.27.

Park has amazing strikeout and walk numbers this spring training. He’s thrown 15 2/3 innings and allowed one walk while striking out 18.

Back from the World Baseball Classic, Rollins and Victorino were atop the lineup for the Phils. They both went 0-for-2 with a walk. Cairo was 1-for-1 with a walk. He’s hitting .303 this spring. Coste was at DH for the Phils and went 1-for-4 to raise his spring average to .111. Werth was 2-for-3 with his fourth spring home run. Utley hit his first, a two-run shot in the seventh. He’s hitting .278.

The Phillies do not play today.


Best way for Phils to get ahead may be to get ahead

WC Fields once said, “There are only two real ways to get ahead today — sell liquor or drink it.” In baseball at least, you can also throw strike one.

In Sunday night’s post I pointed out that the Phillies give up both a lot and a high percentage of their home runs on the first pitch. Today’s post will take a look at how often NL teams got ahead or behind in the count on the first pitch. Later this week I’ll look at which teams got the best results by getting ahead in the count on the first pitch.

After the first pitch of a plate appearance, the plate appearance can be over or the count can be 1-0 or 0-1. The chart below shows how often each of those things happened for the NL teams last season. For each team it shows, for the batters they faced, how many had their plate appearance end on one pitch, how many of them the team’s pitchers got behind 1-0 and how many they got ahead of 0-1 (and their NL rank for each of those categories):

Team %
one-pitch
Rank % 1-0 Rank % 0-1 Rank
CHI 11.4 9 41.2 6 47.4 6
PHI 12.5 2 41.0 5 46.5 11
SFG 10.6 15 42.7 15 46.6 10
SDP 11.8 8 41.5 8 46.7 9
HOU 12.6 1 39.8 2 47.6 5
STL 11.9 7 40.3 3 47.8 4
NYM 11.4 11 41.4 7 47.2 7
WSN 11.2 12 42.4 13 46.4 13
ARI 12.2 4 38.1 1 49.6 1
LAD 11.4 10 40.4 4 48.2 2
COL 11.9 6 41.7 10 46.4 12
PIT 12.3 3 44.2 16 43.5 16
MIL 12.1 5 41.7 11 46.2 14
CIN 10.4 16 41.5 9 48.1 3
FLA 11.2 13 42.7 14 46.1 15
ATL 11.0 14 42.1 12 46.9 8

Arizona clearly wins the prize for getting ahead of hitters in 2008. They got ahead of 49.6% of the hitters they faced 0-1, which was the best rate of the league. They got behind 38.1% of them 1-0, which was also the best rate in the league. Not far behind them are the Dodgers.

At the other end of the scale, the Pirates are the clear winners of the don’t-go-to-the-head-of-the-class award with both the worst rate of getting ahead and the worst rate of getting behind.

This all seems pretty simple — the Diamondbacks and the Dodgers were really good at pitching last year and the Pirates were really bad. Case closed. Sadly, if you look a little deeper things get perplexing. The Astros and the Cardinals were both very good at getting ahead of hitters and not getting behind them and neither team pitched exceptionally well in ’08. The Brewers pitched well last year and were miserable at getting ahead of hitters.

The Phillies, meanwhile, saw a high percentage of their plate appearances end in one pitch. Including that, though, they weren’t especially good at getting ahead of hitters. They did, however, avoid falling into a 1-0 count pretty well.

Here’s what the getting ahead and getting behind numbers look like if you take out the plate appearances that ended on the first pitch:

Team % 1-0 % 0-1 Rank of %
PA got ahead 0-1
CHI 46.5 53.5 6
PHI 46.9 53.1 8
SFG 47.8 52.2 14
SDP 47.0 53.0 9
HOU 45.6 54.4 2
STL 45.7 54.3 4
NYM 46.8 53.2 7
WSN 47.8 52.2 13
ARI 43.4 56.6 1
LAD 45.6 54.4 3
COL 47.3 52.7 11
PIT 50.4 49.6 16
MIL 47.4 52.6 12
CIN 46.3 53.7 5
FLA 48.1 51.9 15
ATL 47.3 52.7 10

Again, Arizona and LA are really good, but are joined by staffs with worse numbers like the Cardinals, Astros and Reds atop the list. The Pirates are still bad, but so are the Brewers.

The Phillies, meanwhile, are still not especially good at getting ahead of opposing hitters despite all they have going on during the first pitch.

JA Happ got the start for the Phillies yesterday as the Phils topped the Yankees, 8-3. With the win the Phils are 9-11 in spring training.

Happ went five innings, allowing two runs on five hits and three walks. Only one of the runs was earned and he dropped his official spring ERA to 3.15. Condrey, Eyre and Lidge all threw scoreless innings. Koplove pitched the ninth and allowed a run on two hits and a walk. The outing puts his ERA on the year at 1.42.

Ibanez was 3-for-3 with two doubles in the game. He’s hitting .263. Bruntlett also had a big day, 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles to raise his average to .340. Cairo hit a three-run homer in his only at-bat in the game. Giles was 1-for-1 with a double but is still hitting just .182. Donald 0-for-3 with a walk. Paulino is hitting .185 after going 1-for-4 with a strikeout.

Toronto this afternoon with Chan Ho Park and his worrisome hamstring expected to pitch.

Kyle Kendrick will not be the fifth starter for the Phillies to start the season. Kendrick, Lou Marson and Brad Harman were sent to minor league camp yesterday. Also sent to minor league camp were Donald, Borkowski and Woods.

This suggests that Hamels could start the fourth game of the season.

On Sunday night Team USA lost to Japan 9-4 and were eliminated in the World Baseball Classic. Jimmy Rollins had a fantastic game, going 4-for-4 with a triple, a walk and a stolen base. Shane Victorino did not get an at-bat in the game. The US team was eliminated with the loss. Rollins hit 417/500/750 in 24 at-bats in the tournament. He also stole four bases. Victorino got 19 at-bats and hit 316/350/316.

Japan beat Korea last night, 5-3, to win the tournament for the second-straight time. Ichiro had a two-run single in the top of the tenth to break a 3-3 tie.


Early but not often

The Phillies didn’t allow a lot of home runs last year — only five NL teams gave up fewer than the 160 they surrendered. They did give up a lot of home runs on the first pitch, though, only three NL teams gave up more. The percentage of the home runs that they did allow that came on the first pitch of plate appearances was also high compared to the rest of the league.

For the 16 NL teams, the chart below shows how many batters they faced last year, how many homers they allowed and how many of the those plate appearances and home runs took just one pitch:

Team Total PA Total HR 1-pitch PA % 1st-pitch
HR
%
CHI 6194 160 706 11.4 39 24.4
PHI 6229 160 778 12.5 35 21.9
SFG 6341 147 675 10.6 31 21.1
SDP 6286 165 740 11.8 34 20.6
HOU 6125 197 770 12.6 39 19.8
STL 6264 163 743 11.9 32 19.6
NYM 6338 163 721 11.4 32 19.6
WSN 6310 190 709 11.2 34 17.9
ARI 6119 147 749 12.2 26 17.7
LAD 6127 123 698 11.4 21 17.1
COL 6338 148 754 11.9 23 15.5
PIT 6528 176 801 12.3 27 15.3
MIL 6209 175 749 12.1 26 14.9
CIN 6352 201 661 10.4 28 13.9
FLA 6271 161 703 11.2 20 12.4
ATL 6244 156 685 11.0 17 10.9

The Phillies had the second-highest percentage of the home runs they allowed last year come on the first pitch, behind only the Cubs.

With the exception of the Braves, who had 11.0% of their plate appearances end in one pitch in 2008 but gave up just 10.9% of their homers on the first pitch, every NL gave up a higher percentage of their homers for the year on the first pitch than percentage of plate appearances that ended on the first pitch.

Of the 16 teams, only the Cubs and the Giants had a bigger difference between the percentage of home runs they allowed on the first pitch and the percentage of their plate appearances that ended on the first pitch than the Phillies.

By sheer numbers of home runs given up on the first pitch, the Cubs and Astros were the two teams that allowed more than the Phillies. They each surrendered 39 compared to 35 for the Phillies.

There’s a wide range between how frequently the teams allowed home runs on the year. The Braves allowed a home run on the first pitch least frequently — they faced 6,244 hitters and allowed 17 first pitch home runs. That’s one per 367.3 plate appearances. The Astros allowed them at the highest rate — 39 first pitch home runs surrendered to 6,125 batters or one per 157.1 batters. The Phillies rate of one per 178 plate appearances was third worst in the league behind Houston and Chicago (158.8).

I still don’t think any of this answers the question of whether or not this is a problem. The best pitch in baseball is strike one, as they say, and throwing strike one means throwing the ball over the plate one the first pitch. It’s easy to prevent first pitch home runs if you want — just never throw the ball near the plate. I think it could be the case that the benefit gained by consistently throwing strike one is more significant that negative consequences of giving up more first pitch home runs. Later this week a post will look at how often the Phils got ahead in the count on the first pitch instead of behind compared to the rest of the league.

The Phillies have played three games since the last post. They lost two and played the Cardinals to a tie on Friday, putting their spring record at 8-12.

Not a big couple of days for the bats. The Phils scored three runs in the three games.

Today the Red Sox beat them 3-0.

Myers got the start and allowed two runs on five hits and five walks over five innings. Mike Lowell hit a two-run homer off of him in the first to account for both runs he allowed. Durbin kept his spring ERA at 0.00 with a scoreless seventh.

Mayberry was 1-for-4 and left five men on base. He’s hitting .279 in spring training. Cairo was 0-for-3 to drop his average to .268. Ozuna is hitting .364 after a 1-for-3 day. Paulino down to .174 after an 0-for-1. Donald drew a walk but didn’t have an official at-bat in the game. He’s hitting .314.

On Saturday, Kendrick finally had a good outing but the Phils lost to the Twins 2-1.

Kendrick went five innings, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk. Just one of the hits went for extra-bases, a double by Michael Cuddyer. Condrey followed with two scoreless innings to drop his spring ERA to 1.23.

Chan Ho Park was expected to start the game, but did not due to the problems with his strained left hamstring. This says he will start Tuesday against Toronto.

Bruntlett hit a home run with two outs in the ninth for the Phillies’ only run. Cairo was 0-for-3 with a walk. Mayberry 2-for-4 with a double and a stolen base.

Friday the Phillies tied the Cardinals 2-2 in ten innings.

Carrasco got the start and went 4 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on three hits and two walks. Both runs came on a two-run homer by Rick Ankiel in the third. Koplove threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing a single and a walk, keeping his ERA at 0.00. Durbin allowed two walks over 1 1/3 scoreless frames.

Paulino was 0-for-2 and struck out twice. Giles, Mayberry and Donald were all 0-for-1.

The Phillies play the Yankees tomorrow.

Jimmy Rollins is in the lineup as the DH tonight as the Phils play Japan in the World Baseball Classic. The winner of the game will play Korea in the finals. Korea beat Venezuela 10-2 to advance to the finals.

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