Tag: Dane Sardinha

Vance to give it a Worley

The Phillies have put Joe Blanton on the DL with a problem with his right elbow.

Righty Vance Worley will start tonight’s game against righty Mike Pelfrey (1-2, 7.23) and the Mets.

Worley, who will turn 24 in September, made five appearances, two of which were starts, for the Phillies in 2010. He pitched very well, throwing to a 1.38 ERA and an 0.92 ratio over 13 innings. In each of his starts he went five innings, allowing two run in ten innings combined. He has made four starts for Triple-A Lehigh Valley so far in 2011, throwing to a 2.78 ERA with a 1.10 ratio while striking out 25 in 22 innings. His last start came on Sunday, so he’ll be pitching on regular rest. He went five innings and threw 89 pitches in that start.

Pelfrey has been awful this year, but the best of the five starts he’s made came his last time out when he held the Diamondbacks to a run on five hits and two walks over seven innings. Opponents are hitting 333/405/529 against him for the season. He hasn’t fared well against lefties in his career — they’ve put up a 295/367/442 line against him over 1,620 plate appearances. He started against the Phils on April 6 and was pounded, charged with seven runs in two innings. Blanton had trouble holding a 7-0 lead in that game, but after the Mets tied the game at 7-7 in the fifth the Phils put three more runs on the board to win 10-7.

The article linked in the top paragraph says that Ruiz will be rest for a few days. This says that Dane Sardinha is headed to Philadelphia, but Blanton to the DL and Worley activated is the only transaction showing on the Phillies web site so far.


Fifteen minutes could save us all a lot of heartache

This is getting out of hand.

The Phils drop two of three to the division-leading Braves, falling six games back in the NL East. Jamie Moyer is going to have some six-run innings and the inexperienced pitchers in the pen can be counted on to occasionally allow three runs over a four-batter span in the top of the eleventh. But the Phillies need to hit and they aren’t. Valdez and Sardinha combined to go 1-for-20 in the series. That’s a whole lot less of a problem, though, than the 6-for-38 with a walk that Rollins, Victorino and Werth combined to put up.

The key hitters for the Phillies just aren’t getting it done and they haven’t been for a long time.

The why questions are the hard ones and I don’t know the answer. I do think it’s time we all confront the elephant in the room and put the blame where it belongs: squarely on the shoulders of Jayson Werth’s Geico beard.

That thing is atrocious. I’m worried it may be blocking out the guys in the bullpen trying to steal signs from the catcher. Please, please shave. I don’t feel confident it will make things better, but I’m not sure how it could make them worse.

The chart below shows the number of times in the past 25 years the Phillies have won the World Series in the Pre and Post Beard eras:

  Pre-Beard
Era
Post-Beard
Era
# of times the Phillies have
won the World Series in the past 25 years
1 0

There it is in black and white.

Seventy-nine games left to play.

Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?

The Phillies are 43-40 on the season after losing to the Atlanta Braves 7-5 last night. The Braves take the series two games to one. The Phils are in third place in the NL East. They trail the Braves by six games and the Mets by three.

Moyer got the start for the Phillies and went 5 1/3 innings, allowing seven runs on seven hits and a walk. Five of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and three home runs. He struck out three.

Martin Prado led off the game and hit a 1-1 pitch out to left to put the Braves up 1-0. Moyer got the next three behind him.

He threw a 1-2-3 second.

The game was tied at 1-1 when he set Atlanta down in order in the third.

Omar Infante started the fourth with what looked like a routine ground ball to short, but Rollins was slow and Infante ran hard and was safe with an infield single. Moyer got the next three to leave him stranded. Victorino made a shoestring catch on a liner hit by Brian McCann for the third out.

He threw a 1-2-3 fifth.

The Phils were ahead 3-1 when he started the sixth. Moyer struck out the pitcher Kris Medlen for the first out, but Prado was next and homered again, this time on a 3-2 pitch. It cut the lead to 3-2. Infante followed that with a single and moved to third when Chipper Jones doubled softly to right. Troy Glaus walked to load the bases and McCann cleared them with a three-run double to the gap in left center. 5-3 Atlanta. Matt Diaz was next and he hit a 2-2 pitch out to center for his first home run of the season. 7-3. Baez took over for Moyer and allowed a two-out double to Melky Cabrera before striking out Medlen to finally end the frame.

Figueroa pitched the seventh. Prado reached on an infield single to start the inning and moved to second on a passed ball after Infante flew to right for the first out. Chipper flew to center with Prado tagging and moving to third. Glaus flew to right to leave him stranded.

Figueroa was back to throw a 1-2-3 eighth.

Figueroa was recalled from Triple-A on June 24. Since then he has made three appearances for the Phils in which he has allowed one hit and one walk in 5 1/3 scoreless innings.

Contreras pitched the ninth with the Phillies down 7-5. Cabrera led off with a double, but Contreras got a strike out and a popup before getting Infante on a ground ball to short to leave Cabrera stranded.

Figueroa threw 22 pitches in the game. Contreras, pitching for the second day in a row, threw 15. Baez threw 12.

It just the second appearance since June 27 for Baez. In those appearances he has thrown 19 pitches over one inning.

The Phillies lineup against righty Kris Medlen went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Ibanez (4) Howard (5) Werth (6) Dobbs (7) Valdez (8) Sardinha. Sardinha keeps on catching. Valdez at second. Dobbs plays third against the righty.

Rollins led off the first with a single with the Phils down 1-0. A one-out walk to Ibanez moved him to second, but Howard struck out for the second out behind him. Werth was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Dobbs, but Dobbs grounded to short to leave the runners stranded.

Valdez led off the second with a double. Sardinha struck out and Moyer struck out, but Rollins picked them up and doubled into the right field corner to tie the game at 1-1. Victorino grounded to second for the third out.

Rollins 2-for-2 through two innings.

Howard singled with one out in the third, but Werth and Dobbs went down behind him.

1-2-3 in the fourth.

Ibanez walked with two outs in the fifth. Howard was next and he hit a 1-0 pitch out to left to put the Phillies up 3-1. Werth grounded to second for the third out.

The were losing 7-3 when they hit in the bottom of the sixth. Dobbs led off with a single and Valdez hit into a double-play behind him. Sardinha struck out swinging for the third out.

That’s 14 GIDP on the year for Valdez. 14??!

Victorino chased Medlen from the game with a two-out homer in the seventh that cut the lead to 7-4. Lefty Jonny Venters got Ibanez to pop to second for the third out.

Dobbs singled to left with one out in the eighth. With righty Takashi Saito on the mound for Atlanta, Gload hit for Figueroa and singled to center, sending Dobbs to third. Francisco hit for Sardinha with Saito still on the mound. He quickly got behind 0-2, but hit a 2-2 pitch back up the middle for an RBI-single that scored Dobbs and made it 7-5. Castro, who had entered with Baez in the seventh, popped up on the infield to leave the runners stranded on first and second.

Great at-bat for Francisco against the righty.

Billy Wagner set Rollins, Victorino and Ibanez down in order in the ninth.

Rollins was 2-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI in the game. 2-for-13 with a walk in the series. 255/358/471 on the season. He’s 12-for-61 (.198) since returning from the DL.

Victorino was 1-for-5 with his 13th home run last night. He was 2-for-14 in the series and hasn’t walked in his last 34 at-bats. 251/319/448 on the year. You can’t hit second if you on-base .319.

Rollins and Victorino combine to go 4-for-27 (.148) with a walk in the series.

Ibanez was 0-for-3 and walked twice. He was 3-for-11 with a home run and three walks in the series. 242/329/397.

Howard was 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI as he continues to pound the ball to the opposite field. 5-for-12 with a triple and a home run in the set. He’s at 298/351/514 for the year.

Werth was 0-for-3 in the game and was 2-for-11 in the series. He’s 3-for-23 with a walk in July and hitting 279/365/518 for the year.

Dobbs was 2-for-4 in the game. 4-for-8 with a home run, a walk and two RBI in the series. He’s 8-for-his-last-23 and has his line on the year up to 196/260/304.

Valdez was 1-for-3 with a double in the game and 1-for-11 in the series. 252/270/390 on the year. Please take a moment to compare the slugging percentages for the season for Valdez and Ibanez.

Sardinha should get an award for catching so many games in a row in brutal weather. Not so much for hitting, though. He was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in the game and 0-for-9 with six strikeouts in the series. He has 40 plate appearances with the Phillies this year and a career high of 49. He’s hit 205/225/375 for the Phils this season.

Kyle Kendrick (5-3, 4.70) faces righty Johnny Cueto (8-2, 3.56) as the Phils start a four-game set with the Reds. Kendrick has a 5.59 ERA and a 1.45 ratio over his past three starts. He’s fared pretty well against righties this season, but left-handed batters are hitting 318/376/555 against him. Cueto has not allowed more than one run in any of his last four starts, throwing to an 0.70 ERA over 25 2/3 innings. He’s been way better against lefties (225/292/376) than he has against righties (288/360/419) on the year.


Jay Zsss the Phils

The Phils dropped game three of the set with the Reds yesterday. Cincinnati takes the series two games to one.

Halladay started the eighth with a 3-2 lead, but allowed a leadoff single to Johnny Gomes and stayed in the game to face lefty Jay Bruce. Bruce hammered his first pitch out to right for a two-run homer that put the Reds on top to stay.

With Utley, Ruiz and Polanco all sidelined, the problem with the offense in the last two games of the set proved to be the regulars who usually play alongside them and not the guys who have replaced them. Yesterday all of the offense for the Phils came on a three-run shot by Dane Sardinha. In the last two games, Victorino, Rollins, Howard, Werth and Ibanez have combined to go 9-for-42 (.214) with one RBI. Wilson Valdez, Dane Sardinha and Brian Schneider, meanwhile, have carried the offense, going 8-for-16 with three home runs and ten RBI.

The Phillies are 41-35 on the year after a 4-3 loss to the Cincinnati Reds yesterday afternoon.

Halladay got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing four runs on 13 hits. Four of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and two home runs. He struck out ten and didn’t walk a batter.

After allowing three home runs in 101 innings over his first 13 starts, Halladay has allowed seven home runs in 29 innings over his last four starts. The Phillies drop to 9-8 on the year in the games that he has started. They’ve lost four of the last five times he’s started and seven of the last ten. In those ten games he’s thrown to a 3.16 ERA with a 1.04 ratio.

Brandon Phillips started the bottom of the first with a single, but Halladay got the next three Reds behind him.

Drew Stubbs and Ramon Hernandez singled back-to-back with two outs in the second. It brought the pitcher Aaron Harang to the plate with two outs and men on first and second. Harang grounded out to second to leave both men stranded.

Halladay struck out Orlando Cabrera and Joey Votto in a 1-2-3 third.

He started the fourth up 3-0. Johnny Gomes doubled on a ball off Howard’s glove with one out and moved to third when Jay Bruce followed with a single. Halladay struck Stubbs out swinging for the second out and got Hernandez to pop to second to leave both runners stranded.

Big strikeout for Halladay with one out and men on third keeps the Reds off the board.

Halladay set Cincinnati down in order in the fifth.

Votto started the sixth with a home run to right to cut the lead to 3-1. Scott Rolen was next and lined a single to right, but Halladay struck out Gomes, Bruce and Stubbs all in a row to leave him stranded.

Hernandez led off the seventh with a single. Lefty Laynce Nix hit for the pitcher Logan Ondrusek and Halladay got him on a fly ball to Victorino for the first out. A double by Phillips moved Hernandez to third before Cabrera lined a single into center, scoring Hernandez to make it 3-2 with one out and men on first and third. Halladay struck Votto out looking at a 2-2 pitch on the outside corner for the second out and Rolen flew to right to end the inning.

Another big strikeout for Halladay with a man on third and less than two outs.

He was back to start the eighth with a 3-2 lead having thrown 96 pitches. Gomes led off and lined a 1-2 pitch into left for a single. Halladay stayed in to pitch to the lefty Bruce and Bruce hit the first pitch he saw out to right, putting the Reds on top 4-3. Halladay struck out Stubbs for the first out before Hernandez singled. Chris Heisey hit for the pitcher Arthur Rhodes and struck out for the second out. Halladay got Phillips on a ground ball back to the mound for the third out.

Phils lose on Halladay’s 100th pitch of the day, delivered to a lefty with a one-run lead in the eighth.

The Phillies lineup against righty Aaron Harang went (1) Victorino (2) Dobbs (3) Rollins (4) Howard (5) Werth (6) Ibanez (7) Valdez (8) Sardinha. Dobbs at third and Valdez at second. Sardinha catches the day game after a night game. Victorino leads off again with Rollins dropped to Utley’s spot in the order.

Victorino and Dobbs singled back-to-back to start the game. It put men on first and second with nobody out, but Rollins struck out, Howard grounded to Phillips with the runners moving to second and third and Werth struck out to leave them stranded.

They went in order in the second.

Dobbs walked with two outs in the third, but Rollins followed and fouled out to Rolen.

Dobbs on base twice in three innings.

Werth singled with one out in fourth and Ibanez flew to left behind him. Valdez was next and lined a single to right that moved Werth to second. Sardinha was next and he jumped on the first pitch from Harang, hitting it out to left to put the Phillies up 3-0. Halladay grounded to third for the third out.

Valdez, Schneider and Sardinha all hit three-run homers in the last two games of the three-game set. All three of them came on the first pitch of their at-bat. Sardinha cane to the Phillies with no career home runs in 88 plate appearances and has now hit two in a week.

The Phils went in order in the fifth.

Howard started the sixth with a single. Werth flew out behind him before Ibanez popped to second. Valdez moved Howard to second with a single, but Sardinha flew to center to leave both men stranded.

The lead was cut to 3-1 when the Phillies hit in the seventh. Victorino singled with one out and righty Logan Ondrusek came in to pitch to the lefty Dobbs. Dobbs flew to center and so did Rollins behind him, leaving Victorino stranded.

Lefty Arthur Rhodes struck out Howard and Werth in a 1-2-3 eighth.

The Phils were down 4-3 when they hit in the ninth against righty Francisco Cordero. Valdez led off and grounded to second. Gload hit for Sardinha and delivered a single to center. Francisco hit for Halladay and struck out as Gload stole second. Victorino grounded softly to second to end the game.

Gutsy and important stolen base for Gload, putting the tying run in scoring position for Victorino.

Victorino was 2-for-5 in the game and 4-for-13 with two walks in the series. He’s hitting 252/326/448 for the season.

Dobbs was 1-for-3 with a walk yesterday. 1-for-6 in the series and 153/228/236 for the year.

Rollins was 0-for-4 and struck out twice. 1-for-13 in the series. 270/382/473 for the season. He’s 6-for-33 (.182) since coming back from the DL.

Howard was 1-for-4 and struck out twice. He was 4-for-12 with a walk, two doubles and a triple in the series without an RBI. 295/352/513 on the season after hitting 320/373/650 in June.

Werth was 1-for-4 and struck out twice. 4-for-10 in the series with three walks. 292/378/549 for the year. He wound up hitting 286/396/488 in June despite going 3-for-24 to start the month.

Ibanez was 0-for-4 with a strikeout. 3-for-13 with a double and a home run in the series. After hitting 229/292/375 in June he’s at 240/328/394 for the year.

Valdez was 2-for-4 yesterday and 4-for-10 with a home run in the series. He’s hitting 259/275/393 on the year.

Sardinha was 1-for-3 with a three-run homer. He’s 3-for-15 with a double and two homers for the Phils.

Cole Hamels (6-6, 4.08) faces righty Daniel McCutchen (0-3, 11.00) tonight in Pittsburgh. Hamels allowed five runs in four innings against the Blue Jays in his last outing, which was the only start of his last ten in which he was charged with more than three earned runs. McCutchen is filling in for Zach Duke in the Pirates rotation and has made four starts on the season, throwing to an 11.65 ERA in those appearances. Lefties have hit .406 against him for the season.


Cleveland rocked

The Phillies were all over the Indians yesterday, capitalizing on defense miscues by Cleveland and hammering the ball around the yard as they won by nine runs to complete a three-game sweep.

The Phils are on a roll, winners of six of their last eight. Jayson Werth came into the series 12-for-his-last-71 (.169) and went 6-for-8 with a double, a home run and a walk in the three-game set. Utley’s turnaround may have started a series earlier when he went 6-for-14 against the Twins, but after a 4-for-8 against the Indians he’s 10-for-22 over the last six games. He came into the series with Minnesota hitting .177 over his last 114 plate appearances.

Finally, it’s a little tough to envision the Phillies winning consistently with Joe Blanton starting every fifth game and throwing to a seven ERA. Blanton looked better yesterday and has now put two solid starts together in a row, dropping his ERA on the year from 7.28 to 6.53.

The Phillies are 38-32 on the year after a 12-3 win over the Cleveland Indians yesterday afternoon. The Phils sweep the three-game set and are in third place in the NL East, 2 1/2 games behind the Braves.

Blanton got the start for the Phils and went 7 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on six hits. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and a home run. He struck out eight and didn’t walk a batter.

He threw a 1-2-3 first and a 1-2-3 second.

He started the third up 5-0. Jason Donald reached on a one-out single and the pitcher Fausto Carmona bunted him to second. Trevor Crowe flew to left for the third out.

Russell Branyan bunted for a single with two outs in the fourth. Blanton got Andy Marte on a fly ball to center for the third out.

Shelley Duncan led off the fifth and lined a single to right. Blanton got Luis Valbuena to hit a ground ball to second and Duncan was forced at second for the first out of the inning. The former Phil Donald was next and he fouled off six pitches before hitting a 2-2 offering from Blanton out to left for his second career home run, cutting the lead to 5-2. Blanton got Carmona and Crowe behind Donald to set Cleveland down.

He struck out Shin-Soo Choo and Carlos Santana in a 1-2-3 sixth with the Phils up 7-2.

The Phillies led 12-2 when he threw a 1-2-3 seventh.

Donald started the eighth with a double and lefty Travis Hafner hit for the pitcher Jensen Lewis. Blanton struck him out for the first out before Crowe delivered an RBI-double to center, scoring Donald to make it 12-3. Blanton struck Anderson Hernandez out swinging for the second out and Nelson Figueroa came on to pitch to the switch-hitter Santana. Santana grounded to second to set Cleveland down.

Figueroa returned to set Cleveland down in order in the ninth.

Seventeen pitches in the game for Figueroa.

The Phillies lineup against righty Fausto Carmona went (1) Victorino (2) Polanco (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Werth (6) Ibanez (7) Valdez (8) Sardinha. Rollins on the bench after his game-winner on Wednesday in the hot day game after a night game. Valdez plays short and Victorino moves up from seventh to hit leadoff. Sardinha makes his first start ever for the Phils to give Schneider a break in the day game with Ruiz on the DL.

Utley singled with two outs in the first and stole second, but Howard flew to center behind him.

Werth, Ibanez and Valdez all singled to start the second. It loaded the bases for Sardinha and he hit a ground ball to third. Marte fielded and threw home, but the ball popped out of Santana’s glove for an error and Werth and Ibanez both scored to put the Phillies up 2-0. With nobody out and men on first and second, Carmona hit Blanton with a pitch and the bases were loaded. Victorino hit a ground ball that Carmona fielded. Victorino was called out at first for running outside of the base line with everyone else moving up a base. Valdez scored and the Phils led 3-0 with men on second and third. Manuel was ejected for the second time in the series, arguing that Victorino was in the base line. Polanco followed with a single into center. Sardinha scored (4-0) with Blanton going to third. Utley was next and he flew to Crowe in center. Not sure what happened with Crowe, but he didn’t seem to be prepared for the possibility that Blanton might tag and score. He did and the Phils led 5-0. Howard grounded out on a ball fielded by the catcher to end the inning.

Two bad plays defensively from Cleveland in the inning. First they get no outs on what probably should have been a double-play when Santana dropped the ball. Then Crowe looks like he has a mental lapse that means he doesn’t have a chance to throw Blanton out tagging from third.

Werth singled to start the third, but Ibanez hit into a double-play behind him. Valdez grounded to short to end the inning.

The Phils went in order in the fourth.

It was 5-2 when they hit in the fifth. Polanco and Utley singled back-to-back to start the inning, putting men on first and third for Howard. Howard hit a ground ball to first. Branyan fielded and came home with the ball, but Polanco was safe. The Phils led 6-2 with men on first and second with nobody out. Werth was next and he lined a single into left. Utley scored (7-2) and Howard went to second. Ibanez hit into a double-play, his second of the game, and Valdez grounded out to keep the Phils from getting any more.

Sardinha started the sixth with a home run to left. 8-2. Victorino singled with one out and came around to score when Polanco followed with a double. 9-2. Utley reached on an infield single on a ball deflected by the pitcher, moving Polanco to third. With out and men on first and third, a walk to Howard loaded the bases. Werth hit a fly ball to right. Polanco scored (10-2) and Utley went to third. Ibanez walked and the bases were loaded. Valdez delivered a two-run single to make it 12-2 before Sardinha flew to center to end the inning.

Polanco singled with two outs in the seventh. With the Phils still up by ten runs, Castro hit for Utley and struck out for the third out.

The Phils went in order in the eighth with the lead cut to 12-3.

Victorino was 1-for-5 with an RBI in the game. He was 2-for-10 with two walks in the series. He’s hitting .208 in June and 246/319/445 for the year.

Polanco was 4-for-5 with a double and two RBI yesterday. 6-for-13 with a double in the series. 320/351/438 for the year.

Utley was 4-for-8 with two walks in the series. 274/385/476 for the series. He’s hitting 394/450/576 over his last 40 plate appearances. He hit 165/280/247 in the 100 plate appearances before that. So things are getting better.

Howard was 0-for-3 with a walk and an RBI yesterday. 4-for-10 with four singles and a walk in the series. 294/349/502 for the year. He’s on pace to hit 32 home runs for the season.

Werth was 3-for-4 with two RBI yesterday and 6-for-8 with a double, a walk and a home run in the series. 294/375/566 on the season.

Ibanez was 1-for-4 with a walk and hit into two double-plays. He was 3-for-11 with a double and a walk in the series. 246/338/399 for the season. It would be his worst season since 2000 if he finished the year with that line.

Valdez was 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI. 258/270/383 for the year. Rollins was 1-for-9 with a walkoff two-run shot in game two of the series and is hitting 300/410/600 for the season.

Sardinha was 1-for-4 with a home run in his first action as a Phillie. Schneider was 1-for-5 with a home run and two walks in the series. 245/362/347 for the season.

Halladay (8-6, 2.43) faces righty Jesse Litsch (0-1, 6.75) tonight as the Phils play the first of three with the Blue Jays. The Phils are 8-7 in the games that Halladay has started this season. They have a better record in the games started by Hamels (8-6), Moyer (8-6) or Kendrick (8-6). Halladay has allowed more than three earned runs in an outing once in his last five starts. Litsch is coming back from Tommy John surgery and has made just two starts this season. In the first he allowed seven runs in 2 1/3 innings and the second he shut the Giants out on three hits over seven scoreless innings.


Phils hopeful about their pitching just as long as nobody moves them to the ACC

While the Phils struggled some in the early innings last season, it was still the relievers who had more trouble overall. The table below shows the Phillies rank in the NL for starters and relievers for 2009 in ERA, ratio, runs allowed per nine innings and runs allowed per batter faced:


NL Rank
  ERA Ratio Runs
allowed per 9 innings
Runs
allowed per batter faced
Starting
Pitchers
7 6 7 7
Relief
Pitchers
9 7 9 9

Of the 16 teams in the NL, it seems fair to say that the Phillies starters were seventh best in the league and the relievers were ninth best in the league.

That’s a little misleading, though, because the Phillies had some awful problems with their rotation in 2009. They started the season terribly. At the end of May, Phillies starters had thrown to a 5.86 ERA and a 1.51 ratio over 48 games. They had an awful stretch to end the season as well. They didn’t get a quality start in their last 12 games, pitching to a 6.60 ERA and a 1.66 ratio over those games. They were pretty good in between, though. Here’s their ERA and ratio by month for 2009:

Month ERA Ratio
April 6.35 1.68
May 5.53 1.39
June 4.10 1.39
July 3.02 1.09
August 3.16 1.27
Sept/Oct 4.39 1.33
     
Total 4.29 1.34

In June, July and August, Phillies starting pitchers threw 499 1/3 innings with a 3.41 ERA and a 1.25 ratio. Atlanta’s starters had the best ERA in either league in ’09 — they threw to a 3.52 ERA with a 1.27 ratio for the season.

The Phils beat Florida State 13-6 last night in their first spring training action, a game that was most notable for an ugly debut for Phillippe Aumont. Aumont got hit hard in the third inning, getting just two outs while being charged with five runs on three walks and two hits, including a three-run homer. The Phils outscored Florida State 13-1 after finding themselves in a 5-0 hole in the third. Dane Sardinha went 2-for-2 with a double and four RBI and the Phillies walked 16 times in the game. Drew Naylor, Joe Savery and Jesus Sanchez threw four perfect innings to end the game and struck out nine batters combined. Happ got the start and allowed a single and a walk over two scoreless innings.

The Phils play the Yankees this afternoon, with Halladay and Kendrick expected to pitch.


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