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Cliff dive

Cliff Lee had a rough fourth inning yesterday and the Phils fell to the Blue Jays 7-6 to drop to 13-8 in spring action.

Lee got the start for the Phillies and allowed five runs on seven hits and a walk over four innings. All five of the runs came in the fourth inning and two of them were unearned, thanks to a throwing error by Barfield to start the inning. Barfield started the game at third base.

The outing upped Lee’s ERA to 5.54. In 13 innings, he’s allowed 15 hits and struck out 14 while walking just two.

After Lee left, Bastardo allowed a hit and a walk in throwing a scoreless fifth. Kendrick followed Bastardo and went three innings, allowing two runs on seven hits. Only one of the runs that he allowed was earned, thanks to a throwing error by Freddy Galvis at short in the eighth. Zagurski threw a scoreless ninth.

Bastardo has now thrown five scoreless innings over four appearances in which he has allowed one hit and three walks and struck out seven. Zagurski has pitched well, too, allowing one run on five hits and a walk over seven innings and striking out nine.

Kendrick has allowed 15 hits in 12 innings and hasn’t walked a batter. He dropped his spring ERA to 4.50 with yesterday’s less than fantastic outing.

All of the Phillies runs came on home runs. Victorino, Martinez, Galvis and Erik Kratz all went deep in the game.

Martinez was 2-for-4 and is now hitting 325/325/525. Sure seems like he’s going to make the team. Barfield 1-for-3 and Orr and Young both went 0-for-1.

Mayberry drew a walk in his only plate appearance. 333/417/714 in 42 at-bats. Ruiz was 0-for-2 with a walk and is just 3-for-23 this spring (.130).

Oswalt gets the start today against the Pirates.

This says that Brian Schneider has left the team for personal reasons and will be away indefinitely.

Chase Utley still won’t be playing baseball for a long time. He will see an unnamed specialist in the continuing effort to avoid surgery.

The same article says that Polanco participated in fielding drills yesterday but did not taking batting practice. It also says that Lidge played catch yesterday and is scheduled for a bullpen session today.

The Phillies will try moving Jonathan Singleton to the outfield. That there is a good idea. Singleton doesn’t turn 20 until September and was named number 63 on Baseball Prospectus’s list of the top 101 prospects when it was released at the end of February.

The Phillies sent Vance Worley, Jeff Larish, Freddy Galvis, Brandon Moss, Dan Meyer and Juan Perez to minor league camp. Perez pitched well for the Phils this spring, allowing one run on two hits and four walks over 5 1/3 innings while striking out seven. Worley seems sure to be back before 2011 is over — he threw 9 1/3 innings this spring, allowing four runs on 12 hits and four walks while striking out six (3.86 ERA and a 1.71 ratio). Freddy Galvis is a slick-fielding infielder who can’t hit even a tiny, little bit, which pretty much ensures he’ll be starting in the middle infield for the new-look Phillies before too long.

Todd Zolecki says that Michael Stutes was also reassigned. Stutes had a fantastic spring, allowing three hits and a walk over nine innings while striking out nine and throwing to a 1.00 ERA.


Everybody sits, woo hoo

Placido Polanco is the latest Phillie to be sidelined. Polanco hyperextended his left elbow during yesterday’s game and is uncertain when he will return to spring action.

The Phils won the game, beating the Blue Jays 13-7.

Blanton got the start for the Phils and went four innings, allowing two runs on seven hits. He didn’t walk anyone and has now thrown to a 3.45 ERA with a 1.28 ratio in four starts.

Baez followed Blanton and allowed a run on a single and two walks to raise his spring ERA to 1.23. Madson allowed two runs in the sixth on two doubles and a pair of walks. He’s now allowed two runs in six innings while striking out 11. Romero allowed two runs on two hits and a walk in the seventh — those are also the first runs he has allowed this spring as well as the first walk. Contreras and Juan Perez each threw scoreless innings. Juan Perez now has a 1.69 ERA and 1.13 ratio in his 5 1/3 innings. He’s allowed just two hits but walked four.

Ibanez and Francisco both homered for the Phils. It was the second for Ibanez and third for Francisco. Francisco’s line is at 368/429/737 through 38 at-bats. He leads all Phillies with at least 10 plate appearances with an OPS of 1.165.

Michael Martinez was 2-for-2 with a double and three RBI. He still hasn’t drawn a walk yet, but he’s at 306/306/444 in 36 at-bats. Valdez drove in three runs as well, going 1-for-4 with a double. 455/514/636.

Barfield 0-for-3 to drop him to 417/429/583 in 24 at-bats. Mayberry played first and went 0-for-2. Young 0-for-2 and at 318/362/432 with a team-high 44 at-bats. Ruiz is hitting .143 after going 1-for-3 with a single.

No game today. Cliff Lee starts against the Blue Jays on Thursday.

This article from the Phillies web site suggests we bet on Utley to start the year on the DL. I think it would be tough to find someone who will take the other side of that bet. It also suggests that Pete Orr, Delwyn Young, Josh Barfield and Michael Martinez are competing for two bench slots. Still hoping for Young and Barfield, but Young and Martinez looks like the better guess at this point. Orr seems like a long shot compared to the rest of the group, although he has hit 296/296/593 in 27 at-bats. He can also play third, which might be attractive to the Phils if Polanco is going to miss significant time.

Martinez seems to have a huge advantage in that competition after being taken by the Phils in the Rule V draft.


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