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.