Exhibition Game: The Phillies stay on a winning roll as they defeat Team Canada, 9-2.

Cole Hamels, in his first Spring Training start, would pitch two strong innings of shut out ball against Team Canada, giving up only two hits and a walk. Meanwhile, the Phillies bats would continue to pound the ball, collecting ten hits and four walks as they knock in nine runs, as the Phils would defeat Team Canada, 9-2. John Mayberry Jr. and Ryan Howard would lead the way with two hits a piece, while Jason Ellison, Raul Ibanez, Jeremy Slayden, Greg Dobbs, Ozzie Chavez and Ronny Paulino would each get a hit. Mayberry and Slayden both continue to impress as Mayberry would hit a double and a two-run home run, while Slyaden would hit a three-run homer in his only at bat. Ibanez also keep impressing as he would hit a double as he knocks in three RBIs. Howard would have the Phils other RBI.

After Hamels’ two shut out innings, Dave Borkowski would pitch a 1-2-3 third inning, receiving the win as the Phillies would score their first runs (4) in the bottom of the inning, followed by two more in the fourth and three in the seventh. Andrew Carpenter would follow Borkowski, this time being able to records some outs, after his shlacking at the hands of the Blue Jays last Friday, when he was unable to record a single out, as he would pitch a scoreless fourth. He would then give up two runs in the fifth, making the score at the time 6-2 Phils. Carpenter would pitch two innings, giving up two runs on three hits and four walks, as he strikes out one batter. Scott Eyre would follow, pitching a 1-2-3 sixth, recording two strikeouts. Justin Lehr would then come in and pitch two scoreless innings, giving up two hits while striking out one. Jake Woods would come in to pitch the ninth inning, giving up just one hit.

Matt Stairs, who was playing for Team Canada, would go 1-3 with a single, as he would play right field.

The Phillies next game, also an exhibition game, will be played tomorrow against Team USA at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida. The game will start at 12:05 pm Eastern.

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Like Julia of Julia’s Rants is presently doing, I will start asking trivia questions. I will only be asking my questions once a week, and they will be either Phillies or National League related.

Okay, here’s the first question, and its technically a two-parter: Name the last National League team among the classic eight (teams that were members of the NL since 1900) to win the NL pennant and name the last of the classic eight to represent the National League in the World Series? You all know where to find the answer.

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I seem to have started a Trivia craze on MLBlogs! The Phillies seem to be doing pretty well in the pre-season!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Seems that way. And yes, the Phils seems to be doing pretty well. Hopefully that can translate into a good start in April when the regular season starts.

By last you mean most recent? Wouldn’t that be the Phillies then? Unless I’m reading the question wrong (seems too obvious). :-)
Sue
Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts

No, I mean the last of the original eight: Phillies, Giants, Dodgers, Cardinals, Braves, Reds, Cubs and Pirates. The teams before the Astros and Mets joined the league in 1962.

OK, then that would be the Cincinnati Reds, who won the NL pennant and lost to the Yankees in the 1961 series. I just thought you meant of those eight teams, which one had most recently won the NL even since the league expanded to more than eight.
Sue
Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts

I guess I will have to rephrase the question: Name the last National League team among the classic eight (teams that were members of the NL since 1900) to win its first NL pennant and name the last of the classic eight to represent the National League in the World Series? You all know where to find the answer.

The reason is that the Reds is not the correct answer, as they won their first NL pennant in 1919, then won two more in 1939 and 1940. In fact, they are the next to last NL team among the classic eight to win its first pennant and represent the NL in the World Series. Remember, several of the classic eight had already won the NL flag before 1900.

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