Spring Training: Phillies have lost two in a row as they fall to the Reds, 8-4.

The Phillies have lost their second straight game in Grapefruit League play as they lose this afternoon to the Cincinnati Reds at Bright House Field, 8-4.

Cole Hamels was the Phils starter and he had not as solid an outing as he did when he pitched against Team Canada last week. Hamels pitched two and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs, on a two-run home run to Ryan Hanigan in the third, on only two hits as he struck out three. Andrew Carpenter pitched next, going two and a third innings, giving up only a run, on a solo home run to Yonder Alonso in the fourth, on just two hits while striking out two. Antonio Bastardo followed him with an inning of work, giving up a run, on a solo home run to Daryle Ward, on only one hit as he struck out two. Justin Lehr would take the mound next, and give up four runs on four hits, including a grand slam home run to Chris Valaika, and a walk as he struck out just one batter. Robert Mosebach and Sergio Escalona would each pitch an inning, each throwing a scoreless frame, with neither pitcher giving up a hit while striking out 3 (Mosebach 2, Escalona 1). Lehr is the losing pitcher, with his Grapefruit League record being 0-1 with a 27.00 ERA.

The Phillies had nine hits in today’s game, with Jason Donald leading the team as he went 3 for 4, all singles. Ryan Howard followed with two hits, including a solo home run in the fourth inning. Jayson Werth, Geoff Jenkins, Miguel Cairo and Lou Marson would each contribute a hit, with Jenkins’ hit being a solo home run in the second. Raul Ibanez got the Phils other RBI.

The Phillies’ record is now 4-6 in Grapefruit League play.

The Phillies are off tomorrow. Their next game will be played on Wednesday as they face the Atlanta Braves at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida at 1:05 pm.

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Today’s trivia question is: Name the Phillies’ player who is the team leader in career batting average? You know where to look for the answer. I will post the correct answer on Wednesday.

6 Comments

Opps – sent my wishes before I read this! I’ll come back to look at the trivia.

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

If we are talking games against the Marlins, then it would have to be Chase Ultey or Pat Burrell. :)
Glad to see spring training under way, there’s nothing like the baseball season!
http://myteamrivals.typepad.com/marlins_musings/

Don’t worry abour spring standings. Just see how each player is doing. It’s nice to see what the young guys are doing.

~King of Cali
http://kingofcali.mlblogs.com/

To Julia: Well, the post was done hours late then my first one.

To Fishfins: I mean the Phil player with the highest career batting average during the team’s entire 126 years. The guy with that has an over .350 batting average. Right now, Chase is tied for 17th and Pat is tied for 79th.
And yes, it is nice for Spring Training to be underway.

To King of Cali: Not really worry, since today game’s was lost because the Reds got all of their runs via the long ball, and there is not much you can do about gopher balls other than not throw them. As for the young guys, Happ is impressing on the mound, while Mayberry is doing it at the plate. The question is can they continue as the regular season gets closer. I guess we’ll all know the answer later this month.

Billy Hamilton, with a career .361 average as a Phillie (I think).
Sue
Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts

And a belated congrats to Sue for giving the correct answer.

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