The Phils are done in again by the bullpen as they lose to the Twins, 12-5.
The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Ben Revere, who had started the game off with a single, then stole second base, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Dom Brown, who had just walked, on to third base. One batter later, the Phils took a 2-0 lead as Carlos Ruiz hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Brown. The Twins got a run back in the second as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Aaron Hicks hits an RBI single to third, knocking in Chris Parmelee, who had earlier singled, had moved up to second base on Chris Colabello’s walk, then stopped at third base on Pedro Florimon’s force out, 5-4, wiping out Colabello at second base, cutting the Phils’ lead to 2-1. The Phils would get a run back in the third as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Brown, who had reached base on first baseman Colbello’s fielding error, then moved up to second base on Howard’s walk, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead, while sending Howard, who had just walked, up to second base. The Twins cut the Phils’ lead down to 3-2 in the fourth as, with a man on third, via a three base fielding error by right fielder John Mayberry, Jr. and with nobody out, Hicks hits an RBI double, knocking in Florimon, who had gone to third on Mayberry’s error. Four batters later, with men on the corners, as Hicks stopped at third base on Josh Willingham’s single, and with two men out, the Twins took the lead as Ryan Doumit hits a three-run home run, his first home run of the spring, knocking in both Hicks and Doumit, giving the Twins a 6-3 lead. The Phils got a run back in the fifth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Brown hits an RBI double, knocking in Revere, who had started the inning off by reaching first base on second baseman Ray Olmedo’s fielding error, making it a 6-4 Twins’ lead. The Phils then made it a 6-5 Twins’ lead two batters later as, with Brown now on third base, via a Howard’s ground out, 3-unassisted, and wth two men out, Ruiz hits an RBI single, scoring Brown. The Twins increased their lead in the sixth as, with two men on, via a double by Wilkin Ramirez and a walk by pinch hitter Joe Benson, and with one man out, Drew Butera hits an RBI single, knocking in Ramirez, giving the Twins a 7-5 lead, while sending Benson all the way to third base. The Twins then took an 8-5 lead as Mark Sobolewski hits an RBI single, scoring Benson, while moving Butera up to second base. Two batters later, with runners still on first and second, and now with two men out, Jeff Clement hits an RBI single, knocking in Butera, making it a 9-5 Twins’ lead, while sending Sobolewski on to third base, before going up to second base on the late throw to third. The Twins increased their lead again in the seventh as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Ramirez hits an RBI infield single, scoring Brandon Boggs, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stopped at third base on Olmedo’s double, giving the Twins a 10-5 lead, while sending Olmedo, who had just doubled, over to third. Three batters later, after Benson had walked to load up the bases, and Butera had hit into a 5-2 force out for the inning’s first out, as catcher Sebastian Valle touched home plate in front of Olmedo, while Ramirez and Benson both moved up a base, leaving the bases loaded, and now with one man out, Sobolewski hits a two-run infeld single to short, scoring both Ramirez and Benson, giving the Twins a 12-5 lead, while sending Butera on to second base. That would be the final score as Caleb Thielbar pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out the side.
John Lannan received a no-decision as he pitched two innings, giving up a run on four hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Adam Morgan blew his first save attempt of the spring, before taking the lost (0-1, 5.40) as he pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on five hits , while striking out four. Kyle Simon pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on a hit. Antonio Bastardo pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Justin De Fratus pitched a third of an inning, giving up three runs on four hits and a walk. B.J. Rosenberg also pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits and two walks. Maurice Robles pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Kevin Correia also received a no-decision as he pitched two and a third innings, giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on five hits and two walks, as he struck out two. Brian Duensing (1-0, 10.13) got the win as he pitched one and two-thirds scoreless innings, striking out a batter. Jared Burton recorded his first hold of the spring as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on three hits. Glen Perkins recorded his first hold of the spring as he went an inning and a third, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. P.J. Walters, Andrew Albers and Caleb Thielbar would combine for three scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Albers) and a walk (Walters) between them, while striking out six batters (Walters (1), Albers (2), Thielbar (3)).
The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Ben Revere (Singles), Carlos Ruiz (Singles, 3 RBIs) and Kevin Frandsen (Singles) all leading the team with two hits each. Dom Brown (Double, RBI), Ryan Howard (Single, RBI), John Mayberry, Jr. (Double) and Pete Orr (Single) had the other four Phils hits. The Phils also had two stolen bases (Revere (2), Orr (1)) and three walks (Brown (2), Howard (1)) in the game, along with a sacrifice fly (Ruiz).
The Phils (1-3-1) next game will be played at home at Bright House Field against the Braves (3-3) tomorrow afternoon. The game is to start at 1.05 pm EDT. The Phils starter will be Cole Hamels (0-0, 0.00), who’d pitched a couple of scoreless innings in his start against the Astros on February 23, in the Phils’ 8-3 lost. He will be trying to continue his strong showing on the mound. The Braves will send to the mound Paul Maholm (0-0, 0.00), who is also coming off a strong start on February 23, throwing a pair of 1-2-3 innings, in the Braves’ 8-3 lost to the Yankees. He will be trying to add to his previous start. The Phils will be trying to put a second win under their belts.