The Phils end their Grapefruit League season on a high note as they come from behind to defeat the Blue Jays, 9-2.
The Blue Jays took the lead in the third as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Edwin Encarnacion hits an RBI single, knocking in Jose Bautista, who had earlier doubled, giving the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead, before moving up to second base on the late throw to the plate. The Blue Jays then made it a 2-0 lead one batter later as Adam Lind hits an RBI single, scoring Encarnacion. The Phils would get a run back in the sixth as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Ben Revere, who had started the inning off with a single, then stole second base, would score on second baseman Eugenio Velez’s fielding error of Jimmy Rollins’ grounder, making it a 2-1 Blue Jays’ lead, while Rollins would be safe at first. The Phils then took the lead one batter later as Chase Utley hits a two-run home run, his fifth home run of the spring, scoring Rollins, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the eighth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Humberto Quintero hits an RBI single, knocking in Michael Martinez, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead, before moving up to second base on the throw to the plate. Two batters later, after John Mayberry, Jr. had walked, the Phils made it a 7-2 lead as Laynce Nix hits a 3-run home run, his second home run of the spring, knocking in Quintero and Mayberry. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon threw a 1-2-3 ninth.
Roy Halladay received a no-decision as he pitched four and a third innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out six. Hector Neris pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face. Cesar Jimenez (1-0, 0.00) got the win as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out the side. Phillippe Aumont and Mike Adams both collected their second holds of the spring as they combine for two 1-2-3 innings, both striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon threw a 1-2-3 inning. Brandon Morrow (0-3, 6.14) took the lost as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on six hits, while striking out three. Sergio Santos pitched an inning, giving up four runs on three hits and a walk.
The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Ben Revere leading the ballclub with two hits, both singles. Chase Utley (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Ryan Howard (Single), Humberto Quintero (Single, RBI), Dom Brown (Single), Laynce Nix (Home Run, 3 RBI), Erik Kratz (Single) and Michael Martinez (Double), had the other seven Phils’ hits. The final Phil run came in on an error. The Phils also had a walk (John Mayberry, Jr.) and a stolen base (Revere (10)), in the game.
The Phils end their grapefruit league season with a 16-15-1 record. They will now play a pair of games at Citizens Bank Park, Friday and Saturday, against the Blue Jays.