Phillies Spring Training: Yankees 7 Ben Francisco 3

The Phillies take on the Yankees for the second straight day.

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Phillies Spring Training: Yankees 7 Ben Francisco 3

Ben Francisco was responsible for all three Phillies runs as they were defeated by the Yankees 7-3 in spring training action. Francisco finished the day with a home run, double and three RBIs while boosting his claim on the starting right field job. Francisco is locked in a battle with rookie Domonic Brown for the spot. Brown was hitless in three at bats today with three strikeouts.

Joe Blanton got the start for the Phils and looked very strong. He walked the leadoff batter, but didn’t allow a hit or a run from that point over three innings of work. Justin De Fratus and Michael Schwimmer followed Blanton and both were roughed up to the tune of 6 total runs. Ryan Madson and J.C. Romero both threw scoreless innings in their first work of the spring, while Brad Lidge came on in the 9th and surrendered a run.

As with all these early spring training games the individual performances is what matters. Blanton’s strong outing is good news for the Phils whether it means he drums up interest around the league or just has a good year as the 5th starter. Plus, the Francisco vs Brown battle for RF is getting interesting with Francisco taking the early lead.

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Dane Sardinha Lifts Phillies Over Yankees

In keeping with Spring Training strangeness, it was Dane Sardinha whose 2-RBI double off Eric Wordekemper that won the first preseason game of the year against a major league opponent. Then, Jason Grilli, who doesn’t even have a number yet, came in to record the final three outs for the save.

Brian Schlitter, who was notoriously traded to the Cubs for lefty Scott Eyre and is now back with the organization, got the win despite allowing two runs in his inning of work. Cole Hamels looked pretty decent for his first outing, the only blemish being a Francisco Cervelli double and unearned run in the 2nd. Vance Worley, a candidate for the 5th starter spot should the unlikely event of Joe Blanton being traded actually happen, hit 96 on the gun and went two scoreless innings. Ryan Feierabend and Mike Zagurski also got some work in on the day.

Without Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, and Placido Polanco, the infield took a bit of patchworking but it came together rather nicely. Josh Barfield went 2-2 in his first appearance as a Phillie. He’s certainly a candidate for utility infield spot behind (or in front of) Wilson Valdez. Round 1 between Ben Francisco and Domonic Brown goes to Ben-Fran, who walked and tripled in his two times up.

It’s always good to get a win against the Yanks, even in the Spring. And since it’s baseball, we get to do it again tomorrow.

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