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Phillies Late Rally Falls Short, Lose To Orioles 6-5

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Phillies Late Rally Falls Short, Lose To Orioles 6-5

Phillies spring training rolled on today with Roy Oswalt making his first start of year. He pitched two innings, giving up a run on two hits with a walk and a strikeout. It was overall a pretty poor day for the Phils pitching staff as the Orioles pounded out 16 hits en route to a 6-5 victory in Grapefruit League action.

Brad Lidge gave up 3 hits and a run in one inning of work, Vance Worley gave up 4 hits and and a run over two innings…. In fact the only two of the Phillies seven pitchers today managed to not give up a run, David Herndon and Brian Gordon. By the middle of the 8th inning the O’s had built a 6-1 lead with the Phillies lone run coming off a Ryan Howard RBI double off the wall.

The Phils would mount a rally in the ninth with home runs from Michael Martinez and John Mayberry Jr. to cut the deficit to one run, but that’s how it would end.

Next up, the Phillies play the Boston Rd Sox in Ft Myers tomorrow afternoon. Cole Hamels makes his second start of the spring.


Cliff Lee Struggles Early As Tigers Beat Phillies 6-2

Cliff Lee’s spring debut was a bit rocky at the start as the Phillies other ace gave up two runs in the first inning including a triple off the bat of Tigers’ LF Ryan Rabun. Lee did settle down though and ended up striking out three of the eight batters he would face over two innings. He said before the game that his primary focus today was to work on his fastball location, so he threw very little off speed stuff in his short appearance.

Josh Barfield had a nice day starting at second base in place of the injured Chase Utley. He was 2-3 with a double, a run scored and also made a fine leaping catch in the top of the 5th to rob Detroit of a base hit.

As for the battle for the starting right field job, the previously hot Ben Francisco cooled off today with and 0-3. Domonic Brown meanwhile continued his awful spring with another 0-fer and two strikeouts.


Phillies Spring Training: Cliff Lee Makes His Spring Debut

Cliff Lee will re-debut for the Phillies today as they face the Detroit Tigers in Grapefruit League action. The game will be shown at 1:05 p.m. on Comcast. Speaking to CSN Cliff Lee said he’s ready to finally face live competition.

“This is a necessary process to get ready for the season. We’ve been throwing bullpens and batting practice, so I’m anxious to face the opposing team and get ready for the season. "

Lee says his No. 1 priority for today will be working on his fastball location.

Charlie Manuel has changed up his lineup a bit with Placido Polanco back in the No. 2 hole and the hot hitting Ben Francisco in the 5 hole behind Ryan Howard. Manuel has said he’d be experimenting with different ways to fill the 5 spot in the order vacated by Jayson Werth.

There’s still no Chase Utley in the lineup as he continues to rest after being diagnosis with patellar tendinitis.

1. Jimmy Rollins ss
2. Placido Polanco 3b
3. Raul Ibanez lf
4. Ryan Howard 1b
5. Ben Francisco rf
6. Shane Victorino cf
7. Domonic Brown DH
8. Brian Schneider C
9. Josh Barfield 2b


Phillies Spring Training: Roy Halladay Sharp In Debut

Roy Halladay threw two shutout innings as the Phillies beat the Blue Jays 6-3 in spring training action on Monday. It was the first time Halladay pitched against his former team and his first start of the spring. He allowed two singles and a walk. Carlos Ruiz hit a 2-run double and Placido Polanco hit a 2-run single as the Phillies jumped out to a six run lead by the 4th inning.

Ben Francisco continued his solid spring going 1-2 with an RBI, walk and a run scored. His rival for the right field job, rookie Domonic Brown continued to struggled going 1-4 with two strikeouts.

Funny enough, Halladay was scheduled to start opposite the centerpiece of the trade that brought him to Philadelphia, Kyle Drabek. However, Drabek ended up being scratched from the start with a stiff neck. J.C. Ramirez, Mike Stutes & Matt Anderson (who it 96 on the radar gun) all pitched scoreless frames for the Phils while Scott Mathieson was touched up for two runs in the 9th.

Cliff Lee makes his first start of the spring tomorrow against the Tigers.

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