SPRING TRAINING, GAME 2: BLUE JAYS VS. PHILLIES

 BRIGHT HOUSE FIELD, SPRING TRAINING HOME OF THE PHILLIES

BRIGHT HOUSE FIELD, SPRING TRAINING HOME OF THE PHILLIES

Unfortunately, that’s it for our updates on the game. You can follow the box score online and check back here later for a recap of the game. Hopefully we’ll be recapping the Phillies’ first win of 2009.

Bottom 7th: Paulino is scheduled to hit second this inning. He got his first at bat as a Phillie yesterday, but couldn’t get on base. Castro is out and Bill Murphy is in for the Blue Jays.

Ellison leads things off. Jason becomes the sixth strikeout victim today.

Paulino is hit in the foot by a 3-2 pitch. The life of a catcher is a rough one.

Miguel Cairo is pinch hitting for Jimmy Rollins. Cairo hit one in the hole, but the Jays pull off an impressive double play to end the inning.

7th Inning Stretch: Because carpal tunnel sucks.

Top 7th: Andy Tracy, Jeremy Slayden, and Pablo Ozuna enter the game. Tracy takes over for Dobbs at first, Slayden, yesterday’s “hero”, is in left field for Ibanez, and Ozuna replaces Giles at second base.

In announcing Tracy, Frazke slipped up and called him “Chad” Tracy. In yesterday’s game, the Pirates PA announcer made the same mistake,

Majewski stays on the mound. As I typed this he got Barret to pop-up and Snider to ground-out. Five batters up and five down for the vet so far.

Majewski stays perfect after two innings, getting another pop-out to end the inning. The Phillies pitching has provided five perfect innings today. The only smudge on their record is the two quick homers given up by Lehr.

Bottom 6th: Ibanez pops out to shortstop in his third at-bat. He’s hitless in three at-bats today. A lot of pop-ups for the offense these past two games.

Howard doesn’t get a hit, but for the first time today, he doesn’t strikeout. It’s progress.

Mayberry lines a double to the left field corner. It’s early, but you have to think he’s in the lead of that remaining bench spot as of now. He’s the only righty on the team with more than one hit this spring.

The Natural comes through with a 2-out single to drive Mayberry in! Roy Hobbs Dobbs shot one up the middle to knot the game at two here in the sixth.Tied at 2

Dobbs moves to second base on a wild pitch by Castro. After a smooth first inning, things are falling apart for Fabio in this inning.

Marcus Giles grounds out to end the inning, but the Phillies have tied it up. Is the first win of Spring Training in the cards today?

Top 6th: While the young relievers have disappointed this spring, the veterans certainly have not. Gary Majewski pitched a 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts for the Phils.

Bottom 5th: Now pitching for the Blue Jays, former Phillies’ pitching prospect Fabio Castro. Castro got Ruiz to ground out to start the inning.

Rollins pops up against his former teammate.

Donald lines out to left as Castro makes quick work of the Phillies in the fifth.

Top 5th: Yesterday it was the 4th and 5th innings that cost the Phillies the game. So far so good for the Phils today, but they need three more outs before they’re “in the clear” today.

Happ was great for two innings, but the Phils turn to Justin Lehr for the fifth inning.

And the Spring Training relief pitching continues to falter for the Phillies. On his second pitch, Lehr gives up a solo shot to Travis Snider. So this is what the Mets felt like last year? Tied 1-1

Jason Lane goes back-to-back with Snider and tattoos a pitch into the left field stands. Two batters faced by Lehr, two homeruns given up. 2-1 Blue Jays

Lehr tried to 3-for-3, but the wind carried Arencibia’s long drive foul. Unbelievable.

Lehr finally gets it right as Arencibia grounds to Rollins for the first out of the inning.

David Cooper follows with a ground-out to Greg Dobbs, who is playing first base today. Two outs. Ground balls > Homeruns.

Lehr gets a line drive to Giles for the final out of the inning. Damage done, but compared to yesterday, that inning was a walk on the beach.

Bottom 4th: Mayberry grounds out to first base to start the fourth inning.

Greg Dobbs steps to the plate. He’s been getting a good amount of playing time so far, because the Phillies will need him to be ready on opening day, with Feliz’s injury appearing more serious than previously thought.

Dobbs goes down for the second out.

Marcus Giles got the start at second base today and in his second at-bat, he reaches base for the first time in a Phillies uniform via a walk.

One aboard for Jason Ellison, who has scored the only run for the Phillies in this game.

Ellison is called out on strikes for the third out.

Breaking News: Johan Santana has injured his elbow and will be shut down……for a couple of spring training games. Sorry to get you excited. Apparently Johan experienced some “tenderness” in his elbow, but that’s to be expected as the entire team is tender.

Top 4th: Happ gets Marco Scutaro to ground out to start the inning.

With one out, he induces a pop-up from Joe Inglett.

And with two outs in the inning, Jose Bautista singles to left to end the combined no-hitter. Tsk, tsk. Kiss that fifth spot goodbye, Happ.

On a 1-2 pitch, Michael Barret flies out to Ellison to end the inning. Between Carrasco and Happ: 4.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 4 K. Can you platoon a starting pitcher? Very impressive stuff from the young Fightins. They’ve made it clear they came to Florida on a mission this spring.

Bottom 3rd: 1-0 Phillies We’re in the bottom of the third inning at Bright House Field. The Phillies began their race for the 5th spot in the rotation today. Carlos Carrasco pitched two perfect innings with three strikeouts. His command was great and he made quick work of the six Jays’ hitters he faced. Happ replaced him in the top of the third, but picked up where he left off. Happ retired the three batters he saw, striking out the last on a foul tip.

Jason Ellison (playing center field) started the home half of the third with a base hit. He stole second before Carlos Ruiz walked. Rollins then lined a single to plate Ellison and give the Phillies their one run lead.

Donald followed with a strikeout and Ibanez popped out for the second out of the inning.

Howard is now in the batter’s box with two men on. The big man is still looking for his first hit of the Spring. But he strikes out for the second time today to end the inning and a golden opportunity.

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