VS TAMPA BAY — Cliff Lee was on my TV!
Lee was exceptional today in his start for the Phillies in their 5-4 win over Tampa.
Lee gave up two hits and struck out five in four innings of work. It was the type of spring outing fans were waiting to see from Lee, the off season block buster free agent.
The Phils coughed up a 3-0 lead in the fifth and then fell, 4-3, in the seventh. But a Matt Rizzotti homer in the eighth to tie and Joel Naughton walk-off single in the ninth to score Ross Gload ended the game.
Gload and Ryan Howard had two hits apiece with Howard hitting his second homer, a solo shot in the second, of the spring. Brian Schneider also homered.
2B: Gload. HR: Howard, Schneider, Rizzotti.
WP: Mathieson. LP: Balker.
VS DETROIT — Kyle Kendrick wants a spot on the Phillies 25-man roster. And he made a good case for that today in the Phils 2-1 loss against the Tigers.
Kendrick pitched three scoreless innings, allowing only a hit while striking out one. David Herndon also pitched two scoreless innings in which he allowed two walks.
Wilson Valdez gave the fans some reassurance with Chase Utley’s injury by continuing his stellar play, going 3-for-3 in the lead-off spot. John Mayberry, Jr. crushed a pitch in the second inning to give the Phils a 1-0. He too has been playing well and is fighting for a bench spot.
Bryan Holiday tied the game up in the eighth with a solo homer, the Tigers’ second hit of the day. The homer came off of Michael Stutes.
Matt Anderson pitched in the ninth inning and was clocked at throwing 99 MPH according to a tweet by Matt Gelb. His final line was three hits and allowed the walk-off single in a third of an inning pitched.
With that velocity, he could vie for a spot in the pen.
3B: Gosewisch. HR: Mayberry, Jr.
WP: Below. LP: M. Anderson.