Blackley, Offense Shine In Phillies Win

Sure it’s the first game of the Grapefruit League, but the outlook has to be positive. Everything seemed to go well for the Phillies in an 8-1 win over the Reds.

Jamie Moyer pitched three scoreless innings, giving up just one hit and striking out three. Game reports say Reds hitters looked baffled by what the 45-year-old wiseman was tossing out there. Moreover, Travis Blackley had a fine outing, pitching three scoreless innings of his own to get the win. In the race for No. 5 starter, give Blackley the early advantage. Carlos Carrasco — the franchise No. 1 prospect — pitched a scoreless ninth.

The offense got an early run thanks to a Ryan Howard double (he scored a few hitters later), but erupted off relief pitcher Gary Majewski. Pedro Feliz, Carlos Ruiz and So Taguchi all singled in the big inning, but the big blow came off the bat of Greg Dobbs, who slammed a three-run homerun to blow the game open for the Phightins.

So, one down, a bunch more to go before March 31. But the results are clearly good.

What we got out of this game:

  1. Travis Blackley will challenge for the No. 5 starter spot.
  2. Jamie Moyer looks like he can still fool some young guys.
  3. Ryan Howard is spraying the ball.
  4. The offense can still hit.

Next up it’s the Pirates. Kyle Kendrick will start for the Phillies, with Joe Savery and Josh Outman taking the rubber afterward. Watch to see if Kendrick looks as sharp as last season, and if Outman has the stuff to make a jump to the Bigs this season.

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  1. Giuliano

    February 28, 2008 at 7:46 am

    And guess which “favored” NL East team blew a lead yesterday, in the late innings?

  2. Rob (PHILS FAN)

    February 28, 2008 at 10:52 am

    good calll.

  3. Ralph Kramden

    February 28, 2008 at 11:26 am

    Giuliano….thats all in good when the Amazins put in a “Not Ready For Prime Time” line up to play the game Vs the Tiggers….Amazins are looking to win the NL East and beyond,NOT the Grapefruit League title.SO If you want the Phils to win the Grapefruit League,CONGRATS and Good Luck because you can have it.

  4. Rob

    February 28, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    And good luck winning the NL East this year Mets. Outside of Santana, there are too many questions with the pitching staff. And Wagner will be to busy hoping to win Bingo and keeping the young rascals off his yard, and not paying attention to Pat “Met Killer Extrodinair” Burell bombing long balls all season.

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