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Offense Propels Phillies Past Rays, 12-5

The bats came alive in game No. 4. Ryan Howard knocked an opposite field home run, with John Mayberry Jr., Miguel Cairo and Ronny Paulino adding blasts. Howard, Mayberry and Cairo each had two hits, and Eric Bruntlett, Jason Donald, Shane Victorino and Andy Tracy added RBI hits.

Kyle Kendrick pitched a somewhat Kendrickian 2.2 innings, yielding four hits and a run (off a home run), but wiggling out of jams with help from an improved changeup. Relief was much better than previously, with prospect Drew Naylor flashing some stuff, Mike Koplove and Clay Condrey each turning in scoreless frames and Scott Eyre getting work in giving up a run. Jake Woods surrendered two late runs.

Now 1-3, the Phillies will next play in Lake Buena Vista against the Braves. That is at 1 p.m. tomorrow.



  1. Manny

    February 28, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    A good game to watch overall.

    And I know it’s very, very early…but, so far, Kendrick is losing the 5th starter job.

  2. Good Night Joe Carter

    February 28, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    It was tough to see Pat the Bat in another uniform. In contrast to recent comments about Scott Rolen, in my mind Pat Burrell will always be a Phillie.

    This is not a criticism of the decision not to resign Pat, just a sign of respect to a guy who withstood the boo’s that he sometimes justly deserved and ultimately made a difference in bringing us a World Series trophy.

  3. Jamie

    February 28, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    I agree…it is strange seeing Pat in that uniform. I wish the guy the best – he always tried his hardest and was a great team player during his tenure in Philly. I hope he finds a groove as a DH…the guy deserves it.

  4. Doug

    February 28, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    This Pablo Ozuna is having a good spring so far. Also, John Mayberry Jr. may help this team out in the near future.

  5. Jeff

    February 28, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Pat will always be a Phillie, I will always wear my Burrell jersey with pride. John Mayberry is looking like a front runner for that right handed hitter off the bench. Should be interesting. This is making that Golson/Mayberry trade looking great.

  6. Manny

    February 28, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    I agree, Jeff…that trade is looking pretty damn good.

  7. ashmidt

    March 1, 2009 at 12:19 am

    of all the signings this year the best has to be raul ibanez, good riddance burrell.i really cant believe someone gave him a 2 year contract, pardon my french but the guy sucked, he had to be the biggest choke in my lifetime. they had to play him because they were paying him so much. the biggest prima donna phille in my lifetime. what a fraud, either looking at a called third strike or popping up. really for the life of me i dont get the fan lovefest for this guy. those knuckleheads were trying to get him on the all star team, ryan howard must have been seething he was only leading the league in rbis. thanks for the forum tim.

  8. Phan in TN

    March 1, 2009 at 7:27 am

    Regarding Eatonian and/or Kendrickian struggles, I do hope that they let the Iron Pigs or the Reading Phillies deal with him until Kendrick is stable.

    I certainly won’t argue with anyone here about Pat Burrell insofar as most of you are right and I am not. My wondrous wife reminds me of my foibles on a daily basis.

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