The Phillies gained another notch in the hopes of being complete world champions.
The Phils defeated the Canadian World Baseball Classic team, 9-2, behind home runs from John Mayberry Jr. and Jeremy Slayden. Mayberry went 2-for-3 and is now hitting .400 with seven RBI this spring. Raul Ibanez picked up three ribbies on a bases-clearing double, bringing his spring total to seven, as well.
The effort backed Cole Hamels, who pitched a scoreless two frames – his first of the spring. The Phils also received solid pitching performances from bullpen candidates Joe Borkowski, Jake Woods and Justin Lehr. Scott Eyre pitched a two-strikeout inning. Andrew Carpenter – looking like the first cut of the spring – surrendered two runs and walked four in his two innings.
The Phillies play Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino and the cavalcade of stars known as the United States World Baseball Classic team tomorrow. The Americans lost to the Blue Jays today, 6-5, despite a two-run double by Rollins. Victorino, who also started, went 1-for-5.