Braves Knock Around Carrasco In 7-2 Win – Phillies Nation

Braves Knock Around Carrasco In 7-2 Win

Carlos Carrasco pitched two innings, and he was hit around pretty badly in both frames.

Carrasco gave up five runs (three earned) on six hits — that was the difference in the Braves 7-2 win Sunday over the Phillies. His bad outing came after Joe Blanton pitched a solid four frames, giving up just a run on four hits and a walk. Blanton is locked into the opening rotation … Carrasco? It’s becoming increasingly likely he’ll begin in the Lehigh Valley IronPigs rotation.

The Phils hitting stars were Jason Donald (2-for-3, RBI, R, BB) and Marcus Giles (2-for-4). They’re competing for a potential bench spot (or better); Eric Bruntlett might be in that competition, too — he went 1-for-4. John Mayberry Jr. struck out three times in four at bats. Pablo Ozuna got some time, but went 0-for-2.

Ryan Madson gave up a run on four hits in one inning of work. Clay Condrey kept his scoreless spring in tact after an inning of work.

The Phillies return to Clearwater Monday to play the Reds. Cole Hamels takes the hill for his second spring outing; his first was successful, blanking the Canadian World Baseball Classic team in two frames.



  1. NJ

    March 8, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    Tommy Hanson… That kid makes me want to cry

  2. Jeff

    March 8, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    Well Carrasco will get some good, experience needed in AAA Lehigh, So now, I would think that the rotation in Lehigh will look good, with Kendrick, Carrasco

  3. Tyler

    March 8, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    agreed jeff… i think now it is down to park and happ with happ leading in the race

  4. Tim Malcolm

    March 8, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    WBC: USA and Venezuela tied 0-0 in the second. Rollins had the only US hit, but Wright just beat out an infield single.

  5. tim mccarver sucks

    March 8, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    In my opinion Carrasco will not make it to the Phillies this season and will spend the whole season at Lehigh. Happ is the favorite to take the 5th spot because IMO kendrick will never pitch effectivly in the majors unless he gets a change up to be effective. It seems like this spring he cant locate his fast ball and that leads to hits and walks.

  6. Bruce

    March 8, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    Team USA has no problems tonite against Venezuela as they lead 14 to 5 in the 8th inning. Venezuela’s apparent weakness is their bullpen in giving up a ton of runs. It’s interesting to see how manager Davey Johnson handles the delicate situation of providing playing time for the two premier shortstops, Jeter and Rollins. So far it does not seem to be a problem. It’s also interesting to note that Mike Schmidt, the Hall of Fame third baseman is the novice third-base coach for Team USA.

  7. Geoff

    March 9, 2009 at 8:31 am

    As far as Team USA goes…wow, after Oswalt blew up in the 4th inning in an ugly fashion Matt Lindstrom came in and threw some serious heat…then the team came alive and blew away that junk bullpen they have (aside from K-Rod). Adam Dunn hit a ridiculous moonshot into the Upper Deck. One thing though, they shouldnt have pulled Jimmy like they did. You cant do stupid stuff like that just to massage the ego of old guys like Jeter and Chipper (who looked old and lazy early on). There is no better defensive shortstop eligible to play for team USA thats better at the position than Jimmy Rollins.

    Carrasco…looks like he might be out of the running as he showed he needs more time to develop in AAA. You just dont give up 5 runs in Spring Ball like that…So its betweek Happ & Park now.

  8. Chuck P

    March 9, 2009 at 9:05 am

    I don’t have a problem with them bringing in subs… I’m sure that the players might disagree (it’s tough to get into a groove) but this is spring… they still have to work up to 9 innings. When the tournament gets to the later rounds, that’s when I would expect less subbing. I don’t think that it was a “feelings” issue. Team USA looks really good this year… they look like they’re having fun and playing as a team and I have enjoyed watching the WBC so far.

  9. Chuck P

    March 9, 2009 at 9:05 am

    And Geoff was right… Lindstrom is a beast.

  10. Bruce

    March 9, 2009 at 10:22 am

    Just thought I had add an amusing quote here from Rollins:

    “David Wright is my locker-mate, and Derek Jeter comes and
    he’s right between us. He comes in and says, ‘They put me
    between you two to keep the peace.’ He’s right between us.
    Is that something?”
    – SS Jimmy Rollins on his rivalry with the Mets and Team USA
    teammate David Wright.

  11. Geoff

    March 9, 2009 at 10:42 am

    If Lindstrom can maintain his control then hell save a lot of games and be a weapon for the marlins. He gets a little wild though, and Chris Ianetta had to have saved about 2 runs on wild pitches there.

    But the guy packs a 100 mph heater and a 98 mph sinker that really cuts down and in on RH hitters. there isnt anything you can do but beat that into the ground or pop it up in the infield if you can even hit it…i mean, that guy has some nasty stuff

  12. Chuck P

    March 9, 2009 at 11:18 am

    Agreed, Geoff…

    did anyone see the Venezualan catcher get crossed up and take a 80 MPH curveball in the wrist?? In one of the other games, the catcher took a follow-thru swing right in the elbow… this WBC has been tough on catchers.

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. The Marlins are the team to watch out for. They have arguably the best pitching rotation in the NLE, a solid (yet unproven) closer and a bunch of guys that knew how to put up runs last year.

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