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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.

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