Chan Ho Park pitched well, but the offense made the statement in the Phillies 13-3 win over the Astros at Bright House Field.
Continuing his torrid spring, Eric Bruntlett went 3-for-4, including a home run, with four RBI. He also walked once. Bruntlett’s average is at .364; this with Bruntlett having the most at bats of any Phillie this spring. Ryan Howard added his ninth Grapefruit League home run; Jimmy Rollins and Carlos Ruiz each punched balls out of the park, as well. The Phils banged out 14 hits off Astros pitching.
Park, meanwhile, was solid. He went 5.2 innings, surrendering two runs (one earned) off six hits while striking out seven and walking one. His performance seemed to indicate there’s no solution yet to the Fight For Fifth. Chad Durbin surrendered a quick home run, but after that it was all cleanup for Clay Condrey, Mike Koplove and left-hander Cedrick Bowers, who was recently released by the Rockies and claimed by the Phillies.