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Hot Howard Can't Carry Phillies In 8-4 Loss

Ryan Howard continued his torrid spring tear, but the Phillies lost to the Reds, 8-4, in Clearwater.

The big man hit his fourth Grapefruit League home run as part of a 2-for-3 day. Jason Donald had a three-hit day, raising his Grapefruit average to .320. Geoff Jenkins added a homer, his second of spring play.

Cole Hamels made his second start of the spring, giving up two runs in 2.2 innings. He also recorded his first strikeouts of the spring — three total. Andrew Carpenter pitched a productive 2.1 innings, giving up a run. Justin Lehr was saddled with the lion’s share of runs, giving up four in his frame.

In good news, Chris Coste got an at bat. He went 0-for-1 in his first spring action. Todd Zolecki is reporting he, Brad Lidge, Pedro Feliz and Chad Durbin could all see significant action as early as Wednesday.



  1. Mazinman

    March 9, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    Glad to see Coste back.

    On another note: Puerto Rico just came from behind in the 8th inning to win their second game 3-1 against a very game Netherlands team. The winning pitcher? Some guy named Juan Carlos Romero.

  2. Manny

    March 9, 2009 at 9:02 pm


  3. Jason B.

    March 9, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    The “other” J.C.

  4. Chutley

    March 9, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    Glad to see Howard doing well. MAybe this year it won’t take until June for him to come around in the Regular season

  5. maxhole

    March 10, 2009 at 1:37 am

    agreed chut, im impressed with howards aggressiveness at the plate thus far. maybe he hasnt faced the best pitchers in spring training, but a break out spring for the black bambino (seriously, i hope thats not offensive) would be a dream come true for us all. ryan howard already puts up the biggest offensive numbers in the league, imagine what a stellar spring would do for the team.

  6. Jason B.

    March 10, 2009 at 8:35 am

    If Howard came out of the gate tearing the cover off the ball, he could hit 60 easily. Let’s hope for a warm April and let “Hittin’ Season” start early. He really does look good. Did anyone see the play the other day against the Braves when Howard fieldied a bunt and without hesitation threw the runner out at third? Last year, Ryno doesn’t even think about making that play. His improved D could lead him back to another MVP. It’s gonna be a great great year! Long live the World F-ing Champions!

  7. Phan in TN

    March 10, 2009 at 8:53 am

    how about Jenkins?


  8. Don M

    March 10, 2009 at 8:57 am

    Howard always has a good spring, doesn’t he ??

    I’m almost positive that he’s lead the Grapefruit League in HRs each of the past few season.. so I wouldn’t look too much into that as sign that he’ll start the year any hotter than in seasons past.

    I’d love him to hit .300+ in April, but I wouldn’t bet my paycheck on it

  9. Manny

    March 10, 2009 at 9:06 am

    I also saw Ibañez make a good catch in left field. Given all the bad things I’ve heard about his fielding, I was surprised and a little relieved.

  10. SandChicken

    March 10, 2009 at 9:38 am

    According to ESPN’s 2008 spring training stats, in 18 games Howard hit 4 homeruns with 9 RBIs. So far this year in 8 games he hit 4 homeruns with 8 RBIs. At that pace, in 18 games this year he could hit 9 homeruns with 18 RBIs. His power is about twice as good this spring as compared to last spring so far.

  11. Don M

    March 10, 2009 at 10:36 am

    in 2007 he only hit 2…

    in 2006.. he had 11 and 23 RBIs…

    I thought he was 5-10 HRs the past few springs, but I guess not

  12. Chase Mutley

    March 10, 2009 at 10:56 am

    I’m quite excited about the new leaner, meaner Ryan Howard.

  13. SandChicken

    March 10, 2009 at 11:36 am

    Looking at the number of at bats per home run for spring training games 2006-2009, this spring looks like his best ever so far. I hope he can continue.

    2006: 7.73
    2007: 29.5
    2008: 11.75
    2009: 5.25

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