Utley, Howard Go Deep in 10-2 Loss – Phillies Nation

Utley, Howard Go Deep in 10-2 Loss

The Phillies lost to the New York Yankees, 10-2 on Thursday.

Carlos Carrasco was given another opportunity to compete for the fifth spot in the rotation.  In five innings, he allowed four earned runs on six hits.  Hideki Matsui and Cody Ransom each hit home runs off Carrasco.  Carrasco walked one batter and struck out four. 

Scott Eyre allowed five earned runs on five hits in one inning of work.  Nick Swisher and Melky Cabrera each hit home runs off Eyre.

Chase Utley, who went 2-for-4, and Ryan Howard each hit solo home runs off Joba Chamberlin in the first inning.  The Phillies offense only managed six hits.




    March 26, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    Carrasco had a positive spring for the Phillies. He demonstrated with 14 strikeouts in 19.2 innings he can get some people out at the Major League level this spring. He’s not ready yet, however, as evidenced by his five home runs allowed.

    Time to come on down to AAA camp and get some practice getting AAA hitters out and improving confidence, which cannot be surging at the moment for the Venezuelan.

    Bear in mind, Carrasco has exactly six career AAA starts. There’s a reason he started in AA last year.

  2. Manny

    March 27, 2009 at 10:06 am

    “Any one of the four [Philadelphia] teams could have done it, but inside, you want to be the one to get that championship. We had the parade. Maybe we’re turning it into a baseball town again.”


  3. Jeff

    March 27, 2009 at 10:37 am


    I have been a Carrasco hopeful, but am happy with his spring and look forward to him in the rotation maybe next year. He is still very young. We do have the ageless one in Moyer to replace eventually. I think its going to be hard to choose between Happ and Park. My guess would be that Happ wins it and Park goes to the bullpen. should be intersting to see what they do.

  4. Georgie

    March 27, 2009 at 10:52 am

    I’ve sort of changed my mind now about the 5th starter, used to think Happ, but after watching Park, I’m leaning towards him getting the job. His attitude and desire to be a starting pitcher is admirable, and I have to say, the WBC was a showcase for the amazing work ethic of the Asian players, VERY impressive! Did Japan or S Korea have any errors, they were perfect in fielding in the games I watched, and being a freak for defense, I was lovin’ that!

  5. Chuck P

    March 27, 2009 at 11:12 am

    Carrasco is very close to being MLB ready… in SPT, he demonstrated great control and the filth that is going to make him a great MLB pitcher. His problem is really impatience and lack of focus. He seems to forget that he’s dealing with MLB talent at times. When he’s in a groove, I think that he rushes (and when he rushes it seems like his fastball is the pitch that gets him into trouble). Maybe I’m wrong because I’ve only watched him two or three times. He has definitely progressed… but every time that I’ve seen him get into trouble it has been with a very flat fastball down the center of the plate (and by his reaction, you can almost sense that he knows he rushed his pitch). But mistakes get hit out of the park at this level. When he’s focused and locating his fastball on the corners and down in the zone, he’s almost unhittable (his changeup is simply awesome). I was hoping that Jamie would be around to help him in spring but Jamie was with the AAA team.

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