Gotta love it when the backups pull through. Brian Schneider was the hero in today’s Spring Training affair against the Rays. His sac-fly walk-off in the 9th inning have the Phillies a 4-3 victory in Clearwater.
Ryan Howard smacked two home runs, Shane Victorino added another. Joe Blanton did his usual thing, going 5 1/3 innings while allowing two runs, with two walks and two K’s. Blanton continues to be a model of efficiency. Basically, nothing new to see there.
Back to Howard; the guy has been pretty spectacular. His average is up to .357 and I’m glad he isn’t waving at anything and everything. Yes, he still has 14 strikeouts, but with an OPS well above 1.000, it’s good to see him finding his stride early. But, again, it’s just Spring Training.
Chad Durbin hasn’t allowed an earned run yet, like David Herndon, although today he gave up one of the unearned variety. Jose Contreras even got into the act with a scoreless frame today. Can’t say much more about this pitching staff. It’s looking solid.