2012 Spring Training

Phils’ Offense Quiet In Loss To Jays

The Phillies were only able to tally four hits in Thursday’s 2-0 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, a game that lasted just over two hours. Jimmy Rollins (1), John Mayberry Jr. (1), and Carlos Ruiz (2) were the only ones with hits. They couldn’t put together any string of good at-bats against starter Brandon Morrow, who pitched the first five innings.

On the other side, the Phillies pitchers did quite well. Cliff Lee went six innings, giving up just one run on five hits.  He also struck out seven. Chad Qualls pitched a perfect seventh inning, and Jose Contreras gave up a run in the eighth after a fielding error allowed a baserunner.

On the Juan Pierre vs. Scott Podsednik front, Pierre went 0-3, got caught stealing, and left five men on base. Podsednik was 0-1 with a strikeout and made a fielding error when he dropped a fly ball in the eight inning.

I’m not one to live and die by Spring Training results, but it’s  never a good sight when the Phils struggle offensively, especially with the way last season ended. I’d like to see them put together a few good games offensively before the season starts to show us that they are ready and prepared to pick up the slack without Chase Utley and Ryan Howard.

The club will take on a Yankees split squad tomorrow at Bright House Field at 1:05 PM.

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  1. Manny

    March 22, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Interesting piece on Theriot, who might become available: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article/comments/view?f=/c/a/2012/03/21/SP9F1NO78I.DTL

  2. chuck s

    March 22, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    When are we going to get it thru our heads that what you see today is what we’re going to get without the “big piece” and Chase. We saw what offense we have in last years playoffs and that was with Chase & Ryan. Good luck finishing in 3rd this year unless we find some strokers.

    • EricL

      March 23, 2012 at 2:35 am

      Spring training results mean almost nothing. The regulars play 4-5 innings and then you’re just playing a game of ‘who has the most high-level minor league talent?’ Spring training is a great place for career minor-leaguers and high-level prospects to shine. It’s use as a predictor for regular season success is almost nil.

      • Fuhs

        March 23, 2012 at 2:46 am

        Good evidence of the above: Phillies went 12-18 in 2008 spring.

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