Over at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Florida, the Phillies fell to the Rays, 3-2.
Kyle Kendrick’s final line was somewhat shaky, giving up three runs in four innings, while striking out three. All three runs came in the third inning. The bullpen behind him, consisting today of Mike Stutes, Mike Adams, and Aaron Cook, allowed just three hits over the final four frames.
Adams has been absolutely brilliant early in the spring. In three appearances, he’s given up just three hits and no walks. Stutes has struggled, but calmed himself down for a quick 1-2-3 frame, and Cook pitched well in two innings as he is vying for an outside shot at a bullpen job. It’s likely he sees an assignment to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Kevin Frandsen and Michael Young each recorded two hits and both knocked in a run for the Phillies. Darin Ruf singled in three at-bats and Domonic Brown continued his tear with two hard hit singles in three trips to the plate. Most of the regulars (Rollins, Utley, Howard, Ruiz, Revere) were given a day of rest.
Howard has been hitting well and hasn’t seen much time off this early in Spring Training. Good thing or bad thing? And how excited are you to see Brown ripping the cover off the ball?