Big Joe Blanton looked good in his first tune up of the Spring as the Phillies beat the Yankees 9-3. With a good bit of help from the Phillies offense they were able to finally put a “1” in the win column of their Grapefruit League record. Blanton allowed just two hits in two innings pitched and recorded a strikeout. He was the beneficiary of 5 ground-ball outs which has always been Blanton’s key to success, as he is a contact pitcher. If he can remain healthy Blanton figures to be the Phillies fourth starter.
Fans will be pleased to know that Placido Polanco had a good game as well, going two for three with an RBI. Polanco’s bat is going to be a crucial part to the Phillies 2012 campaign, so let’s hope this is just a sign of what’s to come from him. Rollins, and Thome recorded two hits as well.
The Phillies also looked agressive on the bases today. Jimmy Rollins stole two bags in the same inning which lead to a run, and Juan Pierre attempted a steal as well, but was thrown out.
Phillies prospect Domonic Brown had another defensive mishap in the outfield today when he misplayed a ball that lead to a Brett Gardener triple. Gardener scored on the same play after an error was committed by Kevin Frandsen. Brown dropped a ball in the Phillies loss to the Yankees yesterday. Brown was hoping to turn some heads this Spring, but has had some trouble getting things going. He’s 2 for 8 so far this Spring and has been caught stealing once.
Cliff Lee takes the mound on Tuesday at 1:05 P.M. as the Phillies will travel to take on the Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin. The game won’t be on TV, but will be on 94.1 FM in Philadelphia.