Not much time for blogging tonight, as I’ve spent the evening working on a long piece for Sunday's paper, but just to update you on today’s game:
- The Phillies lost to the Pirates 6-5 after Blaine Neal blew a lead in the ninth. Charlie Manuel left Bright House Field yesterday after batting practice to attend to an unspecified personal matter, so Rich Dubee handled the postgame interviews. Pete Mackanin managed the game and Dubee loudly made it clear that the loss should be charged to the bench coach, not him.
- Pedro Feliz, making his Grapefruit League debut. Feliz started and went 0 for 2. He fielded a groundball backhanded in the third inning and later reported only minimal soreness. “It’s getting there, almost 100 percent,” he said, adding that he expects to be ready for opening night on April 5.
- Jayson Werth went 1 for 3 and said he felt fine.
- Joe Blanton started for the Phillies and allowed five hits and two runs in 4.2 innings.
- John Mayberry has become a fan favorite at Bright House, hearing loud cheers every time he bats. Mayberry was 1 for 3, striking out twice and stranding three runners. His Grapefruit League batting average fell to .270.
- Jason Donald continued to hit well, going 2 for 5 with a triple and a run. He is now batting .361.
- Ryan Howard hit a two-run home run, his sixth of the spring.
- Carlos Carrasco pitches tomorrow in Kissimmee against the Astros.