CLEARWATER, Fla. — With Cliff Lee dispatched to a minor-league game, the bullpen was asked to complete an entire Grapefruit League game against Atlanta at Lake Buena Vista. The result, 17 Braves runs on 19 hits, was horrifying.
Rodrigo Lopez was the primary culprit in the 17-10 loss. He allowed eight runs (seven earned) on eight hits in two innings. All five Phillies pitchers allowed runs Monday. Atlanta hit five home runs, including one off Mike Stutes, who is pitching for a bullpen job.
Freddie Freeman hit a home run that first bounced off Darin Ruf's glove in left field and then over the fence. It was an up-and-down day for Ruf, who had a runner thrown out at the plate until catcher Humberto Quintero dropped the throw. Ruf lashed two doubles and scored two runs.
Yuniesky Betancourt continued to help his cause at making the roster with four hits. Betancourt is hitting .450 (18 for 40) this spring. He must be added to the 40-man roster by Sunday or else he can ask for his release.