The Phillies split their squad on Sunday with some noteworthy results. The side that stayed in Clearwater defeated Toronto, 13-5. Ryan Howard belted his 3rd home run of the spring, a 3-run bomb in the 5th inning. Domonic Brown also went deep for #3 and looks like a different player this spring, his confidence level at all time highs. Darin Ruf was 0 for 5 (RBI), and is just 3 for 21 so far this spring. Derrick Mitchell also got into the game for Philadelphia. Justin De Fratus was the winning pitcher, throwing a perfect inning, and Antonio Bastardo notched another hold with an inning of work (1 run, 1 hit). Anthony Gose was 1 for 4 and scored a run for Toronto, and is hitting .375 so far........The rest of the Phillies went down to Sarasota and lost to Baltimore, 12-3. Freddy Galvis was 1 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI, and Carlos Ruiz went 0 for 3. Jiwan James and Edgar Duran both got into this one in the late innings. Kyle Kendrick took the loss, allowing 4 runs (2 homers) on 4 hits in just 2 innings, and Jake Diekman threw the final 2 frames and gave up a run, but struck out 5 of the 6 outs he recorded.
In Bradenton, Jonathan Villar's spring struggles continues, as he was 0 for 4 for the Astros (and down to .063) as the Astros dropped an 8-6 decision to the Pirates............Trevor May was his usual self, throwing a scoreless inning with 2 walks and a strike out for Minnesota in the Twins' 7-2 loss to the Rays in Port Charlotte.
In the Cactus League, the Giants beat the Diamondbacks 5-2 in Scotsdale. Tuffy Gosewisch was 0 for 1 in the game for Arizona..............Michael Bourn was 0 for 3 (and down to .071 this spring) for the Indians in their 5-1 loss to the Dodgers in Glendale...........In Goodyear, the Royals pounded the Reds, 8-1. Jason Donald was 0 for 2 and played second base for the Reds.........Back in Scotdale, in the night game, the Athletics beat the Rockies, 7-2. Michael Taylor had a double and scored a run in 2 at bats for Oakland. Josh Outman threw 2 innings against his former team and gave up 2 runs on 3 hits (NO walks).
Last night in Japan, Cuba pounded China, 12-0 and it appear the Cuba and Japan will advance to the next stage of tounament, and China and Brazil will go home. In Taiwan, Korea is leading Austalia by the score of 5-0 in the 7th inning as I am writing this.