Roy Halladay took the mound today against his former team the Toronto Blue Jays, Halladay had that regular season intensity this afternoon. In the second inning leadoff hitter Edwin Encarnacion took Roy Halladay deep to give the Blue Jays the early lead, that is the 7th home run Halladay has allowed this spring. Doc would allow one more run in the inning off of a Brett Lawrie RBI single.
In the top of the third inning the Florida Rain starting falling at Bright House Field, they rolled the tarp onto the field and we went into the first rain delay this spring at the final home spring game. The game would eventually resume with Roy Halladay out of the game.
Halladay went two innings today and allowed two runs off of three hits in his final spring appearance of the year, also struck out three Blue Jays hitters.
Raul Valdez came into pitch for the Phillies after the rain delay, he allowed some baserunners off of a walk and an error by third basemen Placido Polanco and eventually allowed a run off of a Eric Thames RBI single to push the Blue Jays lead to 3-0
Phillies get a run on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning from a Hunter Pence RBI single, as the teams played the fourth inning it was absolutely pouring rain but they continued to play.
David Herndon came in relief for Raul Valdez in the top of the fifth inning for the Phillies, Valdez pitched two innings today and allowed one run off one hit and struck out three. Herndon allowed a home run to Jose Bautista in the top of the fifth inning to give the Blue Jays a 4-1 lead. An interesting stat here is Jose Bautista has four home runs this spring and two of those are off of Phillies relief pitcher David Herndon.
David Herndon pitch two innings today and gave up one run off of three hits, 23-year-old Tyler Knigge from minor league camp came into pitch the top of the seventh inning for the Phillies, Knigge had an interesting 7th inning but only allowed one run even though the bases were loaded and no one was out.
Phillies plate a run in the bottom of the seventh off of John Mayberry Jr home run, his first home run of the spring and that ends his 0-19 slump at the plate in his last 19 at bats.
Phillies continued using minor league pitchers the rest of the game, Blue Jays would extend their lead in the top of the eighth off of a double and a two run home run.
Juan Pierre continues his hot spring with a single to centerfield that would bring home a run, Phillies would get two more runs in the bottom of the eighth inning off of a wild pitch and a Hector Luna RBI single.
It was a typical Florida day today in Clearwater Florida, We had rain in the early part of the game and towards the end of the game there was clear blue skies above Bright House Field. Awwww got to love that Florida weather.
Phillies announce 157,892 fans were at Bright House Field this spring. That is a new record.
Some Other Notes
Antonio Bastardo was supposed to pitch today but instead will pitch tomorrow against the Atlanta Braves.
This was the final spring training appearance for Roy Halladay today, it was also the final Phillies home game at Bright House Field in Clearwater Florida.
Jimmy Rollins was in the three spot in the lineup this afternoon, is this where he will be in the regular season lineup with the absence of Ryan Howard and Chase Utley?
According to Todd Zolecki from MLB.com relief pitchers Jose Contreras and Michael Stutes will likely start the season on the disabled list.
Phillies next spring training game is tomorrow against the Atlanta Braves, tomorrows game will be the final spring game for the Phillies in Florida as they head up north to Philadelphia after tomorrows game and play some preseason games against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citizens Bank Park.
We are just five days away from opening day.