Chase Utley went deep twice, while Yuniesky Betancourt, Domonic Brown, and Ryan Howard chipped in with a long ball of their own as the Phillies move to 13-13 in Grapefruit League action with a 13-4 win.
Yes, the Phillies faced Bruce Chen. And sometimes it is hard to remember that Bruce Chen was almost as valuable to the Royals in the last two seasons as Kyle Kendrick and John Lannan were to their respective teams combined. But the Phillies took advantage of this advantageous match-up in a big way with six extra base hits, five of which were home runs. Every starter had a hit in today’s game. Antonio Bastardo threw a scoreless inning.
Ender Inciarte once again came in as a late-inning, defensive replacement and raised his Spring average to .273 with a base hit. Freddy Galvis had a nice play in right field. Yes, Galvis saw the field in right.
The Areas of Opportunity
On a day where Roy Halladay wasn’t quite what we thought he’d be against a minor league squad, Aaron Cook was good but not great against a playoff team who played their entire starting nine against him. In 4 2/3 IP, he had one strikeout, no walks, and gave up two earned.
The Phillies Spring schedule continues tomorrow against the Red Sox at Bright House Field. Cliff Lee, Mike Stutes, Jeremy Horst, and Jonathan Papelbon are scheduled to start.