Brett Myers looked sharp against teammate Bobby Abreu and Team Venezuela, but the Phillies can't get the bats going in a 1-0 loss this afternoon at Bright House Networks Field. (Photos courtesy of Billy Mac)
From Billy Mac: "Phils lost 1-0. Game included the Phils debut of Arthur Rhodes, who looked sharp, giving up no runs and throwing in low nineties (scout in front of me allowed me to see his radar gun). Myers also pitched well facing an all-star team. With Rowand, Rollins, and Lieberthal, the only starters, the bats were not there today."
Abreu contributed to the first-inning rally with a sharp single to left off Myers. Miguel Cabrera delivered the eventual game-winning hit.
For the Phils, Chris Coste continued his bid to make the 25-man roster, delivering two of the Phillies five hits. After Myers, the bullpen combination of Travis Minix, Rhodes, Zach Segovia, Ryan Cummings and Yoel Hernandez did not allow a run or walk over 6 innings.
No-name squad tops Blue Jays
In Dunedin, the Phillies offense stayed hot as Abraham Nunez, Shane Victorino and Chris Roberson each homered and the Phillies knocked off the Blue Jays 9-7. Ryan Howard, the only starter from last season’s team in the lineup, doubled and went 1-3.
The game featured shaky pitching early from Ricardo Rodriguez and Daniel Haigwood. Clay Condrey pitched three innings of one-run ball to secure the win. Aquilino Lopez struck out three in the ninth to earn the save.
The Phillies improve to 3-0 in Grapefruit League play.