CLEARWATER, Fla. - Top draft choice Joe Savery was charged with five runs in one frame in a losing effort for the home club.
Savery had problems commanding both his fastball and curve and was hit hard, including a three-run home run down the right field line by Nate McLouth. Another lefty prospect, Josh Outman, also struggled. Lifted in the eighth, Outman finished with four earned runs in just 1 2-3 innings. Rule 5 pickup Lincoln Holdzkum made his Phils debut with mixed results. The tall righty worked exclusively from the stretch and threw a fastball ranging from 90-to-93 mph with a lot of movement. He also cuts the fastball and throws a big slider. He was all over the place, waking three, but pitched out of a bases loaded jam in the ninth. Starter Kyle Kendrick went three innings, giving up one run – a towering solo shot by Adam LaRoche. Kendrick, who worked both sides of the plate, had his fastball sitting 90/91.
At bat, the Phils scored five runs in the third inning, punctuated by a Ryan Howard three-run blast that cleared the second fence beyond the right field berm area. Chase Utley went 2-3 with two doubles.
– Billy Mac