The Phils defeated the Reds this afternoon 8-1 to open their Grapefruit League schedule on a chilly, windy day at Bright House Field. Beerleaguer’s spring training correspondent Billy Mac offers his report.
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Jamie Moyer and Travis Blackley each pitched three innings, collectively only allowing two singles. Blackley, the Rule 5 pickup from the Giants, is a finesse lefty of the Tom Glavine variety. His fastball was sitting at 84/85, which he mixed with a breaking ball that he turns over along with an 81 mph cutter. In addition, top prospect Carlos Carrasco made his spring training debut pitching a 1-2-3 eighth inning.
Offensively, the Phils pounded 12 hits. Greg Dobbs had a three-run home run to right against the left hander Gary Majewski. Newcomers Pedro Feliz, Eric Bruntlett, So Taguchi and Geoff Jenkins combined for six hits. Ryan Howard had two possible home run balls knocked down by the wind, finishing with a double and run scored. -- Billy Mac