Japanese veteran So Taguchi flashed his glove by making three outstanding plays in right, lined a single and stole second as the Phils took down the Reds 10–7.
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Second baseman Casey Smith continued his hot hitting with a three-run homer and an RBI single in the fourth. In addition to Taguchi, more outstanding glove work was flashed by Shane Victorino and Greg Golson. Wes Helms and Golson each had a pair of hard hits. Golson is batting .500 in Grapefruit League play. On the pitching side, no one stood out, except Tom Gordon retired three minor leaguers. Least impressive player on the field: the Reds’ Corey Patterson.
– Report by Martin Smith
Beerleaguer: You don’t have to worry about protecting the gaps when you roll out Golson, Victorino and Taguchi. Jamie Moyer has never been so spoiled. And how about Golson this spring? He’s 6-for-12 with 10 total bases. It might be time to move the 2004 first-round pick into the “nice surprise” category. The 22-year-old worked out with Charlie Manuel this winter and it appears to be paying dividends. After striking out close to 500 times in four seasons on the farm, he’s seen nothing but criticism here. Statistically, there’s nothing to indicate a Major League future. However, word is he’s eager to improve, and there's still time to do it. Everyone raves about his athleticism and some scouts believe he will put it together. He’s ticketed for Double-A Reading.
Write this down: Golson’s 2008 will be the most important single season of any player in their system. The outcome could even impact the team’s decision to keep Pat Burrell.
Lohse, Cardinals reach agreement on 1-year, $4.25M deal: And that's that.