Miguel Cairo continued his hot hitting with a ninth-inning single, followed by a walk-off Jason Ellison double, to win it over the visiting Cardinals.
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Injury concerns are fading, as the returns of Jayson Werth, Pedro Feliz and Chase Utley in recent days allowed the Phillies to field a lineup that wouldn't shock you if it took the field in a regular season game. The Cardinals also had most of their regulars in, and quality starting pitching from Chan Ho Park and Kyle Lohse gave this game more of a real-game feel than you would expect on March 15. Park was especially dominating, only allowing three hits with six strikeouts in his 4 2-3 innings of work. Luckily a swarm of bees along the 3rd base line came along to cause about 200 fans to evacuate their seats and remind everyone that this is in fact still pretend baseball. If that wasn't enough, Matt Stairs later stole second base and got huge applause from the record crowd in Clearwater. - Furnstein & Jonesman