The Phils fielded a lineup with almost no regular players, but
had some good patient at-bats, played some small-ball and beat the
KISSIMMEE, Fla - Jason Donald started at third and cemented his status as a dirtball type player with a hit, two stolen bases, two runs scored and a dive for a ball that ended up foul to get his uniform extra filthy. Matt Stairs showed off his speed by going first-to-third on a single in the first inning, and making a sweet running and jumping catch on hard hit ball to right. Jayson Werth added to the offense with a towering home run to straightaway center field. Greg Dobbs also had two solid hits, driving in Donald twice.
On the mound, Carlos Carrasco allowed too many base runners, and seemed to be nibbling against Berkman, Lee, and Tejada the first time he faced them, but he pitched out of jams nicely and got a huge bases-loaded strikeout on Berkman his second time up. Andrew Carpenter looked very confident, getting four strikeouts and allowing only a solo home run in 4 innings of work. Our old friend Michael Bourn made a nice diving play in center for the Astros, but he looked lost at the plate today. - Furnstein & Jonesman
Notes: Chase Utley returned to the field today in a minor league scrimmage at the Carpenter Complex. He went 2-for-4 with a double.