CLEARWATER, Fla. - Jayson Werth's three-run, seventh-inning homer highlighted a busy day for the suddenly hot outfielder.
Werth's day included a double and reaching base on a well-struck ball that was scored a two-base error. Werth's right-handed power has been on display since getting back on the field following some injury setbacks, a welcome sight on a lefty leaning team. The home run gave the Phils a 7-4 lead over the Blue Jays, which was later squandered as Joe Bisenius pitched the club into a tie by giving up two walks and surrendering three seeing-eye singles. The game ended in a 7-7 tie, as the Phillies opted not to continue play due to an upcoming trip to the eastern Florida coast.
J.A. Happ, one of the candidates for the Phillies' fifth rotation spot, was merely adequate in today's start. He only managed to strike out two batters over the course of four innings, fell behind batters, and surrendered two home runs on a breezy afternoon. Happ needs to miss bats and command his pitches to be at his best, and today he was not doing either. Gary Majewski gave up one run over two innings, but helped the Phillies tie the game in the sixth inning with a blooper hit behind first base. Majewski's hit highlighted a number of "small ball" moments prior to the Werth home run, allowing the team to match the Blue Jays' power in the early going. - Furnstein & Jonesman
Beerleaguer: Our thanks to Furnstein & Jonesman for their reports this week. Readers attending spring training are encouraged to send their stories and photos to my inbox.