Brandon Duckworth and several other Phillies were on the receiving end of a 13-4 thrashing in Game 3 of the Dominican Winter League Championship.
Duckworth, who signed a minor league deal with the Phillies last week, allowed five hits and four runs (only 1 earned) over 2 2-3 innings, giving way to seven relievers left to clean up the mess, including Reading Phillie Alex Concepcion, who let up two runs in an inning of work. Veteran shortstop Wilson Valdez, who figures to be at Lehigh Valley this season, went 1-for-3 to raise his average to .190. Former Phillie Nelson Figueroa picked up the win for Escogido. Beerleaguer: Just for fun, count the number of ex-and-current Phillies participating in the winter leagues. Today's headline grabbers include Aqualino Lopez, Gustavo Chacin, Figueroa and Jose Offerman, who received a lifetime ban for punching an umpire. Great Beerleaguer fun on a light news day. [Link]