Dontrelle Willis couldn’t make it out of the sixth inning in another less-than-inspiring Grapefruit League showing.
Willis began his inning with a walk and matters escalated from there as the Astros worked the veteran lefty for four runs on three hits and a pair of walks, chasing him after 2-3 innings. Afterward, Willis told reporters that he’s battling fatigue. It certainly showed. Many of Willis’ pitches were nowhere close to the strike zone and anyone who observed the game live or on television could recognize he didn’t have it. After two games, he’s lugging a 27.00 ERA.
The rest of the staff wasn’t much better. Vance Worley, who took the loss, allowed five hits in his two innings, although a couple of them were dinks and dunks. The Astros tallied 15 hits, including another five against lefty Pat Misch. The Phils salvaged late runs with a Lou Montanez two-run double and a Hector Luna solo home run.
Stock watch: Scott Podsednik, who has impressed this individual, doubled and walked, raising his spring average to .500 (4-for-8, three doubles, two walks).