The results don’t matter, but neither reliever looked sharp in their first game action of 2013. Papelbon’s first six pitches were a first-pitch single, a first-pitch two-run homer and a four-pitch walk. After striking out Danny Worth, Austin Jackson and Torii Hunter singled and Miguel Cabrera hit a three-run homer that broke a window somewhere in Cuba. After striking out Victor Martinez, Papelbon issued another four-pitch walk and was yanked.
While Papelbon’s struggles were more severe, Stutes’ were more worrisome. The 26-year-old is coming off shoulder surgery and he looked downright awful on Monday.
Stutes’ day went like this: four-pitch walk, flyout to warning track, flyout to warning track, four-pitch walk, two-run triple, flyout to warning track.
He spoke to Gregg Murphy on TCN an inning later and recognized how poorly he pitched. Barring several injuries, Stutes figures to start the season in Triple-A.
The Phillies scored their first run in the fourth inning, when Yuniesky Betancourt singled and Chase Utley and Michael Young walked to load the bases with no outs. Ryan Howard hit a sac fly, but Carlos Ruiz grounded into a double play to end the threat.
The Phillies had just five singles on the day -- two from Howard, and one apiece by Yuniesky Betancourt, Josh Fields and Freddy Galvis. Darin Ruf looked overmatched on a seventh-inning strikeout and is 0-for-8 through three games.