In the only meeting of the spring between the division rivals, the Phillies walked away with a 6-3 victory at Bright House Field thanks to a big day from their ace and a display of patience at the plate.
Halladay had it going. In four scoreless innings, Doc pitched with precision and induced a plethora of lazy outs. He allowed two hits, walked one and struck out two. He used mostly fastballs, changeups and cutters and mixed in some curveballs.
In a day when Halladay was completely in control, one pitch did, uh, manage to get away and whizzed behind Tyler Moore in the fourth — one inning after Strasburg nailed Utley in the foot.
Halladay had allowed a run in each of his previous two outings in Florida. Including Wednesday, Doc has now tossed 8.1 innings and given up two runs, six hits and struck out seven while walking one.
On the other side, Strasburg labored through 3.2 frames surrendering two runs, five hits, a walk and a hit batsman. He fanned six, including five of the first seven men he faced.
While only spring training, it's interesting to point out that the Phillies are the lone NL East team Strasburg has never defeated in his career.
At the plate, Domonic Brown had two base knocks and Josh Fields, who replaced Ryan Howard in the sixth inning, hit his first homer of the spring.
Michael Stutes, Antonio Bastardo, Justin De Fratus and Jake Diekman all tossed scoreless innings in relief. The Nationals piled up all of their runs in the sixth inning against Chad Durbin, who allowed four hits, including a home run.
Joseph impresses at,
Tommy Joseph had a day for himself. The catching prospect acquired from the Giants for Hunter Pence went 3 for 4 with a double on the afternoon, threw a bullet to second to catch Carlos Rivero stealing and caught Halladay for the first time in game action.
The 21-year-old, who spent all of last season at Double A, is not expected to make the opening day roster but could see time in the majors at some point in 2013.
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Dykstra, you say? Yep, that was Lenny's kid manning third base for the Nats. The 23-year-old, who hit .291 in 110 games with Single-A Hagerstown last season, singled in his only at-bat.