Every Phillies pitcher except Jonathan Papelbon and Jake Diekman struggled in Saturday's 15-7 loss to the Rays. From innings 6-8 the bullpen allowed 11 runs and 14 baserunners.
While Papelbon tossed his first clean inning of the spring, Chad Durbin and Antonio Bastardo had trouble locating pitches after his exit. The game was broken open in the seventh against Bastardo, who allowed four runs (one earned). The following inning B.J. Rosenberg (0.1 IP, 5 R) couldn't get his hard but straight fastball past anyone.
The Phils' offense had a productive day. Ryan Howard hit a solo homer off Jeff Niemann -- his fourth of the spring -- and the Phils' bats woke up in the sixth when they touched up Jeremy Hellickson for three more runs. Yuniesky Betancourt hit a sac fly and Humberto Quintero and Ben Revere each drove in a run with a single.
Revere had three hits on the day and is batting .351 in close to 40 plate appearances. Quintero also had three hits and drove in three runs.
Phils release Mather
Joe Mather, we hardly knew ye. The Phillies cut the 30-year-old outfielder on Saturday, probably because he had no shot of making a meaningful impact this season. Mather is a .219/.271/.357 hitter in 229 career games.
Cloyd happy to be here
Tyler Cloyd and Sebastian Valle were rumored to be the players involved in the offseason trade for Wilton Lopez that fell through. Cloyd spoke on Saturday about the joy of still being a Phillie and the pressure he feels to prove last season was no fluke. Jim Salisbury has more over at CSNPhilly.com.
Cloyd went 15-1 with a 2.26 ERA in Double-A and Triple-A last season, but struggled to keep the ball in the park in six late starts with the Phillies. He's allowed six runs and nine baserunners in four innings this spring.
It's difficult to imagine Cloyd's mid-80s fastball playing at this level over any sustained period of time. If Aaron Cook sticks with the Phils, Cloyd would be the 8th or 9th starter, behind Cook, Rodrigo Lopez and perhaps Jon Pettibone.