An excruciatingly long spring training finally came to a close as the Phillies finished with a 16-18-1 exhibition record and a 10-4 loss to the Blue Jays at Citizens Bank Park.
It wasn’t exactly the tune-up Kyle Kendrick was looking for prior to his home-opening start on Friday against Kansas City. The Phillies’ No. 4 man allowed five runs on six hits and a walk in three innings of work. He maintained a decent strike-to-ball ratio, throwing 40 of his 63 pitches for strikes (63 percent).
Kendrick totaled 17 innings in the spring overall, allowing 13 earned runs and 20 hits but just three walks. A dozen punchouts to three bases on balls is a good sign — last season, the right-hander posted a career-best 2.37 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
John Lannan, who will round out the rotation and make his Phillies debut a week from today, relieved Kendrick. He struck out five and walked none in three frames as well. Of his 45 pitches, 34 were for strikes.
It was a positive sign for the lefty, who looked outright awful five days earlier when he gave up 12 runs and 14 hits, also against the Blue Jays. Other than that shellacking, Lannan had a decent spring allowing six runs and 15 hits in 17 innings of work.
Chad Durbin held the Jays scoreless in the seventh, Antonio Bastardo gave up a run in two-thirds of an inning following him, and Zach Miner gave up three in the ninth finishing the game.
At the plate, John Mayberry gave the Phils their first run with a solo homer in the third — it was his second of the spring and first since Feb. 28. Michael Young had two double and knocked in a pair of runs.
Domonic Brown and Ryan Howard each finished tied for the Grapefruit League lead in home runs with seven apiece. Freddie Freeman (ATL) and Steve Pearce (BAL) also had seven.
Going 0-for-3 in the preseason finale, Brown finished his first-ever full spring with a .356/.414/.633 slash line, four doubles, 17 RBIs, seven walks and 16 strikeouts in 90 at-bats.
Howard, apparently fully recovered, batted .322/.351/.621 with five doubles, 16 RBIs, four doubles and 19 strikeouts in 87 at-bats. Almost as impressively, the Big Piece appeared in 28 spring games.
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... Saturday's meeting with Toronto will be the final one of 2013. For the first time since 2005, the Phillies and Blue Jays are not scheduled to play each other in the regular season.