The Phillies powered past the Blue Jays in Dunedin today by a score of 12-7. Ryan Howard provided some pop with a 2 run homer in the 6th inning and rookie Jeremy Slayden added a home run of his own while going 2 for 5 with 2 RBI. Raul Ibanez and Eric Bruntlett also collected 2 RBI a piece. Photos: Charlie Manuel slaps hands with the fans; Bruntlett makes a running grab; Ibanez gets a hit:
Carlos Carrasco and JA Happ continued the battle for the 5th starter position today; advantage: Happ. Happ went 3 innings with 3 hits and 2 runs surrendered. Carrasco, on the other hand, struggled in the 5th inning, ultimately giving up 5 runs on 3 hits, 2 of which were homers. Only 3 of the runs were earned due to an error on a dropped fly ball by Bruntlett. Overall, Happ had better control and poise on the mound, where Carrasco’s inexperience showed a bit. Still, Happ needs to work on keeping the ball down. Also pitching today, former Cincinnati Red, Gary Majewski who made it through 2 scoreless innings.
Ibanez and Howard celebrate after Howard’s 2-run shot; Miguel Cairo makes an amazing play on a short grounder; Ibanez demonstrates his lack of grace while sliding into home:
Left: This sunbather clearly did not get the memo about the 55 degree temperatures in Western Florida today. Bottom Left: This behind belongs to a man who proposed to his girlfriend during the game. He did not own a pair of non-holey jeans for this special occasion? Right: Baseball lights put to good use: Birds make a home in Dunedin Stadium.
And that brings us to the Photo of the Day: I did mention the Phillies won by a score of 12-7, right? The Blue Jays staff, apparently, thought wishing makes it so; check out the run total column. Is that 2 runs for the Phils, or possibly 12? Hmmmmm…
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