A Breathless Ninth
Phils come from behind today to best the Tigers split squad (no Polanco) 3-2. Ryan Howard launches his 7th HR of Spring Training. We don't have a count on Ks, but believe he has Ked less than 7 times. Not tremendously meaningful, but encouraging perhaps. Ricardo Rodriguez got the start in place of the announced Jon Lieber, who opted to do a bullpen session to work on his changeup. Ric Rod worked into the 4th and gave up a 2-run dinger, for a line of 4 IP, 5H 2 ER 0BB 1 K. Yoel Hernandez worked a scoreless 8th for the win, despite yielding 3 hits and a walk. However, today's big news:
SAVE - AQUILINO LOPEZ (2)
There's no breathing for the opposition when the Aqualung makes an appearance. 1-2-3 in the 9th for the save.
Tomorrow: Cole Hamels, the greatest pitching prospect in the history of Major League Baseball (that's TGPitHoMLB in case you're Tom G), will face batter off the mound with a baseball in his hand for the first time since July. Hamels said recently that he feels "awesome."