Phillies 7, Tigers 5
Spring Training Game 7 - Friday Afternoon, March 9th in Lakeland
Record - 4-3
One Sentence Summary: The Phillies overcame a pedestrian performance from Roy Halladay to come from behind and defeat the Tigers, 7-5.
What It Means: Halladay was just working on some stuff. (Everyone relax.) He allowed three runs (two on home runs from Eric Patterson) and four hits in three innings. He also struck out four.
What Went Right: Carlos Ruiz hit a three-run home run in the sixth, starting the scoring for the Phils. The team then scored four more times in the seventh to take the lead for good. Outfielder Lou Montanez added two more hits to his spring tally, and he's now hitting .556.
Featured Card: Palette cleansed. For the 11th year in a row, Mike Schmidt is back in camp this spring as a special hitting instructor. Here's a recent interview with Schmidt in which he names the current Phillies era (the "Charlie Manuel Era" as he calls it) as the greatest era in Phillies history. I'm not going to argue with him.
Since it's Saturday morning, and you may be enjoying your favorite breakfast cereal as you're reading this, I thought it would be appropriate to feature a cool Kellogg's card. I was never lucky enough to pull a Phillies card from any cereal boxes back in the day. I usually ended up with a Pat Putnam or a Richie Zisk or (gasp!) a Yankee. I'm lucky enough now to be able to head out to eBay or Checkoutmycards in order to rectify my bad luck from all those years ago, although there are still a few Kellogg's cards I'm trying to hunt down.