Astros 10, Phillies 3
Spring Training Game 5 - Wednesday Afternoon, March 7th in Clearwater
Record - 2-3
One Sentence Summary: Vance Worley was touched for two runs in his first start of the spring and the Phils were held to just five hits as the Astros won easily, 10-3.
What It Means: Dontrelle Willis is seriously hurting his chances of making the club after his second rough outing.
What Went Wrong: Bullpen hopefuls Willis and Pat Misch got roughed up by the Astros, allowing a combined 8 runs (5 earned) over their 2 2/3 innings pitched. (After the game, it was revealed that Willis' arm is bothering him and he'll be examined today. He told reporters that he's battling arm fatigue.)
Lou Montanez accounted for two of the Phillies three runs with an eighth inning double. The red hot Hector Luna added a home run in the ninth. And Scott Podsednik is now hitting .500 on the spring after his double yesterday.
Featured Card: I rarely feature non-Phillies baseball cards, but I made a few exceptions during Spring Training last year* and I’m willing to bend the rules again this year. Michael Martinez may be getting a little nervous about his spot on the roster as the team’s utility infielder. Luna now leads the team with 5 RBIs and he’s hitting .375 (3 for 8) so far this spring with a double and yesterday’s home run. Based on the Beckett database, Luna has had his share of baseball cards, having been most recently featured in the 2007 Upper Deck set. This is his base card from the 2005 Topps set, which is the only card I have of the guy. If he manages to usurp Martinez, there’s a chance he’ll be featured within the 2012 Phillies Team Issue set, but he would be guaranteed to appear in the 2012 Chachi set.
*See non-roster hopefuls Josh Barfield and Delwyn Young from last year's spring coverage, neither of whom ever made it up to the big club.