Phillies 5, Pirates 4 (10 Innings)
Spring Training Game 6 - Thursday Afternoon, March 8th in Clearwater
Record - 3-3
One Sentence Summary: Cole Hamels enjoyed his second solid start of the spring as non-roster invitee Lou Montanez won the ballgame in the tenth on a walk-off home run.
What It Means: In case you're keeping track at home, the Phils are back at .500.
What Went Right: The bats came to life a little. Shane Victorino hit a two-run home run, Hunter Pence had two more hits and Ty Wigginton added an RBI-double.
Featured Card: For the second day in a row, The Phillies Room, a blog focused on the Phillies and their baseball cards, is featuring a non-Phillies baseball card. It was a walk-off home run in a spring training exhibition game, but still - Montanez' shot to left won the game for the Phils. Montanez (no relation to Willie) appeared in 93 games with the Orioles over a three-year period from 2008 through 2010. He saw action in 36 games last year with the Cubs, hitting .222 with a home run and 9 RBIs. There's an excellent chance Montanez is destined for Lehigh Valley to start the season, but he'll give the team a little more organizational depth in the outfield. Along with the card featured here, Montanez has cards in the 2009 Topps 206 and the 2010 Upper Deck sets.
I may need to cleanse the blog's palette with a vintage Mike Schmidt Phillies card tomorrow.