Phillies 5, Pirates 4
Spring Training Game 27 - Tuesday Afternoon, March 27th in Clearwater
Record - 11-13-3
One Sentence Summary: Cliff Lee threw six scoreless frames and the Phils won on a walk-off home run from Scott Podsednik.
What It Means: We're getting even closer to meaningful baseball.
What Went Right: Lee looked great in his penultimate start of the spring, scattering three hits and striking out three. Jim Thome, playing at first again, had an RBI-double and he's now hitting .296. Podsednik played the hero, hitting a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth.
Featured Card: It wasn't exactly a classic walk-off yesterday, but Podsednik is doing his best to stick around once the team heads north. He's now hitting .362 this spring with five steals and he's in direct competition with Juan Pierre for the final outfield spot. Pierre, who has hit .289 this spring, has an out-clause in his contract that stipulates the Phillies have to release him if he's not on the Major League roster by the end of March. Podsednik has a similar clause, but it doesn't go into effect until the end of May. For that reason alone, Pierre may have the edge over Podsednik.
Camp Headcount: 37
With a little more than a week to go until Opening Day, the Phillies trimmed three pitchers from the roster yesterday. Brian Sanches and Scott Elarton were both reassigned to minor league camp and lefty Jake Diekman, who left a very favorable impression this spring, was optioned out.