Spring Training Game 26 - Monday Afternoon, March 26th in Clearwater
Record - 10-13-3
One Sentence Summary: Jon Lester and the Red Sox shut out the Phillies as Joe Blanton struggled in one of his final appearances of the spring.
What It Means: I liked the outcome from these two team’s previous meeting much better.
What Went Wrong: The Phils managed just three hits – a double from Freddy Galvis and singles from Pete Orr and Lou Montanez. Nobody on the team has more than two home runs this spring, and this marks the fourth time the Phils have been shut out. But they’ll turn it on once the season starts. (Right?)
Lester struck out 10 in his seven innings of work. Blanton gave up five runs on seven hits (including two home runs) in his five innings of work.
Featured Card: This is ex-Sox and current Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon's first official Phillies baseball card. The Topps graphic design team did a decent job Photoshopping him into Phillies uniforms for the two photos featured on the card.
I'm still trying to figure out this guy. He made some ill-advised remarks a few weeks ago about Phillies fans knowing the game better than Red Sox fans. Why would he say something like that? And then he had this to say about facing off against his former team in Philly in late May:
"I don't want to hear no texts. I don't want to get no texts. I want to be the texts. You know what I'm saying?"
|2012 Topps Heritage #341|
Get Well Soon: Best of luck to former Phillies closer Ryan Madson. He'll miss the entire 2012 season and undergo Tommy John ligament replacement surgery in his right elbow. Madson had signed a one-year contract with the Reds. This is a tough, tough break for a guy who meant so much to the Phillies over the past five years.