Blue Jays 8, Phillies 5
Spring Training Game 31 - Saturday Afternoon, March 31st in Clearwater
Record - 12-16-3
One Sentence Summary: The Phils fell yet again as the Blue Jays rode three home runs to an 8-5 victory.
What It Means: In his final tune-up before Opening Day, Roy Halladay threw just 45 pitches over two innings in an outing cut short by rain. Halladay finished the spring with a 1-2 record and a 5.73 ERA. Those stats are completely meaningless. Bring on the regular season.
What Went Wrong: The Jays just had more timely hitting than the Phillies. In a bit of good news, John Mayberry, Jr. hit his first home run of the spring, breaking an 0 for 19 skid for Mayberry. Hector Luna, who is doing everything he can to make the club, had two more hits.
Featured Card: Spring Training stats mean nothing. Still, it's great to see Carlos Ruiz put together a strong offensive spring. He's now hitting .512 with 2 home runs and 9 RBIs, and 7 of his 21 hits are doubles. With Chase Utley and Ryan Howard out of the line-up for at least the first few months of the season, the offense will need all the punch it can get and hopefully Chooch is able to continue his hot hitting once the season starts. This is his 1963 Topps-inspired card from this year's Topps Heritage set.
Facebook: If you're hip to the new-fangled social media scene, as the kids call it nowadays, I've set up a page on Facebook for The Phillies Room. If you're so inclined, you can now "like" the page, Facebook-style, and get your Phillies Room updates along with the hour-by-hour status updates of your friend from high school who feels the need to use Facebook as her own personal diary. At the rate I'm adapting to social media, I should be on Twitter by 2014.