Braves 8, Phillies 1
Spring Training Game 13 - Monday Afternoon, March 10th in Clearwater
Record - 2-9-2
One Sentence Summary: The Phillies fell flat again in spring training action against the Braves, losing 8-1.
What Happened: It's just not going well for the Phils, and if their play in the first 13 games of the exhibition season is any indication, we're in for a very long season. Cliff Lee pitched into the fourth inning, allowing two runs on three hits while striking out five.
A Maikel Franco error in the seventh led to five unearned Braves runs scored off Jonathan Papelbon.
Featured Card: With the team suffering as a whole, I'm trying to look for little reasons to be optimistic as April quickly approaches. Justin De Fratus has quietly put together a solid spring, allowing a run over four innings while striking out five. He's a lock to make the team's bullpen and he turned in a nice diving play in yesterday's game which you can view here.
De Fratus will hopefully get a new standard-sized Phillies card in 2014, as he hasn't appeared on a Topps or Panini baseball card since 2012. This is his solo card from the 2012 Topps Heritage set, not to be confused with his multi-player Rookie Stars card.