UTLEY RBI SINGLE (2:27 p.m.): The Phillies increased their lead to 7-4 in the bottom of the fourth with a two-out RBI single by Chase Utley that scored Odubel Herrera, who had singled and moved to second on a groundout by Freddy Galvis.
STARTING PITCHER LINES (2:17 p.m.) - Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez is done after three innings. He allowed three hits, no walks, and two strikeouts along with two runs. Gonzalez could factor into the starting pitch equation at the start of the season. Cliff Lee is expected to be on the disabled list, as is Chad Billingsley. Meanwhile, it's getting late early for Aaron Harang, who has made just one start and probably won't start again until at least Thursday. Harang is penciled in to throw a side tomorrow, which means he wouldn't be ready for a game until Wednesday at the earliest, but the Phillies don't play on Wednesday. He could pitch in a minor league game. If he is able to do so on Wednesday, he'll be able to get four more starts and then pitch the second game of the season. But if he is unable to throw a side tomorrow, well, that pushes everything back a day. He probably won't be in danger of starting the season on the disabled list unless he fails to appear in a game next week. But it's something to monitor. For the Red Sox, Justin Masterson did not look good at all. He walked two batters, surrendered two home runs, and was charged with six runs.
DANKS HOMERS (2:16 p.m.): Yesterday, it was the Brian Bogusevic show. Today, Jordan Danks went yard in the bottom of the fourth inning, a three-run shot that gave the Phillies a 6-4 lead.
SWIHART WATCH 2.0 (2:15 p.m.): The Red Sox prospect improved to 2-for-2 with a fourth-inning single. The Red Sox tied the game at 3-3 in the frame, which featured an errant throw by Ryan Howard to second base. A run scored on the play, but it would have scored later in the inning anyway.
DANKS HOMERS: Jordan Danks connected on a solo homer in the bottom of the second to give the Phillies a 3-2 lead. Danks figures to provide depth at Triple-A this season.
SWIHART WATCH 1.0: The left-handed hitting catcher singled up the middle in his first at bat against Gonzalez fell behind 2-1, got a swing-and-miss, then gave up the single.
UPDATE 1:27 PM: Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez continues to struggle. His fastball reminds me of Scott Mathieson's. It might sit in the mid 90's, but it has no movement, and batters always seem to get great swings at it. Jemile Weeks led off the first inning with a double to set up a two-run home run by Daniel Nava.
The Phillies answered in the bottom of the first with RBI doubles by Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz.
So much for small ball!
Well, the Red Sox are in town, which means we are legally bound to mention Cole Hamels name in the first sentence. Top prospect Blake Swihart is behind the plate. The Phillies would love to acquire him in a trade for Hamels, but that seems unlikely. Other potential trade chips include Brock Holt, Garin Cecchini. Actually, now that you mention it, the Red Sox lineup is supsiciously full of players who do not have a clear role on the team and could become trade bait. Of course, it is also a long road trip, so it is not abnormal to see a lineup devoid of veteran regulars.
Brock Holt SS
Jemile Weeks 3B
Daniel Nava 1B
Allen Craig LF
Garin Cecchini DH
Bryce Brentz C
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Jeff Bianchi 2B
For the Phillies, who will send Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez to the mound against Justin Masterson:
Odubel Herrera CF
Freddy Galvis SS
Chase Ultey DH
Ryan Howard 1B
Carlos Ruiz C
Grady Sizemore LF
Maikel Franco 3B
Jordan Danks RF
Cord Phelps 2B.