The Phillies certainly took a few positives away from yesterday's 8-2 loss to Pittsburgh in their Spring debut. Jamie Moyer started the game, pitching two innings without surrendering a run, allowing just one hit. Joe Blanton followed, allowing one run in one inning pitched, but struck out two batters with no walks.
The Phils jumped on the board first in the third inning, as Raul Ibanez came through with an RBI single, plating Jimmy Rollins. Pittsburgh responded by blowing the game wide open, against two pitchers with little chance of making the big league squad, Joe Bisenius and Scott Nestor.
John Mayberry, a promising young outfielder with a shot at a reserve outfield spot in 2009, knocked in the Phils' only other run in the ninth inning.
The Phils were solid defensively, committing no errors, and even Ryan Howard made a nice stop at first base.
The Phillies will take the positives away from this game and build upon them, not worried about the overall outcome of the game. Today's match up with the Toronto Blue Jays could be huge, as Carlos Carrasco is scheduled to start the game. He is likely to be followed by J.A. Happ and Gary Majewski. There is plenty to keep an eye on with those three taking the hill today. Carrasco and Happ will be looking to out-duel each other, and Majewski is hoping to resurrect his career.