Monday, February 28, 2011

Francisco impressive early

We're just two games into the spring schedule, but Ben Francisco may have already emerged as the favorite in right field.

After dropping the second half of a home-and-home with the New York Yankees yesterday 7-3, the Phillies are 1-1. But there were some bright spots in the defeat.

Francisco went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and an RBI double, driving in all three of the Phillies' runs. In his debut the debut before, Francisco went 1-for-1 with a triple, walk and a run scored. He's batting .600 in the early going, while Domonic Brown is still seeking his first hit of the spring. Brown went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts yesterday.

Joe Blanton was very impressive in his first outing. Pitching three strong innings, Blanton allowed no runs, no hits, one walk and struck out one.

Brad Lidge did not have a strong debut. He allowed a solo home run to the first batter he faced, and then hit the next. He pitched out of the jam though, without surrendering another hit.

Roy Halladay will make his spring debut today against his former team, the Toronto Blue Jays. Toronto is 0-2 thus far.

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