Rookie lefthander J.A. Happ went 5 innings giving up 2 runs and 5 hits to stay in the hunt for the 5th spot in the rotation as the Phillies pounded starter Chien-Ming Wang and 2 other Yankee relievers for an 8-3 win on Monday.
Non-rostered invitee Brett Tomko, originally slated to start, was the only Yankee reliever to escape unscathed pitching a scoreless 8th inning while giving up a single.
Infielder Eric Bruntlett and leftfielder Raul Ibanez led the Phillies hitting with 3 hits apiece, each driving in a run. Rightfielder Matt Stairs socked a 2 run homer in the 6th inning and 2nd baseman Miguel Cairo added a 2 run shot in the 7th inning as the Phils mounted an 8-2 lead.
Reliever Clay Condrey, who pitched a scoreless 6th inning allowing a hit, was credited with the win. Closer Brad Lidge and Scott Eyre pitched scoreless 7th and 8th innings while Mike Koplove gave up a run on 2 hits in the 9th inning.
Wang, who gave up a run in the 2nd inning before getting pounded for 3 runs in the 6th while retiring no one, was charged with the loss,
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The Phillies have optioned pitcher Kyle Kendrick to their minor league camp, cutting the candidates for the final spot in the rotation to three.
In other MLB news, AP cites a report on Curt Schilling’s 38pitches.com blog for Yahoo sports that Schilling, who formerly pitched for the Phillies (including leading the 1993 team which went to the World Series losing to the Toronto Blue Jays) and won 3 World Series titles, 1 with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2001 and 2 (2004 and 2007) with the Boston Red Sox, will retire after 23 seasons with a career 216-146 record and a 3.46 ERA.
Veteran Chan Ho Park, contesting for the 5th spot in the starting rotation, starts for the Phils who host the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday while ace lefthander Cole Hamels throws in a minor league game in another part of the Carpenter complex in Clearwater.
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