Clearwater's leading hitter this spring has been firstbaseman Ryan Howard, who went 1-for-3 and scored two runs. Howard's average now stands at .368 in the early going.
There was good news and bad news on the mound for Clearwater. Keith Bucktrot (1-0) got the win, but allowed seven hits and four earned runs in five innings of work. Layne Dawson came on in relief and pretty well shut down Tampa, allowing three hits and one earned run over four innings of work for the Phils. Dawson was making his Florida State League debut after pitching at Lakewood last season.
Clearwater is now 2-3 on the season, three games behind undefeated Ft. Myers in the West Division.