Phils Drop Wet One To Tampa Bay, 7-3

The good news is that the Phillies rediscovered their power stroke. The bad news is that all of the power came at the wrong times. Plus, Randy Wolf had another shaky outing, although he did contribute offensively with a double. The Tampa Bay Devil Rays had plenty of offense and enough pitching to beat the Phillies 7-3.

Chase Utley, Jim Thome and A.J. Hinch all homered for the Phillies, but they were all solo homeruns. The Phillies were unable to parlay the nine other hits that they collected into a run in their 7-3 loss to Tampa Bay.

Hinch, who is trying to grab the backup catcher's job from Todd Pratt, started the spring 0-for-10, but has been swinging the bat better the past few days. Hinch was 2-for-4 to raise his average to an even .200 (3-for-15) this spring. Pratt is hitting .167 (2-for-12).

Randy Wolf (0-2) gave up a three-run homerun to Eduardo Perez in the first inning to fall behind early. Wolf allowed six runs on eight hits and a walk over four-plus innings of work. Toronto scored a ninth inning run off Aaron Fultz after Pedro Liriano and Terry Adams each threw two innings of shutout ball.


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