Split Squads Bring Split Results

It was quite an international sort of day for the Phillies. Part of their team played a team from Venezuela, while the rest played the Toronto Blue Jays and it all took place within a few miles of each other in Florida.

Venezuela 1, Phillies 0

Brett Myers was looking forward to a challenge against Venezuela. He got it, but came out with a 1-0 loss in the game. His personal highlight probably came in the third inning when he struck out Phillies' teammate Bobby Abreu, playing for his country as part of the inaugural World Baseball Classic. Of course, earlier in the game, Abreu singled off of Myers to set up Venezuela's lone run of the game. Abreu was playing in center field for Venezuela, leaving right field for Maglio Ordonez.

Myers (0-1) gave up an RBI single to Miguel Cabrera in the first inning for the game's lone run. As for the challenge he was looking for, Myers found it. "That's an All-Star team out there. There's definitely no number 87s over there," said Myers, referring to the high uniform numbers that young prospects generally wear in camp.

One of the highlights for the Phillies was enjoyed by young pitcher Zack Segovia, who pitched two shutout innings, allowing just one hit. Segovia had an up and down season in 2005 coming off of Tommy John surgery.

Phillies 9, Blue Jays 7

For the second day in a row, the Phillies got back-to-back homeruns. This time, it was Shane Victorino and Chris Roberson going back-to-back as the Phillies picked up their third win of the spring. Victorino and Roberson each finished the day with two hits.

Abraham Nunez, playing third base in place of an injured David Bell, hit his first homerun as a Phillie.

Meanwhile, Ryan Howard continued to hit, going 1-for-3 with a double and seeing his average fall to .714 in two games.

Daniel Haigwood and Giovany Gonzalez, the two left-handers acquired in the Jim Thome trade, each pitched in the game. Haigwood was hit for three runs in one inning of work and Gonzalez gave up one run in two innings of work. Clay Condrey (1-0) pitched three strong innings for the Phillies to get the win and Aquilino Lopez struck out the side in the ninth to record his first save of the spring.


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