Roberson Continues Impressive Spring

Chris Roberson is a long shot to make the Phillies out of spring training, but he's doing all he can to show that he belongs. Roberson launched his second homerun of the spring Sunday as the Phillies came from behind to beat Houston and stay perfect in the Grapefruit League.

Chris Roberson would need a huge change of heart from the Phillies to stick with the big league club. Having him jump from AA to a utility role with the major league club just wouldn't make a lot of sense and the odds of it happening are next to none. That's not stopping Roberson from doing all he can to show that he belongs.

Roberson hit a fifth inning solo homerun Sunday to tie the game at 1-1, giving him two homeruns on the spring. He's also hitting .308 and is getting a chance to play with the foot injury to Pat Burrell and Bobby Abreu playing for Team Venezuela.

The Phillies scored twice in the bottom of the ninth. Shawn Garrett, Joe Thurston and Chris Coste, who are all trying to win utility jobs with the big league club, combined to push two runs across the plate. Garrett, who is now hitting .571 this spring, homered to bring the Phillies within one run of the Astros. Joe Thurston then tripled and scored on a game-tying single from Coste.

Garrett would seem to have the best shot of the three of making the club, since the Phillies are looking for another utility outfielder. Coste could be an emergency catcher, but is primarily an infielder, as is Thurston, leaving little room for either on the roster.

Another player fighting for a utility outfield job is Peter Bergeron, who scored the winning run in the tenth. Bergeron scored on a single by Shane Victorino. A former major leaguer with Montreal, Bergeron is hitting .500 (4-for-8) this spring.

Cory Lidle started and threw three innings, giving up one run. Robinson Tejeda pitched 2 2/3 innings of shutout relief in an impressive outing in his quest for a spot on the staff. Tejeda and teammate Eude Brito left after the game to pitch for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic.

The Phillies are now 4-0 in the Grapefruit League this season. They play the Reds in Sarasota Monday afternoon with Ryan Franklin making his second start this spring.


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