MuckDogs, Phils Both Drop Opener

Opening day in the short-season leagues wasn't kind to the Phillies' clubs. Both the Batavia MuckDogs and Gulf Coast League Phillies lost their openers and both had rough outings from their starting pitchers.

Edgar Garcia (0-1, 4.76) is a rising star in the Phillies' organization, but he didn't look so star-like on Tuesday in Batavia's 4-3 loss to Auburn. Garcia threw 5 2/3 innings, allowing seven hits and three earned runs; an error on third baseman Cody Montgomery allowed an unearned run to score as well.

Montgomery tried to atone for his miscue by leading the 'Dogs with two hits, one of them a double, and scoring a run. Montgomery's eighth inning double put runners on second and third with two outs. Joel Naughton reached on an error and Zachary Penprase singled to drive in Montgomery and cut Auburn's lead to 4-3, but that was as much of a rally as the MuckDogs could mount.

Meanwhile, the GCL Phillies collected just three hits in a 4-1 loss to the Tigers.

Walt Tejeda (0-1, 6.00) gave up four earned runs on seven hits and a walk over six innings of work. Drew Naylor kept the Tigers off the board for two innings, giving up two hits and a walk.

The Phils got to reliever Adriano Santos for their lone run in the sixth. Curt Miaso tripled and scored on a ground ball by T.J. Warren, making it a 2-1 game at the time. The Tigers got two runs off Tejeda in the bottom of the sixth though to extend their lead.


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