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Hope Springs Eternal

The 2014 Grapefruit League spring season commenced on Wednesday with the Philadelphia Phillies hosting the Toronto Blue Jays at Brighthouse Field. 

The team’s potential opening day lineup took to the field, with newcomer Roberto Hernandez on the hill for the Fightin’ Phils. He was opposed on this day by former Phillie southpaw J.A. Happ.

Hernandez worked two innings, allowing two runs on four hits, including a long solo home run to Jose Bautista in the first. That one cleared the fence behind the fence, landing outside of Brighthouse field. 

Happ on the other hand only worked one inning today, facing a total of eight Phillie hitters. Ben Revere led off with a single, followed by a walk to Jimmy Rollins. Two batters later, Ryan Howard singled Revere home to tie the game at one. The next batter was Marlon Byrd, who singled to center field to bring Rollins home and give the Phillies a brief 2-1 lead.

The Jays tied things back up in the top of the second, thanks to back to back doubles by Brett Lawrie and Colby Rasmus to start the inning against Hernandez. Toronto hit a number of balls hard off of Hernandez, including a few that were caught in the outfield. Hernandez was also all around the strike zone, often recording some long, loud outs.

Phillippe Aumont replaced Hernandez in the third and labored through the inning. He walked both Melky Cabrera and Bautista to start the inning. Adam Lind would single Cabrera home to give Toronto the lead for good. Aumont then uncorked a wild pitch with Lawrie at the plate, which allowed Bautista to advance to third. He would score on a ground out by Lawrie.

Aumont finished with two walks, two runs, a hit and a wild pitch for an inning’s worth of work.

The Phillies would add a third run in the bottom of the fifth when Ronny Cedeno doubled home Tony Gwynn, Jr. That made it 4-3, and that is the way it would end. The rains came just as Take Me Out to the Ballgame started playing, ending the game after a short period of time.

Some notable performances today were that of returning Phillie Bobby Abreu and pitcher Jeff Manship. Abreu, the designated hitter, reached base twice in three at-bats. Manship replaced Aumont in the fourth and pitched two scoreless innings.

The Phillies are back at it tomorrow against the Blue Jays in Dunedin.

Stats Courtesy of Phillies.com