Charlie Manuel dropped the green flag today on the race to be the Phillies fifth-starter, and Carlos Carrasco and JA Happ each responded very well. Each pitcher threw two shutout innings this afternoon in Clearwater, though the Phillies dropped a 6-2 decision to Toronto.
Carrasco, considered a longshot due to his lack of experience (he’s only made six starts above Double-A), retired all six batters he faced, three via strikeout. Happ allowed just one hit and retired the other six that he faced.
“It’s amazing to see these two kids go back to back,” catcher Carlos Ruiz said. “They were very impressive.”
– Jason Donald went 0-3 but reportedly made a few sharp plays at third.