Clearwater to Dunedin
I learned this morning that J.A. Happ was pitching in a Minor League game against the Blue Jays at 10 a.m. in Dunedin.
The Phillies play the Pirates at 1 p.m. in Bradenton.
Oh, where to go?
I chose Dunedin because Happ is competing for the fifth spot in the rotation, and that competition is nearing its conclusion. Of course, it didn’t hurt that Happ’s game started at 10 and that Dunedin is 10 minutes away, compared to a 1 p.m. start and an hour-plus drive to reach Bradenton.
Happ allowed six hits, five runs, two walks and four strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings, but he pitched better than his line indicated. He struggled in the first inning, allowing three runs. But he retired 13 of 14 batters at one point. He allowed two more runs in the sixth, but those runs scored when the leftfielder couldn’t catch up to a flare in left field.
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