One of them had to lose sooner or later and Cole Hamels drew the short straw, 2 and 2/3 innings in length to be precise.
Hamels began the Spring on such a high note his pitching coach and manager said his first outings looked like he was in mid-season form. He ended the Spring on a much rougher note. Tuesday night he looked like he'd been left behind in Florida.
The Phils had an opportunity to start the scoring in the first inning, but could not deliver against Chris Young, hardly the second coming of Cy Young...at least before last night.
OK, so the Phils gave their fans a stinker. No one expected 162 - 0 and no one expected the quartet of aces to win every time out.
Let's see what the forgotten man, Joe Blanton, can do to correct matters.