The good news from the Phillies’ first Grapefruit League game:

Cole Hamels looked healthy and sharp, and so did Chase Utley.

The bad news: The Phillies played sloppy defense, making four errors, in an 8-3 loss to Houston.

Defense is being stressed in this camp because it was a serious issue as the Phils slipped to 15th in the majors in fielding percentage last season after ranking No. 1 in 2011.

Catcher Erik Kratz made a throwing error. Infielder Michael Martinez and outfielders Ben Revere and Darin Ruf also made errors.

Ruf, making the conversion from first base to left field, failed to field a base hit cleanly and that allowed a runner to move up.

Miscues are magnified early. This was the first game, hardly a body of work, but Manuel still wants to see better defense. He was disappointed in it Saturday.

“Hopefully we kind of got a lot of that out of the way,” he said. “That was one of those days. That’s what we talked about, that’s why we’ve been working a lot on our defense. We still got a long way to go and today was a good example of it.”