The Phils defeat the Pirates in the bottom of the ninth with a two out, walk-off home run, winning 5-4.
The Phils took the lead in the first as, with a man on second, and with nobody out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI single, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had started the inning off with a double, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then made it a 2-0 lead two batters later as, with one man on, and now with one man out, Jim Thome hits an RBI double, scoring Polanco. The Phils added to their lead in the fourth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Brian Schneider hits an RBI single, scoring Thome, who had earlier walked, moved up to second base on Daniel McCutchen’s wild pitch, then stopped at third on Pete Orr’s single, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead, while sending Orr, who had just singled, up to second base. The Phils then took a 4-0 lead in the sixth as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Laynce Nix, who had started the inning off with a double, would score on a fielding error by left fielder Jake Fox on Orr’s single, which would allow Orr to reach second base. The Pirates would start a comeback in the eighth as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Nick Evans hits an RBI single, knocking in Nate McLouth, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on Fox’s ground out, 3-unassisted, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead. The Pirates then made it a 4-2 Phils’ lead as Eric Fryer hits an RBI double, scoring Evans. The Pirates than cut it down to a 4-3 Phils’ lead as Casey McGehee followed with an RBI double of his own, knocking in Fryer. The Pirates then tied the game up at four-all as Kirk Singer hits an RBI single, scoring McGehee. The Phils would win the game in the ninth as, with two men out, Scott Podsednik hits a walk-off solo home run, his first home run of the spring, giving the Phils a 5-4 walk-off win.
Cliff Lee got a no-decision as he pitched six strong shutout innings, giving up just three hits and a walk, while striking out three. Kyle Kendrick pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Antonio Bastardo pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up three runs on two hits and a walk. Michael Stutes blew his first save opportunity of the spring as he went a third of an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon (1-0, 1.00) got the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, while striking out a batter. Chris Resop pitched two innings, giving up two runs on three hits, while striking out two. Chris Leroux pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Daniel McCutchen pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, a walk and a wild pitch, as he struck out a batter. Joel Hanrahan threw a 1-2-3 inning. Ryota Igarashi pitched an inning, giving up a run on four hits. Jared Hughes and Kris Johnson combined for two scoreless innings, giving up two hits (one hit each) between them, while striking out a batter (Hughes). Daniel Moskos (0-1, 1.13) took the lost as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on one hit.
The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Scott Podsednik (Single, Home Run, RBI) and Pete Orr (Singles) leading the team with two hits apiece. Shane Victorino (Double), Placido Polanco (Single, RBI), Jim Thome (Double, RBI), Laynce Nix (Double), Brian Schneider (Single, RBI), Erik Kratz (Single), Freddy Galvis (Single) and Cliff Lee (Double) had the other eight Phils hits. The other Phil run came in on an error. The Phils also had a walk in the game.
The Phils (11-13) next graperfruit league game will be an afternoon game against the Twins (14-12) in Fort Myers, Florida. The game is set to start at 1:05 pm EDT.