The Phils gain only three hits, all by Chase Utley, as they are shutout for the third straight game as they lose to the Pirates, 3-0, in their last spring training game as tonight’s game has been cancelled due to rain.
The Pirates broke up a 0-0 tie in the top of the sixth as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Russell Martin hits an RBI double, knocking in Andrew McCutchen, who had earlier been safe at first on a force out, 5-4, wiping out at second base Travis Snider, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on Phillippe Aumont’s wild pitch, giving the Pirates a 1-0 lead. The Pirates then made it a 2-0 lead as Neil Walker hit an RBI single, scoring Martin. The Pirates then added to their lead in the eighth as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Clint Barmes hits an RBI single, knocking in Gaby Sanchez, who had earlier doubled, then moved up to third base on Jordy Mercer’s ground out, 3-unassisted, giving the Pirates a 3-0 lead. That would end up being the final score as Ryan Beckman collected his first save of the spring as he threw a 1-2-3 ninth inning, getting Jimmy Rollins to fly out to right for the game’s final out.
Kyle Kendrick pitched five shutout innings, giving up three hits and two walks, while striking out two. Phillippe Aumont (0-3, 4.05) took the lost as he went a third of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit, a walk and a wild pitch. Antonio Bastardo pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two hits. B.J. Rosenberg pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Mario Hollands pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man whom he would face. Jake Diekman pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out the side. Charlie Morton and Jason Grilli combined for four shutout innings, giving up two hits (one hit each) between them, while striking out a batter (Morton). Tony Watson (2-0, 0.00) got the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Bryan Morris collected his fourth hold of the spring as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Jeanmar Gomez received his second hold of the spring as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Jhonathan Ramos received his first hold of the spring, as he threw a 1-2-3 inning. Ryan Beckman collected his first save of the spring, as he threw a 1-2-3 ninth.
The Phils had only three hits in the game, all by Chase Utley, two doubles and a single. The Phils had no walks in the game while the defense committed an error (Cody Asche) in the game, along with an outfield assist (Dom Brown) and a pickoff (B.J. Rosenberg).
The Phils ended spring training on a sour note as tonight’s game was rained out. Their next game will be their season opener against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas. The game is to start at 2:05 pm EDT (1:05 pm CDT). The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (0-0, -.–) while the Rangers will counter with Tanner Scheppers (0-0, -.–). The Phils will be trying to start the 2014 season on a good note, while planning to break out of their present hitting slump.
Just hours after shutting down the A’s, the Phillies’ offense is in turn shut down by the combine pitching of A’s starter Rich Harden and reliever Alan Embree, who together would give up only three hits and a walk, while striking out eleven, as they are shutout, 5-0. The A’s would take the lead in the first inning as Adam Eaton would give up a RBI double to Ryan Sweeney, scoring Mark Ellis, who has earlier walked, making it 1-0 A’s. A batter later, Sweeney would score on a RBI single to Jack Cust, just beating Carlos Ruiz’s tag, after having slid past home plate, giving the A’s a 2-0 lead. Sweeney would be taken out of the game because of a possible injury caused by the slide. The game would then becomes a pitchers’ duel between Eaton and Harden for the next six innings, as Eaton would give up only one more run, on Carlos Gonzalez’s second home run of the season, a solo shot in the sixth, which would make it 3-0 A’s, while Harden would flirt with a no-hitter until the fifth, when Shane Victorino would get a two-out single and would later get a second single off of Harden in the eighth, but the Phils would otherwise be unable to get anything started against him. The A’s would then put it away in the eighth as they score two runs off of Phils’ reliever Tom Gordon. The first run would come in on a RBI double by Jack Hannahan, knocking in Eric Chavez, who has earlier walked, to make it 4-0 A’s. The final run would come in on a RBI single by Gonzalez, who would score Hannahan, as Victornio would commit a fielding error as he tries to bare hand the ball so that he could make a throw to the plate to try and nail Hannahan. But Victorino would then redeem himself as he throws out Gonzalez as he tries to move up to second on the error, tagged out by Chase Utley. The Phillies would attempt to score in the ninth, as, with two outs, Pat Burrell would get to third base with a triple. But it would be all for naught as Ryan Howard would then ground out to first for the game’s final out.
Adam Eaton took the lost in spite of performing a quality start, going seven innings, giving up three earned runs on six hits. His record is now 2-6 with a 4.86 ERA. Tom Gordon would pitch an inning of relief, giving up two runs on two hits. Rich Harden would get the win as he shut down the Phillies for eight innings, giving up only two hits while striking out eleven. His record is now 5-0 with a 2.15 ERA. Alan Embree would pitch a scoreless ninth, giving up just one hit.
The Phillies’ offense went right back to where they’d left off on Tuesday night, not doing anything right, only this time being worst as they didn’t really give themselves any time to wear down the A’s starter, as they constantly went after either his first, second or third offering. This seriously has got to stop, because it’s making the batters look stupid and it is allowing the opposing team’s pitchers to throw them whatever junk they want to, just as long at they know that the Phillies’ batters will swing at it. Come on guys, start practicing patience while standing inside the batter’s box again. SERIOUSLY!!!!
The Phillies (43-37) will now go to Arlington Texas, for a three games weekend series with the Texas Rangers (40-39, 3rd American League West). The first game of the three games set will be played in Rangers Park in Arlington, with a start time of 8:05 pm Eastern (7:05 pm Central). The Phillies’ starter will be Brett Myers (3-9, 5.51), who is coming off a recent lost to the Angels on June 21, as he is once again hurt by the long ball as he would go seven and two-thirds innings, giving up four earned runs on six hits, in the Phillies’ 6-2 lost. Myers will be trying to see if he can pitch another good game while not giving up any more gopher balls, while hoping that the offense’s bats will finaly wake up in the Texas heat. His opponent will be Kason Gabbard (2-3, 4.96), who is coming off his second win of the year against the Nationals on Jnne 21, as he goes five and one third innings, giving up three earned runs on six hits, in the Rangers’ 13-3 win. He will be trying to even his record, while hoping that the Phillies’ bats will continue to stay cold.
The first place Phillies are still leading the East by two games, as the Marlins were swept by the Rays, losing 6-1. Their leads over the Mets and the Braves are now three and a half and four games respectively thanks to their lost to the A’s. As they go to Texas to face the Rangers, the Marlins will begin a three games series with the Diamondbacks in Miami, while the Mets will face the New York Yankees, at Yankee Stadium for one game and Shea Stadium for three, for a four games series, including a day/night doubleheader at both stadiums tomorrow night, and the Braves will be meeting the Toronto Blue Jays in Toronto, Canada for a three games series. The Phillies will be hoping that they can bounce back and take out their present frustrations on the Rangers, before they take the day off on Monday, and then start a three games set with the Braves in Hot-lanta.