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An error and a leaky bullpen allows the Pirates to win their second straighth walk-off victory against the Phils as the Phils lose, 5-4.

An error on a strikeout, and a leaky bullpen allows the Pirates to pull off another walk-off win against the Phils as they lose in the bottom of the ninth, 5-4.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with one man on, and with one man out, Hunter Pence hits an RBI double, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Jimmy Rollins’ ground out, 3-unassisted, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the fourth as, with one man out, Pence hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Pirates got a run back in the fifth as Pedro Alvarez hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the season, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils increased their lead in the seventh as, with two men on, and with two men out, Juan Pierre hits a two-run single, knocking in Ty Wigginton, who had earlier walked, then went to second base on Freddy Galvis’ sacrifice bunt, before going on to third as second baseman Neil Walker committed a missed catch error on pitcher Jared Hughes’ throw, and Galvis, who was safe at first on Walker’s error, before going on to second base on the error, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead. The Pirates got a run back in their half of the seventh as, with a runner on first, as Alvarez reaches first base on a strikeout,  as Wigginton committed a fielding error on Brian Schneider’s throw for the out attempt, and with two men out, Casey McGehee hits an RBI double, scoring Alvarez, making it a 4-2 Phils’ lead. The Pirates then made it a 4-3 Phils’ lead as Alex Presley hits an RBI single, knocking in McGehee. The Pirates then tied the game up at four-all in the eighth as, with two men on, and with two men out, pinch hitter Matt Hague hits an RBI single, his first major league hit, scoring Andrew McCutchen, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, while sending pinch hitter Yamaico Navarro, who had earlier walked, on to second base. The Pirates then won the game in the bottom of the ninth as, with a man on third, and with two men out, McCutchen hits an RBI single, scoring pinch runner Josh Hamilton, who was pinch running for McGehee, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Presley sacrifice bunt, 2-4, giving the Pirates a 5-4 walk-off win.

Vance Worley received a no-decision as he went six strong innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out five. Michael Stutes collected his first hold of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up two unearned runs on two hits, while striking out two. Kyle Kendrick picked up his first hold of the year as he went a third of an inning, giving up a run on a hit. Antonio Bastardo received his first blown save of the season as he went two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two. David Herndon (0-1, 13.50) took the lost as he went two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while he struck out a batter. James McDonald also received a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up two runs on two hits and two walks, while he struck out three. Jared Hughes pitched an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and two walks, while striking out a batter. Evan Meek pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out one. Joel Hanrahan (1-0, 0.00) got the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two.

The Phils had just five hits in the ballgame, with Juan Pierre (Singles, 2 RBI) and Hunter Pence (Double, Home Run, 2 RBIs) both leading the ball club with two hits each. Shane Victorino (Single) had the other Phil hit, a single. The Phils also had two stolen bases as Pierre and Victorino were involved in a double steal. The offense is performing some early small ball. Sadly it is not translating into runs, as they are presently leaving too many men in scoring position.

The Phils (1-2, 3rd) will start their first home stand of the season with a three-game series with the Marlins (1-3, 4th). The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and it will start at 1:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound for their home opener Cole Hamels (0-0, -.–) who ended 2011 with a 14-9 record with an ERA of 2.79 and a WHIP of 0.99. He pitched in 32 games, all but one of them as a starter, throwing a total of 216 innings, in which he struck out 184 batters, while walking only 44. Cole will be trying to continue where he left off last year, while trying to end the Phils present losing streak. The Marlins will counter with Anibal Sanchez (0-0, -.–), who is coming off a 2011 season with a record of 8-9, with a 3.67 ERA and a WHIP of 1.28. Sanchez started in 32 games, for a total of 196.1 innings, striking out 202 batters, while walking just 64. He will be trying to stop the Marlins early slide. The Phils will be trying to end their first losing slide, after spoiling two straight quality starts with so-so offense.

On-Deck Series: The Phils sweep the series, helped by a four-run fifth, as they defeat the Pirates, 7-2.

Thanks to a four-run fifth, the Phils sweep the On-Deck series from the Pirates, winning, 7-2.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, Hector Pence hits an RBI double, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier walked, then stole second base, before moving on to third on Jimmy Rollins’ ground out, 4-3, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Pirates tied the game up at one-all in the fifth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Robbie Grossman hits an RBI double, scoring Clint Barmes, who had earlier singled. The Pirates then took a 2-0 lead as Yamaico Navarro hits an RBI single, knocking in Barmes.  The Phils tied the game up at two-all in theitr half of the fifth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Victorino hits an RBI single, knocking in Pete Orr, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, while sending Brian Schneider, who had just walked, up to second base. The Phils then retook the lead for good as Placido Polanco hits a three-run home run, his first home run of the spring, giving the Phils a 5-1 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the eighth as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Orr hits an RBI double, knocking in Laynce Nix, who had earlier doubled, then went to third as Ty Wigginton hits into a 6-4-3 doubleplay, wiping out at second base John Mayberry, Jr., who had earlier walked, for the inning’s first out, giving the Phils a 6-1 lead. The Phils then made it a 7-1 lead as Schneider hits an RBI single, knocking in Orr. That would end up being the final score as Eric Fryer struck out, looking, for the game’s final out.

Cole Hamels received a no-decision as he pitched four scoreless innings, giving up three hits, while striking out five. Antonio Bastardo pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on a hit. David Herndon (1-0, 3.31) got the win as he pitched an inning and a third, giving up a run on three hits, while striking out two. Raul Valdes received his first hold of the spring as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Chad Qualls received his second hold of the spring as he threw a 1-2-3 inning. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a 1-2-3 inning, as he struck out two. James McDonald also received a no-decision as he went three innings, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out three. Chris Leroux (0-1, 10.45) took the lost as he pitched an inning, plus three batters, giving up three runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out one. Tim Wood pitched an inning, giving up a run on one hit. Evan Meek and Jared Hughes combined for two scoreless innings, giving up two hits (one hit apiece) between them. Kris Johnson pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk. Tim Alderson pitched a third of an inning, giving up two hits, while he struck out one.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Pete Orr (Single, Double, RBI) leading the team with two hits. Shane Victorino (Single, RBI), Juan Pierre (Single), Placido Polanco (Home Run, 3 RBIs), Freddy Galvis (Double), Hunter Pence (Double, RBI), Laynce Nix (Double), John Mayberry, Jr. (Double),  Carlos Ruiz (Double), and Brian Schneider (Single, RBI) had the other nine Phils’ hit. The Phils also had three walks and two stolen bases (Victorino, Orr) in the game.

The Phils will have tomorrow off, before they start off the regular season on Thursday with a three game series with the Pirates in Pittsburgh at PNC Park.

On-Deck Series: The Phils hang on to win a back and forth battle with the Pirates as they win, 4-3.

The Phils win a back and forth fight with their cross-state rivals the Pirates to win the first game in their two games on-deck series, 4-3.

The Phils took a 1-0 lead in the first as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Juan Pierre, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Placido Polanco’s fly out. The Phils added to their lead in the second as, with a man on third, and with nobody out, Ty Wigginton hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring Shane Victorino, who had started the inning off with a triple, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Phils then made it a 3-0 lead in the third as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Rollins hits an RBI double, knocking in Pierre, who had earlier reached base as he was hit by a pitch, then stole second base. The Pirates got a run back in the fourth as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Neil Walker hits an RBI single, knocking in Jose Tabata, who had earlier singled, then stole second base as Andrew McCutchen struck out, swinging, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead, before moving up to second base on Hunter Pence’s throwing error. The Pirates then cut the Phils’ lead down to 3-2 as Garrett Jones hits an RBI double, scoring Walker. The Pirates then tied the game up at three-all in the sixth as, with two men out, McCutchen hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the spring. The Phils regained the lead in the seventh as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Freddy Galvis hits an RBI triple, knocking in Wigginton, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Brian Schneider’s ground out, 3-unassisted, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. That would end up being the final score as Kyle Kendrick pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, getting  Jones to flied out to right for the final out.

Joe Blanton received a no-decision as he pitched four and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on three hits, as he struck out two. Antonio Bastardo pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man that he would face. Pat Misch (1-0, 2.57) received his first blown save of the spring before collecting the win as he pitched three innings, giving up a run on three hits. Kyle Kendrick collected his first save of the spring as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Tony Watson received a no-decision as he went an inning, giving up a run on one hit. Evan Meek pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit. Juan Cruz went an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a hit batter. Joel Hanrahan, Jason Grilli and Chris Resop combined for three scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Grilli (1), Resop (1))  between them, while striking out three (one batter each). Ryan Beckman (0-1, 3.38) took the lost as he pitched two innings, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out two.

The Phils had two hits in the game, with Freddy Galvis leading the team with two hits (Single, Triple, RBI). Juan Pierre (Double), Placido Polanco (Single), Jimmy Rollins (Double, 2 RBIs), Shane Victorino (Triple) and Ty Wigginton (Single, RBI) had the other five Phils’ hits. Pierre also had the only Phils stolen base in the game.

The Phils (13-16) will play the second and final game of their on-deck series with the Pirates (9-19) this afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. The game is to start at 1:05 pn EDT.

Spring Training: The Phils’ late rally comes up short as they lose to the Pirates, 3-2.

A late ninth-inning rally by the Phils comes up a run short as they lose to the Pirates, 3-2.

The Pirates take a quick 1-0 lead in the first as Starling Marte hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the spring. The Pirates then took a 2-0 lead in the third as, with two men on, and with one man out, Casey McGehee hits an RBI ground out, 5-3, scoring Marte, who had earlier singled, stopped at second base on Clint Barmes’ single, then went to third on Cliff Lee’s wild pitch, while sending Barmes, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Lee’s wild pitch, would move up to third base. The Pirates then made it a 3-0 lead in the fifth as pinch hitter Jake Fox hits a solo home run. The Phils finally get on the board in the ninth as, with the bases loaded, via Hector Luna being hit by a pitch, then moving up to second on Lou Montanez’s grounder before going on to third on third baseman Matt Pogue’s force attempt throwing error, Montanez reaching first base on Pogue’s error, and a walk to Tuffy Gosewisch, sending Montanez up to second base, and with one man out, Kevin Frandsen hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Luna, making it a 3-1 Pirates’ lead. while sending Montanez on to third. The Phils then made it a 3-2 Pirates’ lead one batter later as, with runners on the corners, and now with two men out, Miguel Abreu hits an RBI infield single, scoring Montanez, while sending Gosewisch up to second base. But, that would end up being the final score as Juan Pierre would end the game by grounding out, 4-3, for the final out.

Cliff Lee (1-1, 4.66) took the lost as he went four and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out five. Kyle Kendrick pitched three and one-third scoreless innings, striking out five batters.  Kevin Correia (1-0, 0.00) got the win as he pitched four shutout innings, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Evan Meek collected his second hold of the spring as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Justin Wilson, Kyle McPherson and Daniel Moskos all received their first hold of the spring as they combined for three scoreless innings, giving up three hits (McPherson (1), Moskos (2)) and a walk (Wilson) between them, while striking out one (Wilson). Bryan Morris recorded his first save of the spring as he pitched an inning, giving up two runs on a hit, a walk and a hit batter, while striking out one.

The Phils had six hits in the game, a single by Scott Podsednik, a single by Lou Montanez, a double by Pete Orr, a double by Kevin Frandsen (RBI), a single by Freddy Galvis and a single by Miguel Abreu (RBI). The Phils also had three walks in the game as well as two stolen bases (Podsednik, Juan Pierre).

The Phils (6-8) next spring training game will be an afternoon game with the Blue Jays (12-2) at Bright House Field in Clearwater tomorrow afternoon. The game is to start at 1:05 pm EDT.

The Phils finally get a win at PNC Park as they defeat the Pirates, 7-3.

The Phils leave PNC Park with a win as they defeat the Pirates, 7-3.

The Pirates take a quick 2-0 lead in the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, Neil Walker hits a two-run home run, his eighth home run of the season, knocking in Xavier Paul, who had earlier singled, moved up to second on Josh Harrison’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, then went to third on Andrew McCutchen’s ground out, 6-3.  The Phils got a run back in the fourth as, with runners on second and third, thanks to a pair of walks to Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, and a wild pitch by Pirates’ starter James McDonald that had allowed Utley to move up to second as Howard was batting, and then a passed ball by Pirates’ catcher Dusty Brown while Raul Ibanez was batting, that allowed Utley and Howard to both move up a base, and with nobody out, Ibanez hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Utley, making it a 2-1 Pirates’ lead, while Howard would move up to third. Two batters later, after Carlos Ruiz is hit by the pitch to put runners on the corners, the Phils tried to tie up the game as Dom Brown hit a ball up the middle, which hits the umpire, becoming a dead ball, giving Brown a single, and putting Ruiz on second base, but sending Howard back to third, loading up the bases, which would come back to haunt the Phils as Wilson Valdez hit into a 4-3 double play, wiping out Brown at second base, to end the inning. The Phils threaten to tie the game once again in the fifth as they loaded up the bases via walks to Roy Halladay, Shane Victorino and Placido Polanco, and with nobody out, Utley hits a grounder to first baseman Lyle Overbay, who then threw home, forcing out Halladay at the plate, 3-2, for the inning’s first out, as Utley is safe at first, while Victorino and Polanco both moved up a base. The Phils then finally tied it up at two-all as, with the bases still loaded, and now with one man out, after a long battle, Howard hits a sacrifice fly to deep center field, just missing a home run, scoring Victorino, while both Polanco and Utley would move up a base. Two batters later, after Ibanez was intentionally walked to reload the bases, and now with two men out, Ruiz forced in a run as he is hit by the pitch for the second time in the game, scoring Polanco, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead, while both Utley and Ibanez would move up a base. The Phils then took a 4-2 lead in the sixth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Polanco hits an RBI single, scoring Halladay, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second on Victorino’s ground out, 1-3. The Pirates tried to cut the Phils’ lead in the seventh as, with two men on, via a single by Brandon Wood, and a single by pinch hitter Matt Diaz, while Wood would go on to third on a fielding error by Howard on Polanco’s throw to first, with two men out. But, Halladay would get out of the inning as pinch hitter Jose Tabata hits a liner that was caught by Utley for the inning’s final out. The Phils added a run in the eighth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Polanco, who had earlier singled, than stopped at second on Utley’s single, giving the Phils a 5-2 lead, while sending Utley, who had just singled, up to second base. The Pirates got a run back in their half of the eighth as, with one man on, and with one man out, McCutchen hits an RBI single, knocking in Harrison, who had earlier doubled, making it a 5-3 Phils’ lead. The Phils then made it a 6-3 lead in the ninth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Victorino hits an RBI single, knocking in Valdez, who had earlier singled, then went on to third on pinch hitter Ben Francisco’s single, while sending Francisco, who had just singled, on to second base.  Three batters later, with now two men out, Howard hits an RBI single, scoring Victorino, giving the Phils a 7-3 lead, while sending Francisco on to third. That would be the final score as Ryan Madson put down the Pirates in the ninth.

Roy Halladay (8-3, 2.56) got the win as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out six. Jose Contreras collected his third hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on two hits. Antonio Bastardo collected his fourth hold of the year, as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. James McDonald (3-4, 4.97) took the lost as he went four innings, plus three batters, giving up three runs on three hits, five walks, two hit batters, a wild pitch and a passed ball, while striking out three. Chris Resop pitched an inning, giving up a walk. Evan Meek pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on three hits. Daniel Moskos pitched an inning and a third, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Jose Ascanio pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on three hits. Jose Veras pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out a batter. Daniel McCutchen pitched an inning, giving up two runs on four hits.

The Phils had fourteen hits in the ballgame, with Chase Utley leading the team with three hits, all singles, as he raised his batting average to .239. Shane Victorino (Singles, RBI), Placido Polanco (Singles, RBI), Ryan Howard (Singles, 3 RBIs) and Dom Brown (Single, Double), all followed with two hits each. Wilson Valdez (Single), Roy Halladay (Single) and pinch hitter Ben Francisco (Single), had the other three Phils’ hits. Raul Ibanez knocked in one Phil run with a sacrifice fly, while Carlos Ruiz would have the other Phil RBI, as he got hit by the  pitch with the bases loaded.

The Phils (35-24, 1st East) will go home to start a three-game series with the Dodgers (28-32, 3rd West) at Citizens Bank Park with a ballgame tomorrow night. The game will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (4-5, 3.94), who is coming off a lost to the Nats on May 31, as he went five and one-third innings, giving up six runs on seven hits and three walks, as he struck out four, in the Phils’ 10-2 lost. He will be trying to get the home stand off on a winning start. The Dodgers will counter with Ted Lilly (4-4, 4.22), who is coming off a win against the Rockies on May 31, as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on four hits, as he struck out eight, in the Dodgers’ 8-2 win. He’ll be trying to give the Phils some fits. The Phils will be trying to start off their long home stand on a good note with a win.

The Phils suffer an extra-inning walk-off lost as they lose to the Bucos, 2-1.

The Phils suffer another lost in the Pirates’ new home as they suffer an extra-inning, walk-off lost to their cross-state rivals, the Pirates, losing 2-1 in twelve innings.

The Phils scratch across a run in the sixth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, then stole second, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Pirates got the run back in their half of the sixth without getting a hit as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Jose Tabata hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Ronny Cedeno, who had earlier walked, went to second base on Jeff Karstens’ sacrifice bunt, 3-4, then went to third on Cole Hamels’ wild pitch, tying the game up at one-all. That would stay the score, in spite of the Pirates threatening to score in the 9th, 10th and 11th innings. Then in the twelfth, with two men out, the Pirates threaten again as Xavier Paul got on base with a single, before stealing second base, placing himself in scoring position. Tabata then hits a single to right, with Paul crossing the plate as the ball gets past Carlos Ruiz, giving the Pirates a 2-1 walk-off, extra-innings win.

Cole Hamels received a no-decision as he went eight innings, giving up a run on one hit and three walks, while striking out four. Jose Contreras, Antonio Bastardo and Michael Stutes combine for three scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Contreras (1), Stutes (1)) and four walks (Contreras (1), Bastardo (2), Stutes (1)), between them, as all three seems to be having trouble finding the strike zone. Danys Baez (1-3, 4.33) took the lost as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits, as he struck out a batter. Jeff Karstens also received a no-decision as he pitched seven inning, giving up a run on four hits, while he struck out two. Evan Meek, Joel Hanrahan and Daniel McCutchen combine for four scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Meek) and two walks (Hanrahan (1), McCutchen(1)), while striking out two (Hanrahan (1), McCutchen (1)), between them. Daniel Moskos (1-0, 0.00) got the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning.

The Phils had just six hits in the game, all singles, with Jimmy Rollins and Cole Hamels both leading the team with two hits each. Placido Planco and Chase Utley (RBI), had the other two Phils’ hits, as the team was handcupped by Pirates’ pitching, in spite of hitting a lot of hard balls, which, sadly, were caught.

The Phils (34-22, 1st East) will continue their series with the Pirates (27-29, 4th Central) with a night game tonight at PNC Park. The game will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (3-2, 3.38), who last pitched on May 29, in relief, againt the Mets, going three innings, giving up a run on three hits, while striking out two, in the Phils’ 9-5 lost. He will be trying for his second strong spot start, while trying to see if he can end the Phils’ three-game losing streak. The Pirates will counter with Charlie Morton (5-2, 2.51), who is coming off a no-decision against the Mets on May 30, as he went six innings, giving up three runs, only one of which was earned, on eleven scattered hits, as he struck out four, in the Pirates’ 7-3 lost. He will be trying to come back from that start. The Phils will be trying to end their present losing streak, while also hoping to reverse their losing record at PNC Park.

Despite a so-so performance from Roy Oswalt, the Phils win their next to last spring training game, defeating the Pirates, 8-5.

In spite of a subpar pitching performance by Roy Oswalt, the Phils defeat the Pirates, 8-5, winning their next to last spring training game.

The Pirates took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Lyle Overbay hits a two-run double, scoring Jose Tabata, who had earlier walked, went to second base on Neil Walker’s single, then went to third on Andrew McCutchen’s ground out, 5-3, and Walker, who had earlier singled, then went to third on McCutchen’s ground out, giving the Pirates a 2-0 lead. The Phils got a run back in their half of the first as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Luis Castillo, who had earlier singled, then went to third base on Jimmy Rollins’ single, would score on Pirates’ catcher Ryan Doumit’s throwing error to second, as Rollins, who had just singled, successfully stole second base, before moving up to third on the error, cutting the Pirates lead to 2-1. The Phils tied the score up at two-all in the second as Ben Francisco hits a lead-off home run, his fifth home run of the spring. The Phils later took the lead as, with the bases loaded, via Pete Orr being hit by the pitch, a walk to Carlos Ruiz, moving Orr up to second base, a sacrifice bunt by Roy Oswalt, moving both runners up a base, and Shane Victorino being hit by a pitch, and with one man out, Orr would score on a Ronny Cedeno fielding error of a Castillo grounder, allowing Orr to score, and both Ruiz and Victorino to move up a base, leaving the bases loaded, while giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. One batter later, the Phils made it a 4-2 lead as Rollins hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Ruiz, while Victorino would move up to third. The Phils would make it a 5-2 lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Castillo, who was safe at first on a force out, 3-6, as Victorino was wiped out at second base, who, in turn, had reached first on an earlier force out, 4-6, as Oswalt, who had an infield single, was wiped out at second, then stole second base, while sending Rollins, who had been hit by the pitch, over to third base. One batter later, the Phils took a 6-2 lead as Raul Ibanez hits an RBI single, scoring Rollins, while sending Howard up to second base. The Pirates would cut the lead in the fifth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Walker hits an RBI single, knocking in pinch hitter Josh Rodriguez, who had earlier walked, then moved to second base on Tabata’s walk, making it a 6-3 Phils’ lead, before Tabata, who had just walked, would also score because of a Francisco fielding error as he let the ball get past him for a two-base error, making it a 6-4 Phils’ lead, while allowing Walker to get to third base. One batter later, the Pirates cut the lead to 6-5 as McCutchen hits an RBI single, scoring Walker. The Phils would get a run back in the sixth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Rollins hits into an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring, Victorino, who had earlier walked, then went to third on a hit and run single by Castillo, giving the Phils a 7-5 lead, while sending Castillo, who had earlier singled, up to second base. The Phils added an insurance run in the eighth as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Erik Kratz and John Mayberry, Jr., with Kratz stopping at second base, Kratz and Mayberry both moving up a base on Wilson Valdez’s ground out, 4-3, and Michael Martinez being safe at first on second baseman’s Walker’s fielding error, and with one man out, Ross Gload hits an RBI ground out, 6-1, scoring Kratz, while sending Mayberry to third and Martinez up to second base, giving the Phils an 8-5 lead. That would be the final score as Michael Stutes recorded his first save of the spring as he had an easy ninth inning.

Roy Oswalt (1-2, 6.11) got the win as he pitched four innings, plus four batters, as he gave up five runs on five hits and four walks, while he struck out four. J.C. Romero recorded his third spring hold as he pitched an inning, striking out a batter. Michael Herndon recorded his third spring hold as he pitched an inning and two-thirds, giving up a hit and a walk. Antonio Bastardo received his first hold of the spring as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Ryan Madson recorded his fourth spring hold as he pitched an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Michael Stutes recorded his first spring save as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out three. Ross Ohlendorf (0-5, 9.82) took the loss as he pitched four innings, giving up six runs, four of which were earned, on seven hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Michael Dubee pitched a scoreless inning, striking out a batter. Chris Leroux pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on one hit and a walk. Garret Olsen pitched two-thirds of an inning. Jose Veras pitched a scoreless inning, strking out a batter. Evan Meek pitched an inning, giving up an unearned run on two hits.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Luis Castillo leading the team with two hits, both singles, while knocking in a run. Jimmy Rollins, (Single, 2 RBIs), Ryan Howard (Single, RBI), Raul Ibanez (Single, RBI), Ben Francisco (Home Run, RBI), Roy Oswalt (Single), Pete Orr (Double), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single) and Erik Kratz (Single), had the other eight Phils’ hits. Ross Gload knocked in a run on a ground out, while the other run came in on a Pirates error.

The Phils’ spring training record is now 21-13.

In other news, the Phils announced that Ben Francisco will be their regular right fielder, although he will be in a platoon with Ross Gload and John Mayberry, Jr., but being given most of the at-bats. Also, the Phils announced that they will be placing Brad Lidge on the disabled list because of a rotator cuff strain of his right shoulder. He will be out until at least mid-May. The Phils will be using Jose Contreras as their closer until Lidge is able to return, and leaving Ryan Madson as their eighth inning specialist. Finally, Chase Utley was yesterday moving around on his legs, fielding ground balls. Hopefully, this will be a sign that his legs are starting to get better. Keeping fingers cross, as I don’t expect to see him before the all-star break, if he doesn’t do anything to aggravate his knees.