The Phils have an easy day as they put down the Pirates, 4-1.
The Phils broke up a 0-0 tie in the fourth as, with nobody out, Hector Luna hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the spring, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils made it a 2-0 lead in the fifth as, with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits a solo home run, his first home run of the spring. The Pirates cut the Phils’ lead down to 2-1 in the seventh as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Gorkys Hernandez, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, before moving on to third on Yamaico Navarro’s ground out, 4-3, would score on a Michael Martinez fielding error on a Casey McGehee grounder. The Phils got the run back in the eighth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Dom Brown hits an RBI triple, knocking in Martinez, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Freddy Galvis’ sacrifice bunt, 1-3, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. The Phils then made it a 4-1 lead as pinch hitter Kevin Frandsen hits an RBI single, scoring Brown. That would be the final score as Michael Schwimer recorded his first spring save by getting Navarro to ground out, 5-3, for the game’s final out.
Vance Worley (1-1, 3.00) got the win as he recorded four strong innings, striking out eight batters. Pat Misch recorded his first spring hold as he threw two scoreless innings, walking a batter, while striking out two. David Herndon recorded his second hold of the spring, as he pitched an inning, giving up an unearned run on a hit, while striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo received his second hold of the spring as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Michael Schwimer recorded his first save of the spring as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Charlie Morton received a no-decison as he pitched two innings, giving up four hits, while striking out two. Chris Resop (1-1, 3.60) took the lost as he went two inning, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out a batter. Tony Watson pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit. Rudy Owens pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Ryota Igarashi pitched two innings, giving up two runs on three hits, as he struck out two. Juan Cruz pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter.
The Phils had nine hits in the ballgame, a solo home run by Jimmy Rollins, a single by Juan Pierre, an RBI triple by Dom Brown, a single by Shane Victorino, an RBI single by pinch hitter Kevin Frandsen, a solo home run by Hector Luna, a single by Scott Podsednik and a single by Michael Martinez. The Phils also had a walk in the game.
The Phils (5-5) next spring training game will be tomorrow afternoon in Kissimmee, Fla., against the Astros (4-4). The game will start at 1:05 pm EDT.
In Kissimmee, Florida, the Phillies’ ninth inning rally falls short as they lose to the Houston Astros, 6-5. Brett Myers started the game for the Phillies, getting dinged a bit by the Astros’ bats as he went five and a third innings, giving up four runs, including a solo home run to Miguel Tejeda in the fourth, on eight hits and a walk as he struck out a batter. Ryan Madson followed him, pitching one and two-thirds innings, giving up just two hits and no runs as he strikes out one. Robert Mosebach pitched an inning, giving up two runs on three hits while striking out one. Myers took the lost with his spring training record now at 1-2 with a 3.79 ERA
Among the batters, the Phillies collected thirteen hits, but were only able to cash in five runs. Shane Victorino, Eric Bruntlett, Jayson Werth, Raul Ibanez, and Pedro Feliz would each get two hits, with Werth’s two hits being a solo home run and a double. Matt Stairs, Rich Thompson and Chase Utley would get the other Phils’ hits, with Stairs’ hit being a pinch hit solo home run in the ninth inning. Bruntlett and Victorino also had doubles. Victorino, Bruntlett and Coste also knocked in runs, with Coste’s RBI being a sacrifice fly. Utley’s spring batting averages is now at .320, showing him to be ready for opening night.
The Phillies next Grapefruit League game will be played tomorrow afternoon against the Pirates at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Florida. Game time is 1:05 pm Eastern.
In Grapefruit League play yesterday afternoon, the Phils were for the second time in their three meetings crushed by the Yankees, this time by the score of 10-2. Pitching prospect, Carlos Carrasco, who should be headed for Triple-A Lehigh Valley, started the game for the Phils. He pitched five innings, giving up four runs to the Bronx Bombers on six hits, including a two-run home run to Hideki Matsui in the first inning, and a solo shot to Cody Ransom in the fourth, and a walk while striking out four. Clay Condrey followed with an inning of work, giving up a run on a hit and a walk as he struck out two. Brad Lidge then took the mound, pitching a 1-2-3 inning. Scott Eyre followed Lidge for an inning and gets hammered hard by the Yanks, giving up five runs on five hits, with two of them being a solo home run by Nick Swisher and a two-run shot from Melky Cabera, as he struck out one. Mike Koplove pitched the final inning, giving up no runs on no hits while striking out one. Carrasco took the lost, with his spring training record now at 2-2 with a 5.95 ERA.
Among the batters, the Phils had only six hits, with Chase Utley leading the way with two hits, including his second home run of the spring, a solo shot. Ryan Howard, Geoff Jenkins, Matt Stairs and Ronny Paulino had the other hits, with Howard’s being a solo home run, his seventh of the spring, while Paulino and Stairs’ hits were doubles.
The Phillies will continue Grapefruit League play, as they face the Houston Astros at Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee, Florida. The game is in progress, with the Phils holding a slim 3-2 lead after four innings.