Another day, another fantastic outing for a struggling Phillies’ starter. This time it was the much maligned, much misunderstood, much manhandled but suddenly magnificent Adam Eaton mowing down many a Minnesota Twin. Phils won the game and everything. They’re 10-13 in spring training after winning 3-2.
In his last two starts Eaton has allowed one earned run in 8 1/3 innings on nine hits. He hasn’t walked a batter.
Yesterday Eaton went 5 1/3 innings and held the Twins to a run on four hits, all of them singles. He struck out four. Romero followed Eaton and went 1 2/3 innings and allowing a run on two hits including a double by Michael Cuddyer. Madson allowed a single in a scoreless eighth, dropping his spring ERA to 1.80. Vic Darensbourg pitched the ninth with a 3-2 lead and allowed a single but kept the Twins off the board to nail down his first spring save. Darensbourg lowered his ERA to 2.57. He’s clearly outpitched Travis Blackley and pitched well enough to earn a spot as the second lefty in the pen. With so many guys, Rosario, Condrey, Durbin, Blackley, either out of options or having to be offered back to the Giants if they don’t make the team you have to wonder if pitching well is going to be enough for Darensbourg.
Taguchi was 2-for-3 with a walk for the Phils to up his average to .355. Victorino 1-for-4 with a triple and an RBI. Dobbs 1-for-3 with a double. Bruntlett was 0-for-4 and struck out twice to drop his average down to .214 after a hot start early. Helms was 1-for-4 with a double, Snelling 0-for-2 with a walk.
The Phillies play the Tigers this afternoon.
Article about Kyle Drabeck here.
Brett Myers pitched in a minor league game and allowed four runs on five hits and a walk in 6 2/3 innings.