David Herndon might be on the Phillies opening day roster or he might not, but he’s making it pretty tough to ignore how well he’s pitching. Herdon has allowed four hits and four walks over nine scoreless innings this spring.
Herndon has an impressive walk rate in his minor league career. He’s walked just 60 batters in 387 2/3 innings or about 1.4 per nine innings. He’s obviously having some success the spring despite walking more batters than that. It’s a little tough to imagine that this stretch of preventing hits can keep up a whole lot longer though — over his minor league career he’s given up about 10 hits per nine innings or about 2 1/2 times the rate he’s allowed hits in his seven appearances this spring. Whether the hit rate can be sustained or not, it’s great to see him on a nice run now as it looks like he may have a chance to impact the bullpen when the real season gets underway.
Yesterday Herndon allowed a hit and two walks in his inning, but again didn’t allow a run.
The rest of the team didn’t have as much luck. The Phillies were shut out for the third time in six games, falling to the Braves 8-0. Three hits on the day for the Phils — Polanco was 2-for-3, raising his spring average to .410, and Rollins went 1-for-3. Happ got the start and didn’t pitch very well, allowing four runs over five innings. Atlanta hit three home runs off of him. Madson gave up a pair of runs in the eighth. He has a 7.20 ERA this spring and has allowed two runs that were unearned in just five innings pitched.
Ruiz was back in the lineup after battling the flu. He went 0-for-2 with a walk to drop his spring average to .211.
The Phillies aren’t worried that Ibanez is hitting .108 this spring. Me neither.