Four more scoreless innings for Halladay yesterday, which gives him 11 scoreless frames over four starts for the spring. The five guys in the starting rotation, Halladay, Lee, Oswalt, Hamels and Blanton, have now combined to throw to a 2.49 ERA and an 0.95 ratio. In 43 1/3 innings they’ve allowed just 28 hits and struck out 32.
Twenty-eight hits in 43 1/3 innings is about 5.81 hits per nine innings. In 2010, San Francisco’s Jonathan Sanchez led all pitchers in both leagues in hits allowed per nine innings. He allowed 6.61. Each of the five guys in the group has allowed less than a hit per inning with the exception of Oswalt, who has allowed six in 4 2/3. Lee and Hamels have combined to allow six hits in 16 innings.
The walk rate for the group has been higher. They’ve walked 2.7 hitters per nine innings, with Blanton, Hamels and Halladay combining to walk 11 in 32 2/3 innings (about 3.03 per nine). In 2010, Phillie starters walked about 2.07 hitters per nine and relievers about 3.81 per nine.
The Phils are 8-6 on the spring after beating the Yankees 7-0 yesterday.
Halladay got the start for the Phils and was fantastic, allowing four singles over six shutout innings. New York didn’t have a hit off of him until they got a pair of singles in the fourth. He struck out two and didn’t walk a batter.
After Halladay, Michael Stutes, JC Ramirez and Michael Schwimer combined to throw three perfect innings.
Stutes continues to be impressive. He has now allowed one run over six innings in four appearances, throwing to an 0.50 ratio while striking out eight. Ramirez and Schwimer have both been hit harder. Ramirez has allowed four runs over six innings while Schwimer has been charged with four runs, only three of which were earned, over three.
The game was scoreless when Barfield led off the bottom of the sixth with a triple. He came in to score on a sac fly by Victorino before Polanco plated Rollins, who had walked, with a double. Mayberry hit a two-run homer to make it 4-0 before the inning ended.
In the eighth, Ben Francisco doubled in Wilson Valdez, who had walked, to make it 5-0. Later in the inning, Erik Kratz reached on an error by Justin Maxwell that plated Francisco and Matt Rizzotti to extend the lead to 7-0.
Francisco was 2-for-4 with a double. Mayberry played first and went 1-for-3 with his third homer. Barfield 2-for-3 with a triple, he’s 7-for-13 (.538) on the spring.
Martinez 0-for-1. He’s 4-for-24 with no walks. Orr 0-for-1 to drop his average to .200 (3-for-15). Delwyn Young went 0-for-3 and is hitting .290 (9-for-31), but slugging just .323. He has eight singles, a double and one walk.
Lee is scheduled to start today’s game against Baltimore.
Domonic Brown says he’s going to stop messing around with trying to reposition his hands on the bat when he returns.