Brad Lidge had yet another miserable outing in a miserable spring yesterday. After six spring outings, he’s now thrown to a 9.53 ERA and a 2.47 ratio, allowing ten hits and four walks in 5 2/3 innings. He’s also hit two batters and given up a pair of home runs.
News this morning is that he will start the year on the DL.
The Twins beat the Phils 7-3 yesterday.
Hamels got the start and got hammered. He went 6 2/3 innings, allowing six runs on nine hits, five of which went for extra-bases. Minnesota scored three runs in the fourth on two doubles, a popup lost in the sun by Martinez at third and a solo homer. They added three more on a three-run homer by Delmon Young in the fifth.
After six spring starts, Hamels has a 6.75 ERA and a 1.42 ratio. He’s allowed five home runs in 24 innings. The only good news is that he’s struck out 23. Oh yeah, and that spring stats don’t matter at all.
After Hamels left, Baez and Romero each gave the Phils 2/3 of a scoreless inning. Lidge started the ninth and struck out the first two men he faced before allowing a solo homer to Dustin Martin. If you’re thinking you’ve never heard of Dustin Martin, there’s a good chance you’re right. Anyway, after Martin homered the Twins loaded the bases on a single and two walks and Zagurski came in to get the last out of the game. He did, dropping his spring ERA to 1.08.
Castillo was 0-for-4 and struck out twice, making him 0-for-8 in two games with the Phils. Ruiz went 2-for-3 in the game to raise his spring average to .176.
Martinez started at third and went 0-for-4. Orr 0-for-3. Barfield 0-for-1. Mayberry 1-for-1. Young 1-for-1 with an RBI.
Martinez’s line is down to 274/292/419 in 62 at-bats. Orr is at 295/295/545. He’s slugging .545 without a home run, but has four triples.
Gload started the game in right field and went 2-for-3. I’d say never say never, but it kinda seems like a good time to say never. I’m guessing never. Or if not never, not very often.
Gload had trouble with a ball off of the wall in yesterday’s game and had to be helped out by the center fielder (Pete Orr, of course, started the game in center for the Phils).