Good pitching and bad pitching were on display yesterday as the Phils squared off with the Pirates. The Phillies came out on the right side, though, winning 5-0 as John Lannan, Mike Adams, Adam Morgan and Raul Valdes held the Pirates to one hit and four walks over nine shutout innings. The Pirates, on the other hand, walked three different Phillies (Quintero, Revere and Utley) with the bases loaded in the second inning.
The Phillies had nine hits in the game, all singles.
Michael Young was 2-for-4 with two RBI, Betancourt 2-for-3 with a walk and Revere 2-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base.
Betancourt is hitting .412. Revere has a 346/393/385 line with three stolen bases. Young is 5-for-his-last-13 with a double and a homer after starting the spring 1-for-9.
Might seem like Revere isn’t hitting for a lot of power, but that’s just the way it’s going to be. His isolated power of .039 so far this spring is pretty similar to his career mark of .045.
Brown 1-for-3, Mayberry 1-for-4. Ruf 0-for-2 with a walk, dropping his spring average to .130. He has one extra-base hit, a double.
Mayberry started 1-for-10 and is 6-for-his-last-16 (.375) with a double and a home run.
Lannan started the game for the Phillies and was fantastic, going three shutout innings in which he allowed just one hit, a first-inning double to Travis Snider, and walking two.
Lannan drops his spring ERA to 1.80, but he has a 1.60 ratio to go with it. He’s walked three in five innings and opponents are hitting .278 against him.
Adam Morgan also three shutout innings in the game for the Phils. He walked two and struck out two without allowing a hit.
Morgan has a 1.93 ERA and has struck out six in 4 2/3 innings, but again with a high ratio of 1.50. Three of the fours runs he’s been charged with are unearned.
Mike Adams threw a 1-2-3 fourth. He’s now thrown two scoreless innings in which he’s allowed one hit without walking a batter.
Valdes was great in the game, too. After being awful in his first two appearances, Valdes faced six batters and retired all six, dropping his ERA to 6.00. He’s struck out seven in six innings, but allowed three home runs. Yesterday was the only one of Valdes’s three outings in which he did not give up a home run.
The Phillies will play the Dominican Republic team this afternoon.
Jonathan Papelbon was scheduled to pitch today, but has a cold and will not do so.
BJ Rosenberg has some tenderness in his elbow, which kept him from pitching on Sunday.
Delmon Young will have his ankle looked at by a doctor in California today.
This article takes a guess at the opening day roster for the Phillies, giving two of the three unknown bullpen slots to Horst and Valdes and leaving the other one open. It also has Ruf off the roster and Inciarte on.
I think if the Phillies are truly thinking about giving Inciarte a spot on the roster we’ll see him getting a whole lot more at-bats soon. So far he has seven. It definitely seems possible.