The Phillies got great pitching yesterday and a late home run from Pete Orr, beating the Pirates 2-1.
Cook and Lopez combined to throw five scoreless innings for the Phils to start the game. Neither of them have much of a chance to start the year in the rotation for the Phils, but both of them have better results in official spring training games than anyone who actually is in the rotation with the exception of Hamels. Hamels got hammered in a game against the Dominican Republic that didn’t count towards official spring statistics.
Orr homered in the bottom of the eighth to break a 1-1 tie. It was his only at-bat of the game. He’s 3-for-11 with two home runs so far this spring.
Utley had two hits. He was 2-for-4 with a double. 206/357/353.
Inciarte was 1-for-3 with a double. He also threw Brad Hawpe out trying to score from second on a single to end the top of the second. The double was the first extra-base hit of the spring for Inciarte. He’s 5-for-17 with a double and three walks (294/429/353).
Ruf and Howard both 1-for-3 with a single. Ruf’s line is up to 211/318/368, but it doesn’t seem like it’s going to matter a ton if he’s not usable defensively.
Brown and Nix 0-for-3. Nix is hitting 219/265/313 in 32 official spring at-bats. Galvis 0-for-4 to drop his line to 283/313/500.
Aaron Cook got the start for the Phillies and went three shutout innings, allowing a single and a walk. After 11 innings, he has a 2.45 ERA with a 1.27 ratio.
Rodrigo Lopez followed Cook and threw two scoreless frames in which he allowed three hits and no walks. Lopez didn’t fare as well in the World Baseball Classic, but his numbers in official spring action are fantastic. Seven scoreless innings in which he’s allowed six hits and a walk (0.00 ERA with a 1.00 ratio).
Papelbon struck out Andrew McCutchen and Hawpe in a 1-2-3 sixth. That drops his ERA to 19.64. He has struck out seven in 3 2/3 innings, so we all might just want to try and calm down a little.
Aumont pitched the seventh and was charged with a run on one hit. He allowed a single to Neil Walker to start the frame and hit the next batter. Walker moved up to third on a fly ball and scored on a wild pitch.
Aumont has a 3.00 ERA but an impressive 0.67 ratio in three spring appearances.
Diekman pitched a scoreless eighth. He allowed back-to-back singles to the first two hitters he faced, but got out of the jam with a strikeout and a double-play.
Diekman has struck out 14 in nine innings over his seven appearances, but thrown to a 5.00 ERA with a 1.44 ratio. Opponents are hitting .314 against him.
Cesar Jimenez started the ninth with a one-run lead and got the save. He got the first two hitters before allowing a single and a double, which put men on second third for Felix Pie. Jimenez struck Pie out looking 0-2 to end the game.
Jimenez has allowed five hits in 2 2/3 innings over his three appearances, but has not been charged with a run. Opponents are hitting .385 against him.
Lannan is expected to start this afternoon as the Phils play the Rays.
The Phillies announced the Cole Hamels will start on Opening Day.
The Dominican Republic scored two runs in the top of the ninth to beat the US in the World Baseball Classic 3-1. Rollins was 0-for-4 and struck out twice. The US team faces Puerto Rico tonight in an elimination game.