Fantastic pitching today as the Phils and the Tigers squared off with Cliff Lee and Justin Verlander getting the starts. Detroit pitching was a little better and they won 1-0, putting an end to a three-game winning streak for the Phils.
Lee got the start for the Phillies, entering the game with a 2.75 and an 0.86 ratio. He went five innings, allowing a run on six hits and a walk while striking out seven.
After six starts, Lee has a 2.55 ERA and an 0.97 ratio. He’s struck out 26 in 24 2/3 innings.
Aumont drops his spring ERA to 2.77 with the scoreless frame. His ratio falls to 1.23. Opponents came into the game hitting just .205 against him, but he has a history of problems with walks and has walked seven in 13 innings. He also has just three strikeouts in his 13 frames — that’s just weird. He’s always walked people, he hasn’t always not struck them out. Whatever’s going on, the overall results are pretty good. I’d beware of the combination of huge walk rate and no strikeouts, though, cause his numbers are impressive cause he’s not giving up any hits and that could be a fluke. The no strikeouts could be a small sample size fluke, too. The reality that he walks way too many people is not.
Second error of the game for the Phillies. Ryan Howard was charged with a throwing error in the second, his third error of the spring.
Ryan Howard can never be allowed to throw. Domonic Brown can never be allowed to dive while efforting to catch a line drive. These things never work out the way you would hope them to. Everything else will take care of itself. Not saying the Phillies will win, mind you, but everything else will take care of itself.
Bastardo’s ERA is down to 1.86 and his ratio rises to 0.72 for allowing one hit plus walk in an inning. He’s struck out 12 and walked none in his 9 2/3 innings.
B.J. Rosenberg started the eighth and allowed the first two men he faced to reach base on a double and a single, but miraculously held Detroit off. With men on the corners and nobody out, Alex Gonzalez flew to left. Clete Thomas took it there for the first out. Jared Reeves, who had doubled to start the frame, tried to score from third, but Thomas threw him out at the plate for the second out. Rosenberg retired Ben Verlander on a fly ball to right to end the inning.
Rosenberg drops his ERA to 3.65 and his ratio to 1.14 after 12 1/3 innings.
Nice throw by Thomas, who is hitting .211.
Jake Diekman struck out two in a 1-2-3 ninth. He has a 5.19 ERA for the spring, but has pitched much better than that. 1.04 ratio with ten strikeouts and just one walk in 8 2/3 innings.
The Phillies had two hits in the game, singles by Nieves and Utley. Verlander went 6 1/3 for the Tigers, allowing a single and a walk while striking out seven.
Nieves is hitting .208 and Utley .182. Nieves might actually hit .208 during the regular season. If Utley hits .182 it’s going to be an even longer year than we think.
Marlon Byrd was 0-for-3 and struck out three times, dropping his average to .321.
Cesar Hernandez started at third and went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts. Bobby Abreu went 0-for-3, striking out twice to drop his average to .244. Hernandez is at .257.
Blue Jays tomorrow afternoon with A.J. Burnett expected to pitch.