The Phils and Braves played to a 7-7 tie yesterday.
Lee started the game for the Phils and allowed a run on five hits and a walk over four innings. After six starts he has a 2.45 ERA and a 1.17 ratio.
Savery started the fifth for the Phils with a 7-1 lead. The first three men he faced reached base on a single and two walks, loading the bases. Savery got out of it, though, getting two popups and a ground out to keep Atlanta off the board. He came back for the sixth and allowed a run on a pair of doubles.
Not a good day for Savery, who was charged with a run on three hits and two walks over two frames. 3.48 ERA with a 1.45 ratio. He’s now walked five in 10 1/3 innings.
Horst allowed a walk in a scoreless seventh. Sanches pitched the eighth and allowed a leadoff double with the runner coming around to score on a pair of ground outs.
Frank Gailey started the ninth with a 7-3 lead. Walk, two-run homer, walk, error on Galvis made it 7-5 with a men on first and second. The next batter bunted, but the Phils failed to get an out on another error, this one by Gailey, that loaded the bases. Gailey got the next batter to hit into a double play. One run scored, 7-6, two outs and a man on third. Eric Hinske was next and he doubled, tying the game. Ryan Duke took over for Gailey, walked the first two men he faced to load the bases again, then got a popup to end the inning.
Overall, not a pretty bottom of the ninth for the Phils.
Pierre led off for the Phils with Rollins hitting third, which may be a sign of things to come against right-handed starters.
Pierre was 1-for-3 with a double in the game to up his line to a monster 368/419/404. The double was Pierre’s second extra-base hit of the spring — if he slugs .404 for the year the Phils are in great shape. The last time he slugged .404 or better over a full season was 2004. It’s a little tough to argue with anyone who’s hitting .368. If you want to try, I’d go with the isolated power of .036.
Rollins is hitting .241 after going 0-for-2 with a walk.
I don’t care where much where Rollins hits in the order. But leading off Juan Pierre is a mistake.
Polanco went 2-for-4 with a double. He’s hitting 444/500/528.
Wigginton 0-for-1 and hitting 180/261/246. Mayberry 1-for-2 to raise his average to .200 — he’s at 200/250/293.
Thome started at first and went 0-for-2 with a walk. Thome at first against some righties in regular season games would help the Phillies enormously.
The Phils play exhibition games against the Pirates tonight and tomorrow before opening the regular season on Thursday.
Andres Blanco signed a minor league deal with the Phils. The switch-hitting Blanco turns 28 later this month and has a career 255/301/333 line in 654 plate appearances with the Royals, Cubs and Rangers.
This article suggests that Contreras and Stutes might start the year on the DL with Luna and Orr both making the team and the Phils taking one of Valdes and Savery.