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And the hits are not forthcoming

The Phillies and the Braves played to a 2-2 tie this afternoon. The Phils got a nice start and three more solid innings from Sean O’Sullivan, but managed just five hits, all singles, in the game.

O’Sullivan started the game for the Phils and went three shutout innings, allowing three singles and a walk. The Braves put men on first and second on a single and a walk with one out in the first, but O’ Sullivan retired the next two hitters on a pair of ground balls to keep them off the board. He allowed a two-out single in the second and another in the third.

O’Sullivan struck out three in two scoreless innings in his first official appearance. After two appearances, he’s thrown five shutout innings in which he’s struck out five while allowing three singles and a walk (0.00 ERA and an 0.80 ratio). Again, the 26-year-old righty had a 6.14 career ERA over 193 2/3 innings in the majors before throwing to a 3.96 ERA in 25 innings for the Padres in 2013. He didn’t pitch very well last year, despite the ERA under 4.00, as opponents on-based .393 against him. He’s pitched really well in two chances with the Phils so far.

Kevin Munson followed O’Sullivan and allowed a run on three hits and two walks over two innings. Three of the first four men he faced in the fourth reached on two singles and a walk, but he held the Braves to a single run in the frame. He allowed a one-out walk to Freddie Freeman in the fifth, which was followed by a Ryan Doumit single, but Chris Johnson lined into a double-play to turn Atlanta away.

Still not a good outing for the Rule 5 pick. After three appearances, he’s allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits and four walks over 4 1/3 innings. That’s a 2.08 ERA, but with a much more telling 2.08 ratio as well.

Antonio Bastardo made his third spring appearance in the sixth. He allowed a two-out single, but struck Joey Terdoslavich out swinging to end the frame. He retired the first batter in the seventh before allowing a double to BJ Upton and was pulled.

Over three appearances, Bastardo has allowed one earned run on four hits and no walks over 3 1/3 innings (2.70 ERA and a 1.20 ratio).

Diekman followed Bastardo, allowing a hit and a walk over one innings and leaving with one out in the eighth and men on first and second.

Five hits and a walk over three innings in three appearances for Diekman. 6.00 ERA and a 2.00 ratio.

Brad Lincoln entered the eighth with one out and men on first and second. Sebastian Valle threw a runner out trying to steal third, but Lincoln walked the first two hitters he faced and unloaded a wild pitch before getting a popup to short to end the frame. He came back for the ninth and allowed a run on a double, a single, a Tommy Joseph passed ball and his own throwing error.

The run that scored was unearned. Lincoln still has a 0.00 ERA after three appearances, but a 1.64 ratio after 3 2/3 frames. He’s allowed two runs, both of which are unearned.

The Phillies scored two runs in the game. Kevin Frandsen singled Abreu home in the fourth and back-to-back singles by Frandsen and Cameron Rupp to start the seventh led to the second run.

Frandsen started at first and went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. He came into the game 1-for-8 and is now 3-for-11 with three singles (.273).

The Phillies had five hits in the game, all singles. Rupp 1-for-3 (1-for-7 so far), Abreu 1-for-2 (.167 with five walks), Ruf 1-for-4 with a strikeout to drop his average to .294.

Clete Thomas started in center and went 0-for-3. He’s still looking for his first hit. Rollins 0-for-3.

Brown 0-for-2 with a walk, dropping his average to .125 (2-for-16 with two singles and three walks).

Utley started at second and went 0-for-2 (.167). Hernadez took over for him in the fifth and also went 0-for-2 (.111).

Split squad action against the Yankees and Tigers tomorrow.


First thud

The Phillies saw their first official spring action today, falling 4-3 to Toronto in a game called due to rain after the top of the seventh.

Roberto Hernandez started the game, seeing his first action for the Phils having thrown to a 5.03 ERA over his last 146 appearances in regular season action. He went two innings, allowing two runs on four hits and no walks. Jose Bautista hit a solo homer off of him in the first and he allowed another run on back-to-back doubles to start the second. Both of the doubles were off the wall, the first, by righty Brett Lawrie, was off the top of the wall and nearly out of the yard.

Seems a good a time as any to point out that Hernandez has allowed 46 home runs over his last 302 1/3 innings pitched, which is about 1.37 per nine innings. Nobody on the Phillies who threw 65 or more innings in 2013 allowed more than one home run per nine innings. Among the guys with at least 65 innings, Lee had the worst rate at 0.89 per nine innings. The righty Bautista got Hernandez in the first, but lefties hit 305/369/537 against the righty Hernandez in 2013 with 17 home runs in 315 plate appearances.

Phillippe Aumont pitched the third, coming off of a 2013 effort in which he walked 51 in 55 innings between the minors and majors. He walked the two first batters he faced and the Blue Jays scored two runs charged to him in the inning on a single, two walks and a wild pitch.

Righty Jeff Manship, who has struggled to retire hitters at the major league level, struck out two in a 1-2-3 fourth and kept the Blue Jays off the board in the fifth as well. One hit, a single, in two scoreless innings for Manship as he strikes out three and gets Bautista to ground into a double-play. The less good news is the career 6.42 ERA and a 1.62 ratio for the 29-year-old righty in 116 1/3 career innings. Righties have hit 329/375/556 against him for his career.

Bastardo pitched the sixth. He allowed a two-out triple to righty Moises Sierra, but retired Dioner Navarro on a fly ball to center to leave Sierra at third.

25-year-old righty Kevin Munson, a Rule 5 pick (be afraid, be very afraid), pitched the seventh. Chris Getz bunted for a single to start the frame with Maikel Franco fielding and throwing it away for an error that left Getz at second with nobody out. The Blue Jays bunted the runner to third with the first out, but Munson struck Kevin Pillar out with one down and the man on third. He walked Anthony Gose before getting Dan Johnson to line to short to leave runners on the corners.

Two hits and a walk in the frame, but Munson keeps Toronto from scoring with the help of the big strikeout with a runner on third and one out. He struck out 66 in 54 2/3 innings between Double-A and Triple-A in 2013.

The offense plated three runs in the game — two in the bottom of the first on RBI-singles by Howard and Byrd and the third in the bottom of the fifth when a one-out walk to Tony Gwynn, Jr was followed by a Ronny Cedeno double.

A day after singling and homering off of lefties in an intrasquad game, Howard lined an RBI-single into center off of lefty JA Happ in the bottom of the first. He flew to left in his other at-bat.

Abreu was at DH for the Phils and went 0-for-1 with two walks.

Cedeno’s double in the fifth after the Gwynn walk was the only extra-base hit of the game for the Phils. Cedeno 1-for-1 with a double and Gwynn 0-for-0 with a walk.

Byrd 1-for-2 with an RBI-single and a strikeout.

Ruf walked in his only appearance.

Revere 1-for-2 with a single and Rollins 0-for-1 with a walk.

Brown 1-for-3 with an infield single and a strikeout.

Utley 0-for-2, Asche 0-for-2, Ruiz 0-for-2.

Franco 0-for-1 with the game’s only error at third.

Blue Jays again tomorrow with Cliff Lee and Ethan Martin expected to pitch for the Phils.


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