Joe Blanton took to the mound today trying to prove that he has a place in this rotation. Blanton was solid in today’s 6-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in Grapefruit League play.
Blanton gave up two runs on four hits with two strikeouts and a walk in 3.2 innings of work on Friday. He has been good in his first two spring training starts with an ERA of 2.70.
The Phillies got the scoring started in the first inning with back-to-back RBI singles by Raul Ibanez and Ryan Howard. Howard had a huge day at the plate, hitting a home run and knocking in two runs in three at-bats.
Another encouraging sign was an RBI double by highly touted first baseman Matt Rizzotti. Wilson Valdez was three-for-four today and is looking strong playing in the outfield, which gives the Phillies some flexibility if the injury bug bites them this season.
An interesting moment took place in today’s game when the Pirates brought in pitcher Michael Dubee. Dubee is the son of Phillies’ pitching coach Rich Dubee and is in his third season in the Pirates organization.
Dubee threw allowed one hit and no runs in two-thirds of an inning.
The Phillies face the Pirates again tomorrow at 1:05 PM.
2B: Rollins (1), Rizzotti (1), Valdez (1)
WP: Meyer (1-0). LP: Nieve (0-1). S: Bastardo (1).