Cole Hamels didn’t get off to the best start in Tuesday’s game. However he did manage to regain his composure to retire 11 consecutive batters in a 4-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles.
Hamels walked Randy Winn and Brendan Harris to lead off the game. That was followed by an RBI double by Jake Fox that gave the Orioles a 1-0 lead.
Josh Bell followed that with a sacrifice fly. It wasn’t quite the start that the Phillies’ left-hander was looking for.
Then Hamels sat down 11 consecutive batters. Overall he gave up two runs on one hit with two strikeouts and two walks bringing his spring ERA to 1.80.
Ryan Howard hit a solo home run in the fourth inning for the Phillies while Shane Victorino was two-for-three with an RBI in the win.
The Phillies were down 3-2 heading into the ninth inning. They loaded up the bases with nobody out to start the inning.
Carlos Rivero turned out to be the hero as he connected on a two-run walk-off single that scored Wilson Valdez and Josh Barfield to give the Phillies the win.
Next the Phillies will face the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday at 1:05 PM.
2B: Mayberry (2), Victorino (3) HR: Howard (3).
WP: Carpenter (1-0). LP: Rosario (0-1).
Howards trots around the bases after hitting a solo home run in today's game against the Priates. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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).