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Team effort, Phils beat Pirates 8-5

It was the kind of game you would like to see only two days before Opening Day.  It was a total team effort from the Phillies tonight against the visiting Pirates in Game 1 of the On Deck Series.  Nine different guys had a hit tonight and Luis Castillo went 2 for 4 with two runs scored to help build an early lead for Roy Oswalt.  And he did need it.

Oswalt pitched into the fifth inning seeing four batters without recording an out.  He allowed five hits, five runs and walked four.  He did strike out four and added a hit at the plate.  It was Oswalt’s final tune up for the regular season and he saw his ERA rise to over six.  This was the first action for Oswalt since suffering a neck contusion thanks to Manny Ramirez.  Everything looks to be ok.  He threw 89 pitched tonight, 51 for strikes.

J.C. Romero, David Herndon, Antonio Bastardo, and Ryan Madson all had scoreless outings and Michael Stutes pitched a near perfect ninth.  Stutes issued one walk and struck out three in the inning.  His ERA for the Spring was 0.82 in 11 innings.  He gave up only four hits all Spring and struck out 14 batters.

Francisco continued his assault on the Grapefruit League with his fifth home run and is now hitting .377 this Spring.  With Jayson Werth gone and Domonic Brown recovering from surgery, it seems only a matter of time before Charlie Manuel announces him as his starting right fielder.

Jimmy Rollins had two RBIs on the night and Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez each added RBI singles.  Up next for the Phillies is Game 2 tomorrow afternoon against the same Pirates.   Cole Hamels takes the ball against Charlie Morton.

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  1. Brooks

    March 30, 2011 at 4:15 am

    Did I hear correctly that there were over 40,000 eager fans in the stands last night for an On Deck game?

    Not too much excitement around here eh?

    So far, the offense is carrying a different yet what appears to be successful look about it.
    The starting lineup (the ‘staples’):
    Jroll – hitting .237
    Poly – .160
    Ibanez – .267
    Ruiz – .190

    Some starters have decent spring stats:
    Howard – .290
    Vic – .310
    and those starters with numbers that we are pretty sure wont be there for long:
    Valdez – .317
    Fransico – .380

    Here are some other numbers that have helped the Phils look good so far offensively but realistically – these numbers will change –
    Mayberry – .299
    Schneider – .280
    Gload – .320

    Other than Halladay – what other starting pitcher do you think looks ready for April?
    The relievers –
    Stutes, Mathieson, Zags – if not for Lidge being on the DL, all of these guys would be back in the minors (I did not hear who is staying north yet). Instead, Chollie is keeping Baez, Herndon, Kendrick –

    So, what has Spring Training shown us? I’m ready for the season to begin now, let the pieces fall in place.

  2. Bjorn

    March 30, 2011 at 5:45 am

    Brooks, why the continued hate for Raul?

    I find your way of portraying how spring training went by just showing BA to be extremely short sighted. It is also insulting to lump Ibanez in with Rollins, Poly and Ruiz. He had a totally different spring then all of them.

    This is of course with the disclaimer that ST stats mean nothing, but from
    3/9-3/28 Here are Raul’s numbers
    Avg: .323
    OBP:.367
    SLG: .644

    What about Raul’s 4 homers, 15 runs scored (led the team), 15 RBI (led the team)?

    Please stop the hate for Raul and let the man play.

  3. bfo_33

    March 30, 2011 at 7:35 am

    While there are more than a few out there, Brooks isn’t a Raul hater.

    Hamels is having a decent spring – maybe not in overall results – more than any pitcher on the staff, Hamels works on different grips,… Striking out 1/inning, velocity looks good, looks like he’s more than a fastball/change up pitcher. Blanton looks good also – for a guy who normally starts slow, a fast start would be great on multiple levels.

    What I took away from the spring is we have a lot of options in the pen when guys go down/are ineffective, and while Ben Fran may not be a direct replacement for Werth, he’s a decent option. Mayberry can hit a fastball a mile, not sold that he can make contact on a decent breaking ball. Hopefully, the weekend series doesn’t get snowed out.

  4. Manny

    March 30, 2011 at 8:34 am

    Did anyone here go to the game?

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