Bats Come Alive in Win Over Orioles

Posted by Michael Baumann, Fri, March 11, 2011 04:07 PM | Comments: 7
2011 Spring Training, Posts

Ordinarily, one would expect a team that scores 13 runs in a game to get more than one walk, but the Phillies made the most of their opportunities in a 13-6 shellacking of the Baltimore Orioles. The Phils put up 14 hits, nine of them for extra bases, including four home runs, and in a true total team effort, those nine extra-base hits came off the bats of eight different players. The Phillies were a combined 4-for-7 with runners in scoring position and left only two men on. The result, a 13-6 win for La Furia Roja.

The Phillies got to work early against Orioles ace Jeremy Guthrie. Raul Ibanez hit a two-run homer with one out in the top of the first, and three batters later Delwyn Young scored Ross Gload with the first of his three hits. Ryan Howard had the first of his three RBI on a sacrifice fly in the 3rd, then added two more with a home run off Kevin Gregg, part of a four-run fifth inning for the Phillies. Two pitches later, Gload made it back-to-back homers.

While Danys Baez and Antonio Bastardo each pitched two scoreless innings of relief, Cliff Lee and Brad Lidge were both tagged for crooked numbers. In three innings, Lee allowed three earned runs on five hits, including a solo homer by Adam Jones. Lidge walked Matt Angle on four pitches to start the eighth, retired Ryan Adams, then allowed first-pitch hits to Josh Bell, Joseph Mahoney, and Randy Winn to bring the score to 8-5. Ultimately, it wouldn’t matter, as a five-run ninth inning at the expense of Rick Vandenhurk put the game out of reach.

Action resumes tomorrow with a pair of split-squad games, one in Bradenton against the Pirates, and the other at Bright House Field against Tampa Bay. Both are set to start at 1:05 p.m., and the Tampa game will be televised on Comcast SportsNet.

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Michael Baumann has written 229 articles on Phillies Nation.

Michael is a graduate student at Temple University who lost his childlike innocence when, at the age of 6, his dad let him stay up for the end of Game 6 of the 1993 World Series. Unsettled by the Phillies' recent success, he has threatened over the years to leave the team he loves if they don't start losing again, but has so far been unable to follow through. Michael spent 4 years as an undercover agent in Braves territory at the University of South Carolina, where he covered football and soccer for The Daily Gamecock before moving back up north. He began writing for The Phrontiersman in June 2009 before moving to Phillies Nation in January 2010.

  • Posts: 2005 Brooks

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    So what is the scoop on Lidge Michael. Is he having control issues? Is he trying his fast ball again
    A solid Brad Liidge in the BP is a must this year.

    • Posts: 1376 Pat Gallen

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      Lidge is struggling to find his fastball this year. His control issues are back right now with that pitch, because the slider is looking nasty.

  • Posts: 79 Ted Bell

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    An ominous column by Verducci today on the state of the aging Phillies: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/tom_verducci/03/11/utley.pedro.film/index.html

    I’m Ted Bell.

    • Posts: 155 therookie300

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      Gee, maybe the Phillies should just trade everyone over 30 because we all know that you can’t win games with players over 30 years old.

      • Posts: 2897 Chuck A.

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        Let’s trade Domonic Brown, too, while we’re at it….since he broke his hand.

      • Posts: 79 Ted Bell

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        Do you actually believe that Rollins, Utley, or Howard are the same players that they were three or four years ago? You don’t even need to look at the numbers to see that they’re not. You only need to watch the games. That’s all that the column is saying. Verducci never said that the Phillies “can’t win games”.

        It’s amazing how fans interpret any column that is not absolutely full of wonderful thoughts about their home team. Whether you choose to look the other way or not, this team does have issues – we actually found one out on the first day of camp.

        I’m Ted Bell.

  • Posts: 2897 Chuck A.

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    Ted, this team had a TON of “issues” in 2008.

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