Phillies 8, Pirates 5
The Pirates' regular starters played the entire game on a chilly night in Philadelphia -- a big change from the weather they'd enjoyed in Florida for the past 6 weeks. 2B Neil Walker provided the offensive boost, reaching base in 4 of his 5 at-bats, with a walk, three singles, and one RBI. Starter Ross Ohlendorf lasted 4 innings, and allowed 6 runs (4 earned) on 7 hits, one walk, and 3 hit batters.
LF Jose Tabata led off the game with a walk, and Walker followed with a single slipped into right field in the top of the 1st. 1B Lyle Overbay brought both runners in with a double, to give the Pirates a 2-0 lead. The Phillies got one run back in the bottom of the frame, on a pair of singles and a throwing error by C Ryan Doumit. Ohlendorf began the bottom of the 2nd by surrendering a solo homer to Phillies' Ben Francisco, then loaded the bases with a walk and two hit batters. A fielding error by SS Ronny Cedeno and a sacrifice fly brought in two more runs for Philadelphia. The Phillies made it 6-2 in the 4th, when Ohlendorf hit his third batter of the game, and allowed 3 more singles.
Minor leaguer Mike Dubee, whose father Rich Dubee is the Phillies' pitching coach, pitched a perfect 5th inning for the Pirates. Chris Leroux started the 6th inning and allowed a walk and a single, then an RBI ground out. He was relieved by Garrett Olson, who finished the inning with a fly out and a ground out. Jose Veras threw a 1-2-3 inning in the 7th. Evan Meek took the bottom of the 8th, and began by giving up two singles, including one to former Pirate/Indy Indian C Erik Kratz. A fielding error by Walker kept the inning going, and Kratz scored an unearned run on an RBI ground out.
The Pirates scored again in the top of the 5th. Pinch-hitter Josh Rodriguez and Tabata both walked to open the inning, and Walker lined into right field, where Francisco misplayed the ball. Both runners scored and Walker ended up on third base, credited with a single. CF Andrew McCutchen plated Walker with another single.
The Indy Indians were scheduled to play the Las Vegas 51's in Dunedin this afternoon -- no word on the results.
Phillies 8, Pirates 5