BRADENTON, Fla. -- Brennan King's two-run single in the 10th drove in the eventual game winner on an afternoon when the Phillies' bats came alive, and gloves went to sleep.
With a strong swirling wind blowing in, the Phillies stormed to a 9-0 lead after five turns at the plate. Ryan Howard belted a double off the center field wall to drive in two. Jayson Werth notched two hits, a stolen base and a pair of runs. Rod Barajas chipped in a bases-loaded double that knocked in three.
The Pirates clawed back against subs thanks to poor defense and lackluster relief. Before anyone gets too concerned with fundamentals, the errors were made by players not likely to be on the roster come April.
On the mound, Jamie Moyer pitched three shutout frames, working out of jam in the third after loading the bases on walks. Fabio Castro's line (1 ER, 4 R, 3 H, 1 BB) is not as bad as it appears, as he was the victim of poor defense. However, left-hander Matt Smith pitched poorly, allowing five runs, two earned, in 2-3 innings. Tom Gordon, pictured with Castro, looked good in his inning. His curve was sharp and his fastball had good movement.
-- Billy Mac