The Phillies defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-1 behind good pitching from their top left handed pitching prospects, Joe Savery and Josh Outman. They also blanked the Buccos in the B-game 1-0.
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The duo fared much better than last week against these same Pirates, combining for five shutout innings against a lineup comprised mostly of starting players. Although they walked four, they were around the plate all day and were able to work out of jams. Zack Segovia and Joe Bisensius also worked scoreless frames. The lone Pirates run was scored in the eighth off J.C Romero. Infielder Eric Bruntlett led the offense, going 3-4 with two RBIs. Ryan Howard continues to swing a good bat and was 2-3 with a double.
The Phils also won an earlier seven-inning B-game against the Pirates 1-0. Jamie Moyer and Travis Blackley pitched the shutout against a unit with uniform numbers in the 60s and 70s. Minor league infielder Michael Cervenak hit a homerun for the Phils lone run. – Billy Mac
Beerleaguer: Thank you to Billy Mac for his reports and photos from spring training this week and we wish him a safe trip home.
Lopes diagnosed with cancer: Phillies first-base coach Davy Lopes has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, the team has announced. He is scheduled for surgery later this month and his recovery is expected to last six weeks. Jerry Martin, a minor league outfield and base-running instructor, will temporarily take over Lopes' duties, according to a report. Our thoughts go out to Lopes, and we wish him a speedy recovery.