After Joe Blanton's rocky start, Phillies' pitching put the clamps on Pittsburgh, shutting out the host Buccos through nine innings. The game ended in a 3-3 10-inning tie.
BRADENTON, Fla. - The Phillies got out of the blocks fast with lead-off man Dewayne Wise tripling off the center field wall. Bucs starter Kevin Hart was in a boatload of trouble early as Wise scored on a wild pitch and Hart then walked the next three batters. Unfortunately, Raul Ibanez's double play prevented the Phils from breaking the game open. After that, the Phillies offense sputtered, scoring one run the rest of the way. Joe Blanton, making his first start of the Grapefruit season, was hit hard in the first inning as four of the first five batters connected sharply, including a two-run home run down the right field line by Bucs right-fielder Ryan Church. Blanton rebounded with a scoreless second and would retire five out of his last six. Danys Baez relieved Blanton and looked sharp. He only threw eight pitches for a 1-2-3 third inning, and came back to throw a scoreless fourth. He had four ground ball outs and two strikeouts. Former Phil Jack Taschner threw a scoreless sixth, striking out Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez and John Mayberry. - Billy Mac
Brown, Gillies turning heads: The offense missed some opportunities early, but showed good patience
against some wild Pirates pitchers, drawing six walks in the game. Domonic Brown and Tyson Gillies continued to bring excitement to the
later innings. Brown seemed to get on base almost every time up,
including a single off Taschner. Gillies drew a
walk in one of his two plate appearances, and stole second easily
despite getting a poor jump. Add in one diving catch each for the
youngsters and the future of the Phils' outfield looked bright on
this day. - Furnstein and Jonesman (www.monsterdouble.com)
Bullpen: Including Baez, B.J. Roseberg, Mike Zagurski, David Herndon and Jesus Sanchez combined for eight shutout innings in the 10-inning affair.