The Phillies walked off on the Orioles, but the bats are still stagnant.
Phillies 4, Orioles 3: Cole Hamels did not have his best control early, but settled in during Tuesday’s win over Baltimore. Hamels walked the first two batters of the game and allowed an RBI double and a sac fly in the first inning. However, Hamels retired the side in order over the next three frames. Brad Lidge allowed a run in his only inning. He’s been scored upon in three of his four spring appearances, surrendering five hits, a walk and two hit batters in four Grapefruit League innings. Lidge did strike out a pair of batters in his lone frame Tuesday, as did Jose Contreras and Danys Baez. Ryan Howard sparked the offense with his third homer of the spring – an opposite-field blast off Justin Duchscherer. Shane Victorino ignited the top of the lineup with a 2-for-3 afternoon with an RBI double, but Jimmy Rollins, Placido Polanco and Raul Ibanez went hitless in eight at-bats. They are, respectively, hitting .185, .202 and .182 this spring. Infielder Carlos Rivero’s walk-off single capped a ninth-inning rally off minor leaguer Adrian Rosario to pull the Phillies to 6-6 in Grapefruit League play. – Drew Silverman
Beerleaguer: The table-setter thing is something to keep tabs on, not because J-Roll, Polly and Ibanez have lousy Grapefruit League statistics, but because of Chase Utley’s uncertain situation, and if their seasons mirror 2010, J-Roll, Polly and Ibanez will be unexceptional catalysts at best, galling production sucks at worst. There’s no substitute for Utley. Ibanez and Polanco can’t replace him, and in turn, nobody can do what they do elsewhere in the lineup. The Phlis can’t ignore that Rollins and Victorino couldn’t hit right-handers last season. It all adds up. If you feel uneasy about some things you've seen this spring, you're not alone.