The Phillies' bats racked up nine hits and five walks while their arms held the Pirates to one hit and no runs in a 5-0 win in Bradenton.
No, Ryan Howard didn't notch a hit playing in his 10th straight Grapefruit League game, going 0 for 3 with a strikeout, but six other Phillies did with Ben Revere, Michael Young and Yuniesky Betancourt each picking up two.
Four of the Phils' five runs came in the second inning, when three men drew bases-loaded walks — Humberto Quintero, Revere (yes, Revere) and Chase Utley. Young drove in the other run with an RBI single.
Darin Ruf, who's been struggling at the plate in Florida, played the entire game in left field and went 0 for 2 with a walk. He was also plunked twice. He has one hit in his last 11 at-bats.
On the mound, John Lannan, Mike Adams, Adam Morgan and Raul Valdes held the Bucs scoreless. Lannan allowed a hit and two bases on balls in three innings of work and his second spring outing.
In the fourth, Adams entered and tossed a perfect frame inducing Alex Presley and Gaby Sanchez to fly out while striking out Travis Snider in between. He needed only six pitches, five of which were strikes.
In his only previous appearance this spring, Adams allowed one hit and picked up a strikeout in one inning against the Braves on Feb. 28. He threw just six pitches that day as well — all for strikes.
"Everything is coming along the way I expected and the way I hope," Adams said afterward. "It feels like my arm strength is getting better every outing, and I'll try to carry this the rest of the month."
The common mantra is that spring stats don't really matter, and yes this is the smallest of sample sizes, but what else could one want at this point? Two innings pitched, one hit, no walks, two strikeouts and 11 of 12 pitches for strikes — plus the guy says he feels good? That's all you could ask for when the calendar reads March 4.
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