Saturday, March 10, 2012

Blanton and Elarton pitch well, but offense sputters

PBR - Chris Davis hit a solo homer in the fourth inning and that proved to be the difference as the Orioles shutout the Phillies 1-0 on Saturday afternoon in Clearwater.

Phillies Pitching: Joe Blanton looked solid in his second spring performance, tossing three scoreless innings with three strikeouts. He surrendered four hits and walked one ... Scott Elarton gave up the solo shot to Davis in the fourth, but settled down hurled four innings, striking out four with the homer being his lone hit allowed.

Phillies Offense: John Mayberry Jr. went 0-for-3 and his spring average fell to .211 ... Shane Victorino hit a double in the first and finished 1-for-3.

Let's Review: Blanton admitted afterward that the Orioles were jumping on fastballs early in the count so he altered his strategy and relied heavily on his changeup and it paid off ... Davis's homer was Baltimore's first of the spring.

On Deck: The Phillies have split-squad games on Sunday. Cliff Lee will face the Tigers in Clearwater while Kyle Kendrick will start against the Yankees in Tampa. Both games are scheduled for 1:05 p.m.

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