Friday, March 11, 2011

Bats explode in win over O's

While Cliff Lee looked average on the mound again, the Phillies' bats came alive against Baltimore's pitching staff in a 13-6 shellacking.

The Phils immediately jumped on the board with three runs in the top of the first and never looked back. Raul Ibanez and Ross Gload each hit their first spring home runs, while Ryan Howard and John Mayberry hit their fourth. Gload and Ibanez also doubled.

Shane Victorino continued his strong spring, going 2-for-3 with a double, a walk and three runs scored, raising his average to .367.

Ibanez's 3-for-3 day rose his average from .240 to .321. He's continued to raise his average after a very sluggish start.

Jimmy Rollins continues to struggle, going 0-for-3 and dropping his average to .206.

While Ben Francisco is likely to be in right field on opening day, Mayberry is going to make it difficult on the Phillies' brass to send him down to Triple-A. He's batting .300 and is tied with Howard for the team lead in home runs. He even played at first base in a game, and it appears the Phillies are grooming him to be a back-up for Ibanez and Howard, while giving him a look in right as well.

While the bats were cracking, Lee was off point again. In three innings, he allowed three runs on five hits, one home run and two strikeouts. His spring ERA is up to 5.00.

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