Orioles pitchers rocked in 13-6 loss to Phillies

Guthrie allows four runs in four innings

Gregg, VandenHurk hit hard, too

March 11, 2011|By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun

SARASOTA, Fla. — The Orioles' likely Opening Day starter and closer had trouble combating the wind and a left-handed-heavy Philadelphia Phillies lineup in a 13-6 loss before an announced 8,129 at Ed Smith Stadium.

Starter Jeremy Guthrie was touched for four runs and six hits in four innings, though that included a wind-aided two-run homer by Raul Ibanez in the first inning.

"You always try to keep the ball down, so whether the wind's blowing out or not, you try to get the ball to stay down and get ground balls," said Guthrie, who was making his third spring start. "I didn't think [Ibanez's fly ball] was going to be a home run, but at the same time, you have to hit the ball well for it to go out to center field. He put a good swing on it. I fell behind in the count, and he was able to swing aggressively."

Reliever Kevin Gregg, who hadn't given up a run in his first four outings, was knocked around for four runs and five hits in one inning. That included a tape-measure two-run homer by Phillies slugger Ryan Howard and a solo shot by Ross Gload.

Gregg should have had a perfect inning, but a routine fly ball by Shane Victorino blew away from left fielder Randy Winn and turned into an inning-prolonging double. Winn also missed another fly ball later that inning that resulted in a double by Delwyn Young.

Things didn't get better for Rick VandenHurk in the ninth, as the Orioles right-hander gave up five runs (two earned), including a two-run homer by John Mayberry Jr.

For the Phillies, Ibanez had three hits and three RBIs, Howard drove in three runs, Young had three hits and an RBI, and Gload added two hits, including the solo homer.

The Orioles, 6-6-2 in the Grapefruit League, scored twice in the bottom of the first off Phillies starter Cliff Lee. J.J. Hardy led off with a single and scored on Nick Markakis' wind-aided triple to center field. Adam Jones brought home Markakis with a groundout to make the score 3-2.

Jones cut the Orioles' deficit to 4-3 in the third with a solo homer to center off Lee. It was Jones' third homer of the spring. Lee allowed three runs on five hits over three innings.

The Orioles added two runs in the eighth on Joe Mahoney's double, and Robert Andino hit a solo homer in the ninth.

It was not all bad on the pitching front for the Orioles. Lefty reliever Clay Rapada retired all three hitters he faced, strengthening his hold on an Opening Day bullpen spot, and Jason Berken pitched two perfect innings.



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