Pearce homers, Hammel deals in Orioles' road split-squad against Phillies

March 17, 2013|By Eduardo A. Encina | The Baltimore Sun

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Orioles outfielder Steve Pearce continued his spring power surge Sunday afternoon, hitting his team-high fourth homer in the Orioles’ road split-squad game against the Phillies at Bright House Field.

Pearce took an 0-2 pitch from Zach Miner over the left field fence in the second inning for a solo shot to give the Orioles a 1-0 lead. Miner relieved Phillies starter Roy Halladay, who left the game after just one inning with a stomach virus.

With the homer, Pearce is hitting .407 (11-for-27) with four home runs and 12 RBIs this spring.

The Phillies tied the game in the bottom of the third on Ben Revere’s RBI double off Jason Hammel. Revere hit a shot to deep left field that Jason Pridie had in his glove but dropped as he hit the outfield fence.

Otherwise, Hammel, who is making his third Grapefruit League start, has held the Phillies in check. He’s allowed three hits over three innings and has attacked the strike zone well, throwing 27 of his 42 pitches for strikes.

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