Wolf Brings Good News In Another Phillies Loss

We can all breath a sigh of relief now. Randy Wolf passed his first spring training test with flying colors. After Vicente Padilla went down with an elbow issue, Randy Wolf had to show that he would be healthy. He did that and a little more as he made his first spring start against the Boston Red Sox.

After an elbow injury ended his 2004 season and then, he underwent offseason foot surgery, there were some reasons to doubt Randy Wolf coming in to camp. He did what he could to put many of those fears to rest on Sunday when he threw two strong, shutout innings against the Boston Red Sox.

Wolf allowed three hits and a walk over two innings, but was generally satisfied with his location and how he felt during the outing. "My first start came against the best lineup in baseball. And I felt a little better than I thought I would feel," reported Wolf. Pitching coach Rich Dubee was also happy with the results. "For his first start, it was pretty damned good," said Dubee.

Phillies starters have now allowed Phillies starters have now gone eight scoreless innings in a row after Cory Lidle and Brett Myers were both bombed during the Phillies' spring season opener last Thursday.

Meanwhile, the Phillies offense is starting to come around. Ryan Howard hit his first homerun of the spring as the Phillies jumped out to an early lead. They did miss some chances though when they put runners in scoring position, which was a key downfall during their 2004 season. The Red Sox even used a triple play to end a Phillies scoring threat.

Keith Bucktrot couldn't hold the Phillies lead and was hit for four earned runs in just one-third of an inning. Rob Tejada came on to relieve Bucktrot and may have been the most impressive pitcher of the day, going 1 2/3 innings, allowing no hits and striking out three.

R. Wolf 2 3 0 0 1 2 0
A. Telemaco 2 1 1 1 0 0 0
A. Fultz 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
K. Bucktrot (0-1) 0.1 3 4 4 2 0 0
R. Tejada 1.2 0 0 0 1 3 0
G. Geary 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
TOTALS 8 9 5 5 4 5 0

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