After a slow start to his spring, A.J. Hinch has picked things up offensively this week. His latest heroics came Friday night with a ninth inning RBI single that gave the Phillies a 7-6 win over Pittsburgh. Hinch is doing all he can to unseat Todd Pratt as the backup catcher to Mike Lieberthal.
After the Pirates mounted a comeback with four runs in the eighth, the Phillies were looking for a hero. A.J. Hinch
, who homered earlier in the game, singled to drive in Chris Coste
- another non-roster player looking for a job - with the winning run.
The Pirates mounted their eighth inning rally thanks to Geoff Geary walking the bases loaded. Martire Franco wasn't able to pitch out of the jam and the Pirates put four runs on the board. Geary was charged with five earned runs in one inning of work.
On the upside, Cory Lidle started and threw four innings, giving up one earned run on five hits and two walks. Amaury Telemaco pitched two perfect innings and Tim Worrell (1-0) allowed just a walk in the top of the ninth to pick up his first win of the spring.
Marlon Byrd continued his hot hitting with a homerun and three RBI. Byrd is now tied for the team lead in RBI with Jim Thome at ten. Pat Burrell was 2-for-2 with an RBI.