Phillies Come Up Short in Longball Parade

The Phillies and Pirates combined for seven homeruns Saturday in their battle in Bradenton, Florida. The Phillies lost the homerun battle 4-3 and lost the game 9-7. Gavin Floyd was hit for eight earned runs in three innings of work, but the rest of the Phillies staff did a nice job of holding the Pirates down.

Homeruns were coming from some unlikely sources Saturday. Humberto Cota hit two for Pittsburgh, while Jose Castillo and Ty Wigginton each hit one. For the Phillies, it was Tomas Peres hitting two and Bobby Abreu smashed one.

Gavin Floyd gave up three of the four Pirate homeruns and was hit for eight earned runs on nine hits and two walks in three innings of work. Amaury Telemaco gave up Cota's second homerun as part of his two innings of work.

Tomas Perez hit homeruns number three and four, both coming off Ryan Vogelsong, who learned earlier in the day that he would be in the Pittsburgh bullpen rather than in the rotation. Bobby Abreu also took Vogelsong deep for his second homerun of the spring.

Jose Offerman finished the day 3-for-3, scoring two runs and driving in one in his quest to make the opening day roster. After a slow start, Offerman has pushed his averge to .286 this spring. Placido Polanco also continued to swing a hot bat, picking up two more hits. His spring average now stands at .434 for the Phillies.

Jim Thome missed his fourth straight game with a sore back, but manager Charlie Manuel isn't concerned, saying that Thome would be ready to start the season.


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