Notes From The Phillies’ 5-0 Loss To PittsburghBREAKING NEWS, News, Phillies Sunday, March 16th, 2014
- Sean O’Sullivan started today’s game, and allowed two runs on four hits in four innings.
- Jonathan Papelbon allowed two runs on three hits in one frame of work.
- Antonio Bastardo allowed a solo home run on 1.2 innings, but also struck out four batters.
- Carlos Ruiz batted out of the cleanup position, and went 1-3. Ruiz is batting .280 for the spring.
- Ryan Howard continues to hit out of the five-hole, and went 2-3. His average has increased to .243.
- Darin Ruf went 0-4, dropping his average to .222.
- Cody Asche served as the team’s DH, and went 0-2.
- Maikel Franco played third, and went 0-3.
- The Phillies went 0-5 with runners in scoring position.
Neither Cody Asche or Maikel Franco have been able to step up and grab a hold on the starting position at third base.
Asche is batting just .138 with one home run and three RBI’s. Franco has been hitting just .208 with no homers and two RBI’s.
At this point, I’d say Asche has the slight edge due to his defensive capabilities, but the job is still very much up for grabs over the next few weeks.
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