Phillies 13, Orioles 6
Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez and Philadelphia’s hitters looked to be
in midseason form.
Cliff Lee, not quite.
Lee allowed three runs and five hits in three innings Friday in
the Phillies’ 13-6 win over the Baltimore Orioles.
Lee, who signed a five-year, $120 million contract with the
Phillies in the offseason, has allowed five runs in nine innings.
In his previous start, he shut out Tampa Bay on two hits in four
The results obviously weren’t as good, but – whatever,” a
relaxed Lee said.
”I feel fine. I felt like I could have kept going easily, but
you want to build up to where you need to be and be smart,” Lee
The Phillies hit four homers, including two-run shots by Howard
Lee and Baltimore starter Jeremy Guthrie were both victimized by
a wind blowing at 26 mph, and Phillies manager Charlie Manuel took
that into account in his evaluation.
”He was all right. The wind was blowing. It definitely looked
like he was having some command (problems),” Manuel said.
”His breaking ball – he had a good one – but he was having
trouble getting it over the plate. He got his work in. That’s what
he’s out there for. He got his pitch count built up. He stayed
healthy. He did that.”
Philadelphia scored three times in the first off Guthrie,
highlighted by Ibanez’s home run, and added four more in the fifth
with back-to-back homers off Kevin Gregg. Howard hit his long shot
for his fourth homer and Ross Gload followed with a shot.
”We hit some balls good today,” Manuel said.
Guthrie, who allowed four runs and six hits in four innings, got
off to a bad start in the first when he walked Shane Victorino and
Ibanez hit a drive to center.
”I did not think it was going to be a home run, but at the same
time, you have to hit the ball well for to go out to center
field,” Guthrie said. ”He put a good swing on it. I fell behind
in the count and he was able to swing aggressively.”
Guthrie has allowed six runs and 10 hits in seven innings in his
last two appearances.
”Guthrie threw the ball well – if you take the conditions out
of play,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.
Brad Lidge, Philadelphia’s teetering closer, allowed two runs in
the eighth inning. In five games this spring, he’s allowed six runs
in six innings, but Manuel doesn’t have the anxiety Phillies’ fans
have with Lidge.
”I’d tell them not to worry. I ain’t going to worry,” Manuel
The Phillies added five runs in the ninth.
NOTES: Orioles 2B Brian Roberts, who hasn’t played since Monday
night with back spasms, will get an MRI on his back on Saturday,
Showalter said. Showalter isn’t worried that Roberts won’t be ready
for the season opener on Apr. 1. … Victorino had two hits and
scored three runs. … The Phillies cut veteran INF Robb Quinlan at
his request. … Baltimore cut 11 players. The only two with any
major league experience are LHPs Troy Patton and Pedro Viola. …
Orioles INF Cesar Izturis returned to the lineup after missing